Remember when I used to write a little summary of every single workout? Me too! The last few weeks have been crazy as I’ve sorted out a few things, focused on work and other projects, and tried to get my life back on track. Still not sure where those tracks lead, but I at least feel like I’m a bit more in control of my day to day again so I can enjoy the journey to wherever I’m headed…
But it’s not left a lot of time to write those little summaries. Thankfully I had a little time today to reflect and create a longer one for the week.
In brief, the last couple of weeks have seen me back to doing three or four workouts a week instead of 2 or 3. That’s an improvement. I always feel better after working out, so it’s good to get in more regularly to keep those good endorphins flowing.
This week was a good mix of movements that I either dislike strongly or could scale to something more reasonable. Made it in Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Monday started things off with overhead squats and calories on an assault bike. We began that day with a strength workout, building to a heavy single OHS. I didn’t get as far as I wanted, but rolled with what my shoulders would allow. Got to 115# and called it good after my body said “no” to a 125# attempt. Finished that with some calories on the rower instead of the assault bike and even more overhead squats, which I scaled heavily — but I finished in a time close to what was set as the time domain (10:17, which was close to 10 minutes).
Tuesday we shifted to kettlebell swings, jump rope, and running. Again, I scaled to make it something I could not only *do* but *finish*. A 400m run became a 200m jog and then a 200m walk. 70# kettlebell swings became 55# kettlebell swings. And double unders became single unders (though I did manage a double under in practice, so that was nice). And we finished in the right time domain (20 minutes was set, I finished in 18:13).
And Thursday was another challenge… we had no idea about an 800m run buy-in going into the day, but it definitely made things interesting. Worked on a team with Todd & Robert and we chugged through the 25 minute AMRAP with a sled push, wreckbag “run” (I used the sandbag or the 53# kettlebell and walked it), and a 200m “run” that became another run/walk. I suspect that I was the shortest contributor to the mix, but I did a few rounds.
Today was Team WOD and I worked with Robert & Marino to get through a ton of reps. For the first time in a long time, I felt my asthma kick in to tighten my chest after about 10 minutes — we’ve had a lot of crap kicked up in the air thanks to wind, so I’m pretty sure it was all allergies.
My goal was to not slow down my teammates, so I did my best to keep up. We worked with 115# instead of 135#, which was fine for things like the deadlifts and hang power cleans — and felt heavier as we got further into the workout with front squats, push jerks, and thrusters. 🙂 But it was the burpees at the start of every minute after the first minute that really took its toll. I started at 5 burpees for a while, then fell to 3, then had a round of 1, went back to 3, and then did 5 push ups off my knees just to keep moving.
I was amused that 5 thrusters felt easier than 5 front squats, but hey — my body is a temple, right? The doors are locked, the priests are haunted, and nobody is answering. 🙂
So here’s the positives for the week
- Only had a few moments of wanting to “quit” during workouts early in the week, but had a plan to scale and just kept chugging along instead.
- Focused less on weight or doing prescribed movements and more on scaling to keep moving and finish each workout.
- Chose to use common sense for the most part, though I was super sore after Tuesday and really had to push myself to go back on Thursday. Did it anyway and was happier for it, but was a bit of a struggle.
There were no downsides this week. I used to do better on overhead squats (I think my one rep is 145# from a few years ago), but that wasn’t what my body was up for this week. I’m coming to terms with the fact that today is not yesterday — which seems an odd concept, but it’s not a new one.
Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher born in 544 b.c. said, “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”
Every day I step into the box I need to take what my body gives me. I can push that and try to recapture past glories – but I’m better if I let things ebb and flow as they will. This comes as a hard lesson, accepting that change is inevitable, and dealing with the fact that I must roll with things as they are, not as they were or as I want them to be.
Willpower can overcome a lot of challenges, but it’s not enough to reverse aging at this point. Perhaps down the line I’ll put more focus into caring for my physical being, but these days I’m trying to deal with the thoughts inside my head more than what’s going on outside.
We’ll see how that goes.
In other news, I’m down a few pounds since the first of the month – started around 231 and was 227 yesterday. Slow, steady progress by watching diet and keeping moving. That’s good enough for now. 🙂
Huge thank you to all the coaches and athletes at CrossFit Continuum for encouragement and enthusiasm as we chug through all these challenges together. The next one will be the CrossFit Open that starts in just a few weeks!
Lets roll with the crashing waves and see what comes next. 🙂