It’s All A Mind Game

After only sleeping for 3 hrs yesterday (post night shift) I was looking forward to a longer night of sleep. When 0500 (aka WOD o’clock) came rolling around, it felt like I could have just rolled over and forget about working out so easily. Instead, I got up and dragged myself to the box.

Skill: Front Squat 7×1 E2M

I was going into this hoping to get 105-110# (my previous PR was 105#, back in January). Thanks to my poor math skills at 0600, I surpassed that  and achieved a new PR of 115#! :) I did my reps as follows:

80#-85#-95# (skipped 90# because I can’t count my plates right early in the morning!) -100#-105#-110#-115#

WOD: Intervohs

I thought I had done this WOD back in May, but it turns out I hadn’t, so this was my 1st attempt at it. To be honest, I didn’t know what I was gonna do for this one. OHS are tough and my thinking was the following: Do them at 45#, so you can snatch them and do the RKBS at 35# for each round. Coach Caleb came by and asked me what I was gonna do. I explained my logic to him and he said to go heavier. He said something along those lines:

It’s better to go higher in your weight and clean and jerk it than lower and snatch it. You can always work on the strength to snatch it later once you’re used to having the heavier weight overhead. I think you can do 55#. It’s just mind-set. Brace your core, look straight ahead because the minute you waver back or forth, the bar will drop as well. Just get in the zone and stay there.

I love how, lately, Coach Caleb has been there every time I needed him to be. He gives me good advice and pushes me without putting me in danger of hurting myself.

I started round 1 at 55#, fell on my butt after attempting the 3rd rep. I picked the bar up again and finished my 2 reps, then moved onto the RKBS I finished with only 24s to spare. I was able to string all my OHS without stopping on round 2 and finished that round with 51s to spare. On my 3rd rep of round 3, my left wrist was becoming pretty painful and I stopped with a groan. Coach Caleb came by, we assessed that I shouldn’t push it today since I don’t have wrist bands and I went on to the RKBS. We also decided to do all the other rounds with 6 front squats instead of the 4 OHS. I managed all 8 rounds and finished with a combined time of 1:42 (slowest time was 1:06 and fastest was 0:36) and we figured out that I did a modified version of TG+.

Afterwards, Coach Caleb came by and re-affirmed that I could have done all rounds at 55#, I have the shoulder strength and mobility, but I need to improve my wrist strength or try it with wrist wraps.

Here’s my question to you:

Do you use wrist wraps? If so, what brand and would you recommend them?

Now, I have to go be a mom and a landlord (yes, we have a tenant for our basement suite and she’s coming today to finalize the details!) :)

Technical Difficulties

Yesterday, I was super excited about the WOD. Today, I woke up and all I wanted to do was roll over and go back to sleep. It took a lot for me to actually get out of bed and get ready to go to the box. Once there, I couldn’t stop yawning while I was warming up, not a good omen… (Technical difficulty #1)

Skill: Deadlift 7×1 E2M

I have just PR’d at 155# on this lift on July 28, so I wasn’t expecting a big increase. I wanted to try 160#, maybe 165#. The game changer today was that we also had to control the descent of the deadlift, we couldn’t just drop the bar once the deadlift was completed, we had to lower it slowly and safely. I managed to get the bar up at 160#, but I couldn’t hold on to it on the way down. Technically, it’s still a PR for my deadlift today, but I didn’t complete it Rx (technical difficulty #2).

WOD: Wassup

This was a repeat WOD, but I had never done it before, so it was my 1st attempt at it today. Knowing that I had just started to do wall balls at 14# and had to do buy-in for the DU, I opted to do the FG1:

  • 5 attempts at DU before I could go for the 2 x Rx number. That means I had to attempt 5 DU before I did single skips, but I went after double the amount of DU. My rounds were 100-80-60-40-20 single skips, but I could only start the single skips after my 5 attempts at DU. I got anywhere between 2-4 DU for my 5 attempts and that was ok.
  • 15 x 14# wallballs for every rounds (total of 75 wallballs)

I finished in 15:14 and I’m pretty sure I could have done a little better with my own rope (I ordered it and am anxiously awaiting for it to arrive!) as I had to switch ropes in the middle of my 1st round. The rope I had kept twisting on itself and making it impossible to skip at all. I lost some time getting a new top and tying knots in it to shorten it to my ideal height (technical difficulty #3).

