I don’t mean to brag, I don’t mean to boast, but I gotta tell you what I loved the most…
You didn’t know I was so lyrically fresh, did you? Well, now you do. But, what I really want to tell you about is the CrossFit Team Series that your 7VCF coaches did over the last 6 weeks. It was a worldwide competition put on by CrossFit HQ, you know, the ones in charge over there that also put on the CrossFit Games and the Invitational that’s coming up here in November.
So, onto the Team Series…Mike, Ben, Maria and I don’t often get to work out alongside each other. You guys know, Mike’s coaching, Ben’s got class (but don’t tell him I said so), Maria’s got a new teaching gig, and me, well, I’m probably on pinterest or something. So, when this opportunity came up for the 4 of us to be part of a team, I jumped on it. My thought was that it would be FORCED time where the other three would HAVE to hang out with me. Finally, I would get some sort of social life, and be able to CrossFit during it! Well, let me tell you about the rest of the experience of the Team Series, as seen through my 20/20 (haters gonna hate hate hate) vision…
1. Confidence. So, we entered the Scaled division, feeling like there’s no way we could do the same WODs as the big dogs- Froning, Fisher, and Panchik. Going into it, I felt weak, a little inferior to those that get to CrossFit for their full time jobs. I was almost a little embarrassed to say that I’ve been Crossfitting for 3 years and still had to enter the scaled division for a competition. But you know what happened, I got a chance to feel confident in myself. When I’m always trying to go heavier, or do something better, I’m in a constant state of frustration and disappointment with myself. I forgot what it felt like to be confident and to feel good about crushing WODs. Getting that feeling back for those 3 weekends meant feeling happy about being a CrossFitter again. Sometimes you just gotta scale it, for your own mental well-being.
2. Pride. Damn, my coaches are da’ bomb! Yea, I said that. In week 1, Mike flew through the 30 calorie row, burpees and hang cleans. My goal was to be quicker than he, but that guy on the rower-there’s no catching that man. But then, week 3 we had 2 attempts to get our maximum number of unbroken pullups…My jaw dropped when I saw Maria crank out 10, then 15, wait, she’s still on the bar, 20, 25, no kidding, 30 Freaking pullups before dropping! Insane Girl- where ya get that grip strength? Ok, so then Sunday morning we arrive for week 3 and we’ve got some heavy snatches. Ben-the unsung hero, the humble warrior power snatches 155# like it’s the damn PVC. Where did that come from?
3. Comradery. One of the best things about CrossFit is the comradery that develops. So often, I do my WODs at 9pm when everyone has left for the day and there’s space for me to let my notebook/shoes/drinks/timers sprawl all over. But it’s lonely at that time. Being able to go in on an adventure like the Team Series together with friends meant so much. It wasn’t about the movements or our scores, it was about being together-cheering each other on, helping each other overcome our differences and fears and hesitations.
Now that’s why life is worth living.
And at the completion of it all, Seven Valley Curse finished 8th in the NorthEast Region, and 94th Worldwide. Next year we’re going for the RX. Move over Khalipa and Camille.
21 OCTOBER 2014
Sumo Deadlift High Pull (95/65)
1 Minute Rest
2 Minutes Max Effort Burpees.
*Every burpee counts toward 1 second off your time.
Posted on Mon, October 20, 2014
by D. Soprano