Today was press day. After last week’s poor performance, I tried desperately not to psych myself out about it, in either direction. On one hand, I felt as if I could absolutely crush it, and hit new PRs, since I’ve been working on pushing stuff all week since. But on the other hand, I was worried that since I didn’t get in as many reps overhead last week that I’d have a hard time getting 55 up again this week as well. I tried to keep a very neutral mind, truly being “okay” with whatever numbers I was going to put up.
- Strict Press 1-1-1-1-1: 57.5(PR!!)-60(f)-57.5-57.5-57.5-57.5. I’ll take that. I think I got in my head about the 60lbs, thinking “omg, that’s 3lbs away from being half my bodyweight.” I’m hoping that when we do the CFT this weekend I’ll be able to hit 60. We have 3 tries, so I’ll be sure to get a 57.5 in, just incase I can’t get to 60. But the last two 57.5’s weren’t terribly difficult to get up. So hell yes. New PR, and back on track. I’m still going to work on all of the pressing stuff, especially with tomorrow being a rest(aka school) day.
WOD for Time: 12:22
- Row 1000m: 4:15, which is a big fat :13 second PR on my 1000m row!!!!
- 40 Thrusters: 35lbs, Rx weight, scaled reps (down from Rx at 50)
- 30 Pull-ups: one thin band for assistance, Rx reps, scaled for assist. (Really great video linked, breaking down kipping.)
This WOD was nuts. Probably one of my least favorites, to date. I underestimated how cooked my legs were going to be from the row, so the thrusters were pretty awful, but manageable broken up into 4 sets of 10. And the pull-ups…even though I did a WOD this week (or last week? I can’t remember) that had 10 pull-ups per round for 3 rounds that I did unassisted, that’s very different for me than doing 30 in a row. I did the first couple unassisted and then jumped on a band and could barely get sets of 4 from then on. My elbow is still a little sore from yesterday’s snatches, which I think I determined was from not having a wide enough grip.
I’m pretty happy that my strength improvements are physically showing on my body, as well as my weights/times at the box. Look at my triceps bulging! But when it comes down to it, I’m exponentially more proud that I was able to press 57.5lbs overhead after the failure I had last week, and that I PR’d my rowing time, and that I am so close to being able to yet another WOD as Rx’d. Also, blogs without pictures are boring, and this helps me document my numerical and physical gains, as well. But seriously guys, so excited about that 2.5lbs PR on the press. That’s about a 5% gain! Wacky. Fingers crossed for 60lbs this weekend!