As many of you are aware I have been competing in the Fire Fighter Combat Challenge for almost ten years. My first competition was in Oklahoma City in June 2000; my time was a blistering 2:28. I lay on the ground for about 45 minutes after that run. It was about 95 degrees that day, and as I was laying there half unconscious my dad thought it was a good idea to dump ice cold water over my head. I thought my heart was going to come out of my chest. After that I was finally able to stand and walk around. I was hooked and loved it.
Over the last few years I’ve had moderate success running the competition. I placed in the top 5 at various events and got invited into the “Lions Den” which is a club for people who have run the competition under 100 seconds. My best time is 1:35 in which I ran in 2008. I did not run the competition in 2009, because I was busy getting involved in setting up Black hills Crossfit.
Now it is 2010, the gym is growing and the Firefighter combat competition is coming to Rapid City. This will be a regional event that will on July 17th and 18th. As you can imagine this puts the spotlight right on me to step up and run well. Not only am I going to be running in front of all the firefighters and friends. It was decided to have our family reunion that weekend in Rapid City. No pressure at all.
Over the last year I admit I have let my training slip. I go to the gym every day to work out but I find myself doing other things at the gym and the next thing it’s time to go home and I didn’t do the W.O.D. Starting Monday April 5th my days of excuses are over. I am putting this out there so that Crossfit clients/friends can hold me accountable and push me. This is the main reason I don’t put up my time on the board during the daily WOD because I am ashamed of my time. Now I have no excuse and want to work in order to achieve the best that I can become as a trainer. So let it be at 3:00 pm or 3:00 am.
One of the reason I love CrossFit so much is because each and every workout is like a small competition in itself. During the warm-up you look up constantly at the WOD written on the board and thinking “why do I come and put myself through this hell”. The music gets cranked up and you hear it 3-2-1 GO and all the doubts goes away and you start cranking out reps. Before you know it, the rounds are done; you are lying in a pool of sweat wondering what happened? Everybody around you is talking about how the workout sucked but wonder to themselves what will the WOD be tomorrow. This is the same exact feelings, I get when I run in the Firefighter competition.
Every day I go to the gym, I see the athletics at the gym pushing themselves and constantly reaching their goals. This week alone I saw Hillary D go 10 feet up the rope and Christina do a 1 min plank without stopping. Other things that make me proud is watching Marquis’s son do burpees and watching my 2 year old daughter grap on to a kettlebell and start doing kb swings with perfect from. These are the little things that keep me pushing forward towards my goals.