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Tuesday Training and Competition Update

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Hey Guys! What a crazy day! I’m very much in reaction mode with the conference so my days are filled with emergency calls, emails and a lot of Oh-Crap-I-Forgot-About-That moments.  I love it though. Everything is going pretty much as expected. I’m in the home stretch!

Anyway, I thought I’d take a few minutes to update my training and post about this weekend’s CrossFit competition.

First of all I had an absolute BLAST on Saturday. I’m TOTALLY hooked on these competitions. They are so fun! It’s a day of hanging out with some of the strongest most inspirational people ever. I love the friendly spirit of competition, the butterflies I feel before it’s my turn and the satisfaction of completing something really physically challenging.

I participated in three workouts. The first was my least favorite: 55lb Squat Cleans and Burpees. Quite possibly two exercises I really never need to do again. Here I am mid-squat clean.

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The workout was 15 squat clleans, 15 burpees, 12 squat cleans, 12 burpees, 9, squat cleans, 9 burpees, 6, 6, and then 3, 3. You had to finish in 10 minutes. It took me 8:37 and I was ecstatic because it took me 11:30 when I tried it the first time at the gym. I guess that says a lot about adrenalin!

This is me mid-burpee!

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The next workout was a 20-calorie row (which takes me a little over a minute), 7 – 65lb snatches and 14 sit-ups with a 10 lb medicine ball. Again, there was a 10-minute limit, but this time the score was your total reps. If I remember correctly, I did just over 3 rounds.

Here I am mid snatch!

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The last workout was my favorite, a 7 minute as many rounds as possible with kettle bell swings and box jumps.

I’m not going to lie, I rock the kettle bell.

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Normally I swing 40lbs but the competition weight was only 26 so it was really light for me. Box jumps? Well I’m OK, not fast but I have stamina so I could really do them pretty consistently.

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I think this was my best workout.  I placed 17th overall in a field of 58, which I was totally happy with. I couldn’t have done it any better.

Ever since the competition I’ve been super motivated. I can’t believe how much progress I’ve made the past 18 months. Today at the gym I did another workout that had pull-ups in it and used no bands! My bench PR (personal record) went up again to 128 lbs and I’ve just been feeling really, really strong.

There are things I’d like to improve, like my back squat. In comparison to all other areas of my training it’s the only lift I haven’t increased in well over 9 months. I probably should start keeping better records because right now it’s really all in my head. That’s one of the reason why I’m going to start doing Tuesday training updates here on the blog every month or so. It will be nice to look back and have my progress dated and archived. So that being said, right now here are all my 1 rep max records in lifts that we regularly work on at my gym. For those who think I’m speaking Greek (like my husband), basically this list is the highest weight I can lift for 1 repetition of the move.

  • Back Squat: 133lbs
  • Front Squat: 113lbs
  • Push Press: 118lbs
  • Strict Press: 93lbs
  • Bench Press: 128lbs
  • Clean and Jerk: 120lbs
  • Snatch: 83lbs
  • Dead Lift: 223lbs

If you are new to these lifts this site has a great list with links to videos. 

Right now my workout schedule is pretty much CrossFit 5 days a week, yoga 1 day a week and I’m TRYING to keep up a 1 mile a day run streak with slightly longer runs on the weekends if I can. I know it sounds crazy, but a mile only takes me 10 minutes and really, there’s no reason I can’t steal 10 minutes sometime thoughout the day to take a break for a run. I feel tons better when I do. I feel like my body craves the activity now, and sitting at my desk all day just isn’t cutting it.

I can honestly say at (soon to be) 38 I’m in the best shape of my life!

OK, I have a husband and a 9-year-old waiting on me to play a game of Monopoly. Then it’s bed. I’m STILL working on this getting more sleep thing although I am failing at the moment.

 



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There are 14 comments so far.

    Shana

    June 18, 2014

    Hello, I’m new to this blog but I love the look of your site! I’m about to wander off and read more about your story. You look amazing, a fitness machine! I hope you survived the game of monopoly and no intense arguments broke out, haha. It would in my family! – Shana (http://hippotohot.blogspot.com)

    Karen

    June 18, 2014

    Those pictures are bad ass!!!! I can’t wait for training updates!

    Jessica

    June 18, 2014

    Dang!!! You did awesome! Im tired just reading the ”

    The workout was 15 squat clleans, 15 burpees, 12 squat cleans, 12 burpees, 9, squat cleans, 9 burpees, 6, 6, and then 3, 3″
    Congrats! I dont CF (the closest box is 60 minutes away, boo) but I do lift a little so I will look forward to your updates!

    Shauna

    June 18, 2014

    That picture of you doing to box jump is UH-MAZING. Way to get it! 17th overall?! HECK YEAH!

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    Erin

    June 18, 2014

    Keep the crossfit posts coming. Great job!

    Jody

    June 18, 2014

    I love your posts, but the always enjoy the Crossfit posts, I am so happy you are enjoying the competitions. I love the kettle bell too….SAID.NO.ONE.EVER!!!! LOL Sounds like you have a busy month, stay focused!

    Patricia Carlson

    June 18, 2014

    That last pic of you is amazing! I’m so intimidated by the idea of doing crossfit – any suggestions for a newbie for finding a “box”?

    Tina

    June 18, 2014

    Simply AMAZING Roni. Were you ever afraid of jumping on to that box when you first started? I’d be terrified of landing on the edge and falling or slipping back. *shudder* Anyway, I’m just in total awe.

    Anar

    June 19, 2014

    Your last picture puts any magazine cover to shame. Seriously,

    Candice

    June 19, 2014

    Rock on Roni! Got a groupon to one of our local crossfit boxes. So excited to try it out.

    PerfectImperfect

    June 22, 2014

    You look so amazing — fit and happy. Congrats on your impressive placement!

    Jennifer Malone

    June 23, 2014

    Roni I’ve been following for over a year now and I love your updates! I also started crossfit around the same time you did and you are such an inspiration. I struggle with body image and my new “bulky body” and have really enjoyed your posts about body image recently. Keep up the good work, you look great!

    Nicole

    June 23, 2014

    Great work, Roni! Despite being pretty anti-CF for years, I ended up buying a groupon for the closest box to try it out for the 2 week intro series and 2 week regular classes. I am not sure I will stick with it because I am a strength girl at heart, but I’m feeling pretty “comfortable” where I’m at right now and I know CF will push me out of my comfort zone!

    Does your box have open gym hours at all? I bet if you worked on your back squats on your own you’d break that PR in no time! For me the limiting factor is back strength rather than legs, so I’ve spent a lot of time making sure I get a really solid brace and tension where the bar sits. Give it a try! :)