I got up at 0500 for the 3rd day in a row and got ready to hit the Box for this:


Dark and wet

Dark and wet

It was raining for the 1st day in about 3 months this morning and I’ve been noticing how dark it is already when I get up for the 0600 class. Back to fall weather soon, I guess.


WOD: I warmed up with 55#, then moved on to 65# as suggested by Tracey and Coach Caleb. I had a plan of breaking my reps into sets of 3 for the first 15, then do single reps. I got to 15 according to my plan and I still felt good so I kept going with sets of 3. I figured I would keep it up until I felt unable to do so, but it turns out I finished all 30 reps broken into sets of 3. According to Mark, I looked strong doing it too. Does that mean I sandbagged this one? Should I have gone with 75# instead? I’m not sure. Coach Caleb was very adamant that we make sure our form was perfect the whole way through and I apparently managed to do just that. I wasn’t last to finish, I think I finished in the middle or towards the end of the pack, so maybe my scaling was on point? I’m not sure. I’m so used to scaling and finishing last that I feel like maybe I screwed up when I’m not last and maybe I didn’t work hard enough. Maybe I should see it as myself getting stronger instead? I’m not sure how to analyze this, but at least, I now have a benchmark for Grace and it gives me something to go from here on out.

I paired up with Neil aka Boy and we did our 5 rounds of the Skill #2. That ab wheel was something new and it hurt my wrists for some reason.


Strap your feet in and bring your knees into a tuck or pike

I only managed to string 10 DUs once. The rest of my reps were singles upwards of 4 in-a-row. Not my best performance, but today is my 4th day of Crossfit this week and I feel beat up. I was pouring sweat after the Skill #2 and I came back home, dreading having to attempt the entire house cleaning for yet another day this week.

Walking into the house, I noticed our black “leather” couch had been decorated with gold Sharpie… I hopped back into my car and drove to the only grocery store open to get a Magic Eraser. Some of the disaster has disappeared, but not all of it. Ben thinks if we draw over it with a dry-erase marker and then wipe that down, it will lift off the Sharpie as well. We’ll try that later. That’s one of the reason I didn’t want to get a real leather couch just yet… I knew it would get ruined at some point by the girls, I just didn’t think it would happen 8 months after getting our couch! 😦 Ugh!

Ben and Nanny have agreed on a plan in order to help keep me sane today: Ben will take the girls out of the house and Nanny will help me (hopefully) finish cleaning the main floor. This way, the girls have a better chance of staying alive to see another day and Nanny and I will power through the cleaning.

She looks all innocent wrapped up in my blanket, but son't get fooled by appearances. She's the gold Sharpie culprit

She looks all innocent wrapped up in my blanket, but don’t get fooled by appearances… She’s the gold Sharpie culprit and is grounded for today!


It’s been a busy week and I’ll try to recap quickly.

Last Monday was a Civic Holiday here and we enjoyed the day at the beach with Ben’s mom who was visiting from Kingston. We hiked to Mystic Beach and had fun in the sun and sand before we headed out for the typical lunch at Mom’s Café.

Bra's natural summer highlights! I'd kill for these!

Béa’s natural summer highlights! I’d kill for these!

Rina, swinging from the rope swing on the beach

Rina, swinging from the rope swing on the beach

Cutie pie!

Cutie pie!

Rina, wave jumping

Rina, wave jumping

I had only 2 days at work before I was officially on vacation and although I was counting the hours on Wednesday. Let’s be real though, I kind of clocked out mentally around 1500, even though I was working until 1930. Nothing fazed me on that day and I was happy and lighthearted to make my way to my car at the end of the day! Off for a full month and I was more than ready for some time off. I already had 2 overtime calls to come in to work tonight so far… Not gonna happen!

I’ve spent yesterday and today getting some last minute shopping and making packing lists, getting everything organized and packed for our Cuban vacation! I can now say we are 98% ready to go, with little adjustments left to be done for our carry-on luggages.

I went to the Oly class yesterday morning and I was stoked to see Ryan show up: I wasn’t absolutely certain if there actually was a class or not and I was starting to think I’d gotten up at 0500 for nothing! Here’s what we did:

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High hang, low hang, full squat snatch x6 E3M

Lots of rest for these and we were to work up to 75% of our 1RM. Mine was supposed to be 48.75#, but the closest I could get to was 48.5# (not enough small plates to make it a real 75%, but close enough). I was struggling on some reps and had to repeat a few, but as I warmed up, it felt smoother towards the end.

