Feeling Slightly Buck!

After the Skills Plus class yesterday, I made sure to fuel up properly for the rest of the day so that I would have energy for today’s WOD. For some reason, the WODs have been tougher over the past month so I always make sure to keep my nutrition and hydration in check as much as I can. I’m also looking into getting some meals delivered to my house that I would just need to warm up and would fit into my macros. I’ll keep you posted if and when I go with the delivery service.

Here’s what we did today:

No skills on the board as we just warmed up appropriately for the WOD.

WOD: Buckshot

We had to split the class in 2 as there was 17 of us at the 0600 class. I was happy I got selected to start with the 2nd AMRAP as I thought I would struggle more with the Thrusters than the Hang power cleans. Turns out, the struggle was pretty much equal! ;)

I decided to go with the FG because I still don’t have my TTB and 65# felt like a lot to do the thrusters with. I loaded my bar with 55#  and planned to do hanging knee raises. Off we go! I managed to finish 4 full rounds and did 2 thrusters into the 5th round for a total of 98 reps. I was just glad I managed to not trip on the box jumps over! I was wearing my wrist wraps that I bought on Etsy, from BravoWraps. I have the Turquoise skulls like the ones in the picture below and I really like them. I like that they are well made, easy to wash, easy to adjust (tighten or loosen with just a twist of the fabric) and I’ve gotten a few compliments on them whenever I wear them for Skill Plus class or during the regular classes. I find they help a lot for the snatch, the thrusters and my HSPU! Check them out, they are not super expensive and she has tons of different models available.

For the 1st AMRAP, we were to keep the same weight on the bar and I stuck to 55#. The hang power cleans proved to be harder than I originally thought. I kept trying to get my hook grip on and had a hard time hanging onto the bar. My index fingers barely make it over the bar and on top of my thumbs and then, I’m so focused on that I don’t know what to do with the rest of my fingers! #crossfitterproblem! I managed to get 4 full sets and the timer stopped after while I was completing my 2nd barhop burpee from the 5th set for a total of 73 reps (I didn’t count the 2nd burpee). I lied down for about 5 seconds on the floor before I picked myself up onto all fours. I hate lying down after a WOD. I feel like if I lied down, the WOD has won over me and until I RX all my WODs, there is no reason for me to lie down after a WOD! #stubborn. I was pretty happy with my final score of 171. Not quite up there with all the people doing the Rx, but no super far behind either. I came home and just before I entered the shower, I noticed my chin was all black. I guess you can say I went totally flat for the burpees. So flat, that I got my chin on the ground for every rep and picked up the dirt from the black mats on the floor! Ha! Can’t say I didn’t do my burpees according to form! :)

We still have some errands to run today and Rina is suffering from her 2nd bout of Hand, Food and Mouth disease in about 2 months. She is under the weather so I think that once we are done with our errands, we will cocoon up on the couch and be mellow for the rest of the weekend. I’m back to work Monday and have to work a few shifts before I get to celebrate Christmas with our little family and my in-laws! Yay!

Reason #23 Why I Crossfit

When my husband texts me at 1515 to ask if I have a doctor’s appointment for the girls that same day at 1530. Crap! I’m already in my pyjamas and the girls are napping! I totally forgot about the appointment! I make a quick sprint upstairs, get dressed, wake up the girls in a fury (everybody is crying from the abrupt awakening, great!), get everybody dressed and in the car. I manage to find a parking spot a little over a block away from the doctor’s office, tell Rina she will need to run and I do the same, carrying Béatrice in my arms for the entire distance while we make a mad dash to our appointment. We arrive breathless (well, at least I am and so is Rina. Béatrice is fresh as a daisy) and as I look at the clock, it says 1532! Right on time! I realize that a year ago, I wouldn’t have been able to run carrying a 25-lbs toddler for over a block and today, although I was out of breath when I arrived, I recovered quickly and we still made our appointment in time!

And that, my friends, is what functional fitness is all about! Now, if it could only do some of its magic on my memory, I’d be golden! ;)

A Week Off

It was a little bit harder than usual getting up this morning to go to Skills class. I’m not sure if it’s because I haven’t done anything Crossfit related in the past week (Ben was away and I was at work with already paying a lot for childcare so I didn’t go workout for an entire week) or the fact that Rina is sick again and she was up every hour last night. At one point, I just cuddled in her bed with her and fell asleep next to her. When she woke up again, we then moved to our bed and had more room to all sleep together.

