I thought my workout went well this morning… until I looked at my time the last time I did the WOD.

At least I didn’t use less weight.

5 rounds
12 Deadlift (M 155# / W 105#)
9 Hang power cleans
6 Push jerk

Time: 14:34 @ 65#

This is more than 4 minutes slower than when I did the same WOD at home in March with the same amount of weight.  In March, I was fresh off the I AM Challenge and I had been able to increase the weight on this WOD AND cut my time from December.


I have to admit. I felt fatigued this morning.  Andy and I did straight strength Monday night, plus I’ve had three days in a row of less than 6 hours sleep.  So I’m not freaking out about my time or anything.

It was an off day. Also, I’ve noticed I’m a lot stronger in the afternoon and evening than I am in the morning.  It’s not really fair to compare a morning workout versus an evening one. The evening one is almost always better.

This morning, I really focused on form.  Zach pointed out how I was leaning forward with the bar, particularly while moving the bar overhead, so I made an effort to stay in my heels during the dip-drive.

I focused on form Monday night, too.  Here’s what we did:

Overhead squat

Results: 45-55-65-65-65

Shoulder Press / Ring Rows

Results: 45-50-50-50

Both Andy and Luke start Crossfit this week!  I’m planning to take pictures at Luke’s next class.  He loves it!

Has my training stalled out? Or am I still recovering from vacation?

I’m starting to feel frustrated about my training.

I feel like I should be lifting heavier and running faster.  Instead I feel like I’m not as strong as I was and slower.

Andy says it’s our vacation.  That week of travel was hardly a recovery week.  We were on the go, eating less than ideal food, and pushing ourselves without much sleep.

In essence, I need to recover from my recovery week.

I would say that Andy is probably right, but I was beginning to feel like I was stalling out before my vacation.  I’m frustrated.  I feel like I’m not making gains.  And after Tuesday morning, I’m really annoyed.

5 rounds
15 Push jerk (M 115# / W 85#)
500m row

Results: 2 rounds + 8 push jerk @ 65# in 12 minutes (I think it was 12min — could have been 15)

I sucked at the rowing and I sucked at the lift.  I struggled.  65# was hard.  It shouldn’t be anymore.  Plus, I rowed really slow.  My average pace was 2:42/500m.

It was like I was pushing the gas pedal, but nothing was happening.

Grrrr…. This is very frustrating.  I don’t like not being able to do what I want to do.  I want to be strong.  I’m ready to do a pullup without a band.  I don’t want to feel like I’m falling behind.

I’m impatient.  I know.  But being patient is for wusses.  That’s not for me.

Midday PR and burpees

The last several nights have been rough.  It took me 2 hours to settle Mads down, even though I could tell she was tired.  Andy dealt with Luke, who has been doing everything he can to delay bedtime.

And just as I thought would happen tonight, Andy was exhausted and collapsed.  At 8:30.  (Awww… give him a break.  He’s not used to waking up at 5.)  But it meant not working out together, despite the best intentions.

So I’m happy I had a premonition about this very thing and worked out on my own before noon while Mads took an epic nap.

Yeah — I am so smart.

Because I know Zach uses kettlebells in his Oly class, and because I’m deathly afraid of not being strong enough if I join the class, I’ve been working kettlebells into my warmups.  In addition to carries in the farmer, front rack and overhead position, I worked in this mini WOD on the fly:

7 rounds
7 KB deadlift
7 KB swings
7 KB squats

Time: 9:16 @ 1 pood

I nearly busted my bottom lip open transitioning from the swing to squat position with the kettlebell during round 2.  I have a sweet little blood blister now.  But eventually I started tossing the weight in the air and catching it for the squats.  I felt pretty proud.

Then it was strength time.

Push Jerk

Results: 55-65-75-80-85

A PR!  By 10#!  Andy thinks I should test that shoulder press this weekend and see if I’m able to hit 80 yet, since that’s been a huge goal.

After a little rest, I did another met-con — the main met-com I had put in my planner.

100 burpees for time

My goal was under 10 minutes.   My time: 9:41.

I will probably rue my choice of Wednesday workouts.  I have had a nagging feeling all day that someone will forget their workout log on Thursday morning and we will all be sentenced to 40 burpees (or more — it’s happened before).

Oh yay.  More burpees.


Barbell love

Steak and my barbell.  Those two things totally turned my Saturday around.

I already wrote about the Diva Dash, and when I got home I felt like I had something to prove.  I felt like I needed to do something to make up for how poorly I did.  The baby was asleep, I was already sweaty and gross, and Andy was up for a workout, so we pulled out out my workout log.

