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Hello My Pretties!!

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Whoops…it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted. Ok, let’s see if I can catch everyone up to speed!

Monday 8/23
WOD Modified due to breathing
5 Rounds:
5 Front Squats (45#)
20 Weighted Step Ups (15# Kettlebell in each hand)

Tuesday 8/24
Strength:
Clean and Jerk
3(65#)x 3(75#) x 3(85#)

WOD:
100 Push Ups
200 Squats
OMG…are you kidding me?! I was sore for days afterward! The others had to run 200 meters every time they stopped/rested. I didn’t have to.

Wednesday 8/25
Skill:
Snatch

WOD:
3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, etc
Push Press (55#)
Pull Ups (Green band)
Finished round 15 and 10 push press into the next round.
The push presses were tough. My arms were quite sore from the push ups the day before. My arms were very achy over the weekend from both WODs.

Monday 8/29
Skill:
Kipping Pull Ups

WOD:
5 Rounds
3 Cleans (65#)
20 Burpees (Modified to 10)
Finished in 12:13
I could definitely do more weight on the cleans. One of my problems is estimating the right weight for me.

Tuesday 8/30
Strength:
Front Squats
5(45#)x 5(65#)x 5(75#)x 5(85#)x 5(95#)

WOD:
Tabatas
Squats (10)
Push Ups (6)
Back Extensions (7)
Abmat Sit Ups (9)
Whew…those back extensions were vicious! Glad I did those before the sit ups though. I have a love/hate relationship with Tabatas. They relatively short but it really zaps you. I fell asleep on the way home! hahaha

 

Tomorrow is my 3rd dilation. I can’t wait to be able to breathe again! Last time they were able to increase my trachea by 200%. I hope they can do the same this time. If you have no clue what I’m talking about, you can read about it here. The nerves are starting to kick in and I have a feeling I may not get much sleep tonight. I have to be at the hospital at 7:30 tomorrow morning. Surgery is at 9 and I hope to be home by 12 to get some more sleep!

Endurance Testing

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We started doing our Benchmark tests yesterday and finished them up today with the endurance portion.  I thought we were going to do Deadlifts today, but nope…we didn’t. I was a little disappointed with that, but I’m sure it’s coming some other day.

Endurance Tests:

1 Minute Pull Ups (15, green band)
1 Minute Push Ups (26, on knees)
1 Minute Sit Ups (with abmat, 27)
1 Minute Squats (to med ball, 41)
20 Cal Row (56 Seconds)

We only had 5 people show up today. The past two days there had been 11 people, so I expected more. We started with the Row, which was very tiring. I’m glad I got sub 1 minute but will definitely try for better next time. I tried not to look at the cals so I wouldn’t focus on “almost done” and just try to push through the entire thing. It was great watching the others do it too. They were flying so fast a couple of them flew off the seat!

Next up was sit ups. My abs were sore from Monday’s workout so it was a painful minute!! Normally we do abmat sit ups with butterfly legs and using arms overhead. For this test we had to keep a regular sit up position (knees up) and hands behind our heads. Our elbows had to touch our knees for it to count. I’m glad Jennifer was my counter because I’m pretty sure I would have lost count! I’m happy with the fact that I didn’t stop once, even though I wanted to.

We went into pull ups after that. I used the green band because I just can’t get many with the blue band. The pull up didn’t count if your chin didn’t reach the bar. DOH! I definitely need to work on my kipping motion again.

Going from pull ups to push ups was tough. My arms were tired and burning. I didn’t do “normal” push ups (not on knees) because I wanted to keep good form. I get too “wormy” if I try to do too many plank push ups. For a push up to count you had to touch your chest to the ground and lock your arms out at the top. I rested 3 times for about a second each. My arms were burning too bad.

Last, we did body weight squats to a med ball. If your butt didn’t hit the ball and you didn’t lock your hips at the stand up then the squat didn’t count. I had to pause a couple of times; However, I was happy with my number.

All in all, it was a good day! Glad I get a weekend to recover because I’m already pretty sore! How was your day?

It’s an “easy” day my a…

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Saturday I met the ladies at Town Market Square and got 3.75 miles in. I wore my new vibrams with the hopes that they’d help with blisters.

Nope….didn’t work. I felt them starting about 2 1/2 miles in. I’m a little bummed, but it may just be that I didn’t let my feet get use to them? I got blisters on the balls of both feet and on the heel of one. I’ll keep wearing them and see if maybe it gets better.

Today was supposed to be an easy day at CrossFit. While it looked pretty easy, it actually kicked my butt pretty good.

We started with 50 Double Unders/200 singles. I did the singles since I can’t do DUs. After about 25 of them I kept hitting my legs with the rope. Guess my rhythm was just off. So, I threw the jump rope to the side and just did it without the rope. As soon as we finished the 200 jumps we started our rounds.

WOD:
3 rounds
10 Pull Ups (green band)
20 Push Ups
30 Sit Ups
40 Squats
Rest for 1 minute
Finished 19:40

My pull ups were pretty good. The hardest for me today was the squats. My quads started burning pretty quick on. It wasn’t the hardest workout I’ve done, but it was still hard!  Tomorrow and Wednesday we’re supposed to be doing strength and body weight benchmark tests. While I normally try to go Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, I think I’ll go Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Weigh in was Sunday…I’m back down to 199.7. Finally back down below 200…now, to keep going. Want to get below 196 and into the 180’s. 196 is the lowest I’ve gotten since starting crossfit.

