Going Hard – is my goal

Back in August I knew that I was headed for hip surgery. I knew that I would be out of Crossfit, well, I knew I would be out of doing CrossFit at an intense level, for 9 months to a year. I also knew that I wanted to do a competition.

When I was a hardcore runner I would always hear, “running is an inexpensive sport. Just buy a pair of shoes, and go run.” Or naysayers would opine, “Why are you paying for a race? You run 6 miles on the same course every day. Why pay money just because the time you and call it a 10k?”

Here’s the answer, at least for me. I paid for it BECAUSE they timed me. Maybe you are a better person than I. Maybe you can go hard when you feel like it. I can’t. Trust me, I’ve had 47 years to figure this out. When the gun goes off I go hard. No gun and I do not do the work at the same intensity. My core self needs that stopwatch, the comparison to others.

For 3 years I had no desire to compete in CrossFit. It was a fun, tough, challenging fitness program but no more than that. Then I got the bug to dig deep. To see how hard I could go. To test my fitness. Through the CF Masters group on Facebook I was able to find a team that needed a male teammate for Moxie Madness. In the end they needed 2 male teammates, and I was able to recruit someone from my gym which made it even better. It was almost like a team of my making.

Team at Moxie Madness

Two WODs standout from that competition. One was a nasty deadlift/box jump over combo. Men started doing 75 deadliest at 225#’s while the women did 75 box jump overs. When both teams were finished we switched and did this as many times as possible for 10 or 15 minutes. I thin we did 3 rounds.

I don’t remember the details. I don’t remember how long the workout lasted. I don’t remember how many reps we scored.

I do remember the total endorphin high that I had afterwards. I gave it all I had, and I was floating afterwards. Nothing beats that high.

The second WOD was also tough and lasted even longer. There were 3 working stations and 1 rest station. The working stations included a shuttle run while carrying a 65# sandbag, a row for calories, and an air assault bike. When the runner finished their shuttle run everyone switched positions. The only thing I remember from that workout is how non-stop it was. From the run immediately onto the rower. From the rower immediately onto the air assault bike. From the bike to a very short rest period. Go. Go. Go. It was head down and give it everything you had. Damn that felt good. It hurt, but I knew I was digging deep. Much deeper than on any workout at the gym.

I also remember the last WOD. The last half of the last WOD was both simple and brutal. After the women on our team did an ascending set of kettlebell snatches we had to do burpees over our partner. Instead of jumping up to a point we had to jump over our partner who was holding a plank. By the end of the WOD I couldn’t tell if it hurt more to do the burpees or to hold the plank. When our women were doing their kettlebell snatches I remember laying face down in the grass gasping for air, sucking up dirt because I was too tired to raise my head.

I don’t know if I will ever be truly competitive at CrossFit. I was a decent runner/triathlete and cold occasionally place in the top 3. My lack of brute strength limits my capabilities in the lifts and my chances to place, but that’s not the point.

The point is to have the occasional experience where I can lay it all on the line.




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