After I was done, Coach Caleb told me I had some decent welts on the back of my legs. At least, it shows I really tried for the DU! ;)

Not an easy feat to take a selfie of the back of your legs! See those whip marks? DU, I will conquer you!

Not an easy feat to take a selfie of the back of your legs! See those whip marks? DU, I will conquer you!

By the way, those short shorts used to be tight on me, but nowadays, I can’t wear them at the box anymore because they fall off all the time and they have become my “fat shorts” (the ones I wear when I feel bloated)! :)

I can’t wait to see if having my own rope will make a difference in my quest to achieve DUs! Only time will tell, I guess!

Just Keep Going

OMG!

I don’t know if it was the 5hrs of sleep and being woken up at 0400, or if it was the PR on the front squat, but today’s WOD did my little head in… in a bad way!

Skill: Front Squat 5×5 E2M

I love to squat! I warmed up to start this set at 85# and worked up to 100# on my 4th set, but I was done after that one. My form was getting wonky and therefore, I didn’t do a 5th set, but it was still a PR for my front squats! Yay!

Must squat with perfect form! :)

WOD: Partner Nurwor.

I had done this one once with Tracey and we both did the Airdyne instead of running back in October 2013, and again when I ran in January that we finished in 29:03. I had also done a Mini Nurwor (6 x 300m row, 300m run)

As for today, I was teamed up with Karen and I felt like quitting on the rows so many times on the rows. Once again, I was able to recover during the runs, even running for 350m without stopping on the last 2 rounds, but it was the rows that did me in. We finished in 29:28 this time around and I was not happy with my performance, both physical and mental. This WOD beats me mentally and I struggle every time to finish it. I guess it’s just one more thing to work on. Thank goodness I had my cheering squad telling me to just keep trucking along, just keep moving. That’s what I did and that’s how I got to finish it!

I guess I should just keep working on things then!

I guess I should just keep WODing then!

Sorry, I’m a bit of a Ryan Gosling memes addict! There’s actually a FB page of Ryan Gosling Crossfit memes, if you’re into such a thing (and who wouldn’t be?!?). He’s just so fine to look at! Kind of reminds me of my hubby a bit! :)

(I was gonna post a pic of my hubby on the beach, but I think he would kill me… You’ll just have to take my word for it!)

During the WOD, my left contact lens was bugging me. I had cleaned it before the WOD as is was itchy and it was still bugging me. I tossed it in the garbage post WOD and drove home with just one lens in. After my shower, I opened another new left lens (the one I tossed earlier was brand new) and tried to wear my contact lenses, but it was still hurting me too much to wear them. I took them off, flushed my eye with some saline and waited. The burning pain wasn’t going away, so I made my way to the walk-in clinic.

I don’t have a scratched cornea, but my vision was 20/30 on the left eye WITH my glasses on… Normally, with my glasses, I’m 20/20 on both eyes. So now, I have antibiotic/anti-inflammatory drops to put in today and I need to go back tomorrow if things don’t improve. What a way to end my vacation!

Gone Floating!

I was excited this morning because I had some “me” time scheduled for later! But before I could go and enjoy some peace and quiet, I had to get through this!

Skill: Strict press 1×10 E90S 90-95% of 1RM

That meant I should stick to 60# (90%) or 65# (95%) of my 1-rep max (67#). I managed the following reps:

  • 5x 60#
  • 6x 65# (I had to do an extra one because Coach Caleb said I had the slightest knee bending during my last rep, therefore making it a push press and not a strict press. I didn’t mind the extra work! :)

WOD: This one was interesting. I have to say, the burpees really broke the flow of this one and made it a challenging WOD. Also, for the first time, I did my strict pull-ups with the red and blue bands! No more green band for me! :) I didn’t pace myself very well for the first round and was winded after that. I also did all my burpees granny-style. I used to be able to do more “real” burpees, but nit so much anymore and when I do, I just deplete the gas tank super quickly, so I’d rather pace myself on those and have some gas left for everything else. I finished up with a score of 166 (FG). That means 4 full rounds and I completed my 8 double crunches on the 5th round. I was so close to finishing the 5th round, all I was missing were the 14 box jumps. Next time, hopefully, I can get it done! I did, however, do all my push-ups from the toes. It really helps not to drop the knees onto the floor when you release your hands and I’m pretty sure that’s what got me through all the rounds!

