Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Timing is EVERYTHING


August 29, 2012

I think we have all been in a situation where we have thought “timing is everything.” You’re in the right place at the right time, or in the wrong place at the wrong time… either way, you know what it is like to have that feeling. I know I have been in situations where something may happen that I feel like the timing couldn’t be worse for, I might not be ready for something that has suddenly popped up, or I’ve decide that right now is just not the right time for “whatever.” On the contrary I have been on the flip side thinking “perfect timing” when something happens… in these situations we rarely have any control over the timing. However, living through these situations we can totally understand how important timing is to our mentality, it can make something really awesome, or it can totally kill it.

Garage Games are coming up on the 8th and 9th of September. I can remember attending them last year, just a noob in the CF world. It was pretty much the event that made me fall in love with CrossFit. The time was right, my mind was in the right place. The day Hubs came home and said “want to try this CrossFit thing” couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. Not only did it work wonders for ourselves as individuals, but it is something we do together. We can share in each others “crossfit world,” whether it is happiness and successes or frustration and irritations.  The timing was right. We were in desperate need for a change in so many ways. Just so happened that CFW was right down the street and we had a free Saturday. When I saw the Garage Games… something clicked. I had already committed myself to this whole new world, but once I locked in on the possibilities, there was no looking back.

There is a lot of time in life (unless of course life if cut short). “We” as humans have probably made the statement “there is never enough time” about a million times in our lives. Its natural to respond that way. I am famous for cramming 100 things into one weekend and never having enough time to get everything accomplished that I wanted to do. My bosses sometimes set unreasonable deadlines at my job which make me mumble under my breath as I work too many hours in one week to get everything done. I have said to my friends “yes, lets get together we have let to much time pass from the last time we did” and than the next thing you know it has been a month, time gets away from both/all of us. Its natural. But again… timing, it plays such a huge roll in our daily life that we don’t even realize it.

Commitment to my own health and well being has taken time. Yeah, I jumped into CF with nothing holding me back, but I certainly did my fair share of bailing on the gym because I didn’t feel like going or because it was going to take too much time out of my day, back when I was at a typical gym. I decided the day the “time was right,” the day I started CrossFit that my life, my personal view of myself, my own well being was TOTALLY worth my time. In fact, it was worth my time more than anything else in the world, after all, I only get one shot at this whole “life” thing. So, I make time for ME every day. I make time for my workout every day during that time. I don’t live to workout I workout to live.

That did not come overnight and it did not come without sacrifice. But the accomplishments and strides towards my goals that I have made in the last year+…. The “time” spent has been worth it 100 times over. I have changed my lifestyle. I don’t feel like food has to be the center of a gathering, and if it is there is no reason it cant be healthy. Time has changed me. Time has made me mush more aware of how I want to live the time I have left on this planet.

Of course through my time at CF I have learned so much more about myself than I would have ever imagined something as simple as a “gym” could teach me. Which is why I will continue to say that you cant not really fully understand CrossFit unless you are a CrossFitter. There have been times that I have stuck my head out there not knowing what the outcome was going to be… I make mistakes sometimes however, I realize I will continue to make mistakes for the rest of my life, how else would I learn… and of course there are plenty of failures that lead to very very successful and wonderful things. Time allows for all these things to happen… and time allows for these things to make me a better more well rounded person.




The Garage Games WODs have been released. I am competing as a Rx athlete. I have been waiting for this day since last year! I both crapped myself and got really excited when I saw the WODs. This is going to be a tough one! One that I know I can do and one that will take a lot of focus and determination. This morning we ran the WOD that is most concerning to me. It has a 5 minute time cap for 25 Back Squats with 155 lbs, followed by 25 handstand pushups. Now, I have done handstand pushups plenty. All the way back to the funniest day when I was afraid to kick up to the wall with K at the garage… to last Tuesday when I completed “Nighthawk” with a single abmat and a 15lb plate. Yesterday after the WODs were released I knocked myself down to one abmat and did three consecutive handstand pushups. I just needed to get down to the ground. Today was the day!

Timing. Talk about timing. First off, I set up my station and did a “practice” one. Well, to my very own surprise (and probably to everyone around me) I actually did it! My timing was on… I kipped and pushed in unison and voila, I was up there.  A big “HOOTIE WHOOO” came out and I was very very excited!! But… I knew there was a lot of work to come for the WOD. Well, I was able to complete all 25 back squats in about 2:00 or so… than it was onto the wall. JM was there to push me along and count my reps. Love that girl, she was so motivating and did a great job encouraging me as well as watching the clock for the 3 minutes the I struggled… damn. I wasn’t able to get any more out of me today. I pushed and I struggled but I couldn’t get the timing right.

Tomorrow is another day and guess what… I did one more handstand pushup from the ground today than I did yesterday!! I am very happy and proud of myself and I will not let this moment pass without recognizing it! I will continue to work hard, I will continue to push till the very last day before I have to stop for Garage Games prep. If I get 1 or I get 25 at Garage Games I know I will give it my all!!

WARMUP:
400m Run
3 Rounds 
- 5 Pullups (subbed ring rows because my hand is torn from Monday)
- 10 Pistols
- 10 Situps
- 10 Spidermans
400m Run
Group: HSPU

WOD #1: Garage Games WOD #2
- 25 Back Squat (155lbs)
- HSPU
(25 Rx)

WOD #2: Garage Games Floater WOD
- 5 Deadlift (225 lbs)
- 300yd Shuttle Run
(1:23 Rx)

Challenge Day 10
Post WOD: Shake
Breakfast: 1oz Pumpkin Seeds, 2 Egg Muffins, 2 Sweet Potato Muffins, 12 oz Green Tea
Snack 1: 2oz Boars Head Nitrate Free Ham, 1/2 Avocado, 1 Tomato, 12 oz Green Tea
Lunch: 3 oz Pork and Zucchini and Summer Squash and 1/3 cup of Coconut Milk
Break: 12 oz Green Tea
Dinner: 3 oz Flank Steak and Butternut Squash
Snack 2: 2oz Boars Head All Natural Turkey with 1 tbsp of olive oil mayo and 1/2 an Avocado on Romaine

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