Friday, April 19, 2013

Taking Time Off from CrossFit

I am maybe starting to miss certain things ... like pull-ups. 

Goodbye pullups, until we meet again!

I think this has maybe been the longest span of time I have gone (since learning to do pull-ups) that I've gone without doing them. I miss that beautiful butterfly kip ... The feeling is so gymnastic-y (gymnastics movements have always been my favorite), so graceful and beautiful.


My last pull-ups, per my log book, were done on Wednesday, the 10th ...

7 rounds for time
7 chest to bar
7 front squats, 95#

Ah, it's been almost 20 days! 

But, I would be lying if I said I wasn't enjoying the time off, too. I wasn't enjoying WOD's like I used to. Wasn't enjoying lifting. Wasn't enjoying going on a run. Everything was feeling like a chore. My heart wasn't in it. My heart hasn't been in it since leaving Texas!


So, needless to say, it feels good to get excited! I'm counting down the days when I can get back in the gym, rather than dreading that Monday morning is coming around again. It feels good to know that I'm going to LOSE some of my strength and stamina over the next few weeks recovering, and that I'll have a GOAL again, to fight like hell this summer to gain it back.

I've always liked being the underdog, it gives me something to fight for. 


Have you ever had to take time off from the gym/box? 
How did it affect you?

13 comments:

  1. what do you log? I am wondering how I should be tracking my WODs and strength.

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    1. Erin, I use WODhub.com and really really like it. It allows you to chart progress if you retest specific WODs.

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    2. I have just a pen a paper journal. Whenever I PR or do a benchmark WOD, I post it on BeyondTheWhiteBoard

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  2. A few years ago, I had to take about 4-5 months off from all forms of physical activity. It helped me realize how much of working for me is mental, and that my fears or anxiety about "missing days" here and there were unfounded. It so good for us to take time off every now and then, if only to come back feeling refreshed. And I found that even after a 5 month hiatus, my strength was still pretty much where it left off..we don't lose it that quickly, but you're right, it's nice to have something to aim for that's new.

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    1. I'm right there with you. I used to get really down on myself if I had to take more than a day or two off of running. This winter, I had to take off about two weeks due to a nasty stomach virus and the root canal from hell. Being forced to take the time off made me realize that your body really does need a break every now and then...and that, no, I wouldn't gain ten pounds just by giving myself a much needed break.

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  3. You May be surprised (as LiftBigEatBig would tell you) your PRs may jump up after a couple weeks off, strength at least.

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  4. Can't wait to see how you do once you are back in the game. Taking time off/ resting (or a no workout vacation) really helps me mentally and physically. So often we think that if we are not going HARD all the time that there is no point. Sometimes it just feels good to take a break. :)

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  5. I was standing in the wrong place at the wrong time when my husband swung a baseball bat, hitting it for our dogs...a broken nose, concussion and what felt like forever made me so much more grateful for running and weights. Still get headaches occasionally but it's good to be back on a gym routine and headed towards my goals! Story here: http://thewhateverblogg.blogspot.com/2013/04/oops.html

    Hope you enjoy your workouts when you get back!

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  6. I had to take more than 4 years off when I was sick. It happened at the worst time in terms of appearance - aged 35 to 40! And on steroids to boot. Once I got healthy enough and given the all clear, my heart just isn't in it. While I love how your body looks, and having the same type of build as you I know I could make my body look like that, I just don't care enough to do it. I find running gives me the mental clarity I need each day but know it won't change the shape of my body or allow me to lose the last 20 pounds of steroid weight now that I've hit 40+ and am still dealing with a metabolism destroyed by years of high doses of medications. But I'm okay with that. I am so thankful to be alive and to not be missing any more moments of my children's lives and to be able to put on a pair of running shoes and pound out a few miles. I treasure that time now and realize how close I came to never getting to do it again.

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  7. Girl, your two new 'friends' look SPECTACULAR! Rock it.
    I had to take some time off after I broke my wrist in January. It was my first ever broken bone and I was so heart broken. Especially because it happened while training for a competition that I subsequently had to miss. After a week or 2 I just learned to adapt and I did all the workouts I was still able to do and modified the ones I couldn't. Nearly 4 months later I'm back to where I was pre-injury.. thank the Lord!

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  8. Im currently on a break while we figure out what is wrong. Its been the one thing keeping me focused waiting out this deployment. So the past few weeks has not been fun and im having a hard time sleeping. It makes me feel so lazy and sloppy. I was 4 lbs from my goal and was finally seeing definition in my stomach. Last week, in my pity party, I had taco bell, pizza...twice, and ice cream. Oh my. I pray this doctor appointment goes well at the end of this week and Im cleared to work out again.

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  9. I did, but only because I was so sick. Whenever I get really sick, I give myself a week off. I've been able to work through injuries, luckily, and just avoid exercises that hurt. I may have missed it, but why did you give up cross fit? And, was it all exercise or just cross fit? thanks!

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  10. i don't know why but that picture of the horse made me laugh soooooo hard, ha!

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