16 March 2013


Is today. In a little over 2 hours I will spend 10 minutes doing the following:

The push press. I will be doing 5 of these at 75 lbs.

Then I will do 10 deadlifts, also at 75 lbs.

Then we will end with 15 box jumps.

I will do this set over and over and over until 10 minutes are up. The most any female has done, so far, is 14 rounds. 14 rounds in 10 minutes...That's craziness.... In my age group the top women have done about 7.5 rounds. That makes a whole lot more sense. Me?? I'm hoping to get 5 solid rounds in, maybe push 6. It's a goal, something to work towards.

Let's catch up on the workouts. On Wednesday we did:

5 rounds for time:

  • 7 back squats - 80#
  • 14 ring dips - with the blue band
  • 400 m run - I did all 5 runs without stopping
I did the 5 rounds in 25:47 and, more importantly, I really felt good doing it. I felt totally like myself. I was able to push myself and get through it.  

Thursday was  my rest day. Then last night we did: 
AMRAP in 12 minutes 
  • 1 bear crawl - back and forth
  • 8 push ups - which I did unassisted 
  • 8 overhead sit ups - holding a 25# plate over my head
I completed 6 full rounds plus about 3/4 of a bear crawl.  
This workout completely smoked my shoulders so today's workout should be a generally fun time.

In some other news, just before I started where I teach now, I went out a bought a whole bunch of pants at Old Navy. Some of them never fit me quite right and I never really wore them. Gradually, over the years, I put on weight and soon none of those pants fit. I bought a couple of pairs of pants that were the next size up and wore those until they didn't fit. Then I bought even larger pants. Since I've started Crossfit, I've done a whole lot of shopping in my closet. My largest pants have been gone for easily 2 months now. The next size down, which I considered my skinny pants for a long, long time, were so huge on me yesterday that I realized they had to go. The Old Navy pants that never quite fit right? Fit perfectly now. Some are even starting to get loose. This is so awesome and probably the best benefit of Crossfit. I'm seeing muscles everywhere. The underarm flab is almost gone. I love this. This is how I want to be. Forever.

And, I'm really feeling good. Still not completely and totally 100%, but around 99.9%. There is still some vestiges of fatigue that sneaks up on me once in a while.

Okay, this is long enough. I have to have something small to eat before I tackle 13.2.

12 March 2013


Today was the first day I have felt like myself. Really. Myself. Yesterday I felt pretty good, but today I felt real good.

Some thoughts:

  • For some reason I think that Level 10 Paleo was part of the problem. I had a hard time sticking to it and towards the end I was really feeling run down and worn out. I just feel like that opened the door for me to get so sick.

  • I think I had such a hard time recovering last week because I wasn't eating enough. The flu made my stomach upset and last week I hardly ate much at all. This week I've been focusing on eating. Eating well, but eating. Having fuel in the tank really makes a difference.

  • The workout tonight was the first time in about a month that I felt like I really gave it my all. That feels good.

So tonight's workout was as many reps as possible(AMRAP) in 15 minutes of:

  • 5 kettlebell swings - 35# and add 5 reps every round
  • 5 toes to bar - add 5 reps every round
  • 75 single unders
I did 4 full rounds plus 25 kb swings and 25 toes to bar. A really good effort for me.  I felt great when I was done, not like I had phoned it in.  

Now though, I'm hungry. I had rice and chicken for dinner and I'm still hungry. That's good right?????

10 March 2013

I am done

I have not been myself for 3 weeks now and I am over it. The first week, after the Great Aloha Run, I had a giant blister on the ball of my foot. Since I could barely walk, I decided to take the week off as a sort of recovery week. Well, that caused the wheels to fall off the bus. I took that week off. That Sunday I came down with the flu that had me in bed for 7 days. Ugly, ugly. This past Monday I returned to school but my energy has been really low all week. My head is a little foggy and I just want to lay down. I sleep at night like the dead. But I am over it. I am done feeling sick and crappy. 2 weeks devoted to sickness is enough. I want to feel like myself again. I want to feel normal. So today everything changes. I'm going back to eating paleo, and not the strict paleo but the one that made me feel good. I'm going back to Crossfit 5 times a week. I am going to fake it until I feel it. But the main thing is to get back to eating right. I have learned how important eating right is and I need to get back to it. So that all starts today.

Also, back a 100 years ago before I got sick. I wanted to begin documenting Crossfit on here. So that's back on too and I'm going to start with yesterday. The Crossfit open started this week. This is basically elimination rounds for the Crossfit games. Anyone can sign up for the open and for 5 weeks they put out one workout a week. Everyone in the world does the same workouts under the same conditions and record the scores. At the end of 5 weeks the top ones will move on to regionals, then nationals, etc. I am not under any illusion that I will get very far, but I thought it would be fun to see how I stack up against the rest of the world.

Yesterday at the box was the first workout, 13.1. It consisted of:

  • 40 burpees
  • 30 snatches at 45#
  • 30 burpees
  • 30 snatches at 75#
  • 20 burpees
  • 30 snatches at 100#
  • 10 burpees 
  • Max snatch reps at 120#
You had 17 minutes to get as much of this done as possible. Your score was the total number of reps you completed. You also had to take the time at the end of each snatch set for tiebreakers if necessary. 

So that went down yesterday at the box. I got through 1st burpees, 1st snatches, and the 2nd burpees. I had some time and tried very hard to get some snatches in the 2nd round of snatches but I just could not get that bar over my head. It was tough. Really, really tough. But I did it and I'm proud of myself for trying. Wednesday the second workout comes out, so it will be interesting to see what that is. Oh, I think I could have done better if I had been working out even a little these past 3 weeks. I'm sure I'll do better in round 2.

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