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I don’t know how she does it
One of the many things we have been doing lately is lots of testing and doctor appointments. My wife has remained active, fitting in classes when she feels up to it, and most recently she thought she may of strained her side muscles while doing ring L sits. But just to be sure we brought it up with the doctor to make sure the baby was doing fine. Everything checked out ok and the doctor asked what exercises she was doing that strained her muscle. And then there are those moments that you’re thankful to be a part of. Some would say the being at the birth of a child would be one of those moments and others would say witnessing the bouncing box on a screensaver fitting perfectly into the corner. For me, it was watching her physician speechless when she explained her CrossFit workout. He said shockingly “you can do that?” and she replied with a slight smirk “I’ve been doing that”. It seemed inappropriate to say at the time but I was thinking, “bad ass”. I’m surprised she didn’t chalk up right there and try to deadlift the exam table. I can tell she is looking forward to going full speed once again.
I was thinking that I cannot truly understand what she’s going through during this process. I can help out with around the house but I can’t carry the physical load. I can assemble tons of baby furniture and roam miles of fabric store aisles but I have no idea how she feels. The closest thing I can relate is once being assigned to take care of a 1 pound bag of flour in high school home-economics class, which unfortunately died of its wounds from a classmate’s assassination attempt.
She has been scaling her workouts with the direction of the CrossFit Bako trainers and helpful websites like Crossfitmom.com. Examples of the changes in her workout would include doing a snatch with dumbbells rather than a barbell, instead of burpees she does squat + push up, hang cleans instead of power cleans, and of course no dodge ball.
I’ve been injured before and had to modify my workouts but not to the extent she has. It made me insane. When I was rehabbing my mind would play tricks on me and shaking my ego. I would wonder if I’d ever return to full speed or be able to lift the same. Would I be condemned to always use pvc and only hope to be able to handle the weight of the bar? I’d fight with myself to keep from rushing back to prevent continued aggravation from a bum shoulder, ankle, wrist, thumb, and whatever that crunchy noise was in my hip. And yet, I look at her and she’s making the best of the situation. Where I would be itching to get my fix back she’s there with a smile. She gives the impression that she knows she will be back and even better. I don’t know how she does it.
In order for me to better understand her situation I’m reminded of a life lesson taught through the wisdom of one of the greatest tales ever told: The 90s television show Full House. In the case you didn’t major in sitcoms as a child, Full House was a sitcom revolving around a single father and his brother- in- law raising 3 kids. There was also a comedian that lived in the basement with his puppet, but he was rarely relevant. There’s an episode in which Uncle Jesse (played by the immortal John Stamos) wore a fake belly bump for one episode to understand his close to pregnancy wife Becky (played by Cindy Crawford stunt double Lori Laughlin) was going through. At the end the episode he empathizes with her condition and conveys solidarity. This got me thinking, what would be the CrossFit version of this life lesson? A belly bump is fine, but what’s the challenge in that? What if it were weighted? But Uncle Jesse was overwhelmed only wearing it for a half hour episode and that was with commercials. I think where he lacked endurance; a CrossFitter should be able to wear it the entire 3rd trimester weighted, right? We are at week 27 and I would like to do something similar. I am open to suggestions.