The softest thing about Crossfit is the floor–and even that feels hard when your body slams into it.
Most people take a cursory glance at Crossfit and think, “Oh! That’s too hard!” It’s the same with marathons. I repeatedly hear, “I could NEVER do that!”
But really, with the right training, anyone can run a marathon; and anyone can Crossfit.
It just requires doing things that are hard:
- Giving your best effort
- Not making excuses for a poor effort
- Dedication to training
- Showing up consistently
- Having the humility to start small
- Having the guts to dream big
Crossfit has made me stronger mentally. I don’t give up quite as easily as I used to, and when I see a challenge, I go for it.
That’s what strength is, after all. It’s envisioning a positive outcome, rather than letting problems suck you under like quicksand.
Some of my challenges (like registering for the Jungfrau Marathon in the Swiss Alps) are self-imposed, but others are beyond my control. I am facing challenges that in my pre-Crossfit days would have seemed impossible:
- Getting a job after 20 years of working from home & raising kids
- Sending my kids to traditional school
- Sending my kids to traditional school in a different language
- Becoming fluent in German
- Figuring out how to stay here, and the subsequent roadblocks, paperwork, assholes, and other things I won’t understand
- Keeping a healthy perspective, so I have something to give the people who need me
- Keeping my core strong when I get tired
I can’t say this enough: Crossfit is not about the body, it is about the mind. I KNOW that if I set the bells down, I’m not picking them up again (very easily). So I don’t set them down. Even when they feel heavy.
Challenges don’t feel good, and at times, they can be so big, it’s like standing on the edge of a canyon, only it’s black inside, and you can’t see the next step.
Then someone hands you a headlamp and guides you to the path. You still have to do the work, and you’ll probably fall down a lot along the way. But at least you’re headed in the right direction. You didn’t give up and plummet into the chasm.
There is life to be lived and experienced: and Crossfit gives you the strength to face anything. Maybe you won’t be able to lift your own refrigerator (at first) but you will be able to do things that are hard, like putting a stop to an unhealthy relationship; like making a foreign country your home; like moving into a smaller house and painting the basement ‘Papaya.’
Whatever problem is stretching out in front of you, it CAN be overcome.
You just have to do things that are hard.
The soft things will come later:
Sitting by the campfire.
Watching the stars.
Sharing a bottle of wine with friends.
Laughing at the hike from the ridge.
Contentedly, quietly enjoying the view as the sun rises.