Friday 3/7 OPEN WORKOUT 14.2 at PCF

Whoops, this ended up being a really wordy post! 14.2 announcement: lololololololololololololol. Dave Castro is such a troll. 14.2? More like 14.gof*ckyourself. Suchhhhh a bummer of a workout, for so many of us. They wanted to “break up the leaderboard” with this WOD, so they did this weird mashup of time cutoff & ascending reps (a bummer lovechild of 13.4 and 13.5) with a not-so-heavy OHS and chest-to-bar pull-ups. I wish it had been regular pull-ups for the first 2, 3 minute sets, and then climbed to C2B. Even though I did them in sets of 2s and a couple 1s, they just took forever. I’m really proud though, because I’ve definitely never consistently hit C2B pull-ups before so that’s a small win, I guess!! And on my 8th OHS (really my 9th, since I got a no-rep, ugh) my shoulder started rattling as I almost lost the weight backwards. I regained control, but man, that was a scary feeling. I am not trying to bring back DisloKatie with another dislocated joint!! I cleaned the barbell both rounds, and then hopped it over onto my back to pop it up into the top position. It took an extra couple of seconds, but the exertion it would have cost me snatching it to overhead just wasn’t worth it.

Anyway, after sleeping like complete crap last night and with my hands still being sore from Wedneday’s toes-to-bars, I set a goal to just make it though one round of 10 OHS and 10 C2B. I did that, and then got 4 more reps of OHS. Seems like nothing for 3 minutes of work, but man, I was going as fast as I possibly could. Pretty sure I don’t want to redo this one. I regret not trying 14.1 again, but I don’t think I’d make an improvement on this in the next couple days. Bummerpocalypse, CrossFit HQ.

Workout 14.2: an astounding 24 reps.

Every 3 minutes for as long as possible complete:
From 0:00-3:00
2 rounds of:

  • 10 overhead squats
  • 10 chest-to-bar pull-ups

If you complete both rounds within 3 minutes, continue to:

From 3:00-6:00
2 rounds of:

  • 12 overhead squats
  • 12 chest-to-bar pull-ups

Etc., following same pattern until you fail to complete both rounds

WOMEN – includes Masters Women up to 54 years old

  • 65-lb. overhead squats
  • Chest-to-bar pull-ups
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Thursday 1/23 WOD at PCF

What is this tom-foolery!? Not one, but two mid-week WODs?! Who AM I. This semester is setting up to be a great one. None of my classes hold me back from being able to go to either the 930 or 430 WODs throughout the entire week, so I am free to WOD as much as I want. Now it’s just going to be a matter of balancing the workload on top as well. But right now, things are looking up! Woo!

Strength:

  • Clean and Jerk 5-5-5-5: 65-65-65-65. Man, sets of 5 are rough! On the last set I wasn’t sure if I was going to hit the jerk every time, so every rep I dropped from the top in order to save my shoulders. Whew. But I used the help I got yesterday on my snatch setup today as well, and was able to deliver way more explosive power from my hips than previously. Erika seemed impressed with my form, especially since I have missed the c&j strength days for about a month now.

WOD for Reps: 91

7 Rounds of:

  • In 1 Minute, complete:
  • 3 Chest-to-Bar Pull-Ups: Level II.
  • Max Number of Burpees in Remaining Time: Rx.
  • Rest 1 Minute.
  • Score is total number of burpees.

This was a really neat and different WOD. I like burpees, for how terrible they are, and I really enjoyed this one. My burpees went 12-12-13-13-12-14-15. In the rounds of 13 and 14 burpees I was able to do the C2B’s unbroken, which gave me a time edge, but in the rounds of 12 and somehow in the round of 15 I did 2-1. I don’t know how I managed to squeeze in 15 in the final round, but I’m assuming it had to do with unloading everything left in the tank. Also, I did…phantom chest-to-bar pull-ups? I didn’t quite make contact every time, but I kipped much harder and higher than I would with regular pull-ups. I am not fully comfortable throwing my chest at the bar to make contact yet, but I was so close. I am counting them for me, since this was a huge improvement on regular pull-ups, and took much more work.

Now…let’s see if I can get myself in there tomorrow as well. 3 days in a row. That will be a feat of epic proportions. Maybe I’ll even get on a 3 days on, 1 day off schedule this semester. That would be wild. Oh, and today’s my Dad’s birthday! Happy birthday, Dad!

