Sunday, August 25, 2013
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going
This past week has been an awesome reminder that persistence pays off. By persistence, I don't just mean a superficial appearance of effort, but a vigorous daily practice that is hard every single day. That's the thing about achieving a goal; the best ones to go for aren't the ones that are easy, but the ones that test your strength of character, willpower, and determination.
Yesterday (Saturday) I reaped the fruits of my labor on the pull-up front. Before Saturday, the most pull-ups I had ever done in one sitting (not back-to-back without dropping down, but in one session) was 10. This Saturday's WOD called for a 15 min. AMRAP of Fran:
21-15-9 of thrusters at 65 pounds (for women); Pull-ups.*
For the non-Crossfitters, AMRAP stands for "As many rounds as possible" meaning that one round is 21 thrusters, 21 pullups; 15 thrusters, 15 pull-ups; 9 thrusters, 9 pull-ups and you try to do all of that as many times as you can in 15 minutes.
I came into the workout a little worse for wear from a stomach issue, so I decided to focus on one goal for the WOD: pull-ups. I set up a 35lb bar for my thrusters and went to work! I accomplished my first 21 pull-ups with NO BAND! I did my set of 15 with the band (to save some time), then did my 9 with no band again. Finally, with time running out, I did 10 of my last 21 pull-ups with no band and 11 with the band.
In total, I completed 40 real pull-ups without assistance and 26 with one small red band. Hallelujah!
I was so excited after the first set of 21 that I shrieked a girlish yelp of joy as I pranced back to my bar. The people in my class are used to my odd expressions of excitement and just gave me nods of approval and smiles. So, to anyone out there reading this who think that they will never be able to ___x____, you're wrong; if you work on it really hard, you can make it happen.
Better than yesterday!