One year ago, on July 31, 2015, I stepped into Clear Lake CrossFit for my free trial class.
I remember kettlebell swings as being part of my first WOD. I’m pretty sure this one I’ve posted is it; back then, I didn’t keep a log. I also remember feeling exhilarated and happy. In the past year, I’ve totally been drinking the Kool-Aid. I’m in it hook, line, and sinker. I’ve become so passionate about CrossFit that I’ve spoken about it at Toastmasters. I’ve competed in a couple scaled competitions, and I hope that at some point I’ll compete again. (When I’m stronger. When my one rep maxes are a little bit higher. When you’re basing your one rep maxes against your body weight, and you’re a hobbit shrimp, you need to work a lot harder.)
I’ve learned a lot in the past year, and some of it has been humbling. Some of it has been empowering. And all of it has been awesome:
- Track everything. And I do mean everything: write down the WODs, your scores, the weights you use. I’m mildly obsessive about it; I write down the WODs in a WOD Book, and then I enter my one rep maxes into an app on my phone. I was getting down on myself during the Open, and then I looked back at my maxes from where I started and where I am now. According to a chart on the inside of my WOD Book, I’m doing a lot of my lifts at Intermediate-level.
- Learn from setbacks. My second CrossFit competition and resulting injury are a great example of this. I learned not to be an idiot when I pull from the ground. But I’ve also learned that it’s okay to have a bad day, when you lose five pounds off your back squat max or fall off a box during box jumps.
- Push yourself. My coaches push me, but I have to push myself, too. It would be easy to go light or slack off some days, but that’s not what CrossFit is about. I have to challenge myself every time I step into the box.
- Get friendly with a PVC pipe. Using a PVC pipe, I’ve learned proper technique for my lifts. I’ve learned the difference between a strict press, a push press, a push jerk, and a split jerk.
- Be proud of how far you’ve come. This is your CrossFit journey, not anyone else’s. When I came in, I could barely clean 35 pounds. A few weeks ago, I power cleaned 75 pounds. I’ve heaved weight over my head that I never thought possible, banged out toes to bar, and done strict pullups.
It’s been such an amazing year, and I can’t wait to see what the next year will bring.