Happy Friday! Here is Yvette's second installment about preparing for and competing in her first NLI event. Check it out!
A year into CrossFit I decided to take on the challenge of NLI competitions. I approached Armen with the idea and he was very supportive, and was willing to give those of us who were interested some extra coaching. I knew the competition would not only be a physical test of my endurance but a mental one as well. The training schedule leading up to my first competition was draining and the mental training was one that I had to battle with each day before, during and after the workouts. I battled with my insecurities of not knowing what to exactly expect and whether I would let myself down, but my determination to do my best kept me going. CrossFit has definitely taught me not to give up and the competition would justify this lesson I have learned along the way.
The morning of my competition was nerve wracking. I could feel the butterflies in my stomach, and mentally I had to calm my inner self by constantly reassuring myself that I had the best training from the best coach. Looking back I remember coach Armen telling us to enjoy the journey, and what a journey my first competition turned out to be. Yes, at times I felt disappointed because of my performance but the team unity and the family like atmosphere kept my spirits high throughout the competition. CrossFit has given me the opportunity to enjoy the sweat and tears because not only have I overcome my fears and insecurities, but I have learned that at CrossFit 818 we are a team. We individually work towards our personal goals but unite during the journey.
After weeks of preparation the 818 team is all smiles on competition day!
A. Work up to a heavy power clean
B. EMOTM 14:
odd - 15 wall ball (20/14)
even - 3 power cleans (80% of A)
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