I came back home to more laundry than I could ever care for, dusting, vacuuming and  mopping. I was trying to get it all done before I had to leave to go floating. That’s right, I went floating! For mother’s day, my lovely hubby bought me 90-minutes in a sensory-deprivation pod. You float in water that is warmed up to 34°C (body temperature) and full of Epsom salt (think the Dead Sea floating and you’re close). The whole experience was perfect after a tough WOD. As soon as my time in the pod started, I shut the lights off and was anxiously awaiting for the music to stop. You see, I am a bit of a loner. I like people and spending time with loved ones, but my days are filled with loud noises either at work (all the alarms from the monitors, cpap, ventilators, phones, etc) or just plain loud noises at home (hello, I have two toddlers who love nothing more than begin screaming matches at 0730)!

To say that I was very much looking forward to 90 minutes of peace and quiet at Float House Victoria is an understatement. My husband knows me well and that was the perfect present for me. I truly enjoyed floating around without any stimuli. Some people are a bit put-off by having to wear the earplugs, but it’s something I do on a daily basis when I have to sleep after a night shift at home, so it wasn’t anything new to me. To be able to be in the dark, in complete silence (except for the sound of my heart beating) was delightful! I kept waking myself off because I was twitching in my sleep so much. Yes, I’m a twitcher and yes, I fell asleep in the tank… Numerous times! Haha!  That just means that I was fully able to relax and let go. I truly enjoyed the healthy benefits of the relaxation, but also the Epsom salts were great on my sore and tired muscles! At first, I was thinking that 90 minutes was a long time to be in that tank, but when my time was up and the music came back on, I was sad to have to get out of there so quickly! I felt like all my limbs weighed a ton, yet I felt rejuvenated! I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to spend some quality alone time as well as for any athlete out there looking for some recovery. If I had one down side to say about my whole experience is that I would like the water maybe 1/2 or 1° warmer, but that’s just me, I like my water scolding hot! I also made up for that by having a nice  hot shower getting out of the tank. Go see Erik (a friend of ours) or his wife Svetlana and let go of all your preconceptions to fully enjoy the float! It is amazingly refreshing and rejuvenating as well! :)

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Click on pic to be redirected to the Float House Victoria Website!

Sweet 16 Left Its Mark!

I was wondering why my neck was so sore tonight. I thought it was from looking up while I washed the ceilings and walls over the past 2 days. I looked in the mirror and saw this lovely bruise… I guess I’ll have to learn to cushion the bar better from push press onto back squats!
#crossfitterproblems
# sweet16PR

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Ain’t Nothing Sweet About This Sweet 16!

I tried to look up the WOD last night before going to bed, but it wasn’t up so I slept somewhat soundly after Béatrice woke up at 0030. I think she was a little cold with the fan blowing on her and I quickly gave her a blanket and went back to sleep. She woke up again at 0515, but it was Ben’s turn to get up as I was getting ready to leave for the WOD.

Skill: Tempo deadlift 5×3 E2M

I started those at 105# and they felt challenging, so I kept bumping up my weight by 5# with each rep looking like this:

105#-110#-115#-120#-125#

Those were tough, considering I did an extra one for each set by pulling up the bar first, then going into the 3-second down, pause 2 seconds and explosive 1-second up.

WOD: Sweet 16.

It was my 3rd time attempting this WOD. I had done it right after 14.5 with some modifications because my shoulders were bugging me at the time and had finished in 17:37 back in April. I had done 8 burpees then instead of the 6 push press and the back squats were at 55#.

Today, I wanted to push it. I went with 4 rounds of: 400m run, 6 push press @60# and 10 back squats at 60#. It was challenging. I was already sweating buckets from the warm-up and the deadlifts and I cannot fathom why anyone would go workout later in the day seeing as it was already so hot outside (and inside the Box)!

