My CrossFit Journal (1 Year, Week 37)

I am on Day 26 of the 50 day pushup challenge. Finally hit the halfway mark yesterday. I still do the pushups in the morning when I first remember because I don’t want it leaning over my all day to do them, and get lazy after work/working out and push them aside. Ha ha. Get it…

Anyway, they’re pretty tough now, I won’t lie. Some days are better than others where I can pump out 13 in a row and then rest for a few seconds and do the rest. But yesterday for instance I was only doing three at a time and needed a break! Funny how that works.

What I did this week, the short version:

CrossFit (+ 19 pushups) Rest Day (+ 20 pushups) W – Soccer (+ 21 pushups) Th – CrossFit (+ 22 pushups) F – Rest Day (+ 23 pushups) S – Rest Day (+ 24 pushups) 6.6km run (+25 pushups)

lol Looks like a lot of rest days. I swear it felt as though I worked out more than that…maybe I won’t continue the short version of my workouts ;)

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year 1, week 37, day 1.

AMRAP 20

1 Clean & Jerk; 155/115lbs 5 Pull Ups 10 Push Ups 5 Back Squats; 155/115lbsics

I used 65lbs for this WOD. I completed 4 full rounds and I did 5 pushups for the 5th round. Either that or it was 5 rounds, and I was on my 6th. I should really write this down again…

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year 1, week 37, day 2  Soccer Game!

 Yay soccer! Can’t really say much about this. We won? 1-0.

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year 1, week 37, day 3

6 Rounds of Ring Dips

30 seconds of Ring Dips 30 seconds of rest

REST 3 minutes

AMRAP 7 Burpees (6″ jump)

I completed 52 ring dips (like I was sitting in a chair. The easiest way to do them. I really suck at tricep strength). Then it was time for the burpees. I did much better than I was expecting. I didn’t rest too much, and completed 56 burpees. I’m not entirely sure the coach believed me, because he said “Oh cool” when he asked my number. :(

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year 1, week 37, day 4

Running yesterday morning in -1°c. Snowy, windy and chilly! But it was great!

I dressed in layers, and borrowed a wind breaker, mittens and wind-breaker mittens. I really need to go shopping for some winter apparel for running. I do have this great pair of wind-breaker pants I bought from Lululemon a few years ago, and they kept me warm throughout the run.

I didn’t have anything to eat before I went, and I could definitely tell I wasn’t in as great of shape as I was last week. So, note to self — must eat something before each run.

One thing I do have to say about running is that I’m on a completely different level than my Ironman Triathlete of a boyfriend. I mentioned that we ran 6.6km and told him that at one point we were running 5:45 minute/kilometers but the rest were 7 minutes. Sure, it’s slower than what I’m used to — but I used to exert myself much more. This time, I’m in control of my breathing and I’m running a further distance because of it. The boyfriend mentioned that it was slow, which was like taking a dig at me, But of course he didn’t mean it that way. I dwelled on it a bit, then told him to never tell me that I’m slow again — it bothered me. Because I know I can run fast. It just takes time. I really haven’t been running since 2010. Sure, I did 2 or so runs a week this summer, but I wasn’t being trained on HOW to run. I just went for long (5-6km), flat runs.

Running with Jenn and Steve is different. I take two puffs of my asthma inhaler, and off I go. It’s difficult at times, but Steve tells me to slow down and the breathing returns to normal again. It’s an anxious thing I have with running, but I’m figuring out how to get it back to a normal rate … with practice.

Look at the state of my bright pink shoes!  They are starting to wear out I think :( I’ve been on the eBay hunt for them now for a few weeks, since they’re a year and a hald olf.

As Steve said, There are only two kinds of runs. Good runs, and great runs. Yesterdays was just … good ;)

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My CrossFit Journal (1 Year, Week 36)

Still going strong on the 50 day pushup challenge. I’m currently on day 19 and it’s getting so hard each day. But I can feel myself getting so much stronger! It seems like I’ve been doing these pushups forever, and the next morning adding another pushup onto the list is just dreadful. But, I do it. I don’t hate it because I don’t mind pushups at all. It’s just hard work, and definitely warms up the body! Just in time for me to get into my chilly car to head into work. No bum-warmers needed!

I skipped my push up challenge on Friday because I was up extremely early in order to get in a full days work and take off a few hours early to head into Toronto for the Tennis match, thanks to Sport Chek. So I ended up doing double the pushups on Saturday. 16 for missing Friday and then immediately after I did 17 for Saturday. Whoo boy. Tough one.

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year 1, week 36, day 1.

Of course the one day I go back to CrossFit, they have an abundance of pushups! Ha ha, I enjoyed it anyway.