Squat Clean, Front Squat, Split jerk x6 E3M

Again, we were supposed to only go up to 75% of our 1RM so I used 67.5# for all my reps. The split jerk was unstable at times, but I managed all my reps. I was exhausted by the end! So much rest and yet, I was done for!


This morning, I woke up at 0500 again and I was still tired. I’ve been going to bed a little later than usual and I could definitely feel it this morning:

I had misread the WOD last night and thought it was only 1 round. Gulp! There was no way I could do this RX seeing as my 1RM DL is 160# and my 1RM clean is 90#. That would have been cutting it too close to exhaustion and Coach Caleb wanted us to do close to 30 reps/30 secs. Sometimes, the guy cracks me up! 😉 No way I was going to achieve that either, but I was happy that I managed some pretty stable rep scheme throughout all rounds. I did FG with the following reps:

DL @ 115#:8-8-9-8-8

Front squats @ 65#: 9-9-9-8-8


Sometimes, I look at my reps and feel a bit discouraged at how low they are. Then, I analyze them in a different way and I’m pretty happy with my work. For example, my reps are low on the DL, but if you tally it all, it comes up to 4715 lbs moved in 2:30. For the front squats, it comes up to 2797 lbs squatted in the same amount of time.  As for my DUs, I only managed to string 8 in a row (last round), but they felt smoother with each rounds. Funny how I can do those better when I’m more physically tired. Maybe it’s because I’m not as tensed up?

I’m ready to put a hot pack on my shoulders and real for the evening before yet another busy day tomorrow!

Just how I like it!

Ben is back! He was gone to Vancouver again this past weekend and that meant another weekend by myself with the girls! It wasn’t anything new or super demanding, but whenever he comes home, my stress level goes down immediately. Just the thought of being ABLE to share parenting responsibilities is enough to calm me down. Kudos to all the single moms out there! I’m just glad to be reunited with my honey and have my family whole again! Just how I like it!

At the Box this morning:

Working on my Cleans was hard, hilarious and satisfying all at once. Having missed last Monday, I missed a class for the transition from a slow power clean into a squat and I was nervous about catching up. I fussed around with the 35# bar for a few reps before increasing my weights. I did my reps as follows: 40#, 45#, 50#, 55# and finally 60#. I will be honest and say that I fell on my butt a couple of times during my progressions. I’m so focused on keeping my weight on my heels, that sometimes, it is TOO MUCH on my heels and I tipped ass-over-tea-kettle a few times! 😉 No biggie, nothing to see here! I just got right back up and kept working on it! 🙂 Just how I like it!

The WOD was… something else! Ben had taped my shins again (still having a shin splint flare up) last night as I was planning to “run” the TG. “Run” is a strong word… More like wobble around, but I managed to do so unbroken again. I did the push press with only the 35# bar. I was pooped after the cleans and didn’t want to have to fuss with my weights mid-WOD. I think I could have managed with 40#. 35# was challenging, but I still had some juices left in me. The pull-ups were probably the hardest part of the WOD for me. It was my 1st time doing them with the red and blue band (instead of the green) and, let me tell you, THEY WERE HARD! Who knew progressing would make me feel like regressing all over again! I couldn’t do more than 4 in a row on my 1st set, 3 in a row in my 2nd set and finally my last set looked like this: 3-3-2-1. I still had to “run” 400m after all that. I swear I would have probably been faster had I walked, but I made it my goal to do the running unbroken. I managed to do so and finished with a time of 11:40. Just how I like it!

I came back home to 3 loads of laundry, cleaning the bedrooms, living room and bathroom. While I was changing the bed sheets on Ben and I’s bed, my sciatic pain started acting up and it sent a pang of heat all the way down my butt and thighs. I decided to lie down on my bed to let the “cramp” pass and I may or may not have taken a nap doing so! 🙂 I think I was out for 20-30 mins before Ben and Rina came to find me! I guess I needed a power nap after giving it my all at the box this morning!

Only one more load of laundry to dry and fold and then I’ll be able to relax when the girls nap. Just how I like it!