I kept getting derailed through September and October with illnesses that would throw off my workout plans. I got a decent amount of working out done despite that, but this year especially it really affected my CrossFit workouts when I wasn’t feeling 100%. 

In years past, I might go in if I “just had a cold” or was just getting over one. Sweating it out is a thing, after all. But this year, any little cold might be Covid19, and the last thing I want is to be the person who brings it to CrossFit. So I’ve done the at home workouts when I’ve felt well enough to work out but not well enough to venture out of the house. 

Once I figured out that there was a direct correlation between my going to the rec center at work and my getting sick, I decided I had to stop that. Going to the rec was convenient when it didn’t get me ill every time (and when they had hot showers available). Now that those two relatively low bars cannot be passed, I need to stop going there, period. 

I finally started feeling better from the last cold last weekend, and I decided to start something new that I’d been meaning to do for a while. Last year, I did Power Abs and saw some improvement in my core strength. This year, I’m doing it less for the abs and more to have a goal for November. It’s perfect because the program is 30 days, just like the month. Along with that, I’d commit to getting to CrossFit 5 days a week, doing the 5 am class every week day. 

I prefer the 5 am class during these times because I see mostly the same set of people. I don’t prefer going to the weekend classes because I get exposed to people that I’m not normally exposed to. Sounds kind of bad when I type it out like that, but that’s how I feel about it. I’d rather have the small, dedicated circle of 5 am’ers around me than the unknowns who come to weekend classes. 

Anywho, the other component of November is going to be running 2 to 3 times per week. 3 is preferable, but the weather is unpredictable and so is my tummy, so I’ll give myself grace and say 2 is allowed. 

For the first ten days of the month, I’m mostly there. I did skip the Friday CrossFit class, but it was my first week back after a week off. And it was a burpee heavy workout the day after I did the 80 burpee amrap for Power Abs. I had many excuses. 

Ahem, so I started Power Abs and have stuck to it so far. Got my 2 runs in last week, on track for 3 this week. CrossFit so far so good as well. Hmm, I’m going to have to figure out what I want to do over Thanksgiving when it comes to CrossFit, since they have in the past cancelled the 5 am on Wednesday and had weekend schedule on Friday. But I’ll figure that out when I come to it. Maybe the weather will be nice enough on Thanksgiving for a hike. It’s been a while since I did a sunrise Table Rock hike… 

I know that consistency is key with working out; that’s why it’s been so hard to be derailed every other week with a cold (or whatever). So now I get to see if it’s really the rec that’s been making me sick, and see how well I can do if I keep the work up. 

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