I felt a little down when I left the gym this morning. Some days it just seems like I’m never going to get a pullup. Today was one of those days.
Our workout was the I AM CROSSFIT workout: 3 X (7 cleans + 15 pullups + 400m run). It’s not one of my favorites. The last time I did it was in January, and I used a 65-lb. bar for the cleans, finishing in 11:04, well under the 15-minute cutoff, and a vast improvement over the time previous to that, when I didn’t finish.
Today, I upped my clean weight to 75 lbs. It was a good challenge, definitely a push; I have trouble getting my elbows around and up in the front. But I liked working on that, and the 400m runs weren’t so bad. The pullups, however, were awful. Even with the blue band, I was only able to do them two at a time, and my mind was working against me the whole time. My pullup mojo was gone missing, and my finish time was 16:15.
Instead of celebrating the increase in my clean weight, I was brooding over my pullups as I drove out of the driveway and onto Burnet. Stopped at the light, I looked over at the running track and saw a beautiful sight.
It was a man, maybe in his mid-thirties, definitely carrying a good amount of extra weight on his frame. He was wearing a camo t-shirt and an iPod strapped to his bicep. He walked around the curve of the track, arms swinging with purpose, sweat gathering on his face. It was 7:19 a.m. and there wasn’t another soul on the track. Just him. And the sun waking up. And his determination.
I don’t know what that man’s goals are, or what motivated him to walk this morning.
Seeing him reminded me: we all start somewhere. And no matter how far we get, if we’re doing it right, there will always be plenty of interesting, challenging places to go.
Those pullups? I’ll get ‘em eventually. The trick is to enjoy the pursuit as much as the capture.
And camo man? I hope he keeps on walking the track.
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3 rounds, for time:
- 7 cleans, 75 lbs.
- 15 pullups, blue band
- 400m run
12-lb. med ball:
- 50 chest pass
- 2X 20 around the world
- wheel of fortune
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