Yesterday, I had a CrossFit Competition in Fort Collins at the Madwire building. Project UpLift 5.0 benefits Kids at Heart, a non-profit that supports foster and adoptive families. This was my third year in a row participating and the first time I actually got a team together since usually I don’t have a team and end up as a fill-in with people I don’t know.
This one was fun, but I had reinjured my thumb the night beforehand doing snatches for another online competition I’m doing (The Turkey Challenge qualifier) that was just irksome and troublesome. My thumb hurt for most of the competition, but luckily there was no heavy lifting involved.
Overall, it was fun. It was a different vibe this year than the previous years. Normally, it was held at Whole Foods parking lot, but I think it has gotten too big for that. They had kids’ activities and a bouncy house, but my kids didn’t have as much fun as in previous years.
Overall, an okay day. I gotta get my injury healed…
As most of you know, I’ve been battling injuries all year. My thumb is still not healed (could be six months from what I’ve read online), and now I caught the first of the school year cold, which has morphed into a coughing frenzy. I went to the doctor yesterday for some drugs, so hopefully that will kick this damn thing to the curb.
I CAN STILL KICK ASS IN CROSSFIT
For the last year or so, I’ve also struggled with CrossFit workouts. Most of the time, I’m only going half-speed and just trying to get through it from a mental perspective. Yesterday, I did one of my all time favorite workouts from the Open, CrossFit Open 17.5, which is:
10 rounds for time of:
- 9 thrusters 65 lbs
- 35 double unders
When I did this back in 2017, I held the best time for women at my box. I love thrusters and double unders. So I was excited for this one, but realistic. I’m sick, and my thumb is screwed up.
However, I beat my time by almost two whole minutes! It was cool to see that when I want it, it’s still there — even if I’m not 100%.
31 Heroes CrossFit WOD honors the 31 military heroes who died Aug 6th, 2011 in Afghanistan.
The CrossFit workout is:
- 8 thrusters 105 lbs
- 6 rope climbs
- 11 box jumps 24 inches
With a partner. One partner works while the other does a 400 m sandbag run of 35 lbs. Then you switch.
This is a fundraiser to help the families of the fallen heroes and many others. 31 Heroes was fun but hard. The run was harder than I thought it would be. Thrusters weren’t bad although I re-injured my thumb on them. Great cause so donate now!
Here I go…again.
I’m injured. Unsure how. My doctor thinks I banged my thumb. Either way, I have strained a ligament in my thumb. It just looks weird; it doesn’t hurt. Still, it sucks. I’m avoiding lifting heavy. I just want to be injury free.
Yesterday, I did the CrossFit competition called the Whiteboard Classic in Arvada, CO. I did this one last year as well. This year, I entered the scaled division because my daughter was my partner.
Let’s just say I did 85% of the work in a CrossFit competition designed for two people. My quads today are burning. It’s hard to walk and sit. I feel old.
It was hot, but the venue was good. In-between heats, I sat in my truck the entire time and worked on my computer. We left after the last WOD where I was beginning to feel the work I had done:
- 60 back squats at 75 pounds
- 19 cleans at 75 pounds
- 51 thrusters, 42 at 65, 9 at 75 pounds
- 60 pull ups
- 80 wall balls
- A bunch of calories on the bike and the Assault runner
- Burpee box jump overs
I love my daughter, but she has to stick to the teens division.
It was fun but exhausting, and I was physically drained. I went to bed at 7 pm.
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.