A few weeks ago I blogged about my first crossfit experience.
I didn’t share much of the details of the two weeks I spent at R8dfit, but with this post I’d like to share the one thing that stood out most for me.
The first thing I noticed, even before I joined a class, was how many women trained at the box.
For the last class of my two-week prize membership, I joined the 5pm group (I had been training with the 6pm group for all of the other sessions). Most of the athletes in the 5pm class have been training there for two years or more. I was a little nervous to be joining them but by then the excitement of learning new things and improving my skills overrode any anxiety I had.
As we’re waiting for class to start, this ray of sunshine walks up to me and introduces herself. Halfway through the warm up, she waves me over to compliment me on my squat form. The final workout of the session was a partner WOD. My partner was another lovely lady whom I had actually met on my first day there, and she got me through the toughest workout I had done up to that point. That class was the most challenging of the two weeks, but also the most fun.
By the end of class, I had gotten a running invitation and lots of encouragement to come back again…and by the end of the day, after I had gotten home, showered and shared the day, the following message…
Most women wouldn’t admit to this, but females are a lot more competitive than men, especially with one another, especially with women they don’t know. So you can imagine my shock and disbelief at this kind of reception (the one who sent the above message, I have yet to meet in person).
I’ve stayed in touch with some of them, getting to know them better, getting to hear their crossfit journeys and some of their life experiences… The more I get to know them, the more amazed I am at who they are and what they have accomplished.
And the more I watch them interact with each other, the more they represent the truth of this statement…
I’m a big believer that everything in your life happens exactly when it’s meant to. Turning 38 has been a real struggle (not because of the age but because of all that has happened since my birthday). I went to bed that night feeling hopeful and excited for the first time in months.
My coach said to me the other day that he’s noticed a fire in me for training. While this is true, it doesn’t stop there.
I am starting to look at the things in my life I would like to change for the better, and slowly but surely taking steps to do just that. I am daring to dream a little again, and daring to believe that I can translate them into reality.
Crossfit may have had me lifting some things… But I came out of that experience inspired and uplifted by some incredible women.