While we were walking into the gym today, a woman in my class asked me how I managed to consistently get to the gym early in the morning for every one of our scheduled classes. She says that she always wants to sleep in. I let her in on my secret. Every Monday and Wednesday, sometime in the early evening, I will have the thought, “Ugh, I do not want to go tomorrow morning.”

I have my morning routine down to a science. I get up immediately when the alarm goes off at 5:30, put on my clothes, brush my teeth, pat my hair down into some semblence of order, eat a date, and leave by 5:45 for 6:00 class. If I think about it I’ll make excuses not to go. If I look at the workout on the computer before I leave, I won’t go. Just get up and go without thinking. Leave before even fully waking up and you won’t realize what you are doing.

She said that she has started sleeping in her workout gear so she only has to put her shoes on in the morning and go. I think morning workout people can do it only because it eliminates all thought.

The strengths today were snatches at 55% of our 1 rep max.  We did 3 every minute on the minute for 7 minutes.

Then we did Good Mornings.  You have a bar behind your head and bend forward at the waist to level.  It works your hamstrings.  I like these because they are easy for me.  All that yoga and sun salutations have paid off.

The workout was:

  • 50 wall balls with 14#
  • 40 box jumps
  • 30 back extensions with a 25# plate
  • 20 burpees
  • 10 ring dips

I did it in 10:22.  For the back extensions I saw the one trainer demonstrate putting the weight on your back.  You flip it up over your head.  My thought – “I will knock my own self out if I try that.”  So, I held it to my chest.  I’ve done that before.  I went down and the weight hit the machine and bounced back and hit me in the chin.  Crap, I hate it when they are right!  Every time I hear people going on and on about how CrossFit causes injuries I think about how the only injuries I’ve ever seen in my gym have been a direct result of being clumsy.  I rolled my ankle walking between exercises once.  Another person in my class broke her foot tripping on the sidewalk about 25 feet into a run.  Probably the only time we’re safe from ourselves is when we are doing exercises exactly as directed by trainers!

Whole Life Challenge is still going well.  I’m down about 6.5 lbs.  I still have a perfect score in the game.  That is going to end this weekend.  I’m going out of town to judge a ride and I eat what they give me.  As one person said,  “If you are going to fall off the wagon, you might as well end up in a ditch!”  There will be tables of desserts.  I will try to control myself.


In a total renunciation of everything written above – I slept in today!  This weekend kicked my butt.  I needed extra sleep to try to recover.  But, I’m off to the other gym now to swim.