I wonder what it is about “Griff” that makes my Crossfit class so… well… empty.
We revisited the hero WOD this morning. We did this workout in early July, and there were only 5 people in class then. This morning? 6. And only three of us were repeating the benchmark, including me and Steph.
There were quite a few differences between today and early July, including my time, which was slower.
400m backwards run
400m backwards run
I was more than 1 1/2 minutes slower this morning than I was right after vacation. But I wasn’t the only one. I’m not going to say I’m not slower in general; however, it really wasn’t the SAME workout. The lead-up was different.
In July, we warmed up and then did two different mobility exercises to open up our hips and grease our legs.
This morning, we did a 5 min AMRAP:
’10 staggered pushups
10 staggered pushups
(I finished 2 rounds + the pushups)
Plus, the run was different this morning. Instead of running into the neighborhood backwards, we ran around the sidewalk to AutoZone and back, which was a bit more technical. Plus, we had to run up and around the big storage container. We didn’t have to do that last time.
So even though I felt a little stronger and springier — especially on the backwards runs — I was slower.
Oh well. Andy is right — it’s hard to compare when the conditions are so different and you’re not running on a track.
We followed up the WOD with 2 rounds of max pullups. I got 10 the first round and 11 the second with 2 purple bands. TOUGH!
Maybe I should not worry about comparing past and present workouts for a while. This morning, Jeff reminded us that “Griff” was a benchmark, and we should try to beat our previous time.
“Don’t put pressure on me!” I told him.
I’ve been so focused on improving lately and so disappointed with what I’ve been doing that I’ve been mentally placing roadblocks in front of myself. I just need to focus on each workout, do my best, and not worry about how I did before.
I’ve changed the routine. I’ve tightened my nutrition. I’ve set goals. I’m actually working on them. Improvement will come with time. It’s up to me to be patient.