2 minutes feels like forever.. and yet be over so quickly.. especially in Crossfit

Seriously? How is it possible that 2 minutes of a specific activity can drag on forever yet 2 minutes of rest can be over in a blink of an eye!  At least that’s what it felt like during Tuesday’s WOD:

2 minutes – kettlebell swings

2 minutes rest

2 minutes – double unders

2 minutes rest

2 minutes – wall balls

2 minutes rest

2 minutes – burpees

** rest for 10 minutes and repeat! **

The goal is to go 100% ALL OUT and try to get the same rep counts in both rounds.  I think I did okay, despite the fact that my shoulders/arms were burning from Monday’s WOD which included Air Dyne sprints and push ups.  The first 30 seconds of each activity felt good.. then the realization hit me that I wasn’t even half way done! AHH!!  Seriously? How am I going to make it through.  Then I hit the 1 minute mark.. ok.. half way there.. but I’m dying!  MUST… KEEP… GOING!  Then the last 30 seconds.. Come on.. push through.. after these last 30 seconds of torture, I’ve got a nice 2 minute rest.  Each 2 minute activity ended with me trying to catch my breath, telling myself to keep moving.  If I stopped moving completely, I may not be able to get started again.  And the 2 minute rests went by so quickly, felt like I only had enough time to walk over to the board to record my rep count.

How did I do?

Kettlebell swings – 65 reps both rounds

Double unders – 1st round 114, 2nd round 104.  What I’m super excited about is even though my skip count for the 2nd round decreased slightly, I managed to string 48 double unders in a row! WOO HOO! Although I must say I was concentrating SUPER hard! hehe

Wall balls – 1st round 44, 2nd round 37.  My shoulders were on fire by the 2nd round and I kept wondering if there was a better way for me to use my shoulders/arms less, but nope.  Although I really dug into my heels to spring upwards, I still need to send that ball up against the wall.

Burpees – 1st round – 26, 2nd round 29.  When I look at those numbers they seem really low.  Like really? Only 26 burpees in 2 minutes? Really?!  Not sure why I struggled so much with the burpees.  And the increase in reps for the 2nd round?  Yeah, that was because coach Kyle was standing right in front of me, pushing me to keep moving.

I definitely had to lie down right after this workout.  And so I laid there, in the middle of the box where I completed my burpees.  And even afterwards I had that slight feeling of “omg.. I think I have to throw up!” but good news.. I didn’t.. but boy it was a tough one.  And I survived and because I survived this WOD, I know I can survive any WOD. 

My box’s website www.sublimesc.com has started posting personal Crossfit stories from the members.  And I love reading the posts because I can totally relate, especially near the end when the member apologizes for a long story and can’t help it because they feel so passionate about Crossfit.  If you’ve got a few minutes, head over to read the stories.  I love em.

I’m a little bummed today because I really want to workout but I just don’t know if I can make it happen with Halloween night and having to get the kiddies ready to go trick or treating.  I’m definitely going to try to squeeze it in, just not sure if I can 😦

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Five Things Friday – Oct 24, 2013

I don’t know what it is, but today is a GOOD day! 

Could be that’s it’s simply Friday and I have an entire weekend with no work (hubby has no work either) and it might be the first time in months that I’ll make it out for a Saturday morning WOD! And it could be due to the fact that I rolled myself out of bed for a 6:30am WOD.  It’s tough but definitely a great way to start my day.

WOO HOO!

