The first CrossFit workout I did was in April 2003, almost exactly 10 years ago.
I had just gotten my ass kicked in a ski mountaineering race by a pair of guys that did this crazy thing called CrossFit. I was in the middle of my Ironman race career, so I was doing a ton of long triathlon training. So I was doing what I thought was perfect training for a long ski race.
Those early CrossFitters killed my partner and I. So I thought I would give it a try. It was a pretty standard CrossFit workout.
3 rounds for time of:
400 meter run
15 bodyweight deadlifts
20 box jumps
Not a big deal. Seemed easy. It wasn't. I was sore for a week. And I am pretty sure I did the deadlifts with 135 lbs. I interspersed CrossFit training with my Ironman training from then until July of 2005. The interesting thing was that the more CrossFit I added to my training, the faster I got in my races.
After my 2005 race, I only did CrossFit.
I can remember doing Fran for the first time later in 2003. I was so happy that I went under 10 minutes. I can remember going under 5 minutes in 2006. That was a big deal back then. When I went under 4 a couple of years later, I officially retired from doing Fran.
I can remember the first time I went under 3 minutes for Grace in 2009. That was a blazing time back then. I can remember going 2:32 in 2011 and being pissed that I didn't even make the top 5 board in the gym. (Now you have to go under 1:50 to make the board.)
I can remember being one of only three people in the gym that did Isabel as prescribed in 2009. I went 5:32. The only guy to beat me in the gym that day was Matt Chan. I am pretty sure he went somewhere in the 3 minute range.
Fast forward to this Saturday.
I saw 75 different athletes do 6 CrossFit named workouts. Something that literally would have been unfathomable just a couple of years ago.
On Fran, we had 4 people go under 3 minutes, 8 people go under 4 minutes and 25 athletes go under 5 minutes.
On Isabel, we had 9 athletes go under 2 minutes and 19 athletes go under 3 minutes.
On Grace, we had 8 athletes go under 2 minutes and 28 athletes go under 3 minutes.
What used to be amazing times for these workouts, is now normal.
What is now amazing, was literally inconceivable 5 years ago.
Most of you haven't been doing CrossFit long enough to recognize how truly amazing this is.
For someone that has been around CrossFit for a long time, Saturday was an unbelievable event to witness.
For those of you that may care, I did that first CrossFit workout again.
I went faster today.
See you at the gym.