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.

Friday 11/7 WOD at PCF

Strength:

E2MOT2M for 10 Minutes of:

  • 1 Power Clean/Lunge R/Lunge L/Jerk (P Curtis): 75lbs. Easy. Probably should have done 85lbs since it was only 5 reps!
  • 4 Ring Dips: assisted, but I finally feel like I’m making progress on them! All 4 of each round felt strong, and I used less assistance than usual.

WOD for Time:

15-12-9 of:

  • Pull-ups, Level II. Started doing chest-to-bar pull-ups, which was Rx, and got through the first round, but was wayyyy to tired in the next. Very happy.
  • Overhead Squats 55lbs, Level I. I couldn’t get my grip/positioning right on the first round, but did the 12 and 9 rounds unbroken. Definitely limited by  the shoulders, not the legs!
  • Over the Box Jumps: 20″, Rx. Easy. Jumped on and then over. I chugged through easily, with no rest. I actually really liked these. These were a nice change from normal box jumps.

Friday 10/4 WOD at PCF

Strength:

E2MOT2M for 10 Minutes of:

  • 3 Deadlifts: 135lbs. Realized today that the grip I’ve been doing for deadlifts has been limiting me! So these felt really good.
  • 5 Strict Pull-Ups: assisted.

WOD for Time: 12:50

  • Row 1000m: 4:19. I rowed at a pretty slow but consistent pace. I feel like this would be close to my 2k pace: Rx.
  • 20 Hang Power Clean and Jerk: 65lbs, Level II-.
  • 40 Wallballs: 8lbs to 10′, Level II.

Friday 7/26 WOD at PCF

Who has been following the CrossFit Games?!??!!? It’s my favorite weekend of the year!!! Not only that, but Thursday was my last day of classes for the summer semester! Woo! All finished for a month. So that, plus the Games?! BEST EVER. They’ve rolled out some ridiculous shit this year. I can’t even imagine being able to do the stuff that they are doing right now. Swim, then do bar muscle ups?! Nope. Legless rope climbs? Double nope. So awesome. These athletes are amazing. I also love the programming this year. Today they’ve had one endurance/strength event, and then an explosive sprint event right after it. So damn smart and incredible.

Strength:

EMOTM for 10 Minutes of:

  • 1 Deadlift: 155lbs. More than I’ve ever done in any deadlift EMOTM before! Woo!
  • 3 Strict Pull-Ups: assisted. The past few weeks I’ve been dropping down to less volume with less assistance, but I don’t think that’s helped me gain the muscle needed to do strict unassisted pullups again. So I used a little more assistance than normal, and made sure that I got 3 in every round.

WOD for Rounds+Reps: 6:10

12 Minute AMRAP of:

  • 3 Squat Cleans: 65lbs, Level I.
  • 6 Ring Dips: Assisted, Level I.
  • 9 Box Jumps: 20″, Level II.

Ugh squat cleans are the worst for me! I always catch the weight in the perfect spot, but I’m just so weak standing up from them. Definitely a weakness I need to work on! I’m so far away from being able to unassisted ring dips again. I think I’m going to start trying to use the 24″ box on WODs where we’re supposed to go a little higher. I really struggled with

Woo! CrossFit Games! Yayayay! I swear I’ll start taking gratuitous pictures of myself again sometime soon. I was just always running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to get to class or to the lab to work. Zero time!

Wednesday 7/3 WOD at CFC

So behind! First of 3 catch-up WOD posts!

Strength:

  • Deadlifts 5-5-5-5-5-5 (45%x2-75%-85%-90%x2 of 1RM): 65-65-105-125-135-145-145. These felt pretty good. I wasn’t sure how I’d be doing Crossfit Carteret’s more upright positioning for the set up, since previously I could barely get 135lbs off the ground once. I did much better today.
  • Strict Pull-ups 8-8-8: assisted. These longer sets made me realize how unbalanced my back is now from the injury. Wompwomp.

WOD for Time: 5:17

7 Rounds of:

  • 3-Position Squat Snatch Complex: 35lbs.
  1. From Hang
  2. From Knee
  3. From Floor

I kept this super light, since I haven’t worked squat snatch in months, since before my injury even. I didn’t realize that we could increase weight between rounds if we wanted to, or else I probably would have gone up to 45 after the first few rounds, once I was warmed up. I’m definitely a little uncomfortable pulling from the floor, so that’s definitely something to work on. I need to start hitting snatch days at PCF so I can work on that. It’s definitely a weakness!

