Good. Holy. God.
I’ve been Crossfitting for an ENTIRE YEAR.
What’s even more insane is this:
Holy Mother of the Bar, can you believe that that is/was me? I know that I can’t. Good. God.
When I stepped into Albany Crossfit a year ago, did I ever think I would still be doing it now? Probably not. I’ve been lucky to have the opportunity to tell my story of how I got to Crossfit several times. You probably remember my Six-Month Crossfitaversary and my Sunday Chat:
but it really all did start with Jay and Caleb being
annoying nice enough to invite me to a WOD. Little did I know, I’d gain an Albany family.
I’m not quite sure what can be said that I haven’t already gushed about. At the bottom of the post, you can find a table outlining very tangible fitness improvements. But the last year wasn’t really about going up in weights or getting faster at WODs. I would like to tell you that I’m the same person who entered the box last November, but that would probably be a lie. Or some people tell me that, at least.
Yes, I can lift more. But…for the first time in my ENTIRE life, I have muscle definition in my arms. I’m showing off bruises (you should have seen the people at Wednesday’s WOD staring in shock and awe at a gnarly bruise I have on my shoulder from lifting 75# stones at Tuesday’s Strong(wo)man). I’m in far better moods regularly. I stopped taking crap from people. I walk with my head high. I think my ripped up hands are badass.
It’s been a truly crazy year.
I’ve moved from being the fat, weak, sad girl, to being one who’s strong, fit, and stoked. I’ve moved from being scared most of the time, to being scared and letting that fear drive me to do something with it—like compete. And then have a good enough attitude to win a Spirit of the Games trophy.
Oh yeah, and I started coming in for WODs that include burpees (gasp!).
Can you believe that this is me now?
My fitness goal for the year 2011 was to be able to do a band-assisted pull-up. A few weeks ago, I got the pull-up, and am working on some volume training, when I have time. I’m not at a point where I’m using bands for WODs, but it’s something I’m still working on.
In the next year of Crossfit, I have a few more fitness goals:
- Move up from the 6″ baby box for box jumps
- Move up from 35# kettlebell for American swings
- Continue to PR Olympic lifts; get past 220# deadlift
- Practice the overhead squat; stop falling over with 45#
- Nail a double-under
- Do WODs with a band-assisted pull-up
- Make it a point to attend at least one WOD that includes running
Will you hold me accountable? I feel like this is the best way for me to stick to something. When I first began Crossfit, I had a hard time completing 10 sit-ups. Now, I’m regularly doing 100+. But I wouldn’t be there if someone hadn’t pushed me.
And, if you don’t mind, I’m curious to hear what YOU think my biggest change has been…
…in short, thank you all for being here for me on this incredible journey. I feel optimistic about the future, and I appreciate everything that everyone has done to support me. Thank you, from the bottom of my little Crossfitting heart.
|General WOD Weight||25# bar||45–55#|
|Front Squat||75# (5RM, 01/24/11)||110# (5RM, 11/09/11)|
|Back Squat||1RM=90#||1RM=160#, 10RM=115#|
|Deadlift||1RM=195# (02/23/11)||1RM=210# (10/22/11)|
|Power Clean||45# (01/25/11)||2RM=90# (11/08/11)|
|2k Row||DNF at 12:00||Sub-10:00|
|500m Row Sprint||~3:25||~1:48|
|Crossfit Total||Not performed||430 (10/22/11)|
|Grace||3:27 @ 45# (02/15/11)||3:10 @ 55# (10/15/11)|
|Diane||5:56 @ 85# (01/21/11)||3:39 @ 85# (11/07/11)|
|Pull-Ups||Jumping||Transitioning to black band|
|Kettlebell Weights||8kg, period||35# American Swing WOD weight, 45# Russian Swing|
|Competition||Row for the Red Cross 5k Row (03/05/11)||Fall Face-Off (10/29/11)|
|Attitude||“You always have a crappy attitude.” —Dean||“STOP SMILING!” —Kevin (11/09/11)|