What Was That?!?

I went to bed at a decent hour last night, woke up, got Rina ready for school and then even had some time to do a little food prep before heading in to the Box. I had read the workout last night and I knew it was going to be a tough one, but I thought to myself: “It’s DT. You can do it at 65# if you strategize appropriately about it.” RIIIIIiiiiiiight!

That was before somebody pointed out that the warm-up was x3 this morning. I had read it as x1 only. Holy Cow, this was gonna be hard!

Warm-up (aka WOD #1):  3x

  • 500m row
  • 15 burpees
  • 30 light RKBS

Myeah, ok. I’ll get right on that! There was a few of us and in a way, I’m thankful for that because that meant I had to do 0.6km on the death bike for my second round since none of the ergs were available. To say that I enjoyed this much more than the erg is an understatement. At least, I was benefiting from the wind I was generating on the death bike vs. the erg. I did all my rounds with an 18# KB and did all my burpees Rx, but I had to stop twice during my last row. That was intense to say the least and it put me in a foul mood. How was I supposed to use 65# for DT now, when I felt like I had nothing left in the tank? I warmed up to 55# and called it a day. I felt like wiping down the barbell before I got started because it was already full of sweat from the hang power cleans!

Yep!

Yep!

WOD: DT

3.2.1.Go!

I managed all my rounds with unbroken DL. I would go up to 11, take a few breaths and then do my last rep before transitioning to the Hang Power Cleans. Those were the hardest for me. I had to break most rounds into sets of 4-4-1 and that made me waste a lot of time. I just didn’t have the forearms to push through. I did manage to do all push jerks unbroken, which tells me I probably should have stuck to my idea of using 65#, but I was too angry. The amount of swearing I did in my head was pretty phenomenal, even for me! Thanks goodness I managed to keep my mouth shut and just grind through it. I could tell I had my “pissed off” face on and the first thing that came out of my mouth when I was done was: “That was stupid!”

I was really trying to finish before Linda and I didn’t manage to do so, but I hung on to her pretty well and I did whatever it took for me to get over this insane warm-up/WOD. It’s rare that a workout puts me in such a bad mood and I’ve been trying to understand why it has done so. Was it because I felt drained form the warm-up? Was it because I didn’t use 65# like I had originally planned on doing when I misread the WOD last night? Was it because it was a grey/rainy day? I still don’t have the answer to that and I’m still pretty mad at the whole thing. I know I should let it go and I will, but it is surprising to me how upset I am at the whole thing. I finished with a time of 10:25, which puts me right in the middle of the pack (I think) and makes me think I scaled appropriately. I’m just not sure why I had such a violent reaction to that WOD. I spoke to Rob afterwards and he seemed to think like me. We were both agreeing that we HATED this one! Oh well, it’s done and over with and I now have a record for this Hero WOD, but it sure didn’t make me feel like one when I was doing it. Gotta check that mental fortitude and my internal self-talk, once again!

I came home, finished my food prep for the week, finished laundry and now have a luxurious 15-mins break to lounge before I go get Rina at the bus stop. Then, it’s prepping dinner, bath time and ROMWOD for me when the girls get to bed. I’m truly hoping the ROMWOD will help lift up my sourpuss mood!

That's what I should have done today!

That’s what I should have done today!

Being Bloated Blows

Notice the nice alliteration in the title?!? Yep! That’s what you get from someone who almost finished her B.A in English Lit! Nice to see those 3 years of university REALLY paid off! Lol!

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Yep, if you refer to the Whole30 timeline, I’ve hit the bloated stage, right on target! Bleh! My abdomen is already not the smallest to begin with, now I look like a stuffed sausage when I try to fit in my workout pants and shorts. Still, it didn’t deter me from going to the 0600 WOD for this:

Skill: (Hang power clean x2 + Push press/ jerk x2) EMOM x10

I may have been bloated, but dang, I was ready for this fun stuff. My left shoulder and trap have been bugging me lately, but I still wanted to work somewhat hard on theses. I settled for 65#  and did Push jerks all the way and it felt really, really good. I felt like I could have kept going for more rounds when we were done and I managed to correct my landing on the power clean after Coach Caleb gave me tips. I wasn’t landing wider than my beginning stance and felt comfortable correcting that little thing!

WOD: Pulp

There were 14 of us so we split up into two random heats and I was into the 1st one. I decided on FG with the red and orange bands for the pull-ups and made the mental commitment to do all my HRPU Rx. Here’s how it went.

First round of HRPU I did 10, rested and then did sets of 5 to the end. My left shoulder was getting unnerved and I was happy when I was done this round. Onto the rig I went and I split up my reps as such:

4-3-3-3-3-2-2

Those were hard, I won’t lie. Back on the floor I went for my second round of HRPU:

5-5-5-5-5-5

Onto the rig I went. I split up my pull-ups like this:

2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2

I was the last one of my heat to finish (not surprisingly) at 8:44. Not bad. My shoulder was really bugging me by then and I was glad I was done. Ryan killed it doing it the Comp version with the weighted vest and Tracey was simply amazing to watch as she fought for every pull-up Rx. She was doing them with a 2-kip motion and she was out of this world!

