I can’t always do the CrossFit Women workouts as RX’d, but if the prescribed weights are within the realm of possibility, I try. And I banished my stop-watch ego on met-cons a long time ago. My goal with our workouts is to use the heaviest weight I can – and full range of motion with good form – while working with as much intensity as I can muster. Sometimes that means I finish last… like, while everyone else is stretching.
That’s been happening a fair amount lately. It’s no secret that I’ve been in a knock-down-drag-out with my body for about three weeks. I gotta say, I’m doing my part – eating super clean, getting at least 8 hours of sleep each night, doing my training – it’s my body that’s not really holding up its end of the bargain.
This morning, I felt like I had something to prove at the gym. Not really to my wonderful friends around me (See the unbelievably sweet things Erin had to say today; seriously, I’m humbled.), but to myself and the monsters chattering inside my noggin.
So when I saw the workout last night, I decided to do it as RX’d.
50 walking lunges
40 push press, 25# dumbbells
30 wall ball, 14# ball
Getting ready for bed, I mentally calculated how long I thought it would take me. I estimated 18 minutes and told myself, “It doesn’t matter if there’s a cut-off time. Just knock down the reps and finish the workout.” Then I set the alarm and conked out.
At the gym this morning, I almost wavered from my commitment. Up until we actually started, I was telling myself I could “still switch to the 20-lb. dumbbells.” But when the run started, I knew I wouldn’t (couldn’t) do that.
Not to be overly-dramatic, but my spirit feels like it’s been dragged across a cheese grater lately. And no matter what my body is going to do, my attitude cannot continue to suck. So this morning’s workout was my first official “Whatever the f*ck… I’m not pouting anymore” workout.
The push presses were hard. The wall ball was hard. The last run was hard.
But I did it RX’d.
And then, like sprinkles on top of the donuts that I never eat, I did some good work on my kipping swing and continued to try to overcome my fear of kicking up into a handstand. Baby steps.
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