So I endured my last week of CrossFit just in time before it was time to move on and leave the country before being kicked out due to visa running out! Had a fantastic month at Koh Tao CrossFit, great coaches and great members that quickly made you feel at home! I managed not to draw any blood during my time at the gym so title might be misleading. Two things I did manage though was sweat a ton and on my second last training session the tears finally came, and they were not out of joy! So for you who have interest in my highlights and fails on my last week at KTC, please continue the read. It's a bit overdue and long!
After having a great week with high energy I felt a bit immortal coming to the end of the week and decided that not only would I do the WOD in the evening, I would also do one of the old WODs I done previous and of course beat my previous time. So with spring in my legs I walked to the gym Saturday morning to do so. Felt energized and excited to get started so after bit of chatting and warming up it was time to get going.
I set out for the first 1 km run, this 1 km run is in fact 1.2 KM, just want to point that out... Legs felt weak after some squats the days before but after a couple of minutes they loosened up and I felt that this will be no issue what so ever. After the run it was time for the pull ups and since I did ring pull ups last time, that’s what I did this time again. I believe I lost half my weight in sweat by the time I finished but still felt strong so started on my push ups. Yes again I have to admit that there is no chance in hell that I would be able to do 100 pull ups on my toes so I did these on height against a barbell, was a struggle to finish the 100 but did so in the end. Now it was time for 'only' 150 squats, in my naivety I thought I could do the squats in three reps with some rest in between. My body said no after the first 50 squats in a row with rest so instead opted for 15 squats and then rest few seconds until my burning lower body thanked me when I finally done the 150 squats.
With legs made out of jelly I set out on the final run. Being midday on one of the hottest days with beaming sunshine from clear blue sky, the only thing I wished for was to have someone to compete with. But as I got to the second hill my body won over my head and I had to start to walk, an utter fail. With the knowledge that the last bit of the run is downhill, I continued running again. Increased the pace when reaching the downhill to make up for time walking but would it be enough?!
The answer is a disappointed NO.. Instead I added another 3 minutes to my old time... Not what I expected but I take coach words with me "You might have taken longer but most likely you did the pull ups, push ups and squats more challenging". Ok, don't remember exactly what he said since I was pissed off and didn't really listen but know a couple of weeks later I taken in his words:)
So is this when you broke down in tears Susan, you might wonder... No of course it's not, I saved that for the 5 o'clock WOD when there was more people around!
Bit beat but not completely deflated I came back at 5 PM to do the WOD. Of course it was three exercises that kind of look easy when coach shows us. I always think I got them but as soon as I should start then for what ever reason my brain can't process them and I just stand there holding the barbel. Today this resulted in that when we did the practice run and I didn't do the movements then the others had to do it again until I done them. Let's say that I didn't enjoy this to much, felt a bit shit actually.
So Susan finally kind of understand what to do so we could get started with the WOD. Feeling frustrated and of course very tired from earlier work out, I was in my "I will cry at any moment, but never do" mood. Then half way through we get a power cut but continue the WOD in complete darkness, which was actually very nice. All of the sudden the group can hear a nice sound of a "clunk" and then I run outside. The sound of the "clunk" was me giving myself a nice upper cut with the barbell... I thanked heavens that no one came after since I would then defiantly start the crying. A couple of minutes later I told myself to continue so back to the safety of the dark, I finally let go and with some tears streaming down my face I pushed on. The electricity came back just in time when tears had dried up. We had a time cap on 15 minutes but it felt that I've been going for at least an hour. Everyone had finished so getting some cheers helped me doing my last burpee 17 minutes 31 seconds after I started the work out. Felt dead but happy that coach let me finish the work out and not cut me off at 15 minutes :)
Having a coach that completely understands how to handle my childish frustrated behaviour helped me through Saturday work out for sure. He knew to play on my pride after three weeks training, living neighbors, sharing couple hours eating and enjoying coffee almost every day. So rather then taking me aside when my head didn't cooperate with my body during focus training, he got everyone to repeat the exercise again until I done my part. "SO SORRY GUYS". Not only that but when I still hesitated he rounded everyone up and called out "So what do you not get?" Hahahaha, maybe some people would have felt vulnerable but not me, I just felt that I had to get this going so the others could continue their work out!
Not only did I feel honored and delighted that they put my favorite WOD on the board Monday for my last work out but I also beat my old time with 35 seconds. Would have done it even faster but managed to get tangled in the skipping rope at one stage. So I got my revanche for Saturday's fail!
Four examples of what four weeks of CrossFit has changed?
Lastly A Thank You
Anthony (coached the majority of the sessions), First of all a big compliment on your choice of sox everyday, do respect a man who pays attention on fashion from top to toe!!! Well impressed how you adapted your coaching to the individual needs. Big thank you for your patients, encouragement and pushing me to the limit when you seen I opted for easier ways sometimes. I hope you continue your passion for what you do and your ability to adapt your coaching to different individuals. Defiantly jump to the chance if you get the travel/coaching opportunity.
Matthieu (coach), you just started off as coach when I started training at KTC. We both know I'm a "speed girl" as you call it. Yes, I might not know my limitations a lot of times and I want to be able to do everything and do everything as fast as possible. I might give the impression that I'm annoyed when you take your time and give me advice one to one on mobility and how to do the movements 100% correct. But I do really appreciate it a lot and deep down inside I know it will be better for me in the long run.
Gaz & Neus (Co-owner KTC) I love a gym with a great atmosphere and you truly have that. Felt like i’ve been a member for a long time already after a couple of days. Of course it’s not only the atmosphere that is super -the location, the equipment, the people etc but I guess this is what makes for the great atmosphere. I left the island and now I'm back while writing this and Koh Tao CrossFit was the biggest reason for returning!
Members, lastly a thank you to the regular members of KTC who are all helpful, easy going and of course amazing in all other ways. You guys has made it easier to get the motivation to join the WODs despite body feeling tired!
I decided that it was time for a career break. So handed in my notice to the company who I worked with for the last ten years. It's time to pack my bag and depart from Amsterdam which been my home town for the last 4.5 years. -"Amsterdam, it's not you it's me and I need a break!". Read more
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