Wednesday, October 5, 2011

PR Day!

October 5, 2011

When the alarm went off this morning I knew I didnt sleep well last night. I knew when I went to bed that I had lots of thoughts going through my head and it would be hard to sleep. Thats how I am, when I have something on my mind I toss and turn all night long. Typically I write in my journal before bed to get it all out, but it was too late when I actually went upstairs so I tried to fall asleep. Should have sat up and wrote. Alas, the alarm went off at 4:45am as per usual and I was up on my feet for the day.

I dont know why I do it, but I checked the workout from my phone. I should just wait till I get to the gym since I know that no matter what it is, I am going anyway. I was happy to see deadlifts for strength on the board, its been a while. We had them in the WOD two weeks ago on the 28th, but that was just 115lbs. My goal is to get my weights up so that when I go for my 1RM again I have a better idea of what I can do.

The WOD on the other hand, well it scared the crap out of me. It looked scary in writing. I remember doing the chipper workout after the garage games and just doing 50 of the 20 inch box jumps at the end was hard, let alone 150 of them today! Dont forget, today also included 150 kettle bell swings with 35lbs. YIKES.

When I was finished my warmup T showed up. I was happy to see him there since having someone to do a challenging WOD with is really helpful. While he warmed up I got ready to do my deadlifts. I looked in my notebook... my 1 RM, which was a way way long time ago was 171lbs, and few weeks ago I did 186lbs for 5 reps, so K and I discussed starting with my first set of 3 at 175lbs. I did a warmup at 95lbs and than we loaded the bar. The first set was surprisingly heavy. I think I needed to get my adrenaline going. I felt much better for the set of three at 186lbs so K and I added 10 more lbs. I looked at the bar with 195lbs and thought "I can do this," chalked up my hands, got down, set and pulled out three of them.

K looked at me and said "well, what do you want to do? We can add 5 lbs and make it an even 200 or we can add 10 for 205." I figured, what the hell right? Whats the worst that can happen? I dont get it, I have to make multiple attempts, or I drop it... so why not?! K advised to take a little longer of a break than get set and go for it. The time came, she said "hold everything tight" and I went for it. YEP. I did it, not once, but THREE times, without stopping. Wow, did it feel awesome! I ran over to the PR bell and rung that sucker!!

Truly, crossfit has allowed me to do this. With the help of K and M pushing and encouraging me along I literally walk in the door and leave my fears outside. There is nothing I cant do. Challenge is welcome and I realize more than ever that you cant fail unless you try, and if you dont try you will be left wondering if you actually can do the things you want to be able to do. Having someone like K there encouraging and most of all believing in you is such motivation. I cant wait to do my CrossFit Total again with my new trust and confidence!

So, it was time. T and I lined up in front of our boxes and we were ready to start the "Killer" WOD. let me tell you something, 50 box jumps suck. No matter which way you slice it, how you break it down, or how many times you rest! Whats worse than 50 box jumps... following those 50 box jumps with 50 kettle bell swings! I kid, I kid (kinda). I tried to not stop on the 50 jumps, I cant really remember, but I am sure I rested in there somewhere. I know when I did the first set of KB swings I had broken it up into 10's.

By the time we got to 30 we were pretty neck and neck. Like I said, not that its "competition" in a "I have to beat him, or I cant let him beat me" sort of way... but more in a "dont rest and keep pushing" kind of way. We were feeding off each other through the sets. I kept counting the box jumps in 5's even though I was doing them in sets of 10, somehow that made the set seem as if it was going faster. Its also where I picked up the pace quite a bit. Though they were hard to do, I could do more in less time with the box jumps and they didnt tire me out as much as the KB swings. I made sure on the set of 30 swings to only stop at 15 so I would be halfway done. Its all in the mind.

K watched and coached both of us on. She was encouraging both of us when we were tiring to "get back in and pick it up" and when she saw us almost done "dontdidnt stop till I was done. Time 21:33... OUCH.

We both were beat. Definitely one of the hardest WOD's we have done. Endurance, stamina, speed, strength... they all come into play. I think this was the first time in a long time that I questioned my ability, that I thought, oh my god, what if I cant finish this. However, the second the thought came into my head it was pushed aside and replaced with "you WILL do this, you CAN do this, you can rest after." Tomorrow is my day off and I am pretty sure after my deadlifts and 150 box jumps and 150 KB swings, I am going to need it!

I just keep thinking, I did it... and boy does it feel good!



WARMUP:
Row 500
2 Rounds
- 10 Shoulder Dislocates
- 10 Back Extensions
- 10 Pushups
- 10 Inchworms
Row 500

WOD:
50-40-30-20-10
- Box Jumps (20")
- KB Swings (35lbs)
(My time 21:33 Rx)

SKILL/STRENGTH:
Deadlift 3-3-3-3
(175, 185, 195, 205)

FOOD:
6:30am: Post Workout Shake
8:30am: Green Tea
8:45am: Egg Muffins
9:30am: Green Tea
12:00pm: Paleo Shepards Pie
3:00pm: Green Tea
4:00pm: Pear
8:30pm: Talapia and Green Beans

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