Week 8 – Priorities…Again
I think I write this post once every couple of months. As soon as life shakes something loose I feel the need to justify it to myself. At it’s heart, this post is just a reflection of my internal struggle with the state of competitive exercise as it grows exponentially, and outpaces my effort. The basics of this is that at the time I started Crossfit, it was still an everyman sport, if you tried hard, did things right, maybe had a coach, you could get pretty far. But quickly after I started, everyone began doing this, moreover, there were more and more naturally gifted athletes being drawn in. The end result is pretty much history, 2013, 2014, 2015, all saw a greater level of competition than the year previous. Even top level athletes who’ve been doing Crossfit for years, were struggling to find the balance, make the cut, and justify the time required. So it’s no surprise that a hobbyist like myself would hit those same walls. And that’s all just changes in the sport – it has nothing to do with a Master degree, or a puppy. Speaking of Beasley – he’s doing great, anything he doesn’t try to eat, or bite, or destroy with his mouth in some way; he tries to pee on, and usually succeeds. He naps like a champion though.
In other news – I’ve picked up the Invictus off season once again. Starting back in June. It’s very strength heavy, squatting 3-4 times a week, pressing 1-2, lots of strict gymnastics, and skill work, and pure capacity workouts. I’m doing as much as time permits, but these days getting in twice a day is a long shot, mostly because putting Beasley in his crate more than once a day feels a tad cruel. I’m going to try and start squeezing in some PM Assault Bike work again, because I can do that at home without taking time away from Beasley, so that should work nicely. Instead of going to the gym, we go for walks, and maybe some jogs, and I’m becoming okay with that being enough for me right now. Starting to measure my fulfillment in terms that don’t involve 1RM and girl names. Certainly Crossfit and to a larger degree fitness, and being competitive, will always be pillars in my life, but in it’s current form, it’s exhausting to even try and keep up. That’s just the current priority balance for me. That being said – this sounds a bit like a resignation – far from it, just explaining where I stand at the moment. I’m still every bit as committed to my fitness, well being, and sharing it all with the internet for laughs.
I’m not sure what else to say for now. My training is going about as well as can be expected. I feel strong. I feel as though I’m finally building strength on at least good movement, there’s always room for growth, but for the time it feels like I’m moving much better than I used to, the number of nagging injuries I’m dragging around with me is significantly less. I think thats 50% better recovery practices, consistent mobility work, my Marc Pro, and the new Marc Pro plus are lifting a majority of that weight. The other 50% is just the volume, I’m under less volume, so the room for injury is smaller. There’s something to be said for keeping things simple, squat heavy, do some accessories, hit some intervals, go home and recover well. Rinse and repeat. I’m embracing it, not that I really have a choice in the matter.
If you’ll excuse me – someone has my Nano. Until next week internet!