I have been doing CrossFit for 4.5 years with varying degrees of dedication. I would consider myself one of the “weaker” females in my gym. My 1-rep max deadlift hovers around 155# (that is this year) and has seen little improvement. The weak deadlifts have always been blamed on my running habits – quad dominant and weaker hamstrings; oh and my inability to activate my glutes. Well in April this chick hit a 200# sumo deadlift. SAY WHAT?! My body felt great that day, there was no “knot” above my right glute and that damn bar went up when I lifted it.
CRAP! The Islandman Triathlon is officially less than 3 weeks away. I am starting to freak out a little about the race. Since signing up (February?) I haven’t had a game plan – real surprise there, right? Even though this is nothing new (I have never truly stuck to any sort of training program), I thought this time would be different. I do want to do really well, not trying to win awards here, but I do want to crush it to my own ability. Either way, I know I will be able to cross that finish line. The only possible disappointment I’ll have is when I don’t beat the three others that I’m doing it with. But to my defense, they do have more experience with triathlons, access to a pool for training whenever they want, and are taller than me = longer running strides.
Last week was a short work week due to Memorial Day, so I thought I would have more time to do things I wanted to do. It was 4 weeks to go until the triathlon. Again, no real training plan so I didn’t think much of what I was doing every day. Well I was totally wrong, I definitely over did it. My body is SCREAMING at me this past weekend and still is today. My quads and hip flexors are extremely tight.