Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Collingwood and Crossfit

I have returned, from my brief but lovely, journey up to Collingwood and my impromptu MetCon Blu training session. And I have to admit, it was a pretty awesome way to kick off my week.

The amazing and always delightful Allie picked me up shortly after 3. And after a MUST-HAVE Starbucks stop - we hit the old dusty trail. Our little journey took slightly longer than expected, because of this city's horrible rush-hour traffic and a few slightly meandering turns on our part. 

On our Way!!
So needless to say, we ended up scrapping our grand plan to run the hill and opted for a night of fun with Allie's super fabulous sister and brother-in-law - Sarah and Bill. Not only are they both member's of our badass MetCon Blu team "Insane Pain", but they also happen to be two very knowledgeable fitness enthusiasts. So it was great to spend the evening chit-chatting over a patio dinner - discussing all things race, run, crossfit, and paleo related.

We did hit the hay early though, because we were all up bright and early and heading to our 6:00 AM Crossfit class over at Indestri this morning. Now I was aware that this class was pretty likely to kick my ass, and was slightly panicked about it. Not only am I just barely 10 weeks post-op, but I am also right in the mists of battling a nagging cold. So I wasn't exactly bringing my A-game to this morning's Crossfit adventure. But I am definitely glad I went.

Getting SERIOUS about our WOD
Our coach ended up being Scott Thornton, which was pretty intimidating way to start the class. Not only has he made a serious name for himself over his 20 year NHL career, but he also happens to a hard-core CrossFit-er, and part-owner of Indestri. So it was somewhat nerve racking as we warmed up with our kettle bells and lined up to hear the WOD (workout of the day).

Today's WOD was...
1000 metre row (sprint)
50 thrusters
30 pull-ups

That was a lot of upper body action for this gal. But everyone was very supportive and understanding about my *ahem* limitations, so it just ended up being a great workout. I definitely worked some areas that have not seen much action in a while, and it was nice to feel like I was back into training mode (at least sort of).

Post WOD - Bill, Me, Allie, and Scott
Modification were definitely made. My weight was limited, I only managed to do 10 pull-ups with the help of the beginner green band, and I opted to run rather than row during the second timed run through. But all the supportive talks with my new Collingwood crew reminded me that I have to stop being so hard on myself and accept the healing process a little bit more.

I am slowly but surely returning to my training regime. But the strength and endurance I lost during recovery is not going to magically come back over night. I had to work to get it, so I am going have to work to get it all back. And that is just going to take time and commitment.

So that is what to today's workout was all about - accepting where I am today and taking my training one day at a time.

Thanks for the AWESOME (and much needed) reminder guys! And Fantastic Workout!

Love Your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten