Here’s the thing: I’ve mostly made peace with being solidly in the middle of the pack. There was a time, when I started CrossFit bootcamp almost four years ago, when I finished dead last every day.
It was those early experiences that inspired the mantra Never Cheat. Never Quit. because there was a girl in my bootcamp who was routinely neck-and-neck with me, then would miraculously shout “Time!” while I still had, like, two more rounds to do. And she cheated on her pushups, too! [harumph]
I decided that no matter how much my ego suffered, I would do every rep with full range of motion – even if it meant I was (really) slow – and I would complete every single rep in the workout. If there was a cut-off time and I hadn’t finished all the reps yet, I did them while everyone else stretched… or I finished them at home before my shower. [See: stubborn]
So yeah, now the middle of the pack feels like a really OK place to be, even on days like today where, frankly, I was bringing up the rear of the middle. I had a great view of lots of backs (and CrossFit butts) running ahead of me – and the determined faces of the people running toward me ’cause they’d lapped me.
But my final time wasn’t too bad, I made a very substantial sweat angel on the floor, and I did a handstand at the end for fun. Always a good sign.
200m run @ 80% effort
alternate each round:
5 Russian swings, 16kg
:30 plank hold (forearms)
My time: 21:08
1:00 handstand hold (against the wall, of course)
I’m working on moving my feet away from the wall in pursuit of my next accomplishment: a handstand without the wall. I suspect this one will be a long time coming, but I’ve got nothing but time.
I’ve gotten lots of quesitons about that badass bracelet… my sweet friend Mamie had the bracelet made for me when I turned 40 three years ago. One of my favorite gifts of all time. I’m not sure where she commissioned it, but I found two places online that might be able to do something similar: Michelle Verbeeck on Etsy and Calitrendz.
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