This is one of my absolute favorite Calvin & Hobbs comic strips.
Does anyone remember Calvin & Hobbs? Bill Waterston was a GENIUS. I made a copy of this strip out of one of my Calvin & Hobbs treasuries back when I was in high school, and I pinned this to my bulletin board. I think about it when something big happens in my life, because it keeps things in perspective — big picture stuff.
Trouble is, I also tend to downplay my own accomplishments when I think about this comic strip. Then the self-doubting sets in and I begin to believe that no one will care if I tell them about what I just did.
Maybe that’s why I waited so long to write about Thursday morning, March 8, 2012. In the grand scheme of life, it was just a small event. For me, it was huge. We were warming up for the Games Open WOD 12.3. We were supposed to do 4 rounds of a modified “Cindy,” with kettlebells, and it had to be fast because the Games WOD was going to take a long time. There was no time to set up bands for the pullups, so I said to myself, “To hell with it. I’ll just do what I can.”
And that’s when I got my first unassisted pullup.
“Oh my gosh!” I yelled. “I did a pullup!” But it was kind of chaotic. The rowers were going and everyone was running around. Jeff was helping Aaron coach, because Zach was out, and I told him, “I think I got my first pullup!” but no one else really heard. And then I got more, and I was amazed it wasn’t a fluke.
Then it was time for the WOD. I had walked into class with a plan. I was not going to scale. I did not care if that meant I couldn’t get through 1 round. I was going to try.
Games Open WOD 12.3
18 Min AMRAP
15 Box Jumps (M 24″ / W 20″)
12 Push Press (M 115# / W 75#) – shoulder to overhead standard, so push jerk, split jerk, strict press acceptable
Everyone signed up for the open went in the first heat, and those who weren’t counted for the competitors and went in the second heat. There weren’t enough counters, so Jeff counted for me. He was so awesome, because the assumption was that there was no scaling. It was like, “OK, you’re going to do this.” So it never crossed my mind to drop the weight or scale the movements.
I blew through the box jumps, and then I surprised myself on the push press. I actually did push jerks, but even though it was hard, I was so happy I could do 75# in a WOD. First time!
The toes-to-bar were far more challenging. I wasn’t sure I could even do one. But I finally did — first time ever!!!!! — and then I kept chipping away at it. I had many misses, and Jeff did not count any to my score where I didn’t actually touch the bar — no matter how close I got. And you know what? I’m glad he didn’t. It made me work harder.
Completed: 2 rounds + 15 box jumps + 2 Push Press RX
Sometimes I think — it was just a pullup. It was just toes-to-bar. Why would anyone care? Because the reality is, most people wouldn’t. And I guess I’m shy about touting the fact that I hit a goal I’ve been working toward for 3 years because I know many of the people I interact with on a daily basis just wouldn’t understand.
Thankfully, my husband, my coaches and my Crossfit pals do understand. So when I told them about it, either in person or on Twitter, I got high fives all around. That’s the kind of thing that makes this Crossfit community so freakin’ awesome.
Now, I rest. The workout wrecked me. I’ve been sore for days, and I can barely lift my arms over my head. This is going to make Oly very interesting in the morning. Very interesting indeed.