Tuesday, September 5, 2017

First rule of crossfit

The world has a cruel sense of humor sometimes. One minute you're cruising down the road singing Bieber eating a frozen yogurt with extra gummy worms because you're worth it without a care in the world.  The next minute, you blink and realize that your 1,350 post blog hasn't really had a lot of activity in two years.  The reason? A torn patellar tendon, a frayed meniscus, and an IT band that needed to be surgically 'released'. 

So, that happened. 20 pounds also happened (although, most would agree that I tipped the scale a tad on the 'meth addict tweaker' side of the spectrum before anyway). I'll tell you what didn't happen - running. Running never did feel any better than it did pre-surgery.  Cest la vie.  Pass the ice cream. 

Halo Top binge aside (it is only 300 calories per tub, basically health food) I'm always surprised with how and when inspiration will strike.  For example, most of my good ideas happen on the toilet in the 20-25 minutes in the shower. The inspiration for my latest adventure however was a two year old Facebook memory pic of my surgery. I was so excited to be 'fixed' and get back to being 'better'. Nope!! If I am honest with myself, the last few years have been me flopping around from thing to thing like a fish out of water.  I needed focus. I needed a goal. Enter crossfit.



Now, I'm not a trendy guy. I like my TV predictable, my hard candies butterscotch, my oatmeal lumpy, and my workouts plain. But, crossfit has a lot of appeal. There is a competition aspect, but a lot of comradery. There is focus on speed and pushing your limits, but accommodations for all types of T-Rex armed runners. Plus, since everyone knows the first rule of crossfit is to talk to everyone about crossfit, I assume it will provide another 1,350 posts worth of content. Win/win for everyone!

So, I'm going to give it a shot.  And by give it a shot I mean I paid good money to do it so I'm for sure going to do it. This blog started off as my feeble attempts at running which culminated with a 3:04 marathon and a trip to Boston.  I'll be anxiously awaiting where this story line ends up!

Token pic of the kiddo


Oh, and the inspiration to dust off the blog? Edwin, a Kenyan runner, added me on Daily Mile - right after he cranked out 16k at 5:28 pace.  Remember Daily Mile? I barely did. But, I assumed that if a random sub-elite runner was interested in following someone who hadn't logged miles in 2 years, there would be someone interested in reading my innuendo and off color humor progress with crossfit.  Either way, I'm going to message Edwin and see if he likes Justin Bieber....or maybe ice cream. Extra gummy worms are on me, buddy!

11 comments:

paullamb said...

Glad to see a new post and a new direction. I'll be watching and waiting for the next 1,350 posts!

Elaine said...

So glad to see your new post! Looking forward to more.
Welcome back.

Colleen Clancy said...

You're back! I did a fitness competition when I was out of running for a couple of years. It was kind of dumb, I would have enjoyed Crossfit more. Good luck!

Katie said...

Let me ask you this... how do you "know" that the variety of intense moves you're doing in CrossFit isn't bad for your injury? Do you just follow the "if it hurts, don't do it" rule, and it's OK if you sit out some of the moves? I wasn't sure how that worked out in a group WOD session. Or is it really ONLY running that hurts?

I only ask because I've been injured myself for a couple months and not running, and am constantly in a quandary over what types of cross training I can do. Squats, lunges, etc... I sit those out. But do I need to...? I generally follow the "if it hurtsm don't do it" rule but am wondering how you handled it.

Love your blog & Insta!

Nick Althoff said...

Good to see you back blogging. Enjoy Crossfit! It is a blast, but do be careful. I injured my back a few times and finally decided to give it up rather than do the Crossfit -> Chiro -> Crossfit cycle. Its not the first hang power clean that will get you, its the last one of a 21-15-9 workout (yes those exist) :)

The Silent Assassin said...

I missed the sarcasm and light humor. Glad to have read this post today!

Danielle said...

SO glad to see a new post from you! I've found strength training to be really fun, actually. It's different than running, of course, but there is still that element of challenge, and it is pretty easy to see quick improvement. Have fun with it!

Emmaclaire said...

Glad to hear from you, and get the token kiddo picture and references to ice cream and poop - sounds like you're right on track! Good luck with the CrossFit

Shawn said...

go man go...

Gracie said...

Man, sucks that you still hurt. But glad you located an alternative to running. I totally have my list of "when I can't run" activities lined up. It's only a matter of time. My joints feel 100 years old.

roth phallyka said...

I'll be watching and waiting for the next 1,350 posts!


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