WOD @allandnieva.me

“An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises.” – Mae West

This past Sunday, I beat my personal record climbing up Camelback mountain on the Cholla Trail side.  My ascent took just over 25 minutes. This is what it looked like:

I have to admit, I literally passed out when I reached the summit. It was pretty brutal on my body. I was sucking air and had slipped a few times. so I was happy to find out my time once I got the data uploaded at home. This was exciting for me because my first ascent three years ago took over an hour-and-a-half!

However, I definitely needed to rest my body.  Aside from a short bodyweight workout on Monday, I pretty much rested all day. However, I decided to go for a short 3-mile run on Tuesday (yesterday) to get the blood flowing again and it was almost painful… I rolled my ankles on the descent (which is a common occurrence for me), so my ankles and knees and back were all feeling it. I averaged a ‘meandering’ 10-minute pace but it felt good to just get my body moving again. The last thing I wanted to do was get my body stiff with a race coming up this weekend.

I get asked if I workout when I’m still sore. The answer is yes, but at a much less intense pace. Our bodies were designed to be physical. When we push our bodies, we don’t break down like machines. Rather, we get stronger if we learn how to let our body recover and heal. However, many times we think that ‘recover’ and ‘heal ‘ mean doing nothing. While that is most certainly the case in some instances, you have to learn that once we’ve torn down our body, it wants to heal and get stronger. So when it’s ready, you start moving again – slowly, at first, then gradually increasing intensity. So my run yesterday wasn’t about getting a good time. It was about making my body move, getting blood flow going, and getting an opportunity to stretch out my muscles after they’ve been warmed up.

Today, is a different story. I know my weak areas and need to test/train them in preparation for the XTERRA Trail race this weekend.

Let’s go!

WOD 10-1-14

Warm up: Jump rope (5-10 minutes)

Main set: (4-7 sets)

  • Box Jumps
  • Chinups

Aim for 4-7 sets. Decide ahead of time how many chinups you want to do, then double (or triple) that number for your box jumps.

For example, I know I can consistently do 9 good chinups, so I did 18 box jumps.

After the third set, I still felt good, so I kept my  chinups, but did 25 box jumps for the next three sets. Then… I was DONE!

That’s it!

I’ll going for a mild run on Friday, then running the XTERRA race on Sunday. Wish me good luck! 🙂

See you next week!

allan

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