On my second round, Coach Caleb was telling me something, but I couldn’t hear him with the music and me focussing on my work, so I dropped the bar after what I thought was my 3rd push press to listen to him. It turns out I was doing push jerks and not push press. I picked up the bar again and re-started that round from the beginning. That’s what accountability is all about. If I cut corners short, I’m only cutting myself short. On my 3rd round of 400m run, I felt like crying. I just had a little mental chat with myself that went along those lines:

Don’t cry, there’s no reason to cry. Yeah, you’re tired, but you’re almost done. This is a choice you’ve made for yourself, to better your life. Suck it up, slow down your pace, breathe and keep  moving. There is absolutely no reason to cry.

It worked! I just kept taking short walking breaks and kept trotting along! I finished last again in 18:40, but I didn’t care. I increased my weight and still managed to finish under 20 mins (my secret time cap), so for me, this is a PR!

Just proof that once you tame your mind, your body can achieve a lot more than you first thought possible!

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I read somewhere that when you think you are done, you are into 40% of what your body is capable of doing

I came back home and had to shower, but before, I had to do what felt like a whole other challenge… Get upstairs!

This felt like Everest this morning! See that lovely painter's tape on the side! ;)

This felt like Everest this morning! See that lovely painter’s tape on the side! ;)

Once I was all clean and ready to tackle the day, I made myself eggs and veggies and downed the whole thing with a delicious coffee made by my hubby!

All clean, but not back to my normal colour... It's hard to be photogenic when you're exhausted!

All clean, but not back to my normal colour… It’s hard to be photogenic when you’re exhausted!

 

Now, I have to go attack the long list of cleaning and unpacking left to be done this week!

Making A House A Home Part 3

The painting of the bedrooms is finally done (which also means we don’t have to move our King size bed and mattress every day)! It also means I have been moving my dressers back in our bedroom all by myself, as well as split up the girls in their own rooms (and I’ve also moved their furniture around too, all by myself (Thank you crossfit!) while Ben was turning his blackberry harvest into 6 L of blackberry jam and making banana bread with the help of Aunt Sandy!

Once I was done vacuuming and organizing furniture upstairs, I tackled cleaning the ceilings, walls and mouldings of the entire upstairs, staircase and I did the kitchen and half-bath on the main floor as well as the ceilings in the dining room, but I needed a break after that because my neck was killing me from looking up all the time! All I have left to clean are the walls in the dining room and the walls and ceiling in the living room and I will be done with the major cleaning of the house and will just have to maintain my usual weekly cleaning.

I had originally planned on putting Béatrice in her little toddler bed in her room tonight, but since Rina won’t have a proper bed until we receive her new furniture (6-8 weeks), I didn’t want her to sleep on the floor, so we kept her in the toddler bed and Béatrice in her crib until then. I sure hope the transition to separating the girls’ bedroom goes smoothly! I will take pictures tomorrow and post them as I didn’t have time today.

This all means we might be able to have an open house next weekend! So very excited to show our friends our new home! :)

In the meantime, I will leave you with a video of Rina playing a pretty awesome game after dinner. Notice she’s jumping on her new bed sheets! ;)

 

Getting To The Core Of It All

To say that I am sore from the WOD on Wednesday is the major understatement of the year! Yesterday, I could barely move; my traps were beyond sore and my quads were letting me know they were angry with me. I managed to make it through the day, taking care of the girls (i.e., picking them up, carrying them, hugging them) and moving furniture around so the painter could do his work (more on that in a separate post!), but I was glad to go to bed and I rolled and stretched and applied hot bag every chance I got throughout the day!

This morning was a little better, but I was still sore on my way to the box for this:

Before the warm-up, Tracey was kind enough to let me try 2 of her skipping ropes and I was able to get quite a few DUs with one of them so I will definitely order one online TODAY when the girls nap. I will do a review once I get it and let you all know how I’m doing with it! ;)

Skill: Front Squat 6×3 E90S

I love squats. If there is one thing I have going for me in this whole Crossfit adventure is that this girl can go ass to the grass like it’s nobody’s business! I may not be the strongest or the fastest, but I can definitely squat! I managed to PR from 3 weeks ago and got 90#. I think I could hit 100# soon. It felt like I still had some gas in me to keep going. For the first time today, I could really feel my core being engaged when I went down in the squat. I could feel the full effect of the bracing, I got my breathing right and it felt kind of easy. A year into this and I have core strength! I never thought this would happen again in this lifetime. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t have abs showing through my stomach or anything, but I have core strength. A few days ago, Ben and I were just lying in bed and he even commented on how my stomach was now flat when I’m lying down. I will get there eventually, all in due time! Enough rambling, here were my progressions:

