26 July 2013

Angie


Back in May we had benchmark week. That is a week where we do the benchmark workouts. One night I had to go to Crossfit Oahu because I had a night thing at school. That was the night we were doing Angie. Angie is a brutal WOD of 100 pullups, 100 pushups, 100 situps, and 100 squats. And they have to be finished in order. It's tough. When I walked into the box today I saw Angie on the board. Yes!!!! I get to do Angie. In May there was a 30 minute time cap. There was no time cap today but even if there was, I would continue anyway. So we were off. 100 pullups is a lot of pullups, and honestly, I can't do pullups. I did jumping pullups and ring rows. I alternated back and forth 10 of each. Then it was 100 pushups. Another move I suck at. I used the bands for the first 50 but then had to move up to the bench for the last 50. Situps I got. I did them in sets of 20. As I told the coach, in spite of my jiggly belly, my abs are strong. Then it was on to the squats. I did those in sets of 25 and watched the Crossfit games while I did them:

Those I blazed through. And literally before I knew it, I was done. I am stoked, I finally got to do Angie. Woo Hoo!!! And I can move through 400 bodyweight movements in under 25 minutes. How awesome is that????

24 July 2013

Jackie


No, not her. Jackie the WOD. 1000m row, 50 thrusters, 30 pull ups - that Jackie. I did that this morning in 12:40. Awesome. After yesterday's realization, I ate a really good dinner and felt amazing. Woke up this morning feeling awesome and made it to 6am CF. Rocked out Jackie and still felt awesome when I was done. I got my first kipping pullup with the blue and red bands. That's pretty awesome. Pullups are my nemesis at this point in time. I have such a weak upper body and it makes them so very hard. I think I'm going to focus the month of August on pullups. I will do them every day and try, try, try to get better at them.

Okay, today I'm going out for a bit. I need to get out of this house for a while. I have spent way too many days in row in this house working on schoolwork. Today I venture out into the world.

23 July 2013

Food really is fuel


And I had that driven home today in a big way. I overslept a little bit this morning and would have had to rush like crazy to make CF at 6am. Then I sat down and started watching the CF games, the masters were going today. I decided that I would go to the 8am class and relaxed with my coffee to watch the games. Next thing I knew it was 7am and I was starting to get hungry. This is too close to class to eat anything substantial and I had nothing small I could eat. No bananas. No hard boiled eggs. Nothing. I grabbed a handful of peanuts, called it good, and headed out to CF. I must say watching the games really got me inspired. I did Diane, 21-15-9 deadlifts and push ups. Since my back is still tweaking a little from the deadlifts the last 2 weeks, I decided to go light. Light but fast. I did 100# and raced through that WOD. I was bouncing the weight off the floor and just going, going, going. I finished in 4:39. Woot!!! That's blazing fast for me. I rode that high out of the box and off to the store. After my purchases I was starving and headed home. I made a huge breakfast. After I ate I was tired. I put it up to my Diane speed and didn't think much more about it. Showered, dressed, and sat down to figure out what I was going to do And I realized, I wasn't just tired, I was exhausted. Like I could hardly keep my eyes open, exhausted. I sat down to watch the games and ended up falling asleep. After 30 minutes or so I woke feeling worse. I moved to the couch and went to sleep in earnest. About noon I got up and made lunch. I had some idea that this was related to not eating before CF so I wanted to get lots of good fuel in me. I ate lunch and felt no better at all. I laid back down on the couch and read for about an hour. After that I fell asleep for about another hour. I really felt like absolute crap. I was exhausted, I had a headache, and I just felt like curling up and sleeping. I had to get moving so I forced myself to start planning dinner. I'm on my own this week so I'm focusing on cooking and eating well. As I was looking around for dinner, I found a tub with a little bit of dulce de leche left. I had made it about 2 weeks ago and forgot it was in there. I pulled it out to dump and ended up eating the little bit that was left. Almost immediately I felt better. And I mean dramatically better. This got me to thinking about what I've eaten the last few days. The last time I had carbs outside of veggies, was Sunday lunch. Since then it's been meat and veggies and more meat than veggies. This got me to thinking about food as fuel. I can not eat only healthy. I have to look at the food to fuel the intense workouts I do. In those 4 minutes I did Diane, I probably expended more calories than someone at a global gym on the elliptical for an hour. I have to have fuel for that kind of intensity and this morning I didn't and my body rebelled. So I am having a big dinner with sweet potatoes and corn. Carbs to build up my stores. I have to remember - food is fuel.

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