Weekly workout recap – or the one where I almost vomited

With self-discipline, most anything is possible. – Theodore Roosevelt

Hi there!

It’s been quite the week of workouts. I’m actually pretty thankful to have a rest day today (rain + homework = stay inside all day) and tomorrow. My quads still need some rolling outΒ and my shoulders, pecs, and hands (yes, hands!) are still recovering. But, I’m not complaining. That’s the best kind of sore. πŸ™‚

Monday

I could have gone to the box on Monday. But, I went shopping with Thing 2 instead. Mother/daughter time vs WOD? Yeah, I made the right decision. πŸ™‚

Tuesday

6pm CrossFit

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On the surface, this looks like it wouldn’t be too rough. Which is why you should never just look at the surface (did you ever notice how ‘surface’ is a strange word?) or judge a book by its cover or think any workout that involves both running AND rowing and manages to throw in burpees and lasts 30. Minutes. Long. is anything BUT rough.

Of course, I’m still not running so I had to sub 10 calories on the air dyne bike.

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The idea was to finish whatever you were doing around the 50 second mark so you would have a small amount of breathing/transition time. Coach told us most people would scale the workout and that was recommended. He even had to scale the run! Then, he also said he spent a little bit of time with his head hanging over the trash can. Oh goodie.

So, I started off pretty well but by round 4, maintaining 10 calories on both the rower and the bike was getting really, really hard to do. By round 5, I scaled down to 8-9 calories on the rower, 7-8 burpees, and 8 calories on the bike. And that’s pretty much where I stayed. And, it was quite possibly one of the toughest things I’ve ever done. I wanted to quit. For reals. Just stop and breathe. But I didn’t. Not until Coach called time, that is, and I fell off the bike and laid on the floor. And, I didn’t vomit. But I thought about it.

Wednesday

5:30am Spin Class at the Y

Because I am a glutton for punishment.

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This class was so much better than the first class I went to! Got in a great leg burning workout! After the class, I went out to the floor and did a little core work – mostly planks, Russian twists with a 10lb ball, and V-ups. I definitely felt that later.

6pm CrossFit

thankfully, NOT a metcon

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The snatch is one of the most difficult and complex olympic lift. Most people really struggle with it and I am definitely one of those people. BUT, I’m getting better!

Coach had us warm up with 2 rounds of 5 push ups, 5 ring dips, 5 GHD sit-ups, 5 GHD back extensions, 10 walking lunges, 5 supermans, and 5 PVC overhead squats.

That was in addition to the standard warm-up that I had already completed. OY!

I started off with just the 35# bar working on the complex. Coach really wanted us to work on our hook grip and form during this stage – it wasn’t about the weight.

The hook grip is SUPER difficult. Basically, when you wrap your hands around the bar, your thumb goes UNDER your first two fingers. So, you’re not actually holding the bar, per se; you’re more holding your thumb. This helps with control of the bar – since you’re holding your thumbs, the bar is less likely to slip out of your hands. It’s very uncomfortable until you get used to it. And I’m definitely not used to it. My hands were TORE UP and so stiff by the time we were done.

I ended up finishing the complex at 45#. Coach gave me some great critique and said that he could see that I’ve improved and that I’m really concentrating on getting it right. I struggle with speed in my hips (but, they’re a LOT faster than they used to be!) and sometimes, the bar goes too far out in front of me but I’m getting there. It’s work in progress.

For the 1 rep max of the hang snatch, I got 55#. I tried 60# but failed. A few times. That’s alright, though. Work in progress. πŸ™‚

Thursday

6pm CrossFit

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I wore my cute new grey capris!

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*Note to self – don’t wear the cute grey capris to a sweat-inducing workout. Especially if you take sweating very seriously. Or you are a sweaty betty. It’s not attractive when it’s all over.*

This workout, though.

My hands were still pretty stiff from the snatch complex so I wasn’t sure how all those pull-ups were going to go. But, somehow, I managed to Rx this workout. Without ripping my hands! I finished in 18:52.

Friday

5:30am Spin Class at the Y

Why do I do this to myself? Oh yeah, glutton for punishment. Crazy. Nuckin’ futs, as my sailor likes to say.

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Apparently, Fridays are the “advanced” class. Um, yeah. This workout was a beast. One of the students had a heart rate monitor and he said it showed 900-some odd calories burned. Yeah, I could see that.

Then, I did an abs circuit I found on Pinterest.

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Dude, this was NO joke. I couldn’t do all 6 rounds. I did 4 rounds and couldn’t do any more. I couldn’t do all the movements for 30 seconds – the V-sits, bicycle crunches, and tummy tucks kicked my butt. My abs were on FIRE. It was awesome!