 

Week in Review

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Monday 6/27/11

Strength
Split Jerk (85# 3x3x3)

WOD:
As many reps as possible of Overhead Weighted Lunges (10#). Every minute, on the minute, 10 push ups.
Total: 231

I tried to keep count as best as possible, but I may have goofed up. My lunges aren’t very deep thanks to my lovely knees. Next time I may try to do all of them touching the ground but I’ll have to go slow to make sure I don’t tweak anything.

Tuesday 6/28/11
21-15-9
Sumo Deadlift High Pulls (65# rx)
Pull Ups (Green Band)
Finished in 10:23

Great workout. Got tough at the end.

I skipped my workout on Thursday. My legs and arms were quite sore, but that wasn’t why I skipped. Mike and I went to a friend’s.

Wodya, Wodya, Wodya Want?

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WOD:
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Pull Ups (green band)
Push Ups
Box Jumps

First time I used the green band (lighter than black) and did Kipping Pull Ups in a WOD! I am so stoked to finally get on the green band. I’m not going back! I find it easier to do the pull ups without wrapping my thumb around. My push ups were strong. I need to work on doing full push ups instead of knee push ups. I used the small box on the box jumps and did ok. I should probably try the next box up.

This is the first workout I’ve had in a long time where I felt good afterward. I was tired and hot but knew I did the best I could!

Monday, Monday…Can’t Trust that Day

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Today starts my months of going 3 days a week to CrossFit instead of 2. I was wanting to wait until after my 1/2 marathon. Last week I only worked out once because my feet were still quite sore…and I was being somewhat lazy!

We started with Strength of Press Jerks where I got up to 60#s. I was having a tough time with the form, but it was also my first time to do it so it’ll get better with more practice. The WOD was an AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) in a 15 minute time frame of 9 Deadlifts (85#), 12 Push Ups, and 15 Box Jumps (short box). It doesn’t look too bad, right? Uh uh…it was tough. I finished 4 full rounds and finished the push ups on round 5. Breathing was tough. I have no doubt that my TS is coming back full force. Now, to be completely honest, I haven’t been eating as faithfully in the Paleo arena, so maybe my inflammation is roaring. Only one way to find out!

I’m not sure what to do about my breathing. It’s one thing when your illness/disability if visible, but when it’s not then most people don’t understand why you can’t do as good as the rest of the people. Like today for instance, if I heard correctly some of the other people in the gym got at least 7 rounds or more. I had 4 and 2/3rds. In the process I’m sounding like an asthmatic; However, I can’t take an inhaler to help with my problem. I guess I’m going to need to talk to Shane to explain what’s going on. I don’t want him thinking that I’m dragging ass because I’m lazy. On the other hand, I need to try to push through it a little harder too. I start thinking about how I can’t breathe and panic a bit. If I could try to just concentrate on the workout, maybe I’d do better. As it stands now, I get incredibly embarrassed. I try not to let it get to me, but I can’t help it. Just suck it up, Cupcake!!

On the positive side, my box jumps are getting better I think! For someone who was scared to even try one and now I’m able to do 4 rounds of 15 without too much fear, it’s a marked improvement! My push ups were a bit rough. I did 3 rounds of competition style push ups, but then went to short push ups (not going all the way to the ground). I probably should have done all of them competition style, but I was also wanting to get a decent amount of rounds. The deadlifts were pretty good, except I felt my back wanting to bend as I was getting tired. I had to stop and reposition a couple of times.

Let’s hope tomorrow is a better workout!

Misery Loves Company

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I am quite tired right now. In fact, I’d prefer to take a shower and go to bed (yes, at 7:30!) than eat dinner.

We started the day with Handstands, L Sits, and Modified Pistols. I’m still very shaky on the handstands but I’m able to hold them for longer than before. I both enjoy and dislike them! Eventually, I’ll be able to get closer to the wall and stop shaking so much.

The WOD…oh the WOD…It was 3 rounds of Push Ups (on bars so you’d go below 90 degrees), Box Jumps, and Kettlebell Swings. Round 1 = 50 reps, Round 2 = 35 reps, Round 3 = 20 reps. I just did normal push ups since I wasn’t able to keep my form (back straight instead of swaying) if I went down too far. I was able to do just a few low push ups, but not very many. OMG…50 push ups sucked. My arms were so tired by the time I finished.

I’m still doing step ups for box jumps, I need to graduate to the box jumps but I’m scared! I won’t lie…it’s totally mental. I need to just suck it up and do it.

We actually have real kettlebells now instead of having to use dumbbells. I used a 25lb kettlebell since that was what I had been using previously. Just one problem with that…the most kettlebell swings I’ve ever done in a row was 20. I was doing OK on my time until I hit the kettlebell swings. It took me a long time to get those done. My arms were tired from the push ups and it took a little getting used to. My last two rounds found me even slower than before.

I wasn’t happy with my time (24:45) but I was happy I finished it with the same weight on the kettlebell instead of dropping down. After the first round I started getting a little hot and sick to my stomach. Thankfully, I kept my lunch down! After I finished, I went to sit outside. It was starting to rain, which felt great. Right now, my arms feel heavy and I have a feeling tomorrow they’ll be sore!

I tried a new fruit today too! Can you guess what it is?

 

Ok, yes it’s an orange…but not just any orange. It’s a blood orange.

I have to say the color was a little disconcerting. My brain kept thinking “it should be orange…not red.” Plus, the taste wasn’t what I had expected. Basically, it tasted like an orange with an odd aftertaste. Would I eat another one? Probably only if that was all left, but I won’t go out of my way to buy more.