Tuesday, August 31, 2010

For time:

Run 1K

50 Wall Ball 2-fer-1's

25 Flying Pull-ups

Scale Version A:
Run 1K - I ROWED!
30 Wall Ball 2-fer-1's
15 Flying Pull-ups (one hand at a time)

My time: 14:54

I loved this wod. It kicked my ass. I rowed because my calves are super tight from the sprints on Sunday's team WOD. It took me 5:04 to row 1000, which means I have yet to improve on my 500m time. I've plateaued at the 2:29-2:34 range. Oh well. Rowing is low on my "things to work on" list. 

I love/hate the 2fer-1's. I like the challenge, but boy are they tiring. Esp. after the row, I could only do 2 at a time before having to take a couple of seconds to catch my breath. It felt like the 30 wall balls took me a long time to get through. 

Onto the bar, I used a 1.5" band. I violently kipped and reached behind me to the 7ft bar, hoping that my little hand would take. Times 15. It was not cool. And it ripped up the hands good. No blood for me, but quite a few did escape unscathed. 

I collapsed on the floor and had that feeling I chase... it was great. My body was felt like a big beating heart. The heat rushing to my face. Mmmm. 

My body is in healing mode. Even though I had 8 hours of sleep last night, I felt really tired in the middle of the day and took an hour nap. I can only assume it's because it needs the sleep to heal my sore parts. It's not even 11pm now and I'm struggling to keep my eyes open It's like I'm a baby or a puppy. It could also be that I had hot tubby time with Suzy this evening that really made all mailable and relaxed. I put my tight calves against one of the water jets and it felt soooooooooooooo good. 

Ok, can't fight the sleep monster anymo...re.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Littlest Giant


Thursday, August 26, 2010

This feels familiar

Version A:

21-15-9 reps


Handstand Push-ups

(Kipping for all, 21 set strict attempt is okay)

My time: 13:26

My shoulder is not acting right again. No pain, but lots of tightness and limited range of motion. More clicking. Now, I did think that maybe the past 3 WODs being heavily shoulder reliant that it may have stressed it out too much; especially since I hadn't used my left shoulder for the past 2 weeks until this past Tuesday. My right shoulder feel great, no soreness, no clicking. I'm hoping that the tightness and soreness in my left is due to the fact that it is "shocked" from being worked after being on a break, not a re-injure.

I plan to take the rest day tomorrow. I should get worked out enough this weekend.   

Updated 082710 12:10PM: I forgot to mention that there was an kick up to a handstand drill yesterday during the warm up. I don't like being upside down. It took me about 4 months to feel comfortable to do a GHD sit up. I still hate doing the scaled HSPU on the box. Skin the cats make my tummy hurt. Well, after Zeb gave me thorough step by step on how to get inverted in a handstand, I gingerly put my hands on the ground and kicked up. I made it a point to keep my shoulders active and my arms locked out, and lo n behold, I was in a hand stand against the wall!!! Woo hoo! I did about 10 more kicks onto the wall. A couple times my shoulders went slack and I can feel the added pressure of my weight in  the entire area. Maybe this drill is contributing to my wonky shoulder today :( But still totally amped that I conquered yet another "I can't..." This Crossfit shit really works ;)

Kunoichi, the 10th orifice

Kunoichi (くノ一?) is the term for a female ninja.

A popular etymology would derive the term from 九能一 (能 "nō" : talent) with Japanese numbers "ku" (九) for "nine", the particle "no" (の) for "and" and "ichi" (一) for "one", literally translated to "Nine and One". The meaning for this name is derived from the number of orifices on a female body. A male has nine, a female has one more (vaginal opening) and possesses the skills to make use of this orifice as well. Another theory asserts that the term is apocryphal and coined in the writings of Ninpōchō novelist Futaro Yamada

~Translated from http://gogen-allguide.com/ku/kunoichi.html by Wikipedia

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Love letters to Dr. Izumi Tabata

"Test 3"

Tabata Squat

Max reps of Muscle-ups in 4 minutes

The Tabata interval is 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest for 8 intervals. Tabata score is the least number of reps performed in any of the eight intervals. Begin time for muscle-ups immediately after the last 10 second rest interval. Test score equals Tabata score multiplied by number of muscle-ups completed.

