Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Crossfit Day 465 - 15.4 with Pete and Katie - 3/20/15

So it has sort of become tradition that when Pete and Katie are here, that we do an Open WOD at CFTC! It's become a thing. And then Pete goes home and kills it at his home base and destroys his FL scores. I get it. Don't want to make us look bad or anything! ;)

So 15.4 was a tough one. It was HSPUs and Cleans. Lots of them. And the measuring for HSPUs was weird, and I can't even do 1 unless I have an abmat and a plate, so.. I did scaled again. Fine, whatevs.

Scaled was ridiculous.
10 push press (65)
10 cleans (75)
repeat, repeat, repeat

So silly that it was different weights.. because then everyone doing scaled needed two bars, double weights. It just wasn't very efficient, I don't think.

Anyway.. I ended up doing 138 reps. Which is great and all, but it was scaled. I still did well, and I still enjoyed the work! My traps and shoulders especially appreciated it.

Katie and Pete did awesome, too! Of course. I am so proud of them. I need to post some pics of us!

Life Happens, I'm just not very good at it sometimes. 4/15/15

Just posted this to my Facebook page.. It's my own version of Buddha's words, but much more fitting for my life.

In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how eagerly you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.
So far, I have learned that I love too much, I don't always live eagerly enough, and I need to work on this gracefully letting go thing..

I won't elaborate. Yes, things are fine. No, I'm not perfect. I need to get a hold of myself and just work on being awesome. I often place too many expectations on others, and the end result is just me getting let down. I need to knock that shit off.

I am my own. I am lucky and fortunate. I have everything I could possibly want or need. I need to work on appreciating it all. It's so easy to lose sight of all this, and instead focus on the things I can't have, or don't have but really want. We will all be okay.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

How Motivated am I Right Now? I'm not.. 4/12/15

I'm motivated just fine to go to the gym, but when it comes to updating this damn blog, I am not motivated at all. It actually drives me crazy, because the more I go work out, the more my posts accumulate, and the more I dread posting.

Awesome.

Expect to see several short, sweet, and to the point posts this week, in my lame attempt to catch up. If nothing else, these posts serve as a record for me for my workouts and my progress. I need to keep remembering that as the main focus for starting this.

yaaaaay

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Crossfit Day 464 - Pete and Katie are Here! - 3/18/15

We had our awesome guests Katie and Pete in town this week!! So great to see them, and we even got to WOD together, of course.

bench press 5×5
-50 calorie row buy in-
3 rounds
10 deadlift 225/155
3 rope climb
50 double under
-50 calorie row buy out-

This WOD looks much nicer on paper.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Crossfit Day 463 - Death by Thrusters and a PR! - 3/9/15

Find your 1RM Squat Clean Thruster

I PRed AGAIN! I was able to do a 165lb Thruster! That's only 10lbs less than my old C&J 1RM! Dude.. I can totally go up. SO AWESOME. 

WOD:
Death by Thrusters
75/55lbs
Min 1, 1 thruster
Min 2, 2 thrusters, etc

til you just CAN'T go any further!

I got through minute 15!!!! I was going for 16 or 17, but, I'll take it. That was rough and I wanted to quit (but I didn't) and when I finished, my legs hurt, my arms hurt, everything hurt and was shaking, BUT IT WAS AWESOME.

Crossfit Day 462 - 15.2 - C2B PR! - 3/8/15

So I've never done a Chest to Bar before.. and when the Open WOD was released, being a repeat of one of last year's Open WODs, I was like, fuck, here we go again.