Friday 6/14 WOD at PCF

It’s the weekend! Yeah! Did homework all morning, literally, from the moment I woke up until about 3pm, and then headed to crossfit. Was feeling smug, thinking this workout wasn’t going to be bad, and that 15lb dumbbells would be too light. Ha! Negative.

Strength:

Every 2 Minutes on the 2 Minutes for 10 Minutes of:

  • 2 Front Squat: 70lbs.
  • 5 Strict Pull ups: assisted, averaged 4 strict & 1 kipping per round. Haven’t done these in a while.

I maybe should have gone for 75 or 80 on the squats. I power cleaned the first of each round, and did two consecutive front squats, and I wasn’t really having too difficult of a time, even in the last round. But it felt nice to do real front squats again, instead of the cross-armed ones I was doing a week or so ago! I was definitely getting gassed from the pull-ups more. They were putting a weird strain on my elbow, and just didn’t feel super great.

WOD for Time: 10:47(?)

5 Rounds of:

  • 5 Renegade Row Man-Makers: 15lbs, Level II.
  • 10 Box Jumps: 20″, Level II.
  • RRMM starts standing with DBs at sides. Go down to a plank, row right, push-up, row left, bring your feet up to your hands, squat clean thruster. Have fun!

That “Have fun!” is directly from the post online. Very funny. My brain could NOT wrap around the RRMM in the first couple reps of the first two rounds. I was doing push-up, row, row; row, row, push-up; push-up, row, push-up, row; it was just a complete mess. I’m also 99.999% sure I did 6 of them on rounds 3 and 4. My brain was just not there today. For rounds 3-5 I had to do the push-ups from my knees, because of pressure in my elbow. Irritating, but eh. Did a lotttt of mobility today when I got home. Everything has tightened up over the last week, and I really need to spend more time making sure I keep that from happening! Maybe it’s time to buy “Becoming a Supple Leopard.” Oh, and I really love these socks. Have a great weekend, y’all!

Mobility!

Friday 11/9 and Monday 11/12 WODs at PCF, Plus Dance Today!

I am officially the worst. I have become so lazy with posting, because life has gotten in the way. But I’m still keeping up going to Crossfit, I just have a hard time motivating myself to write about it. That’s better than the other way around, I guess!

This was early Friday morning, last week. I was exhausted, and hadn’t slept well the previous couple nights. It was just..excruciating. But we do rope climbs in the warmups on Fridays, so that’s always a day brightener.

Strength:

EMOTM for 10 Minutes of:

  • 1 Snatch Balance: 45lbs. I thought there were 2 per round, so I started at 55 but that was too much on my wrists, doing two reps. I realized it only called for 1 rep after I had already switched everything out and couldn’t be bothered to change them back. Easily could have done 55lbs at 1/round.
  • 2 Strict Pull-ups: thin band, ~20lbs assistance. Switched to one assisted strict and one unassisted kipping on round 6. Bah. So tired.

WOD for Time: 12:32

3 Rounds of:

  • 10 Clean and Jerk: 55lbs. Wish I had been able to do this at 4:30pm. I easily would have been able to go at least 10lbs heavier, but not early in the morning.
  • 15 Bastards: Rx. Bastards and burpees are usually one of my favorite parts of WODs with them. I can fly through them fairly unscathed, but not that day. I was slow and angry and tired and just..not feeling them. Definitely killed my time.
  • Run 200m: Rx. Felt good. Still can’t believe I don’t hate running anymore.
  • Rest 1 Minute: Rx

Yesterday was muccchhh better. I felt invigorated, was in a huge class (which I usually hate, but found it enjoyable actually), performed well, kept a good pace, and all-around killed it.

Strength:

  • Squat 5-5-5-5: 95-95-95-100. Damnit, should have gone for 100 in at least one more set, but we also ran out of time. This was awesome though, and I didn’t feel nearly as beat down as I did by them last week. Progress! And new 5-rep max PR!

WOD for Time: 8:24

  • 50 10ft Wallballs: 8lbs, Level II. Only two breaks! All hit 10ft mark! So proud! More progress!
  • Run 800m: Rx. Run felt great, minus the first few steps where my legs were jello from the wallballs. I got confused as to how many laps I’d done, so I figured it would be better to potentially do an extra one than short myself. Turns out I did the right amount, thankfully!
  • 30 Games’ Standard Box Jumps: 16″, Level II. First time cycling box jumps, thanks to the linked video!!! They were so fast!!! So proud of this! I can’t believe how much they speeded up my time, and how much LESS energy they took versus pausing at the bottom to reset and jump up.

