- 150 wall balls with a 14lb ball to 9 feet,
- 90 double unders (jumping rope with the rope passing under twice for each jump)
- 30 muscle ups on the rings.
The 14 pound ball was heavier than the 10 pound I was used to. I couldn’t get my rhythm on the double-unders and I have never successfully performed a muscle up.
But the really hard part was what was going on in my mind. You see, I just moved back to Dallas a newly divorced mother of 3 kids and have bee
At several points in the workout I found myself wondering, “Why?”. Why am I putting myself through this? Why does it matter if I push? Could I ever do anything with any of this? Am I too old for this?
At the beginning of a workout I am always dreading what is to come. I look at it with apathy, apprehension and misery. As I start to warm up I feel the dread begin to slip away as I plan my strategy for attacking it full on.
And although I didn’t get a score that will take me to compete in the CrossFit games (I was number 2060 in my age group out of about 14,000 women my age who competed), I got through the obstacle… just like I will get through all of these other obstacles in life. I will find the fight within me to be the best I can be. I will persevere. I will succeed. And I will do it with passion and grace!
Wow, what a lot has changed since then! Soon after that I opened my own CrossFit box with my best friend, John Mariotti – CrossFit Odyssey. There are a lot of reasons I wanted to do this as opposed to teaching High School English in a school. The obvious reasons were being able to make my own schedule as the mother of 3 kids, being able to workout every day as part of my job and with my entrepreneurial spirit I always dreamed of having my own business. But the real reason I wanted to do this is because I wanted to help other people have the experience I had above – the self-realization that I am strong, I am capable and I can do this. That self-confidence has done so much for me, I wanted to be able to give that to others.
When you come to CrossFit Odyssey for your workout, I hope that you are making friends and getting healthy and strong, but mostly I hope that you are finding an amazing and capable person in yourself. I hope that every workout brings you awe and satisfaction with what you can do and who you can be. I hope that you leave this little box ready to face the world, conquer your obstacles and shine as the amazing person that you are. That is the Journey to Extraordinary.