14.5 – close but not exactly

I showed up at the box for the 5pm class.
I still wasn’t sure whether I was going to do 14.5
I wasn’t ready.
So I didn’t do it and instead did the scheduled WOD.
Afterwards I had the opportunity to watch and cheer on a fellow cross fitter on her 2nd attempt for 14.5
It was inspiring to watch, she was near tears but kept going.
She beat her time from her 1st attempt,
As I watched her I knew that it was a good decision to not do the WOD. At least that’s what I told myself. I’m not sure how I would’ve reacted to people yelling at me to keep going, pushing to finish. I don’t think I could have made it to the end due to my lack of strength with thrusters.
Again that’s what I was convincing myself of.
As I left for home I checked my phone and read some motivating comments here… Thank you!
I decided I would go home and try 14.5
I was pretty certain that 65# would be too hard for me and decided to scale the WOD.
So I finished 14.5 using 45# for the thrusters.
Time: 18:33

I think I’ll give 14.5 another try in a couple weeks with the Rx’d weight. Definitely will take me longer but finishing tonight with a lighter weight was a good trial for me.

I’ve definitely learned a lot about myself during the Opens and I know there is a lot of room for improvement.
I’m excited about making progress.

14.5 – Hesitating again…

It’s Monday, and I still haven’t done the Open 14.5 WOD yet ūüė¶

My plan was to go to the box and tackle the WOD on Saturday morning but I woke up with the worse headache.

Not even sure if it was really a headache. ¬†All I know is that I had the worse feeling of dizziness and being light headed. ¬†Neither coffee nor food helped. ¬†It definitely wasn’t fun. ¬†If I could have, I would have stayed home and in bed all day but my daughter had an eye doctor appointment and I didn’t want to miss that.

Friday night I did try out a couple thrusters at home, w/ empty bar (45#) ¬†It felt okay but I immediately questioned whether I could do 65# for 21 reps, 18 reps, 15 reps…¬†

Even up to this¬†moment, I’m still unsure of whether or not I can make it through the WOD. ¬†One part of me is feeling that this WOD will be one of the most frustrating experiences and thinking maybe I just skip it. ¬†The other part of me is feeling that I need to just suck it up buttercup and if it takes an hour, then so be it. ¬†A big part of me just wants to put the Open WODs behind me and focus on my weaknesses and skills that I don’t have yet.

We’ll see.. I’m feeling very.. BLAH right now…¬†

I’ll post an update later tonight to let you all know what went down..

Finishing a WOD is such a great feeling!!

Feels even better when you’ve finished¬†round 6 of 8, still have energy to get through the last 2 rounds and then realize that there were only 6 rounds!! Woo hoo!¬†

That’s exactly what happened with yesterday’s WOD:

WOD: 03/25/2014

Every 3 minutes for 6 rounds:

15 kettlebell swings (35#)

12 wall balls (14#)

9 burpees

(remaining time before next 3min – rest)

The wall balls were definitely tough and my shoulders were definitely feeling them going into the burpees.  

10 seconds before the 7th round started, I got up and grabbed my kettlebell. ¬†The clock beeped and I was ready to start, except everyone started asking what I was doing… then said.. we’re done! Only 6 rounds today..!

Best feeling ever! That feeling quickly faded when I remembered the next part of the WOD: 3 minutes AMRAP bar-facing burpees.

More burpees!? boo! hehe…¬†

Prior to yesterday’s workout I was feeling grumpy, frustrated, and just not cheery at all. ¬†But afterwards, I felt great, and I’m so glad I decided to go. ¬†There was a part of me that felt like staying in for the evening. ¬†So glad I went.

I feel so much better today ūüôā

Must get out… of this FUNK!

I cannot believe that we’re fast approaching April. ¬†Where has the month of March gone?

Where have I been?

Since feeling pretty great after the 14.3 Open WOD, I wasn’t feeling great at all with 14.4. ¬†One positive note is that I’d definitely get the 60 calories on the rower. ¬†T2B? ¬†eek.. that’s a tough one. ¬†I think I’d be able to get a few reps, but 50?! ¬†Wasn’t going to happen, not this time.. but I’m practicing, so it’s only a matter of time. ¬†I’m looking forward to the last Open WOD 14.5. ¬†I’m hoping I can do all the movements. ¬†I really want the hubby to come down to the box to watch me on Saturday morning.

Work has still been pretty busy and I’m starting to feel really worn down. ¬†And last week a co-worker of mine mentioned a job posting that he though I’d¬†be interested in. ¬†After I read the job description, I started to think that the position would be perfect for me. ¬†I must have been having a rough day at work last Friday because next thing I knew, I had submitted my resume and cover letter to the HR department for the job opening!! EEK! ¬†Only AFTER I submitted my resume, was when I started thinking if I would seriously consider¬†leaving my current position/company. ¬†At this very moment, I’m not sure what I would do if I was presented with an offer.

