Not that we don't already know this, but I came to appreciate the simple statement that everything has to start somewhere, so indulge me . . .
Double unders - started from simply jumping rope.
Cleans - starting from picking up weight
Pull-ups - getting over an obstacle
Push-ups - getting up after getting knocked down
Even the most complex of movements can be broken down into easy to understand, easy to relate to, movements. But it isn't just movements that take the cake. We have to learn to go easy on ourselves sometimes. We don't just run a marathon because we could run 3 400 meter sprints. We don't intend to pick up a 1,000 lbs when all we could was 10 100 lb deadlifts.
We don't get a PR everyday, live with it.
The hardest thing we have to deal with is ourselves. There should be no doubt in that. A friend and CrossFit peer of mine provided me with an opportunity to learn a different style of Coaching. Most coaches tend to provide guidance based on an individuals goals. Well, I happened to start reading a book entitled, Run to The Roar, and it has been absolutely stupendous. The ability to tap into the heart of the individual not based on where he wants to be, but to tap into the heart of the individual by learning to conquer the biggest fears that the individual may have.
With CrossFit, I find that the fear most individuals have is failure. We sure are an optimistic bunch. There is no way to deny that.
Fran - I can do that (21, 15, 9 - 95/65 lb Thrusters / Pull-ups)
Murph - pfft, give me a vest (1 mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats, 1 mile run)
King Kong - (c'mon - if you don't know it, look this one up!)
It is easy to think positive thoughts, it is tough to put them into action. The purpose of this post is to think about your fears - are you afraid of getting injured? are you afraid of embarrassing yourself? Can you honestly tell yourself that if you workout that you won't get any better than you are now? Half-assing a workout makes you half-ass. Putting your heart into a workout takes courage. In the military, half-assing was seen as being what I fondly recall, "a shitbag". No one in my class (back then) wanted to be a part of that because of it's negative connotation. Guess what? CrossFit happens to be the same way.
Think I am lying? C'mon down to a night class. I am sure the day classes are the same. Sweat, blood and tears on the floor. Working through aches, injuries, and the like. I see pictures and videos of people who break a wrist and do a workout with 1 arm (true story - look up the competitors for week 1 of the CrossFit games).
There are injuries that can sideline you, please don't get me wrong. If you need to rest, then rest.
If you want to work, you will work, it starts somewhere, it starts somehow, but it starts with you. There will be good days, bad days, but you give it your all. The more you put into what you are doing, the more you will get out of what you are doing. This goes for CrossFit, this goes for work, this goes for life.
"I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end. "