Going Into The Tunnel

Lisbeth CrossFit, Essays, Fitness

Most of the time, I can’t hear the music. Once we’re about 15 seconds into the WOD, I have limited hearing capacity in my Tunnel of Pain. Only at certain times does a song break through: like during transitions from one movement to another. Or on the rower. Or at the end, when I’m finished and can breathe again.

But mostly, I go into the Tunnel. It’s some black void with no sound other than my own breathing. I don’t know how to explain it, but it’s been that way my whole life. Stepping into the batter’s box, taking a foul shot, racing a mountain bike, doing “The  Chief”: it doesn’t matter what noise happens or what somebody yells, I can’t hear them.

Occasionally, a voice breaks through the Tunnel: usually that of a respected coach or friend, someone I really trust. And if they speak in a soft voice, I can hear them more clearly. Yell and they might as well be mimes.

Does this happen to you when you work out? Or do you hear the music?

I used to think that hearing the music was a sign that I wasn’t going hard enough into the pain, although I’m not so certain of that anymore.

So tell me, who goes into the Tunnel? And who hears the music?


Lisbeth CrossFit, Essays, Fitness


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