A World of Hurt

Last night’s WOD was not a fun one to come back to after my 6-day break. When I showed up, my friend Whitney (who just joined our gym, woo!) told me she had gotten a text from a friend in an earlier class that read, “You are in for a world of hurt.” Definitely what you want to hear when you show up! The WOD was 10 Turkish Get-Ups, 20 Push-Ups, 30 Pull-Ups, 40 Sit-Ups, 50 Burpees, 40 Sit-Ups, 30 Box Jumps, 20 Push-Ups, 10 Turkish Get-Ups. I finished in 21:05… just over the 21-minute mark, which I seem to do a lot. But I will say that I killed it on the box jumps, only used one band for the pull-ups when six months ago I was using three bands, and felt fairly solid on the Turkish Get-Ups, which I did with a 20# kettlebell. Oh and then we turned around and did the 6:30AM WOD this morning. Hello, welcome back to CrossFit!

More importantly, let’s talk about how great the quote at the top of this post is. Because there are DEFINITELY not enough cowboy astronaut nobel prize-winners. I’m not so sure about the astronaut or the nobel prize-winning part of it, but I know I have definitely always wanted to be a cowboy.

But really, if I could be ANYTHING in the world, I would be a mountaineering guide… or a professional ballet dancer. I bet that first answer doesn’t surprise any of you, but the second one might! I have always wanted to be able to leap and bend and twirl like that… but for right now, I will have to work on being able to touch my toes.

Fill in the blank: If I could wake up tomorrow morning and be anything in the world, I would be…

Some New Goals

On an unrelated note, this is a photo one of my friends took on Mt. Evans after our backpacking trip a few weeks ago… Gorgeous!

Well, here we go. A fresh batch of goals to re-spark my CrossFit motivation. And what do we know about goals? Well, the outdoor educator in me says that goals need to be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely (woo dorky acronyms!). As such, most of the goals I have come up with in the past few days are super specific and relatively short-term. There are kind of a lot of them, but that’s because many are things I have been doing already and just want to keep doing (like doing 3 WODs per week or progressing with my DUs), or are at least things that I’ve already been working towards (like a pull-up and a 9-minute mile), and many are closely related (for example, if I can get one strict pull-up, a kipping pull-up should be right behind). Not all are directly CrossFit-specific, but they are all related to my physical health, and hopefully they cover some areas that I have been neglecting in the past few months.

Anyway, without further ado:

Claire’s Health & Fitness Goals, Fall 2012
(to be completed by December 31, 2012, unless otherwise noted)
**Denotes Bonus Goal… i.e. potentially unrealistic 🙂
PS, I am going to post this list as it’s own page (which will also appear in the right sidebar–>), so I can go back and cross out goals as I complete them, and also you can check in on me sometimes, too!

  1. Complete at least three WODs each week
  2. Complete at least one additional skiing-specific WOD each week (can be done at home)
  3. Complete at least two WODs with Thrusters using 65# (currently using 45# or 55#)
  4. Complete at least one WOD with only strict push-ups**
  5. Do one strict pull-up
  6. Do one kipping pull-up
  7. Do one strict ring dip**
  8. Do one strict handstand push-up**
  9. Deadlift 160# (current PR is 145)
  10. Clean & Jerk 100# (current PR is 90)
  11. Bodyweight backsquat**
  12. Run a 9-minute mile
  13. Link 60 DUs (current PR is 43)
  14. Eat 100% Paleo at least 3 days per week
  15. Spend at least two days per week without eating meat, preferably one day with no animal protein at all
  16. Take at least two yoga classes per month
  17. Work on flexibility to be able to consistently touch toes when not warmed up
  18. Work on flexibility to be able to do splits when warmed up**
  19. Read at least three nutrition- or health-related books
  20. Keep a detailed food journal

What do you think? Can one person accomplish all this in 3 and 1/2 months?

Harder

I have started to notice a weird phenomenon happening at CrossFit. I am getting comfortable. This is the opposite of what CrossFit is about, and I’m not sure how it happened. I’m not sure how the word “comfortable” can be associated with things like box jumps and wall balls, but on Sunday we did a Hero WOD called “Blake” (which included LOTS of box jumps and wall balls), and I noticed that the amount of discomfort I was in almost felt normal.

My awkwardly circular kneecap bruises from lunging down a pebbly sidewalk during “Blake”–I was very dedicated to touching my knee down every time!

At first I was kind of relieved, like hey, this is getting easier! But the more I think about it, I don’t think this is a good thing. CrossFit is supposed to be about pushing yourself and breaking through boundaries. On Sunday it felt like even though I was pushing myself, it was a comfortable amount of pushing. Does that still count? I’m not sure, but if my vague feeling of cheating myself out of my full potential is any indication, I would say no. I don’t get nervous driving to the gym anymore, and even though I went heavy and actually did a WOD fully prescribed on Friday (holy 45# kettlebell!), I am feeling more and more at the end of WODs like I could have gone a little harder.

Maybe the problem is that I am still working with the same intensity that I did when I started–which at time, was almost more than I could handle. But over the past almost 6 months (what!?), I have gotten a lot stronger, a little faster, and learned so much more about what my body is capable of, that doing 30 box jumps in sets of 5 isn’t my limit any more. Sure, it’s hard, but maybe I should be going even harder.

If you had asked me in April if I felt like I would ever get to a point where my then-maximum effort would feel like a cheat, I would have absolutely said no. At least I would have tried to say no, but it may have been tough with all the gasping for breath, trying not to vomit, and choking back tears because my body was so wrecked.

But I think that in the past week or so I may have reached my most meaningful (and unexpected) CrossFit milestone yet: I am ready to go harder.

Day 71: Goals for the Week

Tape gloves for the win!

I had a great and busy weekend. On Saturday I went to the 1st birthday of the daughter of my high school Bible study leader. She (the daughter) is the cutest tiny ginger child I’ve ever seen. And redheads have to stick together, you know. Then I went to the engagement party of one of my best friends and drank wine and ate heart-shaped falafel. What’s not to love.

Yesterday the BF and I, along with a few other friends, checked out a new climbing area  a few hours southwest of Denver called Turkey Rocks. It was described as having one of the best concentrations of crack climbs in Colorado, but we are spoiled from living in Moab and were a little disappointed when we got there and weren’t greeted by sandstone splitters. Nonetheless the day was a lot of fun and I felt really strong on the rock, which was great.

The Boyfriend’s mom is coming to visit this week/weekend, so things are going to be a little busy for the next few days. Even though we’ve been together for almost 2 years, this will be only the 2nd time I’ve spent time with his mom! So I’ve decided to put together a few goals to keep me on track while we undoubtedly eat out several times this week and maybe even have to skip a WOD in the interest of entertaining guests.

Goals for the Week!

1. Get in at least 2 official WODs and at least 2 other physical activities

2. Drink no more than 3 alcoholic drinks between now and next Monday

3. Eat Claire-Paleo (the name I’ve decided to give my updated Paleo-style diet, with a little less meat and a lot more brown rice than actual Paleo) for all meals except 2.

4. Pack a lunch every day (except for today, because I already didn’t…)

It’s pretty easy to get off track and tell yourself that indulging is OK when you are out to dinner or feeling busy. I think this really could just be summed up by saying, “Don’t let yourself do anything you wouldn’t normally do!”