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I Can’t Take it Anymore

I can’t take it anymore

It’s bursting inside

Screaming to come out

Yet, I want to run and hide.

You live in my dreams

It’s better that way

But the facade is draining

Trying to push you away.

I’m addicted to the feeling

When you are near

Biting my lip

Is a new frontier.

To tell, to not to tell

To feel, to not feel

I’ll play it safe

Afraid I’ll kneel.

 

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CrossFit Competition: Whiteboard Classic

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.

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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.

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CrossFit: I’m in It to Do It, Not to Win It

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.

When a CrossFit Hero Workout Hits the Spot

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:

  • 25 thrusters
  • 50 box jumps
  • 75 deadlifts
  • 1.5 mile run
  • 75 deadlifts
  • 50 box jumps
  • 25 thrusters

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.

I love CrossFit.

Crossfit Open Workout 19.2

Workout 19.2 features squat cleans ... a lot of them. Photo: CrossFit GamesCrossFit Open Workout 19.2 was a repeat of CrossFit Open Workout 16.2. It is:

  • 25 toes to bar
  • 50 double unders
  • 15 squat cleans (85 lbs)
  • 25 toes to bar
  • 50 double unders
  • 13 squat cleans (115)

If you finish in under 8 minutes, you get 4 more minutes to do another round with heavier squat clean weight.

I didn’t finish this round, but I was happy with it. I almost did.

After 2 weeks of CrossFit Open workouts for 2019, I’m just not into it. Without Regionals to measure yourself against, you’re against everyone, and being in the thousands tells me nothing of my fitness level. The CrossFit Open used to be a way to measure your improvement over a year. Now, the only way you know if you’ve improved is in your head. Can you do a muscle up this year that you couldn’t last year? Can you string more double unders together? Can you lift heavier weight?

The CrossFit Open to me is not what it used to be. And that saddens me.

Uneven Load Training: Underestimating Sandbag Sit-ups

CrossFit Babe doing wall balls in CrossFit Open 19.1
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Today was a sandbag workout.

I decided to sub 30 v-ups for 30 sandbag sit-ups, mainly because I like sandbag sit ups.

Well, this was a mistake.

They were a lot harder than I thought and 30 of them about killed me. But it was good.

Lesson learned: subbing sandbags for other movements may not be such a good idea after all.