By Theresa on Oct 15, 2016 03:46 pm
A few weeks ago I decided to get back into a gym routine after a month off the trail. I went across town to Crossfit CHF in Maryville and attempted the worst workout of my life. It started out with a short strength portion of back squats. It took me about 5 seconds for to realize that my body had completely changed from what it was 9 months ago. After completing the squats, then came the WOD (workout of the day) which involved me beating myself to death with a jump rope and doing dumbbell snatches until my arms wanted to fall off.
After that workout I was sore for 5 full days. It was a hard pill to swallow, but I came to the realization that the trail changed my body more than I thought it would have. I decided that I couldn’t just jump right back into Crossfit. Instead of trying to be superwoman, I figured I’d go back to the basics.
Starting last week, I got back into a bodybuilding routine. I’m doing 4 days a week at the gym, each day being a different group of muscles. It has been going great so far and it is only the end of the second week. Even though I lost a good amount of strength, I gained a huge amount of endurance and cardio on the trail. I was almost in shock when I decided to take a run on the treadmill and it seemed easier than ever before. Then I jumped on the rower and realized I had lost a little bit of my pulling ability but gained the cardio to make up for it.
The trail has changed me in many ways and I would say 99% of the change has been for the better. The 1% that I didn’t enjoy is the change of my body losing strength, but I know that is something I can work to get back. If anyone out there is reading this and they are recently off the trail, I highly recommend getting into a regular physical activity routine. Many of you are experiencing post trail depression and physical activity is a great aide in overcoming it. I wish you all luck in finding what works for you and in getting back into a routine that fits your new lifestyle.