CrossFit Open WOD 14.1: Do More. Suck Less.

Do More. Suck Less

The 2014 CrossFit Open began last Thursday. This is a huge time in the CrossFit world. It is a time where we get to see what we’re made of, and to compete with CrossFitters from all over the World. If you have no idea what The Open is, click HERE.

I had planned on doing each of the WODs only one time, no re-dos. I like to treat the Open WODs as a regular competition where you only get one chance to give it your all. Wellllll, my performance last night is an exception. The odds were not in my favor – I was tired all day, most likely because I didn’t eat much and decided to lay down and woke up only 20 minutes before I was to perform the WOD, aaaaand my monthly friend was being a bitch. Whah whah. I was also doing the WOD at another gym in town, and while I was not in my element, I think the big factor there was that I didn’t have my CFSB family there for support. They’re pretty awesome. I’m not making excuses, just giving a glimpse into the state of mind I was in. I tried to shake it off and do work. Unfortunately, my body had other plans.

14.1 is as follows:
AMRAP (as many reps as possible): 10 minutes
30 Double unders
15 Power snatches @ 55lbs

Both of these skills are fairly easy for me. However, there are days where I just can’t seem to do double unders, and you guessed it, last night was one of those nights. I kept tripping on my rope and couldn’t get a consistent rhythm with my jumping. I think my nerves got me rushing and I just lost control. It got so bad to the point where I stopped a few times to laugh because it was so ridiculous and embarrassing. I was also so close to quitting since I knew that I was going to do it again. However, I couldn’t quit. I couldn’t show my athletes that I was a quitter. I managed to finish the WOD with 4 rounds + 27 reps. I was hoping to get close to 6 rounds (270). I was so disappointed, that I had to do it again.

I dreamt about double unders all night. I woke up with sore trapezius muscles, or what we at CFSB like to call “shrug pieces,” because of all the shrugging in the snatches from my first attempt. I also wore my “Do More Suck Less” shirt as motivation.

14.1 Pace Chart

Tall Guy mapped out pace times for every outcome of rounds. He’s such a nerd; I love it! It’s all about strategery! It definitely helped to give us an idea of where we were in the middle of the WOD. I was doing pretty well and was on a good pace to complete 6 rounds. However, around the 3rd or 4th round it got tough and I lost time, but I hung on. I was able to do all of my double unders unbroken for 3 of the 5 rounds because I forced myself to slow down and find a consistent rhythm. My snatches weren’t too bad, but I could’ve used my legs and hips more. The last set of double unders were pretty funny. I felt like I was on the verge of complete body failure. My arms didn’t want to move, I felt like vomiting, I felt my head spinning, and the cramps. Holy cramps! Why do I do CrossFit again?! Well, I survived, and I am pleased to say that I got 5 rounds + 17 reps for a total of 242 reps.

Now, many of my new athletes have asked why they should sign up for The Open. There are so many reasons why people should do it, but I will list my top 3 reasons, which all feed off one another.

1. Accountability. In my opinion, on average we all don’t push ourselves as hard as we should during regular workout days. It’s either after work or school, we’re tired and hungry, and we just want to get the workout in and go home and go to bed. There are also days where we just don’t want to go and instead go straight home. I know what my athletes (and myself) are capable of, and I’m not always seeing max effort. Signing up for The Open holds us accountable in that we are required to submit a score by Monday at 5pm. We have 4 days to complete the WOD after it is announced and therefore have to put the effort in and make time to do it.

2. Focus. Participation in The Open really challenges our focus. Last night my focus was shit, and therefore I had to force myself to really focus during my second attempt. For those 10 minutes of hell, you cannot let any self-doubt, any negativity enter your mind or it will take you over. Case in point, my performance last night. Calmness, focus, and drive are all that can be there. However, when we allow ourselves to really zone in, it is amazing what we can accomplish. I have two athletes who were planning on not doing 14.1 because they had never done double unders. After much coercion and pep talking, they did it. Athlete 1 ended up doing 2 full rounds (for a total of 60 double unders!) and Athlete 2 practiced them this afternoon and got 20. I’m so excited to see what athlete 2 will do tomorrow when she attempts 14.1.

