Monday, January 3, 2011

A Beautiful Mind

     What the good word, people? Paleo sounds like a pretty good word. CrossFit is an outstanding word... burpee? .... not so good of a word. Alright, enough screwing around. We have some rambling to get to.

     Well, I want to bring up something I ran into recently. If you follow my WODs then you'll notice that I recently did the Filthy Fifty and Fran, and set a PR on both (in the same week too). Well, my ramble is, how one PR was a lot easier than the other.

     I bet you wouldn't guess that Fran was the easier of the two (strange, huh). The Filthy Fifty I would describe as one of my favorite WODs to do, but It absolutely killed me. Vice versa, the first time I did these WODs I was crushed by Fran and felt great through the Filthy. So what's different now.

     I would have to take into account a lot of thing. First the time domain is completely different. Fran is a sub 10 minute WOD, and the Filthy is sub 20 (last time I did it anyways). Load differ a lot. In Fran you do a total of 45 reps for two movements, where as the Filthy is 50 reps of 10 movements. Still, why has the feel of these WODs change?

     I think (in my opinion) that one of the PRs was tougher to achieve, which obviously was the Filthy Fifty. I knew that I really had to push hard to get my time under 20 minutes. I'm thinking that's why it was a lot harder, was that I pushed my body WAY out of the comfort zone for this workout. Conversely, I didn't have the same attitude hitting Fran. I wasn't aiming to PR (even though I did), but it happened anyway.

     So, in a roundabout way, this was all a discussion on how CrossFit is such a mental game, as well as a physical one. Yes, we redo WODs again from time to time to measure our fitness. But doing a WOD like Fran or the Filthy Fifty again, after you've had both of them crush you, takes a lot of mental stamina. You have to have your head prepared to enter a WOD, so when that little voice in you head pops in, mid-WOD, and say to quit. You just tell that voice to shut the hell up! Move weight, be fast, think sharp. Till the next time everyone.

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3,2,1 GO!

Yesterday's WOD:

4 minute per round, 1:30 minute rest between rounds, score is number of reps:
1- 500 m row
    Wall Balls (50)
2- 500 m row
    Sumo Deadlift High Pulls 75 lbs (30)
3- 500 m row
    Pushups (40)
4- 500 m row
     Medicine Ball Cleans 20 lbs (30)
5- 500 m row
    Overhead Walking Lunges 45 lbs (20)
6- 500 m row
    Slam Balls 25 lbs (30)
Total reps - 200

Paleo Challenge day 1/30
Day one on the Paleo was not that bad. Easy to find the right foods to eat, and no craving for anything else.

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