Unplanned Rest

CrossFit Games 2013 Open 13.1 Snatch

So I had CrossFit ripped from my life for the past 6 weeks.  Due to some unforeseen circumstances I was unable to work out at all during this time.  It sucked.  I missed my friends.  I missed my box.  I missed doing pull-ups and burpees. I honestly missed my soreness.

The people at HyperFit were great.  Kept me motivated to return as soon as I was able, were very supportive.

But this event in my training highlighted a new challenge for me.  Going back for that first WOD after an extended break was f’ing scary.  I was filled with anxiety.  I had dropped almost 10 pounds in the six weeks since I stopped, and I had convinced myself that was 10 pounds of pure muscle, and that I would be near starting over again.  I worked myself into quite a depressing state in the end.

I’m not sure if it was a blessing or a curse that the first WOD I was able to jump in on was the 13.1 open.  I had been gearing up for this for months, so I knew I had to get in for it, and what ever the results, it didn’t matter.  I wanted to participate.  I wanted to play in this WOD.  But, I knew it was going to be hard.  So, I put it in my mind that it was about showing up and pacing myself properly, and not about my score.  And, I have the score to prove that I executed on that (91).

I also felt good enough to make it back in today for Jackie.  Again, pacing myself (13 minutes).  But it feels great again.  And the fact that my 1000m row was 4:01, and I was actually able to bang out the 30 pull-ups with no band felt like huge wins for me.  Different kind of wins, but huge for me nonetheless.

And last but not least, I have to say thank you to all my CrossFit friends who were a great support while I was out of commission.  It was so hard to be out, but it was less hard thanks to you.

It is great to be back.

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