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Getting there…

As the title would suggest, I am getting there. I am talking, of course, about my back injury that happened now close to 2 weeks ago.

I went and saw a doctor a few days ago who ordered an x-ray. The x-rays came back looking normal which means that there’s no herniation, disc, or vertebrae problems. Thank goodness. Apparently it’s all muscle. I must have really done a number.

Through lots of chiropractic visits (THANK YOU, Dr. Meers!) and the PT help from the Tillmans, I am starting to feel way better. What was keeping me from walking, sleeping, smiling, and laughing a week ago is now really not that much more than some really bad muscle soreness.

I am not jumping back into things by any means, however. I am taking things really slow and trying to remain active. I’ve got another physical therapy appointment tonight, so we will see how that goes. I am pretty much leaving it up to Mike Tillman to let me know when he feels it’s OK for me to go back to normal workouts.

Last night, the WOD was “D.T.”. It’s by far one of my favorites and I wanted so badly to be able to jump in and do it along with everyone else in the class. I knew that it wouldn’t be a good idea. Plus, I am pretty sure that they wouldn’t have let me do it either. That’s the great thing about having coaches and trainers that care.

Instead, I did some slower paced rowing. I did 2 2000m rows trying to keep a 2:15-2:30/500m pace going. From over a hear of hearing “PULL HARD!”, “LEGS, HIPS, ARMS!”, and “KEEP IT UNDER 2:00!!”, it was pretty hard to back off and get it up to 2:30. My times were within about 10s of each other (9:09 & 8:55) but really, I wasn’t gunning for any particular time. I was just trying to get my blood pumping with some sustained activity.

Back Update

It’s been a little over a week since I hurt my back and things aren’t really getting any better.

They got better consistently for about 5-6 days, and now, it’s pretty much the same everyday. I am not really comfortable sitting. I can’t sleep well because I can’t find a comfortable spot. I am starting to get frustrated that I can’t be active… argh.

This morning, I went to my chiropractor and expressed my concern that it seems to have stopped getting better. I had him write me an Rx for physical therapy. When I went over to talk to Mike about it, he said that he’d like to see an x-ray and maybe have me take some steroids for a week or so to drop out all of the swelling/inflammation. It’s concerning that there’s pain down both of my legs.

I have an appointment today to see a doctor that he recommended about the back injury. Mike wants to make sure that I don’t have any stress fractures or herniation. I guess that would be good to know…

I have an appointment for PT tomorrow at 5pm.

I can’t wait to be better and to be able to sleep all night again. 

CFCP Total Finals

The finals for the CFCP total challenge were today. I have to say that I was really apprehensive about it as I didn’t get 6 full weeks of working out in due to travel. Also, I haven’t really been working these lifts. On top of that, I slept horribly last night.

Anyway, I decided that I would just give it my best and do whatever I could do.

We started with back squats, my least favorite of the three lifts. I started with 335# which was where I ended last time. No problem. Then, I went up to 345#. Again no problem. For my last set, I was going for 355#. I grabbed the bar, racked it, stepped back, got down, the as I started pushing back up, I heard a very loud POP in my lower back.


Josh helped me dump the weight and I immediately laid down. Robin came over pretty quickly and had me do a few stretches, press ups, etc.

It didn’t feel horrible, but I was pretty sure I was done for the day. I could probably have done the strict presses, but there’s no way I was dead lifting 445# in that condition. I would have just injured myself further.

The worst part of this all is that my mother and grandmother came to watch this. In being a member of this gym and doing this stuff for about a year and a half, I have rarely injured myself. The worst that’s really happened to me thus far has been muscle soreness.

Oh well. It’s a sport, after all and sports will have injuries from time to time. I guess we will just need to see how long this one takes to get better. Right now, it’s iced.

I was really disappointed that I had to leave. I am really proud of the rest of
my friends that went on, finished, and showed incredible progress over the course of the 6 week challenge. You guys rock and inspire me.

More workouts…

I haven’t been great about writing workouts the day of. There has been a lot going on here and blogging has been the last thing on my mind. Sorry, no one’s perfect, but then again, I am sure that maybe only like 3 people read this.

Friday (5/14/2010) Heavy Metal Night

  • 5×3 Squat Clean
  • 5×3 Jerk
  • 5×3 Clean & Jerk

This WOD was a LOT of fun for me, but I couldn’t use the Rx weight due to my still healing elbow. I used 65lb. It was not timed. Later, I tried some heavier clean and jerks with some higher weights and it felt OK, but I didn’t want to push it.

Saturday (5/15/2010), we took the Yoga class at Lululemon as we (Perfectly Paleo) were invited to bring food and talk a bit about our business. Yoga is rough and the class was pretty challenging for me.

Last night (5/18/2010), we had the pleasure of “Elizabeth” which is:

21 – 15 – 9

  • Squat Clean
  • Ring Dip

I didn’t Rx this one either. I used 95lb on the bar which wasn’t really all THAT tough. I also had to sub push ups for ring dips as they hurt my elbow. Thanks to some really good coaching from Chad, I finished in the 7:50ish range. I don’t remember my exact time, but I pushed really hard.


I hate being a bystander for anything that I am interested in.

Yesterday morning, I woke up somewhere around 4am tossing and turning, unable to find a spot that didn’t seem to put pressure on my neck and back. I am not really sure of what caused this; maybe just the position that I slept in, but it’s really annoying and my neck is still sore.

It’s that kind of pain where when you turn your head, the middle of your back hurts. Ugh.

I went to CrossFit last night and thought I would be able to do some stretches and maybe just do a really light workout. I told Dave what was going on and he suggested lots of chin tucks and that stretch where you put your hands behind your head and tilt your head back. I brought me over to Mike (PT director) and he pretty much said the same thing.

I spent the first 30 minutes of the class doing these rehab stretches and exercises. I used the foam roller a bit also. Overall, it felt a LOT better, but I still opted to not push it past and risk severely injuring myself.

V chose to revisit “Fran” after doing it just 3 or 4 days before. She asked me to get in her face for it and help her get her time down. If you know me, you probably don’t think of me as the “in your face” type of guy. Needless to say, I could have been way harder on her, but regardless, she still shaved 4 minutes off of her time (from 12:something to 8:08). I am really proud of her for the effort that she put forth. It was great to watch someone that you care so much about break through mental barriers and grow.

I think I might be out for the rest of the week, or, at least a few days until I can move my head around without my back hurting. While I hate being out and sitting on the sidelines, I would rather wait a few days or a week to completely heal rather than tweak it further and be out longer.