“The Iron never lies to you. You can walk outside and listen to all kinds of talk, get told that you’re a god or a total bastard. The Iron will always kick you the real deal. The Iron is the great reference point, the all-knowing perspective giver. Always there like a beacon in the pitch black. I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds.”—Henry Rollins
WITH TILAPIA. Is it weird to be in love with a fish? Probably, but who likes to be normal anyways? The fact that I am just now getting turned on to this is astounding. I’ve had salmon before, liked it okay, and tuna has always been a favorite of mine….but holy cow. Tilapia is phenomenal. Got a bunch of frozen ones at WalMart, cooked it in a little almond oil and sprinkled some seasoned salt and pepper on it and what did I get? Foodgasm. IN MY MOUTH. This was my expression after I took my first bite. Glazed eyes and all.
I am now officially able to lift heavy things three days a week at this little gym in Lexington! I have never been so pumped before to go to a non-crossfit facility before. I think I’ve been so deprived of what I love that I will do anything to get just a little bit of that back right now! Ha!
They’ve got good Oly lifting racks, a pullup bar, a glute ham machine, a prowler, and even boxes for box jumps. I am going to use and respectfully abuse all of the listed items above the rest of the summer.
Okay don’t judge me (or do, whatever), but when I cleaned the bar off the ground just to place it on the rack, I got chills. Literally got chills. Non crossfitters, you’ll probably think I’m absolutely bonkers, but seriously. I was so happy just to be lifting a barbell again that my body made sure to let me know it was happy too.
To top things off, now that I can follow my box’s programming in Athens online, I went ahead and pressed for 5-5-5…and I ended up hitting my 5 rep max for my press on my first day back! WHAT!? Now, I highly doubt that will happen with any other lifts, but hey, I’ll take it right now.
I then sauntered over to try the pullup bar…and casually strung together ten butterfly pullups. Guys, I can still do awesome butterflies and I haven’t done a pullup in over a month. I wanted to hug the pullup bar. I didn’t because that would be weird, but I seriously considered it.
With work being so great today and now this, I think I’m finally as complete as I’ll get up here (legitimately crossfitting would fully complete me, obviously).
Mondays have been one of my favorite days this summer
Mostly because I absolutely LOVE what I do at Three Chimneys on Mondays (and Wednesdays), but today is going to be even better because I might be able to start lifting this week! Since I can’t budget CrossFit into my finances this summer, I have been completely abusing bodyweight WODs like it’s my job, but I haven’t been able to lift heavy in over a month :( I know, it’s completely depressing. DEPRESSING I TELL YOU. But I found a little place that specializes in Olympic lifting and has equipment, so I’m going to talk to the trainer tonight to see if I can just come in for the rest of the summer a couple days a week and lift on my own, following my box’s programming online. I so hope this works out because I need some iron back in my life. I’ve missed my abusive relationship with my barbell.
On another note, I’m a little nervous IF I’m able to start lifting soon. Since I haven’t done it in so long it seems, I’m terrified that I won’t be able to get back to how strong I was. I know it’s stupid to think that way because I WILL get back to my previous strength maxes, but I just have been away for so long that I’m afraid I won’t be able to lift nearly as much as I used to.
The good thing is that CrossFit is all about overcoming mental and physical boundaries. Guess it’s time for me to employ that technique 100% percent again!