Monday, March 29, 2010

Feelin' the Burn

On Saturday evening I sat on the couch, trying to figure out how I was going to get up. Now, you might suggest I ask my husband for help, but he was on the couch next to me whining about his muscles aching too, as we passed the icy hot back and forth.

Since starting CrossFit, there pretty much is never a day that goes by where I wouldn’t be able to point out at least one muscle group that is aching. I often have bruises, blisters or tears from my workouts too. Is it self-love or self-abuse?

In my workouts I push my body to its fullest potential, I challenge my minds ability to persevere in the face of difficulty and I allow my spirit to experience the present moment in all its glory one rep at a time. My bruises & muscle aches are merely reminder of my potential, my perseverance and my commitment to the present moment.

For me it’s all about self-love.

Feeling my body is an entirely new experience for me. My mind and spirit have never really been friendly with my physical body, until now. Feeling the burn of the than new relationship is not a burden….it’s exhilarating!

"Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity."
– Gilda Radner


Why the larger than normal fog of Icy Hot fumes this weekend? The Maltz Challenge! On Friday night, my husband and I completed this Hero WOD in honor of Master Sergeant Michael Maltz, a U.S. Air Force PJ (Para-rescue) was killed in action in a helicopter crash along with 5 of his brother PJ's while attempting a rescue mission of injured/sick children in the mountains of Afghanistan.

The WOD:
  • 400 meter run
  •  50 pull ups (modified with the black band)
  • 100m fireman's carry or 200 meter farmer's walk with 50#/25# dumbbells (I FC coach swine, not a lightweight at 170lbs)
  • 50 ring dips (modified on my toes)
  • 100 push ups (50 modified on knees, 50 modified on the wall)
  • 50 knees to elbows (looks more like knees to waist for me!)
  • 100 sit-ups
  • 400 meter run
It was 42 minutes and 44 seconds of torture and  I almost cried twice! But I loved it as I do all the hardest WODS!  Check out the pictures below.


Chris P. said...

Steph, a more effective hot/cold therapy is a hot/cold contrast shower (hot water for a few minutes, cold water for a this for a few cycles, ending on cold), using bags of ice for 10-15 minutes on, 10-15 off for a few cycles. You can also hit some sweet spots by freezing water in dixie cups and peeling the paper away. Ice massage therapy! Using Icy/hot will make it FEEL cold and hot but it won't actually be cold/hot to be as beneficial as the real thing...

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the information Chris!