Tagged: shoulder

Ankle

Well this sucks. I was having a great WOD and I hurt my anle.

We started out with deadlifts 10-8-6-8-10, going progressively heavier up to 6 and lightening the load, but still keeping it heavier then the first similar set.. so my second set of 8 was heavier than the first one. I started at 135lbs, went up to 235lbs and down again. I was good – it’s hot and humid out so I like it. I pushed myself, but didn’t go overboard and then be gassed for the WOD.

The WOD was quick and good. 4 rounds for time – 2 rope climbs (13-15ft) and 4 squat cleans 185lbs. With the deadlift done previously, the squat cleans could be a nasty thing. As my max clean is around 170lbs, there was no way in hell I could Rx the damn thing. I scaled it to 135lbs. I gave it a try, but I felt a sharp twinge on the side of my deltoid. I’m told by my physio I should roll my bicep. I’ll heed her advice, but that also means I have to scale down some more. I went down to 95lbs. It worked out well. I’m sure I could’ve pushed it,but risk busting the shoulder? No.

When the time started I went up and down that rope like the devil was after me – 7s! By the 19th second, I was at my bar for the lifts. I felt good, things were going great and in my last rope descent in the 3rd round, I went down way too fast and landed on one of my ankle. It hurt – no snap -but pain. I wasn’t sure if I had sprained it or not. My coach got me some ice just in case. After some times, the pain was mostly gone. It felt more like when you miss a step going down the sidewalk and roll on your ankle… that’s how it felt. So I went back to the WOD. I figured I’d do a squat clean, see how that went, and move on. At the first sign of pain, I’d quit. I managed to finish the WOD in 5:59, having “lost” about 1:30 to check if my ankle was ok.

At the moment, the bony part on the outside is slightly swollen and there’s a dull ache, but I can walk and put my weight on it. I’ll know tomorrow for sure how things are. My coach also checked up on me to make sure I was ok. 🙂

It’s one of those thing that differentiate crossfit from many sports or physical activities – the caring.

I just hope the ankle will be healed by June 16- for the Spartan Race.

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Nasty

Today was not a good day training. I wasn’t off my game, but I wasn’t in it either.

We started off with leg mobility exercise – something we ALL need. Stiffness and age; heh.

Then came the WOD. It’s one of those that you just look at it and you go “ya, that one’s gonna suck”. And it did.

5 rounds for time, 25 min cap: 25 push press 75lbs, 25 wall ball shots 20lbs and 25 box jumps 24po.

My shoulders were shot by round 2, my mind was screaming by round 3. I did push on, though. I finished my 25th boxjump at the 25min mark, completing 4 rounds Rx. My legs hurt, my shoulders were smoked (started too fast with the shoulder press in round 1), but I’m still happy I hung in there ’til the end.

Tomorrow, I might think differently…;)

I also managed to do 5 butterfly pullups in a row. I finally broke past the 3 mark. 🙂

Also, a shout out to my friend Nicola Simpson (who most likely does not read my blog), who is flying today for Denmark to participate in the Europe Regionals. She’s an awesome athlete, and I wish her all the best, and to kick arse. 🙂

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

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.

Snatch PR

Tonight was Skillz night. It’s been a while since I went to one… On the menu, snatches.

 

We had 3 types of snatches: balance snatch (5-5-5), hang power snatch (4-4-4) and full snatch (4-2-1-1-1-1). After warm up and prep, we got to our first movement, the balance snatch. You basically start on the tip of your toes, with the bar resting on your shoulders, and you drop into a squat position for the squat/lift part of the full snatch. This was with lighter loads, and I went up to 55lbs.

For the hang power snatch, the bar is an mid-thighs (power position). You bring it up over the head and squat. Going heavier I finished at 85lbs, my max 1 rep from a previous workout.

Last came the full snatch: bar on the floor, straight to overhead and squat. We were supposed to start at about 85% of our max, and go up to get our max 1 rep. In my case, that meant a PR at every lift, as I was starting form my max. Now, I know from WOD 13.1 that I can power snatch 95lbs, though without the squat part, and that I can’t power/split snatch 135lbs. So I knew my range, more or less. The only variable being my shoulder strength, as my issues with the OH Squat have underlined. I did my first 4 at 85lbs, no problem, it went up “smoothly”. My set of 2, I did at 95lbs. Not as smooth, but went up pretty well. I was pushing it, as I wanted to break the 100lbs mark tonight. It took my 6-7 tries, and almost that many bails, but on my last one, I managed to do a 105lbs snatch. It was horrible, almost uncontrolled at the top, but it was good! I am happy about breaking that mark, but my shoulders aren’t. 🙂

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

 

HSPU

Today, after yesterday and 13.4, I decided to give my shoulders a rest, by which I mean go to the box and train them some more.

After a nice warmups that included wall walks, we got into the skill part – weighted pull-ups – 10-8-6-4-2. That’s right, you have to challenge gravity a little more than usual. The rule is, if you don’t use a band to help you, you have to be able to do the first 10 pull ups, strict and unbroken. Then you get to add weight. Doing them strict and ouinbroken was hard, and I didn’t manage it in all sets, but I did add 5 then 10lbs. That was a good work out for the back and shoulders.

The WOD was… demanding, but not a mind breaker. 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 reps for time, 25min cap, of  handstand pushups, box jumps 30in and wall ball shots 20lbs. I figured the hardest part would be the wall balls, as you’ve worked shoulders and legs before, but not, box jumps and wall balls are rest time. The HSPU will get you. it takes a lot of efforts to rise. I still can’t do them fully, going to the ground and back, but I’m close! Took me 17:41 to finish it, totally soaked.

Ah, for those wondering, the total is 55 reps of each. The math-inclined can look up Gauss’ system of adding numbers from 1 to x.   🙂

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