Sunday, January 22, 2012

What the What?

This past week has been slightly unusual for me and I don't like the trend it set. You see, CrossFit is hard. For everyone. It doesn't matter if it is your first day at the gym or your 600th WOD, it is hard. You get better, but as you get better, you get stronger, you move more weight, faster, better. It never gets easy and that is one of the reasons why it works so well. I have come a long way from my very first WOD (Fran but with a 30# bar and ring rows---it took me well over 10 minutes) but it is still hard.

Your body gets tired. You get sore. Your old injuries sometimes rear their ugly head. You wake up wondering how you are going to manage to get through the day using only your t-rex arms. But your body repairs itself and as long as you listen to it, your body will recover. Sometimes that recovery takes longer than you think.

Sweatbands do nothing to make you less tired, unfortunately.
I guess you could say I am used to the cycle of working hard and recovering. I started doing mobility everyday in the morning to help my body recover better. I have started taking more rest days to try and let my shoulder heal. But this past week...it was tough. Several things happened that made me think those immortal words of Roger Murtaugh from those wonderful Lethal Weapon movies:

I really am.
I know, I know. Those of you that read this who are older than me are just going to tell me to suck it up. I don't care. The list of the following happened to me this week:

1) When I got out of bed on Monday morning, every single joint from my shoulders down popped.

2) DTM heard me getting out of bed Monday morning, observed my bent over body trying to straighten up, and said "Well, you are turning 30 soon." If I could have reached my cane faster, I would have beaten him with it.

3) Later that week, when trying the new method of teaching kipping pull ups, I had a hard time getting going because I was so stiff. Judd actually asked me what was wrong and if I was broken. Sadly, nothing on me hurt that day, I just couldn't move.

4) My hips crack when I getup from sitting down. Every. Single. Time.

5) This might be the clincher: I started listening to WTOP, the news channel, on the radio because I couldn't stand any of the music being played on any of the other channels. That is when I became truly concerned about my "condition."

I am not sure why all of a sudden I am having a hard time getting moving. I am blaming it on the cold weather. Yep. That is my story and I am sticking to it.

It still doesn't explain WTOP.

Anyway, I managed to drag this decrepit body through a few WODs this week.

Tuesday's was fun:

50 DUs
21 Power Cleans (135/95)
40 DUs
15 Power Cleans
30 DUs
9 Power Cleans

As prescribed, I finished in 7:23. I love Power Cleans.

Friday's was fun too. Mostly because it involved Front Squats.

Front Squats 3-3-3--all at 165. Not too shabby.

Then:

30 G2O (95/65)
30 Jumping Ring Dips
30 Burpees
30 DUs

Finished as prescribe in 5:58. That was rough.

Here's hoping to a more mobile week!