Wednesday 2/19 WOD at PCF

Gah. Strained my right shoulder (rotator cuff possibly…didn’t mess with it enough to find out) during the warm-up. I find myself just going through the motions in the warm-ups when I’m sore or tired, and sometimes don’t put enough effort into activating the accessory muscles surrounding my joints. I’m guessing that’s what happened here. We were drilling for our snatches, and something just clicked wrong. I took it pretty easy for the rest of the workout, but at least I did it.

Strength:

  • Snatch 5-3-3-2-2-1-1: 35-55-55-65-55-55-55. I was really hoping to hit a PR today, but that just wasn’t going to happen with my shoulder. Backed off and just focused on punching through and droppin’ low at the top of the pull.

WOD for Time: 9:26

5 Rounds of:

  • 20 Double-Unders: Level II.
  • 3 Power Cleans: 65lbs, Level I.
  • 3 Hang Squat Cleans: 65lbs, Level I.
  • 15 Sit-Ups: Rx.
  • 1 15′ Rope Climb: Rx.

If it wasn’t for my shoulder I would have been able to do the Level II weight of 80lbs pretty easy I think, but I was just not feeling super confident about cycling that much weight with my shoulder. I cycled all 6 cleans in every round though, which was the deal I made with myself for being smart and doing lighter weight. The double-unders were cake, as were the sit-ups, and I’m loving rope climbs again. Yayayayay. It felt like I freaking flew through this with almost zero rest. My shoulder isn’t feeling bad now, so as of now I’m still planning on going tomorrow morning. I’m going to stretch a little more and see how it feels when I wake up, but here’s to hoping! Squats, push-press, ttb, and lunges. SO not in my wheelhouse, but looking forward to it because of that!

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Saturday 2/8 WOD at PCF

So a few nights ago I finally ordered my first pair of weightlifting shoes!!!! I am so beyond excited. For the past few weeks I’ve been spending my nights reading reviews and looking at pictures of the couple pairs I’ve been considering, and it’s been causing me to lose a significant amount of sleep. Ha. It sounds totally ridiculous, but it’s true! I didn’t want a purely powerlifting shoe; I was looking for something that I could also do WODs with heavy lifting in, so something with mild mid-foot flexibility, while still having the raised, sturdy heel and good support on the outer edge of my foot. I landed on the new inov8 FastLift 315s. And the colors of them are excellent. They should get here Tuesday, and I am so excited to play with them!!! If I dislike them, I’ll move to the red AdiPower by Adidas, but I’m hoping that these will continue my love affair with inov8s!

Also, today at noon I went to a free class with a couple friends who are interested in starting crossfit at some point. I really hope they end up joining, as it would be nice to have more friends! I have so many people who tell me they’re interested in trying it or want to start, but no one follows through. I wish I knew more people who were interested in this kind of lifestyle. Anyway! It was a good quick burner, especially after yesterday’s WOD. My shoulders and legs are still completely dead!

WOD for Reps: 310

3 Rounds of:

  • 1 Minute American Kettlebell Swings, 35lbs.
  • 1 Minute Ring Rows
  • 1 Minute Sit-Ups
  • 1 Minute Burpees
  • 1 Minute Rest

103-103-104. Sore. Sore sore sore. I am considering going to a pole dancing class this afternoon…but….I’ll have to see how I’m feeling after stretching a little more!

Friday 1/17 WOD at PCF

Classes start next week! Back to a regular, structured schedule! Partially excited, partially upset. I am reallllly going to try to get in there on Sunday, but I’m so bad at getting into the box on weekends. That needs to change!! Starting this week!

Strength:

  • Back squat 15-15 (Must complete sets in less than 1 Minute): 85-85. My back still felt tweaky from deadlifting 200lbs on Monday (gosh I just like saying that so much) so I didn’t want to go too much heavier. As it is, Erika wanted us to stick at about 50% of our 1RM, and this was still about 7ish pounds over that. But it felt really good! I’m so bad at muscle endurance, so this was a welcome challenge.

WOD for Time: 11:27

5 Rounds of:

  • 20 Double Unders: Level II.
  • 20 Sit-Ups: Rx.
  • 10 Front Rack Lunges: 45lbs, Level I-.
  • 5 Push-ups: Level I.

This was a crusher. I hate 5 round-ers, and lunges. I backed pretty light on the lunges, and I’m glad I did. I really need to work on them. I am so weak with them, and compared to my front and back squat numbers, I should be doing more than I’m able to. Need to work on this weakness, badly! Double-unders were cake, although I just didn’t have it in me to do the extra 10 for Rx every round. The sit-ups were fine, but taxing. Definitely feeling them now, which is weird, because I’m not usually bothered by them. Rx and Level II were 5 HSPUs and 3 HSPUs, respectively, and I tried to do the first one in the first round, and my shoulders just gave out. Very tired today. Oh well. Next time!

