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Vacation WODs and Grace

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Heidi Ho Good People!

I’m sorry to have disappeared for a week. Last week I spent in a beach house overlooking Holden Beach, NC. It was a much needed break. I did do a couple of benchmark WODs while I was there.

Monday 7/25
200 Squats
Finished in 5:50

Yeah….I was sore for 3 days afterword. While I didn’t have a medicine ball to squat to, I think I did pretty good. I wanted a workout I could do in my room so I didn’t have my family staring at me!

Tuesday 7/26
Mike’s Birthday!!
100 Sit Ups
Finished in 6:59

This one went pretty good. It would have been nice to have an abmat to get more extension. I did these in the living room beside the couch. Every time I sat up I could see my nephews playing on the couch. They didn’t notice me at first but once they did they started making faces every time I popped back up. It was a little distracting but funny. We had also just eaten pulled pork sandwiches for dinner. It’s definitely not a good idea to do that many sit ups after eating. Unfortunately, I got rug burn on my tush from doing so many. That was a little painful for a few days as well. So, not only was I walking funny from the squats but sitting was a little painful at times!

I took the rest of the week off. The gym was going to be closed on Thursday anyway, so I wouldn’t have done the workout if I had been home! lol. I spent the rest of the week reading and relaxing. My brother, sis-in-law, nephews and I all went to play putt-putt on Monday. Then Mom, Dad and I went to Southport and walked around for an hour or so on Tuesday. Other than that we didn’t leave the house.

I got home late Sunday night. That was my last “bad” meal. I ate like a pig all week long. Ok, maybe not a pig as they may have shown more restraint! Monday started me back to making healthier choices. Mike is doing this with me this time, so that will help. Plus, it makes me happy to see him wanting to eat healthier. He’s not out of shape, in fact he runs 4+ miles every day except Sat and Sun, but he eats a bunch of processed crap. Glad to see him working on that. He had a bit of a weekend with his Father (who has had a stroke and has dementia and expressive aphasia as a result) and Mother, so I think that’s what spurred this.

Monday 8/1
Weigh In: 206#
Ok…confession time. I was 204# before going on vacation, so while I’m glad I only gained 2# while on vacation I am not pleased that I am 10# up from my lowest weigh in so far. Today’s eating went very well. I didn’t have any artificial sweetners either, so I’m going to try to keep them out of my diet. Afterall, they cause a spike in insulin as well, which causes weight gain (or at least causes you to hold on to the weight).

Strength:
OH Squats 3 (45#)x 3(65#) x 3(75#) x 3(didn’t get to it)
I was partnered up with Tiffany for this exercise and I have to say I was a little frustrated with the outcome. We started with the bar and went up from there. I was only able to get 3 rounds in because Tiffany was struggling to get the bar overhead for her 3rd round. Everyone else was putting their weights up by the time she gave up. She could do it, she just psyched herself out. She kept trying to press the bar up…yeah, that isn’t going to work! Although, I think she could have done it (had 65# originally then dropped her down to 60#) she improved over her last attempt (45#). This time she ended up getting to 55#. I only got up to 75#, which was where I was last time. I’m pretty sure I could have done 80-85# this time. Oh well…next time!

WOD:
Grace
30 Clean & Jerks (70#)
Finished in 7:21

While I went up 15# from my last Grace experience, my time also went up by a couple of minutes. I’m not too upset with that though. Today, I can really feel my back muscles. They aren’t sore…but I can tell they were worked out. That’s what happens when you haven’t touched a weight in over a week I guess! It was very tempting not to workout today, but I made myself go and I’m glad I did. We did these crossovers after the workout. Basically, there is a 25# weight on the floor, you get into push up formation on the right side of the plate and when the timer starts you walk your hands over the plate to the other side and back. We did those in Tabatas. I didn’t do that well (lowest number was 4). My wrist started bothering me a bit. It was probably because of poor form. I had a hard time keeping my butt down!

