Gahhh. I am so behind on this shit. The last month of this degree has been slowly eating away at my sanity, and the little time I used to use to actually write things here is now used for mental sanity checks like walking the dogs or reblogging stupid shit on tumblr or taking a bath or writing “YOU GRADUATE SO SOON!!! KEEP IT UP!!!! FINISH STRONG!!!” a million freaking times everywhere I could possibly look throughout the day (SO CLOSE!!!! 14 more days!!!!!!!!). I hate days where I feel like I have to plan things down to the minute in order to get everything done, and it feels like that’s been more often than not recently, ugh. One day I’ll get back to posting, maybe (Late June? When new job and a regular schedule AND FREE TIME start?!). But for now I’m kind of enjoying not worrying about it, honestly. Later, y’all!
Man. After a less than desirable last week, I’m finally back on a normal schedule for now. And as a consequence, I felt weak as all hell today. But I got in there! And that’s what matters.
- Back Squat 5-5-5-5 (with 75 seconds rest between sets): 105-105-105-105(-105 bonus set). I was doing 115 easy previously, but today 105 felt nearly impossible. I blame all the crap food I ate last week, and the allergy flare-up I had this weekend from an accidental gluten-bomb ugh.
WOD for Time: 8:07
4 Rounds of:
- 6 Single-Arm Dumbbell Snatch: 35lbs, Level II.
- 12 Push Press: 55lbs, Level II-. 65lbs just wasn’t going to happen.
- 18 Box Jumps: 20″, Rx.
I neeeed to start doing more weight with the DB snatches, especially when it’s lower reps like this. 35 is cake for me now, and it shows. My left arm has finally caught up and doesn’t fatigue as much as it did when I first started back up after my elbow injury, so I think 40lbs is in my future. The push presses were heavy as all hell. even at 55. I feel like for the first time in a while I got a serious shoulder workout. And the box jumps I did step up-jump down. My legs were smoked from the squats and the push presses, so I did that instead to be able to keep moving and not take any breaks during those reps. I liked this one though! A good overall burner.
What? April? Already? It’s already a quarter of the way through 2014. I don’t know when that happened, but at least it’s finally starting to be nice outside. And you know what that means. PCF is rolling out the running WODs. Ugh. Double ugh. Today was the perfect day for it though! I definitely didn’t have enough to eat today and don’t get much sleep last night, so today was a #justshowup day. The strength was bleh, but I felt really great about the WOD.
- Snatch 3-3-3-3: 65-55-55-55-55-55-55. I didn’t have it in me to increase weights, so I stayed light and did a million sets. Shoulder started bothering me in the last set, so I rolled around on a lacrosse ball for a while to loosen it back up.
WOD for Time: 15:05
3 Rounds of:
- 10 Deadlifts: 135lbs, Level II.
- 30 Wallballs: 8lbs to 10′, Level II
- Run 400m: Rx.
These were definitely the largest sets of bodyweight deadlifts I’ve ever done in a WOD, but they were definitely manageable. I did them unbroken in the first round, 6-4 the second, and 7-3 the third. I was steady on the wallballs at 10-10-10 every round, and they were easy peasey compared to the 14lb to 9′ ones from the Open! I broke them up anyway because I didn’t want to burn out my legs before the running. And the running was great, surprisingly! I picked people to pace myself with for the running, so I would keep moving. I ran out the door for the last 400m at 13:08, and my goal was to get back in before 15:15 because I was hurting. Hot damn, I was hauling ass apparently, because I came in way faster than I thought I’d be! And then I collapsed and couldn’t breathe and was 100% sure I was dying. I’m going to be out of town Friday, so I’m going to wake my sore ass up early tomorrow and kill a morning WOD with the 9:30 crew tomorrow!
I need to remember my camera again!!! I was so good about it for a while and then I forgot once and it totally threw off my routine. I’m actually really exciting going into this week. While it was nice to stick to the schedule of doing the Open WOD every Friday, I’m looking forward to the freedom of doing Mon, Wed, & Thurs if I want, or even Friday added in too. One of my good friends just finished foundations at my box, so it’s really great to have a good friend there, even though I’ve been reaching out and making more friends there recently. Also, after the last two weeks of eating fairly crappy, I’m back on clean eating. While crappy for me is still better than most of the population, I still definitely could feel a difference.
- Back Squat 5-5-5-5: 115-115-115-115. Last week I said I was going to go up this week, but this week they specified that we were only to spend 90 seconds between each set. So with that, I decided to stick at 115, especially since I’m still SO SORE from 14.5 on Friday!
WOD for Time:
- 20 Handstand Push-Ups: 3:56. Rx was 50, but there was just no way that was going to happen!
- Rest as needed.
- Row 2000m: 8:57.5, Rx. Surprisingly, this actually wasn’t that bad! And I hate rowing! I pushed pretty hard for the first 500m, focused on just maintaining about 2:17/500m for the center 1000m, and then really hauled ass on the last 500m. My right ankle was bothering me and cramping up really badly, but I pushed through it and just foam rolled a ton at the end.
