So, something has been on my mind since last week. I was giving a presentation at a conference and the Chairman of the Board introduced me. In the introduction, she labeled me "a CrossFitter". Now, mind you, I now had to get up in front of these people - weighing in the 290s - what the heck are they going to think? I relayed this story to my coach and he thought it was great. "Did you tell them how much weight you'd lost?" he asked... yeah.. uhhhh... No! Then he looked at me and said I was an "Athlete". I thought he was nuts and the look on my face must have said so... but he went on to say that I am training like an Athlete... that I'm working just as hard as everyone else.. and as I looked around the box, I do consider everyone else an athlete.. but shied away when applied to me.
It got me thinking... what makes an athlete? When I "try on" the label it makes me feel initially uncomfortable.. like a pretender.. but in the back of my mind, I feel empowered and proud. It makes refusing a sugary treat a positive - "Athlete dont' put that crap in their bodies" rather than an "I'm on a diet" type of thing. It kinda legitimizes my efforts in the box (gym). I am not "less than". I am not "trying" to be something I'm not... as if in the future I will train like an athlete. I am training like an athlete right now! My coach has a plan to strengthen all the ligaments, tendons and muscles to prepare me to be able to do advanced moves safely as I continue to take the weight off. The Dictionary says "a person trained to compete in sports or exercises involving physical strength, speed, or endurance".... My workouts involve ever increasing weights (strength), time trials (how fast can I row 2000m = speed) and the interval training that's continuing to push up my tolerance of lactic acid (endurance). So, yeah, I'm an Athlete!
I remember during the Olympics reading an article about the traits those elite Athletes have... here's a short list:
3. Hard Working
5. Ability to deal with adversity
6. Optimistic and positive perspective
7. Strong Focus
8. High Stress Tolerance
Interestingly, those all sound like traits that someone needs to be successful at weight loss too.
So, yeah.. I am a CrossFitter.. I am an Athlete.
What labels do you resist?... Are you an Athlete??
Tonight was CrossFit workout #23
I did a 500m row for warm up. Tonight was leg day and concentrating on strength. 50 ft 90lb sled pull, 5 40lb sandbag over one shoulder squats, 5 tuck jumps x 5 rounds (13:35)... and a 400m walk time trail (4:32)... burned 500 calories!
112 days til Africa
34lbs to go to meet my Zipline goal