Thursday, September 26, 2013

Lotsa Squats

5 Rounds for time of:

20 Back squats (Men 135 lbs, Women 95 lbs)
20 Meter handstand walk (substitutions are 10 HSPU’s or 20 Hand release push-ups)
There is a 20 minute time cap.

My time:  18:43 with Rx weight & 2 abmats for HSPU

Don't mind a bunch of back squats, really!  I'm going to be sore tomorrow, but what the heck.  I enjoyed this one.  I need to learn to kip HSPU again.  I just need to find the enthusiasm for it like I had a year or so ago. 

Our warm up included some hand-stand practice and walking handstands for those who are super-human.  I did have a few seconds of a free-standing hand-stand today (not touching the wall) which was a huge deal for me.  First time in, really....ever in my life!  :)

We also did 10 rounds of 100m sprints.  My times were all about 21-23 seconds. 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Hump Day!

As many reps as possible in 4 minutes of:
Row (calories)
1 minute rest
As many reps as possible in 4 minutes of:
1 minute rest
As many reps as possible in 4 minutes of:
1 minute rest
As many reps as possible in 4 minutes of:
Wall ball shots

My reps:
row = 44
burpee = 26

pull up = 30
wall ball = 40

I decided to do pull-ups first.  My pull ups felt pretty good, but again, no big sets.  Started with a set of 5 then it was 2's and 3's.  Then burpees second.  On the first burpee, my arms wouldn't work - shoulders completely trashed!  When I got to the wall ball, that 14# ball felt like about 30#!!  Should've set my damper higher on the row, but I was too late getting set on the rower and I just stuck with 4. 

Good workout!

Strength today was a shoulder press/push press/push jerk complex - to fatigue on each lift and into the next left.

Here are my loads and numbers:

7-6-10 @ 45
6-6-6 @ 50
5-6-7 @ 55
4-4-5 @ 60
3-3-3 @ 65

I fatigued WAY faster than I thought I would on these lifts.  I have really got to get better at these!!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

As many reps as possible in 7 minutes of:

Dumbbell burpee complex (Men 45 lb dumbbells, Women 30 lb dumbbells)

rest 3 minutes

As many rounds as possible in 7 minutes of:

1 Box jump (Men 24” box, Women 20” box)(Games standard)
1 Bar dip
2 Box jumps
2 Bar dips
3 Box jumps
3 Bar dips
Continuing adding a rep each round.

rest 3 minutes

As many rounds as possible in 7 minutes of:

50’ Sled push (Men sled + 70 lbs, Women sled + 25 lbs)
30 Double unders
10 Toes to bar

My results:
dumbbell/burpee complex:  20 reps with 20# db's 

box/bar: 8 rounds + 6 box steps
sled/du/ttb: 1 round + 25DU

All of these were way harder than they looked on paper.  The burpees surprised me the most, and I was glad I scaled the weight.  My double unders were just total crap today.  Ugh.  They slowed me down so much, but I needed one of these WODs to be "rx".  So it was that one.  Great morning, but super tough!

Strength today was 1 minute of deadlifts, followed by 2 minutes of hang power clean, followed by 3 minutes of front squats,with no rest between. 

My load 85#
30 Deadlifts 
13 Hang Power Cleans 
15 Front Squats

Monday, September 23, 2013

Battle II

Well, I just pitched my $80 in the hat.  I'm going to compete in Battle Over Redlands II. 

Yikes!  Now I've got butterflies.  And I'm not talking pull ups.  Ha! 

It'll be fun.  Right?  :)


I love this one.  Even though I'm not fast at it, I love it.

3 Rounds for time:

Run 400 meters
21 Kettlebell swings (Men 55 lbs, Women 35 lbs)
12 Pull-ups

My time:  15:30, Rx

Slow on the run today.  Super sluggish.  Had a little touch of a stomach issue yesterday, but otherwise feeling pretty healthy.  Managed to not drink very much at all this weekend. Proud of myself for keeping it at a manageable level, even though we had a party. And my nutrition has been pretty great too. 

The strength today was a big bunch of mess.  Ha ha.  No seriously, it was all good practice.

emom for 4 min - snatch pull
emom for 4 min - power snatch & 3 OHS
emom for 4 min - snatch balance
emom for 4 min - squat snatch

I used 55# as my load. 

Friday, September 20, 2013


What a week!  I'm sore all over, and ready for a rest day!

Today's workout was tough, but really pretty fun.  I was surprised at having to break up 20 kettlebell swings, and that ultimately cost me completing a third round, but I still got further than I thought I would.

