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So I’m pretty excited 🙂 When this week’s Open WOD was posted yesterday morning I knew I had a great chance of improving on my score from the last time. I think almost all Crossfit boxes are great in their own way, but each person needs to find one that best suits them. When I joined CFD, I needed the community above everything else and it gave me that. Also gave me a really solid foundation, but CFC has given me a push to be better and the timing is perfect.

Open WOD 16.2
On a 4 minute clock complete as many reps as possible:
25 Knee raises
50 Single unders
15 Squat cleans #55
If completed before 4 min, add 4 min and proceed to:
25 Knee raises
50 Single unders
13 Squat cleans #75
If completed before 4 min, add 4 min and proceed to:
25 Knee raises
50 Single unders
11 Squat cleans #95
If completed before 4 min, add 4 min and proceed to:
25 Knee raises
50 Single unders
9 Squat cleans #115
If completed before 4 min, add 4 min and proceed to:
25 Knee raises
50 Single unders
7 Squat cleans #135

Score – 423 reps

Last time, I got to the #115 squat cleans with TONS of time and couldn’t manage 1 rep. Same thing kinda happened again, only I made it through the 115 without any troubles and got stuck at the 7 at 135. I give myself a little credit here… 135 would have been a PR, and I’d already done 48 reps at that point. I started at the bar for a minute after several failed attempts and said “eff it!”  Stripped back down to 115 and completed the last 7 lifts. 🙂

I stood for a moment in the change room last night and caught a look at my reflection in the mirror. Something needs to change. I need to find a solution before I go crazy again. I work hard at my job now, to the point I’m pretty tired when I get home. Then most nights I change quick and head to the box to work really hard. I lift heavy, we do LOTS of metcons, I eat really clean… but I still have so much fat on top of all my could-be-hot muscle. Jen suggested months ago that I’m drastically under eating… I think I’m at the point where I’m actually going to take that in to consideration and add more to my routine. I AM tired a lot since starting at sport Chek again, but I figured my body just needed to get used to the labor-intensity. I also get home most days soooo hungry. So I’m going to give it a try…

Victory! :)

Life is messy right now. Stress level is pretty much off the charts thanks to Henrys, but that’s hopefully nearing the end. Sport Chek I’m so very grateful I kept in my back pocket for all these years cause I was only “unemployed” (ish) for a little more than 2 weeks before walking into a new full time role. Curiously enough, right back to the same store I was full time in before I first took the job at Henrys… but anyways, I’m happy to be working 🙂 On the hunt for what I want to be when I grow up still, but not bored and losing my mind. Having a job to do also put an end to my excessive WODing :p it was good therapy when I needed it, but as a friend mentioned “just think… soon you’ll need physio and you’ll be able to make friends there too!” Ha-ha.

Anyways… I’ve gone back to logging my WODs on paper cause I suck at this format lately and I got my girl into that habit too so I’m actually accountable there. However – I SMASHED my previous Grace PR and I’m pretty excited so that was worth sharing! I  recorded an Rx Grace time for the first time this year in May 9:53.  Yesterday I killed that one! 4:01 😀 and Grace wasn’t even technically a part of the WOD!

Mon. Nov. 28:

BUY IN – OTM, 8 min:
3 Back Squats

WOD –
4 min MAX Clean & Jerks #95 (30 reps)
– rest 1 min
3 min MAX Bar-hop Burpees (35 reps)
– rest 1 min
2 min MAX Back Squats (30 reps)
– rest 1 min
1 min MAX Toes to Bar (14 reps)

Score – 109

the right direction

Well, no excuse this time!  Travel with iPad… still no better.  What can I say?  Life is busy 😉  For the most part the good kind of busy and moving in the right direction in that parts that aren’t.

Wed. Oct. 5th:

BUY IN – Heavy Clean & Jerk
OTM, 12 minutes
Complete 1 Clean & Jerk every minute, increasing weight each 2nd round.
75-85-95-100-105-110

WOD
15-12-9
Burpee Box Jump Overs  20/16″
Overhead Weighted Box Step-ups 20/16″ (35/25lb plate)
Handstand Push-ups

Time – ? No idea and doesn’t really count cause although I tried several times I just couldn’t lock out the last two HSPU!

CASH OUT
2 Rounds strict pull-ups, max reps.

