Benchmark: “Nancy” – Get it!!!

May 15th, 2013

Category: CrossFit

Benchmark: “Nancy” – Get it!!!

OHS with a smile

OHS with a smile

*Schedule Update*

We will be running a reduced schedule this weekend due to the North East Regionals. Come out to Canton and cheer on your CFS Team!
*Friday am we will be holding a 530am, 6am, and 7am only. There will be no afternoon classes that day and the night classes will only be held in Southie Green at 4, 5, 6 and 7pm.
*On Saturday will be holding classes only in Southie Green at 8am, 9am and 10am and then shutting down for the day. There will be no Intro Class.
*On Sunday there will only be CrossFit classes at 9am and 10am. Yoga will run as scheduled.*

As many of you know, I (Amy) did not go out for the team this year and will serve as the coach/manager. I found this blog post from after the Regional last year. It is emotional even now reading it. I really hope that the Southie community comes out and supports even more than last year. The athletes need your energy!

Going into WOD 6 at the games was one of the most nauseating moments of my competitive career. Our fate basically appeared to be in my hands. In the 6 weeks prior to the Regional competition I did many workouts that consisted of 20 consecutive muscle-ups or had 20 muscle-ups in them. I knew that I could do it, but I was not feeling 100%. Looking around at the other teams I was intimidated by the fact that ALL of the other teams had 2 girls that could do Muscle-ups. I could feel my body tensing up with anxiety and felt so nervous I was shaking.

“CrossFit Southie in the lead!” the announcer was praising Goose and Maze for their impressive lead and efficiency. I kept thinking..”everyone is going to  be all excited and then it will be my turn and I will disappoint”. And pretty much, that’s what happened. I can’t help but wonder if I had a approached the workout more relaxed and positive if I could have done better. Probably. I was my own worst enemy going into the workout…I know now that I cannot let this happen again. Especially at the games level.

More importantly, what was truly significant was how many people lived vicariously through me during those muscle-ups. I cannot tell you how many people came up to me and told me they were inspired. At first, I thought that this was just what people were saying in lieu of “sorry you sucked”, but now I have come to realize it is much more than that. I think we can all relate more to the human struggle more than victory and success. Each one of us has been in a situation where we were giving it our all but our minds or bodies, or both, gave out us. Usually at times like this we find ourselves alone…but not this time. You were all there with me hanging on every muscle up, fighting for every rep with me, because you all understood that it was hard and I was trying my very hardest. You shed tears because you felt the power of the community with every chant and cheer. You were all inspired because even though we were creeping back into last place for that workout Maze, Goose, and Haley remained calm, encouraging, and helpful. In the last couple of minutes when most teams had finished, they all gathered around to cheer me on and give me little helpful tips. You could feel the strength Crossfit community beyond the Southie community and that was truly special.

Even though we still came through with a second place finish, it doesn’t erase all the emotions of that last event. I now feel inspired to train harder not for myself, but for you all. I want to make each of you proud, and I will fight to do so.

Have you had a defining moment where the CrossFit Community has given you that push to keep going? Please post to comments!!

Strength
Overhead Squat
2-2-2-1-1-1

WOD
“Nancy”
5 rounds
400m Run
15 Overhead Squats (95, 65)

Level 2- (75/55)
Level 1- (65/35)

DISCUSSION 2 Comments

  1. jason barrow 05/16/2013 at 12:41 am

    LET’S GO FERRO, CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP CLAP
    Definitely a moment permanently burnt into my memory.

    OHS: 165×1 (PR)
    Nancy: 18:20 Rx

    Last
    time I did Nancy there was a clock malfunction so I don’t have a time
    to compare to, but this was my first time doing it Rx. Every time we do an OHS WOD I think of Lando’s blog post on Nancy. He talked about not taking a break on the overhead squats because no matter how tired you are, you’re still not going to let yourself drop a bar on your head.

  2. JBo 05/15/2013 at 11:43 am

    Hey Amy & Goose. Thanks for reposting Amy’s blog post. I can’t say that I have had any experience quite like that yet. The closest thing was my first (only?) time doing Fran last year. I was by far the last one to finish and I had half of the class around me, cheering me on. Not to mention Nick and Lando no repping me on every other pull up in that last set of 9. Each successful pull up felt like the hugest accomplishment.
    Can’t wait to be there for you guys this weekend! Speaking of which, could I grab a ride with someone down to Canton on Friday morning?