I’m sore!

Yesterday afternoon I biked over to CrossFit (a 2 mile ride) since Caleb had the car. It’s a nice ride over, a lot of hills to go down and the sun was out, so it was lovely. To be honest, I had a hard time leaving the house for this one. Caleb had come home for a few minutes to make him and I dinner for later before he went back into work. He is a massage therapist and is on call most of the week, so he can come home at some points. Anyways, having him there made it difficult for me to leave. For some reason when he is around I get lazy and want to just sit on the couch and watch TV with him. This is one reason why maintaining a workout routine is challenging for me- but excuses will always be there. Maybe tracking what I do and seeing that I faced the challenges head on and was happy about it after will help me the next time I come across an obstacle. I know that being in a couple can really put a damper on working out and living a healthy lifestyle for a while, so its important to re-establish your routine time and time again- which can be really tough. But that might be a blog for a different day! 

The workout was:

“Winsome”
10 Rounds

Teams of 2
Athlete 1
200 M Run

Athlete 2
12 AbMat Sit Ups
12 Kettlebell Swings

While athlete 1 is running, Athlete 2 will be trying to complete 10 AbMat Sit Ups and 10 Kettlebell Swings.
When Athlete 1 returns, the partners switch roles.
Athlete 1 is trying to complete the run before Athlete 2 can finish the AbMat Sit Ups and Kettlebell Swings.

Score is how many FULL Rounds of AbMat Sit Ups and Kettlebell Swings are completed and total time for team.

 

When I first saw this workout it didn’t seem that hard, but when I was actually DOING it, that was a different story. I was so out of breath at the end. My partner and I finished 4 rounds each for a time of 12 minutes. I used a 15lb kettlebell to start, although the recommended weight for level one was 25-35lbs. After I get the moves down, I think it will be okay to move up. I’m really sore today but that means its working! 

Tracking my workouts

In an effort to keep myself motivated I decided to try out CrossFit since I have heard so many good things about it and actually seen great results on a few of my friends. The one I go to offers one week free for new members, which I am in the middle of right now. I have gone 3 times so far and I am loving it. I think it is a good fit for me because they really pay attention to you and make sure you have the right form for the moves, but best of all they give you a lot of positive reinforcement- which I really need when I’m getting tired from the workout. I have gotten a lot of support from my friends who have done CrossFit in the past and have used them to answer a lot of my questions about it, which makes me feel much more comfortable with it. Starting new things can make anyone feel uncomfortable, so its nice to know that I don’t need to feel that way. Everyone was new at one point. And as my friend pointed out- nobody is there to judge you, they all just want to get in shape. I need to remind myself of that.

In talking with my friend, she also noted the importance of keeping track of my progress and the workouts that I do. So- lets start with yesterday. The “workout of the day” (WOD) was: 

“Chatter Box”
For Time

21-15-9

Power Snatch
Box Jump

They included recommendations for levels 1 and 2 for doing the weights, but I had a lot of trouble with the Power Snatch because I feel like I couldn’t get past a mental block I was having. The trainer broke the move down into sections and then put it all together again and for some reason my brain does not work well with that. I know that I can do it, I was just so pre-occupied with getting the form right that it wasn’t working for me, so I ended up doing the 15lb weight for the Power Snatch. And can I just say that I hate that name? Done. I hate it. 

So my time for the workout was 7 minutes and 30 seconds. 

Can’t wait to see how I improve!