No, I haven’t felt much like writing as of late.
I’ve still been working my tail off in my workouts, but I’ve also been crawling into bed early each night, desperately trying to snatch whatever extra hours of sleep I can before that alarm goes off the next morning. I’ve been craving 9 and 10 hours of sleep a night. Sometimes 8 hours just aren’t enough.
Looking back at my performance journal since Tuesday, I see an awful lot of rest days. Not that that is necessarily a bad thing — it just doesn’t happen very often. And it’s odd to see so much white space in a week where I’ve not missed Crossfit or Kung Fu at all.
I am thoroughly in the midst of a fever to review my Kung Fu material before my test. The pre-test is February 23 — just over a week away. The test itself is on February 25. Both are on Crossfit days and both are in the late evening, when I’m usually crawling into bed. I’m praying that I have my head together enough to show that I really do know my material. I’m much more together in the morning, and testing will definitely be a challenge.
Thursday’s WOD turned out to be a really good one for me:
30-20-10 DB snatch (M 35# / W 25#)
20-10-30 Box Jumps
10-30-20 Pull ups
I used 15# for the weight so I could focus on form and still move quickly. Zach’s description of pulling the dumbbell up like you’re starting a lawnmower really made sense to me. Still, I had the move down better on the right side that the left side for some reason.
I made myself jump on the box for at least half of the jumps — except the 10 set, when I jumped for all of them. On pull ups, I felt weak — it had been a while since I had worked on pull ups.
I finished in 14:34.
That night, knowing I would be really sore the next day, I decided to do one of my challenge WODs. Andy and Luke joined me. Luke was doing his version of a burpee on the mat while Andy and I:
Sumo Deadlift High Pull
I used 20# and finished in 6:47. I was toast for 2 days after that.
I managed to put off the challenge endurance WOD until Sunday morning, when I ran the Paramount 5K — probably my last race until late fall 2010. I was kind of fudging the WOD, and I hope I don’t get fussed at for it, but I wasn’t looking forward to running 3 miles on the heels of a 3 mile run.
Here’s what the WOD was:
Run 3 miles
3 min at 80%
1 min at 50%
I’m going to guess that I did that. There were times I felt like I was really pushing it, and times I had to slow down. I was really proud that I didn’t stop. I just kept going.
Thank goodness my friend Jenny ran with me, because I probably wouldn’t have done it without her. She helped me pace myself and stuck near me the whole time.
I don’t have my exact time yet (I wore a chip), but I crossed the finish line around 30:40 — and I started about 20 seconds after the race started, give or take. That’s a slow mile, but right now, I’ll take it.
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. Don’t forget to enjoy dark chocolate — everyone deserves a yummy treat!