“Welcome back, mama”

Those were the words I heard yelled over the pounding music at the gym Tuesday morning as I struggled through my sixth set of kettlebell swings.

My gym pal — and total badass — Linda was cheering me and many others on as we huffed and puffed our way through.

Here’s what we did:

7 rounds
5 burpees
10 Toes-to-bar
15 swings (M 24k / W 20K)

Time: 16:43 @ 16kg (knee raises)

The cutoff was 20 minutes, and I got an approving nod from Zach as I walked shakily to the board to write my time.

Seven rounds seems to be the magic number this week.  Check out Monday’s home workout:

AMRAP 15 min
10 push ups
10 DB rows (15#)
10 DB squats

Results: 7 rounds

Andy chose my dumbbell weight.  But I was feeling lazy and sluggish, so I didn’t protest.  And I moved so slowly through the workout, I might as well have used the heavier weights.

What a day, oh what a day

A couple of days ago I quite seriously informed Andy over breakfast that something wasn’t right.  I had no idea what it was, but something didn’t feel right.

Was it that the house was a disaster?  No dresser for the baby yet?  What could it have been?  I puzzled over it for the entire day, eventually moving on and feeling better.  But I believe it came back to me this morning at my 36-week doctor’s appointment.

Baby is no longer head down.

“ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!  Not again!!!!”

This happened with Luke, too.  Same time.  He was head down at 34 weeks… everything was fine.  At 36 weeks… feet down.  And for those of you that don’t know how babies should be born… they should come out head first.

He never flipped — even through brute force — and I had a C-section as a result… something I really want to avoid having again.

So I have some decisions to make.  In the meantime, I’ve sought out a mom consultation and eaten comfort foods.  (Paleo be damned — I wanted a quesadilla for lunch.)

All of this comes after a brutal AM workout at the gym.  It was long; it was hard.

45 toes-to-bar
30 Dumbbell floor press (M 50# / W 35#)
DB lunge walk (Alley to front door and back)
30 renegade rows
45 toes-to-bar

Time: 19:05

I finished first… but I was only using 20# dumbbells.  I think I might have attempted the 25# DBs if I was not at 36 weeks, but I’m definitely not quite to the RX weight.  I also did knee raises instead of toes-to-bar.  One day, right?

SIGH.

There’s always a bright side.  Thanks to my workouts and nutrition, I’m stronger than ever and more ready for whatever many happen with this baby.  And baby’s strong, too.

Crummy day… great WOD

Thursday was not a great day for me.  Two major things happened in the morning that made it difficult to keep a smile on my face.  Fortunately, the way I started off the day earlier in the morning was good.

Not that I felt like being at Crossfit when I arrived, mind you.  My friend Norah commented that I looked even more pregnant.  “Tell me about it,” I said.  The heat is getting to me, and I feel like I’m moving really slowly.  But what’s to be expected at 35 weeks? I mean, I’m only a month away!

Here’s what we did:

3 rounds
400m row
21 toes-to-bar
21 KB clean and press (M 24kg / W 16kg)

Time: 18:52 (knee raises and 12 kg KB)

As for nutrition, after a weekend of cupcake indulgence surrounding my son’s birthday party, I’m trying hard to get back to cleaner eating, which is not easy.  I crave fruit and carbs all the time, and heavy meats — like beef and lamb — are not appealing.

In making our weekly menu and shopping list, I asked Luke for input, since he has some favorites.  He really wanted more Cauliflower Rice, as in the delicious rice substitute from Mark Sisson’s Primal Cookbook.  I decided to turn it into Cauliflower Fried Rice.  Andy whipped it up in no time with just some egg and it was MOST DELICIOUS.  Next time we’ll add a new more veggies and nuts to round it out, but for a very fast and yummy dinner — it was the bomb!

And my 4-year-old ate it, so there ya go.

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:

SDLHP
3-3-3-3-3

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

35-35-55-65-65

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:

Sunday:

“Rosalie”
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

The box is my friend

Crossfit Central’s Facebook status today started out with “Is this a typo?”

Uh-oh.

It actually wasn’t that bad.  It was hard, sure, but in hindsight, not too bad.

21-15-9
Toes-to-bar
Overhead squats (M 95# / W 65#)
Supermans
Burpees
Box jumps

Class was crowded this morning.  We were all crammed in with all of our equipment.  Supermans and burpees had to be outside.  Fortunately, it wasn’t raining… at first.

I tried loading the bar with 65#, but it just wasn’t happening today.  I didn’t have time to find weights to put 55# on, so I stuck with the bar.  It turned out that was challenging enough.  I need to work on my strength for holding a weight overhead, and this really helped.

I had to scale the toes-to-bar — I’m just not there, as much as I try.  It was raised knees for me.

But I’ll tell you what I was really happy about — I JUMPED ON THE BOX.  EVERY.  TIME.

Yay!  It helped that I wore my Vibrums.  I felt like I was able to grab the box more confidently, even when I was tired.  And I didn’t even care that it slowed me down to jump rather than step.  That didn’t matter, as long as I was jumping.

First obstacle hurdled!  Now to keep at it and keep working on form and speed.  

Wow.  It’s such a relief to have overcome something that’s been dogging me for a while. Of course, I’m sure I’ll have to continue to work on jumps.  There will be days I don’t want to jump.  But I’m gonna do it.

Oh!  Time for this workout — 17:05