Archive for December, 2011

Who knew doing an “AMRAP (as many rounds as possible)” would hurt so bad?  I imagine everyone who does CrossFit knew, but who else?

Today’s WOD was an AMRAP with 10 pull-ups, 5 75 lb. dumbbell dead lifts, and 8 135 lb. push-press in 20 minutes.  I had to scale mine way back.  I got through my first 2 rounds doing weight assisted pull-ups at 145 lb., 5 40 lb. dumbbell dead lifts, and 8 95 lb. push-presses.  The next round I went down to just the bar (45 lb.) on the push-presses. The fourth round I dropped to 135 lb. pull-ups.  I made 3 more rounds, then dropped down 125 lb. pull-ups.  I made it two more rounds before the time was up.

I was actually impressed with myself making it 8 rounds, but I also realize I was using puny weight.  I’ve only been attempting this for a week, with only three workouts, so I’m not feeling bad about that, yet.  We’ll see how I feel in a few more weeks of this.

Tonight, to kind of relax, Brittany and I are going with some friends to a comedy show.  I love stand-up comedy, although the last time we went, it was a terrible show.  Hopefully this is a better time.  Either way, it’s free, so who am I to complain.

WOD 29Dec2011

Posted: 29 Dec 11 in CrossFit
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As soon as I saw this workout, I was dreading it anyway.  Going from doing nothing to this was going to be rough, especially feeling as bad as I was the past few days (I am feeling much better now).

Here’s the rundown of today’s WOD as posted at CrossFit.com:

Hidalgo – run 2 miles, rest 2 minutes, 20 135 lb. Squat Cleans, 20 24″ Box Jumps, 20 Walking Lunges (45 lb. weight overhead), 20 24″ Box Jumps, 20 135 lb. Squat Cleans, rest 2 minutes, and run 2 miles.

Here’s the kicker for me today.  I don’t know what was going on, but the gym I normally go to was extremely crowded today.  I don’t know if there is a PT test for a unit coming up, if the other gyms on post were closed, or if a bunch of people were jump started a New Year’s Resolution they aren’t going to keep (if that’s the case, I hope they do, but I’m a realist, sometimes).  I couldn’t find a bar for my Squat Cleans, and they don’t have boxes anyway, so I substituted as best as possible.

This is my breakdown of how I did.  Keep in mind this is only my second WOD ever, so I’m hoping this isn’t too terrible.

I ran my two miles in 17:10, maintaining a 7.0 mph pace.  I did a close match to a Squat Clean with a 30 lb. Kettlebell (I knew I wouldn’t be able to do 135 lb.. anyway), 20 reps.  Followed with 20 jumps onto a bench (probably somewhere between 18″ and 24″), 20 walking lunges with a 25 lb. plate held overhead, returned to the jumps, and then to my Squat Clean Kettlebell sub.  This is where I stopped.  I thought this was more of a full-body workout, which it probably is, but my legs were done after my last 20.  All the treadmills were full, and I stopped here.  At this point my overall time was floating around 36:20.  Not great by any means, but I’m hoping to get better.  I just have to stick with it!

Anyway, if anyone checks this out and has any pointers, or wants to share, let me know!

Not Feeling Well

Posted: 28 Dec 11 in Uncategorized
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The past couple of days have not been going so well for me.  I haven’t been to the gym since my first post on here, mostly due to Christmas, which is a bad excuse, I know, but that’s the main reason.  Then starting Monday evening, I started feeling bad.  It was bad enough that I couldn’t eat dinner.  I was up the majority of the night with what I’ll just refer to as a stomach flu.  I felt bad at a number of points because I knew Brittany wasn’t sleeping well either.  I remember thinking that I should just go lay on the couch, but couldn’t force myself to go that far away from the bathroom (maybe subconsciously I knew where I needed to be).

This continued into the majority of Tuesday afternoon, where I started feeling a bit better Tuesday evening.  I woke up today feeling not too bad, so decided I would go back to work.  This was a mistake.  I lasted no time at work, and had to take the rest of the day as a sick day.