All this to say that I was really tired after only sleeping for 3 hrs after my night shift and a very broken up night. Here’s what we did this morning:

Power Clean and Jerk 5×2 @85%

Well, since my weight isn’t really heavy on these, there was no such thing as @85% for me. I actually went to 109% today and that’s yet another PR for me @60#. The cleans felt good. I can finally pull the bar along my legs without my shins screaming in pain (from my landing on the box a month ago) and the hook grip felt somewhat good. I have really small hands and fingers and that makes it hard to get the proper hook grip around the bar. I also need to remember to release the hook grip in the Jerk portion. More to work on! :)

Bear Complex 5×3, rest 90s between each sets

We weren’t allowed to drop the bar between reps on these, but we were allowed to rest it on our legs. I used the same weight (55#) as I had 2 weeks ago. My 4th and 5th sets were silly. I either forgot to go into the squat after the clean or to do the thruster coming out of it. I then started from the beginning which meant I added reps to my work and I was pooped! :(

The rest of today will be spent with my two lovelies, hanging around the house. I went for a little walk to the drugstore with Béa already to get more Tylenol for Rina and I was thinking about taking her to the medical clinic, but she actually drank a smoothie this morning. I’m glad she’s at least hydrating herself! Hopefully, she’ll be on the mend soon!

 

Work Day

What I didn’t have time for today:

  • drink enough water
  • eat dinner
  • have a dinner break
  • go pee
  • tell my co-workers how much I appreciated their help
  • hug my daughters at bedtime

What I did have time for today:

  • drink some water
  • have a very late lunch
  • laugh with my co-workers
  • talk to my daughters on the phone
  • talk to my husband on the phone
  • see an old patient of mine who came for a visit and get to hug his parents while tears filled up in their eyes as they were telling me how grateful they were for the care we provided
  • help a newborn take its first breath
  • kiss my daughters goodbye this morning and kiss them in their sleep tonight.

After 2 weeks off, it was yet another long, crazy busy day. I’m glad it’s over and I’m ready to tackle tomorrow… As soon as I can put my feet up for a bit and chug my chocolate/peanut butter/protein smoothie!

Dinner!

Dinner!

Hard Snatches and Improving Thrusters!

I have a feeling I’m never going to get anywhere if I don’t sleep. Waking up at 0300 and 0400 consistently isn’t conducive to good muscle recovery. I woke up dead tired, again. Still, I made my way to the Oly lifting class (olympic lifting). On the board today, it all sounded like dirty talk and it was even more dirtier work:

Actually, Ryan, I do care about what my coach has to say about my snatch since I don't want to get injured. However, thanks for the compliment! ;)

Actually, Ryan, I do care about what my coach has to say about my snatch since I don’t want to get injured. However, thanks for the compliment! ;)

5×2 Squat Snatch from Blocks E2M 85% of Mx

Here’s what the Squat snatch is supposed to look like. Now, just imagine the plates of the barbell are resting on 2 boxes that are about mid-shin height and that’s where I started lifting from.

I did those from a low box because I’m vertically challenged and Tracey paired up with me. Starting from the blocks was supposed to help us focus on the actual pull and not waste too much energy from cleaning it from the ground. I wish it would have also helped with mental exhaustion, but alas! We were supposed to go E2M, but we screwed up somehow with changing the plates and wasted a lot of time, so we finished later than the boys. These are most definitely the hardest lift for me. I get into my head and then I psych myself out about lifting that bar and dropping underneath it with a heavy weight (for me). I (more often than not) land in a semi-squat, pause and then drop into the full squat. I just have to stop thinking about it and just do it. When I’m able to clear my head before the lift, I can actually manage a somewhat decent rep. I had to bow out of one and it scared the bejezus out of me, but I went right back to it. It scared me, not because I was afraid of hurting myself, but it spooked me to the core. I managed the following weights for each round:

45#-50#-55#-55# (bow out of 1st rep)- 55#

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Then, it was on to the

Thruster 5×7 E3M

Here’s what a thruster should look like (demonstrated by Christmas Abbott):

My shoulders were sore for these. I managed to increase my weight for every set, but it was tough. How did I ever do 14.5 at 65# is beyond me (the Crossfit Open WOD 14.5 was a total of 84 thrusters at 65#)! Today’s rounds were with the following reps:

40#-45#-50#-55#-60#

60# was my 5RM back in November, so I guess that would be a PR for my thrusters today since I did 7 @ 60#! :)

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I came back home exhausted and Ben was very happy that I was talking about my snatch and thrusters! ;) It took me forever to clean the main floor of our house because both girls were home this morning (no pre-school nor extra-curricular activities on Thursday) and they were messy. We were also interrupted by a nanny coming by for an interview and then, Aunt Sandy saved the day when she came by and took the girls to play upstairs while I finished vacuuming and mopping the floors. As much as I don’t enjoy cleaning, there is something that makes me proud when my house is spotless and done so just the way I like it. :)

We then took off to go for a play date for the girls with their favourite twins and I got to hang out with their wonderful mama! The girls missed their nap/quiet time and I was sure I would pay for this. Rina had a meltdown at bedtime because I mentioned “Daddy is going on an airplane tomorrow”. I think she felt better once she saw him on FaceTime, but she was still crying and upset when I finally put her to bed.

