I don't normally have the time to participate in too many group classes. My schedule kind of prohibits my ability to make it to a 6 am class and I am usually Coaching the night classes, but I had a different instance last night, and many other nights besides this particular one . . .
A long day job shift - sitting at the desk, going to meetings, staying a little late, trying to meet the deadlines - and rushing to get to the gym so that I didn't get caught being late to the class that oh so often penalize people for being late, I didn't even have a chance to work out before classes started. So after a night of coaching three classes, one of which was particularly daunting due to the class size, I hunkered down for what I thought to be some long heavy lifting. A couple of the regular 7 pm night crew stayed behind as I started my lifts.
Now at some points, the second coach stays late as well and we work out together. Sometimes not. Since there was no second coach tonight, I was working out alone but I felt the eyes, I felt the cheering. The lifts weren't anything terribly difficult, as I am experimenting with something new. I am not going to delve into the intricacies of this just yet, but needless to say, I had the feeling that athletes get during the class.
Wow, it felt good! It was interesting to note that the athletes were wondering what I was doing, but they didn't question why. They just watched. And all I could do was think back to when I was working out in large groups.
Which brings me to my point of this blog, you are never alone when you do CrossFit. The echoes always seem to be there when you workout, the workouts of past that you've done with other people resound in your mind, your thoughts going to places that allow you to get through whatever task is in front of you. Music has a tendency to set your pace, environment has the ability to put you in the mood, and choice words from different people have the ability to break any respite that you may try to get.
Throughout all of this, you overcome.
Throughout all of this, you persevere.
Working as a team will achieve any goal faster than working solo.