Hi friends. I have been busy outside the blogging world lately and haven’t been posting much, so I figured I’d pop in with some of my recent workouts and an update on the fitness front!
First off, I’m still pretty sore from Sunday’s Chipper WOD at Crossfit. When I saw the workout posted, I immediately started questioning whether I’d be able to complete all of the movements in the 25-minute time cap.
Rowing is my jam, so I knew that wouldn’t be a problem as long as I held a strong pace. I just finally figured out how to string together a few double-unders (SO excited!), so I definitely did extra reps with singles between but the jump roping wasn’t bad. Wall balls have been my enemy lately, and the 14-lb ball felt so heavy, so I broke the reps into sets of 5 and took breaks in between. I still haven’t reached my goal of an unassisted pull-up, so I used pull-up bands for those 30 reps. The turkish get ups took FREAKIN FOREVER. I’m definitely not a fan of this movement in a WOD, because it is so technical and takes a lot of time, but whatever. I switched sides every 2 reps and it seemed like I was on this movement for at least 10-minutes. For the overhead squats, I chose the weight I used in Open Workout 15.2–45lb–and am so glad I did. I can now do overhead squats with a little more weight than that, but my upper body was already smoked from the pull-ups and turkish get ups. I was able to complete all 10 reps unbroken and feeling good. Finally, the modification for muscle-ups was 15 ring dips and 15 ring rows. My arms were jell-O at that point, so I broke those up into sets of 5 each and finished the whole WOD in 22:21. I made it under the time cap with time to spare!!!
The Sunday before this was another brutal, lengthy WOD, so I guess that’s a trend for our weekend workouts? That one was as follows:
I finished in just under 20 minutes (19:50) and modified it to 200 single-unders and the majority of my push-ups were on my knees. This one was definitely a good total body workout!
One thing I was reminded of in this workout (and any others that include running) is how much CrossFitters dislike running. Seriously, they bitch and moan about seeing a measily 200m in a WOD. Ask them to do a 400m jog to warm-up? You’d think the world ended. A whole mile like in this workout? Forget it. I was the only person not complaining. Sure…my endurance has been slacking since switching my focus to CF, but I always look at the running in WODs as the “easy” part. Maybe it’s because I’ve had so much mental practice when it comes to running? i.e. bargaining with myself to get to the next landmark, telling myself to focus on my breath, etc. Maybe it’s because I don’t really run much anymore, so when I do it I like it? Whatever it may be, I ENJOY the running part of WODs and I HATE to listen to everyone else complain about them. What’s that saying you CrossFitters like to use…? Suck it up, buttercup? YEAH. LET’S DO THAT.
So for the past few weeks, I’ve been averaging 3-4 days of CrossFit each week plus one day of either running or yoga. I still haven’t gotten around to that 1-year of CrossFit recap that I promised to write, but let’s just say I’ve made a lot of progress. I can’t do a pull-up, rope climb or muscle-up yet, but I CAN now do toes-to-bar and double-unders. I’ve made so much progress in my form and how much weight I can move.
The result of all this progress? #Gains. As in muscle. I don’t have any transformation photos to show and I never took body measurements. I certainly don’t bother stepping on a scale ever, except at the doctor’s office. But I know I’m gaining muscle, not only because I can lift more weight than I used to, but because most of my clothes no longer fit me! I’m starting to develop broader shoulders and bigger back muscles. In fact, last week I had to buy new sports bras because most of my current ones dig into my traps and are too tight around my chest. I bought two size XL bras, not because my boobs are bigger…but because my back is! #Gains. I didn’t think it was possible, but my quads and calves are growing too. I’m getting that squat booty. Since I was previously a total CrossFit groupie, I had read all about the way women’s bodies change when they start lifting weights, but I guess I didn’t expect to struggle with it myself. When I first started sippin the Kool-Aid, I remember reading an awesome article about women in CrossFit and body image but of course I can’t find it now! 😉 I guess my take on all of these #gains is that although I’m going through some uncomfortable changes, I am beyond proud of this body I have worked so hard for. It’s still frustrating to not fit into clothes, regardless of the reason. It’s expensive to have to replace wardrobe pieces. But it is worth it to feel strong and healthy!
Your turn! Running: hate it or love it in CrossFit? Ladies, how did you handle your #gains? Tell me about it.