Getting To The Core Of It All

To say that I am sore from the WOD on Wednesday is the major understatement of the year! Yesterday, I could barely move; my traps were beyond sore and my quads were letting me know they were angry with me. I managed to make it through the day, taking care of the girls (i.e., picking them up, carrying them, hugging them) and moving furniture around so the painter could do his work (more on that in a separate post!), but I was glad to go to bed and I rolled and stretched and applied hot bag every chance I got throughout the day!

This morning was a little better, but I was still sore on my way to the box for this:

Before the warm-up, Tracey was kind enough to let me try 2 of her skipping ropes and I was able to get quite a few DUs with one of them so I will definitely order one online TODAY when the girls nap. I will do a review once I get it and let you all know how I’m doing with it! 😉

Skill: Front Squat 6×3 E90S

I love squats. If there is one thing I have going for me in this whole Crossfit adventure is that this girl can go ass to the grass like it’s nobody’s business! I may not be the strongest or the fastest, but I can definitely squat! I managed to PR from 3 weeks ago and got 90#. I think I could hit 100# soon. It felt like I still had some gas in me to keep going. For the first time today, I could really feel my core being engaged when I went down in the squat. I could feel the full effect of the bracing, I got my breathing right and it felt kind of easy. A year into this and I have core strength! I never thought this would happen again in this lifetime. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t have abs showing through my stomach or anything, but I have core strength. A few days ago, Ben and I were just lying in bed and he even commented on how my stomach was now flat when I’m lying down. I will get there eventually, all in due time! Enough rambling, here were my progressions:

65#-70#-75#-80#-85#-90#

WOD: That was a tough one. When I looked at it last night, the weight prescribed were different and I thought, for sure I can do the Rx for the women (65#). When I showed up this morning, the WOD had been revised and the new Rx weight for women was 75#. I tried to warm up at 65# and my traps were just too sore to even think about doing 30 reps at that weight. I settled for FG1 at 55#. I finished dead last by at least 2 minutes, but I got it done and that’s all that matters to me. I finished at 7:12 and did all my burpees granny-style. I think pretty much everyone was done by 5:30… I always say:

I’ll get it done. Maybe not within the time cap, but I’ll get it done!

A friend of mine posted this on her FB page this morning and I absolutely loved it!

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It made me realize that I have come so far mentally and I owe 99% of this newfound mental toughness to Crossfit. I now chose to tackle life like I do WODs. Break big projects into smaller, more achievable ones, taking things in stride. I don’t get discouraged anymore if I try something and don’t succeed, instead, I just keep trying or try a different way of getting it done. Mental fortitude has done wonders for me and it has helped a lot with decreasing my stress levels. Yet, just another reason I am absolutely and totally in love with Crossfit! ❤

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