Milestones

Beyond the Whiteboard has a phone app to make posting your WODs easier.

Beyond the Whiteboard has a phone app to make posting your WODs easier.

Recently I passed a bit of a mile marker on Beyondthewhiteboard.com.  This is the website that Fury uses to post its daily workouts and a way for you to track your progress.  Last week I logged my 1000th workout.  Now I have been doing CrossFit for over 5 years and have lots of workouts that I either didn’t log or were logged on a different site before we adopted BTWB.  But seeing that number pass by does make me take assessment of my journey over the past several years.  As I reviewed some of my first workout posts a few thoughts struck me:

First: You are more than a PR.  Your value in life is far greater than how you do on any one lift or workout.  I know I can too easily get down on myself when I feel like I underperformed.  But, seeing progress and struggles across over 5 years reveals character traits like perseverance, integrity, determination and grit.  On any given day I may do well or not, but how I deal with those successes and failures speaks volumes more about who I am than any 1 score.

Tesa Ewoldt gets her first muscle up on Friday after months of hard work, perseverance and determination.

Tesa Ewoldt gets her first muscle up on Friday after months of hard work, perseverance and determination.

Second: You cannot expect to be good at all of this stuff in a matter of months.  There are a lucky few who thrive easily in CrossFit, but it takes months and years for most people to master these skills.  It took me 2 long years to learn a muscle up, 18 months and lots of bloody shins to learn double unders, and some might say I still don’t know how to Jerk right.  Be patient and persistent.

Third: Judge your progress based only on your own development, not those around you.  You will excel at some things and struggle at others.  Trying to keep up with others will help drive you on an individual workout, but your overall progress is immensely individualized.  How long will it take you to snatch 100kg?  Exactly as long as it is supposed to take.  It isn’t easy, but embrace the process and celebrate the successes of others.

Matt Lizotte continues to work on his Snatch despite the bloodied chin.

Matt Lizotte continues to work on his Snatch despite the bloodied chin.

Finally: Track your workouts.  I have workout results in a few different places, but I first started with a friend posting our daily workouts on our own personal blog.  Times were slow and weights were light in 2008, but it gave me a sense of progress.  I could track improvements and reflect on struggles.  And now, I can look back and appreciate how far I have come from an 8 minute Fran and 15 minute Helen (done on a treadmill).

1000 workouts is not all that impressive.  It is just a number.  But these moments in life give us a chance to reflect on life.  What path are you on?  Do you have goals?  You won’t know if you are making progress and you won’t appreciate the hard fought victories nearly as much if you aren’t tracking and logging your workouts.  Everyone was given a BTWB account when they signed up-whether or not your using it, is up to you.  If you aren’t sure, check with the Front Desk and we can let you know your login and password.