Wednesday, January 26, 2011

You did what?!

Am I the only one who looks at what other people are doing (as far as training goes) and thinking, holy crap, I'm soooo behind!!!?  I'm beginning to think I shouldn't look at what other people are doing, because all it does is make me feel lazy and crazy.

I'm working out five days a week (at least), I know I'm not really being lazy, but dang, I feel like I'm not doing enough.  I feel like I should be stronger, faster, leaner, everything.  In time, I know.  My impatience is going to get me nowhere except injured or side-lined, so I will do my best with what I have at the moment, and keep moving forward safely.

I've started training with JDP again, to try and get me a little bit more prepared for the Fittest Games.  Things are a little different this go around, because we're focusing more on overall strength and mobility, and putting HSPU's and muscle ups on the back burner.  Day one was a great confidence booster, because I PR'd on my OHS with 85lbs.!  I realize that's not super heavy, but it's 10lbs away from the magical 95lbs, so I'm happy.  Day two kicked my ass, or I should say my arms and shoulders.  What was supposed to be 3 rounds of max rope climbs in 3 minutes, turned into 2 rounds, because my arms and hands were so smoked from the first 2 rounds that I could barely make a fist!  I only made it up 1.5 times the first round, and 1.99 times the second round.  I was literally inches away from tapping the beam, but lost my footing and slid down the rope.  Bruised thighs and a bruised ego, some rest, and then on to the next thing.  Five rounds of L-sits, GHD holds facing up, and facing down.  Hold until failure.  L-sits had to be modified to what I call G-sits, because my knees were bent.  GHD holds facing up were tough, holds facing down were not so bad (thank you posterior chain!!!).  We added 10lbs in the second round, 25 in the third, then the 45lb plate for the last 2.  Needless to say, my arms were toast when we finished.  I felt good though.

JDP gave me homework, which I thought was interesting...go find out what the elite master's level women are doing.  What's a good Fran time for an elite female over 40?  How much do they deadlift?  What are their max rep pullups? etc.  You get the picture.  Umm, those ladies who rocked it out at last years CrossFit games put in a SUB-5-MINUTE Fran time and the rest were sub-6!!!! Say what?!  I couldn't believe it, I have my work cut out for me (and these gals are over 50!!!).  The winning max deadlift though, 275lbs, my current PR, so that was some good news.  Other things of interest:  C2Bar Cindy 10-16 rounds, Double under Helen 7:03-14:56, max thrusters 110-128, Nancy 14:10 for first place.  Finally, I have an idea of where I need to be in 4 years, for the 2014 games.  JDP said I need to start referring to myself as an "elite master's level athlete", and to believe it when I say it.  I told him, I'll get there, at least now I can say it without giggling.  Well, almost....  :)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Lord of the rings?

Face it, Lady of the rings sounds kind of lame.

Excitement abounds, though, because my gymnastics rings came in the mail yesterday! Woo hoo!  I know I'm going to be cursing them many times in the future, but for now, woo hoo it is.

So if I'm going to get anywhere in the 40+ competitions, I'm going to have to get ridiculously strong.  I'm going to need to be able to bang out body weight movements like they're nothing, the handstand push up will have to become handstand push ups, the muscle up will no longer be a dream, but a reality, ring dips will happen, you get the picture.  I'm thinking about cutting my Oly lifting down to once a week, and adding an extra day of CrossFit.  I need to be a metcon queen.  Track workouts, gymnastics, strength training, so much to plan for!  I wish I had the time and the money to train more.  I would love to have a dedicated coach guiding me through all of this, but I'll do the best I can without one.

I've signed up for the Fittest Games at Central, in February.  I went with Intermediate 40+ because I don't have my full HSPU or muscle up at this time, and that was a "requirement" for Elite status.  I'm not going to scale anything, even though that's an option.  I'm kind of hoping the ladies I competed with in Dallas will make the trip to Austin for this event, because I'd like another chance to WOD with them.  I've got 4 weeks to get some serious training under my belt, I'll keep you posted!  Wish me luck!

Monday, January 10, 2011


Finally did Fran Rx'd, it's about damn time!  Only the second time I've done it period time:  9:40.  Boo.  Oh well, this just means I'll kill it next time ;o)

Monday, January 3, 2011

2011, already?

I haven't written since December, I need to remedy that this year, and try to keep up with the blogging.  Having said that, ACO (back in December) was a blast!  I was nervous, excited, worried, every emotion possible it seemed.  I'll skip the WOD blow by blow, since it seems like forever since it all happened. Bottom line, I finished 5th.  Fifth out of five people, but at least I went out there and competed!  I finished all of the WOD's except for the last one (the 80lb sandbag was my undoing), but hey, I tied for first in the second one.  Who knew chest to bar pull-ups were my thing?  Go figure!

(And hey, where the hell did those arms come from???  Yikes!!  I had NO idea they existed! :)

Anyway, all ACO did, was fuel the fire, and make me want to compete again, and I will!  I am pleased to report that they have started age-grouping the Master's division for the CrossFit Games, yes, age-grouping.  They've also dropped the starting age to 45, so 2014 Games, here I come.  This is my 3 year goal.  I'm kind of working backwards with the goal setting, but my long-term goals depend on the goals I will set for the short-term (duh, I know).  My 1 year goal is to go back to ACO this December, and win my division.  I'm still trying to figure out what I need to do in the interim to make that happen. Saying I want to get stronger isn't a goal, so I'm going to figure out the specifics and I'll pass it along soon!  I do know a few of the things I'm shooting for, 300+ deadlift, 200+ back squat, HSPU's (no kipping), 95lb OHS, and the ever elusive muscle up.  My hamstring is almost back to normal, and I'm going to continue to modify the workouts as needed, until it's back 100%.

I really want to thank everyone who has been so supportive of me.  I'm not a twenty-something, or thirty-something, plugging away at this thing I love, called CrossFit.  No one has once said to me, "you can't do that," or "you're too old to be doing that," and for this, I am so grateful.  Everyone I work out with (past and present), coaches, other clients, and friends, have pushed me to be better, and to expect more out of myself.  If it wasn't for all of you, I probably wouldn't have competed in the first place.  I look forward to the year ahead, and can't wait to see what happens!