A few weeks ago, Greg and I went snowboarding at our local slopes for an adventure date.
He’s been before, but I haven’t, so I took a lesson as soon as we got there, and proceeded to fall……..a lot. But it was cool – it didn’t hurt, and I just kept trying.
Meanwhile, Greg was killing it on the slopes.
Eventually, we went up the lift together and he explained how to successfully get off the lift. Naturally, I fell and got tangled up with a little girl on skis. The view from the top makes the slope look A LOT bigger.
Greg went first down the slope and waited for me to snowboard (fall) down the slope behind him. He’d stop and root me on, and then go a little further. Once he was at the bottom, he waited for me, and that’s when I landed HARD on my tailbone. HARD. I didn’t cry though and I eventually got back up and carried my board the rest of the way. I stayed on the bunny hill the rest of the night, and falling hurt a lot more after that, so I worked hard NOT to anymore. I can’t wait to go back again……….!!!!
Fast forward to CrossFit……….I emailed Coach Rick, and he said “come to class – active recovery is better” so off to class I went for the next three weeks with a bruised tailbone…………….the coaches at my box are amazing and came up with WOD’s I could handle with minimal discomfort, and when I wanted to push myself, they told me to slow my roll.
It was so frustrating.
Here I was, past my 6 month mark at CrossFit and finally able to move up to Level 2 WODs, and I could barely air squat, and definitely wasn’t going to back squat, or box jump, or burpee. Ugh. I tried to do a thruster, and Coach Nate walked over and said “it hurt, didn’t it” and I just sighed and nodded dejectedly.
It turned out that unilateral movements didn’t hurt (ok, maybe a little twinge), so that became my focus for the next three weeks. Coach Brittney had me do Single leg kettlebell deadlifts (see below), Coach Nate chose reverse lunges with dumbbells, and Coach Scott landed on reverse lunges with an empty bar (25 pounds) on my shoulders. It was hard, and it surprised me to find that my left leg was stronger than my right by a little bit.
So as of Thursday (2/15/18), I was able to do a full WOD without pain, including Bear Hug Step-Ups, where we hugged a sandbag to our chests and stepped up on a box or stack of plates, but using only the leg on the box to push ourselves up. (We couldn’t push ourselves up with the foot on the floor.) It wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be………..which didn’t mean anything to me until Coach Scott walked over and told me that the last three weeks of unilateral work had prepared me for that particular WOD in a way that nobody else was prepared. That was a proud moment for me.
That’s when I realized the upside of busting my backside. Just because it looks like a set back doesn’t mean it really is. Don’t give up just because you have to switch gears.
Next up – the CrossFit Open!!!!!