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.

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Tuesday 8/7 WOD at PCF

Today has been such an exhausting day!!! The weather was dreary and rainy to start off with, but we went swimming in the ocean and pool anyway, just to say we did it. The clouds finally started to clear around noon, so we rented some stand-up paddle-boards and went and explored some marshes and the sound for a couple hours. It was extremely relaxing, but a great workout at the same time! It was our first times on SUP boards, and I’m going to go ahead and guess that it won’t be the last, because we loved it. I have a few really awesome pictures to post, but I will save that for another day. We came home, and headed almost straight to Crossfit Carteret for an insanely challenging WOD.

Strength:

  • Back Squat (15 Minutes to Establish a new 1 RM): 110lbs. PR. I had some kind of a mental block against 115 though. I desperately wanted to get to 120 today, but I couldn’t even get to 115 after about 5 tries. I can do two sets of 3 squats at 100lbs after lots of prior squatting, but couldn’t get 115 once today. Oh well! Next time!

Then 7 Minute EMOTM of:

  • 3 Back Squats with ~45% of new 1 RM (bar stays on your back the entire time): 50lbs. This was so evil. Todd and Rhonda, if you are reading this, you two are pure evil (the best kind!!). Holding the weighted bar for that long worked every single muscle in my back, shoulders, legs, arms, and neck. Even with easy weight, that was still just…awful. I secretly love this programming though, because it was so different and extremely mentally challenging.

WOD for Time: 8:05

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Tire flips!!!! First time! They were so much fun and easy to get super angry at. I feel like I was able to stay extremely pumped up throughout this WOD because of them, and had a great time yelling as I was flipping. I think they tie with rope climbs for my favorite movement. I wish I knew the exact weight of the tire I was flipping, but it was  enough to be pretty damn difficult. Our group went in two heats and Tyler and I were able to yell words of encouragement at each other, which was so great.

It’s supposed to rain again tomorrow, so who knows what kind of fun we’ll get into next!

Back to the Grind…on Vacation!

I went and saw an amazing orthopedic surgeon for my shoulder on Wednesday. His name is Dr. James Gasho and he is located in Chevy Chase, MD. I can’t say enough great things about him. He tested a bunch of ranges of movement, and at the very end, without any feeling around, pushed his index finger right into my shoulder and pinpointed the EXACT location of the pain. I couldn’t even tell you exactly where it was located, after having it for four days. It was amazing, but also made me squirm in utter pain. The verdict? An inflamed rotator cuff (no tear, whew!!) and some extra-strength anti-inflammatory pills. Avoid a few certain movements, but other than that I am okay to keep working out. I just need to keep listening to my body, and if something hurts I need to back off.

I also had a chance to ask about my other shoulder from the AC injury I had in the beginning of the year. It turns out I must have injured the joints at both ends of my right clavicle, because where my collar bone connects with my sternum will click with certain rotations now, and protrudes slightly more than the left side. He felt the clicking and poked around at the spot, and said it would only be a mild annoyance, and was nothing to worry about. He said it’s a strong joint, and will probably always be a little sore on and off, but that the best thing for it is to leave it the hell alone.

I seriously can’t say enough good things about him and his practice. The office was laid back but professional, and very to-the-point. He had gotten hung up with an older couple earlier in the morning, so the wait was a little longer than I would have liked, but that’s almost to be expected these days.

In other news, this morning I took my final exam for the second class of my summer semester, and Tyler and I headed down to the beach! I can’t wait to get back into Crossfit Carteret and take Tyler!! We’re planning lots of Crossfit, stand-up paddle boarding, surfing, swimming, and tons of other exciting activities, so this will definitely be an action-packed ten days!!! Now that I have the okay to go back to working out finally, expect normal WOD posts and pictures! I’m even going to try to get some video this week!

Thursday 6/28 WOD at CFC

Strength:

12 min EMOTM Max Effort L-Sit on Rings: At the beginning of each minute, get up into an L-Sit or Ring Support with tucked knees, and hold as long as possible. Rest until the next minute begins, and repeat. I moved from L-Sit to Tucked Ring Support to Ring Support pretty quickly. Shoulders were completely gassed. Held at least 10 second every round, until the last two where I was up and down a few times to total about 15 seconds.

