Last day of work, last week at the box, and a lot of good food to be enjoyed in the interim. I cooked all weekend, had basic kielbasa and eggs tonight after a mango-avocado salsa for lunch, and am looking forward to whipping up some more nice meals during my mini vacation, the calm before the storm. The next few days are going to be a lot of planning, a lot of last minute errands, and general prep for school, but I’m still happy about seeing friends and family and using my dwindling time home wisely (including family Master Chef Mondays.)
And onto the workout side of things…
- Warm-Up: 400 m Run (slow to fast)
- 2 rounds: 10 Jumping Squats, 20 Sit-Ups, 30 Straight-Arm Jumping Jacks
- 3RM Chest to Bar Pull-Ups: 8 lb
10:00 AMRAP (5 rounds + 4 Pull-Ups)
- 3 Strict Presses (rX 75> 65 lb)
- 5 Push Presses
- 7 Push Jerks
- 9 Pull-Ups
Tonight I wanted to focus on overall improvement and giving myself the best chances possible to get stronger in the long run. For the strength portion, I was ecstatic to see I could actually get my chest to the bar without the band this time (versus the last! Jeez!), plus add on 8 lb. Massive improvement! Also the highest lift from the ladies was at least 25 lb. Beast.
And then in the workout, I planned my weight according to the limiting factor, the strict press, hoping to get past round 3 without much trouble. Thank goodness I listened to my body in the warm-up and the general buzz among coaches, because I only started failing on my last round, whereas a lot of other people were stuck. I waited 30 seconds, shaking out my shoulders (which became fried in this workout, ah!), and got right back on the bar. One of the best scores of the night, since only a few people rXed it and could only get 3 rounds.Tada.
I also hung out with some classic ladies after the WOD to get the scoop on what went down at the coaches’ party (fireball shots/CF L1 staff crashing/teepeeing a bar restroom/really bad dancing?), where Coach D used my mid-WOD form in coach’s eye for a push jerk demo, and Coach J helped me try to improve my butterfly technique. In between the chatter, K also told me- after recounting my age, heh- that she thought 1) if I just worked out all the time, I really have the facility to be a top athlete and 2) that I should train as an Individual considering the fact I have time and it’s going to be at least three years before I’m back home and able to compete on the team. No one has ever said anything with that much confidence to me, so I’m just happy and assured and to make matters better, I get to go back again tomorrow.
Happy Monday, folks!