Good evening y’all. First semester is almost over already?! Where has the time gone?! It felt like just last week that I got back from my summer vacation, now I’m done half the year! It is been a stressful few weeks for me. I had an english essay due, a film project to finish up, math everyday, cadets, and I have to worry about what classes I want to take. Or even if I want to continue my time at Gleneagle. And to top it off, I started my In-Depth! I’m not going to lie: it is going to be a stressful few months to come, but I can not wait to see what I accomplish by the end of it!
So for my In-Depth, I’m doing CrossFit if you didn’t already know. With my busy schedule, I am finding it hard to concrete a time for my CrossFit training. CrossFit also needs to be done on a daily basis to be able to see results. So believing in myself, I made a decision that I yet have regretted. I will do CrossFit in the morning. So every morning, I get up at 4:50am. I quickly brush my teeth, put on some shorts, and bike about 3km to the CrossFit location where I would start my CrossFit class at 5:30am. The class ends at 6:30am, giving me enough time to go home, get ready for school, and start my day.
It was super hard on my first day. I was sore, tired, and unmotivated to continue with the day. And with the amount of work I am getting in school, it is hard to adjust. I go to bed as early as 9pm now, so I still receive my daily amount of sleep. I am not complaining since it was my decision, but I wish I had more time so I can adapt to the sudden change physically and mentally.
But besides the getting up in the morning part, I am really enjoying CrossFit! There is this rush I get after working out that I would not get from drinking coffee or sleeping for an extra hour. The people there are really supportive and are helping me get through my first few days; however, they are still intimidating since they are all older than me and have been doing CrossFit for a few years. At first, I thought I would do fine since I consider myself to be an active fellow; although, my first CrossFit workout was brutal. The workout was something I never experienced before. over 100 push-ups, 80 sit-ups, and 120 medicine ball throws in one routine?! That is crazy. I only did half of each, and I still could barely move after the workout. I almost puked the second I stepped outside the building. Trust me, at first I was really frustrated with myself. But at the end, I was kinda excited. Excited to see what I will be able to accomplish by the end of the project, and to see what skills I can do that I thought I could never accomplish.
My coach for the morning classes is Robert Farrer. He is one of the owners of SheepDog CrossFit and usually teaches the morning classes. He is a wonderful person. He is supportive, educating, and just a cool person to talk to. I do not have as much interaction with him as I would like because it is a class and I am not his only student, but there are times where I do talk to him. This is how I incorporate the first three chapters of Edward De Bono’s “How to have a Beautiful Mind”:
How to Agree: I believe fitness is one of the most important aspect of living a healthy life, and since Robert is very educated in the field of fitness, he agrees with me. Although I recently just met him, I believe we have similar values of fitness, and see its importance of living of good life. I also agree with what he says about CrossFit, and how it leads to a healthy life. Robert is very educated in the field, and I would not question him on the topic.
How to Disagree: Since I only recently started CrossFit, there hasn’t been anything I really disagree with Robert. Like i said before, he knows far more than I do in the field I believe disagreeing with him without adequate knowledge on the topic would be rude and arrogant; however, I have put my own opinion on specific workouts and how they are to be done. Besides that, I haven’t found an opportunity to really disagree with him on the topic of CrossFit.
How to Differ: My mentor and I haven’t really gotten to know each other that well, so it is hard to discuss our differences. However, I notice that we have different values about how often we should workout. He believes that you should go hard for a few consecutive days and only resting for 2 days a week. I believe that we should take more rests in the week. But like I said, Rob is the professional in this situation.
Thank you for reading my blog, and I can not wait for you to see my improvements! Bye for now!