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06Nov/09

Mental Mind F*cks

Some days you look at a workout an all you can think is….GROSS! That was Thursday’s wod.
60 cal on the rower
60 jumping pullups
50 stepping lunges
50 jumping pullups
40 kb swings-36lb
40 jumping pullups
30 db push press-20lb dbs
30 jumping pullups

Looks simple on the board, but you realize halfway through that jumping pullups are so simple, yet so nasty. I managed to smash through it 12:44.

05Nov/09

I think I can….I think I can….I think I can…..

So day two of training for the games was somewhat like pulling teeth. I spent the day catching up on work that I missed being out with the migraine on Tuesday, oh…and it was still lingering just for fun. By the time 5:30 rolled around I felt like I was running on fumes. All I kept telling myself was, “you can do it, you can’t miss day two of training”.

I got in my car and began my short trip to CFCleveland all the way thinking..”I don’t want to go, I don’t want to do this”, but I trekked on.

As I parked my car, walked into the gym and signed in all I could think was “I’m here, just suck it up”, while in the back of my mind I’m thinking “I’m tired, I’m behind on work, I’m hungry, I need to do my homework.”

I began my warmup and slowly started to feel a little pep back in my step..”I THINK I CAN.”

The wod was 5×5 of back squats. My 1 rep max is 200, so I was shooting for 195×5, but I knew I bit off more than I could chew when I did my first set of 135. I was f*cking heavy! I pushed through 145…155…165…all the time gaining momentum. “I THINK I CAN”

I walked up to 175 confident, feeling good, “I THINK I CAN”! 1st rep felt good “I THINK I CAN”, 2nd rep was a little slower “I THINK I CAN”, 3rd rep holy hell “I THINK I CAN”, 4th..”I THINK I CAN, I THINK I CAN, I THINK I CAN” but i couldn’t I get stuck at the bottom and bailed.

Through out the day I didn’t want to train, I had a mental block, but I pushed through it. I kept the “I THINK I CAN” mentality and had a pretty successful workout. Not where I would have liked, but you have to have the slow days to appreciate the PR’s.

04Nov/09

Regaining Traction…..or at least trying to

Ever have those times in your life when you’re ready to hit the ground running and ground has something else in mind?

I can say that pretty much describes my week. After a disappointing finish at the Midwest Regionals in May of 2009 I decided to focus on pretty much everything but CrossFit. I still made it to the wods pretty regularly, but not with much intensity. My diet…if that’s what you would call it…went out the window. I took the eat what I want when i want approach towards food. Fall came and with it brought rumblings of “are you going to compete again this year?” “When are you going to start training?” started floating around the gym.

I had some soul searching to do. I’m still working my 9-5er, trying to help train at the gym when possible and on top of it I started grad school. Where was games training going to fit. I himmed and haaaed and finally said F*CK IT! I’m just going to make my training a non-negotiable part of my day and make it fit. With that came a re-commitment to my diet.

November 2 was the day. I started the day with my paleo friendly zone breakfast, packed my lunch and snack and I was off for day one of games training. I hit the wod hard finishing:
15mt climbers
15 dbcleans (20lbs)
30mt climbers
15 dbcleans
45mt climbers
15dbcleans
60mt climbers
15 dbcleans
75mt climbers
15 db cleans
in 10:24 only to be side swiped with a migraine on Tuesday. Really…day two of training….really!!??? For those of you that have never had a migraine, that meant taking drugs and sleeping in a dark quiet room for 12 hours to recover…aka…no training.

One of my favorite quotes comes to mind, “It’s not how many times you fall down, its how many times you get back up that matters.” So today I’m getting back up, dusting off my knees and taking on some heavy back squats.