Oh my quad, Karen!

So last Wednesday was the amazing strength complex WOD. It went downhill from there. Back to the normal, “oh these workouts are so hard, they suck, is it over yet?…oh, that was amazing.”
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I knew 150 wall balls for benchmark “Karen” wasn’t the best idea on Friday (took the Thurs running WOD off), but I really wanted to do the benchmark. This will be extremely helpful later to track progress, despite just having done a bunch of snatches and cleans on Wed.

3, 2, 1...go!

3, 2, 1…go!

I knew I could complete it Rx at 14lbs, but it wouldn’t be pretty. I’m so out of CrossFit shape. Coach and I went together in a second round as there weren’t enough 14lb balls. Ok, no big deal. So I did it. I didn’t go 100% as my legs were a little sore and I’m still fighting this damn head cold. I’d say I gave it 75-80%. My new buddy (sadly, only in town for vacation) was heckling me that I wasn’t sweating enough, but I was having a hard time breathing. I finished in 11:27. Fine. Whatever. It’s what I expected and I could still walk, so that’s a win. I can only get better from here!

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(each mark is a set of 10, if you can’t do math)

After the WOD, my mom wanted to ride bikes. Sigh. Not a fan, but whatevs. It was a gorgeous day and I rode my old school single speed.

Mississippi River levee path

Mississippi River levee path

T-Bone is the best bike. Even though I don't like riding bikes.

T-Bone is the best bike. Even though I don’t like riding bikes.

Saturday: Team WOD.

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photo 1(9)That’s 100 ROUNDS for time. We had a team of 4, so 25rds each. Don’t be fooled…each of us did 6 reps, with moderately heavy squat cleans, on average every 2minutes. Part of that time was spent going from the wall for the handstand pushup (HSPU) to the bar. Basically, not a lot of rest. I was breathing hard and working hard after about 10rds. It was quite the workout! I loved it.

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Lots of hunching over to keep from dying.

Guess what doesn’t love the quad-heavy work on Wed, then the 150 squats (wall balls) on Friday, then MORE squat cleans on Sat? My quads. They HURT. Ouch, ouch. I couldn’t walk right yesterday! I had to use the wall to sit on the toilet! Oh, the pain.

Screen Shot 2014-10-19 at 10.29.32 AMSo, what does this extreme soreness, DOMS, mean? It means I need it. It means, I’ll be  stronger later!

Screen Shot 2014-10-19 at 10.40.48 AMRound. Round is a shape. And I don’t want to be round.
Screen Shot 2014-10-19 at 10.35.11 AMThe bad news is that I’m suuuper sore (not really bad news). The good news is that my knee was pain-free this weekend! Even after all those squats and weights…yay! I’m hoping that strengthening the surrounding muscles, and the rest from uneven terrain, will keep this trend up. I will say it hurt doing jumping jacks, so I just didn’t do those. Hey, if something hurts, don’t do it! There’s still plenty you–and me–can do!

Update: I’m not going to the gym today. I really, reeeaaalllly want to as it’s two of my favorite things: running & thrusters. However, I know I’d push myself and considering I can barely squat right now, it’s probably best if I didn’t try to do 45 thrusters and 1.5mi of running. Sigh. I’ll do something at home instead. I’m to a point of functional soreness, so doing something to help loosen my legs is probably a a good idea. Damn, being “responsible” and “listening to my body” sucks sometimes.

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