I’ve said it many times before.. but I LOVE Crossfit!

And I especially LOVE Sublime Crossfit and all the amazing coaches and athletes that I get to workout with.  Based on Facebook posts made by individuals at Sublime, today’s WOD sounded awful… one individual posted “DEATH”, while another individual posted “I’ll never do that again”  Of course as soon as I heard this, I started to consider NOT going to class today.  But I decided I’d just go and do what I could, but trust me, I was feeling all kinds of anxiety just thinking about this tough WOD.  I haven’t felt this WOD anxiety in quite awhile.

Today’s WOD:

Heavy hang power cleans – 5 reps, 180 sec rest between reps

I managed to work up to 110lbs.  I need to focus on pulling the weight into my hip and quickly bring my elbows front.  And I actually don’t drop much, so I end up muscling the weight up.  I suspect if I allowed myself to drop a bit, I could go heavier.

Pronated pull-ups – AMRAP x 3

First set, I got 6 reps.  Second set, 2 reps.. I took it too easy.  Third set, 3 reps.  Not consistent but I was happy with the 6 reps in the first set.

For time (15 minute time cap):

Total 70 calories

1 min on Assault bike (accumulating calories)

1 min for 6 burpees and 6 power cleans @ 75lbs

Coach Kyle thought I could get 12 calories for each 1 minute period.

First round, I got 10 calories and then I slowed down after that.  The burpees weren’t that bad, but the power cleans were tough, even though the weight wasn’t too heavy.  I find that when I’m trying to get a number of reps in a certain time period, my form tends to get a little sloppy.

I reached the 15 minute time cap and accumulated 55 calories.  Not the greatest, but I kept moving the entire time.

Best part?  Pretty much everyone at the box was cheering me on, encouraging me to keep moving.  And truly this is the best part of the Crossfit community, you are never alone.  And even though I didn’t reach the 70 calories, everyone told me that I did a great job.

Feeling fluffy…

My husband tells me I’m in my “off season”… that’s the reason my clothes aren’t fitting nicely anymore.  It’s very frustrating because food-wise, I don’t feel that my eating habits have changed that would result in weight gain. Exercise wise, I know I haven’t been consistent, but again, didn’t think it would result in weight gain.

Clothes (specifically shorts/pants/skirts) that I bought just a couple months ago, no longer fit.  And I feel bloated.. very bloated.  So I’m wondering if it’s something else going on.  As of today, I’ve stopped using any extra supplements (greens drink, chlorella, spirulina, wheatgrass) to see if there’s any improvement.  Once thing that may also be the cause is the IUD I currently have in place (Mirena).  I’ve had the IUD placed for over 2 years now, and never experienced any bloating or weight gain, until just recently.  Is it side effect that has just started?  Anyway, I have an appointment to have my IUD removed next week.  Again, I’ll see if there’s any improvement.

I don’t want to feel frustrated, for all I know this may just be my new normal weight.  I just have to try my best to wrap my head around it and not be so hard on myself.  At first, my instinct is that I need to cut back on my food portions.  But looking at what I eat today, there really isn’t much to cut out and cutting down my food portions would definitely result in loss of power at the gym, and really… we can’t let that happen.

Yesterday’s WOD at the gym, we worked on power snatches and overhead squats.  I worked up to 65lbs and called, although I probably should’ve got added a bit more weight.  Then we worked on some legless rope climbs, sled pushes and overhead weighted walking lunges.  I managed to make it half way up the rope legless, but then had to use my legs for my remaining attempts.  The very last part of the workout was farmer walks to the end of the block and back, I’m thinking this was probably 200m (? not sure) and both Coach Kyle and Coach Jay insisted that I could do 35lb dumbells in each hand.  I told them that I’d have to stop and drop the weights often and they said that would be ok.  This was very difficult for me and the entire walk there and back sucked, but I’m glad that I agreed to the 35lbs.  Although it sucked, it definitely challenged me, and honestly sometimes I don’t challenge myself.

Coach Kyle said my 65lb power snatches looked really good, the pull being fast and smooth.  If only I could keep that consistent as the weight increased.  I’m currently sitting at an 85lb power snatch max, but haven’t tried going for a new PR in the past few months.

Hoping to squeeze in a workout tomorrow between work and J’s karate class.  Of course one thing I could do is go to bed early tonight, wake up early tomorrow morning and go to an AM class.  Just do it… right?

Working on coming back…

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It’s been a couple months since I last posted and this time I’m hoping that my posts are more consistent.

At the beginning of May I had to deal with a couple eye/vision issues.  What started with dizziness and numbness in my feet turned into double vision and numbness is both hands and feet.  Which in turn led to a possible diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and an  emergency MRI and meeting with the neurologist.  

Lucky for me all tests came back clear and multiple sclerosis was ruled out.  During the two week period with the symptoms I couldn’t work out.

It was very frustrating.  But I’m back at the gym and trying to stay consistent with 3-4 classes a week.

It has been a very tough last 2 months but I feel like I’m getting stronger or least back to where I was.

Yesterday’s WOD:

Power clean + hang clean – build to a max
Deadlifts – 3RM
Weighted neutral grip pull ups – 2RM

The cleans felt good till about 100lbs. Once I hit 105lbs I wasn’t pulling the bar high enough but I still managed to finish the lifts.

Onto the deadlifts…  Started at 155lbs and ended at 200lbs. I think I could’ve gone heavier but stopped there. Originally had 190lbs on my bar (155–>175–>190lbs) but coach Gail insisted I go up to 200lbs. So I did and I’m glad I listened to him.

I know I tend to lift on the safer side with lower weights.  For some reason I get very intimidated when I start to reach my max weights.  I need to break through this mental block else I won’t see myself making progress.

Surprisingly I was able to get 2 pull ups with a 12 lb weight held between my legs. They were tough but I got em. ☺

Today is a rest day and I’m hoping hubby will take me out tonight.  Feeling pretty lucky so not sure if that means a trip to the casino.  I dreamt that I won a huge jackpot, woke up checked my email and found out I won 2 tickets to the cirque du soleil show coming to the city next week.  And when I grabbed a cart at Costco I found a wallet that was left behind. Hoping the lady went back to customer service to check if it was turned in.

So far a great weekend!