65#-70#-75#-80#-85#-90#

WOD: That was a tough one. When I looked at it last night, the weight prescribed were different and I thought, for sure I can do the Rx for the women (65#). When I showed up this morning, the WOD had been revised and the new Rx weight for women was 75#. I tried to warm up at 65# and my traps were just too sore to even think about doing 30 reps at that weight. I settled for FG1 at 55#. I finished dead last by at least 2 minutes, but I got it done and that’s all that matters to me. I finished at 7:12 and did all my burpees granny-style. I think pretty much everyone was done by 5:30… I always say:

I’ll get it done. Maybe not within the time cap, but I’ll get it done!

A friend of mine posted this on her FB page this morning and I absolutely loved it!

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It made me realize that I have come so far mentally and I owe 99% of this newfound mental toughness to Crossfit. I now chose to tackle life like I do WODs. Break big projects into smaller, more achievable ones, taking things in stride. I don’t get discouraged anymore if I try something and don’t succeed, instead, I just keep trying or try a different way of getting it done. Mental fortitude has done wonders for me and it has helped a lot with decreasing my stress levels. Yet, just another reason I am absolutely and totally in love with Crossfit! <3

Coach Always Knows Best

I had all the intention in the world to go to the box last Friday, but I had a serious summer cold and decided I would take the time off and get my body to rest. I couldn’t go on Monday either because the husband was golfing with his paternal who was visiting from Ontario. After a full week off (haven’t done that since after the Open), Here’s what I was getting myself into…

Skills: Push Press. I wanted to at least try 70# for that since my previous PR was 65#. I paired up with Madi on the rack and she was nice enough to lower the bar enough for my short frame! We started out at 50# and worked our way up by 5# increments. Madi has really good form for this lift, but her wrists are a little weak. She managed 3 reps at 70# before she called it quit. I managed all reps and that’s a new PR for me! Here’s our progression:

50#-55#-60#-65#-70#

 

WOD: We had to have a few heats for this since there was 13 of us and only 6 ergs. I was in the 3rd (and last) heat with the other women. While the men started, we were warming up and coach Caleb came to see me. I was warming up my American KBS at 26# and he said something along the lines of:

You should be Rx-ing this one. Switch it up to 35# for the AKBS and you could definitely do more than 10# for the wall balls. How long have you been with us? A year? You should be able to string a few DUs by now…

Yeah… That happened… Totally busted! ;) He’s right though, I should be able to Rx this WOD. I listened to him for part of it and switched from 26# for the AKBS to 35#. I kept it at 10# for the wall balls and I had no choice than to do 200 singles instead of 100 DUs since I still can’t string them.

I finished last and looked at the clock and was ok with a time of 27:30 until Coach Caleb came by and said:

17:30, pretty decent!

I thought, 17:30? What? I had forgotten that we did this one in heats and I had to subtract 10mins to my time! I was way happier with my time than the original one I thought I had!
Here’s how I broke the WOD:

  • 1K row: Every 250m, I would give 5-10 full effort pulls. I think I finished in around 4:24
  • 50 wallballs @10#: I broke those in sets of 10-5-5-5-5-5-8-7 (Thanks Mark for pushing me at the end!)
  • 50 American KBS @ 35#: 10-5-5-5-5-5-8-7
  • 200 single skips: I think I did these in sets of 20 when I didn’t trip over my feet. I could have done these in bigger sets, my legs were fine for it, but my forearms were burning so bad! I managed to string 30 skips for my last 2 sets. I threw the rope away as far as I could after my last skip. I was DONE! Lol!

I guess I should look into getting my own rope and start working on those DUs! :)

Ramblings Of A BabyMama

This post truly epitomizes the name of my little blog, so either you bear with me or you don’t, I honestly don’t mind either way!

