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"You'll become addicted!” they said. "You'll want to go every day." they said ​While in my head I’m thinking, "No way. Addicted to pain, sweat, and gasping for air? Doubtful." Well.. I was wrong. I'm hooked. It's week two, and I wish I could go every day.

Last night I experienced the first workout since starting the program that made me have to get out of my own head. I wanted to quit, stop, and lay down on the floor. I wanted to hop off the rowing machine so badly, and run out of the door, never to look back again .. but I didn't. I stayed. I worked through my doubts, pain, and exhaustion. I looked over at my fellow crossfitters suffering with me and thought, "They are struggling too, you can do this, you will push, you will make it to the end." And you know what happened? I made it. I didn't pass out. I didn't throw up. I made it to the end without crying or running away. I was last and physically spent, but I made it through just like I knew I could and when I was finished I wanted to know what was next.

This past week of Crossfit has pushed my body in ways that I haven’t been able to in a long time. My body has done some pushing back, but with the encouragement of my 4 teammates and the coaches at the box I’ve been able to get out of my comfort zone and muscle through. I know that this is only the beginning, I know that things will get harder but I also know that the support system that I have around me in phenomenal, and unlike any other sports support system I’ve ever had, making it impossible not to succeed and achieve the fitness goals I’m striving for. ​

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Dawn O'Brien

Dawn is a participant in CrossFit Nashua's 2015/2016 "Fit-For-Life" program. Participants track their progress in the CrossFit training program during the coming 1-year period and log their progress in this blog. Best of luck Dawn, in meeting your training goals!

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