There is a workout called "Grace" that is simply 30 lifts from ground to overhead. And there is an event called B4B that our CF Box participated in. Well it was quite an amazing turn out with 100's in attendance for a great cause that helps women and men get breast cancer screenings. The night was a BLAST and they raised at least $5K MORE than their original goal. It was AWESOME!
But back to the "Grace" part. It is "only" 30 lifts. No other movements in this WOD (workout of the day).
How hard can that be right??? Heck we have done 45 Minute WOD's before. I've participated in 1/2 day events with 4 WOD's, how hard can 30 lifts be???? It is under five minutes (in most cases)... Well... it is NOT as simple as it sounds that is for certain!
I hear all the ladies at my level (who have done this before) talking. Some even said that the coaches told them to stick with 45#, just so they can go faster. I walked in to the warm-up room as my time was getting closer to lift, with sweaty palms and starting to get butterflies in my stomach. I grabbed a bar with 65#'s on it and threw that bad boy over my head. NO PROBLEM, I thought!! I can lift this 30 times... Pffffttt!
But a big group of gals came over and started talking 45# again. They kept saying 45#... their reasons, their thoughts, and their plan of action was being pounded in to my brain. Go light and lift as fast as possible. This sounded like a reasonable plan.
I looked at the 45# and I looked at the 65#.... Me and those bars had a stare down contest...
Then I remembered that I was still mentally not in the game from being off for a week, and that my limbs were a little tired from the prior 4 days of workouts after coming back from being off for a week... I hadn't slept well the night before, and it was now 7:30 at night with no dinner in me. A perfect combination for a Grace fail... At least that is what I told myself. And a fail (aka FALL) in front of an audience would be quite embarrassing.
Needless to say, I talked myself in to the 45#'s
By the 12th lift, going as fast as I could.. all that kept racing through my head was "THANK GOD I didn't go with the 65#"
The last 8 or so lifts took everything I had. And I finished in 2'ish minutes. I was so pleased to be done. One doesn't realize how much one can sweat in two minutes... In fact the Vegkid gave me a hug and said "how can you sweat that much in two minutes?"
I was proud, done, completed and had the T-Shirt! Grace and my first B4B was complete!
Then one of our coaches walks over, looks at me, looks at my bar, looks at my time, then looks at me again with his big ol' grin and says:
"You should have done twice that weight girl, what were you thinkin'?"
Of course I didn't tell him what I was thinking, I just smiled and left my thoughts for this blog post.
Ok Ok OK, I took the easy road.... But sometimes we have to allow ourselves the easy road before we crash.
Besides, there is always a next time! Right?