Former Couch Potato.

HeartKid. Lawyer. Knitter.

Cat Wrangler.

Sometime Triathlete & Intermittent Runner.

CrossFit & Strength Enthusiast.

This is the video of my lifts at the competition a few weeks back. It’s taken a lot of umming and ahhing to post this, but given it’s already out there on the internets, you all might as well see it (if you want to, obv.) 

Honestly, I don’t know what my problem is. It’s like ‘oh, if I share photos or videos with people, they might work out that I’m fat.’ Um, dickhead - they know what you look like; it’s you that has the problem associating what you see in the mirror with what you see in your head.

Part of the problem is avoiding cameras like the plague: this leads to me having a very different picture in my head to the reality as viewed by the rest of the world. I can pretend to myself that I look differently if I never have proof in the form of photos or videos.

But another part of the problem is context. I expect myself to look flawless no matter what I’m doing, which is ridiculous, but I suspect is caused by overexposure to faked effort on the part of advertising and the media: Angelina Jolie might be kicking some guy’s ass, but she still looks flawless whilst doing so, so for you to look anything less than flawless whilst doing anything is wrong.

If you look flawless whilst deadlifting a new PR or squatting almost your bodyweight, you might just be doing it wrong.

And of course a third part of the problem is ascribing any of my self-worth to the number on the scale. Having that number so prominently displayed is heinous and makes me feel like shit. But it’s just a goddam number and I’m meant to be intelligent enough to see through the bullshit. (That’s another issue: self-loathing at succumbing to media-induced self-loathing. Fucking winning today!!)

So, yeah, I’ve no idea where this is going or what the point was. It’s something to be stored away and considered going forward, I guess.

Crossfit 29.07.14

I was meant to go to the gym last night, but after working all weekend I was braindead by about 4pm. We had pizza and hit the hay at 9:30pm - best night’s sleep I’ve had in a long time.

So, I got up this morning determined to go to the gym. I bought a pre-workout recently (Optimum Nutrition’s Essential AmiN.O.) - I’m very skeptical of pre-workouts and all that stuff, although I like the ON protein powders, but figured I’d see if it helped.

Not sure if it was the pre-workout (I took the minimum dose) or the 8.5 hours of sleep, but I did feel a bit more ‘on’ at the gym this morning.

I’m trying to be a bit more structured with my strength and gymnastics training: sometimes, our classes can feel a bit rushed, and it’s hard to get in all the things I want to work on. I came across Competitor’s Training, which is programmed by Ben Bergeron out of CF New England (he programmes for Chris Spealler and Becca Voigt, both seven time CF Games competitor’s, so you get the impression that the guy is good at programming for longevity!), and I’m going to try and incorporate that programming around the work we do in our classes. Of course, this is exactly what you’re not supposed to do, so we’ll see how this works. The CompTrain programming is free, so I can drop it if it isn’t working.

1. Front Squat - 5 x 7 @ 32.5kg (this is light for my legs, but it hurts my hands. I need to work on shoulder/arm/wrist mobility.)

2. ME C2B pullups. Ha. ha. ha. Unfortunately, the assisted pullup machine was occupied, so I did 3 sets of ME lat pulldowns at 36kg - 12, 8, 6. I also did seated rows at 35kg (just because the handle was staring me in the face!) for 3 sets of 8.

3. 3RFT:

  • 7 DL @ 80kg (scaled to 60kg/172lb)
  • 30 air squats
  • 7 strict HSPU (scaled to double KB press @ 8kg/17lb)

This was meant to be 5RFT, but I thought I would struggle. And I was right - those air squats were much tougher than they had any right to be. Definitely need to work on the old endurance.

A good start to the morning!

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crossfitters:

The podium: Camille, Annie and Julie. Photo by @xendurance  

I’m so happy for Annie! What a come back from a difficult start to the week, and an even more difficult road back from her back injury.
She showed what true champions are made of in the last two days. I can’t wait to see how she goes in the NFGL/FNPL/whatever the hell the team competition thing is called!

crossfitters:

The podium: Camille, Annie and Julie. Photo by @xendurance  

I’m so happy for Annie! What a come back from a difficult start to the week, and an even more difficult road back from her back injury.

She showed what true champions are made of in the last two days. I can’t wait to see how she goes in the NFGL/FNPL/whatever the hell the team competition thing is called!

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humansofnewyork:

“People waste way too much energy taking things personally. That Facebook post is probably not about you. It was probably an accident that you weren’t tagged in that picture. And the person you’re dating is probably acting sad because that’s how they respond to setbacks at work, not because of anything you did.”

It has taken me years to get this into my head. And I’m still not totally immune. But I’m getting there.

humansofnewyork:

“People waste way too much energy taking things personally. That Facebook post is probably not about you. It was probably an accident that you weren’t tagged in that picture. And the person you’re dating is probably acting sad because that’s how they respond to setbacks at work, not because of anything you did.”

It has taken me years to get this into my head. And I’m still not totally immune. But I’m getting there.

I was like “@shortmom be crazy: how’n the hell is that going to help with delt soreness?” and then I realised you meant for my back. Ohhhhhh, SO much more sense.

Yes, I have been advised to do this by the physio. So I should probably do this…

I was like “@shortmom be crazy: how’n the hell is that going to help with delt soreness?” and then I realised you meant for my back. Ohhhhhh, SO much more sense.

Yes, I have been advised to do this by the physio. So I should probably do this…