My score:

Super stoked about my Tabata squat performance. Rounds 1 & 2 clocked in 20 squats. Rounds 3 & 4 did 19 squats. By round 5 I was really tired, and did 17. Round 6 got back up to 18 squats. And rounds 7 & 8 I really had to really fight for 17 squats. I remember there was 7 seconds left on the clock in the 8th round, I was at rep 12 and I knew I had to go hard to get to 17... and I did, and it was painful. 

The last time I did Tabata squats, and used the traditional scoring method of your lowest rep, was in March. My score was 14, and I remember being quite proud of that then. So I'm really glad to see that I've improved in the past 5 months :)

I scaled the muscle up AMRAP to 4 banded dips/4 banded pull ups to equal 1 MU. My shoulder felt good, especially when my arm locked out on the rings supporting my weight, so that's a good sign.

For the warm up, there was 3-3-3 Deadlift. I started at 85#s, the first set of 3 being a "warm up." I slapped on 2-10# plates for 105, and that seemed easy. Added 2 more 10# plates for 125 and I did 5 reps and it felt effortless. Feeling "strong" in the moment, I decided to add 2-5# plates to equal 135#. I lifted the barbell and I didn't feel strained; I actually did 5 reps very quickly and could have done more, but knew I didn't have any more time before the start of the WOD. Take into account that my 1RM is 165# and my "go to" weight for high rep deadlift WODs is 105# (and usually I'm gassed at this weight), I'm quite happy that I have gotten stronger.

I have been diligent in the my efforts to attain double under SKILLZ :) Today, I chained together 11, and can consistently chain an average of 6 to 8 DUs with a short "recovery." While I have more work to get where I want to be, I know this improvement will greatly improve my times with WODs that have Double Unders in them. Yay! On average I spend about an extra 30 mins each time I'm in the box devoted to just working on my double unders. I know that I will have to start giving this type of attention to my pull-ups for me to see any gains in that arena.

If you're reading this, check out my new blog, Littlest Giant.  It is here that I will track my experience of acquiring my Level 1 Crossfit Certification, transitioning into applying the skills gained at my cert class by way of training, acquiring my CF Kids cert and hopefully one day "make" LITTLE GIANTS in my own box. So go to www.littlestgiant.com, bookmark it or "follow me" and share in the adventure :)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Scaling Option A:
3 rounds for time of:
50 Jump and touch (14-12")
40 Squats
30 Sit-ups
20 Push ups

The jumping was crazy. My target was 13.5" above my highest point from my hand. My neck was killing me, not the jumping... I got vertigo fast. It made it difficult to do continuous jumps. 

The squats were not that great as well. My hips seemed really tight, I should have done the hip prep. Crazy enough, the ab-mat sit ups right after the squats felt great. Round 2 did my 30 situps straight without stopping. 

I scaled the push ups to just 10 reps a round. Still not wanting to stress out my shoulder with high reps. But the shoulder feels great. No more clicking, either. Just playing cautious. 

Since taking a break on my shoulder, doing the pull ups were difficult, like I had lost a lot of strength in my upper body. I used the 1" white band.

I could not imagine doing 5 rounds of this. Yuck. Took Hopper 26 mins. Amazing. And he did it prescribed!! 18"--- They don't call him "Hopper" for no reason. 

My 2 days of DMB was phenomenal. There is nothing more electrifying than live music. It floods my frontal lobe with immense waves of serotonin, and I feel nothing but elation and invincibility while swimming in the chords of the music... Saturday night, I really let go, just gave way to abandon. I never felt more alive. I was laughing and crying all at once. It was supreme. 

Sometimes I look around and question if the person next to me is experiencing a similar nirvana as I in the midst of the music. I mean, there are so many people who stay in their seats, and barely move their heads to the rhythm. They can't be feeling what I'm feeling, right? All emotion and feeling being bottled up... The emotion is so immense in me that it's like a champagne bottle all shook up, pressure just building, wanting to be released. 

I guess we all express ourselves in a different manner. I'm sure that person feels as deeply as I allow myself to express... 

