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Injuries...Patience...and the Master Athlete

Monday, July 07, 2014

It's been awhile.

Since my last post, much has happened and much has remained the same.

I continue to maintain my weight loss and fitness program.

I'm still a strong advocate of the CrossFit program.

I am still competing...finishing my 2nd CrossFit Games Open and my 1st CF team competition this spring...as well as attending my 1st NE CF Regionals...as a spectator rooting on one of our coaches. I've seen lots of gains in PRs (weights and times) and range of movement. I was even fortunate enough to spend 2 days training with one of my CF inspirations...CF Games competitor, Elizabeth Akinwale!

But inevitably as with most athletes, I have also been plagued by a number of pesky injuries. From pulled groin muscles, pulled hamstrings, fluid on the knee, bruised meniscus and a cyst behind my knee, I have been pretty much sidelined since mid-February.

You are probably thinking...that my injuries were a direct result of that crazy CrossFit fad.

They weren't!

My list of injuries would not be so long had I taken the necessary time to recover from the initial one (the groin pull)...and I wouldn't have injured myself the 1st time if I hadn't taken upon myself to create my own WOD without the guidance of my coaches. Then instead of listening to my body and taking time off from my training to allow myself to heal, I continued to train and started to overcompensate for my injury...which started a domino effect of more injuries.

Lesson learned!

For the past 4 1/2 months, I have been rehabbing...staying away from anything that could cause unnecessary impact on my knee...pretty much everything in CF. That means no running, no squatting below parallel with heavy weights, no box jumps, no lunging...you get the drift. My doc told me to stick to walking, the dreaded treadmill and elliptical machine. Not to offend anyone, but I'd rather stick a needle in my eye!

So, I have been rowing (technique has definitely improved) and squatting to a box with light weights (so much fun...but better than not squatting at all!). While I have not made any gains, I haven't lost too much ground during this period.

But I did discover something about myself...or should I say rediscovered. I have no patience!

My lack of patience has always been one of my challenges. Being a master athlete (an athlete over 40), this is an area that I must work on! Since older bodies do not heal as quickly as younger bodies, I will need to learn how to not only allow my body the time it needs to heal itself, but to allow the time to move to the next level...weight...PR. This will be the hard part.

For those of you who CF, you know how we are always chasing the next PR...and mastering that handstand push up, pull up, double under...and the list goes on and on until the holy grail of CF...the coveted muscle up!

So, to reign in my drive to improve quickly will demand a great deal of self-control and self-mastery. This may be my greatest challenge...more daunting than the muscle up! But the alternate is inconceivable to me...a possible life without CF!

What is the old adage....slow and steady wins the race. I guess I'll find out firsthand.

  
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ORCHIDLADY56 7/12/2014 10:52AM

    Take care of yourself and heal.

I went through the same myself - over 3 years of Crossfit I went through a partially torn foot fascia, SI joint problems and, the real coup, trochanteric (I think I spelled it right) bursitis in my left hip. In my case I think it was my age (57) more than anything that was the real culprit.

It really took time for me to realize that I had to adjust some things, which is not bad and not giving up. Still active, still able to do the things that I like to do, and just giving up the things that hurt and have the capacity to hurt me.

You are good at Crossfit, you are athletic and one smart cookie! Take care of yourself and it WILL come back - plus you will be surprised at the accomplishments once you are 100%.

Good luck, Jac!

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Serendipity...Life's Irony!

Thursday, November 07, 2013

It's been awhile since my last post. A lot has happened since then...

I have competed in another CF competition, completed a Tough Mudder, participated in 2 breast cancer walks (Making Strides and Race for the Cure) and appeared on the Dr. Oz Show!

The latter is the subject of this post.

Last month, I was selected as 1 of 10 women who have successfully lost weight over the age of 40 to participate in a show about belly fat myths (which aired today). The show included 5 women who didn't believe they could lose weight and the 10 of us who have done just that. We ended the show by each of us sharing one weight loss tip that helped us on our journey.