As many rounds as possible in 25 minutes of:

200 Meter farmers carry (Men 45 lb plate & 55 lb kettlebell, Women 25 lb plate & 35 lb kettlebell)
100’ Overhead walking lunge steps (Men 45 lb plate, Women 25 lb plate)
20 Kettlebell swings (Men 55 lbs, Women 35 lbs)
10 Handstand push-ups

My rounds:  2 + 5 HSPU (Rx weights, 2 abmats for HSPU)

I was just FIVE reps short of three rounds.  Five reps!  I know where I rested and where I could've made this up.  But I still had fun with it.   There was a light rain, and I really didn't want to go out in it, but actually it felt pretty good and cooled me off a bit.  My shoulders and traps are totally trashed now.

Strength today was Back Squats.  Don't mind if I do! 

Rep Scheme:  5-3-2-2-2
My loads:  85-105-135-165-185

These felt pretty good today, even after all the squats we've done this week.


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Nasty Girls

Well, my version of this is extremely modified.  However, I still get a good workout with the scaling. 

3 rounds for time of:

50 Squats
7 Muscle-ups Pull ups
10 Hang power cleans (Men 135 lbs, Women 95 lbs 75lbs)

My time:  12:09, modified as above

For some reason the squats just ate me up today.  Mainly because I'm super sore from this week, but also my lower back is not happy with me.  Nothing major, just tight.   Pull ups felt decent thought couldn't string together a consecutive 7 to save my life today.  I really should progress to the 95# on the cleans in this one.  I can do 95# but the thought of 30 of them is pretty daunting sometimes.  Right now I'm just keeping things do-able.

Strength today was fun! 

5 deadlifts every minute on the minute for 5 minutes
My load:  175#

rest 2 min

3 hang power cleans every minute on the minute for 5 minutes
My load:  95#

rest 2 min

1 Squat clean & jerk every minute on the minute for 5 minutes
My load:  115#

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Half way there!

Glad to have this morning's workout behind me - half way to the weekend.  Although, I won't have a day to sleep in super late, I can at least sleep to 8:00 on Sunday.  I need my rest!

Yesterday I went for a run, and the weather was way hotter than I had anticipated.  I cut it short at a mile and a half.  I had a feeling we'd be running today.  Sure enough - we did the Jenks Mile.

Jenks Mile:

400 m = 1:55
200 m = 0:57
400 m = 2:04
200 m = 0:54
400 m = 2:15
Total time:  12:05
Total run time:  8:05

Strength today was to find a 15 rep max Overhead Squat.  I have become so weak on OHS!  I got up to 70 for the 15 rep.  I really need to work this lift more.


5 Rounds for time of:

15 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls (Men 95 lbs, Women 65 lbs)
15 Overhead squats

My time:  9:22, scaled to 55#, and 10 reps of each lift per round.  

Both of these lifts used to be on my list of favorites.  Now they just wear me out.  I was able to do the OHS unbroken at this lighter weight and rep scheme.  The SDHP were another story.  First 10 unbroken, but after that it was all broken up.  They kill my hips and I can't breathe right.  Not sure what I'm doing wrong, but definitely need to work on these.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Today's strength was Death by Front Squat.  I didn't mind this too much at all, since the first rep of each one was a squat clean, and I love those!  I selected 85 lbs, and probably shoulda/coulda gone to 105.  I made it through all 10 rounds, so that's 55 front squats.  I'll feel that later today. 

And then the WOD

21 Burpees
42 Pull-ups
15 Burpees
30 Pull-ups
9 Burpees
18 Pull-ups

My time:  11:57, scaled PLU to 21-15-9

I scaled just like I did on the compare to date.  This time I was almost a minute faster.  Still, the burpees sucked.  I had to make some mental adjustments just to get myself to stay for the workout.  Breck said I had a bad attitude, and I quickly corrected him.  :)  I have a great attitude.  I just happen to hate burpees.  Ha ha ha!! 

On the positive side -my pull ups felt pretty decent today, although they were slow as usual.  I had one set of 7, and some 5's.  Other than that, doubles and triples.

Monday, September 16, 2013


I am still struggling to lose a few pounds, and I'm frustrated.  Just so happens I'm at a point in life when my metabolism has bottomed out.  So, I've been trying to get back to running more frequently. I've got my nutrition in check.  My drinking drastically reduced to the point of almost non-existent.  And, I've been setting mini-goals each week, hoping to see the number on the scale drop.

Here are my goals for this week:

  • Make it to CFJ Monday through Friday and give my best effort.
  • Run a total of 5 miles by Sunday.

