Anyways. Any of you people who actually follow CrossFit in the slightest know that I am dreaming big in rooting for Josh Bridges pretty much every year. I’m pretty sure Rich Froning was manufactured in a CrossFit lab somewhere to win the Games every year without even appearing to try. But I have to root for my Shipmate.
So tomorrow I’m free on running, so I think I’m going to take the day for Spartan training instead of resting. Since I run enough and CrossFit plenty, I figure the biggest thing I’m lacking in my training for the upcoming HH12HR is carrying awkward heavy stuff around. In the first 12HR in Vegas, athletes were told to take a tire and run the course, keeping in mind that there was a cutoff to be back to the finish line. This is probably going to be my biggest weakness at the race. (Technically, the Spartan Hurricane Heat isn’t a “race” per se, but for the purposes of this blog I’m going to continue to call it that.)
I have a particularly gnarly memory from last year where I competed in a CrossFit-style competition the YMCA put on in conjunction with Team RWB (the super awesome non-profit I am a part of, if you haven’t been paying attention). One of the events was a sandbag run of about 400m and I can still remember that I was basically ready to give up on life about halfway through. I finished last in my group (only a group of four, but still) and was completely discouraged. Something about carrying that awkward weight while running just kills me every time. AMRAP with a 200m run carrying a wall-ball? Terrible memories of that one too.
So the plan for tomorrow is to take the sandbag to the trails and just get comfortable with it. I’ll probably take it to the hills at a local park and do some hiking. Then I’ll head to CrossFit, where tomorrow’s WOD is as follows:Strength/Skill: Single Arm Kettlebell press 3 x 6 each arm WOD: 10′ AMRAP 10 x Deadlifts 10 x Push Ups 30 x Double Unders Should be a fun one. Back to the subject of balance from yesterday, I’m gonna play it by ear with this extra Spartan training in conjunction with marathon training + CrossFit. I don’t want to get too cocky and think that I don’t need to do much else, but I don’t want to end up dealing with overtraining issues. So I’m just going to work it in when I can, and more importantly when I feel good. We’ll see what happens.