Embracing the uncomfortable
Just to prove I wasn’t talking smack yesterday about this whole business of being uncomfortable I really set out to push it today and I did. No excuses. I didn’t let work or the crazy wind get in my way. The Crossfit Endurance workout today was first a Tabata run then 3 or more hours later some strength and conditioning.
Before eating lunch I geared up and headed out to the “tracK’ at work. The wind was strong but I pushed through it… I did a mile warm-up and then some drills. What I have learned from CFE (Crossfit Endurance) is that you have to practice your skills for running just like any other sport. After a sip of water I set the Gymboss and prepared my mind for Tabatas… the hardest 4 minutes of exercise there are! 8 rounds of 20 seconds hard effort, 10 seconds rest (a.k.a getting as much oxygen in as possible before another 20 seconds starts again). It was TOUGH. I now believe that running Tabata is worse than rowing Tabata. The wind didn’t help either – it was resistance in every direction. I nailed it and got my got speed up to 10.7 miles per hour during my 20 second intervals. It was crazy.
After a quick shower I headed back to eat my lunch. A delicious bone-in, grilled chicken breast cut up over a bed of greens and avocado with a sprinkling of olive oil and vinegar. It was awesome.
The PM workout was S&C (Strength and Conditioning) where I had to do:
5 minutes AMRAP (As many rounds as possible) of:
5 reps of “ground to overhead” with a barbell (I could only use 50 pounds)
(I managed 3 reps)
then – rest one minute
5 minutes AMRAP
10 “single arm dumbbell power snatch” (I used 20 pounds)
I had to watch the exercises on Youtube first to figure out what to do. They were tough and hopefully I was doing them in good form. It was a tough ten minute workout! I was dripping sweat on the floor – I love that!
OH and I forgot to mention… before that workout I did one of my plank sessions. I am on a mission to hold that stupid plank for as long as possible. I have been building up over the past couple of weeks and I told John that my goal today was 1:30. He asked me if I held it until I was uncomfortable or to failure. I have to admit… when I do the plank I stop holding when I am very uncomfortable. I needed to embrace the discomfort and stay with it a bit longer. So I held… and held… I was very uncomfortable for a few seconds and it felt like my lower back was going to snap and then I held a little longer. 1:38. Those last 8 seconds were tough and my body finally could not hold anymore and I collapsed to the ground.
Can’t wait to see what’s next!
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