Wednesday 7/25 WOD at PCF

Today has been crazy! I went to class, came home just long enough to take my Ladydog for a walk, and literally sprinted to get my hair brightened up. Sprinted back, straight to my car at 4:15 and went right to Crossfit with my hair still semi-wet because we didn’t have time for a full blow-dry without making me late. Then, when I got there, our initial warmup was a 400m run. A 400m run usually leaves me breathing kind of heavily and my legs semi-fatigued. Needless to say, I am not a runner. For the first time ever today I ran the whole thing paying attention to proper barefoot-running technique, and wasn’t winded even in the slightest. I know that sounds silly because it’s only 400m, but it really was a super great mini-moment for me. Today was full of those.

Strength:

  • Strict Press 3-3-3-3-3 (add 2.5-5lbs from last week): 55-55-55-55(f)-52.5-52.5. I reallllly thought I’d be able to push up 5lbs from last week, with all of the shoulder work we’ve been doing. But I could only successfully get 3 rounds of 3 reps at 55. But I’m super happy I did it that much, considering last week I couldn’t even get it overhead. Progress is awesome! Mini-moment number two.

WOD: 131 reps or 7round + 5reps

3 Rounds for Reps of:

AMRAP 3 minutes:

So much sweat.

Aw yeah, all Level 2 today. So proud again! Mini-moment number 3! I’m able to do more at Level 2 as the weeks progress, fighting upwards towards that Rx line that just seems so incredibly out of reach. But I’m getting there. I’m getting more confident with my olympic lifts, and trying to go heavier in the WODs. I know I can easily do 125lb deadlifts 5+ times, so that was an easy choice; I did 25lb DB ground-to-overheads a few days ago, so I knew it was possible but would probably suck; and I like box jumps, so that was no issue. The push presses were by far the limiting factor (limfac, for future references) and slowed me down so much. Probably would have been able to do an extra round each 3 minute AMRAP if I had dropped down to 20s, but the 25lbs felt nice and difficult, and are going to leave me pleasantly sore tomorrow. Speaking of running and tomorrow, tomorrow’s WOD is running and thrusters, and I’m already mentally preparing myself for how much death that’s going to inflict on me. Woo, Crossfit.

I promise one of these weeks I’ll get around to getting some new full-body pictures up. I feel like my body composition has drastically changed over the last month, let alone the past 6 months. Tough Mudder is only 6 weeks out, and I’m finally starting to feel like I’m actually prepared to make that obstacle course my bitch.

Wednesday 7/11 WOD at PCF

By the way, definitely had 7.11oz of free slurpee today in honor of 7/11. It was an awesome cheat and I have no regrets. I’ve eaten very well for the day/week and went to Crossfit today, so I’m not worried about it at all, and am actually happy I indulged. Take that, world! As long as it doesn’t become a habit, I am all about wisely-programmed cheattreats and rewards. In the wise words of Christmas Abbott: “I have to have my reward.  If I eat well all week, I get my cupcake on Friday.  That is how I operate.” Love it!

Strength:

  • Strict Press 5-5-5-5: 35-45-50(4)-50(3)-45. Lucky me, two days in a row of strength movements I strongly dislike! I could not get up to 5 reps at 50lbs. My shoulders are so gassed from yesterday’s push presses and single arm snatches, so I’m hoping next week to get 50 up and maybe even 55. Ambitious, but definitely possible!

WOD: 11:17

21-18-15-12-9 for time of:

Have I explained that kind of WOD yet? It’s usually “21-15-9” but someone accidentally-on-purpose added an extra 18+12 reps in there. You start with the first movement, KB swings in this case, and do 21 reps. Then move to the second, air squats, and do 21 reps. Finish with 21 reps of the push press. Then, you move back to the KB swings and do 18 reps, 18 air squats, 18 push presses, and keep going until you’ve done the last set of 9 reps of each.
Or, if you’re awesome like me and totally can’t keep track of your shit during a workout, you end up doing the 12 round twice. Yes, I did that. I didn’t realize it until the very end of the push presses when I realized “hey, last round I did two sets of 6 also..and 12 KBs..and 12 air squats..SHIT.” But I really wanted to finish out by doing the 9 round, so I just went for it and decided that the extra round wouldn’t kill me. And it didn’t, yay!
The KB swings were awesome and I did every set unbroken, all to full extension. The air squats were air squats and I really focused on not letting my knees buckle in towards the center when I got tired, which is a really bad habit I have that gave me knee pain last time I did them (none from today, yay again!). The push presses felt really easy throughout the workout, mainly because I was really driving the weight up super hard every time, but now my traps and shoulders are smokedddd. I think I could have added another 5lbs, but right as I had that thought the clock started. Great workout and hoping I won’t be too sore to go tomorrow as well. 
Bonus! Post-WOD sweatyface!

Tuesday 7/10 WOD at PCF

Do you guys all love my lack of writing?! Of course, when I first launched this on Friday, I wasn’t expecting to spend most of Saturday-Monday in a complete meltdown from school-induced stress. But I’m back and stronger than ever! It takes more than one class to bring me down!!…I think/hope.

Anyway, to recap over the past two days fitness-wise, I had dance class yesterday and Crossfit today. I took pictures at dance last night, so expect to see some pictures either tonight or tomorrow evening, depending on how my studying schedule pans out. My hands have been stickier than normal, which is awesome, but my body has been less-so, so I’ve been having a really hard time with any moves that require body stick; unfortunately that includes pretty much anything that I want to be working on. I was planning on going for a run with Tyler this morning, but my back felt wonky after dance and I woke up with it slightly sore, so knowing I was heading to Crossfit later I decided to pass. Crossfit today was awesomely awful. Are you ready for this?

Strength:

  • Snatch High Pull 3-3-3-3: 70-75-75-75. These are awful. I feel like my form is so bad that it keeps me from being able to do more weight. I hate the basic snatch lift and any form of it, so I tend to avoid it when I’m working on my own lifting. I need to stop that, because I’m really awful and haven’t progressed with this lift as much as I should. When you hate something, you do less of it on your own time. Usually you hate it because you’re bad at it. Therefore, you never get good at it, and hate it more. I need to break this cycle!!

WOD for Time: 14:44

I’m putting the explanation for it behind a break because the write-out of it is long and awful, even though it wasn’t the most grueling workout.

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