Thursday, July 31, 2014

one on one: day ten

Only ten days into my one on one with Joon and I feel so much stronger! I am PRing left and right on my lifts, jumping better and higher, and running better (slowly). I still have a lot of work to go before I am completely efficient in all my lifts and movements but I am so much closer to it than I was a year ago. I feel exhilarated and look forward to every class, as much as I hate some of the things Joon as me do, because in the end it will ALL pay off. So what did I do today? Lets see:

Warm-up: 500m Row
Extended Warm-up:
     6 x 50ft Skips

30 Sec On/ 30 Sec Off:
     Squat Jumps w/ 35# Bar
     Pike on Bosu Ball
     Mountain Climbers on Bosu Ball

Seated Box Jump (view video below)
     Worked up to 23 inches

Snatch Complex

EMOM for 12 min of:
     12 KB Swings (started with 35# and finished with 25#)
     Sprint (there and back)

I absolutely did not enjoy the Squat Jumps with the bar, that was completely uncomfortable for me. But the biggest surprise and the most fun was doing the seated box jumps. I can not believe how high I got! Woot! Check out the video below.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

one on one: day nine

Getting little sleep the night before a session with Joon is NOT a wise decision. Eating poorly is even worse. My diet this past week has been awful, not only do I know it but I feel it. And whether it's because I'm anxious or lazy, my sleep does not feel recuperative. I really need to get more strict with my food and my sleep, ASAP!

Now with all that said, I don't think it would have mattered a whole lot if I had gotten enough sleep and ate well for todays session. I know I say on every post that Joon kicked my butt but he always finds a new way of just making me feel, what's the word I am looking for... ALIVE. My Quads absolutely hate him today, but deep down I am happy for the pain. He pushed me into muscle fatigue and I learned that even when I feel spent and I can't do one more rep, I can. Here is what I did today:

Tabata (20 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest, for 8 rounds)
     87m, 93m, 86m, 77m...... 93m (we forgot what meters I rowed for my 5th, 6th, and 7th round)
DB Snatch:
     Right Arm 9, 9, 8, 9
     Left Arm 9, 9, 9, 9
Speed Jump:
     10, 10, 8, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9

Rest, then:
3 Rounds (2 min each with 2 min rest between)
     Airdyne (20 calories)
     Max Rep Clean & Jerk @ 65#
          Round 1: 8 C&J
          Round 2: 5 C&J
          Round 3: 7 C&J

My legs aren't feeling as sore as they were right after. I seem to recover quite quickly from my sessions/WODs. But I have noticed today that my Quads and IT Band are fairly tight and I need to roll them out more often. I can't slack off with the mobility work if I want to continue to see progress in my training.

Photo was taken from Pinterest.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

one on one: day eight

It's the day after getting my Mojo back and though I am happy, I'm still feeling on edge. I want him to make a full recovery and not worry that at any moment he will need to be rushed to the vets again. So for now we are taking it one day at time and thankful for every moment we have with Mojo.

None of this of course changes the fact that Joon continues to kick my ass into shape. I came into this session feeling a tad bit tired but ready for whatever he was prepared to throw at me... or so I thought. This is what I did today:

Warm-up: 500m Row
Extended Warm-up:
     3 Sets x 2:
          Row for 15 Calories
          10 Hollow Rocks

Rest 1:1

     3 x 2min of the following KB Complex, rest 1 min between each 3 min round.
          One-hand Clean
          One-hand Jerk
          Right-hand Snatch
          Left-hand Snatch
          Two-hand Swing
          Two-hand Clean- Goblet Squat- Press Combo
          (all done in 25#)

     20 x 20 Front Squat @ Max Effort (45#)
Rest 5 min

     3 Rounds
          5 Slam Balls (15#)
          20 Lateral Skiers
          (completed in 1:39)

My least favorite of this session was the Row/Hollow Rocks, that is probably because it's a breather. The KB work was fun, but definitely hard. I learned quite quickly how not to clean a KB and have growing bruise to prove it. But by the end of that segment I think I was getting the transitions down. The front squat made me feel like I was locked into an enclosed space even though I had the entire gym to roam around in. Holding the bar for an entire 20 reps made it really hard to breathe. Joon says it's primarily mental, and I know he's right. But man it sucks! For the last portion of our session, Joon wanted me to get the 3 rounds done within 3 minutes, and I laughed at him. Than he said and to surprise him, get it under 2 minutes, I laughed even harder. I had every intention on going as hard and fast I could, and even though this was another breather for me I didn't expect my legs to feel as dead as they became by round three. Well I didn't only surprise Joon, but I surprised myself by getting it done in under 2 minutes. WHAT! Yup, I guess I'm just that awesome. :::wink wink:::

