I can’t tell you exactly when I lost my “drive” for crossfit, but it was over a year ago. I wasn’t happy anymore doing what I was doing, kept getting nagging non serious pains but nothing that I couldn’t push through. However I wasn’t progressing at the rate I once was. I was at a plateau and I lost the drive to climb further. Lets call it what it is… I GAVE UP!
Well that has changed, I have changed once again and I’m back! Life has this way of providing these rolling hills of good and bad times in life. I was definitely in the depths of a valley for far to long and I’m now on my upswing. I am a new person, with a beautiful amazing girlfriend, a new job, and a great support system in my friends and family. I gave up on myself once, but there is no reason to now… I can’t I need this; I need the Crossfit Community. Why? you ask… Let me explain.
Today was a perfect example of what the Crossfit Community is all about, I just signed up at a new box (Easthampton CF aka The Beast) and today was my second day of working out. I had met two of the athletes yesterday who were there and met another three today. Just nice people, but also very normal and with no hang ups about the shoes you wear, or outfits you have on, just truly nice people. Well with that said todays workout was interesting as it’s a fitness testing part of programming. The specific WOD(Workout Of the Day) doesn’t matter to this but at the last movements were a 250m Row and 35 Thrusters @ 65lbs. I ripped through the row, but thrusters have never been my friend, I pure hate them. I got into my reps and only did a set of 5 dropped the bar, then another set of 5, dropped the bar. Then I could only do 2 reps, and this is where there CF community comes into factor, when I was in my deep dark hole of self pity they were there… people who just met me 45minute prior, cheering me on, telling me to dig deep, and pick up the bar. And not just one or two, but the whole class was there cheering me on… pushing for me, WITH ME to help me finish strong and thanks to them I DID!
Today those simple words “You’ve got this Eric…” re-ignited a drive that I can’t wait to see what I’m capable of now!
“It’s humbling to start fresh. It takes a lot of courage. But it can be reinvigorating. You just have to put your ego on a shelf & tell it to be quiet.”