Saturday 9/14 WOD at PCF

I made a new fitness friend at school! She came to a free intro class at my crossfit box today and it was awesome. It was just a quick WOD with no strength, but after yesterday, my legs and back are toast so the mini rest day was much needed.

WOD for Reps: 384

4 Rounds of:

  • 1 Minute of Air Squats: Rx.
  • 1 Minute of Sit Ups: Rx.
  • 1 Minute of Russian Kettlebell Swings: 53lbs, Rx?
  • 1 Mintue of Rest: Rx, like a boss.

My rounds went 110-87-93-94. Went out way too hard on the first round, but finished strong..

Monday 8/5 WOD at PCF

Our internet has been out for over a week, so I haven’t been able to update. I just posted the two I missed, and here is today’s! We went climbing for a few hours yesterday with some friends, so my forearms and legs are still feeling that a little.

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Strength:

  • Front Squat 3-3-3-3: 100-100-100-100. This was the perfect weight this week. On the last two sets I really had to fight for the last rep. I was tempted to try 105, but I was already struggling so hard I figured I’d probably fail. Also, since last week was the first time ever doing a set of 3 at 100, I wanted to get 4 strong sets in before going heavier.

WOD for Time: 11:11 total (Annie: 7:30)

“Annie +”

50-40-30-20-10 of:

  • Double Unders: Rx, ALL UNBROKEN!!!!
  • Sit ups: Rx. 50&40 rounds were slow, but all were also unbroken.

Then right into:

  • 50 Wallballs: 14lbs to 9ft, Rx-. Rx was to 10ft, but there was no way that was happening for all 50. I split these into 20-15-10-5, which was better than my original plan to go 15-15-10-5-5. They felt steady and consistent.

Last time we did Annie, I did it in 8:30. Today, I beat that by an entire MINUTE. As I said, all of my double unders were unbroken, which is really freaking awesome, and the wallballs actually weren’t too horrible. I no-rep’d myself on three, because they didn’t quite make the 9ft mark. I liked this. Annie is a good benchmark WOD, but I’m glad we had the extra wallballs at the end. I’m so bad at them/hate them dearly, so it’s good to be able to work on a weakness a little. I’m also proud of myself for sticking it out with the 14lb ball.

Tuesday 1/29 WOD and Thursday 1/31 Strength at GMU

I did a lot of different moves the past two workouts. I want to get this posted, and if I spend the time to link everything..well, I’ll give up and never post it. So I’m just going to post it without the video descriptors! I promise to be back to the normal format soon! Also hopefully back into actual Crossfit. Being sick and extremely sore have both destroyed my routine this week!

Tuesday:

It seems like whenever I write about going to Crossfit the next day, I never end up going! I woke up in the morning on Monday and I felt absolutely awful and sluggish. I had my class, and slept for pretty much the rest of the day. I made up for it the next day though!!

Strength:

  • Squat 2-2-2-2: 120-120-120-120. Ehhhhhhhh. Some of these weren’t quite to full, below-parallel depth. I swear, squatting (or any lifting, for that matter) in front of a mirror at the gym is the WORST. I focus so much on watching my form that I psych myself out. “This is so heavy. Omg. You’re getting so low. Omg. Stop. You’re going to have to ditch the weight if you go lower, look how much you’re struggling already.” Pretty much my brain in front of the mirror, every time. But I did them, and they felt pretty good, and I’m confident that next week I’ll hit this for sure.

EMOTM for 10 Minutes of:

  • 2 Hang Power Snatch: 55lbs. Felt strong and steady. Didn’t have to break any sets.
  • 10 ABMAT Situps: Mothereffin’ raspberry on my tailbone from this. Ugh. There has to be a better way.

This was tiring.

WOD for Time: 11:53

5 Rounds of:

  • 12 Alternating Single-Arm Dumbbell Snatch: 30lbs, Level II
  • 12 Alternating Leg Suitcase Carry Dumbbell Lunge: 30lbs, Level II
  • 15 Double Unders: Level II.