Isn't it funny where life takes us. Two years ago when I started down this path, I had no idea that 2 years later I would be appearing on a nationally syndicated, popular talk show as the successful 'after'!

After years of struggling with my weight (and oftentimes losing the battle), who would have ever thought that I would be standing where I am today...smaller than I have ever been...but more important than that...healthier and more active than I have been since my youth!?!

This once almost 300 lb. woman is now assisting other women with their weight loss goals and helping them to switch to healthier lifestyles. I also seem to be the go-to person for women who want to attempt a goal that they always wanted to do, but always kept putting off (i.e., tackling an OCR). In addition, I'm competing in a sport that is geared to the young...people half my age...at the ripe old age of 47!

It seems surreal! I feel that, at any moment, I will awake from this dream! But, then I realize that this is REAL!!!

This is who I am now...and who I will be going forward. Isn't that a hoot?

  
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JAC_HAMIL 11/8/2013 11:01PM

  Thanks! It just aired on 11/7.

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ORCHIDLADY56 11/8/2013 3:34PM

    When was it on, or is it coming up? Would love to be able to see it!
Way to go!

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1st CF Competition (No Baby, Leave the Socks On) is a Wrap!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Today, I officially became a true CF athlete! (Yeah, that still makes me chuckle. Lol!)

I competed in an all-women competition, 'No Baby, Leave the Socks On' -- an event that consisted of 3 WODs (workout of the day) and 2 divisions (scaled...my division/Rx...as prescribed).

All in all...it was a great introduction to CF competitions...and a very long day.

I competed along side a fellow CFPV member (who was running a 101 degree fever...a true beast!) and her friend, another CF competition virgin. Competing with these ladies made my 1st experience a great one!

CrossFit Orange, NY, the hosting Box, successfully pulled off a well-run event. They had so many walk-ins they had to add on 2 more heats (making a grand total of 10 heats)...which they did without missing a beat! The workouts were efficiently set up given the size of the space and the number of athletes.

Being new to competing, I didn't know what to expect, but got the hang of it soon. Having run-through each of the WODs @ my home Box, I knew what to expect work-wise. What I didn't know was how doing all 3 workouts within hours of each other was going to affect me. Well, I'll let you decide.

Below are the workouts we had to complete and my results. Official competition standings won't be released for a couple of days. I can't wait to see where I placed!

WOD 1: I completed the round of 12 and 8 of the 14 step ups (106 total reps).

Thruster/Box jump ladder
7min AMRAP
65#/45# (scaled)
20″ box jump/step up (scaled)
2,2-4,4-6,6-8,8-10,10

WOD 2: Finished the Chipper + completed 9 C&Js (total score = 159)

10 min AMRAP
10 pull ups/ jumping pull ups (scaled)
20 burpees
30 double unders/single unders (x3)(scaled)
40 wallball 14/ 10 (scaled)
50 kb swing 35#/26# (scaled)
then max reps clean & jerk in remaining time 95#/65# (scaled)

WOD 3: Cleared the ladder + 8 reps @ 205# (I think...I stopped counting after rep 5.) I did not see the official score for this WOD.

Deadlift ladder
15 bars 135#-275#/65#-205# (scaled)

To say that I'm tired would be an understatement!

Was it worth it?.....yes.

Would I do it again?.....maybe!

But now, I need some sleep and a massage...not necessarily in that order!

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ORCHIDLADY56 8/18/2013 9:00AM

    Awesome! Congratulations on the competition and a great score! You definitely deserve the sleep and the massage!

