The first photo I have named DETERMINATION.
This photo is the exact second I knew I have done it. All the hard work had paid off. My goal for a very long time in CrossFit was to one day be the proud owner of a 100kg Snatch. For a long time this was just a general goal. Until about mid way through the year when I hit 90kg's clean as a whistle from the high hang. As soon as I hit 90 I looked across the room and saw my coach Ben looking at me and I think we were both thinking the same thing. And then I said it....."I'm hitting 100 from the ground before the year is out".
So this then became my real one and only goal. Sure I was training hard and hitting WODs but most of my energy was going into squatting and getting under that bar as much as I could. As the year began to draw to a close I said to Ben that I'd give myself two chances at it. One on Boxing Day in a session we had planned down at CrossFit Rosebud and if I couldn't hit it then I'd come back and nail it on New Years.
So Boxing Day hit and Ben, Wilbur and I were down the box throwing some weight around and I began to work up to the Snatch. Hitting 80 clean, 85, 90 and even 95 first hit I thought this was gonna be my day. So I loaded up two bluey and started ripping into it. After a few failed attempts I knew that it was close but it may have to be one of those stupid days where you go for 15 lifts to get what you want. I don't like to train this way and don't ever anymore but for the sake of this one triple figure number I had been wanting so badly, I was willing to let good training protocol slide.
And then 100kgs landed on my head.
And I don't mean softly or skimmed it, I mean I got under the bar, nearly locked it out but didn't and the full weight of the bar came down on my neck ruining me, crumpling me into a little ball and flipping me forward.
As I lay there in shock staring at the ceiling my mates all rushed over. I think Ben's words were something along the lines of "Holy fuck mate are you alright?", to which I replied "believe it or not I'm actually sweet". Once I had gotten up and regained my composure Ben told me about the time he did the same thing and walked away from the bar and didn't Snatch for a while and it threw him right off. He had a fear of getting under the bar. I knew I couldn't let that happen so I dusted myself off, set my feet, gripped the bar and kept going at it. 3 or 4 half assed attempts later and I knew I wasn't gonna get it today. But I also knew that the lift didn't own me. I knew it was still gonna be mine.
To get it done:
- Practice mindfulness
- Power through challenges
- Focus (and refocus) on the goal
- Work with the right people
Bill, otherwise known as ‘Doc’ is the founding father of AdventureFit Travel. An avid traveller/backpacker Doc spends more time with a backpack on his back than your average primary school student. Across his travels Doc encountered many adventures. From swimming with sharks, patting lions, riding elephants and running with bulls. He has visited 5 continents on his quest for adventure and plans to visit more with his AdventureFit family.
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