Being the total freak that I am, I have Post-its of workouts stuck throughout my log for the next 3 months.  Maybe I knew I would want to workout after the Diva Dash?  Because this is what was posted for Saturday:

30 Clean and Jerk

While Andy set up the bars, Luke and I went on a short warmup run, then I pulled out my kettlebell.  I’ve been trying to work more kettlebell into my warmups after talking to Steph about her warmups in the Oly class she’s taking with Zach (I totally want to take it!).  So I did kettlebell carries in the farmer, clean and overhead position on both sides.

I couldn’t decide whether to load the bar with 65# or 55#.  I chickened out and used 55# — using the heat as an excuse. (I need to cut that out.)

In retrospect, I should have tried 65#, because I totally slammed through this workout.  In fact, I was able to thrust up from the squat clean position, rather than just stand up and push jerk the weight.  My results were quite an improvement from the last time I did this WOD.

Time: 4:49 @ 55#

After a shower and some playtime with the kids, we celebrated my new job (yes, I got a new job and I’m headed back to work full-time) with STEAK!  We haven’t had steak in AGES, and Andy picked two hefty one up from our friends at Fredericksburg Grassfed Beef during his trip to the downtown Farmer’s Market.

Talk about delicious!

I downed my entire steak, which was huge, and covered in sauteed mushrooms.  There was salad and braised kale on the side with red wine.  It was amazing.

Um… running with a stroller is hard

Madeline and Cindy after the 1st run in the jogging strollerI very nearly flaked out — for the second day in a row — on taking Mads out for a spin in the jogging stroller.

Well, maybe “flake” is a bit harsh.  It’s all about timing really.  How long ago did she eat?  Is she is need of a nap?  Is she busy playing and I shouldn’t interrupt her?

I finally found my moment around 11am this morning — she was fed, dry, had reached a natural stopping point while playing and was starting to fuss.  I snatched her up, packed up the car and took off for the trail.

OK — first of all — where did spring go?  80 degrees?  Really?

But I digress.  I was feeling PRETTY sore from Tuesday’s WOD, so I stuck to the 3.1 mile loop at Lady Bird Lake.  Pushing a stroller while running is hard!  I took it slow, and my arms were SOOOOO tired.  It didn’t help that my earbuds kept coming out or I would get tangled in the cord.  That resulted in several stops to “fix” the problem.  Grrrr!

Time: 37:30 — super slow!  And I’ll admit it, I walked down the spiral ramp on the north side of the Pfluger pedestrian bridge.  I was resting in the guise of being safe.

This evening, Andy encouraged me to join him in a WOD, and since it’s Wednesday and one of my goals is to work out on Wednesdays, I agreed.

5 rounds
12 Deadlift
9 Hang Power Clean
6 Push Jerk

Time: 10:06 @ 65#

I smoked this WOD, compared to the last time I did it, which was back in December.  Maybe I’m not as tired this time?  Or maybe I’m also stronger.  I certainly felt stronger, and I blew through those hang cleans like the bar was a toothpick.

Now, time to rest up before tomorrow morning’s Crossfit workout.  It’s gonna be a doozy.

The drive to be stronger

Luke eats a cucumber chunk while posing next to Cindy and Madeline
Luke, Cindy and Madeline at the Austin Zoo

Children amaze me.

They seriously do.  And not just because they’re like little sponges and pick up “book” learning so quickly.  It’s their constant drive to be physically strong.

My daughter never stops moving.  I call her squirmy.  She’s 5 months old (as of Wednesday) and is rolling from her back to her belly.  She’s sitting up more easily.  It’s amazing that this creature, who hardly moved when she was born, is constantly striving to get stronger.

My son is no different.  At 4, he never stops moving.  He loves to show visitors to our home the gymnastics moves he practices almost incessantly: flips, headstands, balance beam and floor routines.  During my Wednesday workout with Steph and Beth, he ran with us on our 400m warmup run.

He’s signed up to run the Junior ‘Dillo in April.

It’s too bad many adults “forget” that drive to move.

I did for a long time.  I think I’m finally in better health than I was when I was a kid.  I remember running and running and running when I played soccer.

I think I’m faster now than I was then.  Maybe not by much.  But it’s a start.

On Wednesday, the Week 7 workouts we had to choose from both involved running.  Beth and I couldn’t agree on which one to do, so we let Stephanie be our tie-breaker.  This is what she chose:

3 rounds
800m run
8 Sumo deadlift high pulls
8 Front squats

The elite weight for this WOD was supposed to be 35# dumbbells.  I only have 1 30# DB, and we were confused as to whether you would use both on the SDLHPs or front squats.  Steph and I chose to use the 45# bars instead, and Beth used the dumbbell.  I measured out the distance.

