Thursday, December 16, 2010

"The Ram"

Birthday WOD for Rayus and Samantha, my sweet Niece. Rayus turned 24 yesterday, and Samantha turns 25 tomorrow.

As many rounds as possible in 12 minutes of:

8 Thrusters (Men 115 lbs, Women 75 lbs)
8 Chest to bar pull-ups
8 Kettlebell swings (Men 70 lbs, Women 45 lbs)

My score: 4 rounds, Rx weights, pull-ups were kipping but not chest to bar

This was a total lung burner. My first two rounds of of thrusters were unbroken, but it was downhill after that. Pull-ups were all broken up. Kettlebells were all unbroken, but man, was I winded afterwards. Then going right back into thrusters was the kicker. A good, short, tough workout!

"If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans."

~an excerpt from the Desiderata, by Max Ehrmann

I do quite a bit of "comparing myself with others", when really I know I shouldn't be doing this at all. I mean, it's good to have a point of reference for what a decent time is on a workout or what an appropriate weight is, but actually comparing myself and judging myself based on those comparisons is not a good thing for me, mentally.

It can be discouraging if I let it. For instance, several times in the past month, I have looked at Breck's list of workout times for everyone's workouts at the gym, and have found on some occasions, that I was indeed dead last overall. I actually considered the possibility of quitting CrossFit after seeing that one day.

But then I remembered that quote up there, and silly of me; how utterly vain and ridiculous to think that way. I get so much enjoyment, and so many benefits from doing CrossFit, how dare I think of quitting just because of the idea that I don't like being last or slower than someone else.

The fact is, many days I am slow, many days I am last, but I am always proud of my efforts and achievements. I always give 100%. It doesn't matter how I compare to others. It only matters that I give my all, every single workout!

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