This WOD was pretty great, all around. I got all weird right before I started and decided I was only going to do 3 rounds. Then I got to round 3 and I decided to do one more. And then I got to round 4 and decided I was just going to do all 5. Ha. This is why I NEED crossfit. The lunges were death and my double unders were eh, but single arm snatches felt incredible. On the DUs I couldn’t get my rhythm going right. 3 rounds were unbroken, the other two were 10-3-2’ish, but I felt like I was expelling too much energy the whole time. I also warmed up with 5 minutes of solid double under practice, and my freaking calves are still in knots from all the jumping. Ow. I spent more time resting after the double unders too. Neeeeed the pressure of actually being in crossfit!

Finisher:

  • 75 GHDs. Favorite. Forever.

 

TodayThursday:

As previously mentioned, my calves. They are dying. I really need to remember to roll them out more before/after doing lots of jumping, because for some reason they lock up so badly after any plyo WODs. I really wanted to go to crossfit Wednesday, but I was still feeling quite under the weather, the raspberry on my butt hurt, and I could barely walk due to my calves. I rested up and got back into the gym today for a light-ish workout. I was jumpy on caffeine, still feeling slightly sick/sore, and pretty tired. Didn’t preform as well as I would have liked, but eh. I just wasn’t all there today. I was all over the place and didn’t get an actual WOD in, but at least I got some good strength work in.

Strength:

  • Jerk 2-2-2-2: 85-90-90-90(f on second)-85(f on second). Well. That escalated (or…deteriorated..) quickly. I think I started watching myself in the mirror too much and over-thinking it. I need to start lifting with my back to the mirrors. Would that be weird? Probably.
  • Hang Power Snatch 2-2-1-1-1-1-1-1: 55lbs. Form and explosive work. Had a few really bad reps. Was really off today.
  • 6 Rounds of: 1 Hang Power Snatch into 5 Overhead Squats: 50lbs. These felt good. I mean really good. Probably because the weight was so light, but I just felt on point and balanced and tight and great.
  • 1 set of 10 Hang Power Cleans: 45lbs. Don’t really know why I did these. I guess my plan was to go heavier, but then someone came up and asked to use the oly platform so I just moved on.
  • 50 Alternating Single Arm Dumbbell Snatch: 35lbs. THIS IS A BIG DEAL, YOU GUYS. Just in the beginning of December I tried using the 35lb dumbbell for these. Nope. Couldn’t do it. Could barely even do the 30lb, and failed almost every rep on my left side. On Tuesday I used the 30lb DB in the WOD for this movement, and they felt just really great. Today, I wanted to try the 35 and go until I couldn’t anymore, but taking appropriate rest. I literally could have done these ALL DAMN DAY. I was explosive and strong and my grip was on point and everything felt so great. I think working on the hang power snatch has really helped me use my hips in that nice triple extension to help pop the weight up there. A few of these almost got away from me at the top, even!
  • 50 American Kettlebell Swings (overhead): 35lbs. I really wanted to finish with GHDs again, but there was a guy on there who was doing the stupid plate transfer from side to side, and he looked like he was going to do it forever. This was a good decision though, because my abs are still sore from Tuesday’s GHDs!

I’m so damn happy with how my back/shoulders/traps are filling out. My tummy looks a little soft in that picture, and I’m totally okay with it. It’s weird. It’s as if the fat in my stomach has redistributed  itself, so instead of being a little pouch at the bottom, it’s a thinner, more uniform softness over the entire thing. WHICH IS EXCELLENT. I don’t care about softness all over, and I know I talk a lot about not trying to lose weight, but damn did I want that weird little pouch gone. I stood in front of the mirror tonight after dinner, when I was getting into my pjs and I smiled so big and thought to myself “I am SO HAPPY with how I look right now.” And then I just couldn’t stop smiling, because, holy shit, it just keeps getting better. I get stronger and stronger, and happier and happier. I can’t even begin to explain how happy I was using the 35lb dumbbell today for the snatches. Or doing 150 Russian KB swings with the 53lb KB WHAT that is insane. Progress is the best. BEST. Motivator. Ever.

Monday 11/5 WOD at PCF

So, I forgot to log a WOD a weekish ago. And then I fell off the wagon the past week, due to the hurricane and not getting enough sleep, and just generally feeling terrible, post-sickness. But I’m back around, and back to killing it in the box.

Strength:

  • Squat 5-5-5-5: 95-95-95-95. Finally! Getting into the box on a Monday for squat day!! These felt great. I easily could have done at least the first two sets at 100lbs, but I wasn’t really sure where I stood with sets of 5. The first three were so easy, then the last two come out of nowhere and are just agonizing. I stuck to low-bar for all four sets.

