Life is not about discovering our talents; it is about pushing our talents to the limit and discovering our genius.
This statement is among the best ways to explain why I CrossFit. Right around 4 years ago, when I began plunking around The Mainsite, trying whatever parts of the workouts I could with what little equipment I had access to, my goal was not to compete at exercise, or at least this particular type of exercise. This was primarily due to the fact that I didn’t know CrossFit competitions existed, but also because even heavily scaled workouts were crushing me. When I started CrossFitting I saw it as an excellent supplement to soccer and running. I wanted to use CrossFit to run farther and faster, to push my talent to it’s limit.
As time went on, the benefits of CrossFit became clear. I got into coaching and let other athletic interests fall by the wayside, so I’d have more time to devote to the Sport of Fitness. I’ve continued to enjoy running, and have seen the positive results CrossFit can deliver to endurance athletes first hand. I’m faster now at all distances than I’ve ever been, while also much stronger, but until recently I had not chosen to dedicate myself to reaching a particular goal, and really push the limits of my talent.
A week from this Sunday I’m setting out to test my fitness, and achieve a long time goal by running my first full marathon. Many members of the CrossFit Fenway family have recently, or will be pushing themselves too, running races as long, or longer than they’ve run before, including several participating in the B.A.A. Half Marathon this Sunday (look for them if you happen to be anywhere along the course). I’m so happy and proud to be a part of the process of so many of you discovering your talents, learning what you’re capable of, and expressing that ability as fully as possible. Congratulations and good luck!
October 6, 2011
Strength: Jerk 5-5-5-5-5
15 Swings (24kg/16kg)
10 Box Jumps (24″/20″)
Schedule Update: No classes Monday, October 10th for the holiday
Garage Games: Registration is now open for the New England Finals to be held at CrossFit Southie on November 12th and 13th. Competitors in the RX division need to be proficient with all barbell movements at 95#/65# and able to do unassisted pull-ups. Scaled division athletes need similar competence at 65#/45# and able to do purple-banded pull-ups. Click here to sign up.