The simple acts of standing, sitting and walking are quite challenging and rather painful today. I made my way back to CrossFit last night after taking the weekend off and the workout was sneaky hard.
10 – 1 for Time
(Decreasing reps for each set, starting with 10 and ending with 1)
Barbell Front Squats
Kipping Pull Ups
Ab Mat Sit Ups
At the recommendation of my coach, I used a 95# bar for the front squats. It definitely felt heavy and was challenging but I was able to manage the weight and complete the sets of work unbroken (not stopping in between reps for a break). I used a thin band for the kipping pull ups because I still cannot kip (practicing would probably help…). I finished in a little over 10 minutes. I was feeling good after I finished the workout but as the evening progressed, fatigue started to set into my legs. I woke up in the middle of the night and knew I was in for trouble today. I was getting sore already. I kind of wanted to cry getting out of bed today – my quads are SO sore.
I love squatting and it’s an exercise that I do all of the time and doesn’t usually make me sore. I’m actually pleased that I’m this sore because it means that I pushed myself to a different level…and I want to get stronger! I’ll just say that I’m glad today’s WOD is all upper body and core because my legs are worthless! 😉
I go through ups and downs with my eating and workouts. This week I am in a pattern of needing more rest, sleep and food and less working out. While I have been treating myself to things like cupcakes, blueberry bars and ice cream, I have been focusing on my protein intake and getting good fuel in to help with my energy levels.
Lots of meals to share from the last two days.
Overnight (30 minute) oats in a peanut butter jar for breakfast Monday.
My first straight up tomato and mayo sandwich of the season. I did whisk some basil and lemon juice into the mayo. Heirloom tomatoes are just too good to need anything else on the sandwich.
Chocolate peanut butter protein shake at my desk before CrossFit last night. Mmm.
Dinner was all local. Swiss chard, tomatoes and sweet potato from the farmers market and a pre-marinated chicken breast from a small market across the street from the gym. This dinner was healthy, satisfying and ready in under 10 minutes. I sauteed the chicken and chard while I microwaved the sweet potato and cut up the tomatoes. I topped the sweet potato with coconut oil and cinnamon and simply seasoned the chard and tomatoes with salt and pepper.
This morning required not one breakfast but two.
I woke up at 6 a.m. and I could not go back to sleep. I got up and made coffee and toasted one of the Van’s blueberry waffles. I topped it with peanut butter, honey and bananas. The waffle was a nice alternative to toast.
Two hours later I was craving eggs so I scrambled and egg with spinach and tomatoes.
And finally, I made a big salad for lunch. Spinach, broccoli slaw, tomatoes, avocado, tempeh, carrots, cucumbers, pecans and dried cranberries with homemade honey mustard.
I find it interesting that I usually have a bigger appetite when I’m in recovery mode versus when I’m in a cycle of training really hard. I guess it’s just my muscles asking for some fuel to build back stronger. Does anyone else experience more hunger/tiredness when you back off of training?