Saturday, October 12, 2013
Well, I knew it was coming - and I finally got the guts to pick October as the month.
I decided for the month of October to stop Crossfit and go back to the standard "meat & potatoes" free weight strength training with my beloved trainer of 6 years, supplemented with cardio, and, hopefully yoga when the class starts up . I need to do this - I honestly think I am overtraining. For about the past four or five months, in particular, I have just been so sore, so tight - no matter how much stretching, rolling, mobility I do. My legs in particular have become so bothersome - my SI joint tightens up, I am having issues with my hip flexors, plus other little tweaks here and there. I was to the point that I couldn't walk for any distance without everything seizing up. I blamed it on shoes, walking on concrete, arthritis (??), age, etc. But I really needed to face up to the fact that I was doing too much and beating myself up. I needed to stop for a while, get myself back in order, and then decide what to do.
I thought about it a lot, and really analyzed what I was doing. God knows it isn't form. My trainer that I have had for 6 years is real stickler for form. I started out working with him, so I have learned the right way and it has become second nature to concentrate on proper form and NEVER sacrifice weight for form. Plus the box that I go to is also rabid about form - we always start the workout with form work, and the coaches don't hesitate to stop you (even during a workout) if your form isn't spot on. It's not the weight levels - I am strong for my age, and the weight part has always been easy. It wasn't lack of mobility work - each workout began and ended with mobility, plus what I did on my own each and every night. Honestly, I know what it is - it is volume.
I have to face it - I am 57 not 27. I learned a lot about scaling weight from doing the Crossfit open and the way they scaled the workouts for masters 55 and up. What I didn't think about all this time was that maybe I needed to scale the volume. I think I am just doing too much and my body won't take it.
As of today, the 11th, I have not done a Crossfit workout for 2 weeks. I have no stiffness or pain in my SI joint. I actually walked around the aisles of the grocery store with no pain or stiffness in my legs. I can sleep and rise in the morning without walking around like Frankestein's monster. My most recent chiropractic adjustment worked so well, I couldn't believe it. My massage therapist commented yesterday at the fact that my leg and back muscles everywhere were not as tight as they had always been before (even though I really never had problems with my back).
I am going to be firm in my commitment to wait one month. I don't think I want to give up Crossfit - I enjoy it way too much. But at the end of the month I will be talking one on one with the coach that does the class I normally attend. I want to specifically talk about scaling the volume and, seeing what arrangements can be made to cut down to maybe one or two classes a week.
I haven't felt this good in quite some time. I am just sorry I let my pride and denial of my age get in the way, and didn't adjust things sooner.