I knew it was unrealistic to expect to not see box jumps in the 2012 CrossFit Games Open, but it didn’t stop me from hoping. I had made the decision prior to starting the open that if box jumps showed up I wouldn’t do them. As much as I want to get my hat in the competition ring again, I have no intention of starting this whole recovery process over again.
Anyway.. back to conquering my fear. I thought I had to put up at least one rep in every workout to stay on the team should we get one to regionals. (we researched later that I don’t have to do all the workouts, just one, but that’s ok). 12.3 starts with 15 box jumps at 20″. I haven’t done any box jumps since rupturing my achilles, and it’s only been 13 weeks.
I walked up to the box with every intention of hitting one box jump and walking away… no big deal right? And then panic set in. I couldn’t do it. I didn’t trust it. I tried three times to walk away and then came back to the box. I couldn’t do it.
Luckily I had 4 amazing members around me that decided I need to conquer my fear so they brought out the 8″ box. I landed it. Then they brought out the 12″ box. I landed it. Then it was time… 20″. I just needed one rep. 3…2…1….GO…..
I took off and landed on top of the box. Wow… I’d done it, and more importantly I had NO intention of doing it again. I had conquered a BIG fear. The fear that I’d NEVER box jump again. While I’m not ready to have them in a workout at 20″ today I’m well on my way to getting there.