“Everybody knows what we’re going to be feeding them…but nobody has a clue to how we’re gonna serve it.” Truer words hath ne’er been spoken, Castro. Everyone knew: burpees and thrusters. But how. I was terrified they’d throw out the 7-min AMRAP burpees to 6″ target from 2012 Open season. That was baaaaaaad. But I think this is possibly the only thing that could be worse! Ha! I am still completely dealing with this stupidass headcold, which is absolutely the worst thing possible for burpees.
Workout 14.5: a sloooowwww (but complete!) 24:10
WOMEN – includes Masters Women up to 54 years old
21-18-15-12-9-6-3 reps for time of:
- 65-lb. thrusters
- Bar-Facing Burpees
This was SO MENTAL for me. That weight is heavy for 84 freaking reps. Burpees are usually something I can fly through, and always have gas left in the take for. Nope. Not this time. I have never wanted to DNF and quit a workout before as badly as I did this one. It felt awful, it felt incredibly long, it felt like I was dying, and it felt like I was moving as fast as possible but somehow barely moving at all. I’m so freaking proud of myself for finishing this one out. I kept thinking “It’s supposed to be hard. I’m doing this because it’s hard.” That helped to keep me motivated, for sure. The 18&15 rounds just about broke me. From there out I was fine, but man, they were tough. And just like that, as quickly as the Open season started, it ended!
I’m planning to write out a big post about my experience with the Open this year, but for now I’m just going to steal what was posted on my box’s site today, because it’s pretty perfect to how I’m feeling, and I need to get off my butt and head to crossfit now!:
Here are a couple takeaways from the last five weeks:
1) You are capable of more than you think you are. We say this every year, but it is so awesome to see (and hear about) people accomplishing things they didn’t think they could because they were forced to try. This can’t happen every day, but it is a good reminder that sometimes you’ve got to not be afraid to fail and just push yourself a little outside your comfort zone. You never know, you might surprise yourself.
2) Standards are important. Some of you might have been surprised to be “no-repped” or had some trouble meeting the required movement standards. You should strive to hold yourselves to these stringent standards every day, not just on the days that you’ve got a judge counting your reps. I promise it will make you a better athlete in the long run.
3) One of the most amazing parts of CrossFit is the camaraderie. If you participated in the Open, I’m pretty sure you enjoyed the cheering, support, and general energy of the Open WOD days. While not every day is a competition day, every day can be as supportive and full of energy as the past five Fridays. Remember how great it felt to have someone standing by you til the bitter end of those WODs, and replicate that the next time you finish early and start to pack up your stuff before everyone else is done. The support is one of the things that sets CrossFit boxes apart from the globo-gym – Please, please be conscious of that and do what you can to help foster the kind of atmosphere that helps everyone succeed.
Ugh. Caught a cold due to the crazy changes in weather. Still feeling kind of crappy, so I am going to keep this short and sweet.
- Back Squat 5-5-5-5: 115-115-115-115. Easy! I think the most I’ve ever done was 5-5-5 at 115, so this is a PR I guess? And they were surprisingly easy. Definitely going to go up to 125 next week. Especially since I have a cold and am generally feeling like crap today! Woopwoop!
WOD for Time: 8:36
5 Rounds of:
- 6 1 Arm DB Snatch: 35lbs, Level II.
- 5 Box Jumps: 24″, Level II.
- 6 1 Arm DB Hang Squat Clean: 35lbs, Level II.
First time doing 24″ box jumps in a WOD, I think!! Holy crap, they were super high, but definitely do-able. I enjoyed this a lot! The hang squat cleans were so awkward, and I definitely struggled with the left arm. But overall, a pretty great workout.
Whoops, forgot to post this one!
- Hang Power Snatch 3-3-2-2-1-1-1: 55-55-65-65-70-70-70. Bleh.
WOD for Time: 9:15ish
4 Rounds of:
- 5 Deadlifts: 135lbs, Level II-.
- 10 Burpees: Rx.
Then, immediately following with no rest:
- Row 1000m: Rx. 4:22; 2:06 first 500m, 2:16 second 500m.
I desperately need to get better at rowing! I also should have gone heavier on the deadlifts. Eh. Next time!
14.4 is…..a chipper!! I love chipper WODs! Mainly the chippers where once I finish one god-forsaken movement, I don’t have to readdress it again, like this one is! I’m writing this part before actually doing it. I’ve done some strategizing, reading up on Tabata Times again, and I feel pretty good going into it. I’m really going to try to keep the rowing steady (slow is fast!) and shoot for 60 cals in about 4 minutes. While everyone in the world is bitching about “rowing for calories” instead of distance, PCF has us row for calories surprisingly pretty often (omg, so glad I decided not to go to yesterday’s WOD that included multiple rounds of rowing sprints for calories) so I know that in an all-out sprint I get about 18cal/minute, and a more comfortable pace lies around 15 cals/minute. So that puts me right around 4 minutes if I can keep my head on right out of the gate. TTB will be 2s or singles because fuck TTBs and I don’t want any missed reps, wallballs will depend on how I’m feeling, and if I actually even make it to the cleans I will be doing singles. The TTB are going to be what slow me down the most, so my goal is just to make it to the wallballs and get through a significant chunk of them.
