There are many reasons I want to train for the CrossFit Games. However, I’d say this reason reigns as one of the top one.
I truly do like beating the shit out of myself. I enjoy doing things other won’t. I enjoy making WODs harder by going heavier than prescribed. I enjoy being sore the next day.
It makes me feel alive. It makes me feel like I’m doing something.
It ultimately makes me feel like I’m not wasting my life.
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I started 7/13 Squat Program, which is designed to increase your front squat lift. It does both back squats and front squats. It’s a 10-week squat program that I did about three years ago. It is so named because it starts out lifting 7 front squats and 13 back squats back-to-back.
This program is brutal, but it works.
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So, I went to the CrossFit gym today, mainly because the WOD had chest-to-bar (C2B) pull ups, and I wanted to practice my butterfly C2B pull ups.
But I had a problem; I had practiced both C2B and bar muscle ups in my garage yesterday, so when I woke up, I was sore, and my hands still hurt.
I went anyways and told myself to see how it went.
I tried to butterfly but gave up right away; I just didn’t have them in me.
So, I tried strict C2B pulls up, which I haven’t done in years.
And I had them!
Not only that, but I had A LOT of them!
Either I’m getting stronger (I’m sore enough to be getting stronger), or I just didn’t realize I had them.
Either way, it was cool to see, and it gave me renewed confidence that this pain is all worth it.
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So after the CrossFit Open, I’m feeling like it’s time to get serious about CrossFit.
For the past couple of years, I haven’t improved all that much. Mainly because of injuries. However, I’ve found I’ve become quite complacent, and I don’t like that.
I should have done better at the deadlifts on
CrossFit Open 22.2. I should have finished CrossFit Open 22.3 but got stuck on the bar muscle ups. I was just disappointed all around.
So now, I’m putting in place what I need to do to get stronger and to get my skills down.
I don’t want to be good any longer. I want to be more than good.
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I did my best yet on CrossFit Open Workout 22.3. It is:
21 pull ups
42 double unders
21 thrusters (65 lbs)
18 chest to bar pull ups
36 double unders
18 thrusters (75 lbs)
15 bar muscle ups
30 double unders
15 thrusters (85 lbs)
I had dreams of finishing this one, but all I got to was 5 bar muscle ups. I was happy with this, but I wanted more. My bar muscle ups suck. This will be a major push to improve over the next year.
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CrossFit Open 22.2 is:
Deadlifts 155 lbs for women
10 minute time cap
I was excited about this one over
CrossFit Open 22.1. However, I was extremely disappointed in my performance. You can see the video below and subscribe to my YouTube channel for more great content today!
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I mean this with every breath that I breathe.
All I really do is CrossFit and work. That’s about it.
I am desperate to move to someplace warmer — preferably a beach. To someplace where there’s a CrossFit community that my daughter can join. To someplace where I can leave my computer behind and not think about it.
I don’t like how I look (story of my life). I’m getting older, so recovery is harder. My kids are leading their own lives now.
So, here I am: Me and CrossFit. And since sometimes CrossFit and me aren’t the best of friends, my life sucks anyway.
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Usually, I’m so beat up from the week of CrossFit by Friday that I can’t wait to have the weekend to recover.
This week was not a hard week for several reasons:
I was still recovering from last weekend’s
CrossFit competition I was struggling mentally with doing CrossFit workouts
There weren’t a lot of good ones planned by the gyms I follow
So, I decided to work out on Saturday morning. I have been eyeing the new CrossFit Girl Workout, Grettel, for a while now so I did it this morning.
CrossFit Grettel is:
10 Rounds for Time of:
3 Clean & Jerks at 95 lbs for women
3 Bar-facing burpees
I did this in just under 8 minutes, and it was a perfect short workout. I then ran a bit to finish it off.
If you’re looking for a short workout to cap off your week, try out this one. It was a great ending to the week!
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I’m in a rut again with CrossFit. I’ve been doing a lot of grunt work, and it’s definitely taken its toll mentally. I’ve also been struggling with programming. I follow many gyms, and lately, none of their workouts have been appealing to me — which means I program my own. Again, this is taxing. I did
CrossFit benchmark workout Elizabeth on a whim yesterday because it was programmed. Elizabeth is:
Squat Cleans 95 lbs for women
And I beat my time by over 2 minutes! This was a shock to say the least, especially considering my garage was a balmy 40 degrees. I last did this workout 6 months ago, so I didn’t think I’d PR it. I can definitely say my ring dips are much better, and I pushed the squat cleans I think more. Still, it was a shock. But, when you have been doing something for so long and you’re struggling, any small victory is a win.
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At my gym, they give us time domains and goals to hit. The workout will have a suggested time domain to finish in. For the most part, I miss these time domains unless it plays to my strengths.
This week, I mostly worked out in my garage. I was still recovering from
FrostFit, a CrossFit competition in Colorado Springs, so I was taking it easy.
I did a workout that had a suggested time domain of 31 minutes. I finished in 42 minutes.
It was at that point I realized I can only do me. I wasn’t going to push myself to the point of failed reps or injury, so I went at my own pace.
I can only do me, and you should only do you.
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