Slept for 14 hours. Walked to a coffee shop for breakfast+coffee. Agenda for the rest of the day: Donna Tartt’s The Secret History and more coffee while I try not to think about the fact I have to go back to work tomorrow.
Capital Good Things today to distract me from my general impatience:
Shamu out, yo.
6:00 a.m. WOD
A) Overhead complex: push press+push jerk+jerk.
Warmed up with the bar and 65#. Working sets 85#, 95#, 105#, 115# and 120#.
Push press PR wooo! It’s been forever since I’ve even attempted a new max and this felt relatively easy so Im pleased. I didn’t belt up until the 115# and the difference was so noticeable. The last two sets felt way better core-wise than the two first. At first I was annoyed by it but then figured there’s no point in getting grumpy about it. I have a belt, it helps, I should use it. I wasn’t super happy with my dip transition speed, but whatever. Can’t complain when I squeak out a PR.
I worked with Eva (<3) and I was talking to her about my wrist and how I am just now getting back to feeling back to normal with some movements. It’s crazy to think it’s been almost ten months since the fracture and I’m still dealing with pain and limitation in some movements, like dips and overhead work. I have a feeling this might be a forever thing.
B) 50 burpees for time
3:14. Oof. This looks way worse than it is. Just gotta keep moving. I’m happy with the time though! Michelle, our burpee queen was working in front of me and when I hit 40, I was happy to see she was still grinding through. I’m betting she was having an off day or I was having a spectacular one because I didn’t expect to come under 4 minutes. I have a hunch as to why I was able to move better but I’ll leave that speculation until a later date.
I haven’t done 50 burpees as a standalone before, but I’ve done a 500m row + 50 burpees and that took 7:41 with a 2:06 paced row, so I’m content with 3:14.
C) 4 rounds for time:
5:21 with hand-release push-ups, RX bell. Because one metcon isn’t enough. Dip scale was negative or jumping dips, but like with jumping pull-ups, I find them… Useless. At building any strength, I mean. I also suffer shooting pains in my wrist with ring dips so push-ups it was. Goblet squats were fine, just rough on my upper back and triceps after all the burpeeing. All in all, a good day!
6:00 a.m. WOD
I can’t decide if this is a testing week or a deload week. We’re doing a lot of bodyweight stuff, which, no one is surprised to learn, isn’t my favorite. But I’m making myself show up to classes without barbells. Funnily enough, I’m way more sore because of these more cardio/skills focused days than I am after heavy squatting, for example. If that isn’t a sign that I need to keep showing up…
A) Strict HSPU work, accumulate at least 25 or 3 x ME.
5x5 strict push-ups, practiced kicking up into a freestanding handstand.
I feel like I’ve done push-ups or HSPU or dips almost every time I’ve been at the gym. It’s good, but frustrating because it’s so difficult. Stupid weak core and stupid heavy body. I’ve been favoring strict regular push-ups over hand-release because I find they’re more difficult to cheat. Definitely more challenging, which just seems so pathetic.
B) For time:
18:19 RX. And we’re running again! Hoo-fucking-ray. This was won on the runs though, fast runners smashed this in like twelve minutes. First two sets of DU were a hot mess, but the set of 30 and 20 unbroken, thankfully. Wall walks are fine, but I don’t like doing them in a WOD because I get afraid I’m going to mess up my wrist and/or fall on my face. It’s not the being upside down bit, it’s the getting there that destroys me.
Unrelated, but something that bothered me a bit the first time it happened, and then it happened again last night. One of our members is pregnant, about five months in. She’s highly competitive (not as in she’s really good, but that she just thrives on competing) and often paces off of me (lolololol) or tries to beat me. It’s frustrating because I don’t care, and she’s sort of rude about it. When she told me she was pregnant, she started with “so now you have several months to beat my lifts!” I was confused, and didn’t say anything beyond a “huh.” Then she immediately followed it with “I’m pregnant!” It’s just odd because obviously my only reaction could be “Congratulations!” but I wanted to be like “I don’t compete against you.”
Last night she kept making similar remarks, saying that she would run to beat me if she could run. It’s just odd to me because we’ve never established that relationship where we compete against each other, mutually. I have a couple of gals I do that with, but it’s always encouraging and fun. Then there are a few ladies I try to beat because they’re just a little better than I am. But I don’t go around quizzing them on their scores or lifts immediately post-WOD. It’s WEIRD and making me feel like now I should try to beat her best lifts or something. She’s also significantly stronger than me (180 C&J I think etc.). I don’t like the scenario one bit.
6:30 p.m. WOD
Punching the card today. Also fucking silliness with the warm-up. We finished the warm-up at 7:05 p.m. I can’t deal.
A) 1 mile run, max effort
9:31. Ehhhh whatever. I have no endurance, but this felt okay, I think. Slow, but okay.
I should run more. But it’s just so boring.
B) 10 min AMRAP
5+15 RX. Easy enough, just tired on the push-ups. Unbroken otherwise.
Coach-mandated, not actually on the board extra credit: 30 TTB or knee-ups
It’s not extra credit if the coach mandates it. I h8 everything. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday classes, GTFO.
A) Build up to a heavy Bear Complex in 20 minutes
Awww yuss. Fave WOD. I’ve done five reps at 95# before and I wanted the full seven this time. No such luck: failed the sixth out of the front rack. Womp womp. I actually had a lot more trouble with the thrusters than the back rack push press. Weird!
I did four sets total: 35#, 70#, 85#, 95#
I don’t particularly mind I didn’t finish the 95#, really. The Bear is always fun! I think I had the 95# in the tank, but I was just not in the headspace today. I had tons and tons of fun lifting with my boo Brooke though. Cannot complain.
B) 3 x max effort 500m row, rest two minutes between sets.
1:57, 2:09, 2:04. Bahaha. The first one was fine, but for the next two, my grip and legs were totally shot from the Bear so I just tried to keep moving and not fall off the rower. I don’t know why rowing is so hard recently in general. I just can’t seem to get long, efficient pulls and getting below 1:55 is a near impossibility. OH WELL, at least I went!
Classes are back in session and I’m taking a class in a new department, leadership studies. So far everything I’ve taken has been in the Education program. This class has been active for 11 hours and I’m already crying:
Welcome to grad school. The temptation to drop the class is immense.
You can see from my bedroom into our neighbors’ kitchen. I just watched the guy grind coffee beans, weigh them carefully and then use a drip coffee maker to actually make coffee. I wanted to yell “why bother?!” but even I recognize that would’ve been too much.
This is making me irrationally mad.
Shani / 28 / Boston
CrossFit / Grad School / Shenanigans
Ramblings about the food I put in my face and the things I pick up (and put down). In between eating and barbells, I waffle on about grad school, cocktails, working full time and not sleeping enough. I'd probably rather be at the beach.