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Get me off this plateau!

PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 8:50 am
by cheapo
OK, the subject is a bit dramatic, but my last 3 D1L5s and last 2 D3L5s have featured nearly identical results. (21 rounds on the D1 and 8'25" on the D3). Should I just keep plugging away, or is there something I am missing.

What would give me a good push, maybe enough to get to the next level?

PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 12:27 pm
by hiq
What about taking a break for a week?

PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 2:33 pm
by volleyball_man
ditto - take an active rest week.

PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2008 3:08 pm
by cheapo
Well, I had an easy (down 2 levels) week 2 weeks ago (and a cold). I also missed D3 that week. The following week I missed D3 again. So last week, despite being hit with gout in my ankle, I did all 3 days for the 1st time in a while. (My ankle is much better, thank you.)

I am going to do this week all out and see how it goes.

PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 11:43 am
by splint
Do you workout at the same time of day generally? I found as I was progressing through the levels, doing the Day 3 in the late morning or afternoon when I normally workout in the morning usually led to personal records.

PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 11:48 am
by zorg
I'm far from experienced, but I think that a few weeks with no big progress are nothing to worry about, especially if you had a cold in that time. After all, three weeks isn't that much.

I usually notice pretty quickly when I'm less strict about my diet. Perhaps that's a factor for you, too?

PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:27 pm
by cheapo
My diet hasn't changed that much since starting crossfit.
I watch portion size, most of the time.
I eat less carbs, but have definitely not eliminated them. Bread is rare, but I still eat oatmeal every morning and pasta 1-5x per week.
When the option is there, I take a good serving of protein and vegetables and skip the carbs, but, as I said, the changes have been gradual.

I work out an hour or two after dinner, after the kids are in bed, usually around 20:00. Morning workouts aren't really an option because I already get up at 6:00 to get my son ready for the schoolbus, which comes at 7:25.

Also, my wife, with whom I work out, is not a real morning person.

I am not too concerned about being on a plateau. Just a bit frustrated. I know if I keep at it I will make progress. It is not as if I am overtraining.

PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2008 2:44 am
by glomde
You do 21 rounds which is quite many.
Maybe you should just increase the level on D1 so that you do 12-14 rounds and see if you can improve that.
I got good results by treating D1, D2,D3 as seperate.
When I can do 20 rounds of D1, I increase with one pull-up.