Someone posted a comment on my Facebook with Richard Cheese’s cover of Disturbed’s “Down With the Sickness.”  In feeling bad, that definitely made me laugh.

Post Christmas

Posted: 26 Dec 11 in Uncategorized
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Even with it not feeling like the season, I had a great Christmas.  Brittany seemed really happy with her gifts, the little ones seemed like they really liked their gifts, and I know I really liked my gifts.  With all the traveling yesterday, I didn’t make it to the gym, and I didn’t make it to see my dad at the cemetery, but it was a great day (and everyone knows that ones a loved one passes, you can wish them a Merry Christmas anywhere, not just in the cemetery).

I look forward to getting back to the gym today.  I’ve already done a lot of cleaning, and have a lot of trash to take out since Brittany is back to work today.  I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas as much as I did!

Christmas Begins

Posted: 24 Dec 11 in Uncategorized
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I’m about to head out the door to what will start my Christmas festivities.  This year isn’t like others for me.  I’m excited, but it still doesn’t seem like it’s Christmas.  Maybe it’s because it’s 50 degrees outside, and I expect Christmas to be much colder.  Maybe it’s because this year will be the first year (excluding my two years in Iraq during Christmas) I’m not waking up in my parents’ house to see what’s under the tree and what Santa brought me and my siblings, which then turned into my nieces and nephews.  I’m not really sure what it is, but something seems off.

Either way, I am still excited.  I look forward to seeing people open their gifts, and I (selfishly) look forward to opening mine.  I look forward to waking up tomorrow morning in my house with my girlfriend, and celebrating our first Christmas together in our home.  Tonight, I go to see my mom’s family that I typically only see once a year, then over to Brittany’s grandparents’ house.  I’ll take a great picture of my seven nieces and nephews for my mom, and that will be great.  Tomorrow will have more traveling and visiting, and hopefully a pause to stop at the cemetery and wish my dad a Merry Christmas.

Above all, I look forward to wishing Jesus a Happy Birthday, as that’s what we’re really celebrating by Christmas.

I hope anyone reading (and all those who aren’t) have a wonderful Christmas, and stay safe.  Even if things seem a bit off, it’s a great time to see family and friends!

Merry Christmas!

The Morning After

Posted: 24 Dec 11 in Uncategorized
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Oh wow, I knew the workout yesterday was good, but I woke up and I can barely shrug my shoulders. Who knew a bar with no weight 100 times would cause such a soreness? Normally, I’m not sore until the second day, not so this time!

Today was another first for me.  Not only did I start this blog, but I did my first CrossFit WOD (Workout of the Day).

A guy I work with has mentioned it to me a few times, and I checked out some of the websites, and I really liked what I saw, so I thought I needed to give it a try.  Especially after seeing that there were only three exercises in today’s WOD, which made me think that I would be getting home a little earlier.

The WOD consisted of 10 Muscle Ups, 100 Push Presses with 75lb. weight, and 1,000 meter row, for time (examples are all over YouTube).  Since I’m also training for the KY Derby Mini-Marathon and the Triple Crown before that, I did a 20 minute run before my WOD.

This being my first workout with CrossFit, I didn’t really time myself.  I have a general idea (20 minutes for just the WOD, an additional 20 for my run), but not exactly.  There were people on the CrossFit website that finished in under 10 minutes.  I didn’t make it that quick.  I couldn’t do the Muscle Ups, so I substituted with some standard dips and weight assisted pull-ups.  I knew I wouldn’t be able to do 75lb. Push Presses 100 times, so I did just the bar, a standard 45lb.  I couldn’t do 100 straight, but I was really happy that I hit that mark.  My shoulders were on fire!  I finished up with the 1,000 meter row, and that took about 5 minutes, with zero additional resistance.

If you’ve never seen CrossFit, these people are extremely fit.  I hope that I can motivate myself to keep up with it for a while, because it was a great workout, even scaling it down as I did.