“Let’s go Christina, you can do this. Remember, mind over body!”
I fidgeted nervously.
The words of encouragement from teammate Rachel circulated through my head as I contemplated the challenge before me: pick up a 15kg dumbbell with one hand, squat with it at my shoulder, then press it single-handed over my head.
I had to repeat this on the other side, after which I had to jump on to a pull-up bar and swing my toes up to touch it. This sequence had to be repeated for 2 repetitions each, then 3 reps, then 4, then 5, then…well, you get the picture. I had 15 minutes to do many rounds as I could, while alternating with my WOD partner, Tim.
The problem was, I was pretty sure my left arm was going to fail me on the 15kg weight. I had only practiced with 12kg! What if I couldn’t do it??
I caught the eye of Coach Cheongy, who was on the arena floor as an event official. I bet he could see the fear on my face, so I was relieved when he came over to (I was hoping) calm my nerves. It was just what I needed: some sound advice from my trusty coach.
He looked me square in the eye and said: “Don’t be shit.”