Tuesday, January 27, 2009

100th Post! And WOD: The Bear

San Francisco, August 2008

This is my 100th post! Leave a comment by midnight tonight to be entered to win the custom knitted prize. See details here. I will announce the winner by the end of the week.

Today's WOD: The Bear

7 sets of:
Power clean
Front squat
Push press
Back squat
Push press
5 rounds adding weight. Rest between rounds as needed.


I got stuck on 53#. I tried 58# on the fourth round but just couldn't lock out the push press. I need to work on push press. Last time I did The Bear, my weights were 28-33-38-43-48, so I only increased my max weight by 5#, but overall spent more time at higher weights.

I was super grumpy at the workout today. Got very frustrated because I couldn't do the weights I wanted, seemed to get tired really fast, and couldn't keep track of which rep I was on or what came next, my head was jumbled. When I realized I was being peevish, I tried to be nicer, but it was probably too late by then! Mike says I behaved badly and he is not happy with me. Now that I think about it, though, I might be fighting off a stomach bug. I think it's interesting that I got through 2 days of workouts with cold sweats and overwhelming nausea before it occurred to me that there might be something wrong with me. It just seemed par for the course. :)

Okay, I need to write something witty or entertaining because I promised that I would. Since this is my 100th post on a blog about knitting and CrossFit, I think it's time to reflect on both themes and how they connect. So I present two lists: Why knitters should do CrossFit and Why CrossFitters should knit.

Why knitters should do CrossFit
  1. Knitting is a sedentary activity, and people who love knitting tend to spend a lot of time being sedentary. Activity is critical for every aspect of health, and CrossFit will give you lots of energy and make you want to be an active person.
  2. CrossFit is a very efficient approach to fitness, leaving lots of time for knitting.
  3. You get leaner by doing CrossFit, which means that you can knit smaller size sweaters, which saves you money on yarn.
  4. Knitters are adventurous, willing to try something "hard" that many people shy away from. How many people say "I can't knit, it's too hard". People say that about CrossFit too! Show them it's not too hard for you!
  5. Just like knitting, CrossFit is a mental challenge. That thrill you get from learning a new technique, from slogging through and figuring out something difficult? You get that same thrill with CrossFit.
Why CrossFitters should knit
  1. Knitting is meditative and calming, good for us Type A's.
  2. Knitting is a creative outlet, also good for us Type A's.
  3. Knitting is a way to entertain yourself when you can't get off the couch because you're too tired from your workout. More generally, it's just great for keeping busy when you're waiting or otherwise idle. Plane rides and doctors' waiting rooms become infinitely more bearable when you have something to do.
  4. If you knit, you end up with knitted stuff. You can have stuff that no one else has, stuff that you want but could never find in a store.
  5. Knitting gives you a way to share with others, whether making gifts for family and friends or knitting for charity or community outreach.
That's all the wit I have in me today. I'm going to drink some tea and try to not get any sicker. Thanks for reading, and I'll try to make the next 100 worth reading!


claudia said...

I love those lists!

Margaret said...

Hope you feel better. Sometimes you're the windshield sometimes the bug.