Are inov-8 training shoes all that they’re cracked up to be?

About two months ago I was contacted by inov-8 who asked me to write a post to contribute to their blog. Unfortunately, I was too busy writing my dissertation at the time so had to turn down their offer. Instead, I was lucky enough for them to send me two pairs of their shoes to review in the meantime. I had never even held a pair of inov-8s before never mind wore them so I was excited to see what all the fuss was about. I had built up a misconception around the brand for some reason. I thought that they only created endurance running type shoes and presumed that they wouldn’t have spent money on research and development to create a gym trainer and weightlifting shoe. Maybe this was because the people I know who wear inov-8 are of this nature. People at CrossFit Leeds rave about them and were very brand loyal and so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a pair.

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Last weekend I competed in what was my second Rainhill Trials and it didn’t disappoint! The first time I competed at Rainhill was in February 2016 and the two days presented completely different learning experiences.

February was my first real test against some incredible athletes. I didn’t know it at the time as I was still new to the CrossFit scene but I competed alongside some excellent athletes. For instance, former Regionals competitor Pete Howe (CrossFit Taunton) and 451 Open place finisher Jamie Emblow (Form, Leeds) were in the February competition. I managed to finish 10th after four workouts and secured a place in the final, which I was over the moon with after two disaster workouts involving pullups.

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After trading in writing blog posts with writing my MSc Marketing dissertation it has been nice to be able to throw down at a couple of CrossFit competitions recently. Now, I find myself reflecting on how things have unfolded in my CrossFit journey.

On 11 September I took part in the Scale the Heights Final in Reading. This competition is designed for those who are newer to the sport and last year was a blast. With my dissertation still on my mind 2016’s competition has drawn mixed feelings. I know that I underperformed, but since then I have been trying to reflect upon the reasons why. I’ve come to the conclusion that I didn’t push myself out of my comfort zone in order to take the risks that I needed to, to win. People that know me, will understand that is not like me at all! All successful athletes and teams take risks to be successful. But what about when the risk backfires? How do you know when the time is right to take a risk?

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