Joon states that he can tell I am getting fitter and stronger. I have to admit that I agree with him but it's odd to acknowledge this about myself. I think if you just see me walking down the street you would never guess that I once deadlifted 225# or that I can back squat 175#. I also don't feel like anyone would guess that I could actually run 200m now without stopping, and maybe one of these days I will surprise myself by running a full 400m without stopping as well. What I have noticed is that I am growing more and more confident with each session/WOD. I am testing my boundaries and pushing through walls. I'm excited to see what else I am capable of and proud of myself for pushing through.

Photos taken from Pinterest.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

one on one: day seven

If you read my previous posting than you know the heartache I am going through. I know that I am someone who can easily fall into a dark place and close everyone off. As hard as it is to simply get up and move I forced myself to do so. So today I went and had my one on one session with Joon to help work out some anger and frustration. It most certainly helped to let some pent up emotion out in a way that will benefit me in the long run and makes me feel better. Today we did the following:

Warm-Up: 500m Row
Extended Warm-Up:
     4 x 50m Skip
     4 x 50m Athletic Burpee Sprint
     4 x 10 DB Clean (speed)

Rest 5 minutes

CrossFit Football Total - 1RM
Power Clean
Back Squat
Bench Press
My total = 580

So my old Power Clean 1 rep max was 105# that I achieved back in March, today I got 110#. I did try for 115# but mentally I was being challenged. My old Back Squat 1 rep max was 140# that I achieved last September, today I got 175#. I went for 185# but once I got to the bottom of the squat I wasn't coming back up. It's still a 30# PR! My old Bench Press was 85# that I achieved in February, today I got 100#. And the funny story on this one was my kicking out my leg from the floor to help me push that 100# up. Joon doesn't know how I did that with a flailing leg but I did. And lastly, my old Deadlift 1 rep max is 225# that I achieved last January. Today I was only able to muster 195#. It wasn't without trying but by then I was taxed out.

I am happy with my achievements today and look forward to doing this one again to see where I end up!

Photo taken from Pinterest.

my loss & fight for mojo

If you know me personally or are my friend on Facebook than you are already aware of the loss that Aaron and I are going through. For those of you who are not aware we had to make the difficult decision to surrender our loving cat, Mojo, to the Oregon Humane Society in order for him to receive the medical care he so desperately needed. About 12 or so days ago we rushed him to an Animal Hospital when we noticed that he was straining to pee. Turned out that his urethra was blocked by a tiny crystal. They drained his bladder and flushed out as much of the crystals and debris as possible, he stayed there for 3 days to recover and to be sure he was in the clear. He came home on a Saturday to very happy fur-parents. We ended up paying close to $2000 for his emergency care, this forced us to look into pet insurance. Unfortunately none of our research was fast enough as 10 days later he started to exhibit the same behavior and again we rushed him to the vets. It wasn't good new. I refused to end his life just because we couldn't pay the amount again so soon, but I am distraught that I had to give him up indefinitely for him to get the care he needed. My heart is broken into so many pieces.

We've received an outpouring of love and support from family and friends that is completely overwhelming but appreciated. So many people have offered to adopt Mojo and give him back to us. Some even expressed anger that OHS would not just simply give Mojo back to us knowing that he has a good home and is well loved. The more and more I think about this, it upsets me that they refuse to give him back. But on the flip side, I kind of understand. Trust me, if we had the funds to pay for his treatment than we would've paid gladly. But after already fronting $2000 for his first procedure only 10 days prior, we just didn't have anymore to give.

I am in the process of learning about many organizations that offer emergency funds to pets/families in need. I never knew these existed. I have called OHS to ask if we were able to come up with the funds, if we could get Mojo back. I'm still waiting to hear back from them with an answer, it's been several hours and the waiting is really hard to deal with. Aaron intends on giving them a call and seeing if he can get any answers before we attempt to apply for emergency funds and signing up for a fund-raiser.

I am trying to remain positive but I also don't want to set myself up for more heartbreak. Mojo is my fur child and I love him immensely. The last 24 hours have been brutal but I'm simply moving one foot in front of the other.

Mojo and I