My attempt at 13.4

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So my attempt at 13.4 was a bit of a disaster. I knew it was going to be hard and I expected it to be challenging. I did make it to my goal of 3 clean and jerks and 3 toes to bar. What I did not expect was attempting 6 more clean and jerks…getting 5 with 18 non-counted attempts. ::sigh:: ┬áThe frustration. And it was probably the first time in a WOD that I may do it again! Tomorrow would be the last day to do it…and I just might have to. I was JUST that mad. All the energy wasted, it was disappointing. BUT I did make my goal. (What is really killer is after the WOD I walked away for a few minutes, picked up the barbell and was able to do the clean and jerk.)

When we got to the gym there was a really nice note from Mike:

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I tell you, Fitness Rehab is an awesome place to work out!

And in keeping with the tradition of taking our photos here is our 13.4 photo with Kimiko, Tara, Tiffany, and I.

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Update on if I attempt the WOD again.


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13.4 Announced

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Okay…so I have a confession. I did not enter my score for 13.3! I really just forgot to do it. Can you believe I did all those wall balls and now they are not going to count for anything! ­čÖü Well…it sucks and I got an ear full of sh*t for it. Even when I kept reminding everyone at the gym that I was not going to be a contender for regionals…they reminded me it was not the point. The point is to do my best now so I have a marker for next year. But…the games go on…I learned my lesson and I will make sure to enter my score this week!

So that brings us to 13.4…the WOD with a skill I was JUST able to do on Monday and one of my least favorite lifts. 13.4 is complete as many reps as possible in 7 minutes of the following:

95 pound Clean and jerk, 3 reps
3 Toes-to-bar
95 pound Clean and jerk, 6 reps
6 Toes-to-bar
95 pound Clean and jerk, 9 reps
9 Toes-to-bar
95 pound Clean and jerk, 12 reps
12 Toes-to-bar
95 pound Clean and jerk, 15 reps
15 Toes-to-bar
95 pound Clean and jerk, 18 reps
18 Toes-to-bar…
If you complete the round of 18, go on to 21. If you complete 21, go on to 24, etc.

So my goal is to complete the first set…3 clean and jerks and 3 toes to bars. Why? I do not have a very efficient clean and jerk and my max rep is 95 pounds! (I am working on this…one day I will get there!) Second…I was JUST able to figure out how to do toes to bar on Monday with a kip. It is going to be a hard one…I┬áhaven’t┬ágotten my rhythm yet. The positive? It will only be 7 minutes of torture and anything past the first round I will count as a bonus. Either way…I am going to go in and try my best and do the best that I can.


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Finding inspiration…

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Sometimes I get really discouraged. Discouraged that I have not yet achieved a goal or been able to hit the weight loss goals I want to achieve.

This week for example, we had the WOD where one of the exercises was 150 wall balls and I was hoping for 100. I was dreading this WOD so much that I almost thought about not going to go to the gym that day. And even when I got to the gym I was ALREADY over it. I waited until the absolute last possible time to do it. But I can say I was totally inspired watching everyone go before me. They did not want to do this WOD anymore than I wanted to. But yet here we were, all with the same goal, and getting it done.

Negative thinking* can beat you before you even begin.

How very true it is. I already let myself “lose” before I even started with my negative attitude. Just like I have said before everyone at the gym is really encouraging. Having that type of encouragement has really helped me along the way. When I told Tiffany that I did not want to do the WOD that day she said, “No way! This is what we do…we do the WOD on Thursday together!” It may not have meant much to her at the time, but for me it really made me feel that sense of belonging and reminded me why I started coming back and working out with Sandra.

The environment at Fitness Rehab is┬áincredibly┬ápositive. Everyone is there to help you push through those hard times. We all celebrate one another’s accomplishments and help each other out when we start to feel down. My new friends that I have made at Fitness Rehab inspire me to keep going. They help remind me of my progress when I can’t see it myself. My motivation gets a jump start.

My friend John sent me this:

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This is true. This has to be my new mindset. I am working to better myself, be a┬áhealthier┬áand fitter me. Every workout (if I like it or not) will help me get there. I have to remember that “can’t” won’t help me get to my goals.

*This was an article that I read after WOD 13.3 that also helped me realize how important it is to have a new mindset.


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13.3 is DONE!

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Whew! That was SOME workout! I was dreading this WOD before I even got to the gym…I even thought about not going to the gym…but then I would still have to do it anyway later.

So I did it. I did 113 wall balls! MORE than the 100 I set as my goal. And I surprised myself that I was able to do it…and it felt like the longest 12 minutes of my life. But when it was over I really felt…awesome! I completed something that I NEVER thought I would be able to do.

It truly helps (like I have said many times before) to be working out in an environment where everyone is so POSITIVE and ENCOURAGING! How could you NOT want to push yourself a little bit harder?

