I took several months off from CrossFit while we worked on improving our Olympic Lifts and overall absolute strength and now I feel it. We’ve been working out at a newly opened box for about a week and even though many of the weights we’ve used in the WODs are well below what I’m capable of I’m still getting my butt kicked on a daily basis. That’s not a bad thing; it just illustrates how quickly your conditioning can fall off if you don’t stay on top of it.
We were fortunate that a brand new facility opened up last week just a few short blocks away from where we live. I have to say there really is nothing like working out with all the best brand new equipment. We have some nice gear equipping our modest home gym but being able to drop weights, jump up and down, and really slam those heels during Olympic Lifts makes a huge difference in the quality and speed of workouts. It’s almost comical in a way having to unlearn old habits about not dropping bars and slowly lowering weights.
There’s another reason we decided to get back into CrossFit; I’ll be attending a Cross Level-1 trainer’s course August 10th and 11th. Now I’m not about to go all cultish on you so don’t worry about that but I’ve always said that as a training system CrossFit has a lot to offer and as a community in general; the kind of people that do CF are the kind of people I want to train and coach. There’s a certain level of intensity and drive that I find contagious and as a coach extremely motivating in your average CF attendee. Sure there are some nut-bags out there too that have allowed it to consume their whole life but that’s true of any sport or exercise style.
Getting my Level-1 cert is just another step towards me and Gwen opening our own place. I’m not going to say it’s a necessary one but as a resource and knowledge base a CF L-1 cert is pretty valuable these days especially when you consider the popularity and growth of CrossFit. Suffice to say our facility will offer other services beyond CrossFit and I have no intention on pursuing affiliation at this time.
Finally we started CrossFit again because I need to work on my conditioning and performance. Reviewing this year’s CF Open performance and the workouts during the Regionals I feel like I could have had a decent shot at making Regionals and doing well there had I actually given it a serious concerted effort. My biggest roadblock to performance has always been mental. I just have no desire to suffer at least not like I used to. Hell in my younger days I got off on pain and would recklessly through myself at any physical challenge. Yesterday’s Deadlift, Pushup, Box Step-up workout was a great example. There was still 20 seconds on the clock when I finished my 6th round but instead of trying for another set of Deadlifts I lay on the ground panting like a dog. I could have hammered out a few more reps I just didn’t want to. Unfortunately in this particular sport every rep counts.
So I know my goals, and I know what I need to do it’s just a question of making it happen. I’m going to make a run at next year’s CrossFit regionals. I’m 35 and fortunately never suffered a serious training injury but I have no illusions to the fact that I just don’t recover as quickly as I did 10 years ago. I also recognize though that my age and experience are tremendous assets when things get hard and the sweat starts to pour. I’ve
been through much worse than a hard workout and just have to remind myself of that when the urge to run for air conditioning and a cold beer starts creeping in my head.