Et tu, Brute? Beware the Ides of March
Row 500 meters
Body weight Bench press, 30 reps
Row 1000 meters
Body weight Bench press, 20 reps
Row 2000 meters
Body weight Bench press, 10 reps
From The Phillyburbs.com
Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2013 4:00 pm | Updated: 4:59 pm, Sun Mar 10, 2013.
By Jen Wielgus
Four things I’m thinking about, after completing the first workout in the 2013 CrossFit Games Open season:
4. Once is enough for me.
One of the most difficult things to do, if you’re an intense, Type A, achiever personality, is to back off. To say no when outside forces are pushing you to go against your gut. One of the most difficult things is to listen to your body and decide that after scoring 150 on 13.1 — which involved 90 burpees to a six-inch target and 60 snatches, then a few failed attempts at a 100-pound snatch, all in 17 minutes — you will not do the workout a second time in an effort to achieve that 100-pound snatch.
I KNOW I can lift that under normal conditions because I have done it several times before. One of my proudest achievements in the past year has been improving my confidence in my snatch.
Other people know I can do it, too, and that’s probably why they kept telling me I “should” do the workout again, or I “had to” do the workout again, or asking why I wasn’t doing the workout again.
I want to please people I care about, not let them down. But I also want to stay healthy and live as close to a pain-free daily life as I can.
I don’t have to justify my decision to stick with one-and-done, but just in case you’re wondering, my lower back has been feeling about 60 percent for the past month. This workout was my lower back’s worst nightmare. Not surprisingly, after the workout, my entire body felt as if it had been run over by a…well, not a truck. Let’s say, a sedan. I want to be able to make it through the entire Open, which lasts five weeks and ends on my 35th birthday. I want to be strong in that fifth workout and celebrate another year in my life and my first year as a “real” CrossFitter with as much oomph as possible.
Why am I even doing this? It’s not to beat the sh*t out of my body! It’s not to make it to the next level of competition! It’s not to prove anything to anyone! It’s to challenge myself, and you’re bonkers if you think that scoring 150 on that workout with a sore back and still having time and motivation left over to try snatching near your one-rep max isn’t challenging yourself. Quite simply, I beg to differ.
3. It’s O.K. to be average.
I mean, I’d like to think I have a few special gifts and talents that I bring to the world — we all do — but compared to real CrossFit Games athletes, I’m Plain Jane average. Sometimes I think it might be nice if I could do what Elisabeth Akinwale or Tanya Wagner can do. And then I remember that I actually enjoy my reporting job — as horrible for mobility and sleep patterns as it is — and I enjoy being able to drink a few brews and maybe, occasionally, eat a few treats on the weekends. And one workout a day is enough for me.
When I say it’s O.K. to be average, I mean that it’s O.K. to be a normal person who has no shot in hell of ever making it to the CrossFit Games. Personally, I do CrossFit because it’s a rush to attempt a different physical challenge every day. I do CrossFit because it’s never boring, while daily life as an adult sometimes is. I do CrossFit because — well, the two reasons I just gave, plus No. 3 (look down), are more than enough to satisfy me.
2. Community is everything. Much, much better than the workout is the experience of being in that gym when it’s buzzing with action and people are reaching new milestones, or just giving everything they have to try to reach those milestones. I went to our Open workout session today just to watch and count and shoot the sh*t, and I can honestly say there’s no place I’d rather be.
Um, yeah, I can’t lie. Part of the fun was knowing I didn’t have to do any more gol-darn burpees.
1. ‘Tis a far, far better thing to watch your loved ones achieve than to achieve yourself.
My husband snatched 135 pounds 12 times today. That’s his one-rep max — or at least he thinks it’s his one-rep max. Last year in the Open, he only snatched 135 pounds once, and that was without having to do 70 burpees beforehand. My husband has such a big heart and is so secure in himself and his abilities that he always shines the spotlight on others. He always shines the spotlight on me. He deserves his day, his time to shine, and I am so thankful and joyful that he got it.
Here’s to more days like today.