Swimsuit season is upon us

Where, oh where did the past year go?

It’s only the end of May, but every parent of a school age child (and school kids) knows that the end of school is here!  Summer camps will start up soon.  Vacations.  Lazy days by the pool.

OMG!  The pool?  Holy cow, Batman!  I need a swimsuit!

Duh, duh, duh…. DAHHHHHHHH.

SIGH.  It’s such a pain buying a swimsuit.  But I better head out this weekend to get one if I’m going to spend time with the kids at the pool.  They both have at least one swimsuit to get them through the summer.  Now it’s my turn.

I better lay off the sweets, I guess.

Fortunately I have a little muscle definition, even though my tummy still sticks out.  So at least I have THAT going for me.

See… THIS is why I get my butt out of bed at 4:30am twice a week — so I can wear a swimsuit.


Results: 134-145-155-165-175

Felt good!

AMRAP 12 min
6 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls (M 95# / W 65#)
9 Pushups (Crossfit games standard)
12 Box jumps

Results: 6 rounds + 6 SDLHP + 9 PU + 9 BJ RX

Almost finished 7 rounds — sooooooo close!

Lift, lift, lift

I have been going through the nastiest carb cravings lately, courtesy of my recent indulgences on bread and alcohol at SXSWi.  Stuff like this:

Chocolate layer cake

And this:

Assorted chocolates

And this:

Commercial candiesYeah, it’s been bad.  I know it’s going to take a few weeks of solid clean eating to knock out the cravings, and it’s amazing how quickly my body reacted to just a few “cheats” (I hate that word).  It might explain why my appetite has been huge of late.

But I’m proud of myself.  I’ve worked hard to eat clean (today).  I planned to start over on Wednesday, but I took Luke to a playdate and the host served bread, crackers, cheese, fruit… you know — everything I try to limit.  I felt bad.  I didn’t want to offend.  But when I gave blood Thursday morning I only snacked on raisins and orange juice in the cantina afterward.  I REALLY wanted to eat Oreos and Fig Newtons (which at one point I actually thought was a healthy choice), but I resisted.

In the meantime, I’m sore as hell after Thursday’s WOD (which I did before giving blood — thank goodness!).

Power Snatch

Results: 45-50-55-60-65

Setting up was so funny, because Beth and Steph and I didn’t even have to talk to know that we were teaming up or what we needed to do.  We grabbed the bar, weights, and we started fast, with Steph giving me and Beth tips whe had picked up in Zach’s Oly Lifting class.

I was still tired after SXSWi, which is what I blame for failing at 65#, but who knows — maybe I really am that weak.

Failing at 65# on the power snatch made it easy in choosing a weight for the WOD:

Sumo Deadlift High Pull (M 95 / W 65)
Overhead Squat

I went with 55#, and I focused on depth and form.  My arms shook while I balanced the bar overhead, but I didn’t drop the bar as much as I wanted to on each round.

Time: 8:27 (@ 55#)

In the meantime, my lack of sleep has caught up with me in the form of a cold that my daughter passed on to me.  I’m hoping I fight it off soon.

Good times.

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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Attack of the double workout

It’s happened.

My weekend workouts have brought me to my knees.

It’s Sunday afternoon.  I’m wiped.  I’m already in my pajamas. It’s agony to stand up and walk, and sitting on the couch is about the only thing I can do.

I’m dreading the next time the baby needs me to get up and tend to her.

So what brought me to this sorry state?  Definitely Saturday’s team workout, with a run and a double WOD on top.

Jenny and I ran a couple of miles Sunday morning, since the Paramount 5K is closing in fast.

Then, Beth and Stephanie and I met at Zilker around midday to do Week 5’s endurance WOD.

16 rounds tabata running
20 sec sprints / 10 sec rest

We started on the trail across Barton Creek from Lou Neff Point and headed east to Auditorium Shores.  In the 8 minutes, we made it there and then some, covering 1 mile — which is pretty fast for me.  I actually thought this one was going to be fun, but with the rests so short, it was hard to regroup.  I found myself gasping the time to the others, only to hear the bell a second later.

We walked back to the playscape, which was a nice recovery.  Then Stephanie and I decided to knock out one more WOD for the week.  It was a calculated decision to pile up 2 workouts in one day.  I already knew I was going to be tired on Monday.  I chose to rest instead of pushing through until Friday without one.

At the top of a dumbbell sumo deadlift high pullHalfway through a dumbbell swing

We chose a spot in the field near the playscape at Zilker.  We got quite a few looks as we swung around those dumbbells, which was awesome.  I love attracting attention sometimes.

