Hi my dears! This time yesterday I was the most nervous I think I’ve ever been in my life. I was in Stirling at Crossfit Forth Valley doing Forth Valley Throwdown with Kirsty from my gym. I’ve been keeping quiet about it on here because to be honest, I was absolutely terrified.
I can’t believe it’s now over and I woke up today still absolutely buzzing from the nerves and excitement from yesterday. It was one of the best days of my life. I’ve never felt more sore in my life as I do today, stiff as an old lady but I don’t even care! The pain was worth it all. I feel absolutely honoured and so grateful to have been given this chance to compete and to represent team G5. I’m still getting all emotional when I think about it all, I’m so proud of myself. That I dared to take that leap, dared to say yes.
Last week I got a phone call from Kirsty asking if I wanted to fill in for her partner as she no longer was able to do it. I felt bad for them because I knew how hard they had worked together. I was in shock when she asked. Old Maddie would probably leaned more towards a no but if it’s one thing I’ve learnt this past year is you will regret more the things you say no to than the things you say yes to. So after a little bit of thought I said yes. The second I said yes I felt a lump in my stomach, oh my god! What have I just said yes to? I’ve only ever seen one Crossfit competition in my life last year working for lululemon and now I’m going to do one myself. I must be crazy. I am crazy.
Another little detail was Kirsty was just on her way to the airport to go on holiday for a week meaning we would barely have anytime to practice any of the WODs together before the actual day. Just to make things a bit more interesting. The planner that I am did not like this at all, just going with the flow and living in the unknown of what to expect but it was great for me to do it. You need to get out of your comfort zone once in a while.
Faye was nice enough to go through a WOD last Sunday with me and after that I felt a bit better but oh god the nerves I’ve had to live with the past week have been ridiculous. I’ve had trouble getting to sleep. I tried to not think about it at all, just pretending it wasn’t happening because I felt slightly panicky as soon as I did. Denial isn’t good but in this instant I think it helped haha.
Finally on Wednesday we got to meet up at the gym to run through the workouts and have a chat about tactics. That’s why I couldn’t go to lululemon’s yoga even in George Square but we just really needed to get our heads together on what we were actually doing. After running it all through, we felt a lot better about WOD 1 and WOD 3, they were more about speed than how much you can lift.
WOD 2 on the other hand was getting your 3RM front squat from the ground in 8 minutes. Kirsty is very strong on her front squats but it’s the cleaning it from the ground which was stopping her from getting those heavy squats in. I’m stronger on the clean than the squatting so if we would have combined the two of us that would’ve been great! Unfortunately this is not physically possible so instead we just had to work with what we could. In our practice runs we were struggling with 50kg so we were convinced this would be all we would be able to lift and in that case we would just have stand there for the rest of the 8 minutes and stare. We were okay with this, we both knew we would have to work a lot harder in the other two WODs.
I thought I would break up my experience into smaller posts because otherwise this would be a very long post. I can’t believe I’m sitting and writing this now having my first competition under my belt. This time yesterday we had just come out of our first WOD. I’ll tell you more about how that went in another post.
I hope through me sharing my experience it might inspire you to do something you’ve been wanting to try but might not have dared to do before. Take that leap of faith. What is the worst thing that could happen? I truly feel on top of the world right now because of it and wish more than anything for more people to feel this way. Please promise you’ll do it, that thing you’re just a bit too scared to try. Doesn’t matter if it’s signing up for that new gym, that new class or entering a race or a competition. Do it! You won’t regret it.
Now it’s time to enjoy my Sunday off before work tomorrow. My Kajsa is FINALLY back from Sweden and today it’s her birthday so we’re all going out for a birthday lunch later on today. Can’t wait to see her and give her the biggest hug ever. I’ve missed her so much. She’s only here for a week until she’s away to Argentina for the summer to be an au pair so really have to make the most of her being her before she leaves.
I’ll speak to you later my lovelies,