Today I finally learned how to rope climb. I have not workout with a rope outside of CrossFit since the US Army! Nevertheless, it was a nice feeling to be able to get this far up the rope.
This was a major victory for me. First of all, I am afraid of heights. The first time I ascended up the rope, I made the mistake of looking down. I froze, panicked and then asked Coach Mav to help me down. I ended up sitting on his shoulders. (Not cool) I shook my head and gathered my thoughts. I had to remind myself why I was doing this. I jumped backup there several times. Each time getting a little higher but then slide down. Finally my coach said everyone he taught has reached the top. One last time I thought..
With one deep breath, I jumped up and kept going. I kept on until he finally yelled that I did it! Then the hard part, getting down. Oh no! With a side slip of the foot I descended on my way down. The biggest smile shot across my face and the hardest high five I ever received from Coach Mav.
I walked out of the box a little taller today because I knew I accomplished something I once thought impossible.
This past weekend was RAID GAMES 4 in Deerfield Beach, Florida. I was a Masters Competitor 45+ . This time, I went into this competition a little differently. I was alone this time. No one else was with me, but oddly enough I was ok. I wasn’t nervous AND it forced me to get out and meet people. (Believe it or not, I am a little shy.) My previous experience at RAID GAMES was heart breaking. At RAID GAMES 3, I came in 4th place. I was crushed. So close to coming to the podium and yet not quite good enough. I didn’t give up. I used that disappointment as fuel to prepare me for RAID GAMES 4. Game plan went as followed:
Olympic Lifting Classes
Accessory Training (working on goats after the WOD)
Mobility and Active Rest Days
Global Day Workouts (Not competition bodybuilding, but building where I need it most)
Coming in, I told myself, “I want 3rd place. I just wanted to step on the podium for once”. I thought about it, prayed on it, others prayed for me as well.
At the end of the day, I did it! (With some help of course..)
Lesson learned: I believed I could do it and therefore, I did. Never let anyone kill your dreams….not even yourself.
Getting ready to compete in the Master’s Division this weekend in Deerfield Beach. Representing CrossFIt RSX! Less than 3 days everyone!