18.5.10

Plateau

In Crossfit, we strive to get better. Lift heavier weights. Do more reps. Run faster. I realized this weekend that on many levels, I have plateaued. In January, I was able to deadlift 195 lbs. Once. Not since. In February, I ran a 5K in 29 minutes. I've come within 30 seconds since then, but haven't beat it yet. I've been about 5 pounds away from my goal weight for ... how long? There's a reason I don't have a scale in the house.


I have made improvements. I know this. I'm able to use a red band instead of a blue band for pull-ups. I cleaned 80 pounds. I haven't had a meltdown in a while. But I feel like I'm stuck. I want to get faster...and stronger...and lighter. Am I really putting the effort into it?


My nutrition has been questionable lately. I still struggle with sugar. I just can't make the commitment to cut it out of my life.


I'm sure there are other factors too. Maybe I'm not pushing myself hard enough. Maybe I'm not running as fast as I can because I don't know how fast I can run. I don't know. But getting better matters to me. Maybe I need to set some new goals and actually work towards them.


Crossfit Endurance starts this week. Someone either read my mind or my blog and saw that I needed help if I'm going to run a half-marathon in September. On Sunday, I ran a 5K - Bark in the Park - a fundraiser for Greenhill Humane Society. My team raised $450. We ran the race in 29:30. Definitely not a record, but it's hard to run fast when you're dodging dogs. Always an excuse.



Kate ran a few steps ahead of me the whole time. Next time, I'll beat her.

1 comment:

Clay said...

Nice job getting out and running the "Bark in the Park". As for hitting a plateau, I was there a month ago, and have started to pull out of it by adding other athletic pursuits to my CrossFit base. It seems that my CrossFit improvement is dependent on making athletic improvements outside of CrossFit. They seem to be directly proportional. Looks to me like you're doing that too by running 5k's. Don't know if you're interested, but I'm thinking of taking a group up to Mt. Hood this summer to hike up the glacier and ski/snowboard/sled/play...