Pouting and strength

I’ve been doing a bit of pouting lately.  OK.  A lot of pouting.

See, change can be hard, especially when you get into a groove and think you’re going along just fine.

And I’m not gonna lie and say everything’s hunky-dory, because that wouldn’t be true.  That wouldn’t be real.  And yes I know I need to suck it up and get over it, but it’s important that you know that I do screw up from time to time.  Or rather, all the time.  And that despite my best efforts to do my best and be positive, it just isn’t going to happen all the time.

Got it?

Back to the pouting.

I got feedback for the second week in a row on my food log and suddenly I realized — it isn’t going to be as easy as I thought.  Changing to what Zach wants me to do isn’t going to be seamless, and it’s going to be hard, especially with Luke’s birthday party right around the corner.  Not to mention menu-planning and prepping my meals for the morning and all of that.

It’s also kind of that gut-wrenching realization that I didn’t do as well with my food log as I thought I did.  There’s still room for improvement.  A LOT of improvement.  I didn’t execute as well as I thought I did, and it’s actually going to take some effort.  Some re-thinking.

Does that mean I’m not going to do it? No.  It doesn’t.

I know what I want.  I went to Zach for guidance.  He’s giving it.  Now it’s up to me to take it and implement it. No one said it was going to be easy.  There is no magic wand, no matter how much I wish there was.

Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.

~Ann Landers

OK.  Pouting over. Sorta.  But let’s move on.

We were off from class Tuesday, so Andy came up with a strength set for me.

4×8 Back Squat 45-55-65-65
(I kept the weight low to work on depth and form)
2×8 One-armed pushup, each arm
(I had one arm on a med ball.  I was going do do a full 4 sets, but a shooting pain started up in my right hand.)

4×8 Ring Rows
(Directly under the bar with knees bent)
4×8 Good mornings 65-65-65-65

I pouted during this workout too, because these are not my favorite exercises.  But as Andy reminds me CONSTANTLY… that’s why we’re doing them.

Duh.

Time for a change: My meeting with the coach

I met with my coach last week to talk about how I’ve been frustrated with my training lately.

I told him all about how I feel like I’ve been losing ground since the I AM Challenge — how my running feels slower, my strength feels like it’s fading, and how in general, I just don’t think things are going well.

Zach listened and he asked lots of questions.  How much have I been training?  What have I been eating? What do I think the problem could be? Then he offered his advice: change the routine; get out the junk and clean up my nutrition.

It’s advice I readily accepted, and we started to formulate a plan.  My Crossfit workouts won’t change right away.  Soon I hope to move into his Olympic lifting class. In the meantime, Andy and I are changing our home workout routine to be less focused on met-cons and do more traditional strength.

I also asked Zach to help hold me accountable for my diet.  I’m sending him my food logs once a week.  I’m already making changes.  And I’m giving intermittent fasting a try.  I know there’s no single way to do it, so I’m experimenting.  IF has numerous health benefits, according to this article from Mark’s Daily Apple.  Andy’s been doing it frequently for some time.  And now that breastfeeding is slowing down, my appetite has decreased dramatically.  I’m hoping — at a minimum — IF will help me key into to my body’s hunger signals again, because I’m gotten so used to eating a lot of food on a schedule, that I’m eating even when I’m not hungry.

So there you have it.  Change in the works.  We’ll see what happens, right?

It’s already a little weird.  All Andy and I did was strength Wednesday night.  It felt weird, like I needed to do more, even though my arms and legs are tired.

Shoulder Press 3×10
Ring Rows 3×7
Deadlift 3×10

Results:
Shoulder Press: 45-50-55
Deadlift: 95-95-115
(Ring rows completed directly under rings with knees bent)

Andy is no running buddy

I was sitting at the kitchen table tonight, marking on the dry erase boards we keep on the fridge with our schedules and menu for the week (I’m endlessly anal if you haven’t noticed), when Andy sat down and said very seriously:

“Cindy, I don’t think I’m a good running buddy for you.”

Duh. Did he really just come to that conclusion?

“I run better when I’m setting my own pace,” he told me.

I smiled and answered, “I know, hon. But we’re training for the Tough Mudder.”

We had planned to work out on Saturday, but we were both so exhausted that we slept in, and by the time the kids were in bed it was super late and the temp still felt like 105 degrees outside.  (Plus Mads was still slightly fussy and restless for hours.)

Andy sitting on a wall, while Luke stands next to Mads in the yellow jogging stroller.So we agreed to run with the strollers on Sunday.  We got to the trail earlier this time, but it was still incredibly hot.  Mads fell asleep on our way to Auditorium Shores.  Along the way, Luke loudly pointed out all sorts of observations, all of which were interesting.  But since our culture frowns upon making comments about people within earshot, we got a lot of looks until we had a talk with Luke about what was socially acceptable in our culture.

Andy must have been dehydrated for most of the run, because he kept needing to stop and walk during our run, which looped from Mopac to the Congress Bridge at back.

Cindy poses at the Roberta Crenshaw trailhead at Lady Bird LakeBut still, it was a nice morning, even if it was close to 100 degrees.  I was wearing my new Lulu shorts and sports bra, and lamenting the fact that I had no top to go with my new clothes when Andy pointed out I could just run without a short.  Heck!  About half of the women on the trail do that.  I’m usually so conservative when it comes to my wardrobe that I shun stuff like that, but this time, I decided to take off my shirt and run the rest of the way in my bra.

“Why haven’t I been doing this all along?!”

Eff if I know, Andy told me.

Results: 00:001:59

When I got home, I decided to add some strength work on top of the run.  Andy started “breakfast”, while Luke and I went outside.  Here’s what I did:

Shoulder Press 3×3
55-65-70
Ring Rows 3×5
Front squat
65-75-85
Good mornings
65-70-75

No total? Nope — AMRAP

I walked into Crossfit this morning expecting us to do our benchmark for the month — Crossfit Total.

It was not to be.  Next week we’ll do it.  Today an AMRAP awaited us and a skill session with one of the exercises in it.

AMRAP 12 minutes
15 Squats
9 Toes-to-bar
6 Sumo deadlift high pulls (M 135# / W 95#)

We were apparently supposed to work on kettlebell snatches as part of the skill session, but Zach decided he’d rather have us work on SDLHP.  He said he’s seen some really bad form and wanted us to get it right.

After working with the PVC pipe, we loaded up some bars for the following:

SDLHP
3-3-3-3-3

While I would have loved to go heavy, I went pretty conservative on the weight.

35-35-55-65-65

I was all set to do 65# for the WOD, but in the middle of my first round, I realized it was too heavy to maintain for 6 reps through that many rounds.  I dropped back to 55#.

As much as I dislike knee raises (my substitution for toes-to-bar), I’m really glad we did them, because they’re a great ab workout for me.  I don’t have many options right now, so knee raises will do.

I felt strong throughout the WOD and finished 8 rounds + 10 squats.

Here’s a couple of home WODs we did over the holiday weekend:

Sunday:

“Rosalie”
3 rounds
200m Farmer’s walk (20# dumbbells)
15 Thrusters (20# DBs)
15 ring rows

This one looked easy, but it was DECEPTIVE.  Time: 19:56

Monday: (Andy’s workout from Saturday, sorta)

3 rounds
10 deadlifts (65# barbell — LOVE it)
30 squats
100 rope swings

Time: 8:50