I read this quote a few days ago, and it actually took some time to sink in and think aboutâ€¦
â€œThe suffering is so intense, that itâ€™s absolutely cleansing. The pain is so deep and strong that a curtain descends over your brainâ€¦.Once, someone asked me what pleasure I took in riding for so long. â€˜PLEASURE???? I said.â€™ â€˜I donâ€™t understand the question.â€™ I didnâ€™t do it for the pleasure; I did it for the pain.â€ – Lance Armstrong
I totally get it! I have spent years competing. In Judo – where i have represented my country for many years, and then in CrossFit, where I have fought, and succeeded for a place at the Regionals in 2014 and 2015.
We put ourselves through these workoutsâ€¦ and yes, it actually hurts! Every single person who is competing in the Open will have finished a workout and been left rolling around on the floor – thinking what the fuck! Incoherent and bemused yet satisfied!
What pleasure is there in feeling your lungs hurt, and your muscles cry?! Well there is pleasureâ€¦ there is pleasure in pain.
Having competed and fought for a place at the European/ Meridian Regionals for two years, I was a bit – no letâ€™s re-phrase thatâ€¦ very down… not to be in â€˜that fighting placeâ€™ this year. A shoulder injury has set me back this year, and I was thinking about not entering the Open for 2016.
But then I remembered why I love this sport. I love the pain. I thrive off the feeling of hurting. Of putting myself into â€˜thatâ€™ place where nothing else matters apart from the few seconds in front of you where someone somewhere next to you is screaming at you to pick the bar up/ move faster/ push harder/ not to put it down.
We all look for that small thing that will enable us to do such things, and I can honestly say that the guys at RockTape have literally held me together. My specialist has told me that I have a few tears in my shoulder, but that I am OK to train as long as I can manage the pain. Well the team at Rocktape have done a fantastic job of advising me on taping methods to help aid my recovery and also ways to support my shoulder. Not to mention their rollerâ€¦ its super dreamy when you have any niggles post WOD!
So thank you Team RockTapeâ€¦ For keeping me going week in week out…so I can feel the pain that CrossFit can bringâ€¦And experience the pleasure!