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MCFITZ2 8/17/2013 11:18PM

    I don't understand a lot of what you have written such is CF and cfpv, ladder jump, deadlift ladder? I am guessing the cf if cross fit.
Many other things I recognize kb swings, thrusters, wall ball sits and squats, burpees.
I also recognize you worked really hard today. You do need a massage, water, protein, and rest.
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Proud Mama Moment

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Remember how I mentioned that I fell into CF because my son needed kickboxing to be his 'thing'. Well, he started to become very frustrated with his grappling progress and was seriously contemplating quitting.

Of course, I couldn't let THAT happen!

He loves his MMA (mixed martial arts) class! But he wasn't picking up the grappling moves as quickly as he thought he should, and he thought he was disappointing me and Sensei. No matter how much I told him that I was proud of him and his progress, that it takes time to learn something new, and that he wasn't a quitter, I just wasn't getting through to him. Each week, I watched him become more discouraged.

Finally, I couldn't take it anymore. Even though I promised myself that I was going to allow him to deal with things in his own way (he's 16 years old), I couldn't stand by and watch him give up on something I knew that he loved.

So, I spoke with Pete about introducing him to CF once school ended. I didn't mention to Pete why I wanted him to start CF...just that I wanted him to work on his conditioning and strength. I knew that his self-confidence would be bolstered by seeing the improvements he would make from one WOD to the next...and that this would help him with his MMA training.

Well, for the last couple of weeks, my boy has been taking CF Foundation classes with Pete. The 1st session ended with my son stretched out across the tire mid-workout feeling like he was going to pass out or puke! Took 30 minutes to revive him enough to finish the workout! I didn't know if he would do a 2nd session.

Fast forward to today...with 4 Foundation sessions under his belt (and 1 to go), he completed his 1st WOD. He was a nervous wreck for the last couple of days anticipating today's WOD, but he did it...and had the nerve to say to me, "so, this is a WOD?" Then he told me it was easy, and that he could do it again after he rested. Lol...BRAT!

I've also notice a difference in his attitude after his MMA classes. He is still struggling with some of the grappling moves...but he doesn't come out feeling disheartened or mentally beating himself up! He now discusses how he couldn't get a technique. But instead of saying how terrible he is, he tries to pinpoint exactly what he couldn't 'get'.

Is this the same kid that wanted to quit because he wasn't good enough!?!

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ORCHIDLADY56 7/22/2013 8:19AM

    Wonderful! You must indeed be proud!
Congrats to your son!

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Working Through the Pain

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Sunday during the strength/skill portion of my training, I was executing 3 x 5 (or 3 sets of 5) heavy deadlifts @ 185#. I didn't set up correctly during my last set, pulled wrong and pulled my hamstring! Ouch!

Needless to say, I finished the WOD even though it included more deadlifts. By that evening, I was paying the price. My hamstring was so tight, and I had very, very limited range of motion. I couldn't squat down to pick anything up if my, or my son's, life depended on it! And by 2am, I definitely needed the walker when going to the bathroom! Lol.

So, for the next 2 days, I listened to my body (for once) and rested. But that was the end of my cautiousness.

Tonight found me @ the Box working on hang snatches and overhead squats (of all things!)...oh yeah, and Pete also threw in an 800m run.

Even though I went light (35#), I still was questioning my sanity halfway through the skill/strength portion. My hammy was on fire...tada, da, da! By the WOD (you guessed it, more snatches/overhead squats), I almost wished I'd stayed at home and rested another day...ALMOST...not quite!

It's true what they say...some of your best workouts occur when you are beat up or had a bad day. Throughout the WOD, the Maestro himself complimented me on my snatch and overhead squat (2 of my CF nemesis)...oh glory day! And my overhead squat even felt solid to me...and I'm my own worst critic!

The icing on the cake was:

By the time I finished the run, my hammy had just started to loosen up! Not only that, I shaved 1:27 off my mile (0:435 off my half mile)!

See what happens when you work through the pain!?!

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ORCHIDLADY56 7/11/2013 7:38PM

    Good to hear all is well and back to normal.

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HAPPYJAY 7/10/2013 11:16PM

  keep it up

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