Late in August my doctor said I could start to workout again, but to keep my heart rate below 90% of my max. Which basically meant I could swim around 1:20-1:25/100m, bike around 20-24km/h, run around 6:30/km and train Crossfit, but scaled weights and a slower pace.
In May, I wrote about hitting rock bottom. Unfortunately, hitting rock bottom was not enough for me to motivate myself to start training again. Illness, work and lack of motivation from my part, kept me on the sofa and in a car.
As most of you know my training over the last 20 months has been sporadic. Swimming being the only anchor keeping my training a float.
Jan and Feb I managed to find a better routine and found myself on a road back to hard training with 9-10 hours/week. But then work and illness got in the way so I only managed 1-5 hours training March and April. In May things slowly turned for the better and I was able to get over 6 hours/week for 6 weeks.
This past week I manged to push myself back into training and had
550 min biking
60 min running
210 min swimming
As most of my friends are aware, I have been on a downward spiral when it comes to my training and my body weight. This past weekend at the Swedish Nationals for Masters Swimming short course, I think I can say that I finally hit rock bottom… My times during the three day competition were around the same level I had back in 2006 when I just started back up in Masters.
So today is the start of my sixth week with coughing and limited training. Even if I am only training for myself, it’s really hard to deal with such a big set back. I have no diet, or calorie plan, so when I can not workout I go up in weight. I’ve gone up at least 5kg since March 10th and I am as big as I have ever been. Luckily for me, it’s all in the belly. The fast has not had time to travel up to my neck and face. Since the 13th of March I have only managed to get one workout in a week.
What a week. A last minute site visit in Estonia, falling flat on my back outside the hotel on Tuesday and then 4 days of Double unders.
Where to start… Last Friday it was decided that I would travel to Estonia on Monday with an open return ticket. I booked it for Thursday in hopes to be finished my work and home in time to test 16.2 on Friday.
So it’s that time of year again. When over 40,000 from around the world take on 5 WoDs over 5 weeks to see what they can do.
After last years Open, I set my goals rather high. I wanted to be in the top 25%, but my progression in crossfit training has gone slower than I had thought, but in a good way. I am improving my technique and getting stronger with each WoD. So I’m hoping to just improve my ranking this year.
So I’m “resting” my back. It’s not easy but I’m trying.
I skipped 1650m of this mornings masters swimming because my right arm got numb during warm up. But jumped back in for the last series and am happy with the 3100m.
Feb 17th I met with a Physical therapist and in order to isolate what’s wrong with my now two back problems, I need to take it easy with my training through the 2nd of March….
I have gone down from 12-15 hours to under 10 hours in 2015, and will do my best to lower the intensity of my training, but from a purely mental and body weight perspective I cannot really lower the amount, but just the intensity. I rested 100% for three weeks in december and went up nearly 8 kg.
5 meters does not sound like a lot, but for me it was my first milestone of 2016.
In crossfit it is not really possible to list everything you can or can not do, since things are being added or modified all the time. But based on the basic movements/standards I narrowed down a list of things I want to be able to do by the end of 2016.