Monday 12/30 WOD at PCF

Holy majoly. The last month and a half really threw me for a loop. Finals, end of semester, holidays, oof. Zero time and/or motivation, and excessive traveling. Bad combination. I was really down on myself about it, until I went back last night and was talking to a friend about it and she said “look, in the long run, what is one missed month? You’re here now. That’s what matters.” And that’s true. It’s so easy to get down on yourself for missing workouts, when in reality, it doesn’t really matter too much as long as you get back on track. Last WOD of 2013!!

Strength:

  • Back Squat 1-1-1-1: 125-125-125-125(-125 Bonus). This is SO LIGHT for singles for me. But they felt heavy as hell, and it has been three weeks since I squatted. I needed to take it easy, and I’m glad I did because I am in a world of hurt today from it. Only up from here.

WOD for Weight: 55lbs x4

4 Rounds of:

  • 7 Power Cleans
  • 7 Front Squats
  • 7 Jerks
  • 7 Back Squats
  • 7 Back Rack Lunges

* This is a complex – do not put the bar down or rest on the ground during the round.
** Work up to the heaviest weight possible, rest as necessary between rounds.

I started at 55lbs, and wanted to do 55lbs x2, 65lbs x2. I felt like that was a realistic goal. Ha. On the last two rounds I was at failure on the lunges (got stuck in the bottom a few times but somehow made it out) and I had to drop the bar between the front squats and the jerks because my elbow was killing me. This was a pretty terrible workout. If it had been 5s or 3s, it would have been nothing. But 7 reps is a lot, and I have definitely lost a lot of muscle endurance over the last month. I really need to work on doing more high-reps of movements. Bahhh. Least favorite. I had a few girls there yelling at me through the last round, which really helped. I was actually ready to quit and take the DNF, but they got me through it. So great.

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.

Monday 11/19 WOD at PCF

Mondays are quickly becoming my favorite WOD day. I always have to force myself in there, but I have such a great time and I am consistently seeing progress. I also have teamed up with a lady who is at pretty much the same exact level as I am, and we’re able to push each other so well. It’s awesome.

Strength:

  • Squat 5-5-5-5: 95-100-100-100. Eff yeah. We were going to try for another set of 100 so all of our working sets would have been there, but we ran out of time. Definitely felt like I could have pushed through one final set at 100, and that is pretty damn awesome. And to think, back in July I was failing on the final rep of sets of 3 at 100lbs. Ha!

WOD for Time: 3:34

Grace

First time doing “Grace!” I was dreading this last night, honestly. Earlier in the month there was a WOD that had a total of 30 clean and jerks split up into sets of 10. I did them at 55lbs, (thinking back, I’m actually fairly certain I dropped down to 45 during the last round but forgot to write that) and they were absolutely awful..even the first 10 at the very beginning. Today, I did the first 20 unbroken and strong. The last 10 I could feel my back rounding a little on the pull, so I took my time a little more getting set up and really keeping my shoulders pinned back. I also push jerked every rep. Didn’t need to split at all. Woo! Looking at my time, I probably should have gone a little heavier. “Grace” is supposed to be quick and dirty, so I was definitely in the right time range, but I felt like I had a little more in me at the end. Next time I’ll shoot for 70, since this WOD probably won’t come up in the programming for another handful of months. Can I get a “hell yeah” for progress?! Hell yeah.

I caught a couple of the last cleans a little low, and my chest got in the way of the bar on the way back down once or twice by accident, so I have a nice little sternum shiner brewing. Also, completely obsessed with Flag Nor Fail‘s sweatpants/all their clothing (and let’s be honest, with DLB as well), and this protein powder. Favorite everything. Just killed a sweet potato, two scoops of that protein powder with 8oz of almond milk, an avocado, and four-ish slices of turkey, and now it’s time to shower and pack! No dance class tomorrow, so I might try to squeeze in a morning WOD if I have time!