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  1. Cardinal_22

    From the Ashes

    Most of you probably don't know me, but I was active on NF a good number of years ago. It is true that I'm in the Warrior's guild and my first love is powerlifting - and for the record, I'm pretty bad at it. But it's also true that I have a savage interest in CrossFit and was back to participate in the 2018 CrossFit challenge thread last year. [We're doing this again, right?] Sadly, a life event knocked me down pretty hard in November. I had a skin biopsy come back bad, which required surgery to remove a moderate size chunk from my neck. They cut deep enough to require two sets of stitches, internal and external. This kept me out of the gym for 5 weeks and really destroyed my training base. Since then, I've been slowly getting back into things, but up until last week I really haven't felt like my old self - no pun intended. Those of you who are CrossFitters know that the open starts on February 21. I don't expect to match my score from last year, but I'd still like to do reasonably well. That means that full speed training starts today. I need you guys to hold me accountable. As such, I intend to do the following: 1. Train like a madman. The big focus right now is engine building, skill work (meaning handstands and rings), and stretching. I also need to do enough olympic lifting to stay limber. My training log is pretty far behind, so I'll try to record it all in this challenge thread for now. 2. Eat like a boss. More calories, more protein, and extra veggies. Try to bring lunch to work every day instead of buying it there. 3. Recover like Wolverine. Make sure to get plenty of sleep, Bub. 'Nuff said. For the record, last year I hit the 78th percentile worldwide in my age group (male 40-44), all workouts performed Rx, with individual workout scores as high as the 86th percentile worldwide. After what happened, it is probably unrealistic to beat this score in February. But I'd like to hit the 70th if at all possible.