I really like it when people know what they are talking about. There are people who can bluff with the best of them, but when I know material that someone else is talking about and what they say matches what I already know, and it's something that not everyone knows, I'm impressed. (Did you follow that?)
This morning Blair (operations manager at ITF) talked to us about why they support the Paleo "lifestyle". He didn't get fuzzy on why, he spelled it out in technical terms and was spot on with what he was saying. This "fireside chat" was after the WOD...which was after the instruction for the day.
So...let me back up. I got to the gym a little early so I could see what goes on in a regular class. I got to see a friend, who is a little bitty thing, clean and jerk what looked like more than her own body weight! (I don't know if it was, but I'm fairly confident it was...) I got to see big burly guys using straps to do a pull up (which is comforting because I know that's the only way I'll be able to do them--at least for a while...). I got to see a girl trying really hard to clean and jerk and just not making it, but she kept trying.
As I was wrapping my mind around the possibility of actually EVER being able to attempt any of that, Blair told me it was shoulder day. I have to admit, I almost suddenly remembered a meeting I had to get to...it crossed my mind to say I could hear my mother calling, but he must have seen the panic in my face because he told me it was going to be fine. I explained that I had surgery in January and my shoulder isn't 100% just yet. He reminded me that any movement could be scaled down. And then it was time for 101 to start so I couldn't duck out.
There were only three of us there (you can go at 6:15am or 7pm Monday/Tuesday/Thursday--either time you want...apparently 7pm is a much more popular time to work out.) We started with a little 200m warm up jog and did some dynamic exercises to get our bodies ready. Then we learned how to do a proper "strict press" (shoulder press) and a proper push up. I can really tell I haven't been doing my shoulder PT because I couldn't even do ONE regular push up.
Today's WOD was three rounds of run/presses/push ups. I was feeling pretty good the first round even though I had to break it down into chunks (I couldn't do 21 shoulder presses at one time, I had to take "mini-breaks".) It was timed again. I was feeling fairly decent for the first set. The second set was a little more taxing and I ended up having to use a thing for the pushups that kept me from going all the way to the floor (because I couldn't get back up!). The third set did me in. I came in last this time. There's a slight chance I lost count. If so I did extra because I wasn't sure, but I don't think I did...I'm just THAT weak in my shoulders (well the left one anyway).
I'm reminded again why I'm doing this crazy thing. Is it really important to me to be able to lift heavy things? Not really...although it is pretty cool to be strong. But getting stronger will surely help me swim, bike and run faster. At the very least it will help prevent injury. As a side note, I'm really thrilled they promote Paleo too.
...after I left the gym I got a beet juice from The Juice Bar before meeting Daisy for a run. We didn't get to run more than the warm up together because I had a mile repeat workout and she was running steady. But it was nice to know she was there and we got to cool down together afterward.
Tomorrow is a recovery ride that I will probably replace with a nap. I'll update you on the "diet" tomorrow as well.
Until next time...
**Not sure what a "clean and jerk" is...watch this...