I had Beth take some pictures of us while she timed the workout.  Here’s what we did:

Sumo Deadlift High Pull

Time: 8:03

I used a 30# dumbbell (the weight for the elite level).

I think I’m going to go to sleep early tonight.  Zzzzzzzzzzzzz…

Deep thoughts and an AMRAP

I feel kind of bad today.

At the risk of receiving the same reaction I got from Andy when I told him this story, here goes.

In my Crossfit class, you don’t show up late.  Late means burpees.  So when one of the new guys showed up late this morning, I sorta said, “Burpees!”  The assistant coach didn’t pay attention and Beth thought I was asking to do burpees.

After class I told Zach I was disappointed that the dude didn’t have to do burpees.

Andy says I was mean for finking on the guy.  I guess I have no defense.  It is kind of sucky.  Although, it’s not like the dude actually had to DO burpees.  He’ll only have to if he does it again.

I don’t want to be a fink, but…. well….  Oh well, what’s done is done.  I guess Marsha, a woman I used to work with at Williams-Sonoma, was right.  I am just a little bit evil.

Good workout this morning, though.  We started with strength.

Overhead Squats

Results: 45-55-55-65-65

Gees!  Those are tough!  It’s hard to keep form as the weight goes up.  I’m kind of wondering, too, whether I could have squatted 70# or 75#.

Since it was a balmy 20 degrees outside, Zach had mercy on us and modified the met-con part so that the doors did NOT have to be raised.  No burpee pullups!  Yay!

AMRAP 7 min
7 Sumo deadlift high pulls (M 95# / W 65#)
7 burpees
7 ab-mat sit ups

Results: 4 rounds RX

The SDLHPs were so hard.  They really slowed me down, but I knew I could do them RX.   As Zach always says, you have to challenge yourself if you want to get stronger.  I’m trying to remember that.

You know, sometimes what Zach says is kind of the exercise/physical version of what the @DalaiLama tweets.

It is not enough simply to wish that love and compassion should increase in us, we need to make a sustained effort to cultivate them.

Guess I should have remembered that before I finked on the guy.  I need to work on that.

Snatch test

We finished out the last week of 2010 programming at Crossfit Central with a test Thursday: A kettlebell snatch test.

But I’ll get to that in a moment.

We actually had time to do the strength portion of the WOD; however, it’s one of my least favorite lifts.

Sumo deadlift high pull

Results: 65-65-75-75-75-75

I was being cautious on this one.  It’s really easy to hurt yourself on SDLHPs, and the heavier the weight got, the more difficult it was for me to keep form, so I didn’t advance the weight too much.

KB Snatch Test:
Max reps in 10 min
M 24kg / W 16kg

Results: 120 reps @ 12kg

I was hoping to go RX on this one, but I’m still working on that overhead strength.  Still, 12kg wasn’t exactly easy.  I switched arms every 5 arms.  If I could extend that, I could go faster.  And while 12kg got really heavy near the end, I think I could use the 1pood (16kg) KB the next time we do KB snatches in a WOD.  I started to feel pretty comfortable with the “swing-shrug-pull-punch” motion.

Focus on the payoff

I tackled some really tough workouts at Crossfit this week.  Fortunately they were separated by a much needed rest day.


Floor Press


“Linda S”
3 rounds
Overhead walking lunge (M 45# / W 25#)
250m run

Time: 9:43 (subbed rowing for running, but used the RX weight)


Ladder drills


“Tom G”
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Sumo deadlift high pull (M 95# / W 65#)
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Thrusters

Time: 10:06 with 45# bar

I’m exhausted after this one, even though I didn’t do it prescribed.  I had trouble keeping track of what number I was on.  I’m pretty sure I did them all, even though I ended up on the SDLHPs rather than the thrusters.  I probably did more reps than I should have.  Pregnancy head… I’m tellin’ ya.

Speaking of that — today is 30 weeks.  I can’t believe it’s only 2 1/2 months away.  I’ve been lost in thought lately about it… sometimes fearful of the pain and experience.  But today I decided I’m not going to be afraid anymore.  I’m just not.  It’s wasted energy.  I need all my energy.  I’m going to get through it and the payoff is going to be amazing — a baby girl!!!

No total? Nope — AMRAP

I walked into Crossfit this morning expecting us to do our benchmark for the month — Crossfit Total.

It was not to be.  Next week we’ll do it.  Today an AMRAP awaited us and a skill session with one of the exercises in it.