Our trainer and his girlfriend went to the CrossFit Games in LA this past weekend. He took that opportunity to propose and it was caught on film! So happy for the two of them!

400 Meter Sprint? Are You Crazy?!

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It’s Tuesday!! That means I get my butt kicked in CrossFit. Our warm up today was a 400 Meter Sprint for time. Uh….what? You want to time my 400 meter sprint? HAHAHAHA….ok…I’m slow. I’m not a runner. My normal mile is about 16:30…so I was a little intimidated by this. We lined up on the road and as soon as Shane said “GO” I tried to push my legs as fast as I could go. I finished last, which was expected. My time was 2:12. While I wasn’t that happy with that time, it was only about 20 seconds behind the person before me and as Michelle said that works out to about a 9 minute mile! So, I cut my normal mile in half. I like looking at it that way better!

The WOD was Tabatas of Squats, Push Ups, Butterfly Sit Ups, and Ring Dips. I kinda like tabatas, but at the same time they’re painful!  For those of you not familiar with Tabatas, basically you go all out for 20 seconds and do as many reps of the assigned exercise as possible, then rest for 10 seconds. You repeat this cycle 8 times. You keep track of your lowest reps and that becomes your score. So, for example, I did 13 squats (my most) and averaged about 10 squats, but my lowest rep round was 9, so I get 9 points for my squats. The next time we do squat tabatas I’ll be able to compare my score to today’s score. So, how did I do?

First…Ignore Chad and Cortni. They’re both beasts and it’s not fair to compare myself against them! Michelle did very well. I ended up with a 9 for my squats, 8 for push ups (I was happy with this score!), 7 for sit ups, and 6 for dips. Overall, I’m pretty happy with my score. I feel like I’ve come a long way in the 3 months I’ve been going to CrossFit. All of us (Alaina, Alan/Alen/Allen, Michelle) have. I’m excited to see what the rest of this year brings.

OH…another small victory for me. We had to do burpees in our warm up as well (only 5 each round, 2 rounds) and while they still sucked, I felt pretty strong doing them!! I don’t know that I could have done much more than 5 in a row but I was able to hop my legs back and hop them up to my chest whereas before I’d have to step back.

In other news, I had my 6 month check with for my Tracheal Stenosis today. Dr. D said everything looked stable. The area has healed well and while it’s slightly tighter than when I had the dilation done, it’s still much better than before the dilation and the “shelf” (a ridge of scar tissue) isn’t growing back (yet.). So, I got a clean bill of health and go back in another 6 months. He also told me that I needed to get to a healthy weight because the more fat you have, the more cells you have, the more demand your body has for oxygen. “I’m not telling you to lose 100lbs, or 2olbs, or even 10lbs, just get to a healthy weight.” Umm…ok. How do I get to a healthy weight if I don’t lose lbs?! Of course, I’m already working on this. He’s told me this before, but I thought he might notice a 30lb weight loss since the last time I saw him…guess not. Some men just aren’t very observant!

Oh, That’s Not So Bad

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Shane was out of town today so Scott took over our class for the night. I was a bit nervous because I hadn’t worked out with Scott before and he seems much more intense than Shane, being that he’s a police officer I can see where that intensity comes from. Michelle and I walked in and saw the WOD was 10 rounds of 15 Front Squats and Push Ups. I said “oh, that doesn’t look so bad.” Well, I should have just kept my mouth shut.

The strength portion was Deadlifts. I was excited to see that because I’ve been wanting to do them again. This time I got up to 115#s when Scott called it quits. I think I may have been able to go up one more time, but that was probably it. We’ll find out next time!

