The humbling experience of the specialist in the CrossFit box

I am a specialist -  I’ll be the first to admit that. I am a swimmer first and a CrossFitter second. My focus at the moment is the Commonwealth Games trials in 7 weeks. My focus is swimming fast. I take a rest day from CrossFit the day before a quality swim session. I am eating to be leaner, not to put on muscle. Swimming comes first - everything else comes second.

I am ok with this balance until I am at the box. This time last year I was definitely more “CrossFit” than I am now. I wasn’t always putting swimming first. It just wasn’t as important. And I was doing pretty damn well at CrossFit even if I do say so myself. However this year, I am not. I am a much faster swimmer, but not a better CrossFit athlete. And it kills me (and my competitive nature) every time I am smashed in a WOD. It kills me that I have trained so hard (and am still training so hard) and I seem to suck on beyond the whiteboard. I know why it is, but it sucks.

CrossFit - it will punish the specialist. I had always known this, but now I know it first hand. So for now I have to suck. For now, I can only give what my conditioning allows. But after Commonwealth Games - someone just try and stop me.

Pictures from the Anthony Mosse Classic:

So I just spent the last few days in Auckland competing in an Auckland-wide meet.

Picture 1: Me being a super douche in my racing suit because I love my racing suit.

Picture 2: Eating my bronze medal after the Open 50m fly final. Technically I was the second kiwi (first girl was a visitor from Hong Kong) and did an ok time of 28.6

Picture 3: Triggering before my 100m fly final because I was SO TIGHT.

Picture 4: Silver in the 100 fly finals! (Again, technically first kiwi). More importantly - a PB! 1:02.7

All in all a great weekend, especially considering I had a month off swimming over Christmas and I’ve only been back training 3 weeks :)

End note: Apparently the head coach of Swimming NZ noticed me and came and spoke to my coach about me. Exciting!

Words cannot describe how proud I am of my Mum. 4 years ago I gave her some yoga class vouchers and is now a regular yogi. Now, just a few months after her knee surgery, she is braving her first intro session at CrossFit NZ tomorrow morning! I hope it brings her all the happiness, confidence, community and friendship that CrossFit has shown me :)

Words cannot describe how proud I am of my Mum. 4 years ago I gave her some yoga class vouchers and is now a regular yogi. Now, just a few months after her knee surgery, she is braving her first intro session at CrossFit NZ tomorrow morning! I hope it brings her all the happiness, confidence, community and friendship that CrossFit has shown me :)