Hopefully the weather will cooperate with my running plan!

Monday Madness

This was almost too much to comprehend at 5 am.  But I managed to figure it out.  Of course I scaled most everything and didn't finish any of them.  I did, however, enjoy the rope climbs.  It's my only "bad ass skill" right now.  

With an 8 minute time limit, try to complete for time:

3 Rope climbs
15 Bench press (Men Bodyweight, Women x.68 bodyweight)
2 Rope climbs
12 Bench press
1 Rope climbs
9 Bench press

Subbed 1 rope climb per round, used 80# on bench, got to 3 reps on the 9 bench press

Rest 2 minutes

With an 8 minute time limit, try to complete for time:

500 Meter row
21 Toes to bar
300 Meter row
15 Toes to bar
200 Meter row
9 Toes to bar

Got to 3 TTB on the round of 15

Rest 2 minutes

With an 8 minute time limit, try to complete for time:
100 Double unders
30 Box jumps (Men 24” box, Women 20” box)
75 Double unders
20 Box jumps
50 Double unders
10 Box jumps
25 Double unders

And this one I totally screwed up.  I did 100 double unders which took me FOR EV ER.   Then I proceeded to attempt 75 box jumps/steps.  I totally mis-read the rep scheme.  I could've gotten at least another 50 double unders if I'd read the damn thing right.  Geez...what a moron!

Friday, September 13, 2013


Where did the week go?  Time seems to fly by these days.  

I was not looking forward to doing this workout today.  Someone told me it was coming up and I've been dreading it all week.  But, I actually did just fine.  I am SO sore from yesterday, actually hurting, and decided to go ahead and go to the gym and just go really light on everything.  And that worked out great.  I got a decent workout, with lighter loads and worked out a little bit of the soreness in my legs and glutes.  Whatever I've strained in my shoulder/collar bone area, however, is still all jacked up.  Hopefully a couple of rest days will fix that!


For time:
150 Wallball shots (Men 20 lb ball, Women 14 lb ball)

My time:  9:51, scaled to 8#

Yes I did scale to 8 lbs.  :)

Strength today was shoulder press/push press/push jerk 3 sets of 3 each

My loads:
SP 35-45-50
PP 55-60-65
PJ 70-75-80


Awesome Fun

As many rounds as possible in 10 minutes of:

100’ Sled push (Men +45 lbs, Women empty sled)
10 Deadlifts (Men 275 lbs, Women 185 lbs)

My total = 3 rounds, as Rx

I loved this workout, but it damn near killed me!  I haven't felt so wiped out after a workout in I don't know when.  I mean, seriously I laid on the floor for a good 10 minutes afterward just trying to get to a point where I could sit up without falling over.

But I would do it again.  And love it!

Strength today was 5 rounds of 50′ sled push/ 3 deadlifts

My loads:

1. Sled / 125# DL
2. Sled + 10# / 145# DL
3. Sled + 15# / 165# DL
4. Sled + 25# / 175# DL
5. Sled + 35# / 185# DL

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Hump Day!

I've fallen behind on my blogging.  Here and elsewhere.  I'm in a slump.  I'll get out of it soon enough.  Fighting gravity and losing lately.  But I keep fighting!

This morning at CFJ was fun.    We started off with hang squat cleans after the warm up.  Seven sets of 2 reps.  I love squat cleans.  Hang squat cleans are a close second, so I really enjoyed these.

My loads:



With a 5 minute time limit, try to complete for time:
1000 Meter row

Rest 3 minutes

With a 5 minute time limit, try to complete for time:
50 Chest to bar pull-ups

Rest 3 minutes

With a 5 minute time limit, try to complete for time:
800 Meter run

I did them in this order:
Pull ups = 40 kipping in 5 min
800 m Run = 4:45
1000 m Row = 4:55.5 

The run was the toughest it seemed.  I was just sluggish for some reason.   More so than usual.  The first lap felt like a nightmare.  You know how you try to run in a nightmare and your legs will barely move?  Yeah.  That.  The second lap felt a little better, slow.  At least I beat the 5 minute time limit.

I'm going to get out this weekend and try to hit a 5k.  I've only done two miles the last several times I've gone out.  Think it's time to bump it up.  Gotta lose this weight somehow!!

