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Stephen R. Lampl 07-07-2010 04:49 PM

Re: Steve's "I'm not aging quietly" log
 
[quote=Laurie Smith;807624]It took me a year before I got my double unders. I'm still working on overhead squats and I come to this forum to ***** and share my pain as well as improvements because I know you guys know EXACTLY where I'm coming from. We are all in this together. That is the beauty of our CrossFit community!! Glad you've snapped out of it!! :highfive:[/quote]Thanks, Laurie! And of course, you're right on! Looks like I'm not the only one who has to fight to master a skill (though it takes me longer with some). Anyway, no more complaints. Work on the weaknesses, develop the strengths.....my new mantra, I guess!

Laurie Smith 07-07-2010 05:00 PM

Re: Steve's "I'm not aging quietly" log
 
[QUOTE=Stephen R. Lampl;807711]Thanks, Laurie! And of course, you're right on! Looks like I'm not the only one who has to fight to master a skill (though it takes me longer with some). Anyway, no more complaints. Work on the weaknesses, develop the strengths.....my new mantra, I guess![/QUOTE]

Ah, it's okay to complain and voice your frustrations....that way people can help with suggestions.

Stephen R. Lampl 07-07-2010 09:28 PM

Re: Steve's "I'm not aging quietly" log
 
Well.....yeah, there's complaining and then there's whining. I crossed the line, me thinks.......:shrug:

Anthony Mattox 07-08-2010 02:33 PM

Re: Steve's "I'm not aging quietly" log
 
Gees Steve, I take a few days off for injury and your falling apart on me. Just kidding. I know exactly how you are/were feeling. I always go and look at the WODs times and it saddens me at times when I look at how much better everyone else is doing. It's just the competitiveness in us that makes us that way. We like being winners and is frustrating when we are always average or below average with anything we do. Your a Type A personality based on your career choice. Nuff said, ay. I do agree with everyone else as well. Well, your back, without actually being gone - hey hey. You were right about my back. It has to be a muscle, and I can tell now that it is the muscle to the left of my spine. Once I grimice for about 45 minutes in the morning while stretching slowly, I'm fairly normal until I sit for too long and it get's stiff. Won't be doing any back exercises for awhile, which will probably have me back at square one by the time I'm healed to begin working it again. I started working out on my own yesterday, doing non-back stress exercises. Thanks for your prayer, I know it helped me to recover as quickly as I have to this point. I'll return the favor as well. God bless.
Tony

Stephen R. Lampl 07-08-2010 11:31 PM

Re: Steve's "I'm not aging quietly" log
 
[quote=Anthony Mattox;808298]Gees Steve, I take a few days off for injury and your falling apart on me. Just kidding. I know exactly how you are/were feeling. I always go and look at the WODs times and it saddens me at times when I look at how much better everyone else is doing. It's just the competitiveness in us that makes us that way. We like being winners and is frustrating when we are always average or below average with anything we do. Your a Type A personality based on your career choice. Nuff said, ay. I do agree with everyone else as well. Well, your back, without actually being gone - hey hey. You were right about my back. It has to be a muscle, and I can tell now that it is the muscle to the left of my spine. Once I grimice for about 45 minutes in the morning while stretching slowly, I'm fairly normal until I sit for too long and it get's stiff. Won't be doing any back exercises for awhile, which will probably have me back at square one by the time I'm healed to begin working it again. I started working out on my own yesterday, doing non-back stress exercises. Thanks for your prayer, I know it helped me to recover as quickly as I have to this point. I'll return the favor as well. God bless.
Tony[/quote]
Tony,

I can't thank you enough for holding me up in prayer. I have become a very competitive person in my "advancing" years and probably push myself harder than I should. Unfortunately, I temporarily lost sight of what is important and allowed myself to focus comparatively on the performance and abilities of others, rather than concentrating on my achievements and goals. Thank heavens for friends (you included!) and acquaintances who care enough and are not afraid to apply a good, swift kick in the hind end when necessary.

I am glad that your back is not so painful now and you are able to work on getting the knots out. Perhaps you are doing this, but if not, have you considered the application of moist heat before stretching? The heat increases blood flow through the affected area, nourishing the tissue and making it more susceptible to stretching with a lessened possibility of spasms. I also think you are wise to have temporarily suspended any workouts or exercises which could involve the affected muscle(s) or exacerbate the inflammation.

Blessings.....

Steve

Stephen R. Lampl 07-09-2010 12:52 AM

Re: Steve's "I'm not aging quietly" log
 
Okay....so final reflection on last Saturday's meltdown......

I feel good........really good, and believe I have found direction and grounding again in my training. As trainers we tend to think about our clients - - what's necessary to help them succeed and better yet, excel at their pursuits in CrossFit and also avoid injuries. But we sometimes forget and lose focus of what's important for us as [U]clients[/U] [U]ourselves[/U].

