I was really hesitant about writing yesterday’s post because I don’t like to appear weak. However, maybe I just needed to whine a little and throw myself a little pity party. This morning, I woke up early and decided that I was going to CrossFit. It didn’t matter what the workout was. It didn’t matter whether all I could do was crawl through the workout – or even if all I could do was sit there and watch – I was going.
At first glance the workout looked simple, but I’ve learned that there’s no such thing as a simple CrossFit WOD. I knew that squatting and jumping probably wasn’t going to feel that great given my cramps, but I was going to push through anyway. I kept repeating to myself, ‘There is no pain; there is no pain.”
The back squats went well. I like the negative squats because it helps me work on explosive power. We added a super set of push presses, which felt really good. I hadn’t done push presses in a while so I was really glad to work those muscles. I ended with my final set of 5 squats at 50 kg (I slightly regret not trying a heavier final set) and my final set of 5 push presses at 40 kg, which I was really happy with.
The WOD was a 10 minute AMRAP of 20 wall balls and 10 burpees.
The first time I did wall balls was with a 4 kg ball. It wasn’t heavy and it allowed me to really focus on getting good form and keep a good momentum throughout my practice. This time, however, the RX weight was 6 kg. I decided to go for it. At the very least, I wanted to give it a go. I kept a 4 kg ball near me just in case I needed to swap out, but I was hoping I would be able to stick to 6 throughout.
I know that I could have definitely squeezed in more reps had I gone with the 4 kg ball, but I was so happy I stuck with 6 kg. It was the first time ever that I saw an RX by my name – it was the confidence boost I needed.
I know that there are going to be many more challenges and obstacles in the road ahead – I just hope that I can continue to rally and push past any dark clouds.