Saturday, August 21, 2010

I've got this

Three rounds for time of:

15 ft Rope Climb, 5 ascents

21 Ring dips

50 Squats

My scale: 

3 rope lowers 

15 push ups

50 squats

Did push ups on my left arm and the shoulder didn't have any pain. I was a bit apprehensive but it worked out ok. I am glad to lower the reps to 15. Overall the WOD was "good enough." I didn't feel too pushed. After I called time, I immediately got up and started to jump rope. I had the goal to get 50 DUs. Being warm from the WOD, I easily chained up to dozen DUs at a time. After getting to 50, I then felt beat up like I normally would after a WOD. I am going to test out a method where I don't immediately lay down on the floor after the workout, but immediately pick up the jump rope and do 50 DUs. I know the guy Ryan has the same tactic; he immediately jumps onto the rower and rows 500m. I'm not sure if this is something Rob Orlando does or where on the journal I read this but I know a firebreather makes it point not to collapse and die, but to got right into another cardio movement to "cool" down. So I'll give it a try as another method to push myself. Esp. since I'm scaling way back for my shoulder. 

My abs have been so sore since my GHD day. I love/hate the feeling. As well as my calves are sore probably because of the jumping pull up. Ahhh. 

DMB tonight. Should be a good time :)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Spin Cycle

"The Laundromat"

For time:

35 Box Jumps (24"/20") -16" is all I need :)

25 Pull-ups (CTB, regular) -Jumping Pull up

20 Ground to Overheads (95/65) - One armed DB G2OH

15 Forward Rolls

20 Ground to Overheads (95/65)

25 Pull-ups (CTB, regular)

35 Box Jumps (24"/20")

I liked this WOD. Except the forward rolls. They spun me around. The jumping pull up wasn't challenging, but I'm being really good about not working my shoulder too much. I snatched the dumb bell overhead. 

Knowing that Amy did this RX'd at 16:30 just amazes me. She really kicked butt. 

This just blows my mind

My gears they grind
More each day
And I feel like
They're gonna grind away

And the city blocks
They drive me wild
They're never ending
Mile after mile

I just don't know what to do
I'm too afraid to love you

It's heaven on earth
In her embrace
Her gentle touch
And her smiling face

I'm just one wishing
That I was a pair
With someone
Oh somewhere

All those sleepless nights
And all those wasted days
I wish loneliness would leave me
But I think he's here to stay
What more can I do
I'm wringing myself dry
And I can't afford to lose
One more teardrop from my eye

Too afraid, I'm too afraid
I just don't know what to do with myself
Thinking all about you
Don't know what to do
Don't know what to do
Drivin' me out of my mind

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Irony! Take that Alanis Morrisette!

Shoulder feels good but still playing it safe. The kettlebell swing is one-armed only. Felt good. After what felt like 15 mins., I looked up at the clock and only 5 mins had passed. By maybe my 6th round, I started to feel the workout in my lower back. It started to tighten up in. I felt it first in my GHD situps, then it spilled into my KB swings. 

And then, with a quickness, we were at 17 minutes. It was weird how my time space continuem just had a hiccup. 

I know that I didn't go as hard as I could have. I know that coming off of this injury it really spooked me... past injuries didn't get me down like this time around. 

I had such a great day today. I was all smiles. 

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Who do you think you are?

I need to hear this girl live, in the flesh.

Monday, August 16, 2010


Three rounds for time of:

30 One-arm Thrusters, 15# Dumb Bell

Overhead Squat with PVC pipe, 30 reps 

This was my special WOD to accomodate my left shoulder which is still weak and not fully functional. 

My right tricep was screaming by the end of the first round. By the end, my abs were screaming as well. It was a good medium level workout. I can't wait for my shoulder to be functioning. Even then, I'll be taking it easy, I don't want to reinjure it. 

I was told by 2 people today that I'm looking thin... like too thin, and that they were worried about me. Well, I am participating in the CF SB Paleo Challenge. It started today. My stats are: 103.2#s, 25.4% Body Fat, 26.5" waist, 33" hips. I don't know if I have anything left to loose. I may actually gain weight. I have started to take a post-workout protein shake to hopefully promote muscle healing and shorten the time I'm all sore.  If you want to know what a person who follows Paleo you can follow my FOOD LOG

I don't think I did that well in my phone interview with UNFI. The interview was not what I expected. I thought they were going to ask me character questions, which I was completely prepared for, but theY went a different route. They asked about my views on the current affairs with the words "organic," "natural," and "conventional." Now I have a huge opinion about it and I had a million things flying in my head, and all the thoughts that came out of my mouth were not linear thoughts. It was obvious I was frazzled. I'm not happy with what I said about organics. I could have divulged more, I didn't even touch upon the USDA's approval of organic pesticides/herbacides/fertilizers... "Natural" I hit the nail right on the head. "Conventional" was tricky. 

