I have been seriously slacking on the blogs lately and for that I apologize! Life gets a little crazy sometimes and blogging hasn’t been my biggest priority BUT I am going to try to post more frequently, I promise!
So, this one is gonna be short and sweet and kind of just some random thoughts/feelings/comments from competing over the weekend and this week’s training.
I’ll start with the competition. I competed in the South Philly Rumble competition this past Saturday with a team from my box, CrossFit Q. It was teams of four, two males and two females. My team was me, my boyfriend Kyle, and two of our members Dan & Devin! We haven’t competed together as a team before but things went pretty smoothly! We strategized for the workouts, planned out who was doing what, etc. For our first time competing together, we did great! Overall, we didn’t finish as high in the rankings as I would’ve liked to but the competition was pretty fierce. I had such a fun day though with my team and I love more than anything getting the chance to compete!
As you may have noticed, I am an extremely competitive person. I don’t like to lose (who does really?) and it shows. My mental game is pretty week. I KNOW that is something I need to work on. We had some members from the Q watching us compete and I was feeling super down on myself after the first workout. I was saying negative things about myself and how we were doing in the competition. One of my members told me that I need to work on my mental game. He told me that “you can never go into a workout with a negative attitude.. never go into something saying you can’t do something.. you can’t do it until you prove to yourself that you can’t do it.” Those were some wise words of wisdom that even the best athletes need to hear sometimes. He told me about a book, With Winning In Mind by Lanny Bassham, that is all about finding that missing ingredient for your mental game and how to sharpen those skills. Monday night, he walks into the gym with a brand new copy of the book for me as a gift and I almost cried! He ordered it off of amazon that night and surprised me with it. It may seem like such a small gesture but it meant the world to me. Knowing that I have endless support and encouragement and love from my Q family is the best feeling. We are a community of like-minded people who support each other day in and day out, push each other to be our best versions of ourselves, and motivate one another. Call it a clan, a network, a tribe, a family, a community… whatever you want to call it… but I am lucky to have them behind me 110%.
Okay… enough of the sap. On to yesterday’s training. My legs were feeling (and still are… and it’s Wednesday) seriously BEAT UP. The first few workouts on Saturday weren’t that much volume and I felt fine. The fourth workout consisted of 50 wall balls per person followed by rotating through max back squats for the ladies/max push presses for the dudes at 155#. OUCH. I was banging out sets of 10s on the squats and probably accumulated at least 40+ reps on top of the 50 wall balls. Right after that workout, my legs were already jello! Fast forward to Sunday morning and I was feeling it for sure. My legs were SO tight, it hurt to walk down the stairs, bend my legs, event sit on the toilet… The struggle was real. Sunday was a rest day and I was back at it Monday but they were still super tight. Yesterday, still super sore but pushed on. Of course, wall balls were back yesterday and I was having flashbacks to Saturday haha!
Session 1 - CrossFit Invictus Competition Programming:
A. Every 2 minutes, for 18 minutes (9 sets):
*Sets 1-3 – Power Clean to a “Heavy” Triple
*Sets 4-6 – Power Clean to a “Heavy” Double
*Sets 7-9 – Power Clean to a “Heavy” Single
Every 2 minutes, for 6 minutes (3 sets):
Halting Clean Deadlift + 2 Clean Pulls @ 95-105% of 1-RM Clean
B. In 15 minutes, build to today’s “heavy”…
Deadlift x 3 reps
Every two minutes, for 24 minutes (6 sets of each):
Station 1 – Deadlift x 4 reps @ 75%
Station 2 – 30 seconds of max Toes to Bar
400 Meter Farmer’s Walk with 53# kettlebells
Session 2 - CrossFit Q class:
FOR TIME W/ A 25:00 CAP:
Annie (with a 10:00 cap)
double unders & sit-ups (I did GHD sit-ups instead of regular… ouch!)
3:00 rest from when you complete Annie...
*200m run between each set*
DUDE. That was SPICY. I haven’t felt pain like that in a while. I ran inside after my last run (barely making the time cap) and fell onto the floor yelling and gasping for air. I seriously thought I was going to throw up for a second and I normally don’t ever feel that way. I push to the pain cave but that was just brutal. BUT I recovered, caught my breath, cooled down… and looking back I LOVED every second of it. I love that burn where your muscles are aching and your lungs are gasping for air… it feels like you can’t do another rep, but you do, you push through it, and finish that damn workout. No better feeling! I love this stuff.
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