Thursday, March 21, 2013

Command CrossFit, the struggle

"If there is no struggle there is no progress."~ Frederick Douglass

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The CrossFit Games Open WOD 13.3 was announced yesterday. It is a 12 minute AMRAP of 150 wall balls, 90 double unders and 30 muscle ups. To say this one is challenging for most of us is a huge understatement. My first thought was something like "damn, I'm out. I can't do a muscle up." Then, reality hit and I thought "I can't do 90 double unders and I haven't done Karen in awhile. Can I even do 150 wall balls?"

This morning with my coffee, iPad and brand new iPad keyboard in hand (Thank you to my groom, I love it!) I thought what I can and can't do isn't really the point, is it? We are each on our own journey to gain a measure of progress in our lives. Improved health, a new level of fitness, gain of strength, loss of body fat, etc.. Our journey will have struggle in it.

The open is fun and thrilling. I personally like to imagine I am Rich Froning (even though I am a 41 year old female) getting ready to break yet another record each time the timer counts down to begin.

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The truth is, no matter what the final rep count or time that is notated on the whiteboard, I will have made progress and so will you. The struggle of it all will bring about our progress. The effort is what matters.

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If there is no struggle, there will be no progress.

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