Saturday, January 29, 2011

FGB KB Style, Burpee Cleans, and an Extra Round for Margaritas

This is going to be me soon:-( 
The last couple days have been more mentally tough for me than physically tough. I mentally have to make myself NOT do things. The only good part of this is I am quite aware of when I an unable to do something. It becomes blatantly apparent immediately. In order to avoid this, I try to catch it before it even happens.

The last few WODs have been challenging.

Saturday, January 29

KettleBell Fight Gone Bad

5 Rounds:
KB Wall Ball Subs
Alt. KB High Pull
KB Clean Box Jump
KB Push Press

This one wasn't too bad on my back. I did use a 30# KB for it and wondered if that was too much, but it turned out to be ok. Instead of the Box Jumps I held the KB in the Clean position and did step ups. I have a doctor's appointment on Wednesday, so hopefully we'll get to the bottom of this. The rest of the WOD was good but tough. I felt pretty good afterwards, though my back is starting to stiffen up now.

Friday, 28 January

2 Part WOD:

Part 1: Every 30 Sec for 10 Minutes

Power Clean (95/65)
Front Squat
Push Press

Part 2: 

5 Rounds:
400m Run/500m Row
15 Burpee Cleans (95/65)

This might have been the worst idea ever. I use a 45# bar for part 1. I probably could have used 65# in hindsight. I paid for the rest of the WOD dearly. I still only use a 45# bar, but the Burpee/Clean change really did a number on me, so I changed to doing 15 Burpees then 15 Hang Cleans. We had a lot of ice in the parking lot, so I rowed. I finished 4 rounds before it was time for me to teach the next class, so I guess this is marked as a DNF. I hate that. I did have the ladies in the 7 am class do Medicine Ball Cleans to practice form. They looked pretty good and I should have done them as well.

I shortened the WOD to 4 rounds since it was taking longer than I expected, but Jane refused. She said "I am leaving for Mexico tomorrow and 5 rounds means I can have an extra margarita!" Ah, motivation! Rounds for margs, a girl after my own heart!


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Scaling--The Cool Kids are Doing It

After much inner whining (and maybe some outer whining to DTM) and a ton of self-loathing, I have talked myself into scaling my WODs until I can get whatever it is wrong with me fixed. So I scaled my workout on Wednesday. However, digging my car out of about a foot of very wet and heavy snow this morning did nothing for my scaling efforts. DTM felt very guilty about not digging out my car but he had to get to work and I am a mostly able-bodied human being, so I told him not to worry about it. I also made him promise that he would push me around in my wheelchair when I am unable to walk by age 30. He agreed. Ah, marriage vows.

Anyway, yesterday's WOD was great!

Wednesday, January 26

The CIA 7

7 Rounds for Time:
7 Box Jumps
7 Thrusters (95/65)
7 Weighted Lunges (7 each side)
7 Burpees
7 KB Swings
7 Ball Slams

I modified this one from the original WOD to accommodate previous WODs this week. Here is how I scaled:

I did Box Step Ups on the 24" box instead of Jumps. I used a 45# bar for Thrusters and managed to do 3 rounds of true KTE, but then switched to modified floor ones. I used a 20# DB for the Weighted Lunges. They felt good while I was doing them but I probably should have just done regular lunges based on how I felt later that day. I used a 16kg KB for Swings and the 20# ball for Slams. I finished in 28:27. I feel like my goal of this WOD was just to scale things. I am so not good at it, but I am trying to listen to my body. For my whole life I have ignored what it has been trying to tell me and be all like "Shut up! Eye of the Tiger, Body!" But now, if I am going to be able to do CrossFit forever, I am just going to have to rest it now. Lifelong fitness is the goal of this whole pursuit.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Get Used to Disappointment

I am on a movie kick this week apparently because the title of this has been my mantra the last few days. It also seems that I am turning slightly emo. Maybe if I watched The Princess Bride I would feel better. Anyway, it seems I have hurt my back/hips. They are always a little touch and go. I try to rest it the best I can and do all the appropriate TriggerPoint-ing and foam rollering but for some reason they just won't cooperate. I mean, I tweak them occasionally and they take about a week to recuperate. It has been three weeks. This morning, they were so bad, I had to STOP DOING BACK SQUATS. If you know me at all, you know I died a little on the inside. (ACK! Emo, I tell you!) It was at that point that I though I should maybe, possibly, sort of seek professional help, so I made an appointment with my doctor.

That brings me to today's post title. I am worried that this injury might not bode well for me in my future CrossFit endeavors and that I might have to get used to the disappointment that is my body. I am hoping for the best and that with some sort of chiropractic care and maybe a massage (ugh, I shutter at the thought of those), that things will be ok.

That looks about right.

Anyway, I did partake in part of today's workout.

Tuesday, 25 January

Shoulder Press

Back Squat

3 Rounds:
10 Weighted Ring Dips
30 Back Extensions

I managed to do 4 reps of 2 sets at 80# for the Shoulder Press. I had to go down to 78.5# for the last one. Last week I did all sets at 75#, so at least there was a little improvement.

For the rest of the WOD, my body failed. I don't want to talk about it.

Monday, 24 January

3 Rounds for Time:
800m Run/1000m Row
30 OHS (75/45)
21 Pull Ups

I opted to Row since it was approximately 8 degrees outside (not an exaggeration). I used 45# for the Squats and did modified Pull Ups with Ol' Blue. My back was hurting during this one. I finished in 28:35. It was alright. I did like the workout, though, but that isn't a shocker. OHS and I are BFFs.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

It's the Hard that Makes it Great

I am a lucky girl. From the time I was very young my parents taught me what it meant to work hard. And they expected it of me no matter what I was doing. And I did it. I still do it. I do it because it matters to me. Because I am not satisfied with not doing my best, and therein lies the key. Working hard and doing your best doesn't mean you are the best. I find this infuriating and it is part of the reason I have a major problem with anxiety. I have to be the best at everything. It is a sickness. Over the years, but especially since college, I have been trying to bring it down a notch to being the best I can be, even if it means I am not the best. And you know what? It is exhausting.

I am 2 weeks into this education thing and it is hard. My brain is already full of things that I have to remember just to survive in adult life, so the idea of learning even more things to survive class almost put me over the edge. I told DTM I was tired of working so hard and that for ONCE I would like something to just come easy for me. Something I didn't have to work at. Something where I wouldn't have to try. He looked at me and said "Then what would be the point?" Le sigh. He is right, as always. With his simple words he reminded me that anything worth doing isn't going to be easy. He also reminded me of my favorite quote from my favorite movie of all time:

"If is wasn't hard, everyone would do it. It's the hard that makes it great."
- Jimmy Dugan, A League of Their Own

Oh Jimmy Dugan, you're an unlikely hero!
So sometimes when I think working hard just becomes too hard, I have to remember this. It is hard now, but it is shaping me into something great. I already know how to work hard. And when the hard work is done (if it is ever done), it will be great. It will be GREAT.

The other thing I learned from A League of Their Own is that there is no crying in baseball, but that is a philosophy for another time.

There's no crying in baseball! There's no crying!