step-ups: 25#, enough rest after air squats for my partner to complete her remaining step-ups
metcon: 24”, 44#, 15:51
Five reps into the WOD, I fell and got my shin good. As a result, my time includes getting out the first aid kit, wrapping gauze and tape around my leg, doing some practice 20” jumps, getting myself mentally ready to do 24” again, and taking time between reps to make sure I’d succeed on each rep. I thought about dropping to 20” after I fell, but I really wanted the mental victory.
I did the swings unbroken and possibly should have done 53#.
I’m thankful to the members of my box for encouraging me…and thankful that they don’t get mad when I don’t jump on command. Gotta get my mind right, you know. :-)
Itʼs hard for most athletes to see the light when they are deep in the valley. Fighting the bears and dragons in the deep, dark woods. Grinding it out day after day. Forgetting what itʼs like to be on the mountaintop. Most get to that point just before adaptation occurs then call it quits. Real growth, real adaptation is not possible without real pain. Adaptation is violent and ugly. And itʼs true what they say: Only the strong survive. Not strong of body; that will come. Strong of mind and spirit. Only those with the mental capacity to keep showing up, keep grinding away, will truly adapt.
wall walks: check, with a rest of however long it took the guys (the other half of the class) do to their next round
non-metcon: 20#, 3 mats for candlesticks (not from edge of floor), 50 reps in 27 minutes (the actual cap, since that was a minute before the next class)
Candlesticks felt much better than usual. Sometimes 3 mats felt like a bit much, but I still failed a few reps, so I think it was a good choice. I’m proud of using the 20# ball for the TGU’s because I just used the 15# the other day. Not having a real clock running helped me go extra slow and concentrate on balance.
45# bench press (went for lots of fast reps), 20” box (stopping on top and stepping down)
A longtime friend visited my box today, and it was so great to have her there!
extra credit: 100 burpees
I’m only on day 5 of this, but I’m giving myself tons of grace for lots of reasons. Will continue the occasional burpee-ing. :-) T is only on day 7, so I feel good about that! Of course, it would be just like him to knock out 500 in a day or something crazy.
round 1 - 11 shoulder presses, switched to push presses without actually failing, 30 total reps
round 2 - 8 shoulder presses and then failed attempt #9, 25 total reps
round 3 - 7 shoulder presses and then failed attempt #8, 22 total reps
I thought I would really enjoy this, but my goodness, it was awful mentally. Well, physically, too. But aside from where I noted failure, I didn’t actually move on or stop due to failed reps; I just reached a point where I so wanted to move on or get that bar off of me that I did. The exception to this is that I really thought I might drop the bar on top of me during the last three or so reps of the last round (on the descent, not the ascent), so I thought that was a legit stop.
It’s just really hard to push past that mental place, you know?
After this, I just didn’t want to have to use my arms again for anything, ever.
metcon: RX, 7:16
Last Friday’s WOD kept me sore until this Monday or Tuesday, and I wonder if that had an effect on today. I did the deadlifts 17 + 8 + 5 (?); 6 + 5 + 5 + 4; and 2 + singles. Near the end of the 30’s/beginning of 20’s, I realized I was feeling these way more than I expected. I was actually hurting during the 10’s, which is why I dropped to singles and why I took a pause and stretched a couple times. I knew I wasn’t injuring myself (I would have DNF’d if so), but I wanted to be careful and didn’t see a point in trying to push quickly past the pain. The only other deadlift WOD that made me feel something similar was 14.3…and 14.3 was worse. :-)
I’m eating a huge plate of sweet potato and ground beef because I have been practically ravenous this week. I really think it’s due to the lack of sleep combined with the food poor choices that happened as a result. But it’s eye-opening to see how my body feels in this state and how far from my new normal it is, when it probably is my old normal.
Strategy-wise, I stayed with jump-out, jump-in except for four reps of stepping in/out that didn’t seem to help my speed/recovery, so I went back to jumping and taking short breaks. This was a different strategy than 2012, when I kept a steady pace without stopping and alternated periods of jumping and stepping.
Where in your life do you say, ‘This is living!’? If you don’t have something in your life that regularly inspires adventure, risk, and passion, beware. Because if you don’t, you will seek the counterfeit.