On to Five Things Friday…

  1. Crossfit:  Olympic lifts are getting a little easier… still struggling with more hips, less arms but considering I only started Olympic lifts last week, I’m doing pretty good.  The coaches were waiting for all results to come in from our round of testing last month and now that they have the results, we’ll be starting a new programming cycle on Monday.  Can’t wait!
  2. Crossfit:  Getting stronger! Yay!!  This week we had a couple WODs with back squats and I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t be able to go heavy due to the tightness in my hips.  On Tuesday I managed to do 5 reps @ 115lbs and today I did 3 reps @ 120lbs.  My 1RM is 125lbs, so I think I’m getting stronger. 
  3. Crossfit:  Okay, one more Crossfit related thing… I definitely need to get more aggressive.  I’m finding that I’m pulling back a little from the heavier weights and I really need to just giv’er… go all out.  I need to step up to the bar and just own it!  I need to pump myself up and go heavy.  And I need to keep pushing for that last rep.  This morning we were doing pull ups and on my 3rd set, I managed to get 4 pull ups in a row.  I should have gone for that 5th rep, even if I had to wiggle my chin above the bar, instead I let go of the bar and decided, Ok.. I’m done.. that was good enough.  Must push harder.
  4. I must also be in a super good mood because I think I may have found the perfect winter boot.  For the past 3-4 years I’ve been wearing UGG boots.  These boots, although super warm and comfy, simply do not look good with my work attire and not like anyone’s checking out my footwear, I’m always a little embarrassed to be wearing dress pants with a pair of UGGs.  I definitely need a pair of warm boots, temperatures here can go as low as -40 in the winter time.  But I also want something fashionable.  I went boot shopping a couple days ago and when I asked the salesperson for their most fashionable but super warm pair of boots, he indicated that fashionable warm boots didn’t really exist 😦  But I wasn’t giving up and started shopping online and found the perfect pair of boots.  They’re actually still UGG boots, so they come with the super warm lining but they’re a leather tall boot with a heel! OMG! so perfect!  Price tag: $400.  That’s bringing down my happiness level a bit, but I’ll figure something out to justify the cost. hehe…
  5. Meal planning… I prepared dinner/lunch.. TWICE this week! eek.. not good.. we had a team luncheon on Wednesday so I was covered for lunch but had to pick up yesterday and will pick up lunch today.  There’s food in the fridge to cook, I just gotta cook it.  Was really hoping to cook last night but I worked overtime until 8:30pm and then it was time to get the kids ready for bed.  Of course after they went to bed I could’ve cooked something.  But I found myself watching The Vampire Diaries.. hehe..  that might be the one series I follow this season.

Yesterday’s WOD was a good one and I actually found myself pushing harder.  We worked on our snatch and hand stand push ups.  I did negatives.  I’m sure the day I do a hand stand push up, will have me feeling like I’m on top of the world.  Can’t wait!  Second portion of the WOD had us doing:

5 rounds:

  • heavy sled push (I did 90lbs on top)
  • 10 box jumps (20″)
  • 10 burpees

My sled pushes definitely slowed down for the last couple rounds but I pushed through every round.  It was awesome!

Tomorrow morning’s WOD will be more of an aerobic workout, can’t wait!

Hope you’re all having a great Friday!

It’s that time of year

The last three months of the year at work usually means one thing: food food and more food.  It all starts tomorrow with my team’s year end luncheon.  Definitely too early to be considered a true year end luncheon but due to financial due date our lunch had to be scheduled early. 
Then Halloween is just around the corner which means lots of treats at the office.  Then shortly after Christmas holidays which means more year end celebrations and treats at the office.
I’m not too worried about all the treats I definitely have more of a salty tooth rather than a sweet tooth. 
Good news with Crossfit.  The movements and lifts are getting a little easier.  I even added weight to my snatches today.  Huge progress for me.  Yesterday we also did rope climbs. Surprisingly it was quite easy to climb up.  Coming down was definitely harder and I often would just lower myself half way and then jump down.  My right hip is feeling really tight right now. Hopefully this doesn’t hang around for long. 

MORE HIP!!

For today’s WOD we needed to work on our snatch 1RM. Since I’ve just switched to the building program I’m still learning my snatch technique.
It’s definitely a lot to remember but I feel confident that it will get easier.
Bend your knees… shoulders behind the bar… knees back and lower the bar to just above your knees and… bring the bar up.  Once I brought the bar back down I was told “you need more hip” after each rep I heard “more hip” there were a couple good reps but 75% needed “more hip”
We also worked on our handstand pushups.  Not easy. 
But I’m loving the challenges.

