It was a tiny shrug that may seem insignificant, but this was huge. For the first time, I got inverted on the wall and did a handstand pushup. (My photographer happened to be my 3 year old daughter so after moving her finger out of the way, she captured about 3 seconds of my "glory." Hey, at least there's record that it happened.)
Granted, it was a far cry from the RX CrossFit standard we saw during the Open and light years away from a deficit HSPU. Doesn't matter. For me it was a big breakthrough. A victory. A true case of mind over matter.
Too often, doubts stand in our way, and not just for handstand pushups. It's amazing what our bodies are capable of, when you're determined, driven, and disciplined. When my CrossFit journey started 21 months ago, I could not do a strict push up or pull-up. I couldn't imagine flipping 500 pound tires, doing 50 double unders unbroken, or completing the Murph WOD. Now, I can say with confidence that I can, I have, and I will continue to chip away at new goals.
We all have the opportunity to tackle our own personal Everests and that's empowering. It all starts the same way, by taking the first step.
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