Lately I’ve been playing with the idea of posting a weekly recap of my time at the box. I tend to focus primarily on my weaknesses, but I think acknowledging our progress is important. By doing a weekly list of Triumphs and Fails, I hope to add a little balance to my mentality.
Triumph: Wall Balls
When I’m in the middle of wall balls, two things are running through my head: sets of five, sets of five, just get through this set of five and pop the hips, pop the hips, pop the hips. Sets of five are working pretty well for me, but although I continually tell myself to pop my hips, I never do. Until this week. I bounced out of the bottom and my hips popped up…and the ball went up…and it was a lot easier. I really rocked the wall balls this week. They’ve been a conditioning weakness of mine since…well, forever…so it’s good to see some progress.
Fail: Kettlebell Windmill
I’m a nuts and bolts CrossFitter. I’m pretty sure there are thousands of “Exercises You Don’t Do – But Should!” because they’re excellent for strength and mobility. I’m also pretty sure that these movements require a bit of practice to master before I can reap all their miraculous benefits. When I see one of these exercises in the programming, I get surly. Because I hate them. Because I rather do a movement I already know that gives me similar benefits. Because one of my faults is making it very clear when I think something is stupid.
The Kettlebell Windmill makes me surly. By the time I figured out how to do it, I realized I wasn’t using a heavy enough weight. By the time I found the appropriate weight, I was trying to figure out where I should be feeling “it.” By the time I thought that I might be feeling “it,” I could have done 100 Turkish Get Ups and really felt something.
Triumph: 3 x 800m Run
Whenever there’s running in a WOD, I feel like a little kid chasing her older brothers. “Wait for me! Wait for me! I’m coming!” It is not unusual for me to get lapped…at least once. Lately we’ve been doing 400m and 800m repeats in our Competition Classes. This week I improved the average on my 800m repeats by 23 seconds since the last time I ran them six weeks ago. I was still slow, but I was noticeably faster. I felt really good about this.
Fail: Power Clean
My technique sucks. I had it, then I lost it, then I got some of it back. I keep reading about it, working my war bar, going to a lighter weight – but every time I start going heavy again, I lose it. It’s incredibly frustrating because the clean is one of my favorite movements, and I’m strong enough to go heavy. But I drop anything over 120 lbs (and my 1 RM is 130 lbs).
Triumph: Rebounding 20″ Box Jumps
I’m not really afraid of doing anything in CrossFit. The only exercise that gives me a moment’s pause is box jumps. And it’s because of the occasional slip where I didn’t get hurt but could have. Well, I am so freakin’ slow at box jumps that I decided I would learn to rebound. I stayed a few times after class and, starting with the baby boxes, worked on my rebounding. By the time we got to the box jumps for Tuesday’s WOD, I was successfully rebounding on the 20″ box.
Fail: The Box Jumps on Tuesday’s WOD were 24″
Yeah. I had to step up.
Final Triumph: This Picture that Coach Stephanie Took of Me
I love this sport.
Goal: Next week I start a serious pursuit of the muscle up. I’ve been working on it here and there, but I’m ready to make it a priority.
What was your triumph or fail this week? And what is your main short-term goal?