I needed a change when it came to workouts. Doing BeachBody workouts in my basement became really lonely and repetitive and totally turned into a motivation killer. Yes, I’m an introvert and I really don’t play well with others in the sandbox – but at the same time I needed to be held accountable and a workout already planned out for me and knew deep down inside that a group setting would be best. At the same time, I realized that I loved barbell work over cardio based workouts (which is about 99.99999% of all BeachBody workouts) and wanted more. So after what turned into a 2 year workout hiatus, I decided to dip my toes into the world of CrossFit (thank you Lauren for introducing me to EJ).
My first impression was essentially “This is hard and it’s going to kill me” and it really hasn’t changed. *shrugs shoulders* I mean, my mindset has changed though. I used to cherry pick the workouts that were more cardio than weights but now I find myself saying “I won’t get better at anything cardio if I don’t work on it” as I reserve my spot on ZenPlanner.
My first accomplishment – I think I was a few months into CrossFitting and I’m not sure of the WOD, but it ended with a hella long run (for me, that is). I finished dead last and well after everyone else – but I finished. And Katie Kallmeyer came up to me and while I can’t remember her exact words, I believe it was something like “I was in class with you on your first day and I have to say that you’ve come a really long way.” Which meant a lot because (I never told her this) she was my CrossFit inspiration when I first started.
Now that I’m 2 years into CrossFit, since I’ve essentially reached all my barbell goals, I’m trying to better my gymnastics skills. I strung 5 t2b in a row during Tuesday’s (Feb. 18th) WOD. So that was exciting.
Now what’s my favorite memory…Do I really have to pick just one memory? I’m going to say my first Open and bringing my Claire Bear with me. Apparently I’m a bit on the crazy side as I had only been at the gym for 3ish weeks by the first Open workout. But really, it was the look on Claire’s face as she was watching everyone doing the workout – which totally validated my decision to enter the world of CrossFit.