The Real Suck

The real suck is in the middle. It’s not at the beginning of the workout, when your lungs are fresh and the rush of getting started carries you along, like the blood pumping through your veins.

And the real suck is not at the very end, when sheer adrenaline takes over and you know you can hold on and keep going through another minute or two, or another round. Anger or pride or sheer stubbornness can carry you through those moments. Some folks will do just about anything to finish.

No, the real suck is in the middle. The round of 15 in “Fran” . . . the middle 50 of anything in “Murph” . . . Minutes 9-15 of a 20 min AMRAP. And, horribly, minutes 12-20 of a 30 min AMRAP.

What happens in those moments? Your body and your mind tell you to stop, to quit, to be kind to yourself and take a break.

Yet you keep going.

Congratulations, you’re a survivor. Carry that over into all of your life and you’ve got a chance at being a success.

In life, people (mostly) fail in the middle. They can’t handle the real suck. Education, work, relationships, owning their own business — all are a rush at first. Exciting, pulsing, fascinating. Then, in the middle, time slows. It’s not as fun. Things get really hard. They find themselves smack dab in the middle of the suck. And, often, they lose interest and they walk away. They quit.

So, when it’s you in that spot in the WOD or in your life, remember, as always, you’ve got two choices: Quit or persevere. Suck it up and make it through the suck. In school, in work, in your relationships. In your workout. Finish, or walk away.

Two choices in pretty much everything in this life.

How you choose determines your future.

The WOD is just practice for your life. Choose wisely.

Good luck.

 

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Stephanie Vincent
Stephanie Vincent

A great post!! I love the WODS that include the middle suck the best! Their the ones that make me feel the most accomplished!! its amazing to me just how spiritual crossfit it. It is practice for life. To me its the same as meditation. The only way THROUGH a wod is to be present with each rep. Presence is also what sets you free in the hard stuff in life :-) glad Aimee linked this on the crossfitkop blog :-)

grans cfkop
grans cfkop

The real suck...love it, great title, great post, and so true!

Taylor
Taylor

that WOD is certainly in the top 5 worst/best/crazy/sweaty/hard/brutal/amazing (in a weird way) things i've ever done at CFW. AHHH

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

Jason! Jen and I have your room ready. Go tell Aimee you're leaving her and get in the car. Sse you soon!

Jason CF KoP
Jason CF KoP

Lisbeth: you really are one of my favorite people.

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

I love that photo where Jordan is dead. Classic CrossFit.

Nathan
Nathan

Sorry for another post. As nasty as that wod was, looking through the photos made me happy. Some of my favs: Kirks post wod 1000 yard stare: http://picasaweb.google.com/lisbeth.darsh/8June2010#5480800405691903250 Cool shot - I like the angles (wink wink nudge nudge): http://picasaweb.google.com/lisbeth.darsh/8June2010#5480803723689767634 Aftermath: http://picasaweb.google.com/lisbeth.darsh/8June2010#5480816876104664738 Hahaaaha that's me! Soon to be my new Facebook profile photo: http://picasaweb.google.com/lisbeth.darsh/8June2010#5480819002735546402 Man alive! There is a giant dude on the floor: http://picasaweb.google.com/lisbeth.darsh/8June2010#5480816693947664450 That's all I got (for now).

Beery
Beery

I attended the 6:00 last night and I must say that photos from that class have the perfect lighting this time of year. The 7:00 will get to enjoy that for about 6 days around June 21 - 0728 this year. Enjoy!

Nathan
Nathan

@Kirk: Haha, nice! Though I am not sure "dialed in" is the right choice of words. Otherwise, Chris and I have been planning to re-live the 400 meter for lunges wod sometime soon. We have been waiting for him to heal up! Holla if you want in! Lastly, as a PSA, if you have never lunged 400 meters for time, you should definitely join in! It will not only change your life, but it will change the way you walk for at least a day or two. Awesome stuff.

Jenny
Jenny

Yeah that thing was pretty effing difficult! Took a lot of arguing with myself to get it done.

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

I loved N8's long comment today. Like a post in itself. I love that Karen did the entire WOD in shades. The rest of the photos are now uploaded to the Picasa link. I will toss them on FB too.

Kirk
Kirk

And that was when I dreaded walking lunges. That was a rough day. But, I eventually got better at them, probably because of all the extra practice. And N8, I was actually screaming "Veni, Vidi, ECCE, to throw you off, but you were too dialed in to even notice.

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

And we're all lucky that Jen and Tooner came along and saved you all from my morning classes! (Hey Kirk, remember the time I mismeasured the walking lunges and ya'll did extra?)

