May 22nd……or 37 years, 4 months, &22 days as I’ve come to think about my countdown to being more fit at 40 than 30. Of course, I hope it doesn’t take me 2+ years to accomplish this! But instead of my typical mindset wanting instant results (or at least to lose 10 pounds after two workouts), setting my sights ‘down the road’ is healthy for me. It is good perspective and a reminder that I intend to stick with this journey.
I did my first WOD (workout of the day) with some of the Arsenal folks this morning at 5:30am, a time on the clock I despise. Because our gym is not open yet, we are using another place in Muncie and have to be done before it opens! It was a team challenge to 1000 reps consisting of 400 squats, 300 box jumps, 200 push ups, and 100 ramp sprints. We had 4 women on my team verses two teams of three men. Our team ‘won’ the challenge with 17:16 finish. And we even had to wear our shirts the whole time. We laughed as one by one the men’s teams were losing their t-shirts. Wimps.
Was it fun? Hmmm……even though my quads are begging to differ, I would have to answer yes. Not eat chocolate birthday cake and go shopping with friends type of fun, but fun nonetheless. It was fun to workout with 10 people of various fitness levels, ages, and abilities. It was fun to arrive before dawn and beat the sun to work today. It was fun to cheer others on and to be cheered on. It was fun to finish and realize that despite feeling nervous that I would let my team down, we did it together. It was fun to walk into the house feeling proud of what I did.
We leave for 11 days of vacation tomorrow! So…no Crossfit WOD for me for awhile. My goal is to do 50 pushups every day on vacation because that was my weakest contribution today. Well, that and sprinting…but not sure I can sprint on a crowded cruise ship without knocking Mickey Mouse over! When I get back, our new gym will be very close to finished! Grand opening is June 21st and it will be an open to the public party. I’m proud of BJ McKay for his vision and John Hill for his commitment to the workouts.
I promise to not only blog about Crossfit. I’m actually working on something else now too…but I want to document this process and thought my first ever WOD deserved a post.
I joined a Crossfit box that hasn’t opened yet. (‘Box’ is the Crossfit word for gym). I started telling people this exciting news about 6 weeks ago. Reactions from innocent curiosity to concerned shock are pretty normal. I’m used to the head tilted interest in Crossfit as I stammer through a description of a workout I’ve never done. For those who have heard about Crossfit or watched the games on ESPN, I’m usually met with the raised eyebrow of doubt and worry. These people either know me and my flirtacious relationship with fitness, or they can take one look at my gut and triceps, and let’s just say I don’t blame them for the eyebrow thing.
But I’m doing it. I made my payment for a year-long membership and now I am officially a founding member of The Arsenal. http://www.munciecrossfit.com Watching too many Youtube videos of professional Crossfitters and these conversations are forcing the reality to set in. My gut, triceps, and the rest of me are going to be Crossfitting soon. And honestly, of all the raised eyebrows I’ve come across, mine are arched the highest. I have big doubts and my cynical side likes to taunt me. “I’m going to be the only one who can’t lift a truck above my head. The others in my group will be on their lunch break by the time I finish a workout. I’m probably going to simultaneously vomit and pee my pants while doing box jumps.” These are the the fears that live behind my enthusiastic announcement that I’ve just joined a box.
Occasionally though, I get the reaction that reminds me why I made this decision. When I talk to a Crossfitter, rather than crinkle their forehead, they stretch a wide smile and say “That’s awesome. You are going to love it.” Of course I always want to know more and hear about their experience, but the replies are all generally the same. With an I-know-someting-you-don’t grin, their replies note friendships, a deeper sense of self, and confidence that comes by way of conquering the day’s workout (WOD). They also nonchalantly warn me that I’ll probably hate it for the first month.
Our Crossfit box is under construction so it likely won’t open until July but the trainer has promised he will get us together for some workouts soon. I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty freaked out. But I’m also totally intrigued and giddy about the possibility of what can happen when a person is brave enough to try something that scares them. What if we played it safe all the time, only doing familiar routines? Isn’t if fun to see a person strive for something beyond their reach? I’m going to be that person. But I know I won’t be able to do it without the ones striving and sweating alongside me. I am so happy that one of those people will be my husband. It is going to be humbling and thrilling. (37 years, 4 months, 19 days)
Fit440 is a new category in this site dedicated to blogging my progress toward being fit, strong, and healthier than ever in my 40s. Considering I have never been fit, strong, or an athlete of any kind, this really isn’t saying too much. Fifteen to twenty extra pounds have haunted me most of my life, sparing a few years after college and before babies. Anyway, this isn’t about being thin. It’s about being fit. I’ve really neglected my health during my 30s and I don’t like where it has taken me. I don’t exercise regularly. I don’t eat very healthy meals. And, we all know I’m addicted to diet coke. So….over the next few weeks, months, and years I’m going to stop this trajectory and go for a healthy future. Why not be in better shape and healthier at 40 than 30? As with everything in this blog….it just helps me to write about it. I’d love to have you join me for mutual encouragement!