Jun 5th, 2012

Category: CrossFit


Group Hug

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!!

Row 1000m
20 burpee lat jumps
Run 800m
20 Power Snatches (95/65)
Row 500m
20 Thrusters (95/65)
Run 400m
20 Power Cleans (95/65)

Level 2 (75,55)
Level 1 (65,45)
ADV (115/80)


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  2. Nicole D 06/06/2012 at 7:16 pm

    27:23 Rx
    Amy, you are awesome and an inspiration to all of us!

  3. Hugh 06/06/2012 at 5:10 pm

    Great post, thanks for sharing.

    Hugh Hawley
    CrossFit Biometrics, Fredericton NB

  4. jason barrow 06/06/2012 at 1:06 am

    WOD: 23:16 Rx

  5. Amy 06/05/2012 at 10:55 pm

    You all are way too nice to me.

    I think it is important to remember cheer each other on every day. That’s what makes the community what it is 🙂

  6. Anonymous 06/05/2012 at 5:33 pm

    2452 RX…. Thanks to the rat hanging out on the 200m line at 11

  7. Leases 06/05/2012 at 4:21 pm

    amy – those MUPs were SO intense! the entire weekend was pretty emotional for me between you guys and pat… i’m not gonna lie, i cried a lot during your attempts, successes and failures… and just like you said it was because i knew you were giving it 100% but your body wasn’t cooperating… you held it together SO well!! …never giving up. and when you turned around to face us in the last minute or 2 and we all went nuts cheering i lost it! sad tears and happy tears all at once. so inspiring … i won’t soon forget it

    • Amy C 06/05/2012 at 7:59 pm

      Couldn’t agree more with all that Leases wrote- watching you work so hard to get every single rep was so intense! What an inspiration it was for me to watch one of the people and coaches who I have felt has constantly pushed me, encouraged me and helped make me a stronger person battle through that wod! Honestly- I feel lucky and proud to know you! 🙂

      I have had a lot of defining moments at CFS… so just a huge thanks to all the coaches and fellow members that have helped push me and my limits and allow me to accomplish things I never thought I would!

  8. Amanda 06/05/2012 at 12:18 pm

    Just wanted to say…I frickin love YOU Amy! Another blog post, showing you’re wise beyond your years, and with a little inspiration and insight into the heart of a woman warrior! ROAR!!!!!

    I would also to acknowledge all the great coaches…TJ, Aaron, Christina, Beretta, Chuck (the coaches I regularly work with, ya’ll are awesome…) You guys and gals are the ones that really push us. Any time I was at the platform and struggling with a weight, just hearing my name and a ‘keep your elbows up’ or some other pertinent advice is just what you need to push through and complete the rep. Thank you Coaches!

  9. Bish 06/05/2012 at 12:02 pm

    Garage games at crossfit southie this fall….
    Final WOD: The Departed..

    If you were there you know…

    Thanks Crossfit Southie

  10. Anonymous 06/05/2012 at 2:31 am

    Although there have been many moments for me where people have pushed me and motivated me, one stands out. I showed up on Tuesday night for the 7pm class, the wod was all running and it was pouring! There were only 4 of us and I happened to be the only girl. All of us kicked ass that night and I ran faster than I have in a while. The guys were all done with the workout and I still had a 400 and a 200. I heard someone running up behind me and figured it was someone from the next class but it turned out to be Barrow who had already finished his running. He ran my last 400 with me and pushed me to finish faster which was super cool!

    Thanks Jason 🙂

  11. Ranjith Zachariah 06/05/2012 at 2:00 am

    Amy, you have been my inspiration since the day I joined. Good luck at the games.

  12. Timdevl 06/05/2012 at 1:19 am

    I’l tell you this crossfit community is unlike anything ive ever come across, the encouragement I see when I’m there impresses me every time and it’s what keeps me coming back. Never was much of an athlete but you guys have made me push myself more than I could ever have done on my own. Just today there was someone there not even taking the class just working out on his own we had never met don’t know each others names yet he stopped his workout and counted down my last 15 box jumps pushing me to complete the WOD . Don’t think I wouldv completed It without him!

    • Anonymous 06/05/2012 at 1:38 am

      if you were there tonight, i’d bet money that it was dice (aka diceman or mike)! at my very first class, 11 months ago…he was the one who high fived me and told me i did a great job on the intro wod…which was a total lie. my chubby body did not like burpees or box jumps or the july heat. but i appreciated it so much!

    • James Saunders 06/05/2012 at 11:56 pm

      Tim, good to meet you man and great job on yesterday’s wod. We’ve all been there at the end of a wod wishing it was over but knowing its not. Sometimes it takes a few encouraging words to help make those last sets happen. I’m glad my words helped get you over the hump but the work was all you man!!!

      The community at CFS is awesome but remember as you continue to grow and progress pay it forward b/c there is always a new face/member staring at their last set of box jumps or burpees…