Quitting Crossfit?

My son quit crossfit. My good friend quit crossfit. I’m dealing with an injury that still has me on the modification train. Should I quit?

I can come up with a million reasons to stop. Here are just a few:

1. After 3+ years there seem to be way too many moves I can’t do. 

2. I’m not fast, my cardio still sucks, I’m not coordinated (is that 3?).

3. So many newer athletes have greatly surpassed my skill set leaving me to wonder, what is wrong with me. 

4. It’s exhausting getting up at 4:30 every day. My natural inclination is toward night owl. 

5. I am injured and at some point this stupid injury will require a surgery. That seems like a darn good excuse in my mind!!

Etc etc etc

But I’m not going to quit for the one reason that really matters. I don’t want to. 

See you next week my fellow athletes!! 

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A First

I finally broke my two week streak of not making it to the gym by enjoying a lovely interval 5K row (10 sets 500m each).  It was hot and muggy and the output of the oscillating fan was pure bliss.  Everything was moving a long just fine until the 5th set which is when something that has never happened to me before at CrossFit finally happened – I developed two blisters, one below each of my middle fingers, and they began to tear open.

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My first CrossFit blister after 3 years of CrossFit

Now, a blister is an injury.  It’s not something to keep moving on and seeing how bad it can get/see how much you can tear up your hand.  I waited until the end of the set and then jumped off my rower to get my goat tape; I taped up my blisters and then started back into the workout.  Hand injuries like this are not uncommon in CrossFit as you put a lot of weight/tension on the upper part of the palm.  But blisters aren’t cool (in the sense of the injury being created but way cool in your body protecting itself) and should be treated like any other injury.  Bleeding, raw meaty hands are gross (do NOT post them on Instagram/Facebook and brag about it, it’s like having to watch the video of a football player breaking his leg over and over).  If you start to feel your skin pulling or a blister forming, take the time to protect and pad the area or just switch to V-Ups or a scaled option of whatever you’re doing, if possible.  In taking the time to prevent a worse injury, your recovery time will be shorter and you’ll be back at it sooner.

Also, happy CrossFit games (though it’s now drawing to a close).  Did you have a favorite?  How did they do?  It’s been a busy weekend so I haven’t had a chance to follow but I did get to visit the place from which 40 semis full of CrossFit equipment departed: Rogue headquarters in Columbus, Ohio!

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The retail store was pretty sparse but it’s my understanding that they just moved locations so perhaps they’re just in the process of getting everything up and running.  I did get a pair of wrist wraps  I’ve been eyeing (red and white-striped) and a sweet zip-up hoody.  I drooled over some Bella bars and had a good chuckle at the amount of booty shorts they had displayed (two racks).  I had never handled lifters before, I was surprised how heavy they were!

In other news, I actually did some meal-planning this week.  I’ll post some recipes later this week.  Hoping to get back on at least somewhat of a track which has been difficult with showings and prepping our house to sell.  Definitely focused on prep-able meals and slow cooker recipes, we’ll see how it goes.

I’m looking forward to seeing the final podiums at the Games!  Have a great Sunday!

 

WHYNDTYW (Why Have You Not Done This Yet Wednesday)

Take a vacation. 

I promised my son a trip somewhere in the country when he graduated high school. Pick a place and we will go there and do all the things. I tried to provide suggestions: Boston, New York, DC, visiting Revolutionary and/or Civil War battle sites etc. In the end we are going to St. Augustine, FL. 

My parents live there so free “hotel” so yeah! My parents are getting older so visiting is a good thing. And as it turns out, there is lots of stuff to do there. My son loves military history so that’s not a bad place to see some cool old forts. 

Now, of course, work has just gotten very busy and I really can’t afford the time away. I will pay for this week with nights and weekends. I’m tempted to cancel. BUT … 

1. The last vacation we took was 2012 when we went to the Grand Canyon. 

2. I made a promise to him and backing out is just mean. 

3. The work will still be there no matter what. 

4. It’s not every mom who gets to spend a week with her 18 year old son. 

So despite my reservations, we are going. 

It will be okay in the end. So go on vacation. Go do the things with family. The work isn’t going anywhere. And you will feel better in the end!

WHINBTTGITW (why have I not been to the gym in two weeks wednesday)? 

So here is the low down – three weeks ago we ago we were pondering moving to a space that better fits our needs and were pretty apathetic about the whole thing since the housing market is ca-razy right now and there are just not a lot of houses for sale and if they do happen to be for sale they get snapped up super quickly.  So here we are casually browsing for a place and two weeks later we are in the process of buying a new house and prepping the heck out of our house to get it ready to be on the market starting next week (eep). 

So this whole process has certainly been testing our fitness with carrying heavy boxes up and down stairs and moving 150 pound doors around…. Yes, our “spare parts” doors weigh at least that much.   My legs are Jello and my arms are rubber but I’m very thankful that I do crossfit because I can’t imagine how I would feel if I didn’t! 

So as far as WHYNBTYW, I will go for a home improvement item which I am a huge fan of now.   We have some older outdoor decks that we stained a few years ago but they were looking rough.  I bought some new stain… Rustoleum 10x… It’s line painting with peanut butter.   This stuff is perfect for old wood!   I barely recognize my side deck and front stairs.  I opted to paint the stairs with the textured roller (so they wouldn’t be slippery) and I painted the vertical pieces with a paint brush (note:  the grit in this paint will ruin your paint brush just FYI).   So, if you have an older deck that is still solid but looking sad… Definitely check out the rustoleum line, highly recommend. 

