Putting the Empire journal on hold while I test Spartan New Dawn.
Day 1, Part 1
Listened to Spartan New Dawn for 8 loops over night. A bit overwhelming, honestly. I’d had a pretty heavy Crossfit workout a few hours before going to bed. Heavy deadlifts (for me, at least) 225lbs, 3x5. My back didn’t feel quite right so I figured I’d be suffering this morning. There were also two shorter WODs. One, a 10m AMRAP, 10 over the bar Burpees plus 10 overhead squats, repeated. Then 2 minute rest followed by a 5m AMRAP of 20 Double-unders and 10 wall balls at 20lbs, repeated.
I should be feeling really beat up this morning. Even at 3am when I got up to pee, because I’m old, I felt my back was super stiff and that I was on the verge of throwing my back out. This morning, four hours later, I am only slightly stiff and am confident I will be fully recovered to work out at 6pm.
I’m a bit obsessed about planning out my workouts, anyway, and so it’s no different this morning after Spartan. I’m regularly thinking about how to augment my training. I feel like I have something to prove over the next 6 months as I was passed over to join some competitive teams and I feel like I’m good enough to do the work.
Also, for those of you who follow Crossfit as a sport, you know that right now we are in the middle of the Crossfit games. My performances the first two weeks have been dreadful. I attempted 19.2 four times over the weekend, in a 24 hour period, with each score getting worse, and I ripped open my hands badly during the Toes To Bar on the 3rd workout, bleeding everywhere. I wound up wrapping my hands in paper towels to keep going, and then even do a 4th workout. Point is, I’m driven to get better already, and I realize I have a LONG way to go as I still regularly finish near the bottom of my classes. The other point is that I’m curious how fast I will heal. I’m already pleased that my back seems to be healing faster than usual. My neck has been a bother lately too, and it feels pretty good at the moment.
I have trouble remembering my dreams but I can pick out a couple odd snippets.
I know I dreamed a lot and vividly, because I woke up a lot, and I would try to recall the dreams immediately but they faded away like mist. Here’s what I remember:
At one point I’m in my darkened home in the middle of the night and I’m binge eating. I literally attempt to eat two tank-tops (sleeveless shirts). I’m fine for a bit but notice one is stuck in my mouth so I walk out of the bedroom and pull each out from my throat and put them in a ziplock bag to wash later.
I also recall at some point throwing a football as if I was competing in the College Combine, that just occurred in the US. While I did play one year of Football in high school it was never really my passion sport, but sometimes I have dreams like this where I am playing football and am basically unstoppable.
I also recall one dream where I was working in my basement. I heard people upstairs and, thinking they were intruders, I ran charging upstairs with a 2x4. I scared some woman as I barged in. Turns out the people were “family” even though I recognized none of them and they were of various races that were not my race.
Not sure what to make of any of it.