Category: Injury


After 3 days of returning to the gym after only 2 months out is rough. When I first started going to Crossfit I knew I was out of shape and that everything I did would be a challenge and an accomplishment. It was a success. I went 3, then 4, and finally 5 times a week. I dropped 40 pounds and felt better than I have in a long time.

After having an injury that put me out for 2 months and then starting back, it is harder than I thought.

Reason 1) I now know what I was previously capable of, lifting, running, squatting, just about anything else at the gym.

Reason 2) I am being watched and reminded constantly by my wife and the trainers to “not do anything stupid”

Reason 3) I had poor stamina before and now it feels like I have none

Reason 4) confidence has been scarred – where when I started I did not have any pre-conceived notions of what I could do everything I did was a milestone. I was able to clean and jerk 150 lbs before injury, now I am cautious on lifting 50 lbs.

I know everything will be alright in the end however it does feel like a backwards step at time.

There are positives in all this:

1) technique will get a good working over

2) I am able to work on weak points that do not affect shoulder – mostly endurance and core

3) I am back at the gym

4) I have full use of arm with no lingering nerve damage

5) I will not 2013 Crossfit Games Open workouts

Last thing – my legs have been taking a beating and feel just as bad as when I first started in November 2010.

Stairs are not my friend!!

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One of the items that I needed to work on before I was sidelined was endurance. A long time ago(in a galaxy far, far away) I had no problem playing a game of hockey for 60 minutes, then have some food and do it all over again. Now, I am lucky if I can do a couple of kms and still be breathing. What happened??

If I am honest with myself I know exactly where it went. Too much food, work taking too much of my time, lack of exercise, next thing I know I have gone from 158 to 255 lbs, high blood pressure and medication.

So, I ask myself in a David Byrne Talking Heads voice,”well how did I get here, this is not my beautiful house”. No it isn’t and I have paid dearly for it. My body has taken the toll I have placed on it and is punishing me for lack of effort. If you are not going to pay the maintenance fees to keep it up it will be an empty shell. I have now a lot of renovations to do and building the foundation is where to start.

Today was the start of endurance training along with the regular workouts. No more 5 times a week workouts. I have got to be more pragmatic in the approach to get where I want to be. 3 days of workouts and 2 days of endurance. I know I can lift weights once everything gets back to normal but being able to sustain that for a period of 30 minutes and I was bagged, gassed, sucking wind, whatever you want to call it – I had nothing in the tank!!

I started with 10 sprints of a 200M row with 90 seconds of rest in between. The goal, which right now is vague, is to be able to crank these off in 30 seconds or less and today the best time was around 42 seconds and the slowest at end was 52 seconds. I have a six-week program to follow and we will see what happens.

The Crossfit Games and Atlantic Hopper 2012 have come and gone. Sadly I did not participate in either, though the Games would be a little far-fetched at this time and could not enter the Hopper due to injury.

I was looking forward to this years event but a strange injury to my shoulder prevented that happening. Idiopathic Brachial Neuritis was the issue, simply stated the Brachial nerve shut down any electrical signal to my arm rendering the limb useless. Without going into detail, my neurologist provided a course of action and voila! two months later I can type and head back to the gym. It should be interesting for the next little while as I slowly try to regain strength. The last month has seen progress from slight movement to being able to lift arm overhead.

Today was my first day back at the gym and it was about time!! A nice simple WOD of 400M, 20 burpees, 50 russian Kettlebell Swings(only 20 lbs today), 50 air squats (mixed with a 14 lb med ball), 20 burpees and finally 400M. Did I come back to soon? NO! In reality this was a perfect way to start, no heavy weights, lots of bodyweight movements and cardio. Surprisingly the legs were the ones feeling this and the arm is doing well 5 hours after we finished. Tomorrow will be more of an endurance type workout as I sucked at that before I was out and today was no exception.

Patience is the key and this time a smarter program to conditioning will prevent this from a repeat performance.