If you know anyone that wants a very pretty Victorian house in Wooster, Ohio… Send them my way.. I happen to know one for sale 😛

Why we (scale) crossfit

I’ve spent four days this week working on the Landscape Industry Certification test. I help set up, administer, and tear down. I do need to point out I am one of a slew of people needed for this. And it’s a lot of work. Most of the work isn’t physically demanding, but some of it is. Also my professor self is not used to working outside all day, in the blazing sun, in the billion percent humidity, doing any kind of work, much less hard work. 

So this got me thinking about why I crossfit. (Please inset whatever form of exercise you love). I started crossfit to look better. I kept it up to get stronger. I keep it up so I can get my old, kinda chunky, professor butt out of my office and work along side younger (mostly) guys who are used to being outside and doing this kind of work.

I heard the following over the past few days:

1. Nice guns!

2. You still doing that healthy stuff?

3. I started exercising after I spoke to you.

4. You’re a little thing, are you sure you can … yep! You definitely CAN lift that. 

I’m not trying to brag, but to point out that some form of strength training is essential as we age. It keeps the joints and muscles moving and able to lift things. It will allow me to do so for the next 20+ years.

Scaled or no… that is why I crossfit. 

Why Have You Not DONE This Yet?

This is a story of a rock. Actually many rocks.

My husband and I were walking the dogs and he found a painted rock. We picked it up and looked at it. On the back was a # and directions telling us to take a picture, post to this Facebook Group (Northeast Ohio Rocks) and rehide the rock. So we did.

I went to the group to discover close to 200,000 people painting and hiding rocks for others to find. And I thought, I can do this! I love to paint stuff. So I went into the yard, found a few rocks and painted some ‘hero’ logos on them (spiderman, superman, batman etc.) and #herorocks was born. Scroll through the page and you will see so many pictures of very happy humans. Turns out that when one finds a painted rock, it really makes your entire day!

Since then, I’ve gone to a rock store and purchased rocks. And earlier this week I discovered that WalMart (of all places) sold 3-5′ FLAT, ROUND rocks!!!  So I ordered 60 pounds of them. The people at ‘site to store’ are going to hate me, not that I care.

I paint them in large batches in the evening. I find this so enjoyable that I have to force myself to go to bed so I can get up for crossfit in the morning!

So even if you aren’t artistically inclined, take your dog for a walk and SLOW DOWN and look around. You just might get lucky and discover not only a painted rock, but a new, very relaxing hobby.IMG_3255[1]

WHYNBTYW

I’m thinking it might be an honest to goodness miracle that I not only found something to write about, but I’m posting it on a Wednesday!

This is the non-preview version of a post from a while back on the Glukos Energy Gummies. (I don’t work for them, they didn’t encourage this review.)

I was given a sample pack in my WODBOM box a few months ago. My son and I simply looked at the label and it said a serving was 6 gummies. So we each took 6 and happily chewed away. THEN we read the label a bit further. ‘For best results, take 3 pre and 3 post-workout’.  Oops…

My initial impression was they were quite dense. I was expecting more of a gummy bear texture and these were a LOT thicker. But the fruit punch flavor was pretty good and neither of us had any kind of sugar high nor sugar crash from eating them

They were good enough for me to head to their website and guess what?! They were on sale for 50% off! Can’t pass that up. So I bought a box of each flavor (Fruit Punch, Lemon and Orange) and it cost me what 1.5 boxes would have cost. SCORE!

My coach is often on me about making sure I eat SOMETHING before the workout. If I didn’t work out at 5am, that would probably be a lot easier, but I usually just get up and scoot out the door. This was a possible solution because I could chew them in the car on the way there and the post-workout ones on the way home.

Each box has 12, 2-serving packages and I bought 3 boxes for a total of 72 servings. I have 2 packages left and am pretty good about taking them before a workout; it’s rare that I forget. I drink a glass of water and then chew these on the way out the door.

I have NEVER felt that rush of ‘oh man…this workout better get going’. I have never take them post-WOD and felt a sugar rush. I don’t know if they actually work, or if it’s a placebo effect, but I do like taking them both pre and post-WOD. I feel as if I perform a tad better (keep in mind that a tad better is like a snail beating a slug at a race!) and I don’t feel as if I run out of energy (well… compared to last year).

All the flavors taste really good. I think my favorite is the orange because it’s a great blend of sour and sweet. The lemon leans toward sour and the fruit punch leans toward the sweet, so there is something for everyone in terms of taste.

I keep going on their web site to order. Here’s is my dilemma…I paid half price the first time I ordered. It was some random thing I guess. So now I’m struggling with paying full price. I’m not saying they aren’t worth it (24 per box, so basically $1 per serving), but since I paid half that, I’m hesitating. I will probably break down and order a box or two and then keep waiting for a sale.

If you look on their site, they also have: drinks, protein powder, energy powder and bars. I have not tried any of those products, to be honest. But I do like these gummies! It’s almost like taking candy before and after a WOD. And who doesn’t like candy?

I don’t know the nutrition science behind the stuff that is in these, but I do know that I like the taste and they seem to have a positive effect on my workouts.

Here is a link to their site, if you want the skinny on their nutrition and ingredients.

Glukos Energy Nutrition Label