Saturday, August 27, 2011

All in the Shoes

August 27, 2011

Took a half day of work yesterday to enjoy the "last" day of summer. It was wonderful to soak up the sun for a few hours and relax with friends. I also was able to make it to the New Balance store to try out the sneakers that I have been eying on the internet. I did a lot of looking and researching to find the correct shoe for crossfit. My good old faithful Nike Air just isnt cutting it, and I really needed a new pair of sneaks anyway. So I of course went right for the Nike, but after trying on the Nike Free, which is the low profile Nike sneaker, it just wasnt the right choice. I looked at a few other sneakers on line and when it came down to it, the winner (in both crossfit reviews and price) was the New Balance 20.

What do you think?

I was so excited to wear them this morning! I was also really excited just to have a Saturday workout. To be able to go with Hubs was nice since we havent been there together for the last two weeks was a really nice treat too. I knew we were going to do different workouts since I too Thursday off and he took Wednesday off, but we both had a goal to reach.

We arrived around 8:30 after having a cup of coffee and doing a little reading before we left. When we got there K was reading a book enjoying some coffee. I was pumping myself up for the Thursday workout which I knew involved thrusters. Let me tell you, my arms and shoulders were SORE from those wall walks. A good sore, but sore...

I ran through the warmup and it felt great to do the 400 in my new sneaks. My feet felt so light and it really did feel like I was barefoot on the pavement (of course without the pain of the pavement on bare skin). The pullups were ok, I still need quite an assist on them. I really need to work on that. The giant black band and having to hit the ground between each pullup is bothering me. I found  new "goat."

Than it was time. Time to do the thrusters! I was so excited as this is something I havent done before. The starting movement is similar to a clean, than you continue into an overhead press, than back down into a full front squat, and up to an OH Press. The WOD had us doing 2 thrusters every minute for as long as it takes to max out and fail the attempt.

I started with the 45lb bar, and went from there. The first two of course felt relatively easy. My max clean was 86lbs, so I knew at least up to that I could get up to attempt the thruster. Around 7 minutes when the weight was at 75lbs I was starting to really have to concentrate on the clean, and I was surprised at how much momentum I had to get it up overhead. I was not scared. For the first time I was not afraid to drop the weight.

At 8 and 9 minutes I worked up to 85lbs. I was now at the amount that I used for my cleans. I wanted more. I knew I could do more. I attempted 90, and I did it. Got the weight right up, than pushed for two thrusters. At this point I was trying to get out of my own head, pay no attention to how much weight it is, just lift it. 11 min... 95lbs... complete!! Wow... now I go for the gusto, 100lbs.

My first attempt to clean 100lbs I couldnt get the weight up. K yelled out "you have the whole minute to get it." So I kept going. The motions were there, but I needed more thrust from my hips. The second attempt I got the weight up, but didnt get myself down under the bar enough to sit in the the front squat. My minute was running out, and I heard K say "dont worry about the time now, just get it up." That was enough... I just picked it up and did it. I cleaned 100lbs. I got one thruster in and back down into the squat, but didnt have enough in me to press overhead the second thrust. Holy moses... I was sooooooo proud of myself.

I could NOT give up. I could not let that weight win. I knew I could do it, I knew I could clean it and I was going to keep trying till I got it. This is what this is all about... PERSEVERANCE.

As far as my body and my workouts go... this has been the best two weeks of my life. I am really looking forward to seeing the change both physically and mentally. Please if you are reading this feel free to leave comments and ask questions. I hope that by writing this I am encouraging people to push themselves beyond their limits, whether its with fitness or life goals. Put your mind to it and you can accomplish anything.

400m Run
3 Rounds
- 5 Pull Ups
- 10 Ab Mat Situps
- 15 Squats
Shoulder Prep

Thruster Ladder
2 thrusters each minute adding 5 lbs each
time till failure.
(11 min 95lbs, 12th min cleaned 100lbs for 1 thruster)

Couch Stretch 2 min Each Leg
Hamstring PNF 3 min each leg with 3 Contractions

1/2 C. Almond Butter (or Cashew Butter)
1 Ripe Banana
2 Eggs
1tsp Vanilla
1/4 C. Organic Cocao Nibs
Dash Cinnamon
1 to 2 Tsp of Honey (we added this, it wasnt in the original recipe)

Combine ingredients, mix well, heat non stick pan (or grill). Flip when they start to bubble. Serve and enjoy!

These were actually really good, I was surprised because I am a Bisquick Pancake snob... or so I thought!!


  1. Chica, you thrustered 100lbs in your first month of CF? You're going to be a force to reckon with =)

    Coach - Mountain Strength CF

  2. Thanks for the comment Amber!! I am really enjoying CrossFit (clearly) and looking forward to increasing my weights and pushing harder!!