“If there is no struggle there is no progress.”~ Frederick Douglass
The CrossFit Games Open WOD 13.3 was announced yesterday. It is a 12 minute AMRAP of 150 wall balls, 90 double unders and 30 muscle ups. To say this one is challenging for most of us is a huge understatement. My first thought was something like “damn, I’m out. I can’t do a muscle up.” Then, reality hit and I thought “I can’t do 90 double unders and I haven’t done Karen in awhile. Can I even do 150 wall balls?”
This morning with my coffee, iPad and brand new iPad keyboard in hand (Thank you to my groom, I love it!) I thought what I can and can’t do isn’t really the point, is it? We are each on our own journey to gain a measure of progress in our lives. Improved health, a new level of fitness, gain of strength, loss of body fat, etc.. Our journey will have struggle in it.
The open is fun and thrilling. I personally like to imagine I am Rich Froning (even though I am a 41 year old female) getting ready to break yet another record each time the timer counts down to begin.
The truth is, no matter what the final rep count or time that is notated on the whiteboard, I will have made progress and so will you. The struggle of it all will bring about our progress. The effort is what matters.
If there is no struggle, there will be no progress.