I’ve been going to CrossFit for a week now, and I appear to have developed an annoying problem. I worry about what’s going to be in every work-out before I go in. I worry that I’ll be left behind if there’s a part where you have to do things “for time”, such as running (which I hate). I worry about the response I’ll get when I tell the coach that I have to scale something back. Why don’t I just do it and fail at it?
Tonight’s work-out had more running in it. I couldn’t face it, so I did rowing instead. I also still can’t do three proper press-ups in a row, and sit-ups are a struggle too. So to be given this to do was somewhat disheartening:
I did 600m, 300m, and 100m rows respectively in lieu of the running, and managed a total of 3k before 30 minutes was up. I still did the press-ups (on my knees), and sit-ups, until I couldn’t physically do them any more, so I substituted squats instead.
As for the first part, the power clean/snatch is the one technique that I struggle with as a newbie to weightlifting. I get ahead of myself, and end up muscling the bar up, instead of shrugging my shoulders and dropping under it. I asked the coach to watch my reps, and by the fifth set I must have been doing something right, because he shouted, “Good reps, Neil!”. I even had some weight on the bar, although tonight was more about technique.
It didn’t “feel” like I was doing it right, and I can’t watch myself side-on to check. I’ll take his word for it.
Please, no running on Wednesday.