I've played baseball growing up and like most ex-players, I moved on to slow-pitch softball. Hitting a large round ball lobbed in to you with a round bat is substantially easier than hitting a pitched hardball. Regardless, I love it. I've been playing since I was 15 and been attending games as long as I can remember. There was one game when I was 17 where 7 of the 10 players on the field were blood relatives (father, uncle, 4 cousins, myself). Why am I telling you all of this? To set up the history of how long I've been playing and how it is in my blood.
In all of those years of playing, I have never once hit an over the fence home-run. I was never ever a power guy, always average. Had a few in the parkers, a ton of doubles, but mostly I was a singles hitter. Still am, but a strange thing happened the other week. I hit my very first over the fence home run. I just turned on a pitch, made great contact and next thing I know I was rounding the bases. It was a strange feeling, but one I would never had experienced without crossfit.
|Sadly, there were no giant signs for me.|
There are much stronger guys on the team, I mean much much much stronger, but they don't have that explosive pop that I learned through doing snatched and power cleans. I hope to hit another, but I won't try, that is just not my game. If I hit another by accident, so be it, but it will never be my goal to go to the plate and hit one out.
Sadly, I am still un-employed. I've had a few interviews but no offers have been made my way yet. To say I've been stressed and had moments of huge questions on my worth is an understatement. I have a kid on the way and I'm a out of work guy while my pregnant wife toils away at work. Yeah, the term LOSER really comes to mind.
Luckily, I have the most supportive wife in the world. The day I lost my job, she smiled and comforted me. The day I found out I did not get a job I really wanted, she comforted me some more. Never once giving in to negative feelings. I'm an amazingly lucky man.
I'm also lucky because, although money is a bit tight now-a-days, she never once has asked that I stop crossfitting. Maybe she's being selfish just likes looking at my arms and shoulders. Maybe she just likes to go with me to stare at other guys arms, abs and shoulders. But, I think it is because she knows it is the one thing in my life where I feel a part of something, where no one cares that I'm unemployed, a place where I'm judged on my squat form and not on my bank account. This is what community is all about, being part of (or accepted) regardless of anything but what matters to people also a part of the community.
There may be a time where we HAVE to cut the gym cost, but I know that Karen will make sure that is one of the last cuts. I would honestly cut cable before I cut crossfit, and if you know me, that is saying a lot.
Sit-ups and double unders 7:48 (5 seconds off a pr)
Also set a pr in the shoulder press. got 115! Woo!