We’re ‘special’

Zach calls us his “special” class.

That’s his tactful way of saying we (the noon Olympic Lifting class) need a lot of work. Last week, I felt like I caused Zach much consternation and exasperation. I don’t like disappointment myself or my coach, so I try REALLY hard.

Do I mess up? You bet. Sometimes I forget. Like on Monday when we did snatch balance and I put my hands in the press position. Zach walked up behind me and quietly said,” sweetheart, we’re doing snatch balance. Is that where you put your hands for the snatch?”

Oh yeah. Duh.

The amazing Carey Kepler was in my class on Monday, and it was really cool to have someone I really admire working hard on the platform next to me, learning at the same time.

We all have things we need to work on. I guess Carey wants to improve her lifting, too. It’s a fantastic reminder to me that we should never stop pushing ourselves — never stop learning.

I am happy that — even though he calls us his “special” class — Zach did say we were much improved Monday. It’s a lot of work in a short amount of time. And I’m always learning.

Front squats 70%x5, 75%x4, 85% 4×4 → 80/85/100
Power Snatch off blocks 4×4 → 35/35/35/55
Snatch Balance 5×4 → 35/35/35/45
Good Mornings 5×3 → 65/65/75

Pouting and strength

I’ve been doing a bit of pouting lately.  OK.  A lot of pouting.

See, change can be hard, especially when you get into a groove and think you’re going along just fine.

And I’m not gonna lie and say everything’s hunky-dory, because that wouldn’t be true.  That wouldn’t be real.  And yes I know I need to suck it up and get over it, but it’s important that you know that I do screw up from time to time.  Or rather, all the time.  And that despite my best efforts to do my best and be positive, it just isn’t going to happen all the time.

Got it?

Back to the pouting.

I got feedback for the second week in a row on my food log and suddenly I realized — it isn’t going to be as easy as I thought.  Changing to what Zach wants me to do isn’t going to be seamless, and it’s going to be hard, especially with Luke’s birthday party right around the corner.  Not to mention menu-planning and prepping my meals for the morning and all of that.

It’s also kind of that gut-wrenching realization that I didn’t do as well with my food log as I thought I did.  There’s still room for improvement.  A LOT of improvement.  I didn’t execute as well as I thought I did, and it’s actually going to take some effort.  Some re-thinking.

Does that mean I’m not going to do it? No.  It doesn’t.

I know what I want.  I went to Zach for guidance.  He’s giving it.  Now it’s up to me to take it and implement it. No one said it was going to be easy.  There is no magic wand, no matter how much I wish there was.

Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.

~Ann Landers

OK.  Pouting over. Sorta.  But let’s move on.

We were off from class Tuesday, so Andy came up with a strength set for me.

4×8 Back Squat 45-55-65-65
(I kept the weight low to work on depth and form)
2×8 One-armed pushup, each arm
(I had one arm on a med ball.  I was going do do a full 4 sets, but a shooting pain started up in my right hand.)

4×8 Ring Rows
(Directly under the bar with knees bent)
4×8 Good mornings 65-65-65-65

I pouted during this workout too, because these are not my favorite exercises.  But as Andy reminds me CONSTANTLY… that’s why we’re doing them.


Andy is no running buddy

I was sitting at the kitchen table tonight, marking on the dry erase boards we keep on the fridge with our schedules and menu for the week (I’m endlessly anal if you haven’t noticed), when Andy sat down and said very seriously:

“Cindy, I don’t think I’m a good running buddy for you.”

Duh. Did he really just come to that conclusion?

“I run better when I’m setting my own pace,” he told me.

I smiled and answered, “I know, hon. But we’re training for the Tough Mudder.”

We had planned to work out on Saturday, but we were both so exhausted that we slept in, and by the time the kids were in bed it was super late and the temp still felt like 105 degrees outside.  (Plus Mads was still slightly fussy and restless for hours.)

Andy sitting on a wall, while Luke stands next to Mads in the yellow jogging stroller.So we agreed to run with the strollers on Sunday.  We got to the trail earlier this time, but it was still incredibly hot.  Mads fell asleep on our way to Auditorium Shores.  Along the way, Luke loudly pointed out all sorts of observations, all of which were interesting.  But since our culture frowns upon making comments about people within earshot, we got a lot of looks until we had a talk with Luke about what was socially acceptable in our culture.

Andy must have been dehydrated for most of the run, because he kept needing to stop and walk during our run, which looped from Mopac to the Congress Bridge at back.

