Hey guess what? Getting better is hard freaking work.
Three weeks ago when I started working one on one with a coach to help to improve some of my many Crossfit weaknesses, I was totally pumped and ready to go.
“I want better endurance,” I told her. “My lungs always go before my legs. And my heart rate goes really high really fast. I want to be able to string together movements better.”
“Ok, ” she said with a devious smile. I shoulda known.
It’s amazing coming from a triathlon background to recently realize that endurance is my limiter. Lift a really heavy weight anywhere between 1-5 times? Sure, no problem. Lift it 10? Eff you buddy, I don’t wanna.
When did that happen?
I distinctly remember starting Crossfit and loving it because so many of the movements were things I had never done before. I wasn’t comparing myself to the “in shape” version that used to do triathlons, because there wasn’t much swimming, biking or even running in the workouts. I didn’t ever feel bad that I was not measuring up to what I knew myself to be capable of, because we never did that shit.
Instead I was learning new movements and working out with really big WEIGHTS; things I had never tried before. And things that I turned out to be pretty darn ok at.
Now that I’m at the point where I have a super secret goal of *gasp* competing, I need to look at myself more holistically as an athlete, identify those gaps, and train those weaknesses.
Which is what I’ve been doing for nearly three weeks now.
My “homework” every week is a list of movements that, given the choice, I would rather have a bout of diarrhea than do. Lots of jumping. And running. And core. And shit in sets of 10.
But you know what? Yesterday before my session I ran a timed mile and did it nearly 1:30 FASTER than my first attempt just 3 weeks ago.
Is there a little nagging voice in my head reminding me that I’m still almost a minute off of my half marathon pace (from five freaking years ago)? Sure. But you know what, that voice can shut the f*ck up. I’m improving, and working my ass off to do it.
This is just the results after 3 weeks. Is anyone else as excited as I am to see where I end up in September?