Friday, February 12, 2010

"You are crazy!"

I get that a lot.  Mostly it's in jest, but I am sure there is a hint of sincerity in there for some people who make the comment.  And some days, like today, I really have to take a step back and wonder... am I really crazy to do all this rowing and exercise?  After all, today started off with some seriously intense rowing intervals at CrossFit, and ended up with a rowing time trial for my CrossFit Endurance WOD.  Would a sane person voluntarily do that to him/herself?

Why do I do this?  Am I really crazy?

Gee, I hope not!

For me, one of the biggest reasons for working out revolves around challenges.  Some days, like today, are more challenging than others.   I like having some kind of a goal when I work out - and not just a simple or easy goal, but one that will push me beyond what I am comfortable with.  I like proving to myself that I can achieve something that at the onset seemed impossible or at least nearly so.

Truly one of the greatest lessons I have learned from doing CrossFit is that my body is capable of doing much more than I think it can.   No matter how difficult a CrossFit WOD may seem, I always manage to complete it (so far anyway!)   I get a real rush from proving to myself that I can go just a little bit faster than I thought, or lift a little bit more than last time, or occasionally get a slightly better score than someone who is 20 years younger than me.  And each time I accomplish this I am reminded that even at 47 years old, my body can still improve.  The difficult workouts also remind me that life outside the gym is no different from inside the gym.  I am capable of achieving more than I think I can.  Most of the barriers to success are mental.

Rowing one million meters is a goal that I am looking forward to getting under my belt.  And even though it seems like a lot when you look at it as a whole, it is fundamentally no different than a long CrossFit WOD.  You start chipping away at it, ignoring the voice of doubt that tells you it is too big, or too far and pretty soon you can see a light at the end of the tunnel (ok, that light is still 830,000m off, but it is 170,000 closer than it was a couple weeks ago...).  I am frequently reminded of the phrase, "the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time".

Tonight's time trial was one I did twice in December.  I have to be honest... it sucked while I was doing it.   I was still tired from this morning, and I felt like I couldn't get enough air for the last 5 minutes of the workout.  I came very close to bailing after 8 minutes.   I can remember thinking, "this is crazy!"  But somehow I was able to convince myself that it was only 4 minutes, and I can do anything for 4 minutes.  I finished the row and even managed to get a PR on it.  Mind over matter and another hurdle crossed.

Am I crazy? 

Gee, I hope not... because I really love doing this.

Total Meters
Total for Day
Meters to go

1 comment:

  1. that's what marks a good rowing piece for me, when I feel like bailing at least one or twice. But the reward when you managed to hang on to beat your PB is what makes it enjoyable. the competitive aspect (beating your own PB's and improving your ranking) and mental challenge of rowing is what's got me hooked