Today was a deciding day for me with my training. typically an off day, I had originally planned to mess around with some basic skills to prepare me for this weekends Mid Atlantic Hopper. I was ready to work on muscle ups, bar muscle ups, handstand walks, handstand push ups, some power clean technique and then get some running in. But, in the end I came to the unfortunate decision to not attend the competition. Here are my reasons:
I am really focused on my training, and I know that doing two events in two consecutive weekends will take a major toll on my body and hinder my focused gains. In all honesty, the pride of going to a CrossFit event and placing is not overpowering my desire to continue with the exciting gains I am making in the gym.
It's my last weekend on the East Coast. I am moving next Thursday and I feel like I should really be spending these valuable few days hanging with friends and saying my goodbyes.
I am sick. Not enough to stop me from training or anything like that, just a minor head cold. It;s annoying as hell through, and I know that I won't be at 100% for the weekend, and I'll be increasing my risk of a slow recovery afterwards. Agin, just not worth it right now.
So, I'll be forgoing the excitement and nerves of an awesome event. I'll struggle a little with it as I really do love the pressure of these things, and the competition. But, it's just not the right time. And, I've been focusing more and more on being smarter with my training, rather than harder. This is the smart thing to do. And with that being said, I changed up my training a little for today. Whitey and I ran pass patterns! This is something I used to do all the time as conditioning for my High School guys back in our Balance Gym days, and I was eager to get out to the field. I've really been craving playing real sports these days (like pick up basketball, taking BP, playing football, and soccer and so on) so it was awesome to get out there and goof off for about an hour or so. We just ran our basic routes, making up stupid celebratory end zone dances. It really is fun getting outside and just doing what most of us used to do as kids. I may try to convince Whitey and few others to head to the baseball field tomorrow or Saturday and we can run through a little practice; I miss that stuff!
After the football fun I went back to my neighborhood and did 10 hill sprints up a 50-60 meter hill at about 7-9 grade. I probably could have gone a bit harder, but with my head all stuffed up, it felt like I was going to pop. I worked on getting my knees up and staying smooth with each stride. It was nice to just sweat through everything.
I'll be back in the gym tomorrow ready to throw the barbell around! Oh, and since I'm posting on a more regular basis, you all will start to get a little more insight into just what it is I am doing with my program! It works!
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