I lay down on the box’s floor, taking laboured breaths and grimacing with the ache in my muscles.
When I finally had the strength to open up my eyes, the bright lights from the ceiling blinded me immensely that I had to close my eyes again.
“What am I doing here? Wait..where is this place?”, I asked myself. As I try to find my bearings and seek the answers to my questions amidst the aching and laboured breaths, I realized I was home. I was back where I needed to be. My happy place.
Just half an hour ago, I was struggling through the WOD, which was 600m row, 5 rounds of 25 pull ups and 20kg push jerk. I had a huge trouble going though the pull ups. It was a rude shock for me because pull ups were never an issue for me. Halfway through the second round, my body decided that it was done because it was in unfamiliar territory. My arms and lats were screaming at me to stop. I wanted to vomit so badly that I was in half a mind to just sit down and say I give up.
But I didn’t. I knew I had been through harder situations than the one I was presently in and emerged stronger, that giving up at that moment was not an option. With the help of my fellow CrossFitters, I managed to drag myself through the 4th round and my body just shut down after that. You may say I should have work on my upper body when I was out with a hip injury. Or maybe I shouldn’t have totally stop all physical activity. But my spiritual and mental aspects were in dire need of attention during that period. Taking care of those means I could come back to CrossFit without any baggage.
When I realized I was home, I smiled. Because it suddenly became all very familiar to me. Laying there on the floor with the aching in my muscles. I haven’t felt like this in awhile. It felt like I had just press the reset button. Like I went back to Day 1 in CrossFit. While it may take my body awhile to get back to 100% and get back to the threshold of pain I had before I got injured, I was just glad to get my first WOD after coming back from injury out of my system.
It feels great to be back.