patience

“The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.”  — Leo Tolstoy

Really enjoyed reading Caleb’s post today. There’s nothing quite like openness and honesty. I’ve come to expect nothing less from the CF community.

Received some bad news today. Had to cancel a trip that I was very much looking forward to. Over a month of planning and dreaming and, dare we mention again… wait for it…. looking forward to. Alas, no trip for you. God, and your plans. God, and your plans. Truth is, everything does happen as it should. There’s no alternative.

So. As a result of now being in town on March 31st, well, what better way to spend my time than to sign up for my first, EVER, Crossfit Competition. Dude. Seriously? Why not. Bring on the Garage Games.

Warm-Up:

Practice Toes-to-Bar for 10 Minutes

Completed: more like, toes to somewhere around mid-air-ish.

WOD:

I. Press

10 – 10 – 10

Rest 2 Minutes Between Sets

Completed: PUSHED on this one, with shoulder actually feeling (dare to speak it) better. 10 @ 55lbs. Then 7 and 7 @ 60lbs.

II. 7 Rounds For Time:

10 Sumo-Deadlift High Pulls (95/65)

10 Ring Dips

15 Minute Time Cap

Completed: in 8:31. SDLHP @ 55lbs. 10 more lbs and we would have hit the RX. Ring Dips scaled to Ring Pushups.

III. 90 Seconds Max Box Jumps (24/20)

Completed: 23 total at 20″

The beginning of Lent

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” ~ Buddha

Warm-Up:

Russian Gymnastics Warm-Up – Day 2

WOD:

I. “Annie”

For Time:

50 – 40 – 30 – 20 – 10

Double-Unders

AbMat Situps

II. Press

5 – 5 – 5 – 5

III. Accumulate 3 Minutes in an L-Sit

Completed: Annie in 7:52. Scaled to single-unders, as double-unders still elude me. Felt really good. Maybe the time off has been good for me. My press is still stuck at 55lbs. Dean explained that the weights of a Press usually increase in smaller measurements. Typically 2.5 to 5lbs increments. Rather than the usual globs of 10lbs or more of a deadlift or some other. I found this so interesting, and it makes perfect sense.

My diet has been good. But it’s been a few days since hitting a WOD. Two to be exact: Tuesday and Wednesday. Why does it feel like so much longer? Just couldn’t find the energy to make it to CF within a really busy last few days. Either way, felt great to get back to the triple wide today.

Lent is a season of reflection and abstinence. The 40 days leading up to the celebration of Easter. I enjoy the camaraderie of Lent. Like praying within a large group. The power and movement of silent prayer. The time out during Lent is relaxing too. The feeling that my attempts at abstinence are for something greater than my own ego, for something much bigger. It’s a time to reassess, and take personal inventory. There’s about a month left in the 90DC. Hard to believe. I find it fitting that it ends within the Lenten season.

A New Horizon

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”~ Alan Kay

There’s been a lot of talk over at the 90DC Group on FB. Seems we’re all struggling with motivation. A bit of a mid-90 Day Challenge Sag. Including from yours truly. I’m cycling through a train of thought that looks something like this; ‘That doughnut looks tasty. I don’t feel like eating healthy today. I’m tired. I don’t have the energy for today’s WOD. I can skip one, or two. We still have a month to go. I’ll make up the difference on Wednesday.’

But what’s really true, if we choose to really plug in: There will be no end to the WOD’s or the parade of doughnuts within reach. And even though there IS a definitive end to the 90DC. There is NO finish-line in life. Except, well, you know. But everything leading up to that point, it’s a freaking marathon. Simple as that. So what we’re really trying to do here is, be the best version of ourselves we can be.  Jason summed this up really well on 2/16. I want to be that ideal self. Every day. How to get there from here? Of all the comments on FB, Katie’s spoke to me the most, ‘Reassess and set new goals to give you a ‘new’ focus.’

Today was one of those days. I hit TWO PR’s. On one of them, the Deadlift, honestly, I couldn’t believe it. I counted, and recounted, and penciled and scribbled, and pulled the weights off and put them back on and checked and rechecked, just to make sure I was reading them correctly and doing the math right. Turns out. I was. And oh what a feeling.

Warm-Up:

Joint Mobility

WOD:

I. “CrossFit Total”

Establish 1 Rep Max for Each of the Following:

Back Squat

Press

Deadlift

*Max 3 attempts per lift

Completed: 2k row warm-up in 8:55. (PR!) Back squat RM @ 145lbs. Press @ 45lbs. Deadlift @ 205lbs. (Second PR for the day!) After a very helpful conversation with Brett about my left shoulder issues, I’m learning its the Press that’s the aggregator and really giving it issue. Will have to discuss this further with the doc next week. All very helpful.

My goals have been reassessed for me. New Personal Records. The Horizon never looked so good.

gaggles

“Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.” ― Rumi

Warm-Up:

Russian Gymnastics Warm-Up – Day 1

Okay, hand stand? Really? Couldn’t even do a cartwheel as a kid. You try to lift a 6ft body of gaggly limbs over your head…  Face your fears people, face your fears.

WOD:

I. Press

3 – 3 – 3 – 3

Completed: at 55lbs., then 65 for the remainder.

II. For Time:

15 – 12 – 9 – 6

Power Snatches (95/65)

Kettlebell Swings (70/53)

Completed: Power Snatch at 45lbs. KB swings at 26lbs.

Diet has been really clean. Feel good.