Happy Friday! Today's blog is written by Yvette about a minor setback she had during a recent competition. CrossFit and life are truly about getting back up after you have fallen down. Check it out!
On September 20th, my team partner Karine Zakarian and I had the pleasure of participating in NLI's Dynamic Duo competition. I had been training for more than five months and I felt pretty confident about all the WODs. In fact, the first event consisted of two AMRAPS. The first one was an AMRAP of power cleans in four minutes, which I can proudly say that Karine and I did 82 power cleans. The second AMRAP was 6 minutes of four back squats, four burpees and four pull ups. While some may cringe at the idea of this workout, I actually felt good about it because these were all moves that I liked and felt very comfortable with.
As we worked through the 2nd AMRAP, time came for me to do the pull ups. I put on my gloves and did the first two pull ups, as I attempted to adjust my grip my hand slipped and it resulted in me falling straight down to the ground and hitting the side of my face. Apparently after falling, I got up stumbling and sat back down only because I was extremely disoriented. Again, when I say apparently this is taken from what my fellow CrossFitters saw and from watching Emrys' video of the incident. All I can truly remember was being surrounded by the judge, my partner Karine and Coach Armen. While they were all trying to talk to me I could only make out muffled voices but had no idea what they were saying and needed some time to get myself together and communicate back to let them know that I was fine.
Once I finally realized what had occurred, my drive for why I had signed up for the competition paired with my inability to accept failure, I convinced Coach Armen to allow me to finish the workout even though he advised otherwise. I’m proud to say that I got up and got right back on the pull up bar and finished the pull ups and was able to do part of the second round before they called time. I was glad that I was able to finish despite the fact of being sore and somewhat banged up.
Looking back at the incident, I have to say that when I first arrived at the competition I was determined to give it my all and do the best that I could for myself and for my teammate. After the fall, I came to the realization that these competitions as well as almost everything in life is not only about being the best or doing your best, but also finishing as best as you can while having fun and enjoying the journey. Remember in order to fall you have to be standing upright, so when you do fall revert back to your original position and move on.
Yvette hit the ground hard, but she got up and completed the workout!
25 box jump overs (24/20)
50 burpee pull ups
75 kb swings (53/35, USA)
100 push press (75/55)
400m plate run (45/35)
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