WOD the hell am I thinking? is a 5-part guest blog post series for CrossFit Ironstone.
It was our fourth and final week for the Foundations class this week. We covered a lot of ground, including the front squat, the snatch and the clean and power clean, and the thruster.
In addition to the Foundations classes, there is a lot happening at the gym. I’ve been trying to take advantage of it all, in order to get the full experience—going to yoga on Sundays, tried out the mobility class, and I even signed up for the CrossFit Open—which I am told is like “CrossFit Christmas” as it only happens once a year. Four weeks ago, I never would have thought doing something like this was possible!
The CrossFit Open is an opportunity to participate in something bigger—a new workout gets announced every week in March, and the same workout is happening all over the world. Participants have a few days to complete the workout and then scores are submitted to CrossFit. It is scaled this year, which means a lot of the workouts can be modified and done with lower weights. I see this opportunity as a fun way to get to know everyone, and track my progress.
I was really nervous for my first Open workout last Saturday, but now that it is complete I’m so glad I decided to do it. Participating in this event has been very motivating and a great learning experience. My yoga tools are constantly kicking in; however, as I remain mindful of just doing what I can do now. I’m not focusing so much on my score, as I am on practicing my technique and having fun cheering others on.
One of my favourite things about Ironstone has been getting to know everyone, and hearing others stories—From the practical: How they got here? How many times week do they go? To the more personal: What did they overcome? What are their goals? Who inspires them? There is so much dedication, positivity, and inspiration all happening simultaneously under one roof. This is the part that has contributed to my overall enjoyment of this experience.
With the Foundations class wrapped up, I feel like I’m just getting started with CrossFit. I’m surprising myself with what I can accomplish and excited to discover what else is possible for me, and I look forward to seeing you there!