It was around this time last year that I started doing CrossFit regularly. After trying it in the summer I knew it was something I’d want to keep up but all the other boxes seemed to be a bit of a drive away. I was lucky to have a box open within a few miles of my home in November 2013.
“If you want to do something often, make it easy for yourself.”
Baptism of Fire
My first WOD at CrossFit Raeda was definitely one to remember… the 12 Days of Christmas. There were 12 exercises, and you had to perform them like you would sing the song. So 1 burpee, 2 deadlifts 1 burpee, 3 toes to bar 2 deadlifts 1 burpee, and so on.
I don’t remember the scores, but there was a time cap and I remember not finishing. I think I was on the 10th round. Now, if I’d ever not finished a race I would have been so upset. In fact, I think in my entire running life I’ve only ever pulled out of one race once I’d started and I berated myself for it. But this is where CrossFit is different. I can never quite put my finger on that feeling to describe it to someone, but whenever I’m asked what CrossFit is like all I can think of is the community. Some call it a “cult”, and maybe in a way they’re right. But all I know is that one year on, this is one cult I never want to stop being a part of.
How Far I’ve Come
So much about me has changed since I started CrossFit, there’s no way I’ll be able to explain it all. I’ve achieved things I never thought I’d be able (or even want!) to do. I’ve made so many new friends. I’ve fallen in love with a bar and plates. I’ve taken part in competitions. I’ve developed new skills. I’ve switched focus for the first time in my life from what my body looks like to what my body can do. All of this, and more, thanks to CrossFit.
One Year On
And now, one year on, we returned to a 12 Days of Christmas WOD. The exercises were different, but the concept the same. One year ago I took a scaled-down option and did easier versions of each exercise, this time around I did the RX for everything except the kettlebell exercises (I’d just returned after two weeks with a hacking cough) and I did so much better. I still didn’t finish within the time cap, but then no-one did. But I did make it all the way to round 12 this time! And as they say:
“it doesn’t get easier, you just get better”
I plan to continue getting better with my CrossFit family, and look forward to seeing how much further I am along in another year’s time.
Thank you to all the coaches and my friends at CrossFit Raeda for making this year such an amazing one.