Big physical and mental health day for me today. Lots of “me” time, with crossfit in the morning, a yummy lunch, and a whole day of knitting and climbing and girltalk-ing with my close girlyfriend, Jen. We ended up staying at the climbing gym for close to three hours, with surprisingly little downtime! I feel good today. Maybe it was the three-day weekend, or the fact that I haven’t gotten any of my exams and projects back over the last few days, but damn, I feel like I’m getting back into a good headspace, finally. Today I feel like I am an athlete. I read a really super great post today about what it means to be a “real” crossfitter, and how the only thing keeping yourself from being one, is you saying it or not. (Best line of the article: “Nobody’s gonna come by with a PVC pipe one day and dub thee Legit. You are a real CrossFitter.”) And, while that might sound like a damn obvious statement, it’s so easy to look at the monsters in the box Rx’ing WODs at record speed and impossibly heavy weights and think “I’m nowhere near that good” or make excuses for how not-as-strong/fast/fit/able you are, but when it comes down to it, you’re doing the same thing they are: you’re working your ass off as hard as you possibly can, fighting to improve on your own sense of self and fitness; so why does that make them any more of a real crossfitter or athlete than yourself?! It’s so silly but too often I slip into that mindset. I am a crossfitter, I am an athlete, and I am a better/stronger/faster me than I was yesterday, and that’s all that matters.
- Backsquat 5-5-5-5: 105-105-105-105. Last time we did a 4×5 backsquat cycle, my final weight after a bunch of weeks was 105 across. This is pretty awesome. The second set felt really great and I probably should have pushed up to 110, but I’m happy I hit 105 across the board today. Only up from here!
WOD for Time: 8:07
5 Rounds of:
- 6 Deadlifts: 125lbs, Level II.
- 6 Ring Dips: assisted, Level I. Meh.
- 12 Box Jumps: 20″, Rx.
I liked this! I liked this a lot! I usually hate the 5 round-ers, but this one felt consistent and goooood. My IT bands are tight as hell from it, but climbing helped a great deal. Warm muscles are happy muscles. Ring dips are still the bane of my existence, but I’m finally getting good at shoving my chest forward to help get a swooping upward momentum out of the bottom. That’ll help me along the line somewhere, I’m sure. But they are still the wooooooorst. Deadlifts felt awesome and completely manageable, and the box jumps were just an annoyance more than anything. We had a HUGE class (35+ people) due to the holiday, so it was fun having such crazy energy going on during the class!