A confluence of events has made me take pause today. I might be getting all mushy, philosophical, and sentimental here, but I don’t care. Go to another meathead blog and learn how to do preacher curls, if this is too much thinking for you.
So, “Grace” was on The Movement Program’s plate today. A workout of beautiful simplicity and (dare I say?!) graceful movements, “Grace” is a ball buster. Get the weight over your head from the ground to overhead as fast as possible, using the clean and jerk style. Pure. Simple.
After watching a lot of great and gutsy performances (Athlete of the Day award goes to Julia who almost blacked out at the end of the WOD but dug deep, went to that dark place regardless, and found a way to get the job done. Very proud of you!), I realized just how amazing of a “job” (I don’t consider this work!) I have being able to coach these young athletes. Why? Well, for starters I get to see a lot of light bulbs go on…you know, the light bulbs of “oh, that’s how it’s done” or “oh my God…I never realized I could have done that.” Those are incredibly special moments when one witnesses another human being change before his very eyes. The universe slows its whirling and for a moment, just a moment, one can feel all that is. I feel quite honored to be able to see these major metamorphoses.
Another reason is that I get cool stuff like this:
My athletes surprised me with this awesome card today, as well as a huge box of homemade paleo cookies (huh?! what?!) AND then a wrist watch (I’m speechless…), all thanking me for being their coach. In my past life of coaching track and cross-country, never did I have a group of athletes do something like this for me. Totally shocked, totally humbled, totally appreciative.
And it was these things, “Grace”, a hand drawn thank you poster card, and cookies that have once again reinforced the idea that it really is the simple things that make the toil and tussle of our everyday lives worth it. Stop and appreciate the “trivial” and “ordinary” because those things are anything but that.
30 Ground to Overhead in Clean (any variation) and Jerk style. (135/95)