3. Mental fortitude. Anyone that does CrossFit has to have some level of mental fortitude. It is not possible to do these workouts without it. However, The Open presents another level to which you can see what you are made of. I think my absolute favorite part of The Open is seeing how far people push themselves regardless of how much blood, sweat, and tears are pouring out of their bodies. The Open is a test of fitness – not only fitness of your body, but fitness of your mind. How far can and will you go?

I am very excited to see what my athletes are going to accomplish over these next 5 weeks. It brings me so much joy to see them overcome their self-doubt and kick ass. I coach some of the greatest people I have ever met, and as such, they make me want to work harder and be better. CFSB rules!

Being Content with Mediocrity in a Community of Overachievers

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Team Ninja & the Goon

One thing I find interesting about CrossFit and the Olympics is that you are constantly reminded of your age. The majority of the commentators I’ve heard while watching the Olympics have mentioned that one’s athletic career is pretty much over once the athlete has reached their 30s. Hell, if you’re an Olympic-level gymnast, you’re done by 18 (21, if you’re lucky). With regards to CrossFit, you are constantly reminded of your age when your body just doesn’t want to move like it used to – you feel your knees and back ache often and that’s just during the warm-up! Actually, I’m pretty sure the constant reminder is when you see these damn youngins walking around with their perfect bodies not realizing (or caring) what’s coming for them in about 5-10 years. Ha! Yeah, go ahead and continue to think you can eat like that… just you wait! (Insert evil laugh here.)

When I mention “age” I am also referring to what got you to where you are at a particular age. At ages 14-16 years, I was in my prime in gymnastics – flexible, nimble, beautiful six-pack abs; at age 18, I was still pretty good and still had some of my six-pack abs; at age 19 I moved to California and basically didn’t work out until I started CrossFit at the age of 32. I also had a terrible diet. Imagine what sort of shape I would be in had I had CrossFit as soon as I finished my gymnastics career. Shoulda, coulda, woulda.

Well, here I am at the ripe old age of 36, and after 4 years of CrossFit, mixed in with two major injuries (from softball), I am feeling the strongest I’ve ever been, all the while feeling my body getting older.

This past weekend, Tall Guy and I competed in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre down in Ventura hosted by West Coast Strength and Conditioning. It was a co-ed partner competition with RXd, Modified, and Masters divisions. We still have a few years before we are considered masters competitors; however, we are at the upper end of the regular divisions, which is one thing that I love and hate about CrossFit. I love that I get to compete against people much much younger than me (and it feels pretty good to beat them, too), yet at the same time it’s no wonder when they do beat me (and at times I feel like they should beat me). Some of these “kids” are just out of college having competed at D1 schools, other competitors took part in past Regionals competitions, and many are also contenders to make it to Regionals this year.

What I also love and hate about CrossFit is that there are no weight divisions. So little 130-pound me often competes with women that have easily 20+ pounds on me. Me having to push jerk 95lbs 40 times is not the same as someone that is 155lbs. I think it’s pretty cool that I can lift as much weight as women that are bigger than me, but at the same time it sucks because they have a distinct advantage.

Many of the competitors this past Saturday looked like they were in their early to mid-20s with some that looked around my age. Many of the women in my division had beautifully muscular and toned bodies to the point where I would find myself staring at them. They sure are fascinating specimens of the female body! Dayam.