They also asked about why I felt "Fair trade" was important and what impact does it have on the industry... I mean these questions are soooooo open ended that I could have spoken for hours about each topic and either offend the hell out of someone or come off as an over-zealous nut job. I probably succeeded in both. 

I tried to salvage the interview in the end by emphasizing my experience fulfilling the exact function/tasks of the position. I stressed that I have strong existing relationships with qualified foodservice outlets in all sectors including fine dining, hotel/resort, business & industry, institutional (including Hospitals), education, and all the major studios, so hopefully they see that. 

Interesting things I found out about the "territory manager" position is:
-Newly created department focusing on foodservice outlets only
-Territory is LA/OC
-1 overnight travel WEEKLY req'd
-company laptop provided
This last bullet confirms to me that I'll be processing my own orders like Sysco and US Foods reps, so no customer service support for me.

I really want this job. I know that I'm am completely able to kick ass at it. Elise said she'd get back to me in 2 weeks to inform if I will move onto the in-person interview. 

Cross your fingers. 

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I have yellow fever


Two rounds for time of:

295/185 pound Deadlift, 24 reps

24 Box jumps, 24 inch box

24 Wallball shots, 20/16 pound ball

195/120 pound Bench press, 24 reps

24 Box jumps, 24 inch box

24 Wallball shots, 20/16 pound ball

145/100 pound Clean, 24 reps

My scale:
15 Deadlift @ 105#s
15 Box Jumps
15 Wallball 8#s
15 Ring dips w/ band
15 Box Jumps
15 Wallball
15 Cleans @ 65#s

The workout was tough. The easiest was the wall ball. The toughest was the cleans. 65#s is heavy for me. It was my 1RM PR just a month ago. The deadlifts kicked my ass. Not sure why. 105# is my usual weight, but for some reason it  felt really heavy. Maybe because I did them after the cleans, I don't know, but I had to break up the work into 3 sets of 5 each time. 

I was useless after the work out. My shoulder was really starting to hurt. I immediately iced it. 
It hurts when I...
-Jump rope, esp DUs
-overhead press
-open my car door from the inside
-swing my arms during box jump
and today, lifting my purse up onto my shoulder.
Things I do that surprise me that my shoulder doesn't hurt...
-pull ups

So today, I plan to see my chiropractor to get an adjustment and have him do the thing that he did last time to my shoulder. He cracked and popped it and it immediately relieved the pressure I felt was building in the area. I also plan to get a massage, time permitting. Friday I have a 9am appt. at Yosan with a post-grad student. I hope I heal quickly. I really don't want to be injured for my level 1 cert. That's 2 weeks away. I've got to really lay off of it until then. 

I'm so glad Heather loves Crossfit. She's dedicated. She goes to 6:30AM class. She texts me her accomplishments. I think it's awesome. 

A rant:

Asian aren't attracted to me. Seriously. There's all this conjecture that white guys are swoopin' in on all the Asian broads... well, it's because they have the balls to hit on us. Last Sunday, after the X games, Leah and I had dinner in K-town. The restaurant was filled with a mix of Orientals and their white friends feeling culinary adventurous. Not one slanty-eyed man would make eye contact with me. Now, there could be a myriad of reasons why (collectively) all the Asian men would not look at me, including that maybe they don't find me attractive, but this happens to me all the time. It's like I don't exist to my own race of men. Today, at Whole Foods, the checker was super hot so I flashed him a smile--- nothing reciprocated. 

