Here goes nothing!

24 Jul

Hello Friends! So this is my first blog post EVER, pretty exciting (nerve-racking) stuff, and I’m just going to start talking =)

I started Crossfit at Crossfit Defined 1 year, 6 months and 1 week ago today and I can honestly and whole heartedly say it has completely changed and improved my life. I know people use that phrase a lot and to be honest, I kind of use it all the time too, but Crossfit has literally done that for me. I won’t go too far into my past, as I’m sure more of that will come up with future posts, but I was a soccer player all growing up and played Division I soccer at Valparaiso University (Hoo-ha VU!)  Finishing college I felt a little empty, no more teammates all around, no more soccer games, no sport to call my own.  Then I found Crossfit! WOO WOO

Last year I competed in the Crossfit Opens after 1 month of CFing, just to gage where I was at, and I finished 123rd.  After that final week I said to my coaches, “I want to make Top 60 next year” I also went to the North Central Regionals at Navy Pier last year as a spectator-I vividly remember seeing the girl’s shirts with ‘Competitor’ on the back and thinking, “I need one of those. I want to be one of those girls. I need to be on the other side of this rope” I also remember thinking/saying “OMG look at that girl’s legs!! (now knowing that is Stacie Tovar =) and her legs are fantastic and so strong! It was definitely a compliment! Just to verify that )

This year I finished 32 in the Opens =) and finished 20th at the North Central Regionals.

Regionals was like nothing I could have ever imagined. It was surreal, odd, exciting, fun, scary, intimidating, and about any other emotion you can think of-I’m sure I felt that at some point during the weekend. To be side by side with some of the best athletes in the world was such an incredible experience. Warming up for the snatch ladder with Stacey Tovar, Deb Coriander and Libby DiBiase was one of the most exciting things-to me it was almost like working out with celebrities.  I had to stay focused but at the same time I wanted to be like “omg I love you, you are so good!” haha I clearly didn’t do that.

Before the weekend, I felt a little….out of place almost..like I wasn’t good enough to be there or that I wasn’t even on the same level as the other athletes. After the weekend, I felt like I was not out of place. I did leaving very humbled and knowing I have A TON to work on, but felt like with a few good years of training under my belt I could potentially give these girls a run for their money. And that is exactly what I am going to try and do! Last Monday started my training and I couldn’t be more excited! I know I have A LOT A LOT A LOT to work on, but I’m ready to do what it takes.  I want to be at the Home Depot Center one of these days, competing with the best of them =)

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4 Responses to “Here goes nothing!”

  1. Libby July 24, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

    Super excited about your blog! Your words are inspiring…YOU are inspiring 🙂

  2. Keith July 25, 2012 at 7:17 am #

    Awesome….. couldn’t be prouder of you daughter. You are my inspiration!!!! Keep it up and you will find yourself in Home Depot Center real soooooon. Love ya!

  3. Andrew H July 25, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    Thanks for sharing, Laura! It’s funny how it’s all about perspective – to me, you’re my uber-goddess-of-crossfit coach who can out-everything me; the one that I kinda think is the rockstar. But it’s cool to read your perspective and remember that we all have our place in this world, we’re never the best (unless your name is Rich Froning or Annie Thorisdottir), and there’s always things to work on and achieve. My shoulder feels like hell after today’s WOD, but I’ll be back again tomorrow! Thanks for the inspiration, and look forward to seeing you at the Games!!!

  4. lmurphy1017 July 26, 2012 at 11:12 am #

    Thank you! I am very excited to start this blogging journey =) and I am happy you all can be apart of it!! Keep the comments coming

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