The CrossFit Diaries: Titty Tear

I got hurt last night. I’m not happy about it. This could not have happened at a worse time and it really bums me out because it is going to put me out of the CrossFit open for at least the first workout, but most likely the majority of it. It isn’t a severe strain, but it’s enough that it will probably take at least 1-2 weeks to hear, but more likely several. Just not happy. Here’s what we had yesterday and I’ll get into the actual injury below:

Strength/Skill:

4 Rounds of:

a. Deadlift x 5 reps

b. Handstand Push Up x 5-8 reps or Handstand Development

Workout of the Day:

Complete as many rounds as possible in 5 minutes of:

10 Toes to Bar

15 Plate Ground to Overhead

rest 3 mins

Complete as many rounds as possible in 5 minutes of:

10 Ring Dips

10 Box Jumps

It was nice to do deadlifts yesterday for two reasons. 1) We haven’t done them in a while, so it felt good to knock some out. 2) There was a 35 lb plate in the 45 lb stack that was throwing them off and driving me a little crazy. Warmed up  a couple of sets and worked up to 375 lbs. Felt good, not overwhelming or super heavy, but a good weight. Worked on handstand pushups and got some good reps in. They’re coming along and are an area I’m hoping to improve more as I lose weight.

I felt great going into the WOD. Ready to roll and I felt like it was a WOD that would go well for me since it was shorter and things I felt I could do well. I started with the ring dip and box jumps. Was absolute knocking them out great. I was working on round number 4 of ring dips when I went into dip number 6 and felt what I can only describe as a “crackle” in my left pectoral. I immediately stopped and got off of the rings. I thought maybe something just shifted around, so I tried to get back up, but the pain/stress was immediately right there. I tested out a few other things and called it a day.

Nothing feels out of place, and it is not super swollen or bruised, so that is all good news. It is a little sore today, but I don’t really notice it when I’m not doing anything that puts stress on it (also good). I’m going to rest it now through the weekend and see how it feels come Monday. In all likelihood this will put me out a couple weeks and I definitely will not be doing any of the CrossFit Open workouts now. One of the things I read about causes for this injury is tight shoulders/upper back, which I certainly have right now after Monday and Tuesday. I’m not saying that’s the reason, but given how tight I feel, it probably contributed.

So I guess I’ll run or something the next couple of weeks to stay active, along with stretching (lots and lots of stretching) and trying to work the muscle a little to get it back up to normal. If it’s not any better by Monday, I’ll have to go see a doctor/physical therapist, but I’m hoping that since this is fairly minor I should see some improvement after several days of rest, icing and recovery. Still, I really want to compete and it really disappoints me that I can’t. Maybe this is a blessing in disguise, who knows.

Stay classy.

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