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…

 

OMG! OMG! OMG!

I can’t believe this happened! Earlier today, Camille Leblanc-Bazinet posted this photo on her Facebook page with the following status:

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For those of you who don’t know me very well, I’m from the suburb of Montreal and I’m a little frenchie, just like Camille. I’ve pretty much held her in high esteem since I started getting involved in Crossfit. I was reading some of the comments following her post and then saw this comment by this dude, telling her to “chill”. Just keep reading below his comment and you’ll see the one I posted (I’m Val).

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I can’t believe she actually thanked me! Maybe one day, I’ll get to meet her in person and tell her how much I look up to her. I feel a little starstruck right now! 😉