I came back home and felt like I had a ton of energy left. I showered, made breakfast for the girls while my other half made me coffee (with Whole30 unsweetened almond milk!) and once everybody was good for breakfast, I made myself this wonderful plate:

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That was the perfect breakfast. AS you can see, I had already started to eat it but still wanted to capture all the gorgeous colours of this plate! My breakfast consisted of:

  • 2 eggs, over easy
  • unsweetened salsa
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • my hubby-made coffee

It was perfect and it hit the spot. I have no problem getting my pre-WOD snack in (usually chicken and a few nuts) in the optimal time range, but I really struggle to get my post-WOD one in on time. It’s usually around 1hr post WOD that I’m able to sit down and get some fuel in my body. Meh! I’m a busy mom/wife and will always make sure the little ones are fed so my hubby can get out the door on time for school drop-off or gymnastics. When they’re older and more autonomous, I’ll work on getting my recovery meal in on time! 🙂

Once I was done with breakfast, I loaded up the dishwasher, finished the laundry and cleaned upstairs. That took 2hrs and then it was time for school pick-up! Phew! I think I will crash when I nap before work tonight!

 

Pushing Myself

I now have completed 2 weeks of my detox (aka Fast-Metabolism Diet) and I am down 5.8lbs. The best part is I don’t need to take my heartburn medication on a daily basis like I used to. Score!

I showed up to the Box this morning and got ready for this:

WOD: Interinvention

6 rounds of 20 sec. work followed by 40 sec. rest. Add 1min rest after each round:

  • Shoulder to Overhead (I did push jerks) @ 65#
  • DUs
  • Hang power cleans @ 65#

With the above weights, I was doing the FG2. It was the first time I was using 65# for a WOD. It was tough and my reps were low, but I knew they would be going with a heavier weight and the DUs really killed me. I only managed 3 and 4 / rounds, but they were controlled ones and not my usual spastic ones. Maybe I’ll master them this year… I managed a total combined reps of 91. Like I said, I’ll probably be the lowest on the board, but I pushed myself with the weight.

That’s pretty much it for this post. I don’t have any interesting stories about my little ones and I’ll be doing the housewives thing today with some cooking and laundry. Looking forward to relaxing on the couch with my knitting! 🙂

One more thing. A friend posted this on Facebook. I need to get me one of these! 😉

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1 Year Progress Update!

In 12 days, I will celebrate my 1 year anniversary at Crossfit Vic City. At the same time, I will also celebrate my 1 year of Crossfit. One year of being dedicated 2-3 days/ week to go sweat my little heart out and get myself in the best shape of my life. I have seen many ups and a few downs over the past year. I’ve had months with better measurements than the one I’m celebrating on my anniversary, but I’ve come to understand that this is a lifelong process and there will be ups and downs. I just can’t beat myself over it. All I can do is keep my chin up, my elbows in and keep going forth. The pounds lost are minimal as well as the inches lost, but the pictures are worth a thousand words in my opinion. I have never stuck to a fitness program for this long and I’m proud of my accomplishments. I am happy to have found my Crossfit who keeps welcoming me with open arms, day in and day out. I have definitely reached a plateau over the past few months and I know I just have to keep working hard, but even if I don’t ever PR in the next year, I will keep going because Crossfit grounds me. For some people, yoga or meditation does the work. For me, it’s being told to keep pushing, keep rowing, one more rep. These words get me going and the physical exertion I get from the workouts are why I keep going back. I love knowing and feeling that I get my body to work and move in ways I never thought possible a year ago. Happy anniversary to me and here’s to another wonderful year to come! 🙂

Skill: I worked on the push jerks. We had to clean those from the ground up and I wanted to challenge myself on the WOD. I warmed up and worked on my form at 35# (empty bar).

WOD:

Push Jerk Station: I worked up from 40# to 75#. I wanted to try 80#, but I was running out of time and 75# was plenty challenging to me. I’m not sure I would have managed 3 reps at 80#.

40#-45#-55#-60#-65#-70#-75#

Double Unders: Those are still a struggle for me, I managed to do 8 in 2 minutes

Row: I did 40 calories in 3 minutes. I was trying to pace myself  while still maintaining a good effort and did a sprint for the last 45 secs.

Total score: 123 Probably the lowest of the box, yet again, but I’ve stopped caring about that a while ago. As long as I’m happy with the effort and the work I’ve put in, then it has to be good enough for me.

Since I won’t be able to go to the box until next Friday, I will do my progress update below

In numbers, here’s what my stats look like:

A year in numbers

A year in numbers

And for those of you who are visual people, here’s what it looks like for me:

A year in pictures

A year in pictures

Also, here are some goals for the year to come:

Unassisted pull-ups: I’d like to master those this year.

Running: Still my nemesis (with the dreaded Airdyne): I’d like to get a little better at running.

Squat and Deadlift my body weight: Hopefully, I’ll get there this year!

That’s all folks! Thanks for all your words of encouragement, your support and your readership over the past year, I hope you’ll stick along for the year to come!