Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Weekend Burnout and a Tuesday WOD

I didn't think I worked out that hard last week but I felt the effects over the weekend. So much so that I was too tired to write about it until today!  I also did some extra stupid (for me) because I read an article about fat burning techniques and decided to try it out for the first time Saturday morning. The gist was do your workout without eating breakfast and then wait a couple hours post workout before eating, this is supposed to turn out the fat burning switch.  So all I did in the morning was drink a cup of chai (~100 calories) and had a glass of water and went off for my run at Umstead Park.  I walked/jogged to the park (1.1 mile) and then got started with the group.  We did Company Mill and I got left behind!  I was not feeling energetic at all and it showed.  I took the Old reedy creek road shortcut and ended up doing 5.5 miles total in 72 minutes.  A far cry from my 60 minute run when I felt really good a couple of weeks ago.  I didn't feel like I was going to pass out or even hungry, I just didn't have the stamina.  I am not going to do that again for a run!  I can do my Forged Fitness WODs without eating because it's so early in the morning and the times are shorter (10-25 minutes).   It didn't end there though.

I got back home, ate a really good breakfast of eggs, sweet potato hash, and brocolli with another cup of chai. I was feeling pretty good and left to go mountain biking.  We get out there and tackle the Rocky Road trail, it was kicking my ass (no surprise) and about 2.5 miles into the ride, it started raining.  So we bail and by the time we get back to the road, the sun came out and it was beautiful. So we decided to take a lap around the Lake Crabtree trails.  It's bad when even the Crabtree trails feel like a challenge. After about 9 miles of biking, we get back to the road and I am ready for lunch.  As in, I could not bike anymore unless I had something to eat!  So we go to BurgerFi and I get a hamburger and fries and feel normal again.  And we tackle Rocky Road one more time.  Now one thing about this-  at this point we started Rocky Road twice and the first 2 miles are anaerobic hell.  And I did it twice.  While I was feeling knocked out tired and had jelly legs.  And about 4 miles into the ride, it started raining, raining hard.  So we bailed once more and that was the end of my Saturday.  I think we got about 16 miles total of singletrack (plus my 2 miles of greenway!).  Not bad for feeling wiped out but I don't want to fee like that again!

Burnt trail at New Light!
I rested up the remainder of Saturday and tackled the New Light singletrack on Sunday.  I thought I would have been recovered but no, New Light really kicked my ass.  And to make things feel worse, the first 2 miles of New Light is also anaerobic hell with many short/long steep climbs.  But we did it anyway, and did the entire trail (~9.5 miles?).  I still loved it out there. It was quiet, we only saw maybe 6 other bikers.  New Light is also undergoing controlled burning so riding through burnt out areas was a little surreal.  That was the gist of my weekend.  I thought about why I was feeling so bad and think it was a couple of things- messing up my eating and doing WODs 4x in the past week. I think that's just too much when I'm also trying to bike hard and run hard.  The problem is that I think the WODs are fun and it's addictive.  I will have to curb it though because biking is still more fun than WODs!

Monday was a rest day (had to be!).
Tuesday was back in the gym and I still felt a little tired doing this WOD:
8 min AMRAP (as many rounds as possible)
10 power snatches (55 lbs)
10 pull ups (band-assisted)
I did 3 rounds + 5 snatches

then rest 3 minutes
8 min AMRAP
10 wall balls (12 lbs, I downgraded)
10 kettlebell swings (30 lbs)
I did 7 rounds total.

This WOD knocked me out and left me in sweaty pool with heart pounding.  I didn't have the motivation or the reserves to do any extra work. 


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