Cindy poses at the Roberta Crenshaw trailhead at Lady Bird LakeBut still, it was a nice morning, even if it was close to 100 degrees.  I was wearing my new Lulu shorts and sports bra, and lamenting the fact that I had no top to go with my new clothes when Andy pointed out I could just run without a short.  Heck!  About half of the women on the trail do that.  I’m usually so conservative when it comes to my wardrobe that I shun stuff like that, but this time, I decided to take off my shirt and run the rest of the way in my bra.

“Why haven’t I been doing this all along?!”

Eff if I know, Andy told me.

Results: 00:001:59

When I got home, I decided to add some strength work on top of the run.  Andy started “breakfast”, while Luke and I went outside.  Here’s what I did:

Shoulder Press 3×3
Ring Rows 3×5
Front squat
Good mornings

Spoke too soon…

Remember what I said about Baby Angie being a little too easy?

Turns out it wasn’t.  I just didn’t feel the effects until the next day.  The workout I had planned for Wednesday hurt.  A lot.

3 rounds
20 Push press (65#)
20 Step ups
20 Overhead squats (45#)

Time: 16:53

I used the 45# bar on both the push press and OHS.  It wore me out.

Needless to say, I was grateful that this morning’s WOD was leg heavy, even though it was also REALLY hard.

GHD hip extensions
Box Jumps (M 24″ / W 20″)

Time: 15:29

I don’t remember the last time I had to modify a workout so much.  I scaled the pistols by using the rope to balance.  I can’t do hip extensions, so Zach had me do good mornings with the 35# bar.  And of course I subbed step ups for the box jumps.

It was brutal, nonetheless.  I can only imagine how my classmates were feeling as they did this one prescribed.

Some WODs with the Oly bar

Did I mention we extended the “Brummer Belly Challenge”?

Yeppers.  We did it when we bought the Oly bars and plates.  It goes until the end of July I think.  I’ve been having a hard time being true to my goal of primal eating.  Ice cream has been my downfall.  Fortunately, I only indulge once a week or so — not every day (even though I want to).

Andy and I have some birthdays coming up.  Andy’s comes first.  We went out today to pick out his gift.  I wanted to get him a pair of 45# dumbbells, but he wanted 45# plates.  Well, it IS his birthday.

We’ve been enjoying the new Oly bar set in our recent workouts.  Here are the recent WODs:


Kettlebell deadlift (32kg)
Good mornings (45# bar)

I finished this workout in 8:58 with 65# on the homemade KB, knee raises and the 45# bar.


7 rounds
7 pull ups
7 Overhead squats (65#)

Andy and I warmed up with the rebar to practice the OH squats, but it was a little heavy for the Burgener warmup.  Next time, I’ll pull out my staff.  Andy decided to use the rebar on the workout, since he’s still working on OH squat form.

My time: 11:35

I used the 45# bar for the squats (Andy tried it and called me a ‘bad ass’) and a band on my pull ups.

I checked out the Crossfit Mom site today to see what they have to say about the 3rd trimester.  The dos and don’ts included not squatting anything more than bodyweight and not lifting much weight overhead.  I have already been making sure I squat no deeper than parallel and staying away from jumps and stuff where I could lose my balance.  Pull ups are growing more difficult, because the band is rubbing my belly.  It’s probably also time to start doing push ups on a box or the wall, because I can’t get my chest to the floor anyway.

Honestly, I’ve been thinking a lot about the next benchmark at my gym, which is Angie.  Crossfit Mom has a “Baby Angie”, and I think I’m going to ask Zach if I can do that instead.  I feel strong, but I don’t think I’m up to 100 each of pull ups, push ups, sit ups and squats.

Light at the end of the day

I just LOVE Daylight Saving Time.  I love that it’s not dark when I get home.  It’s like I actually have a life.

To mark the occasion, Andy and I did a quick and easy workout outside.  It wasn’t very intense, but it was a good skills/stretching workout, because my hamstrings and shoulders are really tight.

4 rounds
15 Good Mornings
15 Knees-to-elbows
15 Overhead squats

I know I could have gone MUCH heavier than I did, but I really wanted to practice form with a bar, not dumbbells, and the only bar we have is re-bar — which feels like about 10 pounds.

Andy and the stopwatch don’t get a long, so the timer didn’t actually start to see how long it took.  That’s OK.  It was nice to have more of an active rest day.