First of all, happy Open Season!!
In 2013 I made the decision to “try” CrossFit because I wanted to change my workout routine and really see what my body was capable of. I’d read about the workouts and decided to visit CrossFit Bluegrass because I had one friend who went there and he spoke so highly of the coaches and members.
I had no idea what I was getting into.
The first workout was a partner WOD and at the end I remember thinking ‘There is NO WAY I will ever complete these workouts as prescribed!!’ But, I stuck with it and figured I would see how things went for a couple months and if it wasn’t for me, I could quit and go back to running.
I set small goals and worked to meet each one of them. Those goals included things like unassisted pull-ups, toes to bar and to back squat my body weight. I participated in my first local competition just 3 months after I started and eventually signed up for the 2014 CrossFit Open.
The 2014 Open really showed me the power of the amazing CrossFit community that I was a part of. Even if athletes or coaches weren’t working out they still showed up to cheer on other athletes, provide helpful tips or just be there to help scrape you up off the ground after one of the grueling workouts.There really aren’t enough words to describe the insane energy that filled that gym every Saturday afternoon.
Well, here we are almost two years into my CrossFit experience and I just signed up for the 2015 CrossFit Open.
This past year I’ve focused a lot on becoming a better, all around athlete. However, trying to get better at everything, at once, can be mentally (and physically) tough. While I made little PRs here and there, I never took the time to truly celebrate them because I was constantly worried about getting bigger numbers on my lifts or faster times for WODs and was never fully satisfied with the numbers that I put up (we’re our own worst critic, right?).
But when I went to update my online profile from the 2014 Open in preparation for the 2015 Open it truly hit me how much of a difference one year, some amazing coaches and even better, supportive friends can make. Here’s how the numbers stacked up…
Clean and Jerk: 125#
Back Squat: 175#
Clean and Jerk: 153#
Back Squat: 200#
That’s 20+ pounds added to each of my lifts! Not to mention the skills that I’ve become more efficient in (the double unders in 14.1 last year literally made me want to cry).
I couldn’t be more blessed to be a part of the community at CrossFit Bluegrass. These people constantly drive me to be a better athlete, encourage me when I fail and celebrate every little bit of progress (and I LOVE seeing these people improve). They’ve helped me to realize that if you put in the work and trust your coach, your body can do some really cool things.
Cheers to an exciting and fun 2015 Open! I can’t wait to cheer everyone on!