Tired Legs

The Ascent Blog

Guys, I have not been this sore in a while. This is the hurts-to-get-dressed, hurts-to-sit-down, hurts-even-more-to-stand-back-up kind of soreness that makes me wonder what the heck I have been doing this whole time.

On Saturday we did thrusters for the first time in months. I’m not sure why we never do them, but their sudden arrival in the programming is a pretty sure sign that Fran is coming up soon. My guess is that she’ll show up on Wednesday, but I guess we’ll have to wait and find out. Anyway, Saturday’s WOD was a partner workout, and the first part was 75 thrusters total, stopping every minute to do 2 burpees. My partner and I used 55 pounds and even though there was supposed to be a 6-minute time cap, we finished in about 6:30. Up next was a mile relay, which we split up into 4 100′s, switching off each lap.

The third part of the WOD was based on your mile time: the number of minutes in your mile time became the number of movements you had to pick from a list, and the seconds became the number of reps. If you came in under 20 seconds, you had to add 15 to your number, and if you came in at 59, well, that was too bad. Knowing that I was definitely the slower runner between my partner and I, I tried to really push my pace so that we didn’t end up having to do 10 rounds while everyone else in the gym only had to do 5 or 6, but luckily we came in at 7:25, which was pretty perfect. So we spent the rest of the WOD doing 25 each of push-ups, sit-ups, lunges, squats, butt blasters, toes to bar, and V-ups.

After the WOD, Brandon, TJ, and I drove up into the foothills and did a little bouldering. Or rather, I soaked up the sun (it was 63 on Saturday!) while they bouldered. Then we headed over to a friend’s house and played Cards Against Humanity, which is like a very inappropriate version of Apples to Apples. Which was awesome.

Saturday was supposed to be our cheat day but really all I had that wasn’t strict paleo were a few handfuls of sweet potato chips and an amazing chewy caramel that I bought at a roadside jerky stand in Montrose. Oh, and I had half a beer. Nothing too shocking to the system. So I was really not ready for it when I woke up on Sunday and felt like I’d been hit by a truck. I should have been warned when I actually had a dream of being in an ice bath. I spent the day hobbling around, gingerly picking up pots and pans and wincing every time I was touched. Today I have downgraded from Extreme Misery into Total Body Soreness, but with Fran almost definitely on the horizon, I am OD’ing on fish oil and walking the line of hyponatremia (the opposite of dehydration) to try to recover.

Did anyone else enjoy some unseasonably warm weather this weekend? And what is your go-to method to speed up recovery?

  • Merlin

    Is there an english translation of this post?

    • clairechapman


  • Chelsea

    I love ice baths! And a good foam roll post workout is key! Fish oils and BCAA helps me recover!

  • Mikayla

    I don’t have any recommendations… In fact, I was actually going to ask you how you go hard every time you go to the box? Maybe the frequency in which you go is a factor, but I know that when I, personally, have my rest day, the next day I am able to go hard and kill it… but the next days I can’t, I push, but it’s not quite the same. To clarify, I workout on my own. I am not a member at a box. Just wondering if you had any thoughts…

    • clairechapman

      I go as hard as I can every time, but some days that means something different than other days. I like going 2-3 days in a row and then take 1 or 2 days off to recover, because I think it’s good for my body to work through the soreness and exhaustion to an extent. My body really determines my rest days but I’m still learning how to ride the line between pushing it and overdoing it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jayson.owens Jayson Owens

    Too late now, but I always drink hammer recoverite or full fat chocolate milk within 20 minutes after a workout that should hurt me and I only get sore when I forget to! I used to think that rule was a sales pitch, but its worked too many times for me to ignore!

    • clairechapman

      I always take Progenex after a WOD and usually take fish oil as well and I’ve definitely noticed a huge decrease in soreness overall, but this time was just a little much for me I guess!

  • http://twitter.com/winetoweights Jennifer

    Is that what thrusters are supposed to do? Put you in misery for days? Yikes. lol. I was pretty sore from Monday’s thrusters for awhile!
    Sounds like a complicated WOD, but I’m learning it doesn’t matter what the WOD is; you just do it anyway lol.


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