I started the front squats with the 45# bar. It started getting heavy during round 2 and I was having some issues keeping my elbows up high enough to shelf the bar so Scott switched out the bar for the 35# bar. That was a little upsetting, but I’ll get there. We were supposed to squat down to the medicine ball, which I did fine for the first 5 rounds but then started squatting low but I didn’t feel the medicine ball so I wasn’t squatting low enough. In hindsight, I should have slowed down and made sure I touched the ball but I felt like I was getting pretty low. Scott didn’t gripe at me, so hopefully that means I was getting low enough. I started the push ups doing “competition style” push ups (go to the ground, lift your hands, and push back up) but after 2 or 3 rounds, I was getting sloppy with getting back up so I started doing modified push ups. I ended up finishing in 22:30.

Source: crossfittroy.com

After we were done we spent 5 minutes doing ab work. OMG…that was tough. 5 minutes doesn’t sound like a lot, but it kills when you don’t have but a couple of breaks. Alaina, Michelle, and I stayed a little longer afterward to work on pull ups. Michelle almost got a full kipping pull up! I tried just a normal pull up with the black band (strongest band) but I couldn’t get very high. Of course, I don’t think I moved much at all!! Needless to say, it was very humbling.

So….I’ve come up with some new goals. Goal for February: Run a mile. I want to be able to run well during our WODs and I think if I could run a mile at about a 13-14 minute mile (at least) then I’d be able to do better on the running WODs. Goal for March: Do 1 pull up with the black band. Goal for April: Be able to do a handstand for 1 minute. Goal for May: Do 10 regulation push ups in a row. More goals to come!

Arms Are Overrated

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We started the night off with as many burpees as we could do in a 20 second time limit, rest for 10 seconds and repeat 3 times. Then we did OH squats where we were supposed to up the weight after each round. We did 3 reps for 5 rounds. I misunderstood and did the same weight for the first 4 rounds, then added 10 lbs (total of 45#) to the last round. Which, I’m embarrassed to say was probably the most I would be able to do but I would have liked to have tried. My partner wasn’t really a partner so I didn’t have a spotter anyway.

The WOD was 5 rounds of 40 sole to sole sit ups and 20 push presses. I started off ok on the sit ups. I was able to touch the wall each time. Then, I thought I could do 45#s on the push presses, but after I got about 4-5 into my 20 when I realized that I was not going to be able to do that much for 5 rounds. So, Shane got the 35# bar for me. I was very slow….in fact after the first round of sit ups my abs were trashed and I could only do crunches. I was struggling to get through my last round of push presses (I had done 12) when Shane said I could drop down to the PVC if we needed to. I told him we’d see. I had already down graded from a 45# bar to a 35# bar so I was not going to go down to the PVC!! I got it done in 19:58. Right now, my arms are trashed. I can barely lift them up to fix my hair!!

I came across a quote today that I really like and think applies to CrossFit. “We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” – Unknown

WOD’s Goin’ On?

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You know…the hardest thing about blogging is coming up with the damn titles! Sometimes I just choose random titles but usually I try to make it relevant to the post itself. Take this one for instance…WOD…Workout of the Day. Since it was a CrossFit day, it fits. Clever huh? huh? yeah, ok, so it was a bad play on words. Anyway….moving on!

We started today’s CrossFit a tabata round of weighted sit-ups. Toward the end I was only able to go 1/2 way up. Shane asked us if we wanted to do abs before or after the WOD. He didn’t care, we were going to do them either way! Michelle and I both agreed it would be best to do them first because afterward we’d be too gassed to do them properly. Have I mentioned how much I don’t like sit-ups? Well…I don’t but they do work your core.

