This post is from Trident athlete Kristina Thomas. It’s from her personal blog, Dawn Points, and was originally posted in January. We wanted to share it with the Trident community to let you know that there’s so much support at 2504 Oakville St., it’s ridiculous.
Today, I climbed a rope. At the top, I cried.
I have worked for ten months to scale the fifteen feet to the ceiling of Trident CrossFit. Tapping the mark, I was triumphant. Then I looked down. My feet slipped. My hands gripped. My focus was hopelessly devoted to remaining calm: a dire mistake. Had I instead channeled my concentration to re-locking my feet, would I have descended with some grace? It is a question of no practical content; despite Aby’s promise to grant me any comfort I could imagine, he could not rewind time.
When my arms began to shake with exhaustion, my focus cracked and I began to cry. I did not only cry, I wailed. Then, realizing I blubbered in front of a gym of peers, friends, coaches I respected, admired, to whom I never want to show anything but my best, I sobbed.
They had me slide, until I could grab the nearby Rogue rig and shimmy my way to stand on Andy’s shoulders. Initially I ran to escape, but Trident’s given me strength of character as well as body. With some moments by a tree, I confirmed that I was back on solid ground then went back inside to roll out my muscles and face my shame.
My past self would not have returned. When I overheard girls at my high school discussing my eating disorder, I transferred to a public school for a clean slate. When I did not have the strength of character to accompany a good friend to her brother’s funeral because I had a conflicting test, I distanced myself and ended the friendship. When a cute boy made fun of my Tranformer’s Halloween costume, I switched majors. Shame, guilt, embarrassment: drivers of my life since 1999 (oh those formative pre-teen years.)
But when I made myself enter the gym, I received high-fives and hugs. I fought back against the undertow of shame, embarrassment, and guilt that usually pulls me under and sweeps me away. I did pull down my hair and avoid all eye contact. I did cry in the car. But I also did a lot better than I usually do.
I think it was a bit of a Jessica Day moment. Same circumstances. Lots of puppies in lots of cups.
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I learned that if you never attempt the heavier weights or attempt to learn a movement or perform a movement during a WOD you will never know if you can do them. I learned that if you don’t track your performance you won’t know if you improved. That sometimes you need to fail in order to succeed. I have also been reminded that the Trident community knows how to come together to support each other. What did you learn?
During the past 5 weeks, I have seen some truly amazing feats of strength, endurance and courage. Athletes surprising themselves and doing movements they never thought they could or lifting a weight they never imagined would go over their head. I have also seen the frustration and disappointment on the faces of the athletes that expected more from themselves. I have watched athletes turn into coaches, coaches turn into mentors and the gym turn into a tighter stronger community.
To those that came across a WOD where they think they disappointed themselves…. don’t beat yourself up, take every victory and remember the losses, they both will help you improve. Couldn’t push press 95#’s overhead? Next time we do push presses, don’t choose a lighter weight, choose a weight that is challenging that will eventually lead you to 95 lbs. Couldn’t’ do double-unders? Next time we have a WOD with double-unders, attempt them instead of doing 3 singles for every doubl-under. Feel free to grab a red shirt or a blue shirt and ask for help if you want to work on technique, we are always more than happy to help! If you never try you will never know what will happen. I’ll get off my soap box because you get the point! 🙂
Now pat yourself on the back because you finished The Open; five weeks of WODs that challenged you mentally and physically. You have made this tiger mom proud and fiercer than ever! Congratulations on your first second, or third Open experience. Now go hit that WOD at full capacity, because training for the 2014 Open starts TODAY!
This blogpost was originally posted by Trident athlete Ericka Andersen on her site sweetlifeericka.com
Been loving my crossfit workouts the past two weeks. Could it be because they have included lots of running? Probably.
Lots of shoulder work, rounds and reps of moves I really enjoy like push press, clean and jerks, toe to bars and kettle bell swings.
I feel awesome and strong when I do these things. I walk away sore and feeling accomplished.
I am disappointed in my personal progress. I’m really trapped in the comparison game.
I read how many reps others have gotten in the Open — the crossfit bloggers I read — and I feel so weak.
One girl I know just started a few weeks ago and started OFF doing higher weights than me.
I’m not trying to be a body builder. But, I feel like it takes more effort for me to build muscle than a normal person. I’ve been back at Crossfit for three months now and I feel no real change. My arms still look completely untoned.
I couldn’t even get one rep in the Open last week (because the prescribed weight was too heavy so my reps didn’t count) — it’s very discouraging.
While I knew that I wasn’t signing up to win a thing when I entered the Open, it still puts a certain mentality in your head.
I also wonder — am I missing something? Am I doing something wrong? I go 4-5 times a week — should I be doing other exercises (aside from the supplemental running I already add)?