Annnnd today was dance class! I was about five minutes late because it was raining and everyone in NOVA forgets how to drive as soon as there is weather, but it was a damn good class. I nailed two really difficult moves, worked on a few spinning dismounts, learned a new fancy climb, and I have alll the bruises to show for it. We worked on spinning pole for a while, and I surprised myself with a few moves that I didn’t think I was strong enough to do! Then I went home, busted out a few moves on my own pole, and took a few videos. So happy! Here’s a quick tiny .gif of Jasmine to Superman! Ugly, but still so excited. Can’t wait for Crossfit tomorrow morning!

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.

Pride and Tuesday 8/28 WOD at PCF

I need to take a minute to reflect on how proud I am of myself. I have accomplished so much over this summer, and I don’t think I’ve ever felt this positive about the direction I’m going in my life, mentally, physically, literally, and figuratively. Every single week I’m able to lift a little heavier, run a little faster, or go harder at the end of the workout than I was able to the previous week. It’s fucking amazing. Literally. I never in my life thought I’d be doing what I’m doing now. Crossfit is all about being uncomfortable, and hitting the DIS/GFB (drenched in sweat/gasping for breath) point. Many people don’t like being uncomfortable, and don’t like the idea of working out to that point. This is most likely due to the fact that they’ve never hit that point before, because it’s the most addictive, satisfying, gratifying, and glorious feeling in the world…once you can breathe and think straight again.

I started out as an athlete and a gymnast as a kid, and I thrived on DIS/GFB. And then one day I decided I was sick of it, it was too hard, and I didn’t like being told what to do (queue rebellious teenage years). From then on, I shunned most “exercise,” and I was definitely one of those people who disliked being uncomfortable, for a long time. After a handful of years of stagnation (and my freshman 40), I finally realized that I couldn’t reach my goals sticking to “sprinting” circuits on a treadmill, lighter dumbbell work at higher reps, and weight machines. And all of a sudden Crossfit happened and I had friends and my boyfriend to WOD duel with and I started seeing results and I got hooked on DIS/GFB again. I now thrive on being uncomfortable, pushing myself to the absolute limit, and watching my results skyrocket. With only an hour a day, 3-5 times per week, I have become stronger than I’ve ever been, and only going up from here. I’m sorry if this sounds all “tooting my own horn” but I’m so fucking proud of myself I’m in tears right now writing this. I am so happy with myself and I love who I’ve become, as my physical strength translates into emotional and mental strength as well.

 

Strength:

EMOTM for 10 Minutes of:

This is exactly what I’m talking about in the first paragraph. Last week I threw up 50lbs in the beginning, but backed down to 45lbs because there was no way I was going to be able to go 20 reps at 50lbs. This week? 50lbs. Solid. Each rep felt good and strong and explosive and great. As I got tired towards the end I consciously started dropping lower to catch the bar, knowing that I wasn’t getting the bar as high as in the beginning. Noticing little things like that are what really make me realize I’m getting it. Strict pull-ups are awful, and I am so far away from even having one, but I’m hoping to be able to do two strict by December 31st of this year.

WOD for Time: 17:43

3 Rounds of:

  • Run 600m: Rx. Ran the entire 600m without stopping each time.
  • 30 Push-UpsKnees. Rx was 30 strict, Level II was 20 strict, and Level I was 20 knees. So Somewhere between LI and LII.
  • 1 15′ Rope Climb: Level II. I love rope climbs. Rx was 3, but my shoulders were so effed from the push-ups I was worried I wouldn’t be able to let myself down. Probably should have at least tried for two.

This WOD was AWESOME. The whole workout was awesome. Pretty much a huge mash-up of everything I hate/need to work on (except for the rope climbs). I focused really hard on my form for the running, reminding myself to use my ankles and explode off my toes and kick my legs up “like a gazelle.” Repeating that to myself because my mantra while running today, and I have no idea where it came from. I kept saying “like a gazelle, Katie, come on, like a gazelle” in my head. Ha!! Somehow though, that made everything click and the running actually wasn’t bad. I’m definitely going to be keeping that in mind during the Tough Mudder!! I’m not convinced that I could keep push-up form for anywhere near 90 reps, so knees I went. Mayyybe should have done 10 strict per round, but I really wanted the high volume, and doing that many put me around the finishing time with most of the big guns in the box. And rope climbs ahhh I love you. I couldn’t get the J technique today, so I went back to my good ol’ wrap and stomp. Kicking myself for not doing two per round, but they still felt awesome and challenging and fun. I’ll be nursing a teeny patch of rope burn on the back of my thigh, but it comes with the territory. I’m so into Patriot Crossfit’s programming lately. I’m so glad we found them and that I can call that box my home.