As I type this up, I’m avoiding Pre Calc, AP US History, and AP English homework.
I hope you guys realize how special CrossFit is to me because of this, and if you don’t know, I hope you will by the end of the story.
I started CrossFit at the end of May 2012. Before that, I did Young Athlete classes and dropped in every once in a while, but because of my hectic schedule I was able to test in to adult classes. That was probably one of the best things that has ever happened to me. But let’s fast forward to the good stuff: November 2012, after 5ish months of CrossFitting, I decided to do a competition. I’ve always played competitive sports, and as much fun as competing against yourself is, I wanted to see where I was against others. Luckily, it was the partner competition at CrossFit Fury. I was blessed to be partnered with the lovely Sarah Bremer. We all know how this competition ended up: I ran into a huge wall. Literally. I couldn’t get over both walls in the police WOD and from that point on I had people coming up to me asking, “Hey, you’re the girl who cried on the wall right?” Yes, yes I am. But I learned some amazing things about CrossFit that day that I’ve carried into my training every day since:
1. The CrossFit community, in all of its “cult” glory, is a beautiful thing. People always say that, but I don’t think anyone understands that until they hit their wall (For me, it happened to be a real one). I remember my dad encouraging me through the whole thing, my mom videotaping the struggle and jumping up and down every time I got close, Tara Ross coaching me the whole way through, Sarah hugging me as I cried afterwards, Zach Wilkinson talking to me about staying positive, and Jesse Prescott coming up to me and yelling at me for almost making him cry. The list goes on and on.
The most incredible part of this community is that EVERYBODY wants you to succeed. The next WOD was a CrossFit chipper with yet again, another movement I wasn’t able to get at the time: a 95# clean and jerk. I was embarrassed that I couldn’t get it, but when I looked up after the work out I saw dozens of people I didn’t know, cheering me on and crying with me. I had Michael Moseley tell me he was proud of me for never giving up. It was the best feeling in the world.
2. The second thing I learned is that you are never allowed to give up. It’s called “training” for a reason. You train and practice every day to be the best you can be. Because of the community, because of the adrenaline that comes with WOD’s, and because of the amazing feeling of getting stronger, you have NO excuse to not train to be your best. Never give up and never stop training.
3. It’s all about your mindset. Whether it’s a regular day at the gym or a competition, or really anything else in life, if you go into something thinking, “this is gonna suck,” it’s probably going to suck. Congratulations, you’ve already set yourself back for the day. I’m not saying that I always have the best attitude, because I don’t. But I do know that when I have a positive attitude I always accomplish what I wanted to do. Plus, with people like Nick Clack always reminding you to “Go for Gold” it’s kind of hard not to.
4. I love CrossFit. Everybody asks me why I’ve cried after every work out I’ve done in competitions, and I don’t know how to explain to them that it’s a happy cry. Plus, I’m a little low on oxygen and a teenage girl… I’m allowed to cry a lot.
These lessons are only a few things that make my CrossFit story, and the Furious Five Fundraiser was only a fraction of it. I went on to compete again in December at AC^2 (with tons of PRs and winning the AMAZING “spirit of the games” award), I’ve hit that 95# clean and jerk, I did The Open, but most importantly, I’ve met sooooo many amazing people. I know I’ve named names in this, and if your name isn’t in it: don’t fret. I wish I was able to write about all the amazing people I’ve met through CrossFit Flagstaff, but that would be a novel, and I’ve already written too much as it is.
I can’t wait to get stronger, both physically and mentally, every day. I love the people I train with and my coaches are the best I could ever ask for. The beautiful thing about CrossFit is that it is ever changing and evolving, and that means I can change with it. The most important part to this CrossFit Story is that it isn’t ending any time soon. This won’t be the last time you hear from me! With love, Liz Miller