I’ve had a cold all week. I don’t tell you this to get sympathy. Colds happen and no amount of bitching on social media will make them go away any faster. But I haven’t been going to CrossFit. Now that I feel like
a heifer I am finally well enough to go back, I looked up what awaits me in tomorrow’s WOD (Workout of the Day):
21-15-9 reps of:
225 pound Deadlift
That’s the men’s weight, in case you were wondering. Women’s weight would be about 150-ish. Which I can do, but handstand pushups are another story. I can do the handstand against the wall, but getting my head all the way to the floor while upside down? umfuckno. My arm/back strength isn’t there yet. Luckily the beauty of CrossFit is scaling: adapting the movement to something similar that will help you progress up to full strength (called Rx). The alternatives?
My only reason for posting this is that I tell people that I do CrossFit, and they 1. recoil in horror and say WHY?!?! and 2. Ask me if I can do a handstand pushup. What they don’t understand is that there are a lot of things in CrossFit that the majority of the population cannot do. You have to spend a lot of time building up to the crazy that you see in the CrossFit Games on ESPN. I’m talking years. Go with me on this: I compare CrossFit to Bikram Yoga. You’ll never be perfect at all 26 poses of Bikram unless you spend years repeatedly performing the same movements, the same way, and build the strength to get your body past many, many hurdles. But the satisfaction comes in reaching tiny portions of those goals, step by step, moving you that much closer toward the place YOU want to end up. Not where anyone says you have to go. It’s personal. Not everyone who does CrossFit thinks this way, but it’s how I see it.
Exactly what it sounds like. Foodonmydog.com
I don’t feel like this every day. But sometimes. A few years from now.
How I felt about my lists this week. Trying to figure things out.
Anything using the phrase “bag of smashed assholes” gets my respect. Looking in the mirror.
I want this cat. When my bed eats my phone.
I’m not exactly a big deal on the internet, but mark my words. Best new tumblr out there right now. Yay for RANDOM PENGUINS!
Some new Camp Mighty bloggy friends. I’m diggin’ on reading their post-camp recaps. I’m sure there are plenty more that I’m remiss in linking – I will find you all and I mean that in an un-stalker-ish way.
- Budget Fairy Tale – Things Mindy is good at: wedding planning on a budget and being an all-around sweetheart.
- Inward Facing Girl – Melanie rocks as much as much as her hair’s green streak!
- Leslie Fandrich – ridiculously talented writer, photographer and artist. Want to be her when I grow up.
- The Amber Show – so much heart in this lady. If I’m in Brooklyn ever, we’re totally having drinks.
- SugarLeg – I should put on my Life List to run a race with her. That would rule.
- GlutenFree Travelette – Adina is all over the map, except in how awesome she is.
- Daffodil Campbell – her hugs make me wish Maui were closer.
- Donuts Dresses and Dirt – Sheri. Gorgeous words, gorgeous pictures, gorgeous person.
- Brittany Herself – where she posts about the crotch-numbing Vespa experience.
I saved the best for last.
Yeah Write. Oh, Yeah Write, how I love thee. I first joined up with this weekly writing submission group over the summer and haven’t looked back since. Every week, I read so many posts that inspire me, make me feel big feelings, and push me to be a better writer. It has a competitive aspect to it, but it is not at all cutthroat or dependent upon who wins or not. I am grateful that Erica found me and encouraged me to link up. If you haven’t heard of it, you need to check it out. The people of Yeah Write are amazing men and women, crazy-talented, supportive and hilarious. They’ve become kind of like my little internet family and I’ve met some amazing people through them.
There’s my roundup of Thursday’s Things. Which means, it’s almost the weekend. Tanks God.