Ladies and Gentlemen...Tenesha Part 3:
Since embarking on own my journey towards healthy and fit I have yet to compete in any challenges or Crossfit competitions. So far my competitions have been between me, myself, and I. I'm always pushing towards increasing my stamina and endurance when it comes to lifting, running, or doing just about any aerobic or anaerobic exercise. Whether it's an internal competition or one with your peers, it's all a mind game that can be overcome with drive and determination.
Whenever I start a workout I imagine my mind being in competition with my body. This might sound crazy but try and follow me here... Running a 5k race for instance - when I start the run my goal is to beat my previous time which I've almost always done. I know for me though, while I'm in the middle of the run, my mind tries to tell me that I'm tired, to stop running, and to just walk... but until I pass out or my legs give out I know that I can keep going. This happens during pretty much every Crossfit class I take as well. Even after a year of Crossfit, at the beginning of every WOD I look at the board and wonder how in the world I'll finish. And mid WOD, on let's say... round 10 of 20, I feel like giving up but I know that giving up is NOT an option unless my heart stops. I always force my mind to think of other challenging things that my body has successfully overcome and that always helps me beast mode.
You know, as I write this blog entry I've had to take a step back and as myself why I haven't participated in any Crossfit competitions. Although I've always been encouraged to compete by the coaches at 818 my mind reverts back to a time when I weighed 245 pounds and was completely out of shape. Sounds like the same lies my mind tries to tell me while I'm mid race or WOD. I've come so far in my journey and I've worked incredibly hard to get where I am today so there's no reason why I shouldn't compete or test my strength. I know I'm not alone when it comes to giving ourselves more credit and acknowledging how much we've accomplished in our journeys.
So, to sum this up, my weaknesses come from a fear I have that resonates from my past. But my strengths outweigh all of that fear. Knowing that I'm crazy determined, motivated, and driven there is no reason why I shouldn't compete or go after anything it is in this world that I want. It's perfectly fine to be in competition with ourselves but sometimes we need to participate in a competition among our peers just so we can see how badass we really are. And it's not about winning the competition or placing first, it's about the DOING that makes you a badass!
Part A: 2 rounds of:
EMOTM 5 minutes -
1 power clean
every 30 seconds for 5 minutes -
1 power clean
*same weight across
Part B: AMRAP 8 minutes:
*every time the rope stops, 20 seconds hollow hold
Posted by Tyler