Now, it’s time for me to relax a bit before I head to bed myself. No Crossfit for me tomorrow as I don’t have anyone to watch the girls and I’ll be by myself to get the girls ready to leave early for preschool. Wish me luck!

I got junk in my trunk and I don't care anymore!

I got junk in my trunk and I don’t care anymore!

RX Baby!

It is now 1130 and I’m ready for nap. I woke up at 0300 because Béatrice was having a bad dream and just as I was about to fall back asleep around 0345, the hubster started snoring… That was it for my night. I tossed and turned in bed, but I never regained the land of the unconscious. The wind was howling outside and the downpour of rain sounded pretty impressive against the window panes, nothing to make me want to get out of bed. I then looked at the WOD. It didn’t help with getting me out of bed.

Legs day! Squats, rowing and running! I got ready and was waiting in the parking lot at 0530. There was no point in me staying home and tiptoeing around to avoid waking everybody up. At least, in the car, I can listen to the radio and catch up on the current events happening in town.

I managed to do 3×7 K2E during the warmup and they felt somewhat decent with a little kip. Could it be that I’ll finally be able to do a T2B sometime this year?!?

Skill: Back squat 5×5 E90S

I paired up with Jackie and started my way up from 80#. Reps were as follows:

80#-85#-90#-95#-100#

I thought about going a bit lighter to save my legs for the WOD, but then, I just couldn’t!

WOD: Aerobix

I partnered up with Chris and it turned out to be a really good partnership. We pretty much didn’t have any rest time as we were of equal strength (my running was pretty much to his rowing speed and vice versa). We decided to go RX and although we were the last team to finish, we managed to do so just under the 30 mins mark. We finished in 29:49. I was so proud of myself for running non-stop all the intervals. The hardest one was definitely the 600m run and the 750m row. I was struggling to keep my pace below 2:30/500m on the Erg. Running in the rain and wind was fun (?) and it was nice and refreshing. The downside was my feet got wet in no time and my socks were drenched, but I didn’t care. I just wanted to give it my best and not disappoint my partner!

I rushed back home to have a quick shower, breakfast and coffee (priorities!) and hauled the girls to Rina’s preschool. They were having an outing at the Empress Hotel to go see the Christmas trees. Every year, there is a Christmas tree exhibit and you can vote for your favourite and give a donation. The donations go towards the BC Children’s Hospital. It was fun, but Béatrice got tired quickly which meant I had to carry her for most of the 2hrs we were there. I’m pooped!

Goofball in front of the giant Tree in the lobby of the Empress Hotel

Goofball in front of the giant Tree in the lobby of the Empress Hotel

Rina's hair is soaked!

Rina’s hair is soaked!

I hope the girls nap this afternoon so I’ll be able to do the same on the couch!

Ding! Ding! Ding!

You hear that? That’s the sound of the PR bell that was in my head this morning!

The bell in my head looked like this one!

The bell in my head

My alarm woke me up this morning, a rare event lately as it’s set for 0500 and I’m usually awake before it goes off. I was exhausted, but managed to get ready to go to the Box anyway. I just felt like I had nothing left in me this morning, but I was determined to give it my all anyway.

Skill: Push Press 5×5 + Ring Rows (6-10) E90s

I knew that my previous PR was 70# for the push press and I wanted to try at least 75#. I planned to be at 75# on my 4th rep and here were my total reps:

60#-65#-70#-75#-80#

Yay! I PR’d by 10#! I was pretty happy about that one, but I need to remember not to jerk the press!

WOD: Hashtag Darkhorse

The first time I had done this one was on August 8 and I finished with a time of 7:12. I had done FG at 55# and that’s pretty much what I wanted to do today. I didn’t think I could go heavier than 55#. Again, I felt so low in energy and I just wanted to be done and over with this.

3-2-1-GO!

I managed to do the 10 hang power cleans unbroken and that was something new to me. I remember clearly breaking up the sets back in August. I then moved on to my 6 burpees. Back to the bar for yet another set of 8 unbroken hang power cleans, followed by 6 burpees. I was slowing down a bit for the hang power cleans, but I was still pushing through. 4 unbroken hang power cleans and probably 8 burpees. By this time, Mark was done and he’s certain he counted more than 6 burpees, but I got confused and didn’t know where I was in my burpee count, so I just kept going for a bit. 2 unbroken hang power cleans and 6 burpees later, I was done! I looked at the clock and it said 6:17. I wrote my score on the white board and went over to log my stuff on my phone. That’s when I realized I had also PR’d for the WOD (I couldn’t remember my time for this one and hadn’t looked it up before starting the WOD). I was so happy! Stupid grin flashing on my face and I couldn’t wipe it off! I still came in last, but I almost shaved off an entire minute on that WOD. All the hard work, focusing on nutrition and hydration is slowly paying off! I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me! I am pumped! I know my time is still very slow, but right now, I’m too happy to care! Forget the Darkhorse, there’s a little Beast inside this BabyMama!

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