I never really been attracted to Asian men until very recently. I did date an Dutch-Indonesian guy, but he looked straight Dutch. In high school, I liked a filipino guy, Erick, but again, I didn't exist to him. So I gave up on "them" because of their lack of interest in me- that was over 14 years ago. I went on to taste the rainbow of men.  I guess, I don't get it. Maybe I'm not approachable. Or could it be the way they are raised? Coddled by their mothers, but also conditioned to be stoic and reserved. Showing emotion is weak. When I think of Asian men, I hardly think them as emotionally deep. As if their capacity to express emotion is not necessary. It may seem bold of me to make such a broad statement about men of a certain region of the world, but I take into account the social mores of most Oriental cultures, where discipline and reserve is exalted as a sign of control and power over oneself... Conservatism is to be presented outwardly, while uninhibited behavior is for behind closed doors and away from prying eyes. I think this thought has a lot to do with how Asian men socialize... They are never controversial, or make waves... mostly agreeable, light hearted, good people. The same could be said of the women. I have never seen an Asian child acting up in public. My brother and I were angels said my mother. We mimic our family by being in control of our urges and emotions, even at a young age. Maybe Asians are more cautious. And this translates into not being aggressive when it comes to the male-female "dance."

Jan Bu and I had dinner a month ago. She had been in a long term relationship with a Filipino guy. After they broke up, she started to date men of other races and realized that each race had their own distinct flair, GAME you'd call it. She then came to the conclusion that Filipinos/Asians have NO GAME. They aren't bold or strong enough to make her notice. She felt she needed to chase them, pursue them because they weren't confident enough to pursue her. She wrote off Asian men. As harsh as that sounds, I totally know what she's talking about. I feel/felt the same way. It made me think about the "Americanization" of  women like myself and Jan, and the countless successful Asian women in our generation. We're not the same women that exist in our mother countries. Our ideals and romantic notions have morphed to include the bold fantasies that Western Social Media and pressed in our feminine minds. We'd like to have our men live up to those bold ideals, not blur into the background to the trail we're blazing for ourselves. As contemporary as our lives seem to be, I know that Americanized Asian women still have STRONG traditional family values, where the man leads. Men have gotten soft recently. What happened to courting, chivalry, and manners? We throw around terms like "dating" "seeing each other" "talking" "hooking up" "hanging out"... What does it all mean? We use those loose terms to avoid having to actually express what we truly want for fear of being rejected. Either you're on board or you're not, but people want to play in the gray area just in case they need to split or something better comes along. 

This rant has really morphed into something completely different. I have no idea where I'm going with this.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Double your pleasure

Three rounds for time of:

10 Ground to overhead (95/ 65) [35#s]

200 yard Shuttle sprint, 50 yards there and back twice

This was horrible. Really. I hated it. As well, I'm unhappy that my shoulder is acting up again. I could not comfortable press or jerk the bar above me, but I could snatch the bar. I find that weird. So I snatched all 3 rounds, which completely gassed me for the run. Then there's the tumultuous relationship with the run. It was yucky. 

After I finished the WOD, I had a huge headache that radiated from my ears and creeped to the back of my head. I felt dizzy and had to sit down for a bit. Martina thought that it may be my breathing when I run. I do have to say that I probably breath incorrectly or at least in a way that isn't conducive to getting as much oxygen to my moving parts. I would describe my breathing while I run as "hyper-ventilating." When I did the jog for the warm up, I did notice that my left arm went numb.  I probably should speak to someone about this in earnest. 

And in good news: I did 8 double unders in row!!!!!!!! Woo hoo. So Friday, I chained 2 together. Today I chained 3 together. Then 4 together. And then within 10 mins I did 8 together! How cool is that?
I'm seeing results to my commitment to working on it. 

I should also be giving my pull ups this kind of attention :-/ 

PS- just like I predicted my ass is completely sore from the back squats on Sunday. 

Sunday, August 08, 2010


Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:

7 Back squats (185/ 135) [75#s]

Dumbbell Overhead walking lunge, 10 steps right hand (45/ 30) [12#s]

7 Burpees

Dumbbell Overhead walking lunge, 10 steps left hand

My score: 

Now I'm at a loss as to what my true score is. I really think I did 7 rounds but miscounted. You see, we were paired up for our heats with someone to share the rack with for the back squat. I was paired up with Deniz. She started the WOD in its true order and began with B Squats. I started on the opposite movement at the burpees. Checking over at her progress once a round to make sure that we wouldn't meet at the rack at the same time, I noticed that we were in perfect "opposite" sync. When I was doing my left lunge, she was on her right lunge... When I was doing my back squats, she was doing her burpees... Deniz reported doing 7 rounds and I 6 rounds. I know that the 2nd to the last time I was doing BSs, I questioned whether I was in my 6th round or if I just finished my 6th round. Then take into account that I completed 4 rounds the first 10 minutes; if I really did only do 6 rounds total, that means I was working at half my power the last half of the 20 minutes, which doesn't sound correct. 

