Figuring it out

I ended up taking 3 days off from the gym. It was hard, I desperately wanted to go. I was a “good” sore on Tuesday, but still feeling it. I decided to just do some KB stuff at home instead of driving to the gym for about 6 min of a modified workout. It wasn’t what I wanted to do, but in the end, I’m glad I did.

10/21: KB: lots of one arm snatches, SDHP, some swings

10/22: BACK AT THE GYM! WHOO! I made sure to eat enough calories on Tuesday and got 8hrs of sleep. I woke up and my legs felt…normal! I was mentally and physically ready.
I saw the posted WOD and while I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, I was so glad it wasn’t heavy lifting. I could have done it, but my legs appreciated the chipper. Still leg work with the rower, box jumps and burpees…but I can go a speed that is reasonable for my abilities. I think I paced this well and didn’t feel destroyed after.

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imageWOD: Time: 18:45. 2nd in my class. Overall, I came in middle-of-the-pack of all the women in the gym. Not bad. I’d like to rank higher since I know I’m capable of more, but I need to accept that this is where my body is at right now. My ranking DOES NOT MATTER at all; it means nothing. But, it’s great for me as I’m really enjoying the motivation it provides. Performance: my T2B were my limiter. Felt great on every other item. My arms and abs are weak…

10/23: Still feeling good! This means that I went the appropriate pace and intensity yesterday. I’d felt like I’d worked out, but I wasn’t incapacitated or overly sore.

Back squat reps, Amber borrowing my shoes.

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WOD:
imageAs K says, I’m good at scaling, knowing my limits, and what pace to go in most events or WODs. But this one, I didn’t know what to do. I *can* do handstand push ups (HSPU) against the wall, but to do 44 of them in a WOD that is supposed to be ‘fast and hard’ (says coach), it would take me foooreeevvveeeerrr. However, he agreed that scaling them on a box was waaaay too easy for me, it feels like I’m doing nothing. So, we set up bands to do them hanging from the bars. It was perfect for the WOD!

Now, my new gym friend (that is leaving this weekend,boo) is stronger than me. Not significantly, but in some areas, a good amount. In some areas, I’m better. She’s a good workout partner for me, I’m going to miss her. Anyway…I knew she was too strong to use a box for HSPU (I mean, this girl knocked out an almost 200lb back squat in warmup with no problem…), but she didn’t have the coordination to do a HSPU on the wall. She has never really practiced it. So, with my “encouragement” (shaming her that she was going to let fear dictate her workout…those are fighting words for military women…), I taught her how to get comfortable kicking up on the wall, then helped her get onto the bands for assisted. She was SO EXCITED! “Can you take pictures of me?! My friends won’t believe I finally did this!!” It was awesome. Here is this girl that has pushed me for the past 2 weeks to “lift more,” and she was so excited she could do something new. (I knew she could do it, she just needed the right pressure push and someone to tell her she could). We went about the same pace in the WOD, so I helped her kick up into the bands, then went back to my reps.

I share one of her very excited poses:

imageLike I said, she’s leaving the gym after this weekend. She’s Active Duty and was just here temporarily. Such is the military life: meeting awesome people, only to have them leave too soon. (and sometimes it’s better that way, before you learn too much.) As a parting gift, I sold her my lifting shoes she was raving over every day. I do love my Reebok Oly Lifter Plus shoes, but she needs them & can’t order her own. I hope the good Karma comes back to me in the form of finding some shoes on the same level on sale. If not, that’s ok as I can get another brand that is just as good for my abilities (which is “suck”, btw) that are cheaper.

After the WOD, the runner dog and I hit the trail for a short jog/walk in the swamp.
image10/24: AWESOME DAY!
My arms were a little sore when I woke up, but not overly. A definite “good” sore. Tired as I woke up at 0430 for no reason, but other than that, no reason to take the day off. I think I’ll take off from CF Sat & Sun, then be ready to attack next week fresh! After overdoing it last week, recovering well, and going to the gym 3 days in a row…I’m glad of how this week went.
WOD:
imageTime: 15:53, 95lbs. (second female in the class. 1st girl did 45lbs). I beat my friend by a couple minutes! I was so excited. She’s just edged me out of all the WODs these 2 weeks. Sometimes, by just a couple seconds. Hang cleans were not her strength and she was tired. She went 1 extra day than I did this week. We had a great chat about it. My strength is coming back…quick. And the importance of her taking rest days.
Last week, I did just a COUPLE of 95lb hang cleans after the awesome strength WOD. This week, I did 45 of them in a WOD, with sore arms?! Oh, body, I love you.

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Hurts so good.

Coach forgot to do pullup skill work before the WOD, so they did it after. I decided to use that time to torture myself on the Mobility balls.

 

10/25: rode bikes with my mom, 1hr. She decided to take her beach cruiser off road to let runner dog run safely in the grass away from the path.
image10/26: I woke up and wanted to spring out of bed! I thought to myself, “Is it Monday?! How much time do I have before I have to leave for the gym?!” I was EXCITED. Then, sadly realized it was Sunday. Sigh. That has never happened.
So, I mowed the lawn! It’s work. Thus, part of a workout.

Stole this from Instagram. Love it.
imageNeed to rest up for another big week! I can’t wait!

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