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Get It, Girl!

5 Rounds:
15 Front Squats (65#)
10 Knees to Elbows
60 Jump Rope

Owwwww…ch. Today’s workout was tough. I wasn’t sure how much weight to use on the front Squats but 45# was too light so I upped it to 65#. My last couple of rounds of front squats were hard. I wasn’t going as low as I was to begin with, but I didn’t drop the weight.

Now, the jump ropes were not fun! My feet started cramping on the last two rounds. I have a feeling my calves are going to hurt tomorrow! I finished in 15:35. Shane came up to me and asked if I was mad at him, I told him no but I guess I looked pissed when I finished. He then told me “just think you can tell your husband you beat a 14 year old and was doing more weight too!” LOL…not sure that’s something to brag about! This was the same kid from yesterday asking how we were able to lift that much weight. Hahaha…hear me roar!

Rip It!

Front Squats

Last time I PR’d with 105#, this time I PR’d with 115#!


3 Rounds
30 Overhead Squats (45#)
10 Pull Ups (black band)
200 Meter Run

Finished in about 15-17 mins. Don’t know the official time.

Today’s workout was hard, hard, hard for me. My stabilization muscles aren’t very strong and that was evident with how much my arms were wobbling. On the last round Shane was spotting me because I was having some problems. It was just me, Michelle and Cortni working out. Shane had us try the weight out then made the comment that if we needed to go down in weight to do it at that time instead of in the middle of the workout. Michelle and Cortni can do 45# without too much trouble – me on the other hand…. I was using one of the new bars which Michelle said she had trouble with it being slick. She was right, my hands were slipping. Shane came over and asked if my hands were slipping so I said yes.

“You want another bar?”
“The same weight?”

He could tell I was struggling on the first round but I did not want to drop down to the 35#. While I was slow, I’m still happy that I was able to push through it and finish with what I started.

Butt Kicking

Yep…that’s what it was. The WOD looked relatively tame, but it wasn’t.

3 Rounds
2 Minutes Each
Front Squats (55#)
Box Jumps (12″)
1 Minute Rest

At the end all of my reps were added up for each round. The point was to get the highest number possible. The picture says it all…I didn’t do very well:

The front squats were rough the first round. My back started getting tired and it was hard to keep correct form. The last round was torture. The box jumps sucked, as usual! Since my breathing is getting bad again it’s even harder to push through. My body isn’t getting enough oxygen to push as hard as I was pushing before. I’m trying to cut out all nightshades to see if that will help minimize the inflammation in my throat. I hope it works!

I finished the day up with 30 GHD Sit Ups. These were tough too since I made sure I went all the way back so I could touch the floor with my hand then all the way back up.

New Strokes

Tuesday brought an interesting day, as far as the workouts go. Alaina told Michelle and I that our workout today was going to incorporate a lot of running, but thankfully that is tomorrow’s workout and not today’s!

We started practicing Clean Squats for our skill. We just used a 45# bar so it wasn’t for max weight. I kept hitting my collarbone. The problem must be my inability to get my elbows up high enough or fast enough to rest the bar on. That is definitely a weakness I need to work on.

The WOD was a little different in that it was all strength. We focused on the Front Squats with increasing weight. Each time we went down a round in reps we were supposed to go up with weight. Each round’s reps were repeated twice. Weight as follows: 2 rds of 8 (45#), 2 rds of 6 (55#), 2 rds of 4 (1 @ 65#, 1 @ 85#), 2 rds of 2 (95#), 2 rds of 1 (105#). Michelle maxed at 125#. Awesome. I had a tough time getting back up with the 105# so I called it good there. I regret that now. I think I may have been able to go up one more, and Michelle was trying to encourage me to try the weight but I talked myself out of it. Next time I’ll go until I have to dump the weight. I really enjoyed the workout. I was able to push the weight instead of just doing numerous reps. Some of the guys were doing up to 300#…crazy!

Since Shane didn’t feel like we got our money’s worth, he had us finished the day off with 35 Goblet Squats (25#), then 8 rounds of 10 GHB Sit Ups and 10 Knees to Elbows. I definitely think I got my money’s worth! As I type this I can already feel spots that are going to be sore starting tomorrow!

How was your workout?

Like Breathing Through a Straw

Today was a good day overall…until CrossFit. My Tracheal Stenosis was acting up today. Unfortunately, it was quite inflamed/swollen so as we started pushing the cardio I was basically breathing through a small tube. I can’t explain exactly how it makes me feel. First, I get tired quickly from the lack of oxygen but worse than that is the embarrassment. For those people who don’t know about my condition I come across as being extremely out of shape with all of my huffing and puffing. I have to stop to try to catch my breath, which makes me feel like I’m slacking. I just don’t know what to do to make it better between dilations.

Our strength workout was 3 rounds of 20 GHB Sit Ups and 20 Back Extensions. I’m still not able to loosen up enough to extend back past a 90 degree angle on the sit ups. That’s something that I need to work on.

I’ve been doing the 100 push ups challenge the past couple of weeks and I think it’s helping. Part of our warm up was 10 push ups which went pretty good for me! Tomorrow is my last day for this week’s challenges. We also did some pull ups which I’m still struggling with, even with the black band. The last part of the warm up was 5 burpees. I was able to hop out and back in for all of them (both rounds) which thrilled me. I wasn’t able to do that many before without stepping back.

The WOD was 3 rounds for time of a 400 meter weighted (15#) run, 12 Front Squats (45#),12 Box Jumps, and 12 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls. That run did me in. It was all downhill from there. In fact, I just had to do a fast walk for the last 2 runs because I couldn’t catch my breath. The front squats weren’t too bad on my elbows. I have a hard time keeping my elbows up. Apparently, I was having a tough time getting low enough on my squats. I think that was because I was concentrating on my arms too much. The box jumps are getting better. I had a couple of mishaps where I didn’t make it to the top but hit the edge of the box. Thankfully I didn’t face plant! The sumo deadlift high pulls were ok. On my last round Shane was pushing me to finish my last 6 without putting the bar down. I really wanted to because I was really sucking air, but I pushed through and made it. I was whimpering at the end! Finished in 18:53. I crashed on the floor for a bit to catch my breath afterward. Tears were wanting to fall, but there was no point in it. My emotions were running high, I was torn down and embarrassed.

My throat started closing up like this last month and I was afraid my stenosis was getting worse again but then it went back to what it was like after my last dilation. I’m hoping this is the same thing, that my throat will open back up and I’ll be ok. Sunday is the big race, so I’m hoping I can breathe well then too.