Former Couch Potato.

HeartKid. Lawyer. Knitter.

Cat Wrangler.

Sometime Triathlete & Intermittent Runner.

CrossFit & Strength Enthusiast.

Crossfit 18.8.2014

After Sunday’s slogfest, I changed to the strength class yesterday and I’m glad I did, as the general class was another (albeit shorter) chipper WOD with box jumpovers, wall balls, burpees - basically, all my least favourites.

Instead, we did ‘Thrusterpalooza!’

First, we had 10 minutes to find our thruster 1RM. I don’t think I’ve ever done a thruster 1RM (I have a 2RM from about five months ago, which I think was 37.5kg), so I was guaranteed to PR. I thought I’d get 45kg out, but managed to blow that out of the water with a fairly comfortable 55kg, so yay!

Unfortunately, going for such a big PR meant that the next part of the workout was really difficult. The next part was a 10 minute EMOM of two thrusters at 80% of 1RM. I started with 45kg for the first two minutes, then had to drop down to 40kg after failing the second thruster in minute three. Plus, I couldn’t clean that weight for anything, so the coach had to help me get it to my shoulders. *facepalm* - little bit embarrassed; I can clean 45kg, so should have been able to get 40kg, but I was utterly knackered!

The last part of the workout was a max effort at 80% of 80% of 1RM. For me this was 32.5kg. As there were only three of us in the class, we went one at a time. Both the boys got 15/16, so my goal was 15 unbroken and I got that, which I was really happy with, especially considering it took me about 10 minutes to get my breath under control afterwards! Thinking back to Open workout 14.5 in late March this year, I really struggled to get more than four in a row with 30kg then, so to do 15 unbroken reps at 32.5kg, and after maxing out and the EMOM stuff, was a big win. 

Shads and I Sundayed pretty hard this weekend, staying in bed until I had to get up and get going for 10am Crossfit. The giant Sunday metcon has become somewhat of a thing and we had eight people turn up to work out, which is roughly a full class, so I’m pretty stoked with that.

Crossfit 17.08.2014

"Pieces of Eight"

8RFT:

8 Hang Power Clean

8 Burpees

8 Thrusters

8 Ring Rows

8 Push Press

8 Box Jumps

8 Overhead Squats

8 Medball Situps

Time Cap = 64 minutes

This is one of those workouts that looks a lot easier than it turns out to be. Despite the insanely generous time cap, only two of the eight of us finished under the hour.* The key is just to keep moving and to try and do the eight whatevers unbroken.

I did all box jumps (only to 12”, but since I freaked myself out about box jumps a few months ago, anything is a win), which I was proud of. Unfortunately, my shoulder was playing up a lot (this was a result of the deep tissue massage I had on my back on Saturday - poor woman practically had to use a jackhammer to break up the knots up and down my spine). This meant that I had to resort to front squats instead of OHS.

On the plus side, my lower back is getting much looser and isn’t seizing up so quickly.

Next Sunday BAMF Club meeting is in two weeks, so any suggestions for long-ass workouts are gratefully received.

Afterwards, I went to the Boatshed Markets to pick up some vegetables for the week, and spent the afternoon cooking meals to take to work. Determined to lose weight again this week.

*It probably would have helped if we weren’t mucking around doing Zumba moves in between movements (one of the women doing the WOD is the gym’s Zumba teacher and we only had her iPod for music). Tell you what though, Zumba burpees are much more fun than the original - from the floor, jump the feet in and then shimmy your way to the top!

Ohai! Dis is mah face! Lookit!
I don’t think there’s one thing on my face that isn’t crooked or wonky or asymmetrical or blobby or scarred. But somehow all that imperfection combines to create something pretty awesome.
It’s my face, it’s the only face I’ll ever have (barring any requirement for me to enter Witness Protection) and I reckon it’s pretty cool.

Ohai! Dis is mah face! Lookit!

I don’t think there’s one thing on my face that isn’t crooked or wonky or asymmetrical or blobby or scarred. But somehow all that imperfection combines to create something pretty awesome.

It’s my face, it’s the only face I’ll ever have (barring any requirement for me to enter Witness Protection) and I reckon it’s pretty cool.

WIF

Wa, wa, waaaaah! Unfortunately, foregoing the brownie yesterday was not enough to prevent me from managing to put on almost all of the weight I lost last week (barring 100g) between Wednesday morning and this morning.

This could be down to a number of factors:

  • stress and elevated cortisol levels
  • poor sleep
  • not enough exercise
  • salty food on Wednesday and yesterday
  • eating out for lunch both days and not taking in prepped meals.

Oh well, these things happen and it’s a lesson in taking the time to prepare and care for myself. When I get stressed at work, the first thing to go is good food, the second thing to go is exercise, and the third thing to go is proper sleep, all three keys to weight loss success.

Back on the straight and narrow.

Crossfit 14.8.2014

Today was a total shocker. I’ve spent the last three days trying to get something sorted out for a client at work, and much of that has been trying to remotely manage people that have no stake in the job so don’t really appreciate the urgency required.

Today was a shocker. Because of the aforementioned work issues, and the personal situation that arose last week (which has since been resolved), I have been struggling with anxiety for the last week. My body has been on high alert for the last 72 hours, leaving me exhausted and very emotional.

Today was a shock. Despite all of this, not only did I not dive face first into a chocolate brownie when I desperately wanted to, but I went to Crossfit tonight despite craving nothing more than to crawl under the covers. Little victories.

Crossfit

Warm up:
3 rounds of-
10 push ups
10 situps
10 squats

WOD:
Chipper (25min time cap)-
400m run
50 box jumps
50 double unders (250 singles)
100 situps
100 calorie row

So, for someone who hasn’t run in a good five months, this 400m wasn’t too awful. That said, when I got to the box jumps, I felt a little dizzy, so I settled for stepping up, not jumping. That was annoying, because I wanted to practice my jumps. Next time.

I didn’t quite finish under the time cap, but finished with a strong row and got 22 cal on the monitor.

WIW

Ok, so today isn’t my official weigh in day, but I’m down 0.3kg on last Friday, which, given the stress of the last week, is a good sign. 

Weighing in on Wednesday as well as Friday is helpful to me as it gives me an indication of how the week is going and whether I need to stay on the course I’m on, or tighten the reigns a little.