During the competition, while I was out of breath, trying not to vomit, and my body hurting, I looked around and saw these young competitors just plowing through the WODs and all I could think was, “This isn’t fair, I got like 10 years on these bitches! This isn’t fair, I’m lifting half of my body weight here and they’re not!” Yeah, I know I need to work on my mental game; however, this perceived “unfairness” pushed me to work harder, to not give up, and to also appreciate my effort and placing in the competition. Not only was I one of the smallest competitors in my division, I had the tallest partner – one I had to carry twice for the distance of 60 feet each time in the middle of a WOD. So, yes, I’m gonna say that I had to work a little bit harder than others. I’m not writing this to complain, but to merely breakdown how interesting, shitty, fair and unfair CrossFit is and that’s why I love it.

Tall Guy and I had 3 goals going into this competition: 1) Don’t get injured; 2) Don’t get divorced; 3) Don’t get last place. I am pleased to say that we succeeded in all 3 goals. We ended up placing 31st out of 46 teams, he didn’t crush me during the partner carries, and we are still married. Not bad for some old farts.

The competition WODs for the RXd division were:

WOD #1
10 min time cap:
21-15-9
Deadlift (245#/155#)
Box jump (30”/24”)

Our time: 9:16 (20th place)

WOD#2
22 min cap (partners split the reps)
200 Double unders
Partner Carry 60 ft (girl carry guy)
120 Sandbag Shouldered Squats (80#/60#)
Partner Carry 60 ft (guy carry girl)
80 Shoulder to overhead (135#/95#)
Partner Carry 60 ft (girl carry guy)
40 DB Snatches alternating hands (55#/30#)
Partner Carry 60 ft. (guy carry girl)
200 Double unders

Our time: 21:51 (34th place)

Floater:
For calories: 3 min Airdyne + 3 min rower (switch during 1min transition)

Our score: 198 (32nd place)

Better Than Expected: My 2013 CrossFit Open Experience

I didn’t realize that it’s been a month since my last post. I think I’ve been pondering my recap of the CrossFit Open since it ended that I thought I had posted it. Silly brain.

Well, the Open ended on April 7th and I did WAY better than I thought I would. If you’re new to my blog, I tore the labrum (cartilage) in my left shoulder diving for a base while playing co-ed softball back in August. The first week of the Open, which began March 6th, was my first full (as in full body) week back at the gym. I had been working out while in rehab but with only 1 arm, so I was a bit paranoid to have my first week back the first week of the Open.

For those unfamiliar with CrossFit, the CrossFit Open is a competition where CrossFitters from all over the world compete against each other. It lasts 5 weeks with 1 WOD (“Workout of the Day”) announced every Wednesday evening. You have until Sunday evening to complete the workout and post your results online. The workout must be completed at an affiliate or you have to upload a video to the Games site to be judged. The top 48 athletes in each region then advance to Regionals, and from there the top 3 move on to the CrossFit Games. The Games is the Olympics of CrossFit. Yes, it’s an exercise competition and it’s silly, but it’s AWESOME. These athletes are amazing and inspirational and effing phenomenal.

After attending the final day of the Games last year, I told myself that I would bust my ass and prepare myself for the Open the next year. I was on the right track, until that fateful day in August where I thought it would be a good idea to dive for a base. Even though I only had one good arm/shoulder, I continued to work out doing many of the movements modified, and it paid off. The transition into full body workouts, especially the Open workouts, was of course difficult, but manageable. Below is a brief (well, as brief as I can get – haha!) recap of each of the workouts and what I learned…

WOD 13.1
AMRAP (as many reps as possible): 17 minutes
40 Burpees
30 Snatches @ 45lbs
30 Burpees
30 Snatches @ 75lbs
20 Burpees
30 Snatches @ 100lbs
10 Burpees
Max Snatches @ 120lbs
My Score: 123

My initial goal was to get all the way through the 20 burpees (for a score of 150) and a few attempts at the 100lb snatch. Prior to my injury my max was 95lbs, and I was also much more fluid with the movement. The snatches were awkward since I hadn’t done the movement in so long, but damn, it felt so good to lift weights again. The burpees were surprisingly not as horrible as I thought they would be and I was able to find a nice pace. I was definitely pleased with my score of 123.

