You bet your barbell it was worth it!!!!!!
I can’t describe the feeling that I have this morning after completing 14.5…other than I don’t really have any feeling in my arms and blow drying my hair was quite comical. (Picture me laying on the floor in the bathroom with the blow dryer pointed in my general vicinity…not my best hair day ever.)
The CrossFit Open 14.5 workout is the 5th and final workout for The Open, and it was a doozy.
I literally dreamed (okay, nightmares really) all night last night after watching the beasts of CrossFit perform this workout. They made it look easy, but I knew otherwise. Easy, it would not be for me.
Oddly enough, as scared as I was, I was kind of looking forward to it. This was the one workout that I knew I could complete. So I got to the gym, warmed up, and got in the first heat for the workout. The clock started and off we went. I don’t know how else to describe this workout other than brutal. B-R-U-T-A-L Squatting down and then hoisting 65lbs. over my head 84 times and then doing 84 burpees in between wasn’t exactly a walk in the park but 22 minutes and 27 seconds later I was done, I DID IT! I was a hot, sweaty, lump of tissue laying on the floor, but I felt amazing!! I was ecstatic with my time and even more happy it was over!
So will I do The Open next year? 100% YES!!! It was one of the most trying, but exhilarating experiences I’ve had in my nine year journey of getting (and staying) healthy. There are also several things I learned along the way:
1. My mind is my limit when it comes to my physical activities. More often than not my mind gives up long before my body does. I need to learn to push through that and keep going.
2. Community is a powerful thing. Never before have I seen an environment where people support and encourage each other to push their limits and achieve new goals. Never before have I had complete strangers standing 3 feet from me cheering me on to complete the workout. My triathlon friends are some of the most supportive people I know, but generally at a race they are the only ones cheering for me. I love that support but there is something about having another athlete finish a grueling workout and then come over to encourage you, even before she has recovered from the workout herself. (FYI, I still love Triathlons and will be doing a couple this summer!)
3. Everyone has their own story or goal. People start CrossFit for many different reasons, and each of those reasons is valid. Whatever gets you to the gym is a valid reason. There is a guy at our gym, I’ll call him JB, that has been coming for several months and is making AMAZING progress. He is lifting heavier, losing weight, and definitely getting stronger. But more importantly I have seen an internal change. I didn’t know him before I started CrossFit, but in the several months that we have both been going the amount of confidence and inner strength he has gained is completely inspiring! He is always excited to be there, he does extra work, and he is always supportive of others. He has a crazy work schedule but somehow he always makes it happen. Kudos to you JB!!
Whatever your goals are take steps every day to make it happen! You may not be a CrossFit person, and that’s completely fine, but find what makes you happy and DO IT! Don’t wait until Monday, or until Spring, or until the timing is right because those things never get here. You are worth it RIGHT NOW! Right this very moment make a conscious decision to take a step toward your goal. It might take a while and that’s okay. Enjoy the journey, keep taking steps forward, and definitely have a BEDAZZLED DAY!!