There is a big difference between soreness and injury. Injury is when something hurts for longer than 48 hours, and it impedes movement or things you normally could do. Soreness lasts less than 48 hours and is a sign of progression — of change, if you will.
Soreness means you are changing — in a good way.
When I do things that make me sore, I relish it, really.
Don’t get me wrong, there are days when not being able to bend over very we
ll is downright annoying. There are days I wake up and wonder why I did something so stupid like 60 back squats at 75 lbs, 100 wall balls, squat cleans, and more at a CrossFit competition that made me regret it. And there are days when I wonder why I even do this when I don’t look like I want to look and when all I do is get injured.
But when I consider the alternative, I let the feeling pass. Plus, truthfully, I don’t think I could NOT workout.
I’ve taken an unintended break, mainly because I was so angry about my body.
Not necessarily how it looks (although I’m not happy with it).
More I’m angry at having been injured all year long. So I couldn’t stand to write about CrossFit because I was so angry.
The 2020 CrossFit Open came and went. I actually did quite well, considering I was injured. To be truthful, I hated every moment of every workout.
However, I couldn’t take it anymore, so I finally went back to my doctor, who gave me the all clear again to begin working out.
So, I’m back.
A heavy weight has been lifted off my shoulders, and I’m ready to begin again. Next week, I’ll start a new program to reach my CrossFit goals for the year:
- Ring muscle up in the next six months
- Bar muscle ups fixed in the six months after that
- Get stronger in back squat
- Get stronger in deadlift
- Perfect handstand walks
These are my main CrossFit goals. I have others, but these are first. In essence, I don’t want another CrossFit Open to roll my way without having these skills in my wheelhouse.
Does heaven on earth get any better than handstands in a pumpkin patch?
When you’re injured, it affects you both physically and mentally.
At this point, I’m doing what I can with CrossFit.
Trying to stay active, but be cautious about it. And trying to keep my mental game in check since some days it’s all I can do to get up and move.
I gotta be happy with that.
Yesterday, I had a CrossFit competition that was local. I was just not feeling it. I skipped the floater because I’m battling injuries already and truly don’t think I can handle any more. The floater was with heavy weight. And then, in the only CrossFit WOD I had fun in, I ripped my hand, which always sucks. God, I hate kipping. Every time I kip chest-to-bar pull-ups, this crap happens.
Needless to say, I should have skipped this one altogether.
It’s been all I can do to keep up with my CrossFit for the last few months. Every day it seems has been a challenge just to get it done. Between being sore all the time and my run still not where it needs to be, I’ve been questioning again why.
Until yesterday when I crushed DT.
DT is a CrossFit Hero Workout I’ve done before. It’s insanely hard and is a test of strength.
CrossFit Hero WOD DT is 5 Rounds for time of:
- 12 Deadlifts 105 lbs
- 9 hang power cleans
- 6 push jerks
It’s always been the hang power cleans in the CrossFit Hero Workout at 105 lbs that have gotten me.
Yesterday, I did this CrossFit workout with no expectations. Then I cut 7 minutes off my previous time. It gave me hope that all this work is doing something because most of the time I feel like I’m wasting my time.
After 3 1/2 years of doing CrossFit, it’s rare when you PR it seems. But yesterday I did. And it was a PR that meant something.
So as I was doing CrossFit Hero Workout Luke, I realized I would set no record. I’m still not recovered from running injuries so my runs all suck. I just can’t go above a jog most days. But, I needed a long workout, and I needed to run.
At this point I realized everything in CrossFit for me is mental. Sure, there are things I can’t do physically, but after 3 1/2 years of CrossFit, it’s hard just to do it any more. That’s why for me, victory is in the doing, not in the setting a good time or beating others. I save that for CrossFit competitions, but even those sometimes I’m not in it to win it.
I’m in it to do it. That’s all I can do right now. And I’m happy with that.