After the CF regional games, I took a week off from CF to recover. Pulling a 300 lb deadlift PR was pretty awesome, but it also took a toll on my back. Being in a competition setting, I was more concerned with getting the weight up than I was with whether or not I was endangering myself. I was hurting the next day during the Chipper and I was hurting for a few days after. I'm not in severe pain now, but I'm noticing that especially when I bend over, my back is still pretty tight. What's odd (to me) is that it's only on one side, my left. I'm not sure if that's indicative of anything, but it seems that the tightness is only on the left side. Weird, but true.
When I saw the DL wod come up yesterday, I was a little intimidated. I won't lie. I really was just thinking that MAYBE I shouldn't go. But after yet another terrible meeting at school, I decided that it was a necessity. I needed to get into the box and throw some things around. I NEEDED it to be FUN. So, I decided to hit the box. Despite the fact that I was still feeling a smidgen tight, I decided to hit the DL wod, but scale back on the weight. Recommended for the wod was 80-85% of your 1RM. I was a little bit under that but not by much. The wod looked like this.
Every 3 minutes for 7 rounds
DL x 2
80-85% of your 1RM
I have to say that this actually felt pretty easy. I know you're thinking well "Duh, you scaled" but seriously, DL's NEVER feel easy for me. I mean, even though 200 is 100lbs less than my PR, it NEVER feels like it goes up easy. Yesterday I decided to go with 225 and it actually felt like it went up easy. For me, that was a big shock. I was trying extra extra hard to drive my weight through my heels and keep myself from pulling too much on my back, and I felt like I did a pretty good job of that. The 7th round I felt myself start to round a bit as I was getting tired, but overall I think I did a much better job than I normally do with keeping my back flat and my weight back.
I keep thinking back to a wod we did a few months ago where the programmed weight was 185 and I felt like it was soooo heavy that I couldn't budge it off the floor and I was totally pulling on my back every rep. This wod yesterday actually felt pretty good and I'm amazed that it was so different from just a few months ago. I don't know if maybe I was tired or sore that day or what, but this felt soooo much better than that last wod.
Unfortunately I set my alarm last night but failed to turn it on, so I won't be able to hit the box today. But I will be back tomorrow and Saturday. Two strength wods in a week is great but I'm feeling incredibly fat as I'm stress eating again big time, and I need to get my cardio back up. It was rough before sectionals and I havne't done myself any favors.... soooooo back to the box tomorrow and Saturday to get some work in.
Oh, I forgot to mention the best part of the WOD yesterday... our "after party" as Jerry has taken to calling the extra work was a waiter's walk. Pick your distance and KB or DB and walk 400, 600, or 800 m with a KB or DB locked out in active shoulder over your head. I chose a 45 lb KB and hit the 800 M walk. It was actually not as bad as I thought, but I struggled because I didn't want to drop the KB on the road or sidewalk. I got lots of strange looks from cars/buses/people walking by which kind of made me laugh. They seriously thought I was INSANE. It was FUN! :) And the good news is that the only part of my arms that hurt are where the KB was resting again my arm. That's a bit tender today, but other than that, I feel ok, minus the tweaky back.... but that doesn't count. I'm totally bummed that due to my alarm clock fail I miss the filthy fifty today, but like I said... back to the box tomorrow!!!!! :)