Here is a clip of me during my first set of burpees – so exciting, I know!

 

Here is what I looked like prior to my injury doing a full snatch (first video). Much more fluid than the power snatches in 13.1 (second video)

 

WOD 13.2
AMRAP: 10 minutes
5 Shoulder to Overhead @ 75lbs
10 Deadlifts @ 75lbs
15 Box jumps (or step ups) – 20″ box
Score: 264 (8.8 rounds)

I was STOKED for this WOD. I was hoping for something short and quick, and what made it better was that my favorite movement, the deadlift, was on the menu. My goal this workout was to keep a consistent pace and to not stop. DO. NOT. STOP. That is what was going through my head. Well, more like, DON’T FUCKING STOP, DO NOT DROP THAT BAR, was what was really going through my head. Oh, and BREATHE. I was also hoping for 10 full rounds, but I am totes cool with 8.8 rounds. There was a lot of debate going around the CrossFit community about box jumps vs. step ups. Many people thought step ups were cheating, and in a way I felt like that. However, I opted to do step ups to save my Achilles. I’m not about to hurt myself AGAIN. Step ups were permitted, so I’m going with that. I enjoyed this WOD.

 

WOD 13.3
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 12 minutes:
150 Wall Balls @ 14lbs
90 Double Unders
30 Muscle-ups
Score: 162

I HATE WALL BALLS. I can’t lie. I really do. First of all, I suck at breathing. Second of all, being short sucks when doing this movement. I attempted this WOD twice. My last blog post was about this WOD and I prefer to not relive it. You can read about my experience here: https://ninjanomers.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/if-at-first-you-dont-succeed/. In the meantime, enjoy Julie Foucher’s performance of 13.3 (I heart her).

 

WOD 13.4
AMRAP: 7 minutes
3 Clean & Jerks (C&J) @ 95lbs
3 Toes to bar (T2B)
6 C&J
6 T2B
9 C&J
9 T2B
Etc…
Score: 63

This was another favorite of mine, but I was a bit nervous about my shoulder on the T2Bs. As you will see in the video below, there is some shoulder hyperextension during the kip portion, so since my shoulder was a bit tight it made it a bit difficult. I was hoping to get in the 70s, but I am good with a score of 63.

 

WOD 13.5
AMRAP: 4 minutes +
15 Thrusters @ 65lbs
15 Chest-to-Bar Pull-ups
*If you reach 90 reps in the first 4 minutes, you get a bonus 4 minutes. If you reach 180 in 8 minutes, another 4 minutes is added; etc.
Score: 54

Not gonna lie, I was happy that we were finally on the last workout. I was over the stress and anxiety of completing the WODs. I know it’s so silly. You’re probably thinking, “Ninja, it’s just a workout. You’re just exercising.” I get it. But CrossFit is so much more than that. It has changed my life, mentally and physically. CrossFit is accomplishment. CrossFit is pushing through the suck and refusing to give up. CrossFit is realizing my potential. CrossFit makes me better. But I digress.

We all knew some form of “Fran” was coming, but didn’t know how. Well, they surprised us with the craziness listed above. Thrusters are a essentially the same movement as the wall balls, so you can imagine how excited I was to do this WOD. I love pull-ups, so I wasn’t too worried about that. My goal was to get in the upper 60s, but ended up with 54. My thrusters sucked as usual and the pull-ups were difficult because of my shoulder. However, I’m still proud of myself for making it this far.

Overall, I did better than expected. My two main goals were to do my best and to not get hurt. Success! My two bonus goals were to beat my sister-in-law Tiffany and my friend Heather in at least one workout. Success! I beat Tiffany in 13.2 and tied on 13.4, and I beat Heather on 13.5. They both kicked my ass in all the other workouts. Tiffany lives in WA, so it was fun heckling each other over Facebook. Thanks ladies for the push!

