…is that you have to be ready for them, and know what you are letting yourself in for.
I was really up for all out Crossfit Endurance (CFE)training until Xmas, but it’s not going to happen.
This isn’t by any means an issue with CFE, it’s completely to do with me. There’s too much going on in my life at the moment for me to be able to fit in the two workouts a day required on some days by CFE. I could get up earlier, but then my performance in my day job will be affected. I’m usually up at 6.30am as it is.
Plus, I’ve just started cycling having put in one hours and 1.5 hours cycling on two consecutive Saturdays. This goes ostensibly against CFE, which focuses more on highly intensive, short blasts of effort. The thing is, I LIKE the long bike rides (1.5 hours counts as long currently!) This is especially true since where I live, in the heart of England, I get to cycle through beautiful villages and vistas.
On top of that, I honestly think I need to build a very gradual baseline of strength and fitness before really going for it. On reflection, I think I have got things the wrong way round.
My intention now is still to train using CFE, but after the base building phase. What I am going to do for the next few months is train based on how I am feeling with the intention of thoroughly enjoying myself. I appreciate it’s not scientific, and there are myriad “better” ways to train, but what’s right for me at the moment is to enjoy it.
So here’s the new plan, and in brackets where I am up to right now:
Monday : Rest
Tues: Run (7 miles)
Thursday: Swim (1000m)
Saturday: Bike (1.5 hours)
*This is a key part of the CFE training but if I am honest with myself I am such a weed still currently that I need to get the basics licked.
My goal is to be able to do (with current levels in brackets):
5 bodyweight deadlifts (currently doing 5 x 5 @ 70kg)
100 press ups (35)
20 pull ups (7)
40 ab rolls (12)
then I’ll have the base strength there I think, especially in my core. I can repeat my workout more than once in the week if I feel like it.
I can then aim to get stuck in to my CFE plan, probably in the new year. By then I hope to have shifted much of the life debris around me as well. I still believe in CFE, but need to get the basics right first.