Making the Most of Your Time at Home

I take the time to plan out my blogs at least a month ahead of time. A month ago, when I chose a topic for my second blog of the month, Coronavirus or COVID-19 was a very distant disease that “didn’t affect America.” Originally, I was very excited to tell you all about why I compete in competitions and races. I was planning to sign up for a competition at CrossFit Waukesha and I was ready to kick some butt at it. I have been really focused on perfecting my technique in lifts and getting overall stronger. I’ve been building strength in my upper body by focusing a lot on ring muscle-up practice and strict pull-ups.


And then the pandemic hit.

Instead of telling you all about my motivations to compete, I want to talk about a few things to do to keep your sanity right now. Many people are self-quarantining. Some have kids, some don’t, some are married, some aren’t. We all have to learn to deal with a little isolation in these times and here’s how I’m doing it.

 

WORKOUT!

If you didn’t know, I love to workout. It really is my stress relief and the closure of my CrossFit box was a huge blow. I just wanted to go, get my workout done, and just not touch anyone. But I guess plans change. Luckily, when we lived in Sasebo, Japan, we invested in a decent home gym so I can still get my workout on but I really miss my box and the friendly competition, and just getting to talk with other people who just “get it.” They have similar mentalities as myself and they understand my compulsion to workout… A LOT!

Before this all started, I was focused on developing strength and technique on the barbell. I was spending 3 days a week lifting in addition to my normal daily CrossFit classes. I was also speed training for a 10k in May but that has been rescheduled. I have also been focused on getting a ring muscle up. For the most part, I have been able to stick with my training. I’ve had to get creative with the rings and have been focusing more on gaining strength in my strict pull-ups to help stay on track (this year alone I have gone from 1 strict pull-up to 6 unbroken). I’ve stepped back a bit with my running just because I don’t have the time to spend running up to 6 miles with Maddie in the stroller and she doesn't want to do that either.