Wednesday 11/14 WOD at PCF

There has been more going on in my life than I would like to admit, but between school and everything else, I have been the busiest I’ve been in what seems like a year. I’m also still having the same sleeping issues, and that is causing me to suffer greatly, especially with motivation. I am looking forward to this break for Thanksgiving, and even more to getting back into Crossfit Carteret down in NC while I’m away. It will be nice to reset by the ocean for a few days.

Strength:

  • Jerk 1-1-1-1: 85-90(f)-85-85-85. My speed under the bar was really good, but I wasn’t getting a direct line of upward force. I think I didn’t have the bar racked close enough to my neck in the starting position, so it was floating out a little when I’d jerk up. But the last two felt really good and strong, and I think if I had tried 90 again at the end I would have been fine. I C&J’d 95 about a month ago, so I blame the forever exhaustion I feel.

WOD for Time: 12:23

  • 10 Thrusters55lbs
  • 10 Chest to Bar Pull-ups: First 6 unassisted!!!! Then ~20lbs assisted with band.
  • 20 Thrusters: 35lbs.
  • 20 Pull-upsUnassisted.
  • 30 Thrusters 35lbs.
  • 30 Assisted Pull-ups: ~20lbs assisted, with band. They were awful at this point.

This was wild! The 30 thrusters at the end were the worst part. Thrusters are just so awful in general, but that is a LOT for the end of a workout. I liked the increasing ladder with decreasing weight, but it was a killer, especially since my legs were still sore from Monday’s squats.

Tomorrow we have squats and “Grace,”so I’ll inevitably be spending the rest of the night trying to figure out what weight I should use. Forever overthinking.

Wednesday 8/8 WOD at CFC

Strength/Skill:

  • Goal Setting: Todd gave a really great and inspirational lecture about goals, how to set productive goals, and ways to make them a reality. It was extremely inspiring, and has definitely helped me get my head back in the game for planning past Tough Mudder. Right now, my main fitness goal is to successfully finish Tough Mudder with my team (with little goals throughout, like get across the monkey bars and the rings, etc.), but I don’t have many other concrete goals past that. Over the next few days, I am planning on really putting some thought into setting some goals for my near and far future. I’m also going to try to ask Todd for his notes from his lecture so I can really hone in on his tips. I need more goals in general, more specific goals, and more attainable goals!
  • 5 Minutes of alternating 45 seconds of Double Unders practice, 15 seconds of rest.

WOD for Time: 21:04

  • Run 1 Mile: 9:41. Ran the whole time; too fast out the door, too slow in the middle, and just right towards the end.
  • 50 Sit-Ups: Rx.
  • 40 Hand-Release Push-UpsKnees, chest to deck.
  • 30 Chest-to-Bar Pull-UpsAssisted, too sweaty to stay on the bar for more than 7 or 8 reps at a time.
  • 20 Handstand Push-Ups: Strict regular push-ups, chest to deck.
  • 10 Pistol SquatsAssisted, hanging on to resistance bands for help out of the bottom.

SO AWFUL, but so great. I love that the hardest WODs make me so freaking happy afterwards. I almost backed out of running the mile when I saw this WOD written on the board because my calves were extremely sore, but then Todd gave his amazing speech about setting goals and I realized that I was just trying to give myself an excuse not to run because I hate running. As I said, my timing/exertion was a little off until probably the last 1/4 mi, so I probably should work on adjusting that. I’m glad I got in there well under 10 minutes, but I have been closer to 8 recently. I blame the sweltering humidity, and my bad pacing. Tyler pulled ahead on the run by almost a minute, but I caught up with him through the body-weight movements and we ended up finishing at the same time.

This was our last WOD with Crossfit Carteret, and my last one with them for the rest of the year. Yesterday one of the regular females (who, by the way, is a complete beast and squatted 200lbs) said “you’ve been around so much this summer that it doesn’t feel like you’re from out of town!!!” and that made me feel so happy. I am so incredibly proud of myself for getting into the box down here so many times while on my vacations, and becoming a summer regular. Todd and Rhonda (and the rest of the athletes at Crossfit Carteret) have been so amazing, accepting me into their box and pushing me as hard as their regulars, and I’ve done my best to pay them back by buying merch from them, but nothing can compare to their amazing hospitality. This is the first summer in my entire life where I have kept my fitness goals in check and really pursued them, and I have them to thank for this. It has been so wonderful having Tyler pushing me along, and even my parents have been keeping me in check with my workouts. I love my support system. I’ve been so successful for the first half of this year, and can’t wait to see where I will be at the end of December.