My eating has been off lately.. not horrible but definitely not the greatest and I know that’s contributing to my feeling of sluggishness. ¬†It was the hubby’s birthday yesterday so we went out for¬†All-you-can-eat Korean BBQ and sushi. ¬†I didn’t go overboard, but the smal amount of grains I did indulge in, has left me feeling BLAH. ¬†Don’t get me wrong, everyone needs to indulge a little, especially on special occasions.. but I don’t think it helped my current situation.

I haven’t been to crossfit since last Thursday and I’m really missing my workouts, all my fault for not planning properly. ¬†And I’m a little unsure if I’ll make it tonight but I’m going to try my best to squeeze in a workout between work and an AGM that I need to attend.

Really hoping for a better day… it’s going to be a hectic one but I just need to hang in there .. right?!

And it also doesn’t help that we’re 6 days away from April and Spring is officially here, and yet I woke up to -18 weather ūüė¶

14.3 – done!

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I was feeling pretty good last night after seeing the Crossfit Open 14.3 WOD:

8 AMRAP (as many reps as possible)
10 deadlifts 95lbs
15 box jumps (I did step ups for all my box jumps)
15 deadlifts 135lbs
15 box jumps
20 deadlifts 155lbs
15 box jumps
25 deadlifts 185lbs
15 box jumps
30 deadlifts 215lbs
….. I’m pretty sure there are a couple more levels

How did I do?
92 reps!!

Which means I managed to get 2 deadlifts @ 185lbs!!
Definitely struggled at the end. My first rep at 185lbs felt ok, didn’t think I had another one in me, but I had a couple people pushing me for one more rep, so I went for it with 5 seconds left. It was a fight to get the bar up and to straighten up. Almost though it would be a no rep but I pulled it off.

Definitely going to feel this WOD tomorrow but I don’t care. I gave 110% and even surprised myself. It’s been over 6 months since I last did deadlifts so I really didn’t know what to expect.

Did you do 14.3? How did you do?

Can’t wait to drop by the box tomorrow and cheer on the gang.

Some days will be good… Others… Not

Yesterday wasn’t a very good day. It was daylight savings and time to move our clocks forward which meant we lost an hour of sleep. I got to work later than I had originally planned and work was just stressful and I found myself having hash browns for breakfast. Yup totally emotional eating. Not good.
I made it through the day and my focus was on 14.2 specifically getting that single rep of a 65# overhead snatch. Luckily the WOD for the day included snatches, clean and jerks and back squats. It wasn’t a good sign when I struggled with the snatches. Couldn’t even comfortably get 45# overhead. It was very frustrating. So I didn’t even try for a 65# overhead squat.
I’m definitely bummed about it but still looking forward to 14.3

Today was a better day and consisted of an awesome WOD:
8 intervals – 2 minutes active, 2 minutes rest
(Work through the following )

50 box jumps (20″)
50 single arm kettlebell swings
50 walking lunges
50 sit ups
.5 mile air dyne
50 push press (35#)
50 burpees
50 double unders
50 wall balls (14#)
250m row

I made it through to the double unders. My shoulders were on fire. The burpees were definitely the toughest. But I survived. My legs are still sore from the squats yesterday. So glad that tomorrow is a rest day.

Whole 30 isn’t going very well. But I’m going to try again. Work stress is definitely making this challenge tougher for me. I’m prepared with my meals but still indulged in non-compliant foods.

Looking forward to a new day.

Feeling defeated tonight…

I went to the box right after work today and knew that I would need to practice my overhead squats and C2B pull ups. After the announcement of 14.2 I started to stress out about the c2b when really my biggest challenge would be the OHS. I knew that 65lbs would be near impossible for me. Without any OHS practice or strengthening in the past 2 months, it was silly for me to think that I’d be able to lift 65lbs. And so I tried today. Started with 55lbs. I didn’t feel like I got enough depth but coach assured me that the depth was there. 55lbs wasn’t easy and I felt unstable. Told coach I didn’t think 65lbs was going to happen. But he wanted me to try so that he could see my form. I cleaned the bar, lifted the bar behind my head and onto my back adjusted my grip and then pressed up. I stood there for a few seconds, wobbly and unstable. Coach looked at me and gave me a reassuring look and said ok give it a try. I must have lowered a couple inches and quickly realized that it just wasn’t going to happen.
So I’m feeling really defeated right now. I don’t expect to get any stronger between tonight and tomorrow morning when I’m scheduled to do 14.2 but I feel like I just need to go in here and give it absolutely everything that I’ve got. If by some miracle I manage to get 1 rep, I will be on top of the world. If I don’t then at least I tried.

14.2 – I knew it wasn’t going to get easier

It’s Friday, I should be happy that it’s the last day of the work week.

Unfortunately my day didn’t start off so well and actually last night didn’t end off so well either.

