Category: Paleo Challenge

Jackie 2

Pick your poison Friday is back – choice between this week’s WODs or the regional events. That’s right, the Regional WODs are out. Seven events filled with crazy stuff. Obviously, I chose one of those.

I thought about doing event 6 (http://games.crossfit.com/workouts/regionals), but myt shoulders didn’t feel quite right, so I went with something less demanding on them: Jackie. I did Jackie back in January, right before the paleo challenge. It’s pretty straight forward: 1000m row, 50 thrusters 45lbs and 30 pullups, for time. In January, I did it in 10:45Rx.

This time was even better – clear mind state again. My goal was to do it under 10 minutes, the time cap for the regionals. I did it in 9:14 Rx. I thought at some point I’d actually finish under 9min. And even better, I managed to do the butterfly kipping for the first 4 pullups. 🙂  Baby steps, like they say.

 

Update Bday

Back from a weekend away, where I did nothing healthy. Call it a cheat weekend.

I did my birthday WOD on Friday, it was a nasty thing. The burpees were ok until about halfway through; tht’s when the amount you’ve done start to take a toll, on top of the WOD itself. Every minute, our new coach – we got a new coach.. we’ll see how she’ll fare. So far, it’s promising. So the new coach yelled burpee! at every minute to make sure I didn’t forget… except on minute 8. when I yelled burpee as she had forgotten. Totally worth it. 🙂 I finished in 15:34, but not Rx. The OH Squat I did at 65lbs.

 

Ah, and the Paleo Challenge results are in! I won! and so did the other guy. We finished ex aequo in the end. I don’t mind, the journey was a prize in itself. But we did get a nifty book: http://www.amazon.ca/Becoming-Supple-Leopard-Preventing-Performance/dp/1936608588  and bragging rights. 🙂

Now to get some rest.

K2E

Finally back at the gym after almost a week without being able to train… moving chairs for a workshop at work doesn’t count.

Tonight was a good full body workout. We started with power snatches 8-6-4-6-8, going heavier with less reps and lighter afterwards. At my heaviest, bearing in mind the higher number of reps, I did 105lbs. I’m happy, and gradually moving towards my goal – 135lbs. I couldn’t do it on 13.1, I want to change that.

We then moved on to the WOD. 17min AMRAP – 10 thrusters 75lbs, 10 knees to elbows. This one, I liked. 75 lbs is a good working weight where I can do many rounds while still struggle a bit, and I’m good at K2E. Ever since I figured out how to kip them, I’ve been cranking them. Every now and then, something does work for me. I ended up doing 7 rounds +5 thrusters Rx. I’m happy about this overall. I did have some shoulder issues in round 3-4, but it went away somehow. Could’ve been something silly as posture/technique. What I found also helped what figuring out shortcuts/efficiencies. For example, with the thrusters, one usually cleans the bar, then squats and does a push press. There’s nothing stopping you (unless stated, obviously) from squat cleaning the first one. You’re saving a little bit of energy as you don’t have to lift as high.

Paleo challenge update: We still don’t know who won – the coahc is just letting us stew some more…

Supplements

1 scoop (10g) Beyond Yourself AMRAP (BCAA) with 12oz water – during training, 1 scoop (30g) Beyond Yourself Whey ISO in 500ml water – after training

End benchmark 2

Poison Friday, but I had to do my second paleo challenge benchmark. Had to if I want to win.

My second benchmark was the classic dirty girl, Fran. After doing the Super Fran in the Open, I wasn’t really scared of it. Again, because of the healing shoulder in January, I did the WOD scaled, at 65lbs. Super Fran was 105lbs…

In January, I did it in 6:34. This time around, I crushed it, at 4:45. I shaved almost two minutes off my time!

Next time will be Rx, but will most likely take more time.

And even though it rains outside, I’m also very happy, and proud to say that I’m slowly getting my head wrapped around the mechanics behind the butterfly pullup. I can do two in a row, but not 3. I tried, and tried, and tried – before and after Fran, so muscle fatigue doesn’t quite play a big role in there – but I just can’t seem to string a third one in there. I’ll practice on my birthday resent from the Mrs, a pullup bar. 🙂

Supplements

1 scoop (10g) Beyond Yourself AMRAP (BCAA) with 12oz water – during training, 1 scoop (30g) Beyond Yourself Whey ISO in 500ml water – after training

Body Metrics and End benchmark 1

The 90 days are done, now we collect our winnings or bragging rights. Sort of. First we have to redo the benchmark we first did before the challenge started, in January.

According to the rules, I had to do at least 2 benchmark WODs at the beginning and redo them at the end. In my case, it was Jack and Fran – you can check the January 7 and 10 posts. The results were used as a baseline to determine the winner and improvements, among other things. In my case, I’m number 1 equal with another athlete, so the benchmark will separate us. Obviously, for the comparison to be fair, it means I have to do this week’s WODs at the same weights as last time. Those that I’ve been reading my blog for a while will remember that I got a shoulder injury at the end of October that left me on the bench for a while, and that it took forever to heal and regain my strength. At the benchmark time, I wasn’t back up to full strength for Jack.

