Third times a charm or so they say. Over the past few months I have been in the process of starting over with CrossFit again. First time was due to injury. Second time I let life get in the way. This last time was due to Cancer. Whatever the reasons, we have all been through it or will go through it. Here are a few of my tips to make it a little bit easier.
First week is a mother. No sugar-coating it here. Just getting through the warm up is like hitting the half way point in the NYC Marathon. You look up feeling light-headed and you’re only ten minutes into class. It will get better with each day. Soon you just trying to make it to the start of the WOD. Baby steps.
Lose the ego. You won’t even be as close to as strong as you were when you stopped. Quit trying to share a bar with your buddies for a few weeks. Focus on getting your form back with each skill and lift. Accept that there will be no PR’s posted for a while.
Don’t even think about leaderboard watching. The first few weeks are all about survival and getting back in the groove. If your buddies start talking smack, just laugh it off and let them know you will be back in due time. Go lighter and focus on high intensity when you can.
Just because you do a few workouts doesn’t mean you’re Lance Armstrong. Trying to up the caloric intake to 10,000 calories a day is a bad idea because you did a 12 minute AMRAP. You are not riding the Tour de France. Do try to focus better on what you take in. It will help your body recover better.
Twenty one days makes a habit. Commit to going to class. Don’t miss or make excuses. Fuel your body well. You will be sore, walking funny and full of doubt. That will all go away in three weeks.
The good news is your back, but it comes with some bad news. The road isn’t easy. Your ego and body taking a hit is a minor set back for a few weeks. Nothing in life comes easy. One foot in front of the other is the easiest method to take. Good luck.
3, 2, 1 go.