Injuries are the worst. Last Monday I stupidly fell down the stairs. That is the second time in the past four weeks that I have fallen down the stairs! I landed on my right elbow, and while I still have full range of motion, there was some definite pain there. I decided to go to CrossFit on Wednesday anyway, and pushed through the workout. Bad. Idea. Here was the workout:
I worked my way up to 100 pounds for five reps back squatting. This was a big jump from the first time I did back squats with a 5×5 rep scheme, and only managed 65 pounds. I was very proud of that jump in weight! For the WOD I used a 25-pound kettlebell, and 45 pounds for front squats. After two weeks away from CrossFit while in Israel, this workout was a rude awakening. I felt so out of shape. I thought I was going lighter on the weights, and it was still incredibly difficult for me. I finished in 14:57.
The burpees and cleaning the bar up for the front squat postition did a number on my elbow though. I woke up on Thursday with my elbow in immense pain. Recovering from an injury first is always better than pushing through pain. I should have known better. Now I will have to take at least a week to two weeks off of any upper body movement. I will have to focus on cardio and legs until my elbow is better.
Because CrossFit movements are primarily all full-body movements, I will probably stick to the ESPN gym for my workouts in the next week. Instead of getting all upset that I cannot go to CrossFit, I look at this as an opportunity to have some fun programming my own workouts again. You better believe I will be doing some of my favorite leg exercises that I have not done in a few months! I anticipate some major soreness coming this week.