On to the next phase

After 5 months of Crossfit I have finally made the switch from the foundation to the building program.  Since the testing phase officially finished last week today was the start of a new program cycle and the perfect time for anyone who wanted to make the switch.  When I read this week’s blog entry on the Sublime website I started to get nervous.  I knew I wanted to make the switch and start learning Olympic lifting but a part of me was thinking I wasn’t ready yet.  I told myself I’d continue to think about it throughout the day and would decide at tonight’s class.
So tonight at class coach Kyle asked if I was ready.  I answered his question with a question “as my coach do you think I’m ready?” He replied that he thought I was ready but only wanted me to switch if I wanted to.  I definitely wanted to do I told him I would.  Yay!
First new thing I learnt today?  The snatch.  And boy it’s a tough one for me.  I almost feel like I’m starting Crossfit all over again.  So many tips with form and technique to remember.  Wide grip,  shoulders back,  keep the bar tight and close to the body.  Oh boy.  It was definitely exciting to learn something new but it’s also going to be a challenge to stay patient and focused if the lifts don’t come as easy.
This past week has been fairly good overall.  It was a long weekend for us (Canadian thanksgiving) and very easy going.  Kids had fun picking out their Halloween pumpkins.

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And also enjoyed a nice October picnic at the park.

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Weather is definitely cooler now, we’ll be reaching sub zero temperatures overnight.  Time to bring out the gloves and scarves.  Brr!!

Oh and I forgot to mention Reebok Crossfit now carries nanos for kids. And I can wear a kids size 6 which means new nanos for me for $30 less!
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Definitely a tough day

Today I tried my best to watch what I ate.  And it wasn’t easy.  As soon as I got to work I already started thinking about having hashbrowns for breakfast.  I fought the craving even though I kept telling myself that I would allow myself one indulgence and that would be my hashbrowns.  In the end I had a couple slices of multi grain toast buttered.  Not the greatest but I think better than hashbrowns.
My mid afternoon another craving hit me.  This time onion rings.  I even went to the dairy queen website to find out how many calories in an order of their onion rings.  I was thinking I’d burn off the calories later at Crossfit.  Luckily hubby drove us home right after work so there was no opportunity to buy onion rings. 
Supper was pretty good.  Quinoa with peppers and marinated pork. 
I even made whole wheat cottage cheese pancakes with strawberries and dark chocolate. 

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Can’t wait to munch on these tomorrow!
Crossfit was good tonight. 
Here’s what we did;
Reverse foot elevated split squats
Pronated pullups
Reverse barbell curls

One last thing: my starting point pictures.  I don’t know if it was the four days in Vegas or the fact that it’s that time of the month but these pictures don’t look good at all! It was very hard to take them and see them.

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Definitely enough to keep me focused. 

Back and ready. ..

To get focused.
So what’s been going on?
Well I’ve been MIA this week because I was in Vegas! 

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It was such a great trip with 3 of my girlfriends.  Extremely tiring though. Over the 3 nights I got a total of 10 hours of sleep so I’m definitely still trying to catch up.  I didn’t eat very well either, not that I ate a lot but not the healthiest meals at all.  On top of that I wasn’t working out either so you can imagine how gross and blah I feel.
I did manage to make it to Crossfit yesterday and had my first try at overhead squats. Loved it!
But now I’m even more determined to get back on track.  Although I’m working out and eating fairly well I feel like I’m on a slippery slope and can fall into old habits easily.  So I’m starting over.
Tomorrow I will be taking progress pictures and working harder at being consistent.  I’ve tried to get refocused numerous times in the past and haven’t been 100% successful so I need to try harder.
The plan?  Meal prep,  meal prep, meal prep. I need to be organized and I know if the food is there I won’t struggle so much.
Can’t wait to use my new toy:

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So I will be looking up smoothie recipes online and hope to have a daily shake.
I’m looking forward to posting more on my plans and progress.