Monday, December 23, 2013

It's almost vacation time!!

As many rounds as possible in 12 minutes of:

6 Ring dips
12 Deadlifts (Men 135 lbs, Women 95 lbs)
18 Lateral jumps over barbell

My rounds:  7 even

I subbed out ring dips and did push ups instead.  My push ups are improving, thanks to lots of plank holds.  I'm still trying to heal up some tendonitis in my right arm, so dips are out for a while. 

These lateral jumps always scare me.  I had a couple of "trips" today and scared the heck out of me.  Funny, however, I did the last 18 jumps quickly, unbroken in an attempt to beat the clock and finish out the 7th round.  And I DID IT without tripping!  Woo hoo!!

Thursday, December 19, 2013


My job has just been pure insanity lately.

Hopefully, after today, things will change.  Hopefully.

Not sure if its the stress, or it's just my time to get sick, but I'm coming down with something.  Probably my annual sinus infection.  Just in time for the holidays and vacation.

Made it in to CFJ today for the WOD:

3 Rounds for time of:
15 Deadlifts (Men 225 lbs, Women 155 lbs)
25 Wall ball shots (Men 20 lb ball, Women 14 lb ball)
35 Sit-ups
45 Squats

My time:  20:42, scaled

I scaled the DL to 135 and the wall ball to 8 lbs.  I know, I know.  Weak.  But whatever.  Everything felt ridiculously heavy and difficult today.

Okay.  Back to Crazytown for a little while.  Wish me luck!!

Friday, December 13, 2013


This morning I didn't do the WOD.  I just went in and goofed around with my jump rope and some front and back squats with the weights we'll be using tomorrow at the "Downtown Duel".  I keep alternating between, "Why the Hell did I let Rayus talk me into this?" and "I'm just going to have a good time."  Ultimately I need to stick with "just going to have a good time" because my partner, Marcy and I are both a good 5-8 years older than most of our competition (as far as I can tell).  Anyway...I'm ready for it.

In more important news:  I'm just eaten up with vacation-itis. Thirteen days from now I'll be lounging on the beach at White Bay with a cold beer in my hand.   Here's a screen shot from the webcam there this morning:

I almost cannot stand the anticipation!  I've got a stack of work about two feet tall, tons of stress to go along with it, and I can barely focus on my work for thinking about the islands.  Oh, how I love that place!

Now, if I could figure out a way to just go live there...


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Crazy days

I've been super super busy at work.  And frustrated.  But that's not important.

What is important?

What's important is, I got my bootie out from between those flannel sheets today  (and yesterday) and went to CFJ for a little fun with a barbell.  Deadlifts are always certain to convince me it's worth getting out of bed.

5 Rounds for time of:
7 Deadlifts (Men 275 lbs, Women 185 lbs)
15 Bar dips

My time:  5:08

I subbed out the bar dips (tendonitis...still) and did 7 GHD sit ups instead.  It was a fun, fast workout.

I also EXACTLY TIED my PR for 500m row this morning!  1:56.5
There is not a date showing on my PR list, but I know it had to be early 2010!!  Not sure I want to do that again for another three years.  ;)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Back from the mountain...

I've been sort of "snowed in" at home.  There is this awful hill in front of my driveway, and it's littered with vehicles that didn't make it, either up or down. The city finally sent out a sand truck on Sunday and sanded the other road out of the neighborhood.  This hill, however still impassable.  There were three more cars on it today.  Not sure why they though they could make it after seeing this:

Anyway, it felt good to be back at the gym this morning.

For time:
30 Kettlebell swings (Men 55 lbs, Women 35 lbs)
30 Toes to bar
25 Kettlebell swings
25 Toes to bar
20 Kettlebell swings
20 Toes to bar
15 Kettlebell swings
15 Toes to bar
10 Kettlebell swings
10 Toes to bar
5 Kettlebell swings
5 Toes to bar

My time:  8:17 - unbroken

I subbed sit ups for TTB  in the interest of not tearing up my hands since I know we have pull-ups in this weekend's competition.  Felt awesome to bust through this completely unbroken!

The strength today was front squats:
Rep Scheme: 5-3-2-2-1-1-1
My loads:  55-85-95-100-105-115-125

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

If it's not one thing...'s another!

So, last night, Rayus goaded me into signing up for the Downtown Duel.  I came up with a partner and signed up.

And then, I went in this morning and jammed my big toe doing a split jerk.  It hurts like hell!  Any jumping in that competition is going to slow me down.  But, I'm just in it for fun, honestly.

The absolute worst part of it is that I have a Christmas Party this Friday and I NEED to be wearing a pair of heels.  I tried heels this morning before work and OUCH!  However, I simply refuse to wear flats with a dress.  Just ain't gonna happen.  I mean, how sexy is that - flats with a nice cocktail dress?  No way, no how.   I'll wear some damn heels on Friday if it kills me.  It's open bar. Alcohol will be a great pain killer.


3 Rounds for time:

400 Meter run
21 Toes to bar
9 Push jerk (Men 155 lbs, Women 105 lbs)

My time:  17:02, scaled to 65#

This was after said toe injury, so my running was even slower than normal.  S-l-o-w!  I figured out about the 100m mark, it kind of stopped hurting until the next round, so I just kept going.   My toes to bar kip is off in la-la land somewhere.  This was a fun little workout.

Strength today was5 sets of power clean-push press-push jerk-split jerk.  It was here, on the second split jerk, where things went bad for my toe.

first set at 65#, sets 2-5 at 75#

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

My new friend: the speed rope

Recently I received, as a "prize" in the Battle Over Redlands competition, a new Axel-Design speed rope. It looks like this one, only mine is pink with green handles.  I adore it in an  "oh, it's so cute" sort of way.  I's neon pink.  Adorable.   I had almost decided to give it away, because it didn't work for me like my old Buddy Lee rope. 

Well, this morning, my old Buddy Lee snapped right in half as we were starting our warm-up. Yikes!!  I have a replacement cord for it, but I didn't have time to mess with it.  So I grabbed up my new rope and decided I'd tough it out.  And guess what?  I loved it, once I got a feel for it.  I had several good sets of double unders this morning and I'm going to donate my old Buddy Lee to the community rope area once the cord is replaced.  I'm moving on.  So long, Buddy Lee...I have a new friend now!

For time:

50 Double unders
40 Wall ball shots (Men 20 lb ball, Women 14 lb ball)
30 Kettlebell swings (Men 55 lb kettlebell, Women 35 lb kettlebell)
20 Burpees
10 Strict handstand push-ups

My time:  9:44

I scaled the wall ball to 8 lbs, and instead of HSPU I did 10 dumbbell push press with my left arm.  I'm avoid anything that hurts the tendonitis in my right arm.  I've got to get it healed up.  It's killing me!!  Anyway, if it hurts I'm not doing it...whatever "it" is.

Strength today was back squats

Rep Scheme:  5-3-2-2-1-1-1
My loads:   85-115-145-155-175-180-195