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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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.