The rain crashed into Austin Friday morning with a bang, startling me awake around 5:30 a.m. That’s about when a huge branch fell right on the roof, and despite my urge to stay in bed, I decided to get up.
My motivation ended there. I just wasn’t feeling much motivation for Friday morning conditioning. The rain, as much as it’s needed, seemed to have dampened my enthusiasm.
AMRAP 20 minutes
There were only 3 of us there for class — not an unusual event if you look back over the years at class attendance. Frustrating, yes, but odd? Not at all. We’re coming up one holidays, people want a break. They’ll all be back — with gusto — in January. It’s like a traditional gym. I wish it wasn’t that way, but it seems like it is.
I don’t really feel up to getting any deeper into class attendance in this forum. My friend Bryan and I spoke at length about it Friday, after class, and he wrote his thoughts here, which are very interesting.
Needless to say, it would be nice to not be the only one invested in this class — after all, I’m just a volunteer. Bryan graciously agreed to sit down with me to plan about classes on a quarterly basis, implementing a conditioning focus as well as a skill focus that will build week to week. We want to make it feel accessible (which is already is, but people don’t see it that way), but there’s a fine line to walk, because I still want there to be accountability, too. One of the biggest problems I see with traditional exercise (i.e. gyms and the like) is accessibility without accountability. Anyone can join a gym and do exercises that promote muscle imbalance or that do little to build any of the 10 physical skills that define Crossfit (endurance, strength, stamina, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, accuracy). And many people want to do their thing at a gym without someone — even themselves — holding them accountable for performing each move accurately. Ever seen someone do a pushup where their neck was moving more than their arms? I used to be that person. It took a long time for me to swallow my pride and accept that 1) I needed guidance and 2) I do have the ability to do it right and improve.
Hmmmm…. I guess I did get into the whole class attendance issue.
Anyway, It will be really good to have another person that cares as much as I do about the class, and I’m looking forward to getting started.
It will be FRANTASTIC!
This morning is Fran! My shoulders, arms, hands, lats and neck are still sore. But I’m not concerned. The only thing that worries me is actually checking in. You see, the chest congestion I had yesterday has moved up into my voice box today, and I have little voice left. I sound WAAAAAYYYY worse than I feel. I feel great! Bring on Fran!