Workout 14.4: 153!!!
WOMEN – includes Masters Women up to 54 years old
Complete as many rounds and repetitions as possible in 14 minutes of:
- 60-calorie row
- 50 toes-to-bars
- 40 wall-ball shots, 14 lb. to 9-foot target
- 30 cleans, 95 lb.
- 20 muscle-ups
153 means I completed the rowing, the TTB, the wallballs, and 3 cleans!!
I had an awesome judge today named Fahran and she kept track of my times for everything, and was just all around really great. I finished the row in 4:03, which was right on time with how I wanted to do. I was dead though. Got on the bar and did sets of 2 for a few and quickly went to singles with a super fast turn-around. Not even 2 seconds between them most times. Hop down, hop up, TTB, hop down, etc. I finished the TTB at 10:03, and moved quickly to the wallballs. The coaches on Tabata Times were so right-your legs will have recovered from the row by the time you hit the wallballs. I felt fresh as a spring flower going into them, and did 10-10-10-5-5, and finished at 13:00. I had one minute to get some cleans in, and I managed to eek out 3, with the help of some serious yelling. I failed my first attempt and was PISSED. But then I managed to get 3, with the last one just barely making time. I’m stoked. Only one other female made it to the cleans in my class. I’m so proud of myself! I LOVED this workout too!!! Man, 14.3 and 14.4 have been so much fun. I’m glad, because 14.2 was a real downer for me, and for a lot of other folks. 4 down, 1 to go!
Wednesday already! How is that even possible?! Gosh I hope the next month goes by as quickly as this one is! So close to graduating. Ughghghg. So close, yet so so far. Taking it one day at a time. I can’t wait to get back to the beach!
- Deadlift 3-3-3-3: 165-165-165-165. I know, I know. Last week at Carteret I did 5-5-5 at 165. But THEN FRIDAY I did a million more heavy deadlifts in 14.3, and then this today?! I don’t think I’ve deadlifted this frequently EVER. I’m still (stilllllll) noodley from all of that nonsense, so I decided to match my weight from last week. They felt heavy as all get-out, and I was struggling by the last set. But I’m glad I’m at least consistently pulling decent weight!
WOD for Time: 8:36
- DB Squat Clean: 20lb dumbbells, Level II.
- Pull-ups: 15-12-9 reps, Level II.
Quick little burner. My legs feel like jello! And pull-ups again after Monday’s large sets?! Come awwwwn. I don’t have much to say today. This week is insane. 14.4 announcement tomorrow!!!! Maybe wallballs and burpees this week? Bleh! They have to show up at some point!
Man, want to know pain? Sit in the car for 7 and a half hours after doing insane amounts of heavy deadlifts. Ow. I’m just really happy I took the time Friday afternoon to roll out my back and hamstrings for as long as I did, directly following 14.3. I can’t even imagine how it would have been had I not done that. Oh, and, I should probably mention, I spent Saturday on the beach in my babin’ suit. What do I come home to? SNOW. A million inches of snow, and below freezing temperatures. I can’t even believe this!!! At least I get an extra day of spring break, and was able to make it to crossfit since the roads had thawed out by 430. Ass is officially in gear. I’m going to attempt to start 4x/week this week. I’m nervous, but excited, because I’m ready to take the next step and push myself to the next level.
- Hang Power Clean and Jerk 3-3-3-3-3: 75-75-75-75-75. I’m still pretty noodley in my core from 14.3, so I stayed pretty light to protect my back in the jerks. I also used this as my first excursion into not dropping the weights from the top, but actually bringing the reps back down to my shoulders, then hips to reset, and then into the next rep. I haven’t done a lot of that since my elbow blew out last year, so that felt awesome.
WOD for Rounds+Reps: 3+14 Rx & 3+10 Rx
AMRAP in 5 Minutes of:
- 12 Pull-ups: Rx.
- 6 Burpees: Rx.
Rest 1 Minute, then…
AMRAP in 5 Minutes of:
- 10 Thrusters: 45lbs, Rx.
- 1 Rope Climb: Rx.
Since it was a full class, we paired up and had the option to pick which couplet we wanted to start on. I stupidly picked the pull-ups/burpees, and definitely regretted that as soon as I got to the thrusters. But! I did manage to eek out 7 pull-ups unbroken in the first round!!! That was awesome!!!! That’s a PR for max unbroken reps. I think I’m getting stronger, which is great, because I feel like the last three or so months I’ve been about at the same point. Ugh can’t I just be strong as all hell now?! As I mentioned before, I’m going to try to start going 4 times a week, because I feel like I need an extra push and to shake my body up a little bit to get past this plateau.