I’m a Master!

So… This just happened:

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That’s right! I registered for yet another Crossfit competition and I haven’t even done my 1st one yet! ;)

The competition is actually very low stress as you enter as an individual, but your score goes towards the region in which you enrol (Canada West for me). There are 8 WODs to do over 10 days (from October 16-26) and you just need to make sure to have a judge there to submit your score. I have registered in the “scaled” category and you can choose to do as many (or as little) of the 8 WODs over the 10 days. The cost for the competition is very low ($25) and we have a little team of Masters from the box getting together to try and cheer/help judge each other out.

You can find out more info by clicking on the image below:

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Oh yes! Did I forget to mention? This is a Master competition. Not as in “I will kill this and therefore am a master at this”, but more like “I’m over 35 years old and am therefore a Master athlete”! So there you have it. 2 Crossfit competitions in one month! That should be it for me until the Open 2015. But before all this, I will be doing my very 1st Crossfit competition next Sunday and I’m raising funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation at the same time. Please go to my fundraising page and give a little something to cheer me on. Even if it’s just a few dollars. I will be sure to bring pledging forms with me to the Box on the day of the competition as well, if you’d rather give it to me in person! Visit my page here and donate generously!

I’ve been meaning to write this post a few days ago, but I was busy with a little sick kitten at home. Béa has hand/foot/mouth disease and she hasn’t eaten anything since 5 days ago. She’s slightly better tonight and had e few bites of solid foods throughout the day, but she’s still weak and dizzy. To top it all off, she also has thrush in her mouth, earning us yet another visit to the walk-in clinic this morning. In grand total, I’ve spent 4hrs in clinics and 2 hrs in the ER over the past 3 days. I’m over it. I just want her to get better and have my little BeZU back.

 

Princesses And Illnesses

It was another early morning for my second WOD in 2 days and I felt a bit sore going in, but nothing to stop me from going.

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Skill: Hang Power Snatch 5×3 E90S

Those are still hard for me and I started off with an empty 35# bar and slowly worked my way up. On my 2nd round, Coach AJ came by and gave me a good tip of remembering to really press the bar up at the top. It helped me to make my lift faster and not push the bar too far back behind my head! Here were my reps:

35#-40#-30#-45#-45#

 

WOD: Wracked

I teamed up with Lindsay who was afraid of dragging me down with her. I told her that last place usually has my name on it and not to worry about it. I sure don’t! we tried the presses at 55#, but it was a bit hard for Lindsay so we lowered the weight down to 50#. I started us off breaking down the push presses into sets of 5. I felt like 50# was flying off at times, but kept going at that weight. The thrusters were a bit more challenging, but I’m pretty sure I could have done all 3 moves at 55# (with a longer time). We broke up the thrusters into sets of 5 as well and once we started the back squats, I broke them off into sets of 10. We finished FG at 10:52, right at the tail end of the middle of the pack, not dead last! :)

I came back home to shower and have breakfast and then took Béa to the walk-in clinic. She has been under the weather for the past 4 days and is not pulling out of it. She also has sores in her mouth, reduced appetite, reduced energy, red swollen gums and bags under her eyes. She is now on antibiotics for the next 9 days and has a cortisone ointment for her gums, to help reduce the swelling. Here’s hoping I get my little Owl back to normal soon. I took the girls to the playground yesterday after they nap and they were all dressed up in princesses outfits. I didn’t feel like fighting with them, so I took two cute princesses to the park!

Pushing their swings!

Pushing their swings!

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Princess Béa, under the weather :(

Don’t forget to be generous and donate to my Run for the Cure page! Thanks!

Choosing Rest to Become Stronger

I had a choice to go to Crossfit yesterday morning at 0600 or this morning at 0700 for the same workout. I chose to forgo my usual crew at 0600 yesterday and sleep in (ahem, until 0640, that is)! This meant I could also somewhat sleep in this morning, but it also meant I would have to go 2 days in a row (unusual for me) in order to make it 3x this week. It’s a choice I made and I’m totally comfortable with it. Today was a lighter skill practice and that meant I won’t be too sore (fingers crossed) tomorrow for class. As a full-time shift-worker, mother and Crossfitter, I want my workouts to remain challenging, but also fun, in a masochist kind of way ;) .

