Back in the Saddle

It’s been a crazy week! I upped my crossfit classes, went for a swim, did a night run and rode my bike outside for the first time this year. Technically, my tri schedule for Eagleman kicked in last week but I did not do anything tri related until this Tue when I jumped into the pool for the first time since Thanksgiving. It was not pretty but I knocked out 1500m and made some progress towards our Eagleman motto –  “Don’t be Crab Food” (credit goes to Peggy).

I went to Crossfit on Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri and Saturday just to see what 5 days felt like. Since week 2 I have been less sore and generally feel pretty good. I even added a 2 mile run to the gym and back on Saturday morning. Topped that off with a 6.4 mile trail run Saturday night and then the biggest miracle ever I got on my bike! Yes, Fiona went somewhere besides spin and got some road time. I did a slow and easy 20 miles on the Comet. No falls so I still know how to ride. All in all I felt like it was a good week. Right now I am pretty darn tired but nothing hurts.

This week I also got an idea of what this Crossfit open was all about. We did the first weeks workout on Friday and it was kind of crazy:

17 min AMRAP
40 burpees
30 snatches (75/45)
30 burpees
30 snatches (135/75)
20 burpees
30 snatches (165/100)
10 burpees
max rep snatches (210/120)

Having never done snatches before it was interesting at best but I made it through to the second round of them before 17 minutes was up. I was no where near the prescribed weights but thats OK. It has only been 6 weeks. Do I feel any different? I feel my posture and flexibility have improved, I am less sore and I might be getting a few muscles. I think I am sleeping better but that could be a combination of things (John’s earlier bedtime with the new job and the paleo diet). Most importantly, I still like it!

On Saturday afternoon, we went back to watch the real pros take on the workout we did on Friday. It was amazing to see these athletes doing this WOD. The team spirit was wonderful and opened my eyes to a whole new world. It’s an exciting time right now for them and I am glad to be even a little part of it. Our coach Dan made it to within 5 burpees of the last set of 10 and there was another woman who did the same. It was very exciting! The most poignant moment came when I saw one girl struggling with the next weight level for the snatches. She was running out of time and had failed twice to get the weight above her head. Our coach told her to wait until she had 5 seconds left (essentially rest for 15 seconds) and then just do it. And you know what? She did it. It was amazing! Looking forward to next weeks fun!

One last update – Paleo diet 4 weeks, + 1 pound! Not happy about that. It is possible it is muscle but things are fitting tighter than before and that needs to quit immediately. Also, developed a disturbing GI issue. I am cutting out apples, nuts and Larabars (full of dates) and I will see if that fixes things. I will then add these items back and see which, if any are the culprit. On the up side, I do not crave bread or sweets but still struggling with finding good choices of things to eat. Here’s to week 7 of CF, week 5 of paleo and week 3 of tri training.

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