AMRAP 12 minutes
15 Squats
9 Toes-to-bar
6 Sumo deadlift high pulls (M 135# / W 95#)

We were apparently supposed to work on kettlebell snatches as part of the skill session, but Zach decided he’d rather have us work on SDLHP.  He said he’s seen some really bad form and wanted us to get it right.

After working with the PVC pipe, we loaded up some bars for the following:


While I would have loved to go heavy, I went pretty conservative on the weight.


I was all set to do 65# for the WOD, but in the middle of my first round, I realized it was too heavy to maintain for 6 reps through that many rounds.  I dropped back to 55#.

As much as I dislike knee raises (my substitution for toes-to-bar), I’m really glad we did them, because they’re a great ab workout for me.  I don’t have many options right now, so knee raises will do.

I felt strong throughout the WOD and finished 8 rounds + 10 squats.

Here’s a couple of home WODs we did over the holiday weekend:


3 rounds
200m Farmer’s walk (20# dumbbells)
15 Thrusters (20# DBs)
15 ring rows

This one looked easy, but it was DECEPTIVE.  Time: 19:56

Monday: (Andy’s workout from Saturday, sorta)

3 rounds
10 deadlifts (65# barbell — LOVE it)
30 squats
100 rope swings

Time: 8:50

Fight Gone Bad returns

It’s the first week of the new month — time for a benchmark to see how we’re doing.

I figured out the schedule a long time ago, so I knew it would be Fight Gone Bad.  I love this WOD.

Fight Gone Bad
1 min Max Reps (2 rounds only in class)
Rowing (kcal)
Wall Ball (M 20# / W 14#)
Sumo Deadlift High Pull (W 55#)
Box Jumps
Push Press (W 55#)

I was really glad to be working out.  I’ve been feeling really stiff and achy lately — what happens to me when I don’t exercise significantly while I’m pregnant — and I knew a really hard workout would do this body good.

I also knew I would not be able to attack the WOD the way I might when I’m not pregnant.  I am off-balance enough now where I can’t do box jumps anymore.  I have to scale to step ups.  I set an 45# barbell to the side of push press just in case I needed it.  And I approached the workout a little different mentally.

Max reps would be nice, but I know it’s more important for me to focus on strength right now, rather than intensity.  So that’s how I went into it.  I didn’t try to do any of the exercises particularly fast.  But I did try to do as many Rx as possible and I tried like hell to make form count.

I’m very happy to report that the wall balls were some of the best I’ve ever thrown — higher on the wall, deeper squat to start.  I was able to do Rx the whole time on SDLHP, and my form felt strong.  I also felt stronger on push press.  I started with 55# and was doing pretty well… until I hit my chin with the bar pretty hard on the third rep of round 1.

Ouch.  After that, I decided it wasn’t worth it — I’m so clumsy!  So I dropped to 45# for the rest of the WOD.

I managed to get 67 reps on each round for a total of 134.

Last time my reps were 121.  Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to beat my reps, even though I knew dropping weight and stepping up would make me faster.

This Crossfit stuff appears to be paying off.  I’ve been wearing my pre-pregnancy jeans with a band — just wearing them without buttoning, and I haven’t needed to buy new jeans yet.  In fact, all of my old maternity clothes are too big for me.

Plus, another woman who happens to be pregnant told me in a shocked voice that my backside still looks amazing (after apologizing that she even noticed — haha).  Gotta love this stuff.

Dead sore

I love Thursdays.  Why?

Have you ever had a trip planned, and the day before you feel all excited and anxious because of all the cool stuff you’re going to do?  That’s how Thursdays feel for me — every Thursday.

So despite being sore from Monday and Tuesday’s workouts, I was in a good mood when I saw —

Dead lift
5 x 2
AMRAP in 15 Min
10 GHD situps
10 ring dips
10 burpees
10 Sumo Dead lift High Pulls (M 2 pood / F 1.5 pood)

Let’s be clear — I WILL pay for doing dead lifts again this week.  But I felt good during the WOD.

Lisa and I teamed up because our dead lift max is the same.  We did 5 rounds, but realized we started too light and wanted to bump up another 10#, so we ended up doing a 6th round.

My results: 125-135-145-155-165-175

We had to rush to get started on the 2nd WOD, which was modified to 10 minutes because of time constraints.  Zach also changed it to ab mat sit ups because of the number of people.  I had to modify even further — my sit ups were 5 on each side and my ring dips were scaled with one foot on the ground.

I did the SDLHP Rx, which was hard and slowed me down a little.

Results: 4 rounds + 10 sit ups + 4 ring dips

I’ve got a core workout planned for tomorrow with a little running thrown in.  Hopefully Andy will not be as sore and tired as he was last night so he can join me.