It’s true. He kicked my ass. You know, it’s funny… when I started CrossFit, I didn’t think of myself as a competitive person. Even a year ago, I would tell people that I wasn’t competitive. I am pretty sure I did this for a couple of reasons. If I was not competitive then I could use this as an excuse for not pushing my hardest, and for slowing down when things got really uncomfortable in a workout. I also thought that being competitive was a bad thing… arrogant somehow. I can see how this can happen, but I was using it as an excuse.
Something that I love about CrossFit, and what I think makes it so effective for many, is that each workout is a little competition. It may only be a race with yourself… against your old time or your previous max. All of us want to improve, at least I hope we do, and what better way than to let your peers or your previous times push you?
Today, before I started my workout, I looked at the whiteboard to see how everyone else had done up to that point. Jeff (also known as my handsome hubby) did the workout in 11:24. I kept this in the back of my mind, and on my last round, I knew that if I pushed harder on the run, that I could beat him. I thought about our Turkey Trot last weekend and how badly I wanted to beat him, so I ran even faster today. My time: 11:04. Of course this feels good… not so that I can rub it in Jeff’s face, because really, what is a few seconds? The point is, we push each other. His time helped me. And, hopefully my time helped Elliott… Lord knows, he wants to beat me every so often 😉
I think (I hope) I have made my point. Mostly, I just want to say that it’s ok to get a little competitive… and trash talking from time to time is probably alright too, so long as the other person is down with it. In the end though, we are community, and here to help each other to be the best that they can be.
5 min. SMR, mobility, dynamic
1. PT: Glute/VMO
2. General Warmup: 5 min. easy run
3. Specific Warmup: None
4. WORKOUT: KB Carries (try to go as heavy as possible)
1x farmer carry (88#, 88#)… the first number is without the sled, second number is with
1x ea arm – 1-arm suitcase (72#, 72#)
1x ea arm – 1-arm OH (44#, 44#)
1x ea arm Crosswalk (44/72#, 35/72#)
repeat with sled @ 35#
5. Supplemental: none
6. Cool Down: easy 5 min. (your choice) + 2-3 hard efforts
7. Meditation/Visualization: none
20 min ice bath + forearms and hands for 10 min
3pm: Group Class w/ Bobbie
4 Rounds for time of:
20 Dumbbell RDL’s (25#)
5 Push-up + Renegade Row (same)
I like to call days like today “Carry Heavy Shit Days”, because that’s what we do… carry kettlebells up and down the driveway until my fingers feel like they are going to fall off. I am very pleased with how I did this morning. Each time I have done this workout, I have increased the weight that I carry and/or set it down fewer times. 1x means one length of the parking lot (except on the farmer… I go up and back). I don’t know how long the whole thing took me. My guess would be about 35-40 minutes, but I really didn’t keep track. All in all, a good day.
Lastly, but not leastly :)… I have mentioned on here before that Steve writes my workout program and coaches me, along with a few others at CFCM. Believe it or not, he started CrossFit Costa Mesa with Alec way back in the day (they’re old), so he knows a thing or two about fitness and coaching. What I post on my blog is purely the physical work, but Steve’s training is way more complex… kind of hard to put into words actually. To him, training the mind is just as, if not more important than training the body. Had this not been a part of my training, I know I wouldn’t be where I am today, and would not have made the improvements that I have. All of the workout’s that I do are posted on Steve’s website, along with articles that he has written on various topics, and a ton of other resources that he uses from nutrition to training to meditation. If you have questions, I’m sure he wouldn’t mind you picking his brain if you see him around the gym… just be prepared for a very complete answer!