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Blog post: Where did you come from? Why are you here?
My box is gritty. Dust blows in off of the street, along with the scent of the big city. It is hot in the spring, summer, and fall, and cold in the winter. There is no air conditioning, there is no heating, there are only some fans that you can't hear anything over them and only help if you are directly in front of them. It's in downtown Dallas. It's in Texas, and the Texas heat and Texas humidity don't care who you are, they are going to be downright oppressive, like a hot and heavy blanket draped over you as you try to move.
I can't remember our WOD that day; perhaps it was Cindy, or DT*, or some grueling Five Rounds for Time of heavy farmer's carry and box jumps. I don't know what it was, but I know how I felt when it was over. I was wiped out. The air was stifling, my body was shocked from the effort, and I was left gasping for breath, trying to shed the heat and bring in new air to my lungs. I lied on the mat, seeking relief.
In that post-WOD delirium of "I'm so glad it's over" and "could I have gone any faster?" and "Okay, now go drink your nutrition," I wanted an ice cream. Random, right? But I did.
I was trying to shore up my diet at the time. I had been a pretty solid Zoner for a few years, but my definition of strict got stretched way out of shape. I was doing better, but I didn't want to wreck what gains I had earned. I had some definite goals: I was still chasing the body weight snatch, and my plan to get there was to work the technique, get stronger, AND lose some weight.
But that cold, creamy, refreshing ice cream beckoned me.....and I thought, why not have both? Eat the ice cream, and fuel the fire to build the temple. And so, the mission to have my paleta and eat it too was born.
Thanks for following along,
* For those of you who might now know who Cindy or DT are, they are some of the standard Crossfit workouts. Cindy is one of the Girl Workout Of the Day (WOD). Cindy is As Many Rounds As Possible in Twenty Minutes of 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 15 squats. And she is tough. She's the first girl that I ever attempted, and she kicked my ass. DT is a Hero WOD that seems to show up at my gym, Crossfit Heat, more often than not. DT is Five rounds for time, which means as fast as you can do it without hurting yourself, of 12 deadlifts, 9 hang power cleans, and 6 reps of a push jerk. With a 155 pound barbell. In layman's terms, pick it up and set it down 12 times, then hold it and bring it up from your waist to your shoulders 9 times, then push it over your head 6 times. Then repeat that series another four times. Sounds simple, right? Right. And both of them are simple. Simply devastating. ;-)