The Good and the Bad…

We can’t all be good at everything, nor do we like everything we do at Crossfit.  Today was one of those days.  I emailed me PT and got the go ahead to do handstands and modified handstand push-up practice.  I was really excited about this.  I haven’t thrown myself up into a handstand in at least four months.  I wasn’t even sure if I could do it!  The first part of the workout was handstand and handstand push-up practice.  I just went up to the wall and flung myself up.  And held it for 10 seconds.  NBD.  Then I went over to the box and did these inverted handstands with the box at your feet, supporting 50% of your weight essentially.  I ended up doing four sets of 5 of those and 10 seconds handstand holds.  It was quite exciting.

Then we did a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 deadlifts and burpees.  This was a mess for me.  An absolute mess.  I wasn’t feeling all that hot when I woke up this morning (and even last night, I had no appetite and went to bed at 9pm) so I wasn’t sure how this was going to go.  In my head, I wanted to finish in less than 7 minutes.  But that absolutely didn’t happen.  The time cap was 10 minutes.  I had my friend Cat counting and coaching for me (not a real cat, a girl named Cat).  The first two sets I did unbroken, but then I got to 8 and had to rest at 4 deadlifts.  7 and 6 were THE WORST.  They always are for this format of workout.  I barely finished under the cap around 9:26.  It was such a struggle.  I laid on the floor for a long time unable to speak or gather myself.  However, what I love about Crossfit is that I was the last one done and the entire class was cheering me on.  It fueled me to finish under the cap for sure.  Have I mentioned before that deadlifts and burpees are my two least favorite movements in Crossfit?  All that in one workout.

Trying to think about what about that workout crushed me, I think I’m a bit dehydrated (I’m definitely not drinking enough water and will endeavor to get on top of that this week!) and a bit rundown (hopefully not getting sick!)

So, I work with a bunch of talented people, but one of the people that stand out to me is my colleague, Fred Fields.  He’s a very accomplished artist – check out his stuff here: http://fredfieldsart.com/works. Today, he posts on Facebook this picture that he painted with he was 10 years old.  It’s still hanging his parents house!  Talk about a man who found his passion and talent at a young age and has been nurturing it and following it ever since then.  There was a great post on psychologywod.com about Passion called Passion: Find it. Live it.  Just don’t confuse it with success.   If you have some time today, I’d take the time to (1) check out Fred’s art and (2) read that blog post (thanks Johnny D. for posting it)

Fred Fields - painted circa 1975 (age 10ish)

Fred Fields – painted circa 1975 (age 10ish)


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