15 March 2014

And the games continue

This weeks open WOD was deadlifts and box jumps. When I heard this on Thursday I was all YES!!! I can deadlift and I can box jump, I can totally do this workout. I was stoked. I took off on Thursday and Friday so that I would be fresh this morning. Being a master, I didn't do these weights. I started at 65 lbs, then 95 lbs, then 115 lbs, then 135 lbs. That is as far as I got but I was happy with that. I ended up with a total of 107 reps in the 8 mins. Totally cool beans. I'm pretty tired, even now 5 hours after. I pushed in that 8 minutes.

So I have a little bit of a secret dream and I don't know if I'm crazy or not. I would really like to train and become a competitor. I'm thinking I could do it because I am strong for my age. But do I have the determination? Hmmmmm....I'm considering giving it a try.

11 March 2014

Trust the process

Tonight at Crossfit the WOD was as follows:

AMRAP in 16 mins:

200 m run
6 one leg squats (each leg)
12 dumbbell snatches (each arm) 25#

On the surface, not too bad. But let's dig deeper. Running I suck at because of the pounding on the knee. Anything that has any kind of pounding it rough on my knee. So there's that. The one leg squat,this:

I can do on my left leg but not even close on my right leg. So I decided to work on building strength in both legs and go heavy (Rx) on the dumbbell snatches to get a workout in. In order to build my strength, I used a 20" one of these:

and used the form of a pistol but went really slow up and down. It really worked because after just a couple my legs were screaming.

Now in this 16 mins, I only got in 2 full rounds, a 200 m run, 6 squats on each leg, and 14 snatches. But my form was awesome. I was really working what needed to be worked. I felt really good doing it and when I was done. I know that I pushed myself with the snatches and I know that I built some strength with the box squats. I am just so happy with myself and so very, very glad I am finally learning to work my strengths and strengthen my weaknesses. I'm happy.

Knowing yourself

Part of the journey to health is knowing yourself. After 54 years on the planet, I am finally getting to know myself really, really well. Tonight at Crossfit the WOD was as follows:

3 rounds for time:
5 hang power cleans
5 thrusters
25 push-ups

I saw that and thought and thought and thought about it. I can do hang power cleans and I can do thrusters. I can not do push-ups. Because of my shoulder, I have to do them on an elevated box. So looking at that WOD, I knew that the limiting factor was going to be the push-ups. I could not do real push-ups and doing them on the box was tough but not that tough. So I thought why don't I go heavy on the cleans and thrusters, and easy on the push-ups. So I did. I went 65# on the cleans and thrusters. That is heavy. Most of the women went a lot lighter. I struggled. But I did them and I got through the WOD without too much problem.

I'm finally learning my strengths and weaknesses and when to accept them or push them. It was a good night.

Social media holiday

I've decided to take a break from social media. I spend far, far too much time just scrolling through Facebook. Yes, I get a lot of in...