Skill: Handstand

3rd week doing these and I’m still struggling to balance off the wall or with a spotter, completely off the wall. I did, however, manage to get my wall walks with my belly up the wall last week and this week, so that’s a bonus. We did a few practices with kicking up our feet to the wall and I also managed to do a few practices with lifting one hand off the ground and alternating. This is all in order to get us ready to do handstand walks in the future. Nowhere near ready for this, but I feel strong and confident with my head inverted. I also need to keep up on this as we have enrolled Rina and BeZU in gymnastics class and I have a feeling it won’t be too long before Rina can do an unassisted handstand! ;)

WOD: KipSkip

This looked easier on the board than it was. I wanted to do FG1+ by doing 10 DUs for each round before finishing the round with single skips and using the red and blue bands for my kipping pull-ups. However, after the 1st round, I soon realized I would be there for 20mins if I kept the 10DUs for each rounds and I went down to the FG1 (5DUs for each rounds, followed by single skips). I can now string 2 DUs in a row, which is much better than none, but I get fatigued quickly and then have to add a single skip in between my DUs.

As for my kipping pull-ups, I started the first 2 rounds doing C2B I had so much momentum, but that dwindled quickly. By the end of it, I had to break my 10 kipping pull-ups in 4-3-3 or 4-3-2-1. I finished in 9:25. This is what I looked like upon returning home:

Giving Medusa a run for her money!

Giving Medusa a run for her money!

My husband was commenting yesterday that my wardrobe is now noticing an influx of Lululemon apparel. He’s right. It’s funny, when I started crossfit a little over a year ago, I remember saying that I wouldn’t prance around in my booty shorts and my sports bra while I was working out. Nowadays, I feel so much more comfortable in who I’ve become. Not just about my physical appearance or my strength, but I feel comfortable enough around my Crossfit family to know that nobody there will judge my flabby belly if I decide to remove my tank during a WOD and keep working at it in my sports bra. It’s not like I flaunt it around, I usually cover back up once the WOD is over, but if I’m too hot to keep my tank top on, I feel comfortable enough to chuck it on the floor and keep pushing. So yes, I have become a bit of a Lulu-whore. That’s all that’s comfortable to me and I wear it on my days off at home as well. Nothing like a pair of tight capris or track pants with a tank top! ;) I’ve also recently ordered a couple of outfit from Fabletics and will review them once I receive them. Funny how your perspective can change in the span of a year!

Tired

Lately, all I’ve been thinking about is sleeping in and going away on a trip with my hubby, without the kiddos. I know this will be impossible for at least the next 12-14 years, but I’ve been craving some R&R real bad. A girl can always dream, right?

Yes please!

Yes please!

I have a friend who lives in the Bahamas… Maybe I should go pay her a visit! ;) Instead of sleeping in, I woke up at 0500 and got ready for the 0600 class at Crossfit.

Skill: Back squat 6×3 E2M

I just wanted to repeat my PR of 105#, but do the reps properly this time, instead of feeling all wonky on the drive up. I not only managed to do that, I also PR’d by 5# going up to 110# and not being too wonky on my form as well! :)

WOD: Clingy

This was a tough one. I was struggling for the ring dips on the red band, so I opted to do 7x HRPU instead. I also chose to scale down for the hang power cleans and did all my reps at 55#. It was hard hanging on to the bar, even after the last rep. If we dropped the bar, we had an automatic penalty of 8 burpees. Nobody did burpees this morning! I managed 8 full rounds and 4 hang power cleans before the 15 mins were over for a total score of 172 (FG1). I was pretty happy with my score and felt completely spent. I came home to a quick breakfast of sausage and homemade guacamole, before tackling 2 loads of laundry, cleaning the upstairs and both bathroom while Ben was dropping Rina off to preschool. I managed to do all the cleaning and laundry and now, I am very much looking forward to the girls nap this afternoon, so I can knit a bit. I’m also looking forward to my own nap before my night shift tonight. I can tell I will sleep soundly for those glorious 2 hrs, I’m so spent! Off I go to pick up my little preschooler! Hope you have a wonderful day!

35# Kind of Day

35#.

Just a little heavier than what Rina weighs at the moment.

That’s what I used all day today at the box.

Warm-up:  I was already sweating profusely after the 4 rounds. What is it they say?