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Talk to me: How long did it take for you to get comfortable with the hook grip? What core workouts are your least (or most) favorite? AreΒ wall balls the worst thing ever?

– jennifer

Model trains and spreading the (link) love 2

Hello!

Happy Sunday!

My sailor and I had a great day date yesterday. πŸ™‚

We went to lunch where I attempted to eat a chicken sandwich that was as big as my head.

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Really, there’s grilled chicken under there!

In case you were wondering, I didn’t succeed. It was too much. I ate about a third of it and then “deconstructed” it. Meaning I pulled the bacon off and ate it. And I ate the rest of the lettuce and tomato. Okay, fine, I ate a couple more bites of onion ring, too. I don’t usually do onion rings but that one was good! πŸ™‚

Then, we went to a model train show!

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My father-in-law worked on the rail road so my sailor loves him some trains. And, so do I! Always have. Some of my best memories involve running across the street from my Grandma’s house to watch the trains. She lived just off Lake Michigan and there were train tracks between her house and the lake. I could sit on that grassy knoll for HOURS watching trains and counting cars. I even got a model train set for Christmas one year when I was a kid! It was destiny for us to end up together. πŸ™‚

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miniature park complete with a drunk person. see him there in the corner? πŸ˜‰

We’re talking about building tracks that go around the ceiling level of our living room. We’ve got window cornices that are the perfect height and we would go from there. Yes, we are big kids. πŸ™‚

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We also want to add in some tunnels so we’re going to have to figure that out. That may equal punching holes in walls. Not with our fists! But, there really is something cool about a train coming out of a tunnel……

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Anywho, enough about trains – it’s time for some link love!

For Your Tummy

Build Your Own Green Smoothie + 10 Recipes to Try – FitFluential

Chocolate Chip Pecan Banana Bread Bars – Taylor Made it Paleo

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken – the Lean Green Bean

Oatmeal Breakfast Pie – Nutrition Starring You

How to Pack the Adult β€œLunchable” – Hungry Hobby

For Your Body

Fitness Experts Tell All: β€œExercises I Ditched and What I do Instead” on Fit Bottomed Girls

Staying Fit on the Road – Blonde Ponytail

14 Office Stretches that will make you feel better in seconds – the Muse

Chair Exercises for the Chronic Sitter – Be Truly Nourished

13 Ways Endorphins Make You Act Tipsy – Buzzfeed

For Your Life

Maximizing Your Budget: Debt Payoff – Our Freaking Budget

Transforming Your View of New Year’s Resolutions – Enjoy Every Bite

For Blogging

Best of SITS 2014: Social Media, Photography, and Blogging Tips – the Sits Girls

Talk to me: Do you love trains? Have you ever had a model train? What’s one thing you’ve loved since you were little?

– jennifer

Injury update and some stuff is in the works…. :)

Hello, hello!

Happy New Year!

Yes, I know I’m late to the party. I was sick with the plague. #dontjudgeme

BUT, I’m better now and I’m ready to kick start my 2015!

(In case you missed it, here are my goals for this year.) πŸ™‚

So, I finally had my follow-up with the orthopedist about my foot.

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My x-rays showed “significant periosteal and endosteal new bone formation is
noted at the distal shaft of the third metatarsal, compatible with healing
fracture.”

YAY!

In normal people speak, that meansΒ NO MORE BOOT!

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She told me to use my best judgement with returning to activity – obviously, she meant running and jumping because that boot certainly hadn’t stop me from working out. πŸ™‚

photo credit: Spike's Consulting, LLC

photo credit: Spike’s Consulting, LLC

It was really nice to CrossFit in 2 shoes last night. Even though the WOD made me want to hurl. Oof. #itsthesimplethings

To keep my healing on the right track, I’ll limit the jumping (as in, probably not do any just yet) and I’ll easeΒ back into running next month.

I can’t wait until then! πŸ™‚

So, I made a new chili this past weekend.

Holy. Yum.

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And, in other news, there are some big, BIG changes in my blog’s future! Stay tuned – I’ll be getting a new look and errrthing.

I’m moving up in the world. πŸ™‚

Now, if I could just remember to take more pictures. That aren’t of my cats.

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Talk to me: Did you get the flu? Did you get your flu shot? Are you stuck in the snow?

Honestly, I haven’t had a flu shot since 1999. I tend to avoid them. And, technically, I didn’t test positive so …. Β while I thought I was going to die, it wasn’t of the flu. πŸ™‚

– jennifer