I had a good Thanksgiving back home with my family, but I was definitely ready to be back to my “normal” routine this week. I rested well and ate a little too well… no guilt, but my tummy is saying “Please, no more sugar!” Having eaten mostly Paleo for over a year now, I can really feel the difference when I eat the things that were once a fairly significant part of my diet. It is nice to enjoy them from time to time, but I can only take so much. Moving on…
My workout today was a good one to come back to. This week is “active recovery”, meaning we are still moving weight around, but it is a little lighter and not really for time… just different than what we have been doing. As Steve put it, “different enough to be recovery.” As we often tell new gym members during Onboarding, results come from hard work plus adequate recovery. If you work hard, you have to rest. Period. It’s taken me a long time to learn this, but it’s true.
Here she is…
5 min. SMR, mobility, dynamic
1. PT: Jobes #4
2. General Warmup: easy 5 min. v-climb
3. Specific Warmup: None
4. WORKOUT: 3×10 of ea. + 1 min. rest between rounds
power snatch @ 65%1RM (55#)
deadlift @ 65%1RM (165#)
split good morning (@ P.S. weight)(55#)
1-arm bent-over row @ 25# DB
rack push press @ 65%1RM (55#)
side-to-side pull up
Ring FLR figure 8’s, 60″ hold
5. Supplemental: None
6. Cool Down: easy v-climb 5 min. + 2-3 hard efforts
7. Meditation/ Visualization: try to spend 10 min. in meditation.
20 minute ice bath… no hands today. It took all of my might just to sit in there!
3pm: 30 min. @ 65% Row
On a somewhat other note, Jeff and I had our 10 year high school reunion this past weekend. It was actually pretty fun, and good to catch up with lots of people that I haven’t seen in years… only stalked on Facebook a time or two 🙂 I was thinking about how had our reunion been three years ago, I probably would have really dreaded going. I am the same me, but also different… not perfect, but I like to think I’m better. Three years ago, when Jeff and I moved to Costa Mesa, I didn’t like myself all that much. I was uncomfortable in my own skin most of the time. I didn’t have community. I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I wouldn’t say I was really passionate about anything, and I was even harder on myself than I am now… if you can believe it!
A lot has changed over the last few years, and I feel like I have found each of these things that I was missing before. Obviously, it’s not always puffy clouds and rainbows, but I am at least headed in a better direction. Much of it has come from working out at CrossFit Costa Mesa and eventually training to compete… and deciding to work there as well. Some might say it is too much, but all I can say is that I feel lucky and blessed to be where I am. Not that high school reunions should be all that big a deal anyway, but it was nice being able to go to mine feeling confident in who I am and what I am doing. Jeff said that all of the budding CrossFit people gravitated toward me that night… am I that obvious?… it must have been my massive biceps 🙂