So I think my TRUE score is 7 rounds and 5 back squats. 

I loved this WOD. It was good and bad and good. I loved all the movements. I did not press the bar overhead for my left side since my shoulder is still jacked. I hung the dumbbell on my side, it worked. 75#s started to feel heavy after round 4. I was having a tough time at that point getting below parallel. My left shoulder was also feeling tingly in the position it was in for racking the bar on my back. I'm sure my posterior chain is going to be sore tomorrow. 

I only had 4 hours of sleep last night and did not eat a thing before I got to the box, so when the clock stopped I collapsed on the floor and felt a hot rush of blood to my head and face. I moved only once in the next 20 mins (to get out of the way for the next heat); I laid on the cold, glazed concrete floor by the door, enjoying the breeze  cool my sweat-slicked body. I felt all heady and liquid. The post WOD drunk was really intense and lovely feeling. I half closed my eyes and left my mouth go slack, leaving it partially open. I probably looked half in ecstasy and half straddling death. I didn't cheer for the second heat, I couldn't. I was completely content to get lost in my own nothingness. 

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Day of Wreckoning

Five rounds for time:

Muscle ups (sub C2B PU/Ring Dips)

115 lb Overhead Squat, 10 reps (sub with 40# front squat)

15 Toes to bar (sub K2E)

20 GHD Sit-ups (Abmat)

My Scale:

My Time: 

I chained 2 double unders together-- twice! Of course, only 2, not more. But it feels good to know that I can :)

I woke up at 6AM Friday morning with only 4 hours of sleep. Not really a good thing since my body needs all the sleep it can to heal. I spent the day on my feet making hundreds of Prosciutto, Mozz and Spinach crepes... There were 3 parties at lunch and 3 parties for dinner. All day my lower back was aching. I couldn't lift anything off the ground. For example, I know I could easily lift a 50# bag of carrots to my station, but when I attempted it yesterday, I failed. My back and entire posterior chain was tight and would not "fire." I really think the 2 movements from yesterday of back extension and deadlift back to back is what really killed me. I did 105# which I am perfectly capable of doing, but coming out of the BE is what made it a doozy.

So standing on my feet all in Dansko clogs probably only exacerbated my back pain. Later into the afternoon, I start to feel "pain" running down my left thigh.  I say "pain" because it felt uncomfortable, but bordered on a soreness, tingly, numbing sensation... It was a little scary. This feeling has continued until this morning. I question if me standing all day has irritated my sciatic nerve.

As well, my left shoulder is acting up again. I cannot recall any specific movement I did this week that caused me injury or pain at the time of doing it. But Thursday evening, whilst at dinner, I felt it need to be move so I did mini-drom in my seat, rotating my arm slowly. It felt good to get it moving. It was at this time that I felt the clicking in joint. It was a weak click, but obviously there.

After leaving Dreamworks, I get in my car and my body is starting to vibrate. I'm feeling all my weeks activity and lack of sleep. I get pulled over by CHP (yay!) and get cited for a fix-it ticket.  I arrive at the box at 5:40pm; do not really say hello to anyone and B-line it to loft. I pass out on one of the folding chair. I awake not so invigorated. I feel ok. I question whether I should even work out or not.

I decide to work on my double unders for warm up... And that's when I string 2 DUs together. I was so stoked. I do it again. After several more failed attempts, being mindful of keeping the body upright and tightening the mid-line, I try one last time. During this last attempt I aggravate/pull/cramp a muscle in my neck!!! Now my neck is stiff and doesn't have range of motion. I start on DROM hoping to loosen it up, but it hurts to bad. My move onto rotating my arms, and that is when I notice the click in my left shoulder has become more pronounce and slight tingliness. I let Zeb know of my sorry state of affairs and we come to terms with how to scale the WOD to my injuries.

