Standing on shoulders

The other night over dinner, I was telling my  husband about my cruddy/stressful day when his eyes dropped to about my chin and stayed there.

“What?  What are you looking at?  Is there something on my face?”

He shook his head and grinned.   Later he told me he had been looking at my shoulders, which he says are more muscular. 

I’m sure today’s WOD helped even more:

For time
21 pullups
20 Dumbbell deadlifts (35#)
19 Box jumps
18 pullups
17 DB deadlifts
16 box jumps

to 1

My time: 16:40.

I used a green band for pullups and for the first time was able to do the first set without stopping — that’s 21!

I made sure to grab the Rx’d weight on the deadlifts, which were surprisingly exhausting.  I knew my grip would give way, but I didn’t expect to feel that worn out from them.

I really need to swallow my fear of the box and just jump on the damn thing.  It’s a new box that feels higher, but I’m never going to get better at the jumps if I don’t actually jump.

Still, I was pretty happy with how I did.  My form felt consistent, and I got a second wind.  Plus, I felt like I was going to puke, so I must have worked hard, right?

Meet "Kelly"

When I saw the WOD for today on Facebook, I worried like I haven’t worried in months.  Here’s why:

5 rounds for time
400m run
30 box jumps
30 wall balls (14lbs W / 20lbs M)

This one is a toughie.  To top it off, my right knee has been bugging me during recent runs.  I emailed Zach last night to let him know I need to sub rowing for running for a little while.  And that’s what I did this morning.

Zach warned me that it would be harder.  No doubt — but no pain in my knee, and that’s what I was going for.  I also did step ups instead of the box jumps in an effort to protect my knee — no strain there.  Weirdly, squats don’t bother it — but the wall balls were tough.  I used the Rx’d 14lbs for the wall ball shots, but my aim was far below the target — I really need to work on that.

I DID NOT FINISH this WOD.  Only 1 person in my class did.  I made it through 3 full rounds, plus the run (row), box jumps and 5 of the wall balls on round 4.  I’m actually looking forward to doing this WOD again in the future, so I can see if I improve.


I’ve been babying my knee for the past two days after feeling pain during a run on Sunday morning.  I’m not sure what happened — but I probably slipped a little in the mud or rain, causing a little strain.

(Jenny and I ran at the greenbelt Sunday — it was about 3 miles?  We got lost, it was muddy and slippery, and we walked about half of the time.  It took over and hour and a half.  We’re going to run someplace else next weekend.) 

I did not listen to my body — not smart, I know — and consequently, my knee is complaining.  Chances are it’s nothing too serious, but I don’t want to take any chances, so I’ve backed off significantly, brought on the ice and anti-inflammatory, and I’m doing a better job of listening. So far so good, but I’m going to give it time.

Meet "Christine"

I met another one of the Crossfit “girls” this morning.

3 rounds for time
500m row
12 body weight deadlifts
21 box jumps

I was really sore this morning thanks to “Angie,” and I considered not going for a half-second yesterday.  And even though I slept more than 7 hours, the warmups wore me out — I was just so fatigued.

We had 12 people in class and 6 rowers, so Zach separated us into heats.  I was in the 2nd heat, which started after the first group finished their second row. 

I did not feel strong on the rower, and I was slower than most of my classmates, but I kept up a good pace and pushed through, remembering that it’s about power, not speed.  I loaded my bar with 125lbs — not quite my body weight, but not too far under.  The deadlifts tore the blisters I got on Tuesday, but no bleeding, thank goodness.  I just did not have anything left by the time I made it to the jumps, and all I could do was step up.

On my third round, time for class was running out, and Zach was yelling at me to finish.  “Come on, just do the deadlifts.  Don’t stop.”  I did them faster, but I did have to stop briefly a few times to catch my breath.  I was able to keep going through the box jumps, even though I felt the contents of my stomach jump into my throat a few times.

I finished this WOD in 16:05, which really isn’t bad. My form felt strong on the deadlifts.  But I wish I had pushed myself to jump — at least on the first round.  Box jumps are definitely an area I need to work on.