Have you ever noticed that?
Today was the last day of the 2011 I AM CROSSFIT Challenge. That meant a brutal finale WOD and a celebratory dinner. First the WOD. Then dinner.
I signed up for the first heat this morning — 7:30am. We (me and the rest of the family) showed up at 7 so I could get my final picture taken and warm up. It felt like such a community. There was such an excitement in the air — the anticipation of what was about to come was palpable.
Just like in the kickoff workout, we all got a coach. This time my coach was Lisa. We set up my station — exactly the same as the first time — and then I nervously lined up.
15 pull ups
7 hang power cleans
It was chilly, and my hands were stiff and cold, but I felt strong. I knew I could have used a lighter band and the hang power cleans were much easier for me. And the running — that was my strength. I;m a much faster runner than I used to be.
Time: 10:45 @ 65# (blue + purple bands)
That’s nearly 45 seconds faster than my previous time. Woo-hoo!
I have gained so much since this challenge began — strength, endurance –and I have accomplished many (not all, but that’s OK) of my goals. But I think the least expected benefit for me has been the friendships I have cultivated during this challenge.
(Cheese alert — warning!)
I didn’t expect to make such good friends while working my ass off — but I did.
Tonight, Beth and Stephanie came over with their families for a celebratory dinner. We feasted. We let loose on our nutrition, enjoying red wine and chocolate mousse pie. There was a lot of laughter. And one thing we all agreed on — it wouldn’t end here.
We still want to run together, do challenges together, push each other — hang out with each other. It’s sad that there will be no more Wednesday evening workout or Sunday afternoon runs. We all got such amazing results. We all have a good time together.
So it shouldn’t end here. Right?
No. It shouldn’t.
And it won’t.