The WOD was 3 rounds of running 400 meters, 30 OH squats (I used the 35# bar), and 21 pull ups. Since I can’t do a pull up yet I just do jumping pull ups, which is still work. I’m a very slow runner. In fact, I’m more of a walker than a runner. Shane felt we should be able to finish in 15-16 minutes. Pppffftttt…right! The first run wasn’t too bad. The OH squats right after the run was a little tough because I was breathing so hard, which affected my hold on the bar overhead. The second run was quite a bit slower. It was a bit drizzly but felt pretty good because it was cool. When I was coming in from my second run Shane told me that I could modify the run if I needed to because he just wanted me to be able to finish the entire WOD. I just nodded my ok while thinking “Like hell I’m going to modify the run. I will finish the WOD. I will finish the WOD.” That became my mantra for the last round. I think I was more waddling than running that last round, but I finished the run and the entire WOD in 21:53. Needless to say I wasn’t close to his 15-16 minute estimate! None of us finished in less than 19 minutes. However, I’m proud of all of us. I think we have all improved. I know my first workout put me out of commission for a week. I was so tired afterward that I would have been happy for someone to carry me to my car and was sore for days! AND….that was only 5 rounds of 15 OH squats (I used a dow…so no weight) and a 100 meter run. It’s amazing what a different a month can make.

On the de-cluttering front, I am getting rid of an address book my old boss brought me back from her trip to Paris. I have all my contacts on my phone, which is backed up to my computer, so I don’t think I need it anymore. In the trash it went!

Update on my Grandfather: They moved him to an acute longterm hospital tonight. The nurse attached an EKG machine to him, then proceeded to push the cart away while he was still hooked up to it. I’m hoping that was just a mistake and not a sign of the care he’ll be getting. They are keeping him sedated because he isn’t “doing well” when he’s off sedation. Whatever that means. They told my Dad and Grandma that they will be trying to get him off the respirator over the next 5 days; However if they are not able to get him off the respirator then the family will need to make a decision on what to do. His kidneys are still only functioning at 40% as well. It has been such a roller coaster. I thought he might actually pull through this, being the stubborn old goat he is, but now I’m not sure. So, we play the waiting game again.

Improvement? Or Maybe Not…

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Today’s crossfit workout was great! We had rounds of step ups (box jumps), push ups, then front squats. I had a 35# bar for the front squats, which seemed a little light to me and I think next time I’ll go up to the 45# bar. We did the 10-1 count down. So, for the first round you did 10 of each, then 9, then 8, etc…you get the picture. I finished in 10:50. This leads me to believe I may have miscounted somewhere and possibly skipped a round. For anyone that has been working out with me for the last 3 weeks, you know I’m usually the last person done with all of the exercises.

However, the more I think about it, the more I think I did it right but I’ll always have that doubt.  I tried not to take too much time between reps. It seems harder to stop and start than to just push through (although sometimes you have to). We also learned how to do muscle ups today. That was tough, but fun. After the WOD was over we did 8 Tabata rounds of sit ups. That was just a little added torture for our benefit!

I hope everyone’s Christmas is full of surprises and joy!

Clean and Press

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Tonight’s CrossFit session went well. We had three rounds of Ground to Overheads (Clean and Press), then dumbbell rows, and sit ups. The first round was 21 of each, the next is 15, and last was 9. I was only using the 45lb bar, but good grief it got realllly heavy toward the end! It took me 3 tries to get the last press overhead. I finished in 16:32. I was last again, but I didn’t care much.

We had a guy visiting from Washington State. I’m not sure if he was training with Shane or just here on vacation and getting his workouts in. He was nice enough, but one of these people that thinks yelling where you are in your rounds at you is motivating. I appreciate the thought, but I was very tempted to ask him to “shut up”. I’m pushing as hard as I can, I don’t really like hearing “Come on girl…no resting…push it out…only 9 more…8….7…come on push push” being yelled at me. Yelling “Come on girl” is fine…but I don’t want a barrage being yelled at me.  Shane does a great job with his motivation technique. He’s encouraging but at the same time he keeps calm, which keeps me more focused. I know some people really enjoy the constant yelling motivation, it’s just not my style! But, I did appreciate the thought the behind it.

Now, if I’m dogging it and not doing something right or well, you’re free to yell at me then. Everything has a time and place.

I had lemon thyme chicken for dinner tonight. Yum-my!