WORKOUT 15.2

Every 3 minutes for as long as possible complete:
From 0:00-3:00
2 rounds of:
10 overhead squats (95 / 65 lb.)
10 chest-to-bar pull-ups
From 3:00-6:00
2 rounds of:
12 overhead squats (95 / 65 lb.)
12 chest-to-bar pull-ups
From 6:00-9:00
2 rounds of:
14 overhead squats (95 / 65 lb.)
14 chest-to-bar pull-ups

Etc., following same pattern until you fail to complete both rounds

I of course did my 65lb overhead squats in no time. And then I spent the rest of the time working on getting that ONE Chest to Bar... I can do pull ups now, so why can't I just go up a little higher and do C2B?!?! Well, with Russ's coaching and Dave's motivation, I GOT ONE! Ecstasy, really. Seriously. I keep improving in these little things. You wouldn't know it by my weight, or size, or appearance, but it's slowly happening. Beaming!! I got ONE! I finally could submit a score showing that I was able to get past the OHS.

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I ended up repeating my WOD the next day and I got another two reps! Tom helped me and coached me, so with the help of Dave, Russ and Tom, I was able to figure out the physical strategy of getting high enough up on the bar. Three whole reps! Score of 13 resubmitted, whaaat. :) 

Crossfit Day 461 - Overhead Complex - 3/3/15

We did a 5x1 complex, which I'm actually starting to enjoy more. I used to not, but these tests are cool.

5x1 Overhead Complex
2 Push Press + 2 Push Jerk + 1 Split Jerk

I got 135lbs for the complex. I could've gone up, but I don't remember why I didn't. I think my wrists were bugging me, so we'll go with that.

WOD:

21-15-9
Plyo Push ups (2 25lb plates)
Pull Ups
Plate Facing Burpees
KB Swings (70/55)

I RXed the weights and movements, even though I didn't finish. They put a time cap on it, which was fine. I was glad to have it over with, but still. I would've liked to finish. Pretty cool with a pull up WOD that I was able to RX it all. My upper body strength is slowly improving and I want to keep it that way.

Crossfit Day 460 - 15.1 - 3/1/15

Let the games begin! The very first WOD of the 2015 CrossFit Open was a repeat. It was the following:

WORKOUT 15.1

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 9 minutes of:
15 toes-to-bars
10 deadlifts (115 / 75 lb.)
5 snatches (115 / 75 lb.)

WORKOUT 15.1a

1-rep-max clean and jerk
6-minute time cap

 I did 88 reps of 15.1, and then I was 10lbs shy of my old C&J 1RM, and pulled 165. Wasn't too disappointed with that! The 165 landed me in the top 3 girls for our gym for that part of the WOD, which is pretty awesome!

Dave even came and shot some pictures. Not the most flattering, but that's fine. :) Progress.

Snatching during 15.1

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Words of Wisdom.. 3/7/15

Read these words of wisdom this morning.

"Life is made up of a collection of moments that are not ours to keep."

Here's what I take from it.. Enjoy what you have while you can. Don't hold on to what isn't yours or what isn't meant to be. Enjoy each moment, and look forward to all of the upcoming moments; we may never experience those moments again.


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Crossfit Day 459 - And a PR! - 2/25/15

Max Upper Body Complex
1 – Power Clean
1 – Hang Squat Clean
1 – Thruster
1 – S20H

WOD:
6 min AMRAP

21 – 15 – 9 Calorie Row
Box Jump Overs (24/20″)

3 min rest

6 min AMRAP
15 – Ring Dips
50 – DU’S (double singles)

For the Upper Body thing, I ended up getting 145! Although that's my old 1RM Thruster PR, I did it mixed in with a bunch of other stuff, so.. I'll take that as a PR! I can definitely do more and I'm excited to get my Thruster 1RM even higher. 

For the WOD, I did double singles. I tried a few DUs and my right foot/shin instantly seized up. Not worth it.

I hate that I won't RX DUs right now, but any Dr will tell me to take time off and rest, and that's not an option. I'll just push through and modify instead. Any time off and rest I've taken has felt great (physically) but my body is just wanting more, and mentally I'm a mess without my exercise.  And it's the stupidest things that cause the pain, like even under heavy loads, it flattens my feet out and they end up hurting. Stupid.