Go Home February, You’re Drunk

While I was at work last evening, I received a text from Nanny with some pictures of Béatrice. She had a weird rash all over her body and some pustules as well. My co-workers were super nice and picked-up my assignment so I could go home early and take her to the walk-in clinic… AGAIN! Only our 5th visit in 2 weeks… I was not thrilled to say the least. Turns out she had hives from an allergic reaction to something. We walked in to the drugstore just as they were closing and I must have looked like I was at the end of my rope because the pharmacist was nice enough to unlock the cupboard and give me some children Benadryl. Thank you x 1000 pharmacist, you’re the best!

I drove us back home where Ben had cut his evening short at work also in order to let Nanny go home and he put Béatrice down while I showered the day away. This month has been challenging and exhausting. I don’t think I could handle much more. Oh wait, scratch that. Ben is leaving tomorrow for 10 days, which means I will be doing some single parenting for that many days. Ugh. I guess I’ll just have to survive, somehow…

Olympic lifting class test week

I was finally able to show up for Oly class this morning after having missed quite a few Thursday classes because of illness and work. I was looking forward to it, feeling the cold bar and working on my technique. Except today was test day. That got me nervous and took out all the little energy I had left in me. I didn’t feel confident at all and I’m still not 100% back to optimal health, so I didn’t think I was going to do well at all.

 

Snatch 5×1 E3M Test

That ever elusive snatch. I was warming up with an empty bar and had a hard enough time to drop into the squat. Coach Caleb came by and made me promise him that I would just COMMIT to dropping into the squat. That was all it took to get me to cry. I just didn’t think I had it in me, and somehow, I didn’t want to disappoint my coach. It’s silly I know, but that’s what I felt like at the time. I think the combination of illness, lack of confidence and exhaustion did my head in. I took a few good breathers and set my head in the game. I started at 50# and was successful. I failed my next rep at 55# because I over-arched my arms and try to correct too much. I lost my balance in the squat and dropped the bar forward. I practiced on the side with a dowel and stayed at 55# of my next rep. Success! I moved on to 60# for my next rep and succeeded at that weight. That was my previous PR. I set up for 65# on my last rep, but couldn’t get the bar overhead, therefore, staying at my previous PR of 6 weeks earlier. I was ok with that, considering my mental state just before we started.

Here’s my girl (Camille Leblanc-Bazinet) lifting a snatch at 85kg (187#). She makes it look so easy!

Clean & jerk 5×1 Test

I warmed up with a max of 55# because my previous PR was 70# for this lift. I started my 1st rep at 60# and it was fairly easy. 65# felt pretty much the same. 70# came around and although the clean felt a little more challenging, I felt really strong in the jerk. 75# was pretty much a repeat of my previous rep. It felt good and I had just achieved a new PR. Last rep came around and I was going for 80#. The clean felt challenging, but at the same time, I think I could have gone heavier. I took a few breaths and then went for the jerk. Coach Caleb was cheering me on the side saying: “Come on Val, this is where you shine!” I felt strong and just did it. Who knew I could shine at something Crossfit related! Bam! A new 10# PR for that lift and it honestly felt like I could have gone heavier. Next time! 🙂

Here’s Camille again, doing the clean & jerk at 108kg (238#).

Now, I wish I had my lift on video, but I don’t. I know 80# isn’t heavy compared to accomplished athletes, but that was a huge improvement for me and I am very proud of it, considering I don’t get to work out nearly as much as I would like to and I missed a few practice weeks. Hopefully, we are done with all the visits to the walk-in clinic and we can start working on getting healthy. Now, I just have to figure out how I’m going to do the Open workouts with my work schedule, a husband who’s away and minimal childcare…

 

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