Friday, February 15, 2013
Tomorrow I will be competing in a couple’s Crossfit competition, Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em at Crossfit Route One. This will be my third competition since November 2012. I have not yet competed in a partner competition before, or competed with my boyfriend at all, and I’m a little nervous.
When it’s every woman for herself I feel comfortable because I know that I am the only person affected by my performance, and I prefer that, which is probably why I hated anything team related growing up (when I swam I liked the individual races, but wanted to puke when it came time for the relays.)
So I am doing everything I can to make sure my body is prepared for the Love ‘Em or Leave ‘em competition at Crossfit Route 1 tomorrow. I guess you could say I began my prep by working out, haha, if that wasn’t already obvious. At Crossfit Southie, where I train, I work with an elite group of athletes in the competitor’s class, AKA Burnt Toast. We train Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri and Saturday. We work our strength and/ or technique, gymnastics as well as the metcon (WOD) every time we meet. I’ve been doing this since December, after the Crossfit Southie Garage Games.
This week since I knew I had Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em coming up, I trained at Crossfit Southie Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday is usually an active rest day where I just do yoga anyway, and this was no exception. I am also taking today (Friday) off as well so that my muscles have recovered and have the energy to kick ass tomorrow.
Working out depletes energy store (muscle glycogen) as well as increased fluid loss. This period of rest will allow my muscles to recover by replenishing energy stores as well as repair the damaged tissues that have been broken down from all of the training.
Despite not working out, I will be eating my six meals a day, as per usual. My metabolism is still increased since I did do a strength training and HIIT workout on Wednesday (this can increase the metabolism for 72 hours) so I am not worried about storing fat. I am interested in keeping my protein high as it is continuing to help my muscles heal. I am, however, not having any protein shakes as those are too easily digested and not necessary since I will not be working out. I am also keeping my water at a gallon a day as that is necessary to keep my body hydrated and my kidneys flushed since I am technically on a high protein diet.
(Chicken and Mint Salad)
Also, while prepping for the Route 1 Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em competition, I have been attending regular yoga classes, but I wouldn’t say my practice is “normal.” The studio at which I practice, Prana Power Yoga, is just that – power yoga. It’s a heated practice so the heat and humidity really work to open up my muscles. But I take the “power” aspect out of the equation and do my own thang. I’m not hanging out in warrior II’s, chair poses or even doing all of the chatterungas. I’m using the quiet time to meditate and work on opening up my body so that my hips and shoulders are happy.
I will also be spending some quality time with my foam roller as well as my softball working on some trigger point therapy, getting rid of any knots or tightness. I’d love to get a massage, but it’s not in the cards for me right now.
Most importantly, I’m getting lots of rest. Bedtime in my house is typically 10:30pm. I wake up naturally around 7:45am. So yeah, that’s about 9 hours of sleep a night. Pretty, awesome, huh? It works for my body. Plus I know the night before, even though I will go to bed at 10, I am not sure if I will actually sleep because of nerves!
Lastly, I’m spending time meditating and saying my positive mantras over and over in my head. I am visualizing myself succeeding at my heavy lifts and doing exercises with ease and fluidity.
How do you prepare for upcoming competitions?
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The Get In Shape Girl