I like the CrossFit Open, but let’s face it, five weeks of workouts meant to test your skills and where each workout is a competition (with yourself if no one else) is challenging. It disrupts training, alters your routine, and keeps you stressed out on Thursday night until you finish the workout.
CrossFit Open Workout 19.5 was as predicted:
Thrusters 65 lbs
Chest to bar pull ups
Because this was the Open, I kipped the chest to bar pull ups because it’s faster for me and because my strict chest to bar pull ups go relatively quickly. This was a mistake since I ended up tearing in 4 places, making the workout miserable for me. I had to stop and grab hand guards and it was overall dumb after that.
I haven’t torn in a year because I don’t normally kip anything for that very reason. Needless to say, I’m not exactly thrilled about the upcoming week, having to limit my workouts until my hands heal. Plus, I’m already dealing with a calf strain, so this week overall will suck.
I’m glad the CrossFit Open is over, so things can return to normal — as normal as a CrossFit life can get.
CrossFit Open Workout 19.4 is in the books. It is:
3 Rounds of:
10 snatches 65 lbs
12 bar-facing burpees
Rest 3 min
3 rounds of:
10 bar muscles ups
12 bar-facing burpees
I only got 4 bar muscle ups. I used to be much better than that. That’s because since last summer all I’ve been doing is practicing ring muscle ups, not bar. And my bar muscle-up form sucks. So until I fix that, it’ll always be crappy.
I was satisfied. Could have been better. But glad it’s over.
This morning I woke up. I’m pretty sure I have a calf strain as my right calf is tight. And my shoulders are sore.
I gave up long ago trying to decipher what it’s from. It doesn’t matter; I’m going to do the same movements again no matter what.
After three years of doing CrossFit, you get used to the constant soreness CrossFit causes. You expect to wake up and feel some part of your body sore, tight, or overall off. You deal with it (after all, it’s your fault you’re sore). You complain and moan, which doesn’t really help. You hobble around sometimes. Picking up items on the floor becomes painful. All you want to do is sit and rest.
However, there are days (like today) where I get tired of the soreness from CrossFit. I just would like to wake up and not be sore. Just every once in a while. To be honest, I can’t remember my life when I wasn’t like this. I can’t remember how I felt every morning before I started CrossFit training. I have no idea what people feel like who don’t choose to beat themself up constantly feel like.
Soreness from CrossFit is a lifestyle that sometimes I don’t want. I would like to wake up one day and experience what it feels like. That would be something.
Time cap is 10 min. 35 lb dumbbell for women, 50 lb dumbbell for men
This would have been my workout if I would have had strict HSPU. I was hoping to get at least one, which I didn’t. It would have been my first. Am I disappointed? No. Why?
I was telling my daughter who does CrossFit that unless you’re a professional CrossFit athlete, you don’t have time to work on every skill. For me, I have chosen ring muscle ups and handstand walks, which I’ve been trying to get for the past year. I am not doing anything to allow me to get a strict HSPU, and I don’t really care about them — not until I get these other two skills down. Plus, as a woman, it will take a lot of work to get them, just like it is taking hours on the my ring muscle ups, and I just don’t care about them to invest that time. How many times do they show up in a CrossFit WOD? Once. Here. In CrossFit Open workout 19.3. So, yeah, I’m good.
Although it was a short workout, I’m sore — my shoulders especially. Always something with CrossFit.
I was on vacation this weekend and CrossFit Open workout 19.2 wasn’t really a workout when I didn’t make it past the first round, so I was itching for something long and hard. Enter Andy, a CrossFit Hero workout, named for U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Andrew T. Weathers who died Sept. 30, 2014.
Weathers was wounded Sept. 28 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, when he heroically ran to a rooftop through hundreds of incoming rounds to repel an attack of insurgents who were attempting to overrun his position. His actions saved the lives of five U.S. Green Berets and nine Afghan Commandos at his location. Weathers was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.
His CrossFit Hero workout is:
50 box jumps
1.5 mile run
50 box jumps
80 pounds on the bar for women and wearing a weight vest (14 lb for women).
I did really well at this workout. I came in way under the 1 hour I thought it would take me, and it was fun. It was just what I needed on this negative degree morning in Colorado. It gave me motivation and encouragement because when I woke up I didn’t want to do it. Long workouts are one of my strengths, and I sweated and this CrossFit Hero WOD was hard. and it was awesome.
The more I do CrossFit, the more I realize the mental game is much more important than the physical game. Sure, you have to be in shape, but being in shape is an equalizer — the mental game is what will set you apart from others and allow you to win CrossFit competitions and just win your daily CrossFit WODs.
I woke up on Thursday with a plan to do CrossFit workouts that were simple but involved a barbell and burpees. No part of me wanted to do any of it. I was sore and just not feeling it. So, I didn’t. I just rowed and ran, a modified CrossFit Hero WOD Jerry, if you will. And I felt really good afterwards.
This was both a mental and a physical break. I could have done by planned CrossFit workout, but it would have sucked because my head wasn’t in the game. So why bother?
The Main Advantage to Doing Your Own CrossFit Programming
You can adjust your CrossFit programming to suit your needs. I adjust my CrossFit programming on a daily basis it seems. I get up and assess where I’m at. Towards the end of the week, I’m spent, and my CrossFit workouts often change. I believe this is the best part of doing your own CrossFit programming and of working out by yourself. Instead of constantly pushing and tweaking your body and pushing your mental game, you can take breaks. Breaks become especially important as you get older.
If you attend a CrossFit box, know when to take mental breaks from CrossFit. It’s okay to do a different workout than everyone else. It’s okay to let your mind rest, so you can attack the next workout. Doing your CrossFit workouts constantly half-heartedly is not going to benefit you in the long run. Breaks allow you to come back stronger and attack CrossFit workouts when you need to.