back in the groove, groovy

It takes time to build a gym in your garage. Bit by bit over time, you collect the necessary gear. Most times you improvise. The movements in the WOD dictate, and you get creative to make whatever’s available work for you. Sometimes you splurge, but most times you just make due. When I finally did buy a kettlebell, I overachieved and ordered the 44lbs. I might have been that strong way back in 2013 with a year of consistent CF under my belt, but now I’m starting over and should have gone with the 35lbs.

That said, there’s other fun ways to improvise, like measuring metered distances from your garage, 200, 400, 600, and so on. Using a simple measuring wheel, I measured out and back distance from the garage for 200 meters (656 feet roundtrip), and 400 meters (1,314 feet round trip). Using a thumbtack, I pinned a small colored notecard to a tree alongside the road for each marker.

Now for the WOD.

To get started, 1-mile warmup run with the dog, and then:

15-12-9 reps for time of:
Sumo deadlift high pulls
Jumping pull-ups
(Beginner option)

HQ says: This is a moderately heavy and quick workout. Reduce the load on the sumo deadlift high pull and modify the pull-up to keep this in the 5- to 6-minute range.
Completed in 6:19.

.5 mile walk cool down.

Targeting a suggested minute range (5 to 6 minutes) helps keep one moving. Tonight, for the first time since inching my way back to CF, I felt that long-lost post-WOD euphoric exhaustion, fluttering heart rate, and urge to hurl tingent.

training miles

This seemed like a good WOD to kick off training again. For one, I could do it RX, even if it would be a slog. Also, the running portion could be a partner WOD, and I have the best partner of all! He has floppy ears and yellow eyes and keeps a pretty steady pace even if he does trot on the diagonal. Like a boss, he’s also mastering terms like Stay and Place and Heel and Walk. It’s just him and me in our little slice of out-of-the-box garage WODs.

WOD 7-14-18WOD complete. Our time: 1:08, not that that matters much. It’s the doing that matters. As it turns out, we ran an extra mile at the end, which just makes us a couple of badasses.

It’s been almost a year now since I started cleaning out the garage and refitting it with CF gear. It’s amazing what can collect in a garage: dusty bug zappers, rusty trailer hitches, and castaway cans of leftover paint. Last summer the local dump had a hazardous waste disposal day. The mile-long line of cars on that sunny Saturday morning started lining up long before the gates opened. I drove along the queue until it finally came to an end, turned my nose around and pulled in to claim my spot, thinking, I can wait for as long as it takes. I had nowhere else to go, and there was no way in hell the soured antifreeze and curdled engine oil and other unidentifiable garage-type liquids stacked in the bins in the trunk of my car would be coming back home with me.

It’s amazing how something so simple as hazardous waste disposal day at the local dump can change your perspective. It was a catalyst, the beginning of something new for me. The garage felt cleaner, smelled fresher. Then I hung new curtains, put down a throw carpet and cleared away what I could from the floor. What I couldn’t store in the shed or hang on a nail on the wall, I tried to sell or giveaway. Some people’s junk can indeed be someone else’s treasure. Okay by me.

It was as if I felt like I could not start training again until I cleared out the half-used and forgotten piles of… stuff. It’s all stuff. Just stuff. So much stuff. I do not do well with clutter. My ideal space would be modern, open, white and gray walls and clean lines, minimal wall hangings if at all. White plates, red coffee pot, navy blue sheets. We need so little to live well.

It’s officially 12 weeks until the half-marathon.

Now the dog sleeps and soon so will I.