Friday, September 6, 2013


As many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:

1 Rope climb
2 Squat snatches (70-90% 1 rep max)
3 Muscle ups
As many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:
10 Ring rows
7 Overhead squats (70-90% 1 rep max)
3 Wall climbs

So, here's what I actually did:

20 min AMRAP

1 rope climb (15′)
2 squat snatch (55#)
3 wall climbs

My reps/rounds:  5 rounds + 1 rope climb

I took my time on this one, so I didn't get too worn out to effectively climb the rope.  I had a couple of scares at the top, when I lost my footing, but I calmed myself down, shut out the instinct to panic and got back down safely. Even though I didn't have high reps, I feel like a total CF badass again when I climb the rope.  There's so much I have yet to accomplish, and climbing this rope was a huge step for me when I finally did it.  So, now any time rope climbs come up, I'm excited to get in there and climb! 

Our strength today was squat snatch.   I'm still considering this one of my weakest lifts, as far as form goes.  I stayed relatively light in order to work on form:

5-3-2-2-1-1-1 @ 35-45-50-55-60-65-70

TGIF y'all! 


Thursday, September 5, 2013

This is why I love Crossfit!

Yesterday I sucked.  

Today I got a PR.

Yep, some days are just awesome days for CrossFit.   Our strength today was thrusters and I managed to get a 1RM PR at 115 lbs.  Totally worth getting out of bed!

5 @ 55
3 @ 65
2 @ 75
2 @ 85
1 @ 95
1 @ 105
1 @ 115 - failed and then tried again a minute later
1 @ 115 - Yes!! PR!!

We had two WODs today:

As many rounds as possible in 8 minutes of:
12 Kettlbell swings (Men 55 lbs, Women 35 lbs)
12 Wall ball shots (Men 20 lb ball, Women 14 lb ball)

My results:  3 rounds + 3 WB = 127 reps

Rest 4 minutes


As many rounds as possible in 8 minutes of:
3 Thrusters (75% of 1 rep max)
30 Double unders

My results:  3 rounds + 14 D/U = 116 reps

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


For time:

20 Thrusters
20 Sumo deadlift high pulls
20 Push jerks
20 Overhead squats
20 Front squats

Men will use a 95lb barbell. Women will use 65lbs. Each athlete must do four burpees at the beginning of every minute before moving on to the barbell work. The athlete is allowed to move to the next barbell skill once an he/she has completed all 20 reps. If the minute clock beeps during a repetition the athlete will complete their rep and then start their four burpees. There is a 20min cap.

My time....well, it really doesn't count because I scaled the hell out of it, but I finished at 11:44

Here's what I did:
21 thrusters  (Yeah  21...why?  I have no idea...CrossFit Brainwashing, perhaps?)
10 push press
10 OHS
10 front squats

Thrusters went like this:  4 burpees, 11 thrusters, 4 burpees, 5 thrusters, 4 burpees, 4 burpees, 5 thrusters.  Really. 
Then I think I broke up the SDHP 4, 6,  5 with burpees in between, of course (at this point I had "scaled" to 3 burpees per round)
The PP I did in an unbroken set, between sets of burpees, of course.
The Front Squats were broken into two sets of 5 with burpees in between.

Ugh.  Seriously, I totally let this WOD get in my head.  But the funny thing is, all day yesterday, I was pumped up about it thinking "I've got this", and "I'm gonna kill it" and all those positive thoughts.  I was ready for it. Until I woke up...and I got all nervous and remembered how bad it really is in real life. 

Anyway...I worked.  I sweated.  I burned calories.  Good enough for today.  I will move on.

The warm up included a 400m run and a 500m row, and then each of these as a "sprint".  We all know how much I love sprinting.  Ha ha!  I did surprise myself with a sub 2 min run, however!

Run 400m = 1:56
Row 500m = 2:04.9

Tomorrow has to be better - I was told there are no burpees.  :)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Back on the Wagon

Back from a fun weekend in Galveston with friends, drinking and eating too much. Well, actually I didn't do too badly as far as food, but drinking...ugh.  I need to cut that out for a while.  And that's actually the plan.  Clean up my diet and cut out the alcohol.  I have a date with the beach in 112 days!!

For time:
50 Sit-ups
50 Double-unders
50 Sit-ups
Walking Lunge, 50 steps
50 Sit-ups
50 Burpees
50 Sit-ups

My time:  20:44 Rx

Not a horrible workout except for the burpees.  Other than that, I thought it was a pretty fun one.   I need to figure out why I'm so slow on sit ups these days.  I used to blaze through 50 sit ups with no problem.  Is age really making that big of a difference??   Or is it mental?

Strength today was Squat Clean & Jerk

5-3-2-2-1-1-1 @ 65-75-85-95-105-115-135 (failed  to lock out on the jerk)

I love squat cleans.  I really need to work on my overhead lifts.  All of them...