Wednesday 11/6 WOD at PCF

Today was great! Great great great. But no time to write!

Strength:

  • Clean and Jerk 2-2-2-2: 95-95-95-100. First time I’ve hit 100 for a double. I’m getting more aggressive on my jerks finally! I can’t wait to test a new 1RM.

WOD for Time: 7:46

  • 20 DB Snatch: 35lbs, Level II.
  • 20 Hand Release Push-ups: Level II.
  • 20 DB Swings: 35lbs, Level II.
  • 15 Hand Release Push-ups: Level II.
  • 20 1 Arm DB Clean and Jerk: 35lbs, Level II.
  • 10 Hand Release Push-ups: Level II.

I am SO IMPRESSED with myself for this one! I stuck out 35lbs, AND I did all the HRPUs without doing them from my knees! This is a SERIOUSLY awesome workout. I definitely recommend this, and I am going to be revisiting this one in the future to see my improvements. I’m pretty sure I could have done more weight on the snatches and swings, but the c&js were super difficult on my left arm. I have exams tomorrow and Friday so I need to get back to studying! But this was great.

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Wednesday 6/12 WOD at PCF

All of a sudden I have allergies this year for the first time ever, assumedly because it’s the worst allergy season since 1949 or something ridiculous. I haven’t been sleeping through the night because of this, and it sucks. I feel very sluggish and man is it hard to get out of bed. Today’s metcon felt like it lasted an hour. As I was going through the first 25 burpees I could not see an end in sight, and it felt like I was doing 5reps for every 1. But I stuck with heavier weight for my injured arm, so at least I got through the whole WOD without having to drop the weight down!

Strength:

  • Clean and Jerk 3-3-3-3: 65-65-65-65-70(Bonus!)-65(Bonus #2, Squat C&J). First time clean and jerking any kind of weight since the injury! It has actually forced me to get really comfortable with catching the bar across my shoulders instead of catching it low and muscling it up into the right spot. The movements just feel a lot better. I still suck at the squat cleans, but I’m getting better. Surprisingly, 70lbs felt pretty good on my arm. I figured since I can do handstands again, I can push the overhead stuff a little more now. Considering the last time I did C&Js I was hitting two reps at 85 for my max (granted, this was a while ago), I’m feeling pretty good about coming off of an injury straight into 70lbs. Baby steps!

WOD for Time: 10:47

25-20-15 of:

  • Burpees: Rx.
  • Single Arm DB Power Clean and Jerk: 25lbs, Level II.

As I said earlier, the burpees felt like they went on forever. I hope this allergy medicine and nasal spray will allow me to get proper rest again finally. For the DB C&Js, I alternated sets of 5 per arm every round, until the last where I did 1 set of 10 on my right arm, and the last 5 on my janky arm. I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to get through this sticking at 25lbs. I had a 20lb on standby in case my elbow went to shit, but it held up and as I got more tired I would just drop a little lower under the DB on the jerk. Feels good to start having my shit back together. Once these meds kick in I’m hoping I’ll feel more improvement from the changes I’ve made in my eating habits/foods over the past couple weeks. I’ve really been putting in the effort but not feeling any results because I constantly feel like crap from not sleeping. Oh well, at least my torso and thighs have leaned out a little, so I can tell it’s doing something!!

Wednesday&Friday WODs at PCF, and When #justshowingup Isn’t Enough

Hello. I apologize that it’s currently Friday night, and the last I wrote was Tuesday. This week has been stressful for a multitude of reasons, and I’m just finally feeling more like myself again tonight.

On Wednesday I was extremely stressed out and upset, so I decided to go to Crossfit and try to work off some of my emotions. Well, pretty much the exact opposite of that happened. My emotions wrapped me up in a cocoon of shittyness, I failed miserably on my strict press, and had a horrible WOD. I was sore from dance Monday, and Tuesday’s WOD as well, so that didn’t help. I’m going to go over Wednesday’s WOD really quickly.