What I’ve learned during this year’s Open is that what I eat drastically affects my performance. I also learned that I was further along in my rehab than I thought. However, I think the biggest thing I learned was that I am mentally stronger and am able to push myself harder than I thought.

Below are the scorecards for CrossFit Santa Barbara’s standings as a gym, and then our standings in the world and region.

CFSB 2013 Open Final Scoreboard

CFSB 2013 Open WW-Regional Rankings

Next year, this shit is on…

If at first you don’t succeed…

… keep trying until you don’t suck anymore. Ha!

 

13.3. Oh, 13.3. I had such high hopes and you just crushed them to smithereens. THANKS.

I’ve been debating whether or not I wanted to write about the atrocity that was my performance of 13.3. It was embarrassing. The video of Hercules above expresses how I felt during and after the WOD. I surprisingly had a lot of people ask me about how the workout went and what my final score was (in person, via text, via FB messages). It’s such a nice feeling knowing that so many people cared and had such high hopes for me. However, it bummed me out to see their sad faces when I told them my score. It felt like I let them down. I wanted to keep this to myself, but if you know me, I can’t keep anything to myself (hence my blog. Duh).

If you read my most recent blog post, you will know that I’ve been on a downer as of late, which contributed to my “wonderful” performance of 13.3. What also contributed to my performance was lack of sleep. My neighbors decided to have the most annoying girls in the world over for two nights this past weekend. So, let’s think about this for a moment. Think about the most annoying person/voice you have ever heard and times it by 1000, then add a horrendous valley girl accent on top. YEP. That is what I got to deal with for two nights straight. “OH MY GAAAAAWWWWWWWIDDDDDDDDD!!! LIKE, YEEEEEEAHHHH.” Then some high-pitched squeals, then more OH MY GAAAAAAAAAWWWWWIDDDDDs came. Oy. Someone shoot me now. They were so loud that I slept in the living room. Tall Guy and I were so exhausted that we couldn’t even put clothes on to go next door to tell them to shut the eff up. However, no doubt about it, I will go next time and they will get an earful. Oh, yes they will. Moving on because them beeotches already consumed enough of my energy…

What I believe to be the main factor of my lackluster performance is the fact that this is only week 3 after coming back from shoulder rehab. Ninja, read that: WEEK 3. You ain’t Annie Thorisdottir. Slow yer roll. I had done better than I ever thought I would on 13.1 and 13.2 that it gave me hope that I could make it through the 150 walls balls, 90 double unders and have a few attempts at some muscle ups. Um yeah, maybe last year when you didn’t have a bum shoulder. I lost track of where I was because I was just so excited to be working out again. In addition to my body reminding me, I had a couple of friends remind me that this was indeed, only my 3rd week back. Sigh. Thanks guys. I really mean that. Thank you for reminding me that I need to continue to be patient with myself and that I will get there again.

I got very upset because I failed at my first attempt at 13.3 last Saturday. Yes, you read that correctly, I attempted this workout TWICE. I actually quit in the middle of a workout after about 50 reps. My head was in the worst place imaginable. I should’ve just waited until Sunday. I have never quit a workout before (except for an injury). There was one time I was doing “Fran” (21-15-9 of thrusters and pull-ups) and I got so frustrated during my set of 15 that I walked out of the gym, down to the stop sign and was ready to walk home. By the time I got to the stop sign I said to myself, “What the f*ck are you doing? Get back in there and finish already!” I didn’t quit and finished that damn workout. I really tried to push through 13.3, I really did, but my body and mind just stopped and said, “NOPE!” I couldn’t go on and that frustrated the crap out of me.

What was happening? How could I have been doing so well and now this? I understand now that it was my body telling me to slow down and be patient and to not get too far ahead of myself. Sigh. Okay, FINE. I will listen, but I won’t like it! Just kidding.

