Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Strength...

August 16, 2011

What a morning!! Today was a great day as the WOD was much more geared towards what I am comfortable with. I am doing my best to stay away from using my “crutches,” which are my straps, my gloves and a bar pad for squatting. I think it’s a mental thing for me… but still, I know like anything else, if I just get used to it than I will be ok. After my workout (which is now) I am feeling the callouses on my hands burning, and I am hoping they aren’t going to blister…

So, Hubs came home last night after his session and had said that K was writing the WOD on the board for today before he left. He was very excited to see a strength day up there! I too was excited, and couldn’t wait to see my old world, and my new world collide… than again… I was also a little nervous about pushing myself to the limit. I have never done that before.

I was exhausted all day yesterday. I think it was a combination of the workout in the morning and still sort of recovering from the weekend of camping. My calves were sore still and my arms were sore from all.those.pushups! So, Hubs got home at 8:15ish and I was half asleep on the couch. I heard how his workout was and we talked for a few… I was in bed at 8:45. Slept like a baby!

Woke up feeling better this morning, not nearly as tired as I was Monday morning and I was looking forward to my workout.  When I arrived K was waiting for me again, and it was 6:00am pretty much on the nose. Right into the warm-up I went. The warm-ups are getting “easier” not in a “this isn’t working” sense but in a “I am getting used to this” sense. I found a T-Shirt yesterday that said “Crossfit, my warm-up is your workout.” Its true. These warm-ups are hard!

After the warm-up I was ready to start. The workout today was called Crossfit Total. What you do, is hit your max weight for each of the exercises working up in weight and down in reps until you can only get one rep your max weight. After the three; squats, overhead press and deadlifts you add together your total weight and that becomes your “Crossfit Total.”

Anyway, with no pad on the bar for the squats and no gloves it was hard... but I am determined... I am really proud of myself I pushed and pushed to get my max numbers. Squats took the longest to find, started with 95lbs, 5 reps and we added weight and did 4reps, 3 reps, 2, reps, than 1, 1, 1, 1 till I found my max. I am so excited! I squatted my weight. OH Press came a little easier; as I knew I had only lifted 45 lbs before. This is harder because you can’t “dip” and press, it’s just a clean overhead press. Finally my favorite (really), deadlifts, I almost deadlifted my weight, with no straps! Which is pretty huge for me!!  It felt so good and K was awesome in coaching me along the way. A little reminder of not dipping, or pushing up for one more rep… its just great motivation.

The weight portion was over and we were on to the skill set for the day. I plowed through it and was exhausted. My legs were shaking and I was breathing heavy… but I just kept thinking how much I love what I am doing. I know I can get good results with this. I know I am going to stick with it and I know I will be happy that I did. Tomorrow is another day and I will be there in the AM yet again! Its kinda nice to have the “first” time or weight on the board. Not that people have a hard time beating it at this point, but I feel like I am accomplishing so much before I even get to work!

WARMUP
500m Row
9 Principals (2X, once with pvc, once with 35lb bar)
10 Scorpions
Sampson Stretch (30 seconds each leg)

WOD
1RM Back Squat
1RM OH Press
1RM Deadlift
Totals, 185lbs+81lbs+171lbs = 437lbs

SKILL
5 Min AMRAP
- 5 KB Swings (22lbs)
- 5 Burpees
- 5 Med Ball Cleans (14lbs)

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