Ain’t Nothing Sweet About This Sweet 16!

I tried to look up the WOD last night before going to bed, but it wasn’t up so I slept somewhat soundly after Béatrice woke up at 0030. I think she was a little cold with the fan blowing on her and I quickly gave her a blanket and went back to sleep. She woke up again at 0515, but it was Ben’s turn to get up as I was getting ready to leave for the WOD.

Skill: Tempo deadlift 5×3 E2M

I started those at 105# and they felt challenging, so I kept bumping up my weight by 5# with each rep looking like this:

105#-110#-115#-120#-125#

Those were tough, considering I did an extra one for each set by pulling up the bar first, then going into the 3-second down, pause 2 seconds and explosive 1-second up.

WOD: Sweet 16.

It was my 3rd time attempting this WOD. I had done it right after 14.5 with some modifications because my shoulders were bugging me at the time and had finished in 17:37 back in April. I had done 8 burpees then instead of the 6 push press and the back squats were at 55#.

Today, I wanted to push it. I went with 4 rounds of: 400m run, 6 push press @60# and 10 back squats at 60#. It was challenging. I was already sweating buckets from the warm-up and the deadlifts and I cannot fathom why anyone would go workout later in the day seeing as it was already so hot outside (and inside the Box)!

On my second round, Coach Caleb was telling me something, but I couldn’t hear him with the music and me focussing on my work, so I dropped the bar after what I thought was my 3rd push press to listen to him. It turns out I was doing push jerks and not push press. I picked up the bar again and re-started that round from the beginning. That’s what accountability is all about. If I cut corners short, I’m only cutting myself short. On my 3rd round of 400m run, I felt like crying. I just had a little mental chat with myself that went along those lines:

Don’t cry, there’s no reason to cry. Yeah, you’re tired, but you’re almost done. This is a choice you’ve made for yourself, to better your life. Suck it up, slow down your pace, breathe and keep  moving. There is absolutely no reason to cry.

It worked! I just kept taking short walking breaks and kept trotting along! I finished last again in 18:40, but I didn’t care. I increased my weight and still managed to finish under 20 mins (my secret time cap), so for me, this is a PR!

Just proof that once you tame your mind, your body can achieve a lot more than you first thought possible!

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I read somewhere that when you think you are done, you are into 40% of what your body is capable of doing

I came back home and had to shower, but before, I had to do what felt like a whole other challenge… Get upstairs!

This felt like Everest this morning! See that lovely painter's tape on the side! ;)

This felt like Everest this morning! See that lovely painter’s tape on the side! 😉

Once I was all clean and ready to tackle the day, I made myself eggs and veggies and downed the whole thing with a delicious coffee made by my hubby!

All clean, but not back to my normal colour... It's hard to be photogenic when you're exhausted!

All clean, but not back to my normal colour… It’s hard to be photogenic when you’re exhausted!

 

Now, I have to go attack the long list of cleaning and unpacking left to be done this week!

Getting To The Core Of It All

To say that I am sore from the WOD on Wednesday is the major understatement of the year! Yesterday, I could barely move; my traps were beyond sore and my quads were letting me know they were angry with me. I managed to make it through the day, taking care of the girls (i.e., picking them up, carrying them, hugging them) and moving furniture around so the painter could do his work (more on that in a separate post!), but I was glad to go to bed and I rolled and stretched and applied hot bag every chance I got throughout the day!

This morning was a little better, but I was still sore on my way to the box for this:

Before the warm-up, Tracey was kind enough to let me try 2 of her skipping ropes and I was able to get quite a few DUs with one of them so I will definitely order one online TODAY when the girls nap. I will do a review once I get it and let you all know how I’m doing with it! 😉

Skill: Front Squat 6×3 E90S

I love squats. If there is one thing I have going for me in this whole Crossfit adventure is that this girl can go ass to the grass like it’s nobody’s business! I may not be the strongest or the fastest, but I can definitely squat! I managed to PR from 3 weeks ago and got 90#. I think I could hit 100# soon. It felt like I still had some gas in me to keep going. For the first time today, I could really feel my core being engaged when I went down in the squat. I could feel the full effect of the bracing, I got my breathing right and it felt kind of easy. A year into this and I have core strength! I never thought this would happen again in this lifetime. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t have abs showing through my stomach or anything, but I have core strength. A few days ago, Ben and I were just lying in bed and he even commented on how my stomach was now flat when I’m lying down. I will get there eventually, all in due time! Enough rambling, here were my progressions:

65#-70#-75#-80#-85#-90#

WOD: That was a tough one. When I looked at it last night, the weight prescribed were different and I thought, for sure I can do the Rx for the women (65#). When I showed up this morning, the WOD had been revised and the new Rx weight for women was 75#. I tried to warm up at 65# and my traps were just too sore to even think about doing 30 reps at that weight. I settled for FG1 at 55#. I finished dead last by at least 2 minutes, but I got it done and that’s all that matters to me. I finished at 7:12 and did all my burpees granny-style. I think pretty much everyone was done by 5:30… I always say:

I’ll get it done. Maybe not within the time cap, but I’ll get it done!

A friend of mine posted this on her FB page this morning and I absolutely loved it!

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It made me realize that I have come so far mentally and I owe 99% of this newfound mental toughness to Crossfit. I now chose to tackle life like I do WODs. Break big projects into smaller, more achievable ones, taking things in stride. I don’t get discouraged anymore if I try something and don’t succeed, instead, I just keep trying or try a different way of getting it done. Mental fortitude has done wonders for me and it has helped a lot with decreasing my stress levels. Yet, just another reason I am absolutely and totally in love with Crossfit! ❤