So, in the end, I performed the workout on Sunday and finished with 162 reps (150 wall balls + 12 double unders). I, along with everyone else, expected at least 240 out of me. Quite the difference, eh? The wall balls were more difficult than I have ever experienced, other than my first CrossFit workout ever when I cried and practically hyperventilated after doing them for the first time. It got to the point where I could only do sets of 3, which is uncharacteristic of me. I used to be able to do “Karen” (150 wall balls) in sets of 25 with no problem. Again, I need to remember patience.

13.3. I guess I should say thank you for reminding me to be patient, so thank you. I will visit you again in 3 months, though, and I will OWN you. I made a pact with a friend that we will tackle you again in 3 months and we are going to do it. Oh yes we will!

Thank you, Universe, for reminding me about patience.

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Mental Strength

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Annie Thorisdottir – 2011 & 2012 CrossFit Games Champion

(Copyright CrossFit 2012)

Apparently I am stronger than I think I am. Mentally stronger, that is. The past month or so I’ve had a lot on my mind and have been struggling with all the negative thoughts that have been swirling around. The biggest frustration for me is that these negative thoughts have been affecting me at the gym. The gym is my outlet where I put my thoughts to the side and just lift heavy shit and do crazy gymnastics stuff. But lately it seems that I have misplaced my motivation and drive.

I had the opportunity to go to the final day of the CrossFit Games a couple weekends ago and it was amazing. These athletes are just flat out phenomenal. As I watched them fight through these insane workouts I had a few conversations with myself, such as can I ever get to this level? Physically I know I can do it. Mentally I’m not so sure. To be at this level is a HUGE commitment. Am I willing to make that commitment? Can I mentally handle it?

I watched an interview of Annie Thorisdottir from Iceland who is the women’s champion for 2011 and 2012, and the first competitor to win two years in a row. In her interview she said, “I think my strengths are, that I can usually keep on going. I… I don’t really need to stop and rest. I can push myself pretty hard.” This really stuck with me. Many times during a workout I either get burned out or I start to think too much, lose my focus and stop and rest for a few seconds. It is during these workouts where I question my drive and commitment. Why did I stop? Did I really need a break or did I just give up? I know I am committed as I workout 4-5 times per week. But I want to get better which means an even bigger commitment. Mental toughness has always been a struggle for me.

Well, I proved myself wrong during the workout tonight. I am mentally stronger than I think I am. I was able to put some of that stupid stuff swirling around in my head to the side and used the rest of it to fuel my workout. I told myself that I was going to get a minimum of 6 rounds. I ended up with 9 rounds and 13 reps… in 12 minutes.

The WOD was:
12 minute AMRAP (as many rounds as possible)
3 deadlifts @ 155lbs
6 pull-ups
9 box jumps on a 20” box
12 double unders

As I was going through all the skills during the workout I kept hearing Iceland Annie in my head and I told myself, “You are not going to stop. Keep moving, even if it’s slower, just don’t stop.” I only stopped for a second or two to catch my breath before a couple of the deadlifts, as that is something you must make sure that you are in a proper position and mindset before you lift. But for the other three skills I pushed myself and did not stop. And you know what? It felt freaking amazing. When the clock beeped at the end of the workout, I stopped and grabbed a sip of water and said to myself, “Fuck yeah. You did it. Now you know you can do it.”

Oh, man. I needed that.

Day 19 = Real Hunter-Gatherer Watching, Homework Swamped, Cheese Craving Ninja

 Welcome to the gun show. I love my CrossFit family!

“Everyday I’m shufflin’!” Holy busy past few days, hence the lack of posts. I am in the process of finishing up Summer Session at UCSB which is only 6 weeks long. This shortened session means information overload in a very short period of time. However, I do enjoy going to class everyday because it helps to hear the info consecutive days in a row. I am actually quite pleased with my instructors and TAs this session. I was sort of nervous doing the summer session as my past few instructors bombarded us with tons of reading and writing material and assignments that I was losing my mind. Seriously, Spring quarter was a disaster. Grade-wise I was totally fine, mentally, not so much. I don’t think planning a wedding helped with the situation either. Anywho, both of my instructors this session are very organized and have made this shortened session a fun experience.

