I think my theme today would be that I was just a little wrong. All day.
It seems like everything I did was just a little off. Not bad. Just not quite right.
It started with my workout at Crossfit Bradford. 15 rope climbs interspersed with a lift called a snatch. Now, I like rope climbs – like I wrote about in a previous blog... but I thought 7 in one workout was a lot. 15 might just be enough to be obscene, at least if you have the “not-quite-right” technique that I use. I work way too hard, burn out my forearms, and don’t use the power of my legs to get me up the rope. That would be just too easy, I guess. But being the stubborn person that I can be, I think I got through them by sheer determination. Slowly.
The ultimate “little bit wrong” was getting to the point of reaching within inches of the top at one point – I think it was on rope climb number 8 – and not being able to hold on for that one extra reach. Unfortunately that’s considered a “no rep” in the crossfit world – which means that it simply doesn’t count. So I ended up doing 16 *&%^%- ing rope climbs instead of 15… and on my last one it happened again. Inches shy, and I just couldn’t hold on for that one last pull.
Without another thought, I called it a day – frustrated with my hands that wouldn’t grip anymore. I guess I figured that I could count myself as completing the workout since I was only short by inches, making up for it with a whole other 15-foot rope climb (14 and a half to be exact). For the first time in all of the 180+ workouts I’ve done there, I think I was beat. Almost just didn’t quite cut it today.
To salvage my day, I decided to spend the rest of the day making meals for my family. I get a great sense of accomplishment out of knowing that there are good, healthy meals sitting in my fridge or freezer. Cooking isn’t rocket science. It wouldn’t overtax me. It would be perfect for my mood today.
And though it wasn’t all a flop, two more “little bit wrongs” rounded out the day. First, I decided to make a grain-free pizza dough. It took quite a bit of work, and certainly didn’t spread out that way it was supposed to (and stuck to the parchment paper, too – what a pain) Looking at the itty-bitty pizza that was supposed to feed our whole family, I kind of hoped no one would like it… since there was no way that there would be enough to go around if my usually-ravenous crew wanted enough to fill their bellies. Happily – and unfortunately – it was a hit. But we ate it kind of like an appetizer. Out came the leftover pulled pork from last night to make up the difference. Not a flop, but not quite right… again.
Thinking I had just a little saving grace in the large pot of chili I was making on the stove to freeze, I took it easy on myself for the dinner fiasco. Until, of course, I added in the spice mix for the chili (check out the one I usually use on Robb Wolf’s site if you’re interested). This winter I’ve been experimenting with making my own spice mixes, but have neglected to properly label them. And voila – we have a new, unintentional experiment bubbling on our stove: chili with Josh Rogan curry spices. Might it be yummy? Possibly. That mix rocks when I put it in our favourite curried lamb stew. But in chili? I just don’t know. For now, this final oops has rounded out my day of well-intended actions that went just a little awry.
I know I could focus on what I did well today, as I usually do. But while I’m certainly not going to dwell on these little details, I think that I’m just going to accept that today, I was just a little bit off. All day.
Tomorrow I’ll be stellar.