RX Baby!

It is now 1130 and I’m ready for nap. I woke up at 0300 because Béatrice was having a bad dream and just as I was about to fall back asleep around 0345, the hubster started snoring… That was it for my night. I tossed and turned in bed, but I never regained the land of the unconscious. The wind was howling outside and the downpour of rain sounded pretty impressive against the window panes, nothing to make me want to get out of bed. I then looked at the WOD. It didn’t help with getting me out of bed.

Legs day! Squats, rowing and running! I got ready and was waiting in the parking lot at 0530. There was no point in me staying home and tiptoeing around to avoid waking everybody up. At least, in the car, I can listen to the radio and catch up on the current events happening in town.

I managed to do 3×7 K2E during the warmup and they felt somewhat decent with a little kip. Could it be that I’ll finally be able to do a T2B sometime this year?!?

Skill: Back squat 5×5 E90S

I paired up with Jackie and started my way up from 80#. Reps were as follows:

80#-85#-90#-95#-100#

I thought about going a bit lighter to save my legs for the WOD, but then, I just couldn’t!

WOD: Aerobix

I partnered up with Chris and it turned out to be a really good partnership. We pretty much didn’t have any rest time as we were of equal strength (my running was pretty much to his rowing speed and vice versa). We decided to go RX and although we were the last team to finish, we managed to do so just under the 30 mins mark. We finished in 29:49. I was so proud of myself for running non-stop all the intervals. The hardest one was definitely the 600m run and the 750m row. I was struggling to keep my pace below 2:30/500m on the Erg. Running in the rain and wind was fun (?) and it was nice and refreshing. The downside was my feet got wet in no time and my socks were drenched, but I didn’t care. I just wanted to give it my best and not disappoint my partner!

I rushed back home to have a quick shower, breakfast and coffee (priorities!) and hauled the girls to Rina’s preschool. They were having an outing at the Empress Hotel to go see the Christmas trees. Every year, there is a Christmas tree exhibit and you can vote for your favourite and give a donation. The donations go towards the BC Children’s Hospital. It was fun, but Béatrice got tired quickly which meant I had to carry her for most of the 2hrs we were there. I’m pooped!

Goofball in front of the giant Tree in the lobby of the Empress Hotel

Goofball in front of the giant Tree in the lobby of the Empress Hotel

Rina's hair is soaked!

Rina’s hair is soaked!

I hope the girls nap this afternoon so I’ll be able to do the same on the couch!

Crossfit 14.4: Close But No Cookie

I just completed my one and only attempt at 14.4 and I am feeling somewhat frustrated about the whole thing.

Ever since the WOD was announced last Thursday, whenever I thought about it, I would get all jittery and nervous with butterflies in my stomach. I don’t know why, I just did.

The WOD:

14 minute AMRAP:
60-calorie row
50 toes-to-bars
40 wall-ball shots, 20 / 14 lb.
30 cleans, 135 / 95 lb.
20 muscle-ups

Kevin graciously offered to be my judge and Ben and the girls came to cheer me on, once again. 3-2-1-Go!

I think I finished the row around 4:30-5:00, I forgot to look at my time before moving on to the TTB. Here’s the thing. I had never even attempted a TTB before today, but I was hoping to get one. Just one. That’s all I wanted. I chose the lowest bar on the rig and set up 3×35# plate as a platform for my feet (yes, I’m that short)! I spent the remainder of the time TRYING to get a TTB. Some reps I was far off, some reps I was within an inch of the bar, but I NEVER ONCE TOUCHED IT WITH MY FEET. I know I tried my hardest and I should be content with the effort I put in, but it is still incredibly frustrating to not have managed to get a single rep in. My final score was 60 (for the calories rowed on the Erg).

I entered the games without any expectations, really, but it is starting to wear me down and, I will be honest, I’ll be glad when I’m done with next week’s workout. I know I’m not an athlete by any means, but it is still frustrating to be faced with failures week after week. It is annoying to be faced with the reality that your best effort isn’t good enough. Maybe I am not cut out for the Open, even though it’s supposed to be all for fun in my case. Maybe I get too competitive or I’m too hard on myself. Maybe it’s the constant switch between day and night shift, being constantly tired, the fact that my diet isn’t optimal or maybe I’m just in a mental funk at the moment, but right now, I’m spent and feel like I have nothing left in my tank. I know I should be proud to have scored at least on every Open WOD so far, but I find it hard to celebrate even that little victory. I am currently on my 6 days off from work and it will be lovely to get back to being just a mom, a wife and a crossfitter during those days.

I stayed after my heat to watch a few people and judge Kevin. It was his second attempt and he killed it! I was honoured to get to judge him. He really impressed me! Now that I’m done judging you, I can say it loud and clear, you got this Kev, you totally killed it! (He doesn’t like to be cheered on DURING the WODs)!

I will leave you with a two short videos which include a short video of my attempts at T2B and a glimpse into a future Crossfitter…