Starting CrossFit – Victory
My name is Mike and I am a CrossFitter now. You may have seen me before lying in a heap on the floor at 5:30 AM. It has become a way of life and a pillar for my routine. How did it get to be this way?
It had been six months since starting CrossFit, and I decided to sign up for the 2015 CrossFit Open because I thought it would be interesting to see how I would stack up. If anything, it would provide a quantifiable benchmark for the future. I would get excited on Thursday nights for the workout reveal online with equal parts fear of not being able to do it, and hope for a workout I could do well in. When the 15.3 workout was revealed, I was pretty discouraged. I saw that the first part of the workout was something that I “for sure” could not do: muscle-ups. I went into the gym the next morning with an attempt to practice the muscle-up and Josh worked with me for a full hour. He assured me that I had the requisite strength to complete one. After a full hour of being there, I still could not complete even one.
That night, which was the night of the Open workout, I went back not exactly sure what I was going to do, but I had a goal of attempting to get just one muscle-up, even if it took the entire 14 minute time limit of the workout to accomplish. I remember warming up wondering if it was going to happen or not, and then I made a decision that I feel was a direct result of my training (the mental side). I was going for broke. In the past, I would have accepted defeat before I even started, something that is a constant battle for me even now. Here is an example of gaining victory over that: The person that was to be my judge for the workout, David, asked me, right before we were going to start, if I thought I could do it. The first reaction in my mind was to think that it was unlikely because I had never done it before, but before I knew it, my mouth opened and I said to him, “Yes.” Then he asked me how many did I think I could get and I said, “All seven.” He looked at me and nodded his head in approval. I already won.
When it was my turn to do the workout, I stepped up to the rings and performed my very first muscle-up! I jumped down and let out a roar of victory that I haven’t done in probably 20 years and almost tackled my coach, Josh (a happy tackle, of course!!). I accomplished something that I didn’t think I could do and it was incredible! And after that, I did another one. And another one. I ended up getting all seven required to move on to the next part of the workout! Even if I didn’t get one single muscle-up, I had already won because I conquered my mind.
Note from the gym:
Mike went on to place first in the gym for the 2015 CrossFit Games Open