Saturday, January 28, 2012

You dont have to be great...

January 28, 2012


This quote is by Zig Ziglar, an author and motivational speaker... he has a lot of great ones, but this really sits with me today. When you think of it, you can apply it to anything in life. You can never get good at something without starting it, you can never get better at something if you didnt suck at it first and you can never improve if you dont work at it, whatever it may be, and embrace the challenge and push on.

I have been feeling fantastic since the start of crossfit, I am pushing my limits as far as I can. I have done things I never thought I would be able to do and lifted weights I would never have imagined doing at "traditional" gym. But, as I have admitted in the last few weeks, its much easier and much more fun to work on things that you are good at than those that you are not so good at. The problem with this, is that in crossfit its all about being well rounded and able to perform all of the prescribed exercises (well, it is for me because I want to compete), so getting better at the things that I am not so good at is crutial to my progress.

Last week I bowed out on Saturday at the dreaded double unders... yesterday I realized that this was a BAD BAD idea, that I really needed to work them and that there was absolutely no way I was going to get better at something that I wasnt working at. I could no longer feel bad for myself that I couldnt get them, it was my own fault that I didnt work on them. Trick here... see the first line. I dont have to be "great" at them to start them... but I do have to start them to be "great" at them...

This goes for pullups, pushups and double unders. These are the three exercises that I have the most trouble with, so these are the three that I am going to focus on with full force. Over the last few weeks my pullups are coming along, but I have to keep going and keep working. My pushups, again, are much improved however I need to get my chest to the floor, before my hips. When I have to do have them in the warmup I focus on that. Finally my double unders... and well... if you read yesterdays post, you know how those go!! After today, I decided I need to incorporate all three of these into every warmup to get better at them.

Today was fantastic again. I really feel like it was a very successful workout all around. Hubs and I wanted to make up Thursdays WOD and actually get a chance to WOD together. It was right up both of our alleys, and we totally crushed it!! We both pushed ourselves really hard, he stayed right on my heels and kept me from letting up. When the 12 minutes were up, we were both laying on the floor... sweating our faces off, but we knew that we laid it all out there!

After the WOD did the ab circuit that was on the board from Thursday, but I knew I wasnt leaving until I worked on those double unders and pushups! I was exhausted and sweaty, but took a few minutes rest and went right over to get my rope. Than it began... I started adjusting the rope length, trying it out, getting focused and taking every ones advice. I worked for about 30 minutes on them and actually got quite a few streaks of 12-15 in a row. I think the most I linked was 25... which is MUCH better than the ONE that I could get on Friday! I was pretty happy. Now that I have my rope length and a game plan, I am going to work every day to keep them up.

So... I did it. I worked the double under... I worked the pushup... and I am getting better!! Today was a great day!!

WARMUP:
3 Rounds
- 10 Walking Sampson
- 10 Ring Rows
- 10 Burpees
- 10 Around the World (PVC)
2 X 9 Fundamentals

WOD: "Bleb"
12 Minute AMRAP
Row 250m
10 Cleans (95lbs)
5 Jerks (95lbs)
(4 Rounds + 250m & 1 Clean)

SKILL/STRENGTH:
3 Rounds
- 10 GHD Situps
- 10 Back Extensions
- 10 Toes to Bar
- 10 Ab Roller
Double Unders (20-30 minutes practice)
Pushups (5 Rounds of 5, chest to floor)


WEEK 3, DAY 6: Paleo Challenge
Morning Coffee (Black)
Post Workout Shake - 2 Scoops Protein

Morning Coffee (Black)
Breakfast - 3 Eggs, 2 Pieces of Bacon, 2 Banana Bread Muffins
Lunch - Talapia Tacos

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