Here is our 13.3 picture:

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13.3 is here!

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Yesterday the next WOD was announced for the Crossfit Games…13.3 is here! And it is…something else. I like to think of it as my LEAST favorite things in the gym to do. The workout is AMRAP in 12 minutes of:

  • 150 Wall balls (14 lbs to 9′ target)
  • 90┬áDouble-unders
  • 30 Muscle-ups

Now…I can’t even do a muscle up. ­čÖü ┬áI can do about 1 double under at a time. And wall balls are just so much stamina! So later today when I attempt this WOD I am hoping to be able to do 100 wall balls. REALISTICALLY I think I can do 75, but I want to push myself. So that means I probably won’t even GET to the double-unders and I am okay with that.

Today I think I will do about 150 wall balls BUT 50 – 75 of them will NOT count. The ball HAS to hit the wall every rep AND the center of the ball MUST hit the 9 foot mark. 9 feet is 4 feet above my head. ­čÖü

The POSITIVE thing I can see is that I have been working out with the 14 pound wall ball! And if I do make it to the double-unders? I get to use my new jump rope! ­čśÇ

All I can do is try. And try I will. I would have NEVER thought that this time last year I would even have THOUGHT about doing this.

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Marble Jar!

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So I have not posted about the marble jar in a while…so I thought I should. I have moved over 22 marbles! ­čÖé ┬áThe best part is, with the way the calculations are done, I have moved an equal amount of fat and body weight marbles! Totally excited! Even the boyfriend has moved over some marbles and he is at 8!

Now I just need to keep up the momentum!

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13.2 DONE!

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WHEW! 13.2 was something else! I am so glad I hit my goal of 4 rounds! I even had the added bonus of ALMOST getting 5 rounds done but was just 1 box jump short! THIS was a definite test of endurance! Makes me realize that I need to work on my cardio even harder. I have come a long way, but I still have a way to go. I had a total of 149 points. I am totally happy with what I did…even though being 1 box jump off almost makes me feel crazy enough to do it again!

Here is our picture…can you figure it out?

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They are the warrior poses in yoga! Tiffany is doing warrior 1, Sandra is doing warrior 3, I am doing a chair pose for the “dot”, and Sally is doing warrior 2!

We were so tired after the 13.2 WOD…we forgot to take an after! LOL! Can’t wait to see what next week will have in store…


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Up next…13.2!

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Today, for the CrossFit games they listed the second workout 13.2. This is going to be a 10 minute workout doing as many reps as possible (AMRAP) of:

75 pound Shoulder to overhead, 5 reps
75 pound Deadlift, 10 reps
15 Box jumps, 20″ box

My goal is to do at least 4 complete rounds. That will give me 2 minutes and 30 seconds to complete a round. I figure anything more that I do is a bonus!┬áThis one is all about conditioning…and how much work I need to get to that level so I can complete a round like this in 1 minute. An excellent goal for me to have something to work towards.

On another note…I LOVE food and trying new things to eat. (I am sure I have talked about this multiple times…) Tonight I went out to dinner with my friends and it was amazing…but I am sure I ate WAY too much…I even had a crepe with ice cream that we shared for dessert! I am just hoping I am not TOO sluggish tomorrow for eating like crap tonight! ::crosses fingers::

Until tomorrow…


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13.1 DONE!

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So today we completed the first WOD of the CrossFit games. WOD 13.1 was AMRAP (as many reps as possible) in 17 minutes:

40 Burpees
45 pound Snatch, 30 reps
30 Burpees
75 pound Snatch, 30 reps
20 Burpees
100 pound Snatch, 30 reps
10 burpees
120 pound Snatch, as many reps as possible

My goal was to complete 40 burpees and 30 – 45 pound snatches. I beat my goal for myself! YAY! I was able to get the first 3 things done and 22 – 75 pound snatches – a total of 122 points. ­čÖé

Here is a before and after pic:

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Why the CrossFit Games?

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So…when I told someone that I was going to do the CrossFit games after just being introduced to CrossFit about six months ago…KNOWING I will not make it to the regional competition┬áthey asked what for? If you can’t win, then why are you doing it?

Good question.

I don’t really think of myself as a┬ácompetitive┬áperson…and going to this gym has made me realize that I am glad that I can COMPLETE the work outs let alone finish first. So for the games I think of it the same way. I want to know I can do it. I want to be able to challenge myself. I am fitter and stronger than I have been in years. What better way to have some fun and be challenged than to try the Opens? I know I am not the top athlete in the world…I do live in reality…but it is exciting to try something new and to know that I CAN DO IT. So that is why I am doing it…I am not doing it for anyone other than myself. I am doing it to KNOW I CAN. That I can complete the 4 weeks of WODs and I have a good benchmark for future goals. Regardless of where I finish, I will know I finished and I did it for me.


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