So, we’re officially knee deep in the CrossFit Open. For those of you who are non-crossfitters, this is a worldwide competition for ANY and ALL athletes. Regardless of your ability level, there is a workout that you can do.
With that being said, I went into this Open season with the goal of accomplishing all of the workouts at the RX standard to the best of my ability. For some people, this may seem like an unattainable standard, but for me, I knew that I was physically fit enough to tackle the workouts and try my best to reach that RX standard.
With regards to my pregnancy, 17.1 last week was a breeze. I can still box jump and burpee so I was able to chug through the workout and complete the workout under the time cap, which was my goal. I felt good about the workout and my performance and knew that I had given it my all.
But oh 17.2.
When 17.2 was announced, I immediately started having an internal moral dilemma. There are two gymnastics movements in 17.2 that are questionable and up for debate as to whether I should complete them at almost 22 weeks pregnant.
Bar Muscle-Ups and Toe-2-Bars.
I knew I could physically still do both. My body was perfectly capable of completing the reps. The question was, was it SAFE for me to do the movements; and safety seems to be the topic of conversation these days in reference to my pregnancy.
After going back and forth and listening to both sides, I decided I would do the Toe-2-Bars at the RX standard because MY body felt fine to do them.
I’ll tell you, when I got to the point in the workout where it was time to do Bar Muscle-ups, I really really really wanted to do them. I wanted to prove to myself, or to others (I really don’t know which one) that I could do it. But deep down I knew I shouldn’t.
So, that’s where my workout officially finished. I continued the workout unofficially with pull-ups because I still had plenty of time left to work and getting a good workout is really what it’s all about.
Last night was the first time in the last 22 weeks where I stopped doing something I knew I could do because I just felt like I shouldn’t. I felt that it wasn’t safe. I felt that it wasn’t what was best for my baby.
It was hard for me to listen to my conscious and not my body. My body could do it but I just didn’t think it was the right move to make.
You see, we’re all on our own journey with pregnancy, and I’m learning something new everyday.
What I will tell you is this; please don’t judge my journey and I will try hard not to judge yours. What my body can do still is no measure to what your body can do and what I’m still capable of is a reflection of my level of physical fitness that was attained before getting pregnant.
Until you’ve laced up my shoes and taken a walk, don’t assume you know what’s best for me.
I appreciate the advice and will always have an open ear to it, but when advice turns to criticism, please just keep it to yourself 🙂
Good luck to all my friends on their 17.2 re-dos – keep crushing it!