Today, I did something a little crazy. I went into the Box for Hero Saturday. I figured it could be good practice for the Open (which is coming on February 27) and it would challenge myself. I like a good challenge, once in a while, it keeps the rut from settling in.
Coach Caleb had somehow convinced me to try a Hero WOD and he said I should come out today to gain experience. The Hero was from the 2011 Open Games (week 4). I felt nervous when I left the house and I was shaking in my shorts when I walked through the door at the Box. Talk about intimidation! People were warming up everywhere. And those were people who I look up to because, to me, they are such accomplished athletes / crossfitters. What was I thinking coming in and TRYING to even do this WOD??? I’ve only been doing this for 6 months and I still scale everything down? The more I thought about it, the less I felt good about myself. People were doing muscle-ups for warm-ups and I can’t even do 1 for real! Oh well, as my brother said it best: “Don’t forget that you compete against yourself”. True that bro!
I was allowed to scale the WOD and I was glad to be in the 2nd heap. I think I must have went to pee about 6 times in the 30mins before it was my turn. My hands were shaking, my heart wanted to beat out of my ribcage, but soon enough, my heap was called.
3-2-1-GO! I started attacking the burpees. Holy mother of God! 60 burpees is a lot! What was I thinking? I honestly think it took me over 8mins to finish them all, but I did them all, true to form. This, in itself, was huge for me, considering I couldn’t do a single “real” burpee when I first started Crossfit, 6 months ago.
I did my OHS with an empty 35# bar. They were HARD. I was tired, out of breath, but I kept chipping at them. Time was called and I managed to do 23 OHS. I was a little disappointed as my secret goal was to finish the OHS. I knew there was no way I could even complete 1 rep of the WOD, but I set myself an internal goal and fell slightly off. It doesn’t matter though, I ploughed through and I challenged myself, giving my best effort and that’s all I could ask of myself.
I’m not a Hero girl just yet, but I’m a Hero girl in the making! One day, I’ll finish a Hero WOD.
Mark. My. Words!