I don’t know. Maybe my body is just used to working out and is resistant to changing form. After all, I’ve been doing these for years:
And I know I shouldn’t focus on this. I do crossfit because it makes me feel awesome — I love the variety, the intensity, the fun.
Even so, I’d like to have toned arms for all the work I put into them.
This has been a real whine-fest, hasn’t it? Just a moment to share my frustrations. Many many more important things in life but for this moment, I’m venting.
The Sweet Life
Check out this article from The New York Times:
As someone who was taught to stretch all his life before starting to exercise or play a sport, this was a strange read.
What do you think? Should you not stretch to better your performance? Have you ever noticed a difference in a WOD with or without stretching before?
Coaches – what’s your take? What’s your advice for athletes?
Let us know in the comments.
To those who got 95 or 135 lbs over your head for the first time or touched your toes to the bar for the first time… BOOM!!! Now you have to do it every time we have it programmed into a WOD! We knew you had it in you, so huge high fives!! You know who you are and so do we, no sandbagging.
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Paging Patricia Gibson, Adam Hudson and Pauline Khamo – please pick up your swag at Trident for battling through 13.3!
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Keep up the hard work Team Trident.
For those of you who haven’t seen the whiteboard right next to the pull-up bars near the main entrance, Team Trident has been doing push-ups for the fallen. It’s our way of remembering those who gave everything.
Ron White is a Fort Worth resident and former Navy intelligence specialist who has committed more than 2,200 names of those who have fallen, including contractors and government employees, in Afghanistan to memory. This is his story or Operation Enduring Memory.
Doing 150 of anything is a daunting task, but then follow that up with 90 double unders and 30 muscle ups, then tie a ribbon on that and make it a 12 minute AMRAP! Welcome back 12.4, I did not miss you.
Big huge congratulations to all that came in and attempted 13.3. The first time Trident posted Karen (150 wall balls for time) as the WOD, I tucked my tail between my legs and called it a rest day. Last year when 12.4 posted this ditty of an AMRAP, I hardened my chassis, came in and took my punishment for skipping Karen the year before. I didn’t finish the wall balls in the 12 minutes allotted, so when we did this WOD again a few months later I was excited to redeem myself! I was able to make it through and complete 69 double unders, redemption felt good! This round my Karen time was a minute slower and I was only able to get through 7 double unders, I can’t wait for this to come around again so I can redeem myself (again)!
Getting over your fear of what is on the board is a huge feat; it’s also the first step in conquering it! So to all of you that saw the 150 wall balls and scoffed and still came in, give yourself a pat on the back and a some icy hot for your legs!
13.3 sure was a doozy, I can’t wait to see what 13.4 brings!
If your name is Tracy Ocker, Reid Owen or Mark Espinoza – you should email us at email@example.com and claim your prize. You’re our lucky winners of the 13.2 prize drawing.
Thanks again to everyone who came out for 13.2 last week and 13.3 today. As someone who is terrible at wall-balls, anyone who did today’s WOD is a champ.
Onward to 13.4!
For those of you who haven’t seen the banner hanging up inside Trident, Andrea is a champion.
She won the women’s masters weightlifting championship on Friday, March 8th, She competed in the 40-45 age group at the 58 kg weight class.
Next time you see her, tell her congrats and give her a big hug or high five.
“Set Goals- Work Hard”
If you’ve never been to a weightlifting event, you would have been in the same boat as us… the energy and excitement (on the platform that is) was infectious and nerve racking to say the least. It’s like being on a roller coaster of adrenaline and quaaludes every 22 seconds; athletes lathered in chalk and singlets jockey for position on the warm up platforms side by side, anxiously waiting their turn to be called upstairs to the main stage for three attempts at the Snatch and Clean & Jerk.
My main job was watching the leader board, which tells the athlete how much time they have before they are expected to be on the platform and “go get some.” The problem lies in the numbers, each competitor picks a weight with which they want to start and then they get two opportunities to change weight for the opener and remaining two lifts. Since weight never comes off the bar, as each competitor adjusts their weights the leader board changes rapidly, and at any given moment you may have between 1-16 minutes to be, as we say, “100% physical and 100% mental.”
Warm up. Sit down. Warm up. Sit down. Wait! You’re up next! Sprint up the stairs, chalk up and lift. One attempt – no mistakes, unless of course you want to psych your opponents out and up your weights at the last moment and make them go first, which is exactly what Andrea did. I love psychological warfare.
As the reigning champion watched Andrea warm up, like a bad poker player her face betrayed her emotions, “damn who the hell is this chick. ” As Andrea’s warm up weight got closer to the current champions opener her face started to change. Andrea’s coach, Cara Heads-Slaughter, tells her to put more weight on the warm up bar (80% of Andreas 1rm) trying to calm her nerves, promote confidence, and psychologically destroy the current champ. As Andrea moves the bar flawlessly (as we have all seen), the champs face changes. Nervous, her coach and her confer and up the anti, raising their opening weights.