5 Rounds
20 Pull Ups
30 Push Ups
40 Sit Ups
50 Squats
1:30 rest

We had 32 minutes to complete the 5 rounds. I was on my fifth when the timer went off. It was tough, and the squats and pushups really slowed me down.

Then my friend Jenn and I had a bit of a photoshoot in the change room when we were done.

We stripped in a hurry to take the pics ;) .

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year 1, week 36, day 2

I volunteered at the climbing gym on this day, for two hours. Only a few more hours left and I have a free climbing membership for a month! I also like that they’ve decided to give monthly memberships a bit of a perk. Card holders can bring in one new member per month, for free! I have so many friends who want to try out climbing and I’ll get to take them! How fun is that going to be?  I’m sure my camera will be right by my side, taking photos so you won’t miss a thing. 

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year 1, week 34, day 3

I’m counting yesterday (Sunday) as a workout into last week’s workout schedule rather than wait an entire week to let it be published.

I went on my first run in a few months, with Jenn and one of her friends who coached her into running a half marathon! We ended up running 6 kilometers and I didn’t wear my watch. I didn’t want to know how far we were going, or for how long. Steve will be coaching me along the way to become a more confident runner. The only thing that makes me anxious is running, and I don’t know why. So hopefully with some coaching on tabata workouts, “long” Sunday runs with the group, I’ll become a better runner.

After the 6k run we sat inside Starbucks for a nice hot drink! :) Perfect way to start any Sunday!

Fun fact: Steve says I run properly! I do have a short stride, but I’m not a heel-striker… I land on the pavement properly (mid-sole?). Yeahoo! Soon we’ll need one of those Ski Bibs around my neck, since it’s only doomed to get colder as the months go on. lol

 

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My CrossFit Journal (1 Year, Week 34)

One of the CrossFit coaches “signed me up” for the 50 day push-up challenge. This is why I love CrossFit so much. My coach is interested in seeing people improve. Last year he suggested I do push-ups x many times per week, and the next week up my number by 5 or 10. It didn’t last long, I did it for about a month straight and fell off track.

Now, he’d like to see me do the 50 day push-up challenge. Which means: 1 push-up on day 1. 2 push-ups on day 2, 3 push-ups on day 3, and carry on until you reach 50 days. HOLY CRAP. Let’s hope this works. Today, being Monday I’m on day 5, so 5 push-ups today. I’ve done them already. I also really don’t want to do the push-ups off my knee’s, but I also don’t want to do them off my toes if I have to lay my chest down. I do the push-ups with my elbows in, since that’s the way the coaches are suggesting. I can do much more, if I just keep them out “normally” while working the chest rather than the tri’s.

I’ve created an image to keep me motivated. Which is also why I’m blogging about it, and will be checking in weekly to see how I’m doing.

It’s a way to #MyBetter.

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year 1, week 34, day 1.

 Pendlay Row

  • 4-4-4-4

AMRAP 10

  • 5 Hang Split Snatch RS; 115/85lbs
  • 10 UB Burpees
  • 5 Hang Split Snatch LS; 115/85lbs
  • 10 UB KB Swings; 24/16kg

I think this is where I injure my shoulder, though I can’t be sure. I felt it tweaked on day 4. More about that below.

I sure as heck didn’t use the prescribed weight, as I rarely ever do. I think I used a 35lb bar with two 5lbs, or 2.5lbs on either side. I didn’t write it down.

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year 1, week 34, day 2

10 Minute Muscle up Work

5 Rounds

  • 30 Box jump 24/20″
  • 30 Wall ball shots 20/16lb

I finished the WOD under the time limit (23 minute limit, if I remember correctly), so that’s all good. I only used an 8lb medicine ball for the Wall balls, since I cannot stand them. For the box jumps I used 20″.

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year 1, week 34, day 3 Soccer game!

We won 1-0. Had quick sub’s on/off the field throughout the whole game. It was a well played game on both teams. We played on Halloween night and one of the guys on the other team was dressed up in a full-on cow suit, and played the game like that. It was hilarious.

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year 1, week 34, day 4

GWOD:

3 RM Decifit HSPU

WOD:

AMRAP 13

  • 5 ring dips
  • 5 push press (135/95)
  • 20KB swing (24/16)

I set up 3 ab mats and did a few sets of 3 handstand push-ups. But when I took 1 ab mat away and replaced it with a 10lb plate, I could only do 1-2. Funny how the body works, and really misses those precious centimetres. I don’t know how many rounds I did in the 13 minutes. I had a tweak in my shoulder, and rather than do the 5 ring dips, I did 10 push-ups. Apparently I’ve been doing them all wrong for 2+ years. I had my shoulders hunched when doing them, instead of my shoulders pinched together and out.

Thus, me talking about the 50 day push-up challenge, in the intro of this post! Ta-dah!

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