After making it through the first week of BCX, my 2nd week into the challenge fared much better although I wasn’t liking the burpees any better.
Although the warm up got easier, the 2 minutes of jumping rope that is part of the warm up still kicked my butt and although my calves knees and shins were doing better than after the first week, they still weren’t very happy.
My time improved over the first week, and yes, I did push out more burpees although I will admit, I wasn’t able to complete the required reps and ended up subbing out squat thrusts again when I just couldn’t “burp” no more.
As for the 1 mile run, at times, my mind would again start telling me the same thing it always does whenever I get on a treadmill …. this is so boring, this sucks, hurry up and be done with this, I’m ready to be done ….. but I sucked it up, and even tried increasing my pace a few times.
As I’ve mentioned before, it’s not like I’m not capable of running a mile. I’m not fatigued or winded. Mentally, I get bored .
Reading the twitter posts from my fellow BCXers, it seemed like they were all having fun and really pushing through.
Don’t get me wrong… I loved having to push harder, the sense of competition and on line camaraderie. I was hoping that at some point I would get over my hatred of Burpees and treadmill running.
Hopefully, week 3 will be the mental breakthrough I’m looking for.
Weeks 3 and 4
Going into the third and fourth weeks of the challenge, my timing got better each week and each day, the warm up got better. My knees and shins improved as well thanks to my Chiro and Massage therapist. What had been giving my knees the issues they were having (and this is the first time I ever had knee issues) was due to my Anterior Tibialus (that would be the muscle that runs up the front of your legs) being really tight. Getting that worked on made weeks 3 and 4 go smoother than weeks 1 and 2.
Each week I improved my time and each week I did better with the burpees (there are burpees in every workout, each day of this program) and every time I did them I was hating them. But I did them and I got through it.
Reading the forum posts of my fellow challengers and how they are taking on the burpees, is really what pushed me to not wuss out, suck it up and as Steve Pfiester says…. “Get Over It” and for a fitness pro, it would be pretty shameful, pathetic and hypocritical of me not to.
Admittedly, me and my ego really wanted to be in the weight room tearing it up in there pushing the big boy weights.
Needless to say, this challenge was quite humbling to me and my ego.
Pushing to be your best
Is the BCX Challenge tough? You bet it is.
I really have to hand it to those who were doing the challenge. They hung in there and hung tough. They never gave up.
Going through this challenge reminded me of what it takes to push through to be your best. To not give up. Honestly, while I was doing each mission of the program I was miserable, but at the end of each mission I was proud that I hung in there and did it. It was a sense of accomplishment and pride.
It was a reminder and a lesson in what it takes to be a champion. To push yourself to be the best you can be.
Is BCX for you?
As tough and as challenging as it is, it can be for you. Depending on your fitness level, condition, etc., do the best you can. At first you may not be able to make it through each mission as is. You may be able to go through each circuit one time and that’s OK. Everyone has their starting point. Just with anything you do, do the best you can and push yourself as hard as you can.
Bonnie Pfiester does a great job of keeping a watchful eye over all the participants who post their feedback in the forum, and on twitter. As long as you communicate how you’re doing, what challenges you may be having, she does an amazing job on providing advice on how to reach your goals and do the program safely, efficiently and effectively.
I’ve already talked about this in a previous post, but part of what makes this program so successful is the “community” that has been created within this program. It is within this community that you will get the support and guidance that will inspire you to push through and succeed not just from Bonnie’s leadership, but from all the others participating with you.
It is within this community that everyone who participated in the challenge made new friendships, found motivation, support and accountability and quite honestly, you really can’t put a price on that and look forward to continuing to follow these people, cheer them on and support them.
There is an arsenal of workouts on the http://dobcx.wordpress.com/ you can go through and put together a program that works for you.
Life after BCX
So what’s next for me now that I’ve completed the challenge?
I am going to make some modifications to my next workout program incorporating the concepts of the BCX program and yes, I will continue to do Burpees and I will get my butt on a treadmill.
There’s a good chance I will put myself through the program again in the near future just to challenge myself and improve, but for now, the iron in the weight room is calling my name with a renewed intensity.