Yesterday was so much fun! I got to hang out some friends from the gym (for the first time out of the gym) and we went to the CrossFit games! IT WAS AWESOME!
Sandra’s husband Chad was competing with his team (CrossFit Rocklin) and one of the other coaches Jen was competing with her team (CrossFit Anywhere).
It was also just amazing to watch ALL the athletes that were competing because I was just in awe watching all of the things that they were able to do! It was inspirational. It almost made me think I could do all that! LOL!
Here is a link to a bunch of pictures that I took at the games. Talk about some fit peeps!
Here is a pic of me with the girls on our fun adventure:
If you were wondering…Chad’s team placed 3rd! They will be going to the games in July!!!
Ever since WOD 13.4 in the CrossFit Games, I have HATED doing clean and jerks. So what happened? April was the month of “Grace”. Grace is a WOD of 30 clean and jerks at 95 pounds for time. April consisted of doing different variations at different weights of the clean and jerk. Using the logs, sandbags, dumbbells, and kettle bells. Needless to say, at the end of April I STILL hated Grace. (Even with all the Tuesday Olympic lifting classes!)
So here we are today and Sandra said, “Time to clean up those cleans!” <insert my grimace here>
Off we go working on our form. Not so bad…adding weight slowly…still not so bad. Then Sandra says, “Time for Grace!”
GAH! I HATE THIS WOD. I never even finish it because I get so frustrated with myself.
And what do you know? I did it today. I completed Grace in 9 minutes…less time than she was going to give us. And I completed it with the 95 pounds. AND I only had 2 failed attempts! Needless to say it was a success. Sandra (and everyone else at the gym) was right, it is all mind over matter.
Before I went to the gym I posted this on Facebook and it was true for me today!
On another note…Happy Birthday to John! He is 43 today and he still acts 19! LOL!
So…the end of the opens is finally here (for me at least). I will not be re-doing this WOD…I got my 15 thrusters in as I expected and zero pull-ups. BUT, I am so happy that I was able to do my thrusters in less than 45 seconds! I am so EXCITED about that! I really pushed myself since I knew I was not going to make it to the pull-ups.
Overall…the CrossFit Games were a good opener as to what I need to work on. It was a good benchmark so that IF I do them again next year I can see if or how much I have developed. First on the list of things I need to work on: STAMINA! All these WODs required so much stamina it was crazy hard!
Here is our final picture for 13.5. That would be Sally in the front doing the front squat, Tiff doing the clean, Mike doing the pull up, and me with the bar over head. Although we did not do the numbers for this one…we did all the “moves” that are performed in the WOD. Thanks John for taking the picture!
So this week is the last WOD for the CrossFit Games! 13.5 has been announced!
The WOD is:
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 4 minutes of:
65 pound Thruster, 15 reps
15 Chest to bar Pull-ups
If 90 reps (3 rounds) are completed in under 4 minutes, time extends to 8 minutes.
If 180 reps (6 rounds) are completed in under 8 minutes, time extends to 12 minutes.
If 270 reps (9 rounds) are completed in under 12 minutes, time extends to 16 minutes.
Unfortunately for me, I am unable to perform a pull-up (yet). But I will try to do one today! So my goal is to complete the 15 thrusters with the 65 pound bar in 4 minutes. Post to follow of course…
On a side note, I did try to do 13.4 again, and I still was not able to get through the next round of clean and jerks. I will have to add that to my growing list of things to work on! LOL!
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:: The 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:
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.
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! 🙁 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
95 pound Clean and jerk, 6 reps
95 pound Clean and jerk, 9 reps
95 pound Clean and jerk, 12 reps
95 pound Clean and jerk, 15 reps
95 pound Clean and jerk, 18 reps
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 haven’t gotten 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.
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?
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)
Now…I can’t even do a muscle up. 🙁 I 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. 🙁
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! 😀
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.
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?
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…
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! This 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::