Well, I soooooo get it now! I know I'll get discouraged again - - everybody does, but this is where I just have to think of my situation like I'm taking on "Fran" or something to that effect. She's out to kick my butt.......I can choose to kick back hard, or I can just go at if half-a**ed or worse, give up. I prefer the former! Like Vince Lombardi said, "It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get back up...."

Anthony Mattox 07-11-2010 08:19 PM

Re: Steve's "I'm not aging quietly" log
 
AMEN Steve! I have forgotten that quote over the years, but it is a great one. You're a winner in my book. I may be the oldest one posting on yours(after Nik) maybe, but I can't say enough for those that are younger what a challenge it is for those of us middle age, 40+. I've worked out with weights and running consistently for the last 20 years and personally noticed a physical difference at 35 or 36 YOA (slower recovery and just slower overall) and it's not getting any easier overall. CF is a great thing, but the body is still getting older. Like you say-slow the aging process down, which I am definitely for. I want to be one of the 80 year olds that still gets around well, not the 62 year old that can barely walk. We're all different and I commend you for sticking with it. We are both at the age where we can look around at people we know or meet and find out they are your age and think to yourself I thought they were older. When this happens, I think I should look in the mirror more closely, but it's not just about looks, although looks do show some reflection of your physical condition. Yours is good Steve and I commend you for hanging in there because you still have 12 years on me and I can REALLY appreciate that. I know every year I am getting older and not younger because my body reminds me of it. I remember when I was young I seldom had sore muscles, then as I got older I would be a little sore the next day, and as the years continued to go by I was getting sore before the job was done that day. We just try to slow it down ay mate. Oh yeah, I had my personal experience with a Tempurpedic mattress this year and WOW!!! I don't wake up with near as many aches and pains as before - Glory to God!
God Bless,
Tony :D

Stephen R. Lampl 07-11-2010 09:44 PM

Re: Steve's "I'm not aging quietly" log
 
Tony,

Definitely kind words and sage advice in your post - - very well-said.

My recent experience is a result of equating my capabilities or what I [U]believe I should be able to accomplish[/U] through my observations of other, no based on my own struggles and accomplishments. I also didn't work hard to keep my faith where it belongs.

I really appreciate your encouragement and complements! One thing I love about the CF Community in general is the "iron sharpens iron" relationship (though you and I are used to it in another manner also) between people.

I also am very appreciative of your remarks about us as older CrossFitters. It is true, we can never reverse the aging process and the fact that we heal a little less quickly, we hurt a little longer, and perhaps we cannot breathe the same amount of fire as the younger whipper-snappers and ladies out there. But, we can sure slow things down. At our present rate (especially if I can keep from breaking things....) I see both of us WODding in our 80s....Thanks again, Tony! You are AWESOME! Steve

Jeremiah 29:11

Dave Coughlin 07-12-2010 06:44 PM

Re: Steve's "I'm not aging quietly" log
 
Steven,

I haven't been hitting the WOD logs, outside of my own, for a few weeks now. Imagine how I felt seeing your log dating back to last Saturday aka Meltie McMelterson Day! So I'd thought I would chime in, albeit a week late:shrug:

Ever since I saw your posts a couple YEARS ago on Chuck B, Christin S, and Vanessa S' log, I couldn't help but notice how awesome and encouraging you were to folks; not to mention how hungry for infomation you were. Your type of behavior rubbed off on me even before I posted on your log. That way you provide feedback on the forum is exactly why I'm so stoked you've finally got in correspondence with Matt B-who was the first person to chime in on my own log, and has been just an outstanding influence on me since we started posting on each other's log.

Just remember, just by coming out to an Affiliate you are better off than 99% of other guys your age, and CF will really keep you in a position to do these things (among other things):
-ENJOY YOUR RETIREMENT
-Learn new weaknesses, and eliminate them
-Inspire younglings (myself included even though Im 35)
-Be an athlete!

Interesting you speak of your weaknesses possibly hindering you entering the Masters CF Qualifier, because I have been speaking with a FF about that very thing. He is in incredible shape, has a pretty good knowledge of CF, and has come to me several times saying he wants to compete next year; however, he is worried about OHS/PCs/deep squats on his bad knees. I told him about the scalability of WODs, and how if he was worried about his knees the judges would let him do something else (and get a DNF/DQ). I also told him about how awesome the enviroment will be, and how people will be going crazy just to see an "old man" out in the FLA heat killing WODs. Get what I'm sayin':stir:

Thank you for continuing to visit/post on my log, even if I go weeks without posting on yours...I hope this keeps me on your good side;)

Stephen R. Lampl 07-12-2010 09:22 PM

Re: Steve's "I'm not aging quietly" log
 
[B]Dave,

[/B]You'll always be on my good side, Bro......I wouldn't care if you go a year without posting, but I'd prefer you don't.......I'll suspect somethings up and come lookin' for ya!

This past week has given me much time to reflect on last Saturday (a little over a week ago). Sending you a PM if you don't mind.


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