The Referendum Ruined My Gains.
This weekend I'm in Edinburgh performing at The Stand Comedy Club. So in order to get in my five Crossfit Classes a week I had the fine privilege of working out at Crossfit MTS. It's wonderful gym tucked away in a cul-de-sac. My coach for the day, Jonny, was an encouraging and helpful delight. When I told him I was in town performing. He exclaimed, "You should have told us! We could have told our members!" Good old Crossfit, with it's community and socializing. I love this crew. Even when I'm away from my home gym, people make you feel at home.
I was all excited to be at a different gym and I wanted to show off what skill and strength I've gained over the month. The workout was a named workout, Jackie. We were to do a 1 kilometer row, 50 thrusters at 20kg, and 30 pull-ups. The clocked counted down and we were off! It was...not my best work. I had to strip some of the weight off my bar halfway through the thrusters, and my shoulder's been a bit off so instead of doing banded pull-ups, I opted for ring rows. Jackie is to be done in ten minutes or less. I did it in 11:45. It could be that my nutrition yesterday was not on point, or it could be that I woke up and had only coffee before taking the noon class. But I blame the referendum on my poor performance.
I woke up this morning hoping that nothing had changed and then checked my phone to find everything will change. I don't know exactly what's going to happen next, I don't think anyone does and that's what's so scary. When I walked into the gym today, the usual pleasantries were made. Introductions, followed by the usual, "How are you?". Nine times out of ten no one is actually asking you how you are. We actually were asking each other. "You ok?" "Do You think Scotland's going to try to leave the UK again?" "Will this effect me, an American in the UK?" None of these questions can of were answered today. But that was the talk before we started the WOD. And all these questions and uncertainty left me unfocused.
I had a fun time today. The gym was great and the people there were friendly. It seems silly talking about fitness on a day where everyone is talking about something else. But this is what I do, so here I am doing it. I spent the rest of my time walking around Edinburgh, and buying things with my American credit card pretending the UK was having a giant sale. If the referendum has no other positive effect on my life, at least it has given me the opportunity to buy MAC makeup.