Strength:

  • Strict Press 2-2-2-2-2: 55(struggled mightily)-55(f on second rep)-55(f on second rep)-55(f on second rep)-55. I was upset from barely being able to get the second rep of 55 up on my first set, then I got more frustrated, and more angry, and more upset, and completely bombed. Last week I did 5 sets of 3 reps at 55lbs. Today I couldn’t even get it up twice, consecutively.

WOD for Time: 13:59

3 Rounds of:

  • 10 Dumbbell Clean and Jerk: 25 first 2 rounds, 20 last round. Level I, then I-
  • 15 Games’ Standards Box Jumps: 20″ Rx height, Level II reps
  • Run 400m: Rx

So basically, I was really upset with the press, and then I was all upset about the WOD while thinking about how upset I was at the press, and the weight felt so heavy and the box jumps felt like they took forever and I might as well have been dragging a dead body behind me while I was running, because I just couldn’t get over how awful it was and how slow I was going. This was literally the best example of how much your emotions outside of the gym can effect your performance inside the gym. Sometimes it’s not enough to #justshowup, and Wednesday was one of those days for me. I sat down with my favorite coach, Erika (who I now refer to as “Life Coach Erika”) and she reassured me and let me cry to her and gave me lots of good tips on how to improve, as well as reminding me that not every single workout is going to be a mindblowingly amazing progress-filled workout, and that sometimes you just have to chalk it up to having a bad day, especially if your mental state isn’t the best, pre-WOD.

So I took yesterday, Thursday, off, and worked on what I could, and went back into the gym today with a different attitude and killed the WOD. And the warmup had rope climbs, and we all know how much I love rope climbs!!! So that was fun. I subbed 2 strict, full-ROM push-ups instead of handstand holds, in order to work on my pressing muscles, as per Erika’s suggestion. I’m going to alternate subbing in handstand negatives and push-ups for the next few weeks and see where that gets me, plus a few sets of push-ups here and there at home, when I feel like it (like last night at 2am, when I couldn’t sleep).

Strength:

EMOTM for 10 Minutes of:

  • 2 Overhead squats: 45lbs, limited GREATLY by my weak wrists. Buying wrist wraps tonight. Also, power snatched the weight to overhead each round. Could have gone much heavier if it wasn’t for my stupid wrists.
  • 2 Strict Pull-ups: Only one thin band for assistance!!! I have unassisted kipping pull-ups on lock, and I’m so close to getting strict unassisted!!! So excited. For the last 3 or 4 rounds I dropped down to one per round, because my wrists were KILLING me from the OHSs.

WOD for Reps: 100!

3 Rounds of:

  • Burpees for 1 minute
  • Rest for 1 minute
  • Row for Calories for 1 minute
  • Rest 1 minute

I was pretty consistent across the board. After the second round I glanced at my board and thought to myself “damn, I really wanted to get to 100, but I don’t think I’ll be able to make it.” So I set my goal to hit 90. Well turns out I’m really bad at eyeballing addition, because I was able to hit 100! I was amazed when I added everything up! When I went in at 4:30 the third best women’s score of the day was 106. A lot of the evening women smoked me, but I was pretty pumped seeing that. My calves are toast though, and I spent a lot of time rolling them out right after the WOD, and once I got home. My burpees went 18-16-17, and rowing cals were 17-16-16. Nice and consistentish.

Basically, this post is about how you will have a shitty workout, once in a while. Hell, Life Coach Erika said that “1 out of 3 workouts is going to suck,” and I think I have a higher success rate than that. Life happens, and sometimes you just can’t get out of your head enough, and you’re going to fail at things that you know with all of your heart that you can do. And you know what? That’s okay, and better than that, it’s normal. Monday, Tuesday, and Friday were awesome, and Wednesday was a shitshow. That’s 1 of 4, this week. I can handle that. And remember, if you’re a Crossfitter, when something like this happens, don’t be afraid to talk to your coaches. They have been through whatever kind of issue you’re having hundreds of times, and will always know exactly what to do to pick you up off of your face and get you wanting to go hard again. I am so thankful for Erika and all of the completely invaluable advice she always has, seemingly previously-prepared, at a moment’s notice.

Now, to go buy some wraps so my wrists will stop limiting my lifts, and hopefully my new Inov8s will show up at my doorstep tomorrow! Good feelings, all around.