Kicking off the week with my Kellogg Advisory Board meeting (all strong, established, professional women) and ending with the ALDI #inTheKitchen event (more amazing women all motivated, fit and driven).I have been surrounded by women all week which, living in a household of boys, has been refreshing.
Funny enough, I was considered young at one event and felt old and irrelevant at the other.
Regardless, I’m coming home motivated and ready to get back to a routine.
In exactly 5 weeks I’ll be participating in my third CrossFit competition. Depending on how long you’ve been reading, you may have noticed I have really pulled back on running events (and even Tough Mudders). It’s not that I don’t like them or running anymore, things (me) have just changed.
As someone who didn’t discover the joy of fitness until well into her 30s (I consider myself an exercise immigrant), I knew I needed things like 5Ks to keep me going when I started. If I didn’t have an event to train for, well, I wasn’t motivated to run.
Fast-forward, geesh, 6 years?? I no longer need running events for motivation. I simply WANT to run. I enjoy running. Man, I miss running (darn leg injury!).
This year I signed up for the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon in Vegas, not for the motivation but for the challenge and the social aspect (I’m going with friends).
Now CrossFit competitions are my motivating events but they represent something totally different to me than races.
I was very hesitant to sign up for my first scaled CrossFit competition much I like was for my first race. But unlike my first race where finishing was my only goal, I actually won my first CrossFit competition.
I’m not going to lie, it felt AMAZING.
I was never, ever competitive athletically. I won’t say I was picked last in high school gym class but damn I was in the bottom 5 every time. I’m not naturally fast or agile or strong. I didn’t grow up playing sports or even watching them. I just wasn’t active or talented in the world of athletics but being consistent with CrossFit this past year (I go to the gym 5 days a week on average and first thing in the morning) I’ve gotten stronger, fitter and more confident.
My progress hasn’t been earth shatteringly fast — I mean it’s taken me a year to get double unders and I’m still not good at them — but it’s been progress all the same and I’m proud of it.
THAT’S why I compete. In a way I want to show off that progress. I want to stand side-by-side with the amazing athletes who compete in these events simply because I can.
And you know what? That makes my inner mean girl FURIOUS because she still doesn’t think I’m good enough. She loves to remind me that I’m older and less experienced than everyone else. She tries SO hard to make me feel out of place and out of my league. She so desperately wants me to give up, stop training and walk away because people like me aren’t winners.
Screw that. I’m excited and I’m kicking my training in high gear over the next few weeks because this is something I enjoy and want to do.
It all comes down to confidence: your body can do great things only if it believes it can accomplish them.
— Georges St-Pierre