I felt good during the WOD. The dips scared me a bit with my shoulder but I felt no pain during or after. Knees to Elbows we ok. I had a hard time getting into a rhythm. I think in round 4, I finally was doing them consecutively, instead of breaking after each rep. I went light on my front squat not to stress out my already tense back. Going light was good because I was able to work on my form.

Overall I am happy with time and efforts considering....

I'm resisting the fact that  I have to start taking some kind of post-workout supplement. I'm 80% against taking anything processed or man-derived. But I cannot deny that I dont' think that I'm doing a good enough job with my meals or sleeping to jumpstart immediate healing like the SFH Post Workout REcovery shake says it does. All I know is that I'm committed to 3 on/1 off schedule, which is a lot of WORK, and I've hated how my body has felt all week. I've been taking fish oil morning and night desperate to facilitate healing. I need to seriously do something.

I'm sooooooooo glad today is a rest day. My plans to go to the Korean BBQ Cookoff have taken a backseat to relaxing at home. And the Going Away/Pool Party for Kristie and Alyssa doesn't seem so likely either, as I have no desire to drink and do not want to be in a situation where I will be tempted to drink alcohol. I just want to languish in my house.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Little Giants

Three rounds for time of:

Row 500 meters

30 Box jumps, 24 inch box

25 Back extensions

20 Deadlift

I scaled down to the 20BJs (16"), 20 BEs, and 15DLs @ 105#s. 

I loved this WOD, even with my sore body going into it. I knew that the rowing was going to get me in regards to time. My first 500 row I came in at 2:29. The box jumps were ok, I couldn't get a rhythm the first round. The back extension were fine the first round as well. Going into the Deadlift, I notice that my hamstrings are really tight from the BEs. I break up the work into 3 sets of 5. 

Round 2 I was tired. My row dropped by 16 seconds to 2:45, my box jumps were a snap. I just got a good head space and did them. I think I took a break once at #14. The BEs seemed to breeze by as well. My posterior chain and back seemed warmed up at this point and helped with the movement. 

Round 3 seemed to go fast for some reason. I really think my I was breathing better, I wouldn't characterize what I was feeling as tired. My last round of rowing I did the exact same time as round 2 of 2:45, which I think is pretty awesome. My last round of box jumps felt "easy"--- you know what I mean, not easy easy, but I had a good rhythm and didn't feel overwhelmed. The last round of BE really sucked for some reason, I just wanted them to be over. My DLs felt solid. 

So overall, I'm happy. I completely gotten over my shame/fear/embarrassment of scaling. I completely embrace it and know that it is what will make for a good foundation to slowly chip away at making BIGGER, GRANDER gains in the long run. 

I've decided to use my other blog to track my journey towards coaching kids crossfit. I think it's apropos that my domain is Littlest Giant--- that's what kids who do crossfit are, Little Giants :)



Snatch, 1 rep

Clean and jerk, 1 rep

As many rounds and reps as possible in ten minutes of:

6 Squat cleans (55kg/ 40kg)

12 Pull-ups

24 Double-unders

My total score: 203

I have soooo much on my mind, but I'm sooooo sleepy. I'll pick this up tomorrow morning :) While you wait for the continuation, enjoy this Snatch video:

Monday, August 02, 2010

Back in my own bed

Three rounds for time of:

50 Double-unders

25 Wallball "2-fer-1s", 20 pound ball



I chose to scale way back just for the reason that I've been away from the box for over 10 days, that I battled a crazy sickness for almost 2 weeks, and because of that my diet has been not been clean.

I'm already sore. My adductor muscles are definitely tight. The 2 for 1 Wall Ball is trip. It's kind of scary from reason.

I've decided to go to 3 on/1 off training schedule. I'm excited to see what kind of gains I'll see in my game. I know that Zeb said that after he followed the main site schedule and programming he gained 5#s of muscle. I'm excited to see what's to come. Tomorrow, even though it's a "rest day," I do plan to go into the box to work on my some weaknesses. I think my unassisted pull up takes precedence over chaining my double unders together. And then maybe I'll work trying to get upside down... MAYBE.

It came in the mail, yay! I cannot wait to pore over it: