Seriously it’s only 5lbs


Today’s WOD consisted of 15 minutes to work on a clean&jerk max.  Last week I hit 95lbs, felt pretty good.  Didn’t even try for 100lbs. Today I knew I’d have to give it a try. 
And really what’s another 5lbs?

1st attempt: turned out to be an ugly power clean.  My elbows were so slow to get in front of me.

2nd attempt: I pulled the bar high (chest level) but didn’t even try to get under it.  I was already starting to believe that I wasn’t going to get 100lbs tonight.

Coach Gail gave me a pep talk.
You can front squat 100lbs? – yup.
Ok then!   You can do this then.  Easy.
Don’t over think it (I knew this was the problem.  I was terrified of the number. I let it spook me)
So I took a few minutes to rest and gather myself.
In my head I kept telling myself “you got this.  You got this”
And I got it!!
It wasn’t the prettiest but I had some depth to my clean and I got the weight over my head.
First time actually dropping the weight/bar (on purpose)

Felt great to hit the weight.
Had the kiddies with me tonight.  Should have asked them to take a video. 
Oh well next time ūüôā

My love/hate relationship with the snatch…

more hate though…

And that’s simply because I just can’t get it.

Power snatch, a bit easier but full snatch, catching the lift at the bottom?

Feels like I’m never going to get it. ¬†I definitely need to practice my snatch balance, and get comfortable with the weight about my head. ¬†But even when I finally do, and I know it will happen with practice, determination and focus, I can’t even imagine lifting anything more than 75lbs over my head, let alone the 100+lbs that women at my box are snatching. ¬†It’s so amazing and so motivating to see the weights being lifted. ¬†A part of me feels like physically I just can’t do it.

So it was a very frustrating class for me.  Even my front squat was feeling off today.

Must have been the piece of birthday cake I had after lunch. ¬†Wasn’t planning on it and definitely could have gone without it (it wasn’t spectacular) but I gave into peer pressure. ¬†UGH!

Looking forward to tomorrow, WOD will consists of clean & jerks and I feel so much comfortable with those.

Back to building…

I had started a new post last night and forgot to save it, so I lost it ūüė¶

Here’s my second attempt:

After my 2 month hiatus from Crossfit over the summer, I finally signed back up a few weeks ago.  And I decided to start in the Foundation program again.   I was feeling very intimidated and not ready to go back into the building program and the coaches agreed.  Well last night it was time to make the switch.  And I was definitely nervous about it.

WOD consisted of:

– work to a 1RM clean & jerk – 15 minute time cap

– work to a 3RM front squat

– Air Dyne sprints

Between the clean & jerk and snatch, I’m definitely more comfortable with the clean & jerk, but I was still very nervous about doing the lifts. ¬†I think I did ok though. ¬†Managed to work up to 95lbs. ¬†The clean was tough and I wasn’t able to catch the clean at the bottom and so it was more of a power clean, but the jerk felt good. ¬†Coaches thought I could go heavier and actually mentioned that I should be incrementing my weight more for my reps. ¬†I think I went from 75 to 85 to 95 lbs.. or maybe I went from 85 to 90 then 95lbs. ¬†They commented that the lift look good, so I should be more aggressive with increasing my weight. ¬†But I’m not so sure about that. ¬†My front squat max is about 125lbs, so I don’t know how much heavier I could go with my clean, I guess theoretically I could go to 125lbs, but the question would be whether I could jerk that weight. ¬†Definitely a goal to work towards.

Front squats… I wasn’t feeling very confident about these yesterday. ¬†I’m under the weather and currently battling a cold (which I hate to use as an excuse) but I’m positive I wasn’t fuelled enough either for this workout. ¬†For my front squat 3 rep max, I hit 110lbs. ¬†

Today I’m feeling slightly worse, so I missed today’s workout. ¬†Hoping to catch up tomorrow and work on my snatch.