After the skill, we went straight on to Jack: 20min AMRAP – 10 push press 115lbs, 10 KB swings 1.5pood and 10 box jumps 24in. In January, I scaled at 75lbs and finished with 7 rounds and 2 push press. This time, with the same weight (no choice), I finished with 11 rounds and 2 box jumps! Holy crap! It’s a 50% improvement, more or less.

I guess the paleo, the training and the Open help. 🙂  Pretty proud of myself.

Speaking of pride, we also took my measurements to compare. In January, I weight 199lbs and had a body fat percentage of 20.1. Today, at about the same time, I weight 180lbs and had a body fat percentage of 15.1. 15.1! Again Holy crap! I think back then I was aiming at 10% body fat loss and some 20lbs. Half of my goal – not too bad. 🙂

And yes, the Mrs is happy with the results. 😀

Supplements

1 scoop (10g) Beyond Yourself AMRAP (BCAA) with 12oz water – during training, 1 scoop (30g) Beyond Yourself Whey ISO in 500ml water – after training

 

P.S. My thoughts are prayers go to the runners and folks of Boston.

Tabata That

Friday is upon us, and again I get to actually chose my hurt. I went with yesterday’s WOD: A tabata. I wanted to do the Murph, but it’s really crappy outside, and I’d rather not run in snow/freezing rain/hail.

Tabata is many  rounds of various exercises for short periods of time, and with even shorter periods of rest. After a while, though, the rest seems even shorter and rounds longer.

So tonight, eight 20s rounds of each of the following, with 10s in-between: pull ups, push ups, sit ups, squats. I started pretty strong, but as rounds went on, it got harder. Most of my reps I actually made in squats. I finished with 65, 70, 66 and 133 reps for each respectively, for a total of 334Rx. I’m pretty happy with the results, though I think I could do better. Got to learn the butterfly pull ups!

Also, tomorrow is my last day of the paleo challenge! 90 days without even cheating once! The only points “lost” were bonus for training or sleeping. And I’m still neck to neck with a fellow athlete at the gym. We both know we’re not going to give up at this point. 🙂

It also means I can have 2 coffees Sunday, and waffles! I still have the benchmarks to go through, though. Jack and Fran next week, taken at the same weight/settings as when we first did them in January. Because of that, I’m hesitant about cheating, or cheating a lot at the very least. I want to perform for the benchmarks, get a real reading of my progression. Guess I’ll stick to almost strict for that week.

Overall, it’s been a great experience. I was amazed at how easy it was to “quit” the bad stuff. Having a meal plan, planing ahead and a very comprehensive Mrs (also 5 years with her today) helped a lot. At time, it was a pain to stay strict… birthdays and special events made things complicated. I got funny stares, but generally, people around me were very understanding. Some told me they admired my willpower. The funniest comment remains my mothers: “You managed to do this with easy, yet you struggled so much to quit smoking”. I plan on keeping the paleo diet lifestyle; it’s given me great results and a nice body, I guess. It won’t be this strict – I’ll cheat every now and then… 😉

Thanks to all who supported and encouraged me. Tanks to my box, coach and fellow athlete for pushing me.

Supplements

1 scoop (10g) Beyond Yourself AMRAP (BCAA) with 12oz water – during training, 1 scoop (30g) Beyond Yourself Whey ISO in 500ml water – after training

Burpee Pullups

That’s right, because burpees are no longer fun enough.

Last week of the paleo challenge, and I’m feeling pretty good. We started out with shoulder mobility exercises, to loosen everything up after the 5 weeks of Open. There was a lot of groaning and pain as we rolled and stretched the knots out of there – even us folks who roll (almost) every night.

Once that was done, we setup for the WOD. 5 rounds for time, 20min cap: 3 thrusters 165lbs and 10 burpee pullups. Yes, you read correctly, 165lbs… which is waaaaay above what I dream of lifting. During the Open, I cleaned and I overhead pressed 135lbs, and I know I can also front squat that weight, so I figured that would be a good yet challenging weight. And it was. Most reps weren’t pretty and I was not a happy camper lifting, but they got done. Now, the burpee pullups. It’s exactly what you think they are. You do your burpee, and with the jump at the end you grab the bar overhead and do a pullup. Most people have to jump 3-4 inches, maybe. But because of my height, my arm length and the bar height, I’m stuck at the highest bar, and have to jump close to a foot.  Fun.

Nonetheless, I finished in 14:56. It ain’t Rx, but it’s another PR in lifts.

Supplements

1 scoop (10g) Beyond Yourself AMRAP (BCAA) with 12oz water – during training, 1 scoop (30g) Beyond Yourself Whey ISO in 500ml water – after training