Change Of Plans

I had RSVP’d for the Olympic lifting class today with Rachel Siemens and I have to say, I was starting to regret it a little bit after breakfast. I really was in the mood to sit down and do nothing and my sciatic was acting up (the left one today, it changes frequently), so I was kind of feeling Meh! about lifting today. I still showed up though because once I commit to something, I usually see it through.

Here’s what we did, although we modified it for one of the exercise outlined:

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I warmed up beforehand and then tackled the front squats and the push press. I think I finished off at 65# on those.

Then, we had to work on our Jerks from a back rack position and I worked my way up to 67.5#. I love having the smaller plates as I can now hit my targets accurately. We were told to work up to 75% of our 1RM and that’s just what I did.

We then moved onto the box jumps (BJ) and the hang squat snatch. We were to start light and work to a heavy. I started with 35# and progressed with 45#-50#-55# and finally onto 60#.Ā I was struggling with the dropping into the squat (as usual) with from 35#-50#, but then, Rachel cued me to move my feet wider at the top of the snatch and, whaddya know, I fared a little better. Good thing too because I was getting frustrated! I was very happy to successfully do 2 reps at 60#, seeing as it is my true 1RM. Coach Caleb has had me working with a “pretend 1RM” of 65# so that I would get stronger, and now, I’m curious to see if I could actually succeed to do a snatch at that weight!

Instead of the SN DL, we ended up doing Snatch balances. It turns out I’m not the only one struggling to commit into the squat, so we all had a good practice. I did 2×5@35#, 3@40#, 3@45# and that was that.

We finished with some squat cleans and we started light in order to finish around 85% of our 1RM. My 1RM is 90#, and I was planning to finish at 76.5#. Here were my reps for these:

55#-65#-70#-76.5#

Again, I was working on landing my feet wider into the squat and keeping my elbows forwards at the bottom. I think I did ok on these and was pretty happy overall with my little lifting sesh of the day. I then rushed over to the pool to meet up with Ben and the girls and I was very glad I had to spend some time in the hot tub and got a jet onto my left butt cheek and, although it didn’t help with the sciatic pain, I was able to work on some pretty bad knots. We came back home, made steaks on the BBQ and stuffed my face. I was FAMISHED! I’ve now packed my lunch for tomorrow, my clothes are laid out for work and I’m really looking forward to catch up on the Crossfit Games before I hit the sack for the night! šŸ™‚

 

Fogtober Dreams and Ocean Breeze

After I was granted a LOA (Leave of Absence = an unpaid day off) for my night shift yesterday, I had a peaceful night in my bed. When my alarm went off this morning, I was right in the middle of a dream where I was hanging out with my girl (Camille Leblanc-Bazinet), just enjoying a beach day.

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Beach day with my girl crush… In my dreams! Source

I took it as a sign and got myself ready for the Box. I remember when I would wake up in the morning and dread getting ready for the workout. Now, I do it automatically. It’s become part of my routine and I don’t even question it anymore. It’s just something I do, without any doubt or question. Even if I know what the WOD is in advance, I rarely dread it anymore. I just show up and give it my all. No more questioning why I’m doing this to myself, but instead, I look at it at my chance to better myself. It’s something I am now looking forward to and it’s become easy to make it a priority in my schedule!

Skill:Ā I’m still struggling with the snatch and OHS. Never mind combining the two together! šŸ˜‰ I warmed up with 35# and ended up with only 40# before my bar. Form before weight.

WOD: IntervOHS 2

Pretty straightforward. Ā 6 rounds of 4 x Hang Squat Snatch (40# for me) + 8 Box jumps (20″) on a 2-min timer. Your score is total of your fastest and slowest times together. Here were my rounds:

  1. 1:03
  2. 1:04
  3. 0:58
  4. 0:57
  5. 0:54
  6. 0:55

Total score = 1:57

I struggled with my 1st two rounds. Getting the bar stabilized overhead was eluding me and therefore, I was doing hang power snatch + OHS for those rounds. Then, it sort of clicked that I had to get under the bar all while pressing the bar overhead. It got a little easier, but it was still challenging at 40#.

I have to say, I’m looking forward to 2 days of rest. My legs are simply beat this week. From my glutes to my hamstrings and quads. Ā I’m very much looking forward to stretching and mobilizing throughout the weekend, whiteout doing a WOD. On the plus side, I guess all this soreness means I’m using my legs properly when squatting and lunging! šŸ™‚

As I walked out of the Box after the WOD, the fog had rolled in, bringing with it the lovely sea breeze from the ocean, very much typical of October on the island. The parking lot smelled like the ocean. One perk to coastal / island living in Canada! šŸ˜‰ Here was the view when I parked back home:

Fogtober at its best!

Fogtober at its best!

Also, I made a little u-turn to snap this picture on my way home. I drove past that scene and thought it was too cute to pass by without taking a picture:

Biker Chick!

Biker Chick!

Hope you all enjoy your long weekend and Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving!