Friday, November 4, 2011
Da da da...and here comes my adventures in Crossfit Training. I have only been at it for a little over a month but dang I am already feeling stronger. I can already more easily bound up hills. The classes are downright humiliating some days, humbling others and kick ass every day. I pretty much suck at the workouts and have to scale them down to weights I can actually lift while the little 100lb girl next to me whips the prescribed weight around like it is a paper sack. Nahhhh, that isn't embarrassing at all. I have to keep in mind that I am competeing with myself and that I haven't lifted in over 20yrs. At the end of the workouts I always feel like my heart is going to pop. The Heart Popping is what made me think the new plan could work.
What if...I cut down mileage and include Heart Popping crosstraining? The experiment is to decrease mileage to 30-50 miles a week and add in crossfit. I plan to sign up for a 50 miler in March. That will be my measuring stick. If I can run around a 9hr, 50 miler then the crossfit is working, if it is a struggle then I will go back to more running and less crosstraining (I won't cut it out all together but it will have to decrease a ton to make time for running). I am not sure you can really train for 100 miles running only 50 miles a week, that sounds nuts but the CF people swear by it. I guess there is only one way to find out and it seems like a fun experiment. If nothing else maybe they can make my arms strong enough that I can run on my hands when my legs get tired, lol.
I have met some awesome people at Crossfit. One of them is a triathalete. I feel like she really gets where I am at and the whole ultra running thing. Laura is helping me figure out how to use CF to supplement/replace some of my running. I love having someone to bounce this plan off of. I will keep you posted on how us old ladies do with this whole Crossfit thing.