Exactly!

Exactly!

Skill: Hang Squat Snatch.

I missed the past 2 week of the progression for this move so I wasn’t feeling confident at all. I started warming up with a wooden dowel, then moved onto the 15# bar and eventually settled on an empty 35# bar for my sets. I stayed at that weight for all the sets as I still felt my shoulders being way too mobile during the snatch and I had a hard time synchronizing the squat part with moving under the bar. I think I was close towards my 4th set, but I chose to practice some more at 35#.

WOD: Verocity

Friday = Run Day! Yay! (Well, not really. That was sarcasm!)

We all lined up outside and everybody took off like it was a stampede. Little old turtle me was left behind in no time, but I kept trotting along. I only took about 10 steps of walking around 400m in (uphill), but I picked up the speed on the last 400m (downhill). I ran back inside in just under 5 mins (4:53 to be exact. I know it’s slow, but at least, I did it!) where I had set up with 2 KBs: one 26# and one 35#. I wanted to try the 35#, but had the security of the 26# nearby if the 35# became too much. I broke down all my sets in sets of 5 except for my last set, when I did 10. I finished way after everybody else, but I did it Rx with minimal running break! That, to me, is a total win!

Now, we are on our way to drop off Rina at preschool, do the Costco run (Costco, I <3 you!) pick up Rina from preschool, finish off some address changes, enrol the girls in gymnastics class for the year and finish up laundry before I head back in to work tomorrow. Just another day in this BabyMama’s life!

Scary + 14 month Progress Update

I had set up my alarm to go to the 0600 class yesterday morning, but I was still getting over my cold and coughing a lot more than I wanted to so I rolled over and slept until 0640, which was heaven to me!

Both of our smoke alarms (upstairs and downstairs) went off at 0430 this morning and I got up to do a quick survey of the house. Nothing was out of place, nothing was smoking. I even checked outside and nothing. Ben barely woke up and the girls never even budged. That’s is a bit scary to me. What if it had been a real fire? I went back to bed, feeling uneasy and managed to sleep a bit before my alarm went off. I was not feeling it, but I drug myself out of bed and made my way to the box. It had been exactly 7 days since my last WOD and I realized how easy it would be to just stop going altogether, making excuses and falling out of the rhythm. Scary! I’m glad I went and got to do this for a workout:

Skill: I managed a free handstand off the wall for about 3-4secs, unassisted, but I couldn’t repeat that get by doing it off the wall with my spotters. Also, I practiced my DUs during my warm-up and can now do 3-4 with only 1 jump in-between. Almost there! :)

WOD: Ariane

We all know how short I am and how much of a struggle it is for me to row. I was paired with Kirsten (who used to row) and Adrian. Kirsten and me rowed at the same time and Adrian was our “partner 2″. He kept all his splits very strong around 1:40 – 1:45. I don’t know what my splits were because I had programmed my rower in a funky way and it added up the rest time as well as Adrian’s time to my splits. I only know my first one was 2:12 which was 7secs faster than my 1st split last time I did this WOD. We finished in 20:12 whereas I had done it in 22:02 last time. I know I have to attribute most of this to Adrian’s fast splits, but I’m sure I must have done better too!

Another scary news:

1st Competition!

1st Competition!

It’s official! I have registered for the Women Novice category for the Vic City Games! Please, come out and cheer us on on October 5th! You am also raising funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and you can donate here.

Alright! Last, but not least, another progress update in numbers and pictures. I have gained weight and inches since my 12 months progress, but strangely, I think I look and feel better in my clothes. Here’s hoping it’s because of muscle gain and not fat!

Progress in numbers

Progress in numbers

Slowly starting to see definition in my abs and my back and shoulders are so much stronger!

Slowly starting to see definition in my abs and my back and shoulders are so much stronger!

Getting There

So…

My sister-in-law posted this picture of our family taken last weekend.

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We were just out for a short stroll around the block so the girls could ride their bikes (or in Béatrice’s case, be pulled by Daddy).

Check out my back… There used to be no definition whatsoever on that back, only back fat! There is still back fat, but you can definitely see muscles as well and that was not even after a workout! :)

Slowly, but surely, making progress. Can’t wait to see my next set of Progress Update pictures! ;)