With the CrossFit Games Open coming up in 25 days, I’ve been upping my training substantially and eating perfectly for the past two weeks. I’ve been doing two training sessions a day, one or two heavy lifts as one and a metcon to keep up my cardio as the other. I do this five days a week and on the other two days a week I’m either training once a day or working on mobility.
I’m also eating clean and 100% Paleo six days a week and having one giant calorie loaded cheat meal on the other, and I have not had any alcohol.
My plan is to do this up until the Open and throughout so I can be at the top of my game.
Right now I’m dealing with a slightly torn and strained rotator cuff, so I’ve been focusing a lot on my technique with lower weights and a lot of lower body exercises with the hopes that my shoulder will be ready to go early next week. However, tonight I injured my knee and ankle as well.
No, I didn’t hurt myself during a training session, I had a knee on knee collision while playing flag football. Now don’t laugh at flag football. We have a lot of really great athletes who play in our 8 team league and it’s actually very competitive. It’s also a lot of fun and I can hit a calorie burn of about 1,200 in 45 minutes of play.
I’m a HUGE sports guy; I love playing sports, I love watching sports, I love talking sports and did I mention I LOVE playing sports? Sports were a huge part of my life and a huge part of my family growing up and I played hockey and baseball at a pretty high level. It killed me not to play sports when I was overweight and being active on some sort of ice surface, court or playing field six times a week was a big part of my losing weight in the beginning stages of my journey.
Right now I play hockey, football and volleyball in leagues and I love every second of it, but my question is; should I stay off the ice, court and field up until the Open is over?
My knee and leg are really messed up right now and I don’t want to jeopardize my very first CrossFit competition, but do I really want to give up my sports for two months? I know I’m not going to win the Open or even qualify for Regionals, but I am 100% committed to do well, so I’m torn. CrossFit is “The Sport of Fitness” and I am an athlete who is in training for a competition…
I think I may have just answered my question, but I’d love your thoughts and opinions.