In my life, Monday are for Heroes since the pandemic lockdowns began. Every Monday morning, bright and early, I complete a CrossFit Hero WOD.
I started with Zachary Tellier.
Soon after I completed Chad, which left me with a lot to reflect on.
Then I moved to Loredo and Maupin and MA3 Oscar Temores.
The heroes behind a hero WOD may be widely known, or they may just be memorials within a specific community. Last Monday, I did a WOD programmed by 20 Mile CrossFit to honor one of their community who succumbed to COVID-19. They shared it on their instagram page and I was glad to be able to participate and remember. Reading the stories, thinking of the rounds and reps and how they relate to the person’s life makes the movement more meaningful for me.
Every Monday morning, another challenge. Every Monday morning, another hero. Every Monday morning, another chance to reflect, to endure, to overcome.
I’m not sure why it feels right about doing a hero WOD to start the week. They are usually long. They are taxing. They often leave me sore the next day. Saturday would make more sense. But….
Maybe it’s because I do cardio training on Sundays, so my muscles are usually ready for something brutal on Monday. Maybe I am just restless, looking for something each Sunday for programming. I like to know what’s coming and hate waiting until late the night before. I like feeling settled on Sunday night with a solid expectation of how Monday will begin. And it needs to begin well.
Even more so, these days Hero WODs get me thinking about the frontline heroes that are working for us every day in risky situations. I am focused and in the zone. I want to start the new week kicking some butt. Hero WODS always give me a sense of accomplishment.
I will keep on with the Heroes. Mark Klement and Hey Buddy are on deck for future Mondays. I’ll continue through the yearly completion of Murph on Memorial Day.
After that is summer and anyone’s guess.
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