This summer, the Crossfit Open will be aired on ESPN. This will be an opportunity for many of the people in my life to see first hand what I do at the gym. I am so excited. I'm going to be honest and tell you the real reason why:
Okay. Seriously. I am tingling at the thought of watching those games with people. When somebody turns on the television and sees Annie Thoristotor and Chris Spealer, they are going to see what my box buddies and I do every single day. We may not be quite as fast as the most elite, but we are doing the exact same freaking things. Some people that I work out with, are pretty damn close to hanging with those elite athletes. This is amazing to me. Oh yeah, and back to bragging-I totally hang with elite athletes. They are apart of my posse now.
As far as my own athletic performance goes, the braggs are about to happen so put on your obnoxious caps- we are going in.
I am not the top athlete at my gym, but I am performing at a level I never thought possible. I scale walls, I swing kettle bells, I could dead lift my husband- a skill that could come in very handy someday. I am no fucking joke. I am so unbelievably proud of all the things I can do that I would have NEVER tried before. Not because of laziness, but just from lack of knowledge and a lack of understanding that I could do these things. I had never done a chest to bar pull up off a band until Thursday. Today I knocked out 24 of those babies in 7 minutes in between 65 pound thrusters. At first, I felt really proud of myself, but now I am in the ecstatic zone.
I think sometimes we have to take our desensitized hats off and realize what we are doing as athletes. We are doing crazy, amazing, unbelievable things. Because we are doing them five days a week, we forget exactly how hard, how intense, and at what level we are working. Some of us are really hard on ourselves. The Open brought tears, anxiety attacks, vomit, temper tantrums, and disappointment. Yes, we should all strive to do our best and sometimes we do feel like, "I had one more rep in me!" But HOLY SHIT! SERIOUSLY GUYS!!!! LOOK AT WHAT WE JUST DID!!!
I am walking away from my Open experience with a serious amount of pride. Pride in myself, and pride in my elite athlete friends. I cannot WAIT to see those games on ESPN and say to whoever is near me, "Guess what? I can do that."
Pretty freaking bad ass if you ask me and I CANNOT WAIT for next year.