Happy with my clean and jerk 🙂  Squatted the cleans and split the jerks.  Matched my 1RM jerk but that wasn’t my focus.  I don’t feel like a newborn giraffe when doing a split jerk so much anymore. Win!  lol!!  This was quite possibly one of the hardest WODs I’ve done.  I was excited to go cause I dig handstand push-ups, but the very first rep was a rude awakening after all the upper body abuse so far this week AND the weighted overhead step-ups!  Ok… 2 abmats maybe?  Still rough!!  Haha love it 🙂

Tues. Oct. 4th:

Amanda and I have been trying to make it to an Olympic lifting class for a bit now and finally got there!!  According to my Fitbit it didn’t qualify as a workout, but I don’t agree at all.  Neither do my quads and triceps…  Anyways, so cool!  Carson, the coach, is amazing!  I have some stuff to work on to make my squats better and we broke down parts of the jerk that set the stage for bigger and better things on Wednesday.  Can’t wait to get to another of these on Saturday to work on the snatch!!  🙂

Work up to a heavy 10 rep set.  Focus on a consistent pace/good form.

Pause Split Jerk – 85

Back Squat – 115

Push Press – 65

Mon. Oct. 3rd:

BUY IN – Deadlifts
OTM, 12 minutes
Complete 1 Deadlift every minute, increasing weight each round.
155-175-195-215-225-230-235-240-245-250-255-260!

WOD – 3 Rounds for time
200m Run
30 Wallballs*
15 Toes to Bar V-Ups *
10 Deadlifts *
6 Deadlifts (275/185#) *
* Unbroken or burpees!  1 burpee for every time you break a set!  6 burpees!!
Time – 13:33

CASH OUT
100 Sit-ups

After more than a year… PR’d my deadlift!!!  😀  My game plan was if it feels good, just keep adding weight to the bar and DON’T do the math till the end!  Too often the weight gets heavy and I psych myself out.  My plan worked!  Round 10 I lifted my old 1RM, round 11 I PR’d, and round 12 I PR’s again!  🙂  And quite honestly, I’m not sure it was a true max… but there was still a WOD to do.

Fri. Sept. 30:

A Little Ditty About Jack(ie) and Diane
Part A – 12 minute time cap
“Jackie”
1000m Row
50 Thrusters 45/35
30 Pull-ups Ring pulls
Time – 9:31

REST 8 MINUTES

Part B – 10 minute time cap
“Diane”
21-15-9
Deadlifts  225/155
Handstand Push-ups
Time – 9:57

Pretty tired right from the start today.  Day 5, and 7pm Thursday followed by 9am Friday is tough!  As I fully intend to baby my shoulder until the comp, ring pulls was the way to go for Jackie but Diane was Rx’able.  And 3 seconds to spare!  LOL!!

Thurs. Sept. 29:

BUY IN – Snatch Medley
OTM, 15 minutes
Min 1-5 : Snatch Grip Deadlift + Hang Snatch + OH Squat + Snatch Balance (empty bar)
Min 5-10 : Snatch Grip Deadlift + Power Snatch + OH Squat (INCREASE in weight) #75
Min 10-15 : Squat Snatch (INCREASE in weight) #80

WOD – AMRAP in 9 Minutes
6 Weighted Box Step-ups 20″/16″ 35lb/25lb
8 Box Jump Overs 20″/16″
10 Weighted DB Sit-ups 35lb/25lb
12 Deadlifts 165lb/115lb
Result – 4 Rounds +25

CASH OUT
Plank Holds (1 min each side, 1 min plank)

First squat snatch… ditched the bar in front of me and almost sat on my butt.  Up to my old tricks?  Jason laughed a little but told me “your pull was great!  Then you gave up ;)”  Sweet!  Thanks!  🙂  The rest were all good.

logically speaking

This morning was bad-ass 😀  Skill was 10 rounds of 1 rep deadlifts, starting at 50% of 1RM and building up to good and heavy territory.  After the first few rounds with the 45lb bar and a pair of 10#s, coach looked at me and said “strip the 10#s, throw on the 25#s”  I felt all

excited[1]to be finally lifting something respectable 🙂  From there, the weight just kept adding until I reached my last 2 singles @ 145#!!  For years I’ve had a mixture of love and fear when it came to deadlifts.  Back in 2010 I was working out with a friend who trains others as well and performed 2-3 deadlifts no problemo, then lifted and threw out my back.  Bad.  I remember him telling me that he didn’t know how it happened cause my form was perfect.  I had dropped to my knees immediately and was stuck on the floor for a good 15 minutes before I was able to wriggle my way back to my feet.  It sucked.  I was out of commission for a while after that and the fear of deadlifts stuck.  When I mentioned this today after showing the first hesitation at a heavier weight since joining CF Division, coach gave me a great pointer.  “Lift your hips when you are in the set-up position” she said.  When you let your hips drop, the initial movement needed to get the bar off the ground will come from your lower back instead of your hammys.  Engage your hammys right from the start!”  duh!  Makes perfect sense 🙂  So add weight I did, and I was able to deadlift heavier than ever before 🙂  New PR baby!  145# deadlift!

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