Friday, October 7, 2011

Feeling Good

October 7, 2011

Well, I am certainly feeling the effects of my awesome deadlift and WOD on Wednesday. I am a "second" day person, so I knew when my hamstrings were sore yesterday all day and my back was achy by the time I went to bed last night that it was going to be a rough morning. Having said that, I love the feeling of being sore. Makes me know that I am working hard and going to see results.

Why is it that my post title is "feeling good" if I am sore as all get out? Simply because even if my lifts today werent the greatest, I know that I am working the hardest I have ever worked and the results are clearly showing. I am jumping ahead to when I got home from and was getting ready for work, I have this pair of pants that I have been attempting to wear since the inches have started to go down. A few weeks ago I put them on and was disappointed because they were still too tight in the ass and thighs, but my dress pants were getting looser so I was frustrated. Every girl knows the "drill" of putting on a pair of pants (jeans usually) and doing calisthenics and stretches to stretch out the thighs before wearing. My goal today, to put those pants and and wear them to work. I got home, showered and took them out of my closet. Holy crap. They fit... no calisthenic needed... no stretching, no nothing. They fit perfect! I am a happy girl! Results feel awesome.

Back to the gym. Todays strength was back squats. Usually one of my favorites. Today, I knew it was going to be a challenge because my back and hamstrings feel totally shot from deadlifts and kettle bell swings. K and I loaded up the bar for a warmup set with 95lbs and I completed 5 reps. I really wanted to kill it today like I did yesterday, but I could feel right away that that wasnt going to happen.

Taking a giant leap of faith I attempted 185lbs. Yeah, a near catastrophe. I didnt hurt myself, but good lord there was no way I was going to be able to keep my form and do all three, let alone move up in weight from there. The second I stepped away from the rack with the weight I could feel the pressure on my back. That hindered me from being able to sick out my butt and keep proper form on my squats. I typically have really good form on these and can get really low, but today it was difficult and REALLY frustrating.

In order to not hurt myself, K and I took the weight off and lowered down to 135lbs. K advised that we should do this, and really work on and concentrate on keeping good form rather than doing it for weight. I agreed, as the last thing I wanted to do was hurt myself and be out for a long time. I did a few sets of 3 and worked my way up to 155 for the last two sets. I cant say I wasnt disappointed in myself, because I was. But I am still really proud of my weight on the deadlift, so clearly I needed a little more rest before attempting the squats.

K mentioned she could see my form "off" from what it usually is. It wasnt bad, but it wasnt my usual squat. I was carrying the weight to far forward and I could feel it. Once I put the pressure on my heels I could really feel the pain in my back which also caused my squat to not be as deep as it usually is. It was really annoying to me because I could feel it, but I couldnt prevent it. Well, tomorrow is another day and I will have another opportunity to do squats. Thats for sure!

The WOD was pretty fun. Sets of 12 for 5 rounds. I was ready for it! Havent done ring dips in quite a while and the last time I started with the thin green band and halfway through switched to the thick band, today I was going to go for the thin band the whole WOD. I knew the pistols would be tough, as my hamstrings were sore... and my back... but I wasnt going to make any excuses.

I did pretty well with a time of 12:07. I did not cave on the dips and stuck with the small green band, by the end it was clearly getting harder, but thats what makes you better! I got in all the double unders as well. I had some "rope length" issues... and a little trouble getting my rhythm, but I made sure to get all 5 sets of 12 in. The pistols werent as bad as I had anticipated, I was pretty loose so that made them better. All in all it was a good WOD and I worked hard. Thats what matters.

After I was done I rolled on the foam roller and used the lax ball on my back. Makes a whole world of difference and really loosened me up. I am looking forward to tomorrow and attacking the WOD I missed on Thursday! Its going to be another good day, I can feel it!!

3 Rounds
- Row 250m
- 10 Walking Sampson Stretches
- 10 Shoulder Dislocates
- 10 Pushups
2 X Burgener Warmup (1 pvc, 1 bar)

5 Rounds for Time
- 12 Pistols
- 12 Ring Dips
- 12 Double Unders
(My time 12:07 with small green band)

Back Squat 3-3-3-3
(135, 145, 155, 155)

7:30am: Banana
8:30am: Green Tea
9:00am: Two "Gronk Rocks" (which are really dark chocolate coated prunes someone brought in to work)
10:30am: Pear 
2:00pm: Salad with Chicken hard boiled egg and Balsamic and Oil
2:30pm: Coffee
4:00pm: Grey Goose Martini, Extra Dirty
6:30pm: Spoonful of Almond Butter
8:30pm: Chicken and Spaghetti Squash with Organic Sauce and Mushrooms
9:30pm: 2 Paleo Brownies

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