People are soooooo concerned with getting hurt doing crossfit, getting pushed too much and getting hurt. Listen up because I’m going to say this once, OF COURSE THERE IS A POSSIBILITY OF GETTING HURT. There is a possibility of getting hurt in every sport and pretty much anything you do in life. Let’s face it, I hurt myself two years ago getting out of bed, yes simply by getting out of bed. So because there’s a possibility of it happening again does that mean I’m never going to get out of bed again?? This would be the sedentary person’s dream come true but in the real world we know that’s not an option.
Sorry for being the bearer of bad news but has anyone also stopped to think about who is ultimately responsible for your body? That’s right, say it loud, its you! Your coach is there to ensure your safety but that doesn’t mean you can walk into the box and turn your brain off. We were all taught the difference between right and wrong, stupid and smart. We were all given a mouth for a reason and its not to talk about other people although people do have it all mixed up. Your mouth is there for you to speak up, if something doesn’t feel right you need to say it because as your coach I sure as hell can’t read your mind let alone the other 10 people in class with you.
I know how the human body is supposed to work and how its supposed to move. What I don’t know is what you have done or had happen in your life that prevents your body from moving as it should. So yet again, unless you speak up I don’t know. As your coach I am going to push you, when you feel like quitting, I’m going to be there encouraging you to give me one more rep. If you can’t, if you are pushing yourself this will be the point in time where you flip me the bird.
The point of this rant is this: there is a chance of you getting hurt but you need to be responsible enough over your own body to know when an injury might occur and abort. Don’t be stubborn, don’t think you can save the lift, bail out. You’ll be doing yourself a huge favor when you can WOD the next day and you didn’t take yourself out of training for a weeks because you decided that you can complete a lift that probably shouldn’t be attempted in the first place. The other point of this is to know your limits, your coaches are only human and we can’t remember everybody’s capabilities. If i tell you to power clean 95lbs in a workout and the most you’ve ever done is 75lbs I expect you to speak up and tell me. If you get hurt, then tell me well I’ve never cleaned anything more than 75lbs I’m going to look at you like you’re stupid and ask you why you didn’t tell me that beforehand. Be smart in training and be aware of your body. Safe and happy training everyone!
So I’ve been feeling pretty crappy and I decided that wodding and sweating it out might be a good idea. It wasn’t. I was more than capable of finishing last night’s wod but I was seriously getting my ass handed to me. As soon as I started wodding I felt the weakness take over.
When the time was up all I had left was the 20 double unders. If I was feeling better I absolutely would have banged out the last 20 reps but I had nothing left in the tank. Bleh, being sick blows.
Last night I found myself listening to a young woman speak. She is only 24 years old and a mother of five. She is getting ready to bury her husband and the father of her five children. He was 25 years young. Another motorcycle accident. Two months ago I went to the wake of a friend who died from a motorcycle accident. (I can’t believe its been two months already) She’s numb, hasn’t slept, hasn’t eaten, struggling to figure out how to console her six year old son (the eldest of the five) who keeps asking why they can’t go home and where is daddy. I couldn’t imagine what she must be going through. She was strong, not a single tear shed in the entire time I was in her presence. On many occasions, I can hear her comforting her family and friends, telling them it will be okay. She’s going to bury her husband and the father of her children and she’s comforting others. She’s a strong girl. She kept saying he wouldn’t have wanted tears. He was a friend of my friend who died two months ago, they were actually in the same motorcycle crew. He was amazed by the amount of people who showed up to honor Tardi two months ago and she said that was all he wanted, he wouldn’t have wanted tears. When I hugged her goodbye I found myself whispering into her ear to take care of herself, that it was the only way she would be able to take care of her kids. She thanked me and we parted ways. Life is short, life is way too short.
Always show up even when everything is telling you to run the other way show up anyway. You never know who is relying on your presence. You never know who is hoping to catch a glimpse of your smile. And you most certainly don’t know who’s life is “incomplete” because your presence has been missing. The most important thing, you’d be surprised how much you grow because you showed up even though all the odds were against you.
You fail once, try again. You fail a second time, try again. You fail a third time, what do you think you should do? TRY AGAIN. It’s very easy to listen to the mind that is very weak that’s going to tell you to give up. The true challenge is getting passed the negative thoughts of weakness.
Why is it so easy to let the mind wander to such a dark place? I wish I knew the answer but I don’t. What I do know is the more self aware you are, the better off you are. I seem to be more and more aware of my mind wandering off to dark places and now I’ve been constantly focused on keeping myself connected with the moment. This is a pretty consistent workout, happening every minute of the day because if I lose that focus for even one minute I find myself to be in places I don’t want to be in. This is one huge mind fuck. I’m hoping if I go through these motions long enough they will eventually become second nature. I have no doubt that it will, after all hard work and dedication pretty much make anything possible.
I’m trying a new perspective. It’s not exactly new, its an old perspective but I’m trying new ways to maintain that perspective. I want to stay positive as much as I can and if I find myself in a negative situation I don’t want to dwell. I want to be in that situation for the bare minimum. This takes lots of mental focus but I’m up for the challenge.