It seems as though I am really good at underestimating people!
It is true that I have very little empathy for people when it comes to working out because I always expect people to accomplish their goals in the gym, yet I take very little time to celebrate their accomplishments with them. So I guess when people set a goal in class, I am always ready to say…now on to the next.
I remember when I first starting coaching Pedro 2 years ago. He was always there and ready to workout. I knew he was a fast runner. I also knew he wanted to finish the workouts quickly. What I didn’t realize was that he is actually highly competitive.
Now that Pedro is in our Advanced Athlete Program I have recognized just how much he is driven to win. I know for a fact this carries over into his professional and personal life.
My blog has highlighted more 5:30 AM athletes for one reason. They just flat out work harder than most people do. The best part about that is that they are also all Outstanding Human Beings!
I started CrossFitting with my wife Kate at the very beginning of 2011 at the old RunTex location on Lake Austin Blvd. Joined because I was looking for something more “athletic” than going to the gym. I missed sports, but knew that I couldn’t play the contact sports I played growing up because of the time commitment of my career and because of previous shoulder injuries. I was immediately hooked on CrossFit because it reminded me of the conditioning part of practices where you felt like you were going to throw up but you felt like you accomplished something when it was done. My first workout was “Cindy” at the old RunTex Lake Austin in January 2011.
I started in Mike’s 5:30am MWF class when the CrossFit Central Downtown gym opened up and, except for a short stint this year, have always had him as a coach for some piece of my training regimen.
Training with Big Mike has definitely forced me to be more comfortable with change. I like to look at the workout beforehand and develop a strategy for attacking it. This can be a good thing, but CrossFit is also about being prepared for the unknown. When Big Mike changes the programming I don’t have time to think too much about it, I just have to go as hard as I can at that moment. It’s good to have the balance of both methods.
People often limit themselves before they even start something. Pretty soon they don’t even try anything for fear of failure or, even worse, they make up reasons why something won’t work. I’ve always known this, but you see a good example in CrossFit. The type of people that tend to stick to CrossFit for a long time are those that like to challenge themselves and realize that sometimes the reward doesn’t come from just finishing or winning, but that the process of going through something hard and trying as hard as they can is its own reward.
It’s related to the point above but I’ve noticed, in both myself and others, that people often hide their goals because it’s easier to give up that way. It’s a fine line between not being overconfident, but if I really am committed to something, whether in CrossFit, academically, or at work, I’ve started writing my goals down or telling people. That way you’re fully committed and if you give up you know it, other people know it, and you know other people know it. It provides that extra bit of motivation we all need sometimes.
Some days are harder than others to be motivated and 100% present, but I generally feel better about everything if I can start the day with a workout. Also, a little bit of competition, both with myself and others, keeps me motivated. I’m never going to compete at a high level, but I’ve been fortunate to always have athletes in various classes to push me and I hope I’ve pushed them. I’ve also made some really good friends in the process. There’s something fun about a little healthy competition.
I played sports growing up and always consistently went to the gym, but it was a matter of going through the motions. I thought I felt pretty good though. I was 31 when I started CrossFitting. I definitely saw results early on, mainly with my scores and times, but things really changed about 6 months in when my wife did a 30-day women’s challenge and we started eating Paleo. We did strict Paleo for the whole challenge and the results were pretty big. I felt way better and dropped two pants sizes even though I was still eating enough to not be hungry and to keep my energy up. My wife also discovered she is pretty sensitive to gluten. She’s done a lot of research and knows a lot about food and how to cook healthy food that tastes great. Ever since then, we’ve been generally Paleo. We’ll cheat every once in a while, and if it’s a special occasion we enjoy it without feeling guilty, but I’d say we eat Paleo ~85% of the time.
I very rarely do body comps because I honestly care more about my times and weights. People might disagree but I don’t think I look that different. My clothes fit better at a size smaller so I must, but I personally don’t really see it. My last body comp was part of I Am CrossFit in January of this year and I want to say I was 11% body fat but I don’t really remember. My time was 7:10 though.
The last few months have been pretty crazy, as I started a new job about 6 weeks ago and my wife is due with our second child in about 4 weeks. For the rest of this year my non-work goals are to complete this vest challenge I’ve given myself (I add a few pounds to a weight vest every few weeks as my wife goes through pregnancy, getting up to 30 pounds – I’m at ~25lbs now) and hold on to the strength and stamina gains I’ve made. I want to enjoy the holidays and holiday food with my family without going too crazy. Then I want to be set up to attack the I Am CrossFit challenge at the start of the year. I might make a weight goal for the first time just for kicks, but I really want to break 7:00 minutes. I want to challenge Teo’s all-time record…there’s that whole publicizing a goal thing!
With my work schedule I don’t have time to commit to training for any of the more serious challenges, and I’m ok with that. I do like going to them though and supporting the other athletes/friends. I do the I Am CrossFit challenge because it’s a great way to start the year and get back on a disciplined schedule after the holidays.
The biggest impact has been on our family. My wife and sister-in-law are also part of the Crossfit Central community and I think we’re setting a great example for our son Patrick and our next child. I’ve also made some really good friends. Its hard not to be attracted to people that are passionate about helping others and about pushing themselves. It makes you step up your own game.