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October Reset- I need to do something different

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.
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    We ALL have to find balance... in anything we do! That's hard, but oh so worth it!
    1647 days ago
    You have always inspired me with your commitment to exercise. No matter what you are doing...I know you will give it your all. Good luck!!
    1648 days ago
  • AMY-MIMI77
    Hope that you find balance and allow yourself to heal

    Good Luck

    1649 days ago
  • STRINGI719
    I hope you find the right balance - once or twice per week sounds great for something that is that strenuous. It's hard to learn to listen to our bodies as we get older!!!

    1649 days ago
  • AMY-MIMI77
    Sounds like you do need to take a break - good luck


    (I could stand to get more ST in my routine)
    1649 days ago
    Sounds to as if you did overtrain. Get a reading on what you are doing and go from there. emoticon
    1651 days ago
  • SKATER787
    I agree. Sounds like over-trained to me. Good luck.
    1651 days ago
  • MERLE641
    I hope you find the right balance with your workfouts.Glad to hear that you are feeling better by just taking some time off. I made the mistake of doing too much, too fast when I started running a few years back. I always hated running and didn't think I could do it for any great distance. I would do 5ks and didn't really enjoy them at all. One of my good friends convinced me to sign up for a half and I realized that longer distances are much more enjoyable. The hardest part is the first few miles. I was hooked and didn't realize that it takes much longer for your joints, tendons and ligaments to adjust to the distance than your lungs and heart. After my 3rd half in years, I developed various aches and pains and a year later I could barely do a mile. I've been doing PT for the last couple of years and hope to start running again soon, but I am really concerned about injury.
    1651 days ago
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