True or False? There’s no crying in CrossFit

FALSE!  You can totally cry in crossfit.  The only catch, you have to keep moving.  Crying is not an excuse to slow down and it’s certainly not an excuse to quit.

I remember the first time I cried during a wod, it was about this time last year.   It was my first time training for a competition, I was stressed about work, I was tired, I hadn’t eaten and on and on and on….and mid work out I began crying. 

Bill and Staci (the owners of CFCleveland) were completely at a loss of what to do.  They had never seen me cry.  I was Kate ‘killer’ Rawlings, I don’t cry.  They kept asking if I was ok.  They told me I could stop, but I kept chugging along tears coming down my face.  After the workout they clearly wanted to know what they hell happened.  I told them life happened.  Ever since then it’s the rule that you can cry as long as you keep moving.

Today’s WOD made me feel like I did that day. You have to know the wod before you can appreciate why.

Today’s WOD:
Squat Cleans 7-6-5-4-3-2-1
Split Jerks  1-2-3-4-5-6-7
Do 7 squat cleans, then 1 split jerk, 6 squat cleans, 2 split jerks…you get the idea.  The catch….do it 3, yes 3 times;  increasing the weight each time.

1st round @ 55lbs in 4:33
Rest 3 min
2ndround @ 85lbs 7:42
rest 3min
3rd round @105lbs in 11:28

So I charge into the first round and it felt pretty good.  I got slowed down because I thought ‘I can remember the rep scheme’ and I couldn’t.  So I would move on before I should have, go back and do reps, it was disaster for sure.  So I wrote the reps on the board for the next round.  3..2…1..GO!  First 2 rounds felt good, but I knew it wasn’t going to get any easier. 4 and 4 was my breaking point.  I wanted to walk away from the whole thing, but I struggled through and finished the damn wod.  It wasn’t the squat cleans that seemed to be challenging, it was the split jerks.

I reload the bar with 105lbs for the third and final round.  I was on the verge of tears just thinking about having to do it again. I wonder if I can just tell Bill I was spent, or tired, or cry my way out of it.  I know it’s going to suck.  I know I’m tired.  I know it’s going to be a struggle.  The exact reasons I should do it. 

I comprise though, and decide I’m going to do it, but I’m going to cover the clock.  This was a mental battle for me, the last thing I needed was those big red numbers looming at me.  3…2…1…GO! It’s heavy from the start, again, the cleans are good, it’s the damn jerks that were out of control heavy today.  Maybe it was because I had already done the workout twice. Ha!  I hit the 4 and 4 and I’m doing everything in my power to not walk away from the workout all together.  I’m trying to come up with a good excuse why I can’t finish, but I continue on through the end; every split jerk feeling heavier than the previous.

So if you want to cry…..i say let it out….but you can’t stop or quit.  Sorry….those are the rules.

3 thoughts on “True or False? There’s no crying in CrossFit

  1. Seriously though.. if a GUY were crying during a workout.. it doesn’t matter how much of a beast he is.. he would never hear the end of it. It’s all good though, i’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now.. you’re a tough cookie, and anytime YOU need to cry go ahead, no respect lost from me (but only because you are female) 😉

  2. Jarrod,

    I used 60% 1st, 75% second and 85% third. The thrid one is the worst because you just don’t want to have to do it AGAIN. Let me know how it goes.

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