My CrossFit Journal (Year 2, week 1)

Last week was tremendous at CrossFit!

The short:

Monday — CrossFit
Tuesday — CrossFit
Wednesday — Rest
Thursday — CrossFit
Friday — CrossFit
Saturday — Volunteering at Tour de Bloc boulder competition
Sunday — bouldering at the local climbing gym!

The long:


year 2, week 1, day one

 CrossFit WOD


Front Squat
1 Rep Max.  (95lbs is my max!)


Four Rounds: In 2 minutes complete:
3 chinups (strict)
3 pull ups (strict)
8 push ups
burpees with remaining time
1 minute rest

What I completed:
Did the whole set. First round of burpees I did 11, second & third round I did 10, and finished the fourth round with 11)


year 2, week 1, day two

7 rounds:
30s Handstand Hold (nose/toes to wall)
3 Wall climbs
5 Toes to bar
7 Box jumps; 30/24″

What I completed
5 full rounds and then on my 6th round I did a 20 second handstand hold until the buzzer went off.


year 2, week 1, day three

We did the WOD from the CrossFit Games Open: 13.1

17 minutes to complete:

40 Burpees
30 Snatch (75/45)
30 Burpees
30 Snatch (135/85)
20 Burpees
30 Snatch (165/110)
10 burpees
As many as possible Snatch (210)

What I completed:
40 burpees
30 snatches at 35lbs
30 burpees
29 snatches at 45lbs


year 2, week 41, day four

Every 30s for 7min (14 Total Reps)
1 DeadLift @ 315/215lb

What I completed:
Used 115lbs for the deadlifts

Alternating Tabata
KB Swings; 20/12kg
Russian KB Twists; 20/12kg

What I completed:
I Rx’ed this WOD.



Volunteering on Saturday at the climbing gym for Tour de Bloc ten.

I volunteered from 3-9pm and got put with the finalists in isolation. It was pretty funny being in there with the 16 of them. I posted photos on Facebook, but maybe I’ll do a re-cap this week about it.

Nap time for the 16 finalists.
My duties were to make sure they didn’t peek out at the final boulder problems, and walking them to the bathroom and also not peeking at the routes.


Bouldering at the climbing gym

IMG_6132This is just a recycled photo from last Tour de Bloc. Thought I’d include it, lol

I spent 2 hours at the climbing gym just bouldering the problems that were in the comp from the day before. I didn’t feel too sore, or too out of the loop, regardless of how many months I’ve been off climbing. Good to be back.

Look at the mess of my pants! Chalk everywhere. bouldering pants

Time to take a stainless steel hose to these pants to get them cleaned up for this weeks CrossFit and climbing sessions, since I activated my free month membership at the climbing gym. Hooyea.


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Tour de Bloc. December 3, 2011

On December 3 I entered my second Tour de Bloc boulder competition. The first Tour de Bloc I attended was in 2003 when a few of us Newfoundlanders flew up to Toronto to compete in the 2nd season of Tour de Bloc in 2003 at Joe Rockheads. There were only 8 women in that competition — on Saturday there were 200 men and women! People came in from all over. I only knew one person in the entire boulder competition and that was my buddy that I climb with. Some people came in from Detroit, Quebec, and all over Ontario of course. Crazy right? It ended up getting way more packed than this! I haven’t been in a climbing competition since 2005, and thankfully I wasn’t too nervous. You can bet your bottom dollar that I was certainly nervous leading up to it, and the morning of. But when I stepped into the local gym where I always climb, I felt comfortable again. It was an amazing day, so I wanted to share my recap with you all.

My buddy Dave and I sitting down listening to the rules of the comp.

I didn’t scope out the problems very well within the three and a half hours that I had to climb. I just wanted to do a few easy one’s then work on a few balancy or crimpy problems.

Here I am working another semi-easy one. I love it when I find problems that have a similar style to what I like to climb. Thanks for the photo Christine!

Scott came to support me and gave me some pointers on some routes, even though he doesn’t climb – it was helpful! Here’s a video he took of me while I was climbing the orange problem above. Thankfully he stopped the video right before I do my signature move when coming off a route, or boulder problem. Tumble to the ground, fall on my butt and stumble to get up, lol!

Then I ended up staying on this one delicate boulder problem for over an hour until I got it. Getting up to the big sloper with a few nice dents in it where I could place my fingers, you had to really balance your left hip/thigh on the hold and balance all your weight up right so your weight is on your right foot. Let go with both hands and place them in the above taped red box.

Not quite up there yet. Taking a deep breath before I mantle on the monster sized hold.

My bosses daughter/my co-worker ended up coming out to say hello for a quick minute during the competition and snapped this awesome photo of me. My left foot is swinging free, I don’t have a foot hold for it. My right leg is on that same hold as the photo above. Super balancy, super awesome. Unfortunately I don’t have a video of anyone attempting this. It was definitely a fun route. I ended up banging my right knee to get hoisted up onto the big ol’ hold that I didn’t notice I was giving myself a dirty bruise.

The bruise showed up just hours after the comp was over. I’ll spare you details on how it looks now. Let’s just say it’s bigger and uglier. Ha!

This was my second boulder problem I was working on for a while.

I didn’t finish this problem, I was on this one for about a half hour or more. Scott got a video of me attempting this one. But I popped off after a lame attempt. Too bad he didn’t get me on one of the better tries. See below:

Now onto my favorite photos of the day, even though I didn’t succeed at finishing the problem. This was at about a half hour til the cut-off time. Three hours into bouldering. Super tiring. I saw the guy in the grey shirt working this red taped orange hold route. It was #24 (out of 50) on the ‘scale of difficulty’ for the Tour de Bloc, so kind of up my alley. It started off with the sloper with the V-shaped tape in the bottom right hand corner. I tried my luck with the route and didn’t get any further than in the photos you see, lol. I just didn’t know how to get off those two holds! I think the photo above is one of my favorite climbing photos. Such a weird position.

Where to go? Ahhh!

The comp ended at 4:30 and by that time we were starving. We drove over to Boston Pizza to stuff our faces.

Man, their pizza is good. I vote you get a Deluxe, the cheese was ooie gooie and perfect for a long day of bouldering. We ended up coming back an hour after the Finals started. We watched part of the Women’s Finals and caught the tail end of it. I did end up watching all the Men’s Finals and took videos of it all which you can view on a YouTube channel that has my full name in it. So, if you want the link just leave me a message in the comments below and I can send you the link. I just don’t want my full name out there ;)

Alright, so here is one simple photo of the 8 male finalists! So fun. :)There’s another Tour de Bloc stop at Climber’s Rock in Burlington in January. I think I’m going to attend. Are you?

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