contrast is the best rest
I am back to the Great Canadian North after soaking in the sunshine in Nicaragua for three weeks. And you know what?
I am ok.
Yes, it’s -10C, and white and grey. No palm trees here. Yet, I feel like I brought a piece of sunshine with me, and I am holding on to it, damn it.
The latest issue of the Canadian Gardening arrived at our doorstep – a magazine Italian has been subscribing to for years. I grabbed the glossy cover. “Is this the current issue?”, I asked with my eyes shining. “Umm… yes?”, he responded, not sure how to read my suspicious enthusiasm.
“It is?”, I ask again. “It IS!”, I finally state.
“What IS your problem?”, Italian finally sighs.
“LOOK!”, I point to the cover. It says “Early Spring Magic”. Get it?
EARLY SPRING magic, y’all. She is few weeks away, but she is on her way. I may or may not have teared up.
In other news… After running, swimming, and hiking up the volcano for hours, I find myself at a CrossFit gym.
Time and time again, I find that switching activities is the best “rest”. In order to recover from a gruelling long distance race, I do not need to be lying on the couch for two weeks. Rather, I need to focus on mobility. Focus on re-building strength – slowly. Focus on skill.
With CrossFit Open coming up in less than two weeks, the latter will be especially important – SKILL.
Skill is definitely a weakness of mine, especially when it comes to Olympic lifts. While I am a decent runner, and have quite a bit of raw strength, I simply do not have enough practice hours under my belt to produce a beautiful snatch or overhead squat.
Off to get some practice hours in.