The champ is on the warm up platform and cleans… and we all cringe. She is way on her toes, knees too far forward, chest out of position and way out in the frontal plane, (don’t forget we are CrossFit coaches), but damn she is kinda strong. I see her wince and know she is worried. Andrea, you’re up on the main platform! The bar is loaded to 60kg and BOOM!! “Wow that was fast I thought,” now the current champ goes, boom (small boom) and to make a long story short it’s now the last lift for both of the girls in the 40-45 year-old 58KG class.
I never knew how the games of weight was played but there is a whole lot of math going on in Cara’s head. Calculating body weight, 1 rep maxes, and adrenaline, she determines we are winning by 1kg, but Andrea has to declare her next weight first, which gives her opponent the opportunity to up her weights and win the whole enchilada. We attempt to declare 66Kg, but we (see: I) don’t get the declaration into the judges on time and the bar is loaded to 65Kg. After the confusion is settled Andrea has 20 seconds to get the bar off the ground or it’s counted as a miss.
Andrea graciously steps up to the bar (well, hectically/graciously) with time ticking off the clock like a time bomb in my head… and cleans the weight. BOOM!! Put it in the books baby! The bar went up so fast it looks like it barely weighs 30Kg, but if you’ve never seen Andrea mad, it ain’t pleasant, cause apparently I’m a moron and didn’t announce the declaration on time. I’m pretty sure I’m also responsible for the black plague and sinking of the Titanic because if the reigning champ cleans 65KG successfully, Andrea loses. I’m not saying that driving her home for four hours without a gold medal because of a clerical error is going to be romantic, “but Lucy, you got some ‘splainin to do!”
Needless to say it was a pleasant drive, we mostly talked about how as adults, we forget to set goals and we forget that we need to continue to strive for new challenges. My wife set a huge goal for herself, worked hard at it, and saw it come to fruition. I couldn’t be more proud.
I love you Andrea.
Special Shout out to Laura Simms, Rick Bucinell and yours truly
The 13.1 raffle winners are – Eric Budd, Libby Garbis and Charles Carter! Shoot me an email and I will make arrangements to get you your prizes!!
Don’t forget in order to be entered into the raffle you must do the WOD and log at least 1 rep on the games site (or on the Trident Website)!
Way to go guys!
Name – Cole Mike AKA ‘Thor’
Age – 41
Profession – Consulting (Project Management)
Trident Start Date – 10/21/2011
What was it that brought you to Trident?
Initially I wanted only to do CrossFit in the triathlon off-season, however an acquaintance recommended Trident and it peaked my interest. I was looking for a high intensity cardio and strength training workout that would fit in-between graduate school and working full-time. I was warned that CrossFit was addictive, but didn’t give heed to the warnings and thought I could quit after a few months.
What’s your favorite workout?
BURPEES!!! Huge fan of any chipper workout and of course BURPEES!!
What progress have you seen since you started?
Honestly, the greatest progress that I’ve seen is getting my ‘mojo’ back! Pushing past those limits that I previously thought were unattainable in all aspects of my life. The positive reinforcement and infectious camaraderie that I was experiencing at Trident began to impact my life outside of Trident. The transference of the determination, discipline and success inside the box to outside the box is astounding and is directly connected to the community of Trident.
My first year I noticed almost no change in my weight and took my body fat measurements at the six months and one year from my start date. From the six month to one year mark, I had lost 17 pounds of body fat and gained 9 pounds of lean mass which equaled a 6% drop in my body fat percentage. My mobility has improved leaps and bounds, just ask anyone to show you my original ‘squat’ depth.
What do you think motivates you?
Never forget those moments when a fellow athlete comes back to finish the WOD with me even if it is them just letting me know they have my back by pushing me through the WOD highlighting the train as individuals but workout as a community aspect of Trident. Personally, my faith helps me dig deep and helps me to never let limitations hold me back, but use them to push me forward. If all else fails the coaches know how to ensure I leave it all on the floor.
Favorite Trident memory or proudest moment?
After many failed attempts, those moments when you surprise yourself in overcoming a previously unobtainable movement or scoring a PR. Representing Trident and bringing it at competitions (especially road trips) are priceless.
What do you do when you’re not at Trident?
Mostly study, I graduate May 2013.
I was 6 feet tall in the sixth grade (11 years old) and became an endurance athlete because my lack of coordination. I didn’t train with weights until I started CrossFit at Trident.
For those of you with shoulder discomfort when you’re doing overhead or pushing/pulling movements, check out this video on shoulder pain capsulitis. Dr. Fontaine explains what is and an exercise to help ease the pain.
Remember, Dr. Fontaine is around Trident on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. You can also reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.