2021… Looking back

A couple of days ago, I downloaded an app to compile the 9 best images on my Instagram page. I did it twice and it came up with exactly the same images both times. Eight out of the nine images are tied to what has been the biggest highlight of a very difficult year – my Crossfit journey.

A year and a half ago, my Coach predicted that I would take on Crossfit. I kept telling him no, and that he was mad, but he insisted that it would happen. It is fitting, I suppose, that the first time I ever stepped into a crossfit gym would be on his birthday.

No one could have predicted that an attempt at humour on social media would lead me to what has become an integral part of my life. A year ago I fought to get out of bed in the mornings. These days I’m up before my alarm goes off, because most mornings here is where I’ll start my day…

R8dfit, my box.

R8dfit is much more to me than just a crossfit gym. Here I have found laughter, refuge, solace, empowerment, motivation, friendship and an incredible sense of accomplishment. It is where I’ve learned to love my body for what it can do, rather than what it looks like. It is the one place I can come to and be the realest version of myself, and where I am always striving to be a better version of myself.

It’s not always easy. And me being the accident magnet that I am, I’ve had a couple of incidents and injuries, the latest one this morning (missed a box jump and banged my shin against the wooden box). Yes, there is swelling. Yes, there was blood. My win today though was carrying on when stopping would have been understandable, and working till the end. It’s moments like today that are reflective of just how far I’ve come in less than a year.

Crossfit has given me so much more than new athletic skills and PBs. It has given me strength during times of difficulty. It has given me the courage to try new and unfamiliar things. It has made me less afraid of challenges and made me realise that I can do difficult things. It has changed my response to failure, taught me to really embrace it for what it is – a part of the learning process and a stepping stone to success, not only in the gym but in many other aspects of my life.

2021 broke me down in many ways… Crossfit gave me the tools to build myself up again.

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