I’ve been full go towards the 2012 CrossFit Open for a little over a month now, and as I get closer the weights are getting heavier, movements are getting more complicated and recovery is becoming more important. Having spent so much time on the side lines I’ve forgotten how much it hurts to make progress. And the crazy part is that it’s a pain that I’ve missed.
It seems that only crossfitters understand that pain is progress, and that soreness you feel everytime you roll over during the night is an exciting thing.
One of my teens is the greatest example of embracing this. He’s tried every sport, and nothing has excited him until Crossfit that is. He was soooooo sore after his first class that he didn’t want to come back. Of course, his mom made him come back, and our conversation before warmup was all about his soreness. I told him “when you’re sore, it’s weakness leaving your body so that there’s room for strong muscle.”
It’s all he talked about for a week. He even called his mom out on being sore by telling her it was weakness leaving the body. I keep that in mind when I’m warming up and all I want to do is ice down, that it’s just weakness leaving the body. If it works for an 11 year old, it has to work for me.