I am heading towards a year of doing CrossFit now, and if I am honest I have been feeling a bit disheartened.  I know I shouldn’t, I should be able to see the progress I have made.  But as usual for my sunny disposition self (sarcasm) I could far more easily see the things I still couldn’t do.

So this week I had a rather wonderful slap in the face reminder of my progress.

In April this year I took part in the CrossFit Games Open, I would lie if I said it was a brilliant experience, it was mainly horrible, but I tried.

the 2nd workout 13.2 was a 10 minute AMRAP (as may rounds as possible) of

35kg S2OH x5(should to overhead, any technique)

35kg Deadlift x 10

15 box jumps (can be step ups)

When I did it back in April I can remember is so vividly as I could barely clean the bar even (get it up onto my shoulder) and it took so much to get it about my head, I managed the first 5, and there were quite a few people down willing that bar up for me too.  I did the deadlifts and then had to do step ups as I still had the box jump fear .  I did one round plus 2 more S2OH. So a total of 53 reps.

Samir had scheduled a repeat of the workout this week and initially I thought ‘Nooooooo!’ but then I realised I can actually do the 35kg S2OH now, and box jumps.

I also read this from MrsB over at Mind Over Matter (go subscribe to her blog, it is a really good read of CrossFit, running and life) showing her progress in CrossFit too.

So on Friday I went and did the workout, and even though I had my pre WOD nerves of wanting to bolt, I started and possibly for the first time ever actually quite enjoyed a WOD.  I got 5 rounds plus 1. Making 151 reps.

So, yeah sometimes progress needs to be that blatant for me to acknowledge it is there.  And as much as I know that the amazing coaching & programming we have at S.O. CrossFit is a huge part of this, I also have to stop and know.

I did that.




  1. 9 December , 2013 / 11:33 am

    You did that alright!
    I always keep reminding myself that slow and steady wins the race. Often it’s disheartening when new girls start at Crossfit and can deadlift a 100kg on their second week… but then I have to remind myself that a) they were into other sports before and b) I only need to compare myself to myself.

    Just think how buff we’ll be by the time we’re 50! 😀

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      10 December , 2013 / 10:15 am

      Ah I have a big birthday coming up next year, but knowing that I am at my fitest of my life at the moment even softens the blow (a bit!)

  2. 17 December , 2013 / 3:52 am

    I can be just like you. I get down on myself because I don’t progress as fast as others at the gym. I have to remind myself to celebrate the little improvements. Awesome job on your part. That is amazing progress!

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