Monday 3/17 WOD at PCF

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.

Strength:

  • 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.

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Friday 11/22 WOD at PCF

VACATION TIME!!!!! I love Thanksgiving and my family and the holidays!

Strength:

E2MOT2M for 10 Minutes of:

  • 2 Front Squats: 80lbs. Oh my quads why did this feel SO IMPOSSIBLY HEAVY today.
  • 4 HSPU: to 2 abmats. STOKED. This is the most volume I’ve ever managed consistently. Only failed a single rep on a random middle round. Next time I’m going to try going to a single mat!!!

WOD for Time: 9:47

“Nasty Girls”
3 Rounds of:

  • 50 Squats: Rx. Oof! It’s been a long time since we tackled 150 air squats in a WOD. Total burner.
  • 7 Strict Pull-Ups: assisted, Level I.
  • 10 Hang Power Cleans: 75lbs, Level II. Cycled each round. Should have gone heavier.

I really liked this!! Rx’d is 7 muscle ups. Ha! I was struggling with the pull-ups today. If they were kipping I would have killed it, but man, the strict business took it out of me. My goal was sub-10 min, so I was happy to fall in there. Steady/slow-ish on the squats, because I didn’t want to burn out after the first round.

Wednesday 10/16 WOD at PCF

Holy smokes!!! What a WOD! I love these chipper WODs, where once you do the whole set of reps for one movement, you’re finished with it. I also really liked the idea of increasing weights throughout the WOD. This was just all around really cool. I greatly enjoyed it.

Strength:

  • Clean and Jerk 2-2-2-2: 95-95-95-95(-95 bonus!). These felt pretty damn great. The cleans were surprisingly easy, which is usually what I feel the most limited by. I am feeling pretty confident with my c&js lately.

WOD for Time: 14:56

  • 30 Overhead Lunges: 35lbs, Rx.
  • 20 Pull-ups: Level II.
  • 10 Squat Snatches: 35lbs, Level I-ish (Level II weight was 55lbs..that just wasn’t happening.)
  • Run 600m: Rx.
  • 10 Jerks: 75lbs, Level II.
  • 20 Hang Power Cleans: 75lbs, Level II.
  • 30 Wallballs: 8lbs to 10′, Level II.

Alllllllmost true Level II. If the snatches had been power snatches, I could have easily done 55lbs. But I’m just not in practice enough to do the technical element of the squat snatch. It’s crazy though. I really could feel my strength on this WOD. Things I thought were going to suck (ahem, lunges, jerks) weren’t bad at all. I also got a set of 7 pullups in, which is maybe a PR? I’m not sure. Anyway, I felt strong and awesome and fast during this WOD (minus the running) and yeah. I love today’s box day.

Wednesday 6/26 WOD at PCF

My mind is all over the place, so this entry is sure to be very choppy. Apologies in advance! Today was a great WOD day. My legs are still sooooo sore from Monday, so definitely I wasn’t looking forward to the wallballs or DB snatches. But my elbow felt pretty good today, especially after spending some time rolling out my left biceps on a lacrosse ball.

Strength:

  • Clean and Jerk 1-1-1-1-1: (80-)80-85-85-85-85. Yeah! I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to do all the sets at 85, so I got two solid singles at 80 first. But 85 felt amazing, and a few times it felt like I was having to pull the bar back down to my shoulders on the cleans from launching it so high! I lookcd back, and 90 was my previous 1RM for C&J, so I’m getting pretty excited to get back up to that. Also, I started working with a wider grip on both the clean and jerks, and it made a huge difference for my elbow.

WOD for Time: 12:27

3 Rounds of:

  • 5 Hang Power Clean: 65lbs, Level I.
  • 15 Alternating 1 Arm DB Snatch: 35lbs, Level II.
  • 30 10ft Wallball: 8lbs, Level II.

I was worried that the 35lb dumbbell was going to be too much on my left arm. I think I need to stop really worrying about my elbow when it doesn’t actually bother me very much anymore. I keep doubting myself and then having it feel completely fine, and I’m worried I might be limiting myself! So I stuck out the 35lb dumbbell and I’m so glad I did. They felt great! I also hadn’t done anything from the hang, so I kept that light. Maybe could have done 75lbs but was sketchy about my coordination ha.

Tyler comes home tonight after doing field work in Nevada for 5 and a half weeks! I can’t wait to continue clean eating with him and start working out again together! I’m going to try to drag him to yoga with me tomorrow morning!

After yoga last week!

Before and after yoga last week!

Thursday 11/22 WOD at CFC, and Thanksgiving!

I’m currently down at the beach for Thanksgiving with my parents, and that means that I get to drop in at Crossfit Carteret!! I love working out with them. The best people, fun WODs, good strength/endurance work, and did I mention best people? I love it down here. They decided on a turkey burner chipper for today’s WOD. They were originally thinking Filthy Fifty, which I was excited about since I’ve never done it, but then they changed to Big Dirty. Unfortunately, I had to get back to my parents to have dinner and we spent a lot of time talking in the beginning, so I decided to do 1/2 of the traditional Big Dirty, doing 200m runs and 20 reps instead of 400m and 40 reps. It still totally kicked my ass!

WOD for Time: 18:34

“1/2 Big Dirty”

All lifts done with an empty, 30lb bar.

There is so much that I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving. I am not someone who overlooks how lucky I have it on a daily basis, but it’s always nice to spend a day of complete reflection. I am so thankful for discovering crossfit, and for having an awesome support system to keep me going. I’m thankful for finding Patriot Crossfit as my homebase, with their flawless programming, attentive and inspiring coaches, and great athletes to compete with. I’m also thankful for finding Crossfit Carteret, down here in Beaufort, NC. Who would have thought that such an incredible box would be only a few miles away from where I’ve been vacationing my entire life?! The owners, Todd and Rhonda, are such amazing people, as are the rest of the people who WOD there, and it really feels like a second home for me. I am so thankful that I have found an exercise regime that keeps me motivated and interested and excited; for that amazing butterflies-in-stomach feeling I still get EVERY SINGLE WOD while the clock counts down “3-2-1-GO,” and for something that gives me the satisfaction of feeling strong, confident, driven, and completely badass, with visible progress in the numbers and on my body. Nothing has ever made me feel better about myself, the way I look, the way I feel, the way I think, and they way I perform on a day-to-day basis, no matter what task is at hand.

Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am extremely close with my family, so of course I’m extremely thankful for them. That goes without saying, because I tell them weekly how much I appreciate everything they’ve done for me, and their continued support no matter how ridiculous my current endeavor is. If I were to go deeper into this or start talking about my friends that I’m thankful for, I would surely write page after page and end up crying for the rest of the night. So I’m going to avoid that and just say that I hope those close to me know how much I love them, and how empty my life would be without each one of you. I love you all.