The seductive danger of addiction

Spider web in rye field during sunrise

No, this post won’t be of any kind of substance addiction. But it is a direct continuation on the previous post in which I mentioned that I’m now addicted to CrossFit (as I expected to be). As easy as it would be to say that becoming addicted to taking care and improving my fitness is only a good thing, there are dangers involved.

Naturally the most glaring danger in addiction to fitness is doing too much – and in the case of a new athlete: too soon. But even these obvious points are not up for discussion today. What I want to bring up is very much an internal battle that every athlete faces at one time or another. It has to do with when not to go and train.

Let’s illustrate with my recent experience: two and a half weeks ago I was frustrated by how poorly I did during the WOD and how tired I had been that morning. I was out of breath earlier than expected and could not recover during the brief rest periods that were programmed. Later in the evening I had some very slight fever sensations, but nothing too serious. Two days after that (on wednesday) I was at the box again, but tackling the WOD a bit easier just to see how it felt. The following monday I was at the box again and everything seemed to go fine, so I decided to go for a run with the dogs later in the afternoon. 6K in +5°C, shouldn’t have been an issue, but the underlying cause for my poor performance a week earlier resurfaced and I really caught a cold. So, after a weeks rest, I’ve finally been able to return to the box this week. And yes, I have enjoyed every minute of it!

So, every time you are not feeling quite there, go read the list of 8 signs that you are too sick for the box over on Tabata Times and be honest with yourself. Giving your body time to heal from even a slight cold will help you get back much quicker.

P.S. I did have a better picture for this post in mind, but for the life of me I can’t remember when I took and and thus can’t easily find it.

Thank you CrossFit – I’m addicted

flatcoated retriever with a kettle bell

I don’t exactly recall when I first heard about CrossFit. Probably sometime around 2009 when Mikko Salo won the second ever CrossFit Games. I got more exposure to it off and on – mostly off. In early 2013 I saw this video of bodyweight exercises and slowly started looking more and more into CrossFit. Alas, at the time there weren’t any boxes near us, but I remember trying some WODs of my own. Fran – even heavily scaled and tamed – killed me but hooked me at the same time. With motivation like in the below video I had a goal…

Luckily at the same time I found out that a gym in Joensuu was building a box and would begin offering CrossFit. They started their first on-ramp in August, and I decided to enroll in October as soon as we’d be back home from a three week road trip in the US. Of course,  you know what they say about the best laid plans… 11 000 km of driving in three weeks caused both golf and tennis elbows in my left arm. So CrossFit and pretty much all other strength training was out of the question while I tried to settle down the inflammations.

In January I was finally able to enter an on-ramp and join the world of CrossFit athletes. Even though the first hour left me gasping and in pain until the next class, I knew this was my sport. Now, two months after my on-ramp ended and three months into my career as a CrossFit athlete, I know that I am hooked and addicted.

And yes, in the coming weeks I will be reporting on goals and progress so far…

BTW, pictured above is Luka with Anna’s kettle bell – even our dogs need their strength training :)