This past Tuesday I watched a documentary for my anthropology class called The Hunters, which followed the Jul’Hoansi tribe back in the 50s. I was quite excited to see this documentary considering I am “attempting” to follow this hunter-gatherer type of diet. The film was interesting in that these tribes put so much effort into finding their food and at times don’t drink water for up to four days. In contrast to us being able to walk over to our fridge or go to the store to pick up something to eat. Kinda makes me feel selfish, lazy, and unappreciative, especially with all of the food that we waste. We’re working on that. The part of the documentary that I had a difficult time with was watching them hunt, kill, and carve one of my favorite animals, the giraffe. This is the dilemma that I have with being a meat eater. I know animals need to be killed in order for us to eat meat, it’s just difficult for me to deal with. I wish animals didn’t have to die for our survival. I’ve tried being a vegetarian, but my body needs the meat. Being a veggie works for some, but not for others, which leads me to discuss the Paleo diet.

It is obvious from my previous posts that I am having a difficult time with this diet. I don’t like the whole “eat as much meat and fats as you want” aspect of it. That doesn’t work for me or my body. I’ve been thinking about this diet a lot lately while I’ve been eating various foods that I “should” and “should not” be eating. Yes, I am feeling better, but at the same time I am not. Let’s just say that my plumbing isn’t working as well as it was before the diet. I attribute that to all of the meat I am eating. Yes, I am eating enough veggies. A girl can only eat so much! I am noticing and realizing that I can’t eat as much bread or cheese as I used to, I need to learn moderation. Moderation is something I always preach and am still learning to implement in certain aspects of my life (especially with food). I am going to continue with the diet, but not be so hard on myself if I eat something that isn’t Paleo-friendly. Like cheese. I want some mother effin’ cheese!!! One thing I am proud of myself for following is not drinking soda. I had a couple over the weekend, but other than that I have pretty much stayed away from it. Although I miss it a lot, I feel much better. I am going to try to only have it with booze. I need to have it with my vodka and rum!

I am going back to gym tonight after taking three days off and I’m excited! I miss being able to do full workouts. I’m hoping that I will be able to in about a month. I also miss playing on my softball team and am hoping that I’ll be able to play next season, which I believe starts at the end of the month. I met with a couple of friends the other day who are physical therapists (and a cute married couple, too) and they said that I’m on the right track with my healing. I was very pleased to hear that. It’s so interesting to see the differences in your own body. They had me balancing on one leg, jumping off one foot to another, and other exercises to assess where I’m at with healing. Funny enough, even though it’s my right Achilles that I injured, my right leg and foot are a bit stronger than my left. This is because my right side was dominant when I did gymnastics. So, I still need to work on strengthening and evening out my muscles on each side, but in different places.

Wow, this is a long blog. I guess that’s what happens when you don’t write everyday. I’m looking forward to the long weekend. Even though I have tons of homework, studying, and projects to do I look forward to not having to wake up at 6am.

Have a fun and safe weekend everyone!
xo

WOD:
Today’s workout is “Annie” named after my hero, Annie. Unfortunately, I can’t do it because it involves lots of double-unders and I’m not allowed to jump yet. I’ll have to figure out another workout to do. Hmmm…

I. Warmup: Mobility – 3x Normal
II. Skills: Double-unders
III. “Annie”
50-40-30-20-10
Double-unders
Sit-ups
IV. Cooldown- Rope climb and sand bag carry tec.

Grub for the day:
Breakfast: didn’t have time to eat (sad face)
Snack: beef jerky, cashews
Lunch: taco salad w/avocado, minus all the good stuff (cheese, chips, sour cream), delicious cantaloupe!
Dinner: Fresco – chicken wrap w/spinach, tomato, sprouts, avocado, herb cream cheese, side Caesar salad
Dessert: macaroon

Cravings:
Cheese, crackers, chocolate