So part of the reason that I got so into this Whole 30 stuff is Crossfit. I went to my first class at Crossfit LA in April of 2010 thinking I knew all about everything. I was fresh out of a respected NCAA football strength and conditioning program, and I thought I was a pro at anything that involved weights and rubber mats....bring it on, Crossfit, right??? Wrong. I have learned more about myself in less than a year than I had in the previous decade. Sounds like a little much, I know, but this gym has seriously changed everything for me. Crossfit pushes you to push yourself harder than anything I have ever tried. Love this stuff.
Sorry for the rant, there…you are probably wondering why I even brought it up. Well, today was one more of many, MANY reminders that I have a LONG way to go before I am any kind of expert in exercise. Today was the finals for a challenge that my gym, Crossfit LA, hosted (like a big competition). These challenges are a big deal…close to 100 competitors, a DJ, a food truck, the LAPD (noise complaint on Saturday at noon…c’mon Santa Monica, seriously), and the same kind of energy you feel at a high school football game. We had a preliminary workout nine weeks ago, and then we repeated that workout today. This workout was called “330” and consisted of:
30 reps of power cleans
30 reps of shoulder-to-overhead (jerks or push press),
*The ‘prescribed’ weight for men is 155 lbs. More on that later.
I try to do the ‘prescribed’ weight as often as possible for the workouts (maybe a bit of an ego thing, but I like to think it’s me pushing myself). The preliminary round of the challenge happened to fall on one of my first days back to the gym after a knee injury that put me out for several months, so I opted to go a little easy and use 95 lbs. This made my concerned fiancé very happy, but this round did not feel tough enough for me. I consider maybe increasing my weight for the finals.
Nine weeks, many nights of boozing, some suspect food choices, and not enough preparation workouts later, the day of the finals arrived. I was feeling GOOD. I decided to jump up to the prescribed weight of 155 lbs (definitely ego). My heat started at 10:15AM, and around 21 minutes later, I was regretting my 155 decision very much while lying flat on my back on Franklin Ave for the next 20 minutes feeling like I may die. See below for a blow-by-blow pictorial account of how the 330 destroyed me.
|K, kinda feelin' it...|
|Wheels are comin' off...|
|Ok, feeling bad now. Poor me.|
|Last couple steps...heading to the sidewalk for a nap.|
To give you some perspective, the fastest time for the workout with 155lbs was between seven and eight minutes. Most times with this weight were about 12-15 minutes. My time: 20 minutes, 17 seconds…slowest of the day for that weight. There was a time where the competitor in me would be pretty disappointed with that, but today, I can say that I am actually proud. There were several times during the 20 minutes that I thought I should quit, but because of the people in my little Crossfit community either screaming at me to keep going or going through it right next to me, I finished that mf’er. After I recovered, I had a nice Whole 30-compliant bowl of meat and guac from Chipotle with Alexis, and I felt GREAT.
There are a lot of things that we all feel like quitting, but when we don’t, the payoff is so big. Whether it’s a hard workout, a 30 day nutrition challenge (had to tie this in somehow :-)), or anything else, YOU can finish it. You are not alone out there!