WOD for Reps: 201

3 Rounds for Reps of:

  • 1 Minute Alternating Front Rack Lunges55-35-45.
  • 1 Minute ABMAT Sit-ups: Rx. I’m really god at sit-ups.
  • 1 Minute Push-ups: Level I, on knees. I didn’t want to do any snaking up from the floor, so I just stuck to knees. Glad I did, I can barely lift my arms now.

I haaaaaaate lunges. Haaaaaaaate. I thought I’d be able to hang at 55lbs the whole time, which was between Level I and Level II, but I underestimated how cooked my legs would be after the squats. I failed towards the end of the last minute, and pulled the plates off before round 2. I didn’t want to waste the time getting lighter plates to put on the bar, so I just went with 35, but during the situps the coach came near my end and I was able to flag him over and ask him to grab them for me. That was great, because I could definitely do them at 45, no problem. So what whole ordeal was a little frustrating, but oh well. Like I said, I was surprised how weak my legs were!

Tomorrow is going to be so busy. Dance class in the morning, breakfast with my mom right after, then going to vote, then going to see an Endocrinologist to try to sort out my sleep issues, and finally to class in the evening. I am going to sleep so well tomorrow night!

Tuesday 9/25 WOD at PCF

Today was great, but I’m exhausted. Hopefully I’ll get a good night of sleep tonight and not die during tomorrow’s WOD!

Strength:

EMOTM for 10 Minutes

  • 2 Squat Snatch45lbs. Really worked on the shrug at the top of the pull, and speed getting under the bar. I tweaked my elbow weirdly at the 5th round, so that impacted me a bit, but overall they felt pretty good.
  • 2 Handstand Negatives: to 2 ABMATs. I’ve been working on these for my press, and they felt pretty good today. At round 5 when I tweaked my elbow I dropped down to 1 per round.

WOD for Time: 8:30 Rx

“Annie”

50-40-30-20-10

  • Double-unders
  • Sit-ups

This was awesome. The last time I did “Annie” was on June 21st, and when I had just gotten the hang of double-unders. My last time was 12:09. I bested that by over 3 and a half minutes today!!! So great. My double-unders were on point, and my sit-ups went as fast as I possibly could. I know I slowed down in the 40 and 30 rounds, but then picked up speed again in the 20 and 10. I’d like to get this down to 7 minutes.

Nothing else very exciting to share today! Lamesauce!

Tuesday 8/21 WOD at PCF

I’m back!! The second of the two camping trips was amazing, even though the weather was cold and rainy most of the time. We had a blast, and somehow kept up a fairly good diet the whole time. Eggs and bacon for breakfasts, fruit and nut butter or protein bars for lunches, and kabobs or turkey burgers for dinners. There was lots of snacking throughout the day as well, but I’m pretty amazed how well we all did with keeping our food on point while on the top of a mountain for four days. We had wanted to try running at such a high elevation to give our lungs a workout, but with all of the rain and crappy weather we never got around to it. Definitely on our to-do list for next year’s trip up there!

Strength:

EMOTM for 10 Minutes of:

  • Snatch (about 60-70% of 1rep max): 50lbs. I tried 55lbs right before we started and it felt a little off, so I backed down, but I think that was because I wasn’t warmed up enough. I felt strong and steady the whole way through.
  • Ring Dips: Used two thin bands for assistance, but held them looser than usual to give less resistance. Almost ready to drop down to one!

WOD for Time: 12:17 Rx

Ps. Abs. Fist pump.

Rx!!! Yes!!! I hung with the big boys&girls today. I was about a minute behind some of the top athletes at our gym, and I can’t be more proud of that!!! Being able to do workouts as prescribed is the best feeling. I just need to get more confident and strong with my oly lifts and I’ll be up there. I hope to be doing everything at least Level II by December, with more Rx’s speckled through. I love progress. For the strength portion, the snatches felt great, and ring dips were strong and steady. Maybe could have stuck at 55lbs for the snatches, as said previously, but after taking my little break for the camping trips I was worried about my endurance and strength. Thankfully, it didn’t feel like I’d backtracked in either! As for the WOD, I did both sets of KB swings and sit-ups completely unbroken, and ran straight through both runs. I have such a hard time getting out of my head while running, and constantly feel sorry for how awful I feel. I really focused on my breathing this time though, and was able to sprint the final 200m of the 400m run. Felt freaking great. I have Tyler to thank for getting my ass out of the house and to the box today. I definitely would have skipped out if it wasn’t for him. Sometimes it’s hard to #justshowup, especially after a little break. So thank you, Tyler, for helping me Rx this WOD by making me actually go!!

Tough Mudder is only 18 days away! Time to kick it up a notch and supplement my WODs by adding extra running! Eek!

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.