I just got back from my CrossFit gym where I completed the last workout in what is called the CrossFit Opens. These work outs are meant to push the best athlete out of you and if you do well enough, you get to compete against the best athletes across the country in Regionals. I am not the best, and I am okay with that because I have come so far in the last year. I can honestly say I am 100 times better than I was exactly 1 year ago. I am able to do things that I never thought I would be able to do. I am able to lift weights that I never thought I would be able to lift. I am closer to doing a pull-up (which still isn’t very close) than I have ever been in my life. A few years ago, picking up the bar felt too heavy, now picking up the bar feels like I am carrying a notebook or something.
This is completely due to PERSEVERANCE.
I kept pushing myself to go to CrossFit, I kept showing up, despite how incredibly hard it is every time. I kept asking my Coach Neil, when I was going to be able to do the stuff the big kids were doing. He kept telling me “Don’t worry about, it will come.” He was so right. CrossFit can get a bad rep, some people do not do it correctly so they get hurt, or they take it to another level that makes other people feel uncomfortable. Luckily I found a gym, that has become my family. I look forward to seeing the other members, and the coaches, Adam, Vin & Ryan. I am even lucky enough to still have a relationship with my first coach Neil, who still believes in and supports me from over 3,000 miles away. These people have helped me persevere, push me to be better when I want to give up. They tell me to pick that bar back up again, get on that rower, jump back on that box, you can do it, Lindsay.
These people, my CrossFit family, believe in me. They help me become stronger, they help me become a better athlete, they help me believe in myself, they help me persevere.
I am so thankful to these people that have pushed me to better. But I am even more proud of myself for continuing to push myself, and continuing to show up. You can only become your best when you push yourself out of your comfort zone, out of that box. When you persevere past the fear that you you think you can’t face, only amazing things can happen.