The post below was originally published in 2011, and it's been updated each year to reflect where I am in my life and the new...Read More
Why Do You CrossFit?
It cracks me up (in an internal, snarky, unkind way that I should really work on eliminating, but f*ck it, I’m not gonna…) when people learn about the way I eat and the way I workout and ask, “What are you training for?”
Um… life. I’m training for life.
I train like an athlete and eat like an athlete because I want to have a Great Life… a life full of adventures and cute clothes and delicious food and romantic vacations. I want to be able to carry my own keyboard amp and to haul my own damn suitcase in and out of the trunk. And I want to sleep the sleep of the righteous every night. None of that is possible without keeping my body strong and my noggin on straight.
I don’t really train to get better at CrossFit; I train for my Great Life. Which is why I only got 5.5 hours of sleep last night… ’cause I was at a super-kickass, awesome, “we’ve got a great vibe going” band practice until 9:30, and I ate dinner in bed at 10:30.
I almost didn’t go to my CrossFit Women class today because I was kinda tired and worried I wasn’t going to have a good workout. My little voice was, like, “That 400m warmup is gonna suck and you’re going to be really slow and the last one to finish. Again. You should stay home.”
That’s a goddamn stupid reason to miss a workout, y’all.
So I got my sorry ass up.
I give myself a guilt-free pass to skip my training if I’m truly tired, but ego-driven concern – about being slow or not being able to toss around shit as heavy as usual – is just nonsense. I will not skip a workout to assuage my ego.
Yeah, I was a little raggedy around the edges this morning, but not too tired to perform the workout in a chillaxed, scaled-back way. My performance on the main part of our workout isn’t brag-worthy: Last time we did cleans, I hoisted 75-lbs. but today I used the 65-lb. bar… but my goal is to have a Great Life, so every workout doesn’t have to be a PR.
Last night and this morning are really the whole point: We rocked it real good at band practice. I enjoyed my training. I ate great. I slept soundly. Who can complain? In the last 18 hours, I’ve had it all.
Well… all except that 75-lb. hang clean.
CrossFit Women Workout
10 hang cleans, 65lb. barbell
My time: 14:32
Bonus sprint: 800m for time
My time: 3:36
(which astute readers will notice is approximately :20 faster than my previous 800.)
Why do YOU CrossFit? Give a shout-out in the comments and let us know…
Cool post alert:
My pal Erika – the very best combo of brain, brawns, and heart – has a really nice post today about ambition and training. Look at the two of us, taking ego out of the equation.