It was A LOT of running.

Time: 14:30

We also did the strength component.

Push Jerk 7×1

Results: 55-60-65-70-75-80-85

I was tired.  The bar felt heavy.  But I think 80 may be a PR?  But at this rate, my goal to get an 80# shoulder press is looking grim.  I better rest up before I make the attempt on Tuesday morning.  Because, unlike my kids, I don’t have endless amounts of energy.

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Women and weights

My friends Beth and Stephanie came over Wednesday to do a strength WOD and one of our weekly EPOC workouts.

Beth said she left her house telling her kids that she had to go lift weights, and her son said exasperatedly, “Why are moms always doing that?”

“Most moms aren’t always doing that!” she told him.

It’s true.  Most moms don’t.  In fact, there are so many myths about women weight-training that persist even today!  (Here’s one of my favorite posts that debunks those myths.) But maybe my kids will grow up with the impression that moms — all women, really — should lift weights heavier than 5 pounds.

Anyway, our strength WOD was a long one this week.  We followed it up with a fast met-con.  (Damn!  I wish I had pulled out my camera!)

Shoulder Press 1-1-1-1-1
Push Press 3-3-3-3-3
Push Jerk 5-5-5-5-5


No such luck on meeting that I AM goal of an 80# shoulder press — not yet!

100 dumbbell snatches for time

Time: 8:00 @ 20#

Whew!  I followed that up with some major eating at dinner.  Pressure-cooker chuck roast.  Delish!

A gorilla run?

Have you seen this?

A gorilla run in January!  It looks like hilarity will ensue.  I thought about signing up, but decided not to because of the expense.  Granted, it’s for a good cause AND you get to keep the gorilla suit, but I’ve got to draw the line somewhere.

I’ve actually been drooling over a new pair of running tights from Lululemon.  Maybe Santa will bring some to go with my new top and running cap that are set to arrive tomorrow.

In December, the free Crossfit bootcamps are back at Lulu!  Last year I won a pair of Groove pants for going to all three.  Awww yeah — gonna try my chances again this year.

In the meantime, Andy and I are trying to fit in workouts whenever we can.  Last night the WOD was delayed while we searched high and low for “fish” blanket.  It was finally located behind the paper shredder.  Yeah — I’m not sure how it ended up there either.

5 rounds
5 Push Jerk (65#)
15 DB Russian Twist (20#)
25 Sit ups

Time: 12:21

This should have been a much faster WOD.  In fact, Andy kicked my ass.  Not sure why I’m moving so slow these days.  It was perfect weather last night and I actually slept 8 hours.

Go figure.

Hedging my bet

Things have been a little nutty around here lately.  Andy and I planned to work  out together Monday night, but with everything that’s been going on, I was afraid he would be too tired by 8pm.

So I did a quick midday workout by myself just in case.

2 rounds
30 DB swings (30#)
15 Push Jerk (65#)
50 sit ups

This is actually the workout the Crossfit Central Women’s classes did Monday — just modified because I don’t have a kettlebell.  I should have gone heavier on the swings — I could have totally done it.

Time: 13:01

As it turned out, Andy wasn’t tired at all, but neither of us felt like running in the dark.  I talked him into a strength session.

Shoulder Press

Results: 45-50-55-60-60

I don’t remember doing so many strict presses at that weight before — maybe I’m wrong.

Anyway, I remarked to Andy that it took me a while to understand that I need to challenge myself (and be smart about it) in order to improve.  It’s only been within the past couple of years that I started actually doing that.

I think it’s making a difference, too.

I think those were my abs

I have discovered that even though my belly is gone, I still have a long way to go before I am back to my old self, never mind being better than before.

Sit ups? A struggle.  Squats?  Going deeper, but not much.  Push ups?  Please.

Seriously, it is humbling to feel like I am right where I began 4 years ago, before Crossfit, before serious conditioning in Kung Fu.

With that in mind, I am trying not to avoid those activities with which I struggle.  I’m taking them on head on.  Check out the past three days of workouts:


4 rounds
25 push ups
25 sit ups
25 squats

Time: 14:46
Comment:  Ow.


“Mini Mads”
6 rounds
200m run
15 KB swings

Time: 13:50
Comment: Use a 30# dumbbell and did Russian swings.  This was my first running WOD that I actually enjoyed, so I named it.


Walked 4.17 miles with stroller at Lady Bird Lake


30 Squat clean and jerks (@45#)

Time: 7:20
Comment: Glad I used a lighter weight, because this was hard!


Push Jerk

Results: 55-65-65-70-75
Comment: I’m feeling strong!!