I’ll get to a little summary of the days I’ve missed in a minute, but first things first. I’m trying not to hold my breath, but I may have been provided a glimmer of hope from my appointment with my physio guy yesterday. First time meeting him, and after describing my pain issues, he made a suggestion I’ve yet to hear. “First – let’s rule out a bulging disc.” He explained that the pain I’ve had for the past 2+ years could actually be due to my L5 disc putting pressure on my L5 nerve root. A nerve that runs from my spine, down the back of my leg, to my foot. The BEST news I’ve ever heard! Know why? Cause if this theory is right, for the first time ever I could receive a diagnosis that is treatable/manageable! I left his office with a glimmer of hope, and some stretching homework that I plan to diligently obey for the next week. Second piece of good news… he didn’t say I should quit crossfit. Just advised an even stronger level of attention when it comes to proper form. My days of “quadding” my squats NEED to be behind me. The name of the game is to maintain a proper lumbar curve while lifting. Coach Dave will be happy with that game plan I’m sure 🙂 And avoid going as heavy as I would like at least until my follow-up next Thurs. That part is tough, but also worth it.
Now that the Open is over, life can return to normal 🙂 Thank god for that! Today is day 4 of my “ditch the sugar” month. Truth of the matter is I eat very well, except when it comes to my lack of self-control with sugary “treats”. Dried cranberries and walnuts are my nemesis! Yes, STILL. And once I cave even the slightest, things just snowball from there. Day 1 (Tuesday) was the hardest, but went pretty well. I was still somewhat spent from Monday and 14.5, shhh… I’m old. I couldn’t wait to get home from work and just chill. Problem was, I got home from work at 5:30 and despite distracting myself with a little laundry and cooking, I was still craving a treat something wicked after an awesome dinner. Grrr… I’ve emptied my apartment of anything chocolate or dried fruit related, but eventually I did settle for a small chunk of frozen banana and a little almond butter. It was a cheat, I know 😦 but not the worst option and it did the trick.
Note to self… when trying to steer yourself away from treats, avoid Pintrest. I opened my page today just to catch up and the very FIRST pin that was staring back at me was this:
Chocolate. Banana. Almond butter. AND BACON. Seriously?? Pinterest, I thought you had my back 😐
I took Tuesday as a rest day, but was back to the box Wednesday after work. 6:30pm is not a normal WOD time for me, but I was eager to get back into the swing of things 🙂 It was a fun WOD! After 14.5 and completing what felt like 1,000 squat cleans when I got to the point of not being able to string together more than 2 thrusters at a time, I’ve gained a new appreciation for the move. Amazing what practice can do!
Wednesday April 2:
In pairs – 150 wallballs #14
6 sets of the following Complex :
High Hang Squat Clean + Hang Squat Clean + Squat Clean + Push Press
High Hang Squat Clean + Hang Squat Clean + Squat Clean + Push Jerk
High Hang Squat Clean + Hang Squat Clean + Squat Clean + Split Jerk
One set consists of all 12 reps. Try not to drop the bar during the entire set; if you must drop after the Overhead movements, it’s allowed – just be quick to get back on the bar. Rest as needed between sets and try to increase weight after each set.
Set 1 – 55lbs
Set 2 – 65lbs
Set 3 – 65lbs
Set 4 – 75lbs
Set 5 – 75lbs
Set 6 – 85lbs
This one was not all about lifting the moon for me. I was still pretty tired and sore from Monday and really just wanted to go through the movements cleanly and efficiently. Landed on my BUTT 2-3 times in the last sets. :p But laughed it off and kept trying till I got things right 🙂
Thursday April 3:
10 Rounds of:
12- Pullups ring pulls
time – 17:57 🙂
I went into this one expecting a similar experience to 14.5, but it was quite the opposite in the sense that the burpee portion was anything but a “rest”. Partially because I promised myself I would abandon the sloth-like crawl back to my feet after throwing myself on the ground and actually JUMP. My goal going in was to move quickly and beat my 14.5 time. Achieved.
Friday April 4:
YEEEE 😀 Coffee day!! And for the first time in more than a month, I actually was there to workout too! Stopped at Tim’s on the way in and picked up a “take 10” box of coffee so that Coach Dave would stick around for a bit too 🙂 I look forward to Friday morning WODs cause it’s the one WOD Coach Sharon takes the reins on during the week. BUT… things are all the more entertaining when Coach Dave is around trying to hijack the class. I’d even pass on the coffee ritual just for the entertainment value of that business.
“Isabel” or “Grace”
30- Snatches for time, #135/#95 #55
30- Clean and Jerks for time, #135/#95 #65
Once again, the website wasn’t telling the truth. Well, not the whole truth anyway. Isabel OR Grace. Makes it sound like a choice, right? Well… the choice was which one you did first. Cause after picking one of these lovely ladies which you had 6 minutes to complete, you then got to do the other as well! Good times 🙂 Yes, I went stupid light here, but they both felt pretty good. I focused on form as best I could, and provided myself a little comfort in realizing the weight I did for Isabel was the same weight I would have done for 14.1 had I ever gotten beyond the double unders.