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Day 7: The Question and The Run

THE QUESTION: My friend Lee asked a question. If I am taking a break from CrossFit then why do the stats on these posts list a ‘competition weight’? Great question. Feel free to ask more. A lot goes on in this head.

That number is what I typically weigh during competitions. Every time I am about to compete I eat cleanly for a week or two and immediately drop 5 pounds. I think there is a weight a person’s body naturally wants to be for optimal performance in sports but also in life. And I have always thought I feel best, train best, and perform best right around my competition weight.

So the answer is: My plan for November is to see if my perceived optimal weight actually makes a difference not only during training but in normal life. But first I have to get there which automatically makes it a goal for October.

By the way, I don’t think the normal five pounds I drop and gain so quickly is real weight. I read that you can carry more than 10 lbs of waste in your guts. Gross! But the five I gained on top of that makes it harder to get my jeans on so I’m pretty sure that’s real. It has been a week and as usual I’m down five. Now I’m targeting the five real.

THE RUN: Message to the four women who stood side by side blocking the sidewalk and watching me approach but not bothering to allow me to pass: This time I went around. Next time Red Rover is sending me right over.

THE DJ: Can’t let today go by without mentioning how nice it was having Todd playing DJ while I made dinner last night. It reminded me of one of our very first dates just sitting together and listening to music all night. He didn’t even mock me while I was dancing around the kitchen singing every word of every song. (I’m sure the music helped drown me out). Fun night!

Do I lose credibility as a human being if I heard a song before Todd came home and I liked it but found out it was Justin Bieber? I’m going to say “No”. I have a theory he is not the devil. So far it is just a theory. I guess we’ll see.

STATS:
Starting weight: 148
Weight: 143.5
Competition weight: 138

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Day 6: The Tub and The Lunges

THE TUB: Normally Tuesdays I wake up early and go to the gym to work on Olympic lifts. I thought about that a lot while I was lounging in the bathtub yesterday morning. What a nice reminder that I am never obligated to workout. Don’t get me wrong. I love to train. I like to see what I’m capable of when I push myself to the absolute limits. But I have to say, soaking in Epsom salts is also nice.

THE LUNGES: Later while I was on the elliptical (my crossfitless workout of the day) I watched in the reflection of the window in front of me while other people lifted weights. I started to understand the impulse to walk up to strangers and correct their posture. It’s hard to watch someone doing lunges with their torso collapsing to one knee while the other knee crashes to the ground. Ew. Look away. I get the same feelings watching a surgery. Are my front squats that bad? Hmm. Maybe I should video.

STATS:
Starting weight: 148
Weight: 144
Competition weight: 138

 

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