showing up

It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, “Always do what you are afraid to do.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


I. Front Squats

5 – 5 – 5 – 5

Completed: 45lbs, 65lbs, 85lbs, 95lbs. Truth, 85lbs was a struggle, and my form was deteriorating. Decided to go for the 10lbs increase and hope for the best. 95lbs is pretty good.

II. 7 Rounds For Time:

Power Snatches (115/75)

15 Wall Balls (20/14)

Completed: In 10:37. Power snatches at 45lbs. Wall Balls at 10lbs. Now, I’ve been working pretty hard with Wall Balls at 14lbs, not sure why I stepped it down today, other than from FEAR. We’ll get ’em next time.

So, this is a big weekend for Albany Crossfit. In case you haven’t heard. New England is converging on Colonie for the TriState Throwdown. These are brave people, by my standards. The competitors. Especially the beginners, the novices. The first-timers. What does it take to step up like that, put yourself out there, in front of so many people, and practically stand the equivalent of naked in front of your peers and say, ‘This is what I’ve got today.’ Makes me want to hug you, and hug you, and hug you, all at the same time. So impressed by all of it. And the camaraderie. That’s an epidemic all unto its own.

I’m volunteering on Saturday. Whatever might be needed. I’ll do registration or shuffle wall balls and kettle bells from room to room. Count your double-unders, or cheer you to the last of your final, last, toes to bar. Damnit. You can DO IT!

If you’re competing, I would imagine its not the actual day of the throw-down that is so painful, it must be the days leading up to it. The questions, and sleepless nights of worry, or worse, doubt. The part of you that says, ‘What am I, NUTS?’ That creeps into your brain in the wee hours between your last WOD and your next decent night’s sleep. Nonetheless, try to remember if you can, no one, NO ONE, is judging you. We are here to cheer you to the last. The fact that you even showed up, is an incredible victory unto its own. Go ACF!

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