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New Beginnings

Today was my first crossfit workout since my throat dilation last week. Wow, has it only been a week?…it feels like I haven’t worked out for a month. My husband and I got some hiking in when we went to Nevada/Utah last week and that went pretty well. However, today’s workout was better! I was still a little slow. I used too much weight on my deadlifts out of the box and fatigued my back muscles so had to drop down. This time I only stopped to reset my deadlift form and try to stretch my back a little bit rather than stopping because I was sucking air!

It normally bothers me when I’m so much slower than the rest, but I feel pretty good about this workout. I think after a week or two my workout level will increase again and I can’t wait!

Skill Work:
L Sit
Handstands (ooof…been a while since we’ve done these!)

Deadlift (21 @ 145#, rest at 125#)
Pull Ups (green band)
Finished in 11:35

Cool Down:

Roll Outs for 1 min (10), rest, and another minute (11)

I was doing ok on the Pull Ups but didn’t do as well as I had hoped. Unfortunately, my calluses on my right hand tore off during round #2. Shane told me to try to keep my hands in one place during the pull ups but sometimes my grip just doesn’t feel right. However, I will try to keep my hands stationary and a little wider out.


Tomorrow’s workout should be interesting with these puppies! I hope there aren’t any pull ups…

How is your training going?!

The Torture Continues

A: Skill work “Handstands” complete 4 sets of 30 second holds

B: AMRAP 20min of:
5 Deadlifts (95#)
10 Knees to Elbows
15 Wallball Shots (10#)

My legs were tired and sore from yesterday’s workout so I wasn’t thrilled to see more squats on the agenda for today! The skill work was tough but I was able to hold it the whole 30 seconds this time. It had been quite a long time since we’ve worked on handstands. I’m still 3 feet from the wall with my hands, but eventually I’ll get in closer. Once I’m up on the wall I can’t move my hands back. I’m doing good to stay put!

The WOD was making my quads scream. I ended up getting in 7 rounds. The last round I finished the 15th wallball shot with 1 second left on the clock. So, I was close to not completing it. I was hoping to get more and most everyone else had 9-11 rounds, but I was having some issues! The knees to elbows were tough because my grip kept failing. I’d get in three lifts and have to step back on the box to wipe my hands off and go again. I was even wearing my grips. Guess I was just too sweaty! I lost a lot of time on those. The wallballs were hard for me too. I made sure I was using a 10# ball this time because last time the 12# was a little too heavy and I want to move up from the 8# ball. While they weren’t pretty, I did better this time on my wallballs than last time. My form was better and my back wasn’t as sore. However, I got to where I did 5 and rested a bit, then did the next 5, and so on. I did take quite a few stops, but I didn’t wait as long. The goal is to push through without any breaks but sometimes I just have to catch my breath and get more oxygen in my lungs. 

I was going to go up to the gym tomorrow to work on my form but my legs are trashed. I think I’ll take a rest day so I’m somewhat better off on Thursday.

Misery Loves Company

I am quite tired right now. In fact, I’d prefer to take a shower and go to bed (yes, at 7:30!) than eat dinner.

We started the day with Handstands, L Sits, and Modified Pistols. I’m still very shaky on the handstands but I’m able to hold them for longer than before. I both enjoy and dislike them! Eventually, I’ll be able to get closer to the wall and stop shaking so much.

The WOD…oh the WOD…It was 3 rounds of Push Ups (on bars so you’d go below 90 degrees), Box Jumps, and Kettlebell Swings. Round 1 = 50 reps, Round 2 = 35 reps, Round 3 = 20 reps. I just did normal push ups since I wasn’t able to keep my form (back straight instead of swaying) if I went down too far. I was able to do just a few low push ups, but not very many. OMG…50 push ups sucked. My arms were so tired by the time I finished.

I’m still doing step ups for box jumps, I need to graduate to the box jumps but I’m scared! I won’t lie…it’s totally mental. I need to just suck it up and do it.

We actually have real kettlebells now instead of having to use dumbbells. I used a 25lb kettlebell since that was what I had been using previously. Just one problem with that…the most kettlebell swings I’ve ever done in a row was 20. I was doing OK on my time until I hit the kettlebell swings. It took me a long time to get those done. My arms were tired from the push ups and it took a little getting used to. My last two rounds found me even slower than before.

I wasn’t happy with my time (24:45) but I was happy I finished it with the same weight on the kettlebell instead of dropping down. After the first round I started getting a little hot and sick to my stomach. Thankfully, I kept my lunch down! After I finished, I went to sit outside. It was starting to rain, which felt great. Right now, my arms feel heavy and I have a feeling tomorrow they’ll be sore!

I tried a new fruit today too! Can you guess what it is?


Ok, yes it’s an orange…but not just any orange. It’s a blood orange.

I have to say the color was a little disconcerting. My brain kept thinking “it should be orange…not red.” Plus, the taste wasn’t what I had expected. Basically, it tasted like an orange with an odd aftertaste. Would I eat another one? Probably only if that was all left, but I won’t go out of my way to buy more.

Speedy, I Am Not

It’s Tuesday…that means I get my butt kicked in CrossFit. Our warm up was Handstand Tabatas. I did ok until round 7 and 8. My arms were shaking like crazy and I wasn’t able to hold it the entire time. However, it’s much better than I had done with the bars. I was actually up on the wall, although not very close. I need to work on that.

The WOD was a 400 Meter Run, 50 Squat Thrusters, 30 Pull Ups, 20 Kettlebell Swings, and another 400 Meter Run. It was one round for time. I am not a runner. My body just doesn’t move very fast. I was last…by quite a bit, which is embarrassing but I’ll get over it. I used the 35# bar for the Squat Thrusters. They were tough as you got into the higher numbers, but I think I could have done some with the 45# bar; However, I don’t know that I could have done all 50. Of course, the pull ups were jumping pull ups. They’ve been hurting my arches the past few times. I need to pay attention to how I’m landing. I’d like to use the band, but I don’t know that my grip is good enough for that yet. Shane told us to push ourselves with the weight of the dumbbell for the kettlebell swings. I was going to use a 25# bell since that’s what I used last time and it destroyed me. All of the 25# bells were taken though so I went with a #30 bell. I was very happy with how well the kettlebell swings went this time. Since Michelle gave me some pointers last time, I tried to follow her advice and it made a great deal of difference. I was able to do 10 in a row before resting a bit when last time I was struggling from the first one. Of course, the last run was useless. I was so much slower than the first one. My time was 14:50 which wasn’t that great, but I’ll take it. I feel like I pushed myself the best I could.

After the workout we did GHB Sit Up Tabatas as well. Those were tough and when I tried to get off the machine I could really feel it in the front of my hips. I’m sure I’ll be a little sore tomorrow!

Happy Midweek tomorrow!