First off, this year will be the year of concerts and new experiences it seems. I have tickets to more concerts in 2016 than I think I’ve been to in my life time, and that’s including Sharon Lois and Braham… Well, close anyways. And for the most part, they are for people or groups I never would have imagined I would go see. This past weekend I saw Garth Brooks, and although I would never consider myself a country music kind of girl, it was such an amazing show!! We got there a little early and found our seats way up in the 200 level. Soon a woman parked herself next to Amanda and asked if we liked our seats. Um… what? “Would 2nd row be better?” was her next question. Heck yeah!! It happened!
Below my photographic standards a bit, but for an old dude the guy moves pretty quick!! And I totally love how the digital age has converted the old “lighters in the air” ritual. Looks so magical 🙂 Anyways, what a great show and a LATE night! Pretty sure I saw 4am, and not in the time-to-get-up sense. Thank god I had Sunday off 😮 but a nap still would have been appreciated today.
Mon. Mar. 28: Sunshine and rainbows
Night and day really is the best way to describe my 16.5 experience. As mad as I was at myself on Friday for giving up, today was a totally different story even after a crazy weekend. Also out of my comfort zone – Amanda saw the reality of my 6am workout routine which starts with the shocking 4:30am alarm clock. Followed by the 4:40am “no seriously! Get UP!” 2nd alarm. Just in case. Lucky for me, she seemed unfazed. One thing I did do right to prep for my second chance at this little treat of a WOD was drink a crap-ton of water over the weekend (as per Coach Dave’s recommendation).
Open Workout 16.5
21-18-15-12-9-6-3 reps for time of:
Women use 65lb
Score – 15:59 Rx
Boo-ya! (Insert happy dance) I stepped up to the bar this morning alongside a fellow CFD friend. He asked me before we began – “do you have a goal in mind?” “Yes! Don’t die! And finish it.” He liked the don’t die part, but truth of the matter… I went into this round with a game plan. Smaller sets, and just keep moving. The 21’s were 3×7, 18’s 3×6, 15’s 3×5, etc. until the 6’s and 3’s which were at unbroken set each. I thought I took my time. I thought I was resting for longer than I should have, but I just wanted to survive. And not trip over the bar. At the end, I realized I actually did pretty awesome! My previous time to compare to was 22:23. 6 1/2 minutes faster! Boo-ya!
Sat. Mar. 26: The dark side of the moon
Time to take a lesson from some encouragement I offered a friend earlier this week. Was talking with DK and he was venting his frustration at having a crappy squat day even though his head was in the right place to crush it. “Everyone has off days, and there are so many factors that could have been setting you up to NOT succeed.
How has everything else been lately? Sleep? Nutrition? Water? Stress? Life? Don’t beat yourself up over ONE bad day! Next time will be different. – Me.
Friday I was in his shoes. Went to the box first thing looking to complete a nasty little WOD that I know all too well. My only real expectation for myself was to beat the time I got last time through. Shouldn’t have been too hard considering I was still new to crossfit in 2014. I’m stronger now and smarter too. I know what my rhythm is and how to pace a longer workout. Friday everything went wrong. FIRST Open WOD ever for me where I’ve given up completely. Got through the 21’s, 18 thrusters, and like 5 burpees – then told Coach Dave (my judge) “I’m DONE!” Another grinder of a workout and another chance for me to shine, but it wasn’t in the cards. Dave told me a few times “control it McDowell! Use your LEGS!” but it was as if I had none to use. The numbness effed with my head in this one big time and I couldn’t fight through it.