I was awaken at 0430 by my lovely hubby’s sleep talk and I knew I wasn’t going to go back to sleep until 0500 when it was time for me to get up and get ready to attack the WOD.

Skill: We worked on the hang power clean and strict press in preparation for the WOD. I was hoping to do this WOD with an empty bar to be honest since my strict press is only at 55# and I didn’t think I could do 55 reps at that weight, but once again, Coach Caleb pushed me to do 45# and he was right.

WOD: District 10. This is a WOD I had last done on May 1 of this year. Back then, I had done TG+ with these modifications:

  • 45# hang power clean and strict press
  • kipping pull-ups with red band

I had finished in 19:34

 

Today, I did TG+ again, but with these modifications:

  • 45# hang power clean and strict press
  • Strict pull-ups with red and green band

I finished in 21:01. Yes it is slower than what I had done back in May, but it was harder because I was doing strict pull-ups. I don’t always realize how strong I’m becoming. I’ve been hitting the typical 10-14 months plateau at Crossfit and I’m not getting PRs as much as I used to. Let’s face it, I use to PR almost every class I was coming from such a lack of fitness!

Fitness. There’s a word I haven’t used when speaking about myself in a long while. Since we have moved, 3 weeks ago, we haven’t had a full length mirror hanging in the house and while I was out today, I had the nice surprise of noticing my trapezius and they were just right there, in my face! Don’t get me wrong, I still have abdominal fat that I need to lose, but my whole body is reshaping and I can see muscles in place I haven’t seen muscles in almost a decade! I remember putting a picture of myself at 18 years old on my fridge as a motivation to lose weight. I can’t find the pic just now, but I was a dancer with a  6-pack and I’m in a bikini on a boat. I’m nowhere near that body, but I am a heck of a lot stronger (mind you, slower too) than I was at that age and I’m loving the person I’m becoming. Mentally, I am so much stronger, determined and positive about new things in my life. Physically, I still have work to do, but I’m on my way there. Like I said before, it took me years to destroy my body and the changes I’ve done in the past 12 months is more than good enough for me! :)

Now, on a completely different topic, letters to the girls.

Happy Rina zip lining!

Happy Rina zip lining!

Rina-Bina, my BabyGirl!

We are both under the weather with a lovely summer cold at the moment, but it amazes me how fast you are changing and how quickly you are growing. You are definitely not a baby anymore and my mind has a hard time wrapping itself around that concept. It seems that only a year ago, you came into our lives, yet you will turn four in 5 short months! When did that happen?

You are tremendously curious, you love going on adventures everyday (which is quickly draining my creativity), you love learning through play and helping out. Your favourite activities are the playground, the beach, baking, gardening and pretending to go to Crossfit. You have your sweet moments of tenderness and you care about each and every one of us so much, always wearing your heart on your hand. You are a tremendous little helper and are very good-natured. I’m afraid you will one day become a nurse as well (wonderful profession, killer hours make for a  tough lifestyle) just because you are always at the ready to help out.

You are also exploding in your learning of letters, numbers and colours, sometimes mixing your English and French, but that’s what makes you unique. The best part of my day is when we sit together to do some drawings or garden the flowers or cuddle. Ok. Cuddles will always win, but I’ll settle for other fun things to do with you as well. I hope you feel better by the morning (and I do too) so we can enjoy the little mommy-Rina date I have planned for us!

Je t’aime ma Cocotte, beaucoup, beaucoup, beaucoup!

Maman Xxo

 

My sweet Béatrice. 

You are my cuddle bug. I’m so glad I have you in my life. You are exploding in your development this month and I can see that for me to be on vacation and spending time at home with you girls is doing tremendous things on the little sponge you are becoming. You are learning French at a tremendous speed. You are a wonderfully mischievous little girl, caring and loving beyond words. You absolutely love reading books and you absolutely hate it when I sing to you! :) 

You love to get your back massaged and although sometimes I am tired when it time to put you to bed and you just want to cuddle with me, I try to remember that these days won’t last and soon enough, you won’t let me cuddle you much longer and I need to appreciate these precious moments while they are happening.

I love you ma chouette, through and through!

Maman Xxo

BeZU also zip lining!

BeZU also zip lining (under Daddy’s watchful and intent eye)!