At what point can someone call themselves an athlete? After they win something other than a finisher’s medal or a personal best award? After a coach calls them such, as if knighting them with a PVC pipe? Or is someone an athlete simply by giving their all when participating in a sport. Is a participant, Read More
Lately I’ve been having wrist and forearm pain, particularly in my right (dominant) side. I’m attributing it to an increasing in scrolling and clicking my computer mouse. A coach advised I work into the area with a lacrosse ball. Why I didn’t think of that, I don’t know! It’s only been a few days but I’ve noticed a dramatic reduction in pain; as in I have none. If you’re having wrist or forearm issues, give this a shot! Make sure you roll the anterior and posterior.
“The worst thing you can do is to actually stay in one position for a long time.” ~ Kelly Starrett
My body does not like sitting for long periods. My body post-marathon really does not like sitting for long periods. After my first marathon (2010) I made the huge mistake of traveling to and from the race without taking proper precautions. I didn’t know better.
In a few weeks I will be doing my second destination marathon and I’m not about to repeat my mistakes. I’m packing my compression socks and my lacrosse ball in my carry-on. I bought them years ago to try and run and WOD in. I didn’t like it, packed them away and forgot about them until recently.
I’m about to experiment with using them as a recovery tool. The thinking is that they will help increase my blood flow, which will aid in post-marathon recovery and help fight against the low-pressure and inactivity double-whammy of the plane. I’m also thinking they will, if nothing else, help keep my toes warm and prevent a Raynaud’s-related episode.
The lacrosse ball is there to help my upper hamstring. I know that sitting for long stretches causes stiffness and sometimes pain in my upper left hamstring. I’ve found relief through sitting on the lacrosse ball and contracting-relaxing. I’m hoping these combined approaches will help me recovery better than I did in 2010. That hamstring issue first presented itself after my flight following that race.
Two-days of lecture and drills left me, somehow, both exhausted and invigorated. I cannot wait to start applying what I learned about form, drills, programming and fueling. Well, I can wait a little; rest days are important.
I could summarize these lessons and write up a Top 5 Takeaways post. But you can learn more about the course by visiting the CrossFit Endurance site. What you can’t get on that site is something my instructor said that led to a major Aha Moment for me. I’m sharing it here in case it helps you.
“Endurance athletes who go to CrossFit have to learn intensity. CrossFit athletes who come to endurance have to learn pacing,” Fernando David, with SF CrossFit, said.
When you think about that, it’s sort of a “duh”. I figuratively slapped my forehead wondering why I hadn’t realized that before. But sometimes, the obvious is missed.
I didn’t come to CrossFit as an advanced endurance athlete, I came to CrossFit as, shall we say, a professional dieter. Part of that was long hours in the gym. I can pace well; I can go light for long periods of time; put another way I am good at suffering a little for a long stretch of time rather than suffering a lot for a short period of time. I’ve trained my body and mind for this time of performance.
This is why I allow my mind to get in my body’s way when doing a high-intensity, short duration workout (aka CrossFit). This is why I either don’t load my bar heavy enough or drop weight during a WOD. Without realizing it, I’ve been approaching the typical CrossFit WODs like an endurance endeavor.
I have to train my body and mind to go hard and fast. I have to tell myself that this discomfort will last for minutes not hours. Lightbulb.