I sit on the parent and executive board of my son’s nursery schoool/daycare. ¬†And we had our monthly meeting last night, and I knew it would be a fairly lengthy meeting, since the AGM takes place in a couple weeks and we need to have our financials and everything else approved, finalized, etc. ¬†I was thinking maybe 1.5 hours.. then I could sneak out and go to crossfit. ¬†Within the first 30 minutes, at the pace that the meeting was moving through the agenda, I realized that the meeting would be at least 2 hours, so no chance of me going to crossfit. ¬†What I had not anticipated, was a 4 hour meeting!! ¬†Oh my gosh! ¬†That was one long meeting! ¬†To top it off, when it’s time to leave it’s snowing.. again!! I get home and all I want to do is go to bed, but then I see all the snow in the drive way and convince myself that I should go shovel the snow. ¬†Doesn’t help that I had pizza and a banana chocolate chip muffin at the meeting. ¬†At least the shovelling burned off some calories.. hehe..¬†

As soon as I’m done getting ready for bed, I grab my tablet and go to games.crossfit.com to find out what the 14.2 WOD will be.

 

Here it is:

WORKOUT 14.2

Every 3 minutes for as long as possible complete:

From 0:00-3:00

   2 rounds of:

   10 overhead squats

   10 chest-to-bar pull-ups

From 3:00-6:00

   2 rounds of:

   12 overhead squats

   12 chest-to-bar pull-ups

From 6:00-9:00

   2 rounds of:

   14 overhead squats

   14 chest-to-bar pull-ups

Etc., following same pattern until you fail to complete both rounds

 

This isn’t going to go well for me.

I haven’t done any OHS work in over 2 months, since my shoulder injury. ¬†My shoulder is much better and I can probably do OHS now, but I don’t know about the 65lbs. ¬†That definitely won’t be easy. ¬†I’m not even sure if I can get 65lbs in an OHS position.

Then there’s the C2B pull ups. ¬†Strict pull ups I can do, very slowly… is my chest touching the bar? ¬†Definitely not. So I’m not sure how I’ll tackle the C2B pull ups. ¬†I do have some time to try and learn/practice. ¬†Of course I won’t make it to the C2B pull ups unless I complete 10 OHS… I may not even get that so maybe I shouldn’t worry?

I’m still struggling to get back to the whole30 100%. ¬†Last night was a perfect example where I let myself eat pizza and I wasn’t even craving pizza, it was just there. ¬†In the past, when I thought about indulging in pizza, I thought about how that would affect my physique, my weight. ¬†Now I realize it’s not even about that, it’s how it makes me feel afterwards. ¬†And eating those non-compliant foods always leave me feeling awful and bloating and with headaches.

I need to get better with my eating again.  Just gotta do it!

Procrastination not allowed for 14.2

I finally made it to the box to finish up 14.1

Leading up to tonight’s WOD, I kept thinking maybe I could just skip it. ¬†But I knew that if I did, I would feel awful for not even trying. ¬†So I went and joined a couple guys who were going to give 14.1 a second attempt. ¬†It was nice that I didn’t have to do it myself.

I didn’t have a strategy, and looking back now I probably should have. ¬†But really, my only strategy was to get ‘er done. ¬†To do my best and to not get too sloppy with my form with the clean & jerks. ¬†I was quite nervous that my shoulders wouldn’t make it through the entire 10 minutes but they did. I’m sure they’re going to feel extremely sore tomorrow.

How did I do?

126 reps.

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We didn’t start the WOD til 6:30pm and when it came to submit our scores online, the Crossfit site went down! ¬†I’m glad that I managed to get my score submitted and validated right at the submission deadline.

For 14.2, I’m planning on completing it with the rest of the competitors at my box this Saturday @ 11am. ¬†I’m sure the entire box will be filled with energy and it’ll be great to compete with everyone. ¬†And this way I can submit my score right away (unless I think I’d try a second time) and not worry about the site going down.

Gotta say, I’m quite excited to say that I just completed my first Crossfit Open WOD! Woo Hoo!!

Monday – 14.1 and whole 30

Ok, so I’ve put it off long enough.

Actually couldn’t do 14.1 on Friday or Saturday, as I was getting things ready for my son’s 5th birthday. ¬†OMG, I was so focused on doing 14.1 on Saturday morning that I almost forgot that we had his birthday party on Saturday @ 11am. ¬†hehe..¬†

Sunday, the box is closed (at least I didn’t ask if they would be open) so Monday will be the day I do 14.1. ¬†I’m still pretty nervous about it, I definitely won’t be doing the snatches, so I’ll be doing the clean & jerks. ¬†I think I should be okay at 55lbs, but will be going slowly, and that’s okay.

Tomorrow is also the day that I start my 2nd whole 30. ¬†Since the end of my last whole 30 I found that without the guidelines, I haven’t been eating very well. ¬†I’m not eating terribly, still eating a small amount of grains and dairy. ¬†It’s the sugar that’s crept back into my diet more than I’d like to admit. ¬†And I don’t like it one bit. ¬†I know it sounds silly to need the challenge, but it gives me something to work towards. ¬†So I’m focused on a cleaner eating month. ¬†Last Friday I went out for lunch with coworkers to celebrate a bunch of February birthdays. ¬†We ate at an East Indian restaurant and the food was pretty delicious (I finally got some of my taste back). ¬†Again I didn’t go overboard, but just eating the dishes with dairy and grains, left me with a really bad headache for the entire day.

So it’s definitely a big day again tomorrow, focused and nervous.