Then:

Partner WOD:

30 Minute AMRAP (As Many Rounds/Reps As Possible in 30 minutes): 289, Rx’d

One partner runs 400m while the other partner completes as many medicine ball cleans as possible in that time. Once the 400m run is completed, partners switch. Continue for 30 minutes. Your score is the total amount of medicine ball cleans completed.

This was freaking BRUTAL. The L-Sits were painful at best, and running in the hot humid weather was awful. My partner was another female out-of-towner who was a beast, and really helped our score. She steadily averaged about 5-8 more medicine ball cleans per round than I did, which could have been because of how awful the running was for me. I learned today that I’m not very good at running on uneven terrain. That will make for a fun Tough Mudder this September! Not…eh. I ended up running a total of 2 miles (~3200m). Whew! I’m fairly happy with my performance. If I had scaled the weight on the cleans a little I would have felt better and accomplished more, but I’m glad I pushed through, in the end.

In other news: I’m doing some reading and unfortunately I think my “extremely sore weird area of my inner legs/calves” might end up being shin splints. I really hope that’s not the case, because I don’t want to rest/ice/do burpees instead of run or doubleunders while they heal. Ugh. When I get back into Northern Virginia I’m going to pop into the box I go to in Arlington and ask my favorite trainer what she suggests. I really hope it’s just sore muscles in a spot I’ve never worked before. Fingers crossed!

Tuesday 6/26 WOD at CFC

Strength: 

Clean and Jerk, focusing on split jerk-work up to three heavy sets of three (you’ll see me write this as 3-3-3, eventually): 50-60-70lbs

Then:

Clean (just the first part of the C&J, seen above)
5 cleans EMOTM for 5 Min (EMOTM: “Every Minute On The Minute”): 65lbs
3 EMOTM for 5 Min: 70lbs
1 EMOTM for 5 Min: 75lbstried 80 but failed and backed down. Didn’t have it in me.

THEN:

WOD for Time: 18:57

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Pretty stoked on this entire workout. This was the first time in a while that I clean&jerked, and one of the first times going heavy enough that I felt the need to really split jerk. Split jerking allows you to get under the weight faster, turning the lift more about the “pop” you get from your legs, and less about arm strength. The split jerk is completed when both legs are brought back to neutral, underneath you.

The cleans for the EMOTM part were more challenging than expected. I really gassed myself on the c&j’s, and I’m sad I wasn’t able to get 80lbs up. Next time! The third 75lb clean of the 5 minute set went up a little wonky. I kept the bar too close, smashed it up into my chest which killed my elbow momentum, and the bar landed smack on my sternum. I was able to pop it up into the normal position on my shoulders, but damn it hurt. I have a nice shiner from it today

Ouch.

The WOD was so great. I was able to push myself to only rest once in the middle of each set of burpees, and not at all in the 9-rep round. The pullups were…pullups. My grip started failing on the second 15-rep round, and I had to take it down to sets of 3-5 instead of 7-8 like I had done for the previous rounds. I could have probably done this with only one thin band, but it would have taken me much longer. I think I scaled appropriately in order to get a good speed going while still feeling challenged. Rocked out the last 21 burpees, feeling that “LAST SET! EVERYTHING YOU GOT! GO GO GO!!” rush, and felt awesome for getting sub-19 minutes. Another awesome experience with Crossfit Carteret!

Crossfit Carteret and Being on Vacation

Before I write anything else, I just wanted to say how much I absolutely love working out with the people of Crossfit Carteret. I have never felt more welcomed by a group of people. Ever since finding out about this box (other word for gym, since most Crossfit “gyms” are pretty much just four walls and a roof, warehouse style) I’ve had much more motivation to come down to the beach and stay for as long as possible.

It’s hard going on vacation, especially beach vacations. You eat differently, more frequently, and tend to do a lot of lying around. I could go on and on about how to make it work and come out ahead after being on vacation, but when it comes down to it, you are the only person who can make it happen; it’s as easy as doing the same things that you do while you’re at home. If you would like to hear some tips, let me know in the comments! Keep reading to hear about my first experience at Crossfit Carteret.

Crossfit Carteret

The owners, Todd, in the center in red, and Rhonda, to the left in white. Also shown: my gnarly tears from the heavy deadlift WOD that day.

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