Tyler Robbins Fitness

B.Sc. Biochemistry, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT/CF-L3), USA Weightlifting Level 1

Day 174 - World's Toughest Mudder Training Update

Well, it has been an interesting week to say the least!

Weeks 1 and 2 of my World's Toughest Mudder training went really well (in my opinion), but week 3 has had a few obstacles and roadblocks.

On Monday, I strained a muscle in my lower back playing with my son. I know, it was even flukier than it sounds! I came to the realization a while ago that I am always going to have problems with my lower back. I tend to do my absolute best to keep it as healthy and strong as possible, but there are still these instances that randomly tweak something, putting my on the DL for a little while.

On the bright side, because I stay so active and do core work on a consistent basis, when I run into these back snags here and there, I tend to get over them rather quickly *knock on wood*. This time really was no exception, although I DID have to take an extra day of recovery.

The sore back was roadblock one this week. The second roadblock has been my 10-month old son and his sleeping escapades...or should I say lack of sleeping. He has never been the best of sleepers, usually getting up once or twice through the night to feed. He has rarely ever slept through the entire night. Well, lately, he has been up multiple times through the night and having an absolute meltdown when he does get up! This has caused my wife and I to run low on sleep this past week, which in turn, has affected my training.

UBX, for example on Tuesday was certainly not one of my better outings. I really struggled to match reps and weights from the previous week, yet for some reason I was sore as hell the past few days. When I finished my workout on Tuesday, I was really down in the dumps, feeling as though I was taking a step backwards.

Then, on Wednesday, I had my second 12km run scheduled. The weather here from my parts has really taken a turn lately, so before I headed out for my run, I knew it wasn't going to be pretty.

I encountered cold temps (5C, 40F), windy conditions, rain, hail, and even a little bit of sun. I have to tell you though, that was one of the most mentally engaging runs, and workouts, I have ever had! I was tired and not in the mood heading out for the run, but I just knew deep down inside that it was one that I just had to do! By the time I got back, I still finished under and hour, which is right on pace for me, and I was happier than a little piggy in you know what.

Today (Thursday) I took a day of recovery as I was up with my son quite a bit again last night, but tomorrow I wrap up week 3, and phase 1, with X2 Base & Back. What a way to end the week (that routine always destroys me)!

I then head into a recovery week of sorts, where I will do a few short runs, some core work, I may even through in good ol' Core Synergistics from P90X, and my winter hockey league starts Sunday night.

Stay tuned for more details!

Quote of the day:
"Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant."
~ Robert Louis Stevenson

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