Lisbeth
Lisbeth

Yeah JILL! I don't think I was made for leading those morning classes. (Although I used to go to the gym for 5am for years.) I can remember pulling up to the old place at 6:01am and seeing the Tooner and the Jill cars and being like "Dammit! I can't just sleep on the platforms this morning!" Bwahahaha. In the words of Melissa way back when in my garage: "You're a different person at night."

Nathan
Nathan

That was rough. I went into it running on about 3 hours of sleep along with a looong day. Watching the 5pm crew was a sobering reality on how bad it was going to be. Then noticing they were only on minute 12 didn't make me feel any better about it! Holy crap. F it though, I was there and I was going to do it. I reckoned that in that weird CrossFit way it could be fun. Right? Then for the next 30 minutes I was the most "out of it" I have ever been during a wod. The only memories I could muster from it were: 1) I seem to remember Barry being on the platform next to me. He had heavy things that he was doing lifty and swingy stuff with them. 2) I think Lis was trying to photograph some of my goofy gritty pain faces. Or she was trying to capture my devastatingly handsome chiseled features. Most likely the former though because camera's usually start to weep at my sheer beauty and the photos end up being all foggy. It's my curse. 3) The voices of Chris and Kirk talking me through the OHS's (thanks for that BTW). I was always facing the wall when they spoke so it was almost like some sort of weird voices from hell cheering me on. Not 100% sure on this, but I think Kirk was threatening to "swallow my soul" at some point. Luckily I remembered the wise wizards words "Clatto Verata Nicto" and the Kirk demon was banished for the next 2 rounds. 4) Being amazed how much I dreaded those 4 OHS's and how fast they came back around. 5) I finished 4 last OHS with about 10 seconds left and "sobered up" enough to look over and see Sue banging out some OHS all solid and nice form. Badass. All in all, great post today! You hit the nail on the head with the hammer thing. It really was as much a test of gumption as physical prowess - there was much to be learned from it. Maybe I will ramble some more later. Sorry for the long post.

Jill
Jill

YAY ME!!!! It was great to see so many people at that class...Tooner & I were remembering the days when we would be sitting in our cars, waiting & waiting & waiting for our fearless leader (who was always so punctual)!!

Tooner
Tooner

Breaking attendance records at the 6 am today. We were almost in the double digits. Heck even Jill made an appearance. I'm glad I didn't try yesterday's alone. Thankfully a rest day. One of these days I'll make back into CFW for an evening WOD. It's always fun to come in on Wed morning and see everyone's name and progress. Hopefully I will see some of you sooner than later.

Pamela
Pamela

I came a little early for the 7pm just to watch Sue do that WOD with 95#. I couldn't believe how smooth those OHS were looking. Totally badass!

Beery
Beery

That was another interesting one last night. The 30 minute AMRAP is ridiculously long and I'm with Brian, the worst part just kept coming. But by the last 6-8 minutes I began to move so slow that it wasn't nearly as intense as the first 6-8 minutes. I liked the extra heavy lift thrown in the middle of an AMRAP too; you really had to slow down when you came to the bar.

Kirk
Kirk

WOW, I didn't know a face could get that red. If you put the phrase "completely out of it" in the dictionary, you can post that pic next to it.

Brian
Brian

I have to say these are my favorite work outs. For me the suck happens about 2/3 of the way. If you have ever run a marathon you have experienced the 20 mile marker. Your body is telling you to stop but you need to keep pushing because there is no better experience than when you are finished.

Kirk
Kirk

Sue literally completed her last OHS at the buzzer, with about half a second to spare. Four in a row, when she could have quit after her last set of pushups. And, she had 95 pounds on there, which must have felt like 300 after 29:45 of work. Very impressive, Sue!

Kirk
Kirk

I was close to breaking down during last night's WOD. As Sue said, "Kirk, I've only seen you like that once or twice." Meaning, I was stuggling to get anything done. I even had to call Sue over and told her to yell at me to get me going. I think that was at the 18-20 minute mark. But, I'm glad I did it. It was funny looking at Mikey and Derek and rolling our eyes at each other, unable to speak, because it was such a tough WOD. Also, did anyone notice the silence after the WOD finished? No noise. Just heavy breathing. Silence is very unusual for us with the characters we have. Then, we all got up and congratulated each other, like a team. Thanks to Melis for taking the 6 PM through their warm up. I was too wasted to even talk at that point.

Sue Loz
Sue Loz

OMG that WOD was wonderful and brutal! Half way through I started to get anxiety every time I had to do those OHSs... it really was more mental than physical. In the last minute I was stalling, waiting for the time to run out then, thankfully, Kirk was there, encouraging me to get in just 4 more overhead squats... couldn't have done it without him... Whew! I feel like I got beat up last night! It was fantastic!

Daigle
Daigle

Rounds 4-5 of "The Seven" is where the suck lives, and round 3 of Eva.

K
K

BAM! Yea that "middle" part of education has got me.. gotta push it. Now or Never.

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