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I haven´t been writing for a while and I´m not sure if I remember all of it anymore, but I´ll try :D. I didn´t go to a lot of workouts so it shouldn´t be so hard.

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On the 5th of September I did the above workout. And I remember that I was really happy with it. I did it in 39.57 minutes if I recall correctly. I did knees to elbows instead of toes to bar. And I remember that one of the rounds I managed to do all 15 in one go and that felt so good!!

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Saturday september 7th we did a Hero workout “Manion”. Which is 7 rounds of 400m run and 29! back squats 135/95lbs.

I did the back squats with 20kg bar and 10lbs on either side so that´s about 30kg. I think. I´m not sure if I remember correctly. Maybe it was a 15kg bar. I think it was 20 though… We had a timecap too, but I´m not sure what it was.. I think 40 minutes. I think I did 4 rounds.. But I don´t really remember this one very well. I do know that I really tried to do my squats properly and that it was quite heavy haha.

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On the 9th of September I kind of screwed up. We started practising some technique for pistol squats and double unders. I managed to do 2 double unders in a row for the first time (until now I could only do one). After that we did Nancy: 5 rounds of a 400m run and 15 overhead squats. The overhead squat was a new move for me and it felt very awkward. Basically you hold the bar above your head with straight and locked arms. It feels like you´re over stretching them. You have to put pressure on (almost like you want to snap the bar) to make sure you don´t drop it. While keeping the bar up there you do squats (and feel like falling over :p). We did some practising with just a stick first and when it was time to do the wod I did it with a 15kg bar.

During round 2 I noticed my left arm had started sleeping. It slowed me down a bit because it was distracting. At some point I asked Rich if that is normal to happen and he said I shouldn´t worry about it. It didn´t hurt, so I continued. I don´t remember my time. We didn´t have a time cap so I did the full 5 rounds, but I didn´t look at the clock… The whole time my underarm and hand kept having the sleepy pins and needles feeling.

And this feeling never went away. I still have it now. It´s mostly only in my thumb now though. On Tuesday I went to the doctor and she sent me to the Neurologist on Wednesday. He told me I have a trapped nerve and to find out where it´s trapped I need to get an EMG scan. I´m getting that scan today. He also told me that I could do everything as normal as long as it doesn´t start hurting/gets worse. And it hasn´t gotten worse.. it doesn´t hurt. It´s just an annoying feeling. And to be sure I did decide to take it easy on the workouts. So I didn´t go to crossfit for a week.

Last Monday I finally went again. But I did skip on doing the Thrusters, as I didn´t want to have my arms overhead like that again before having my arm checked out properly.

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Instead I used that time to practise my double unders. And this time I got up to 4 in a row! Progress!!

We didn´t end up doing Annie as too many people showed up. Instead we did 16 minutes AMRAP in pairs of 20 double unders/2o situps while the other one did a medballwalk up the hill. So basically one is doing as many double unders/situps in the time that the other takes a medball and runs it up the hill and back. We started before I even realized so we forgot to get some chalk to write down our reps, but I think we did pretty good. I just did singles instead of double unders though. I had been practising it before and just wanted to get a good workout in instead of stumbling around with the double unders.

Then, yesterday I went again.

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We had a 36 minute time cap and I ended up doing 4 rounds in 36.5 minutes (with 10lbs ball). And now I feel completely worn out. This work out was so hard for some reason! I already had trouble getting through my reps in the first round. And during the first run I seriously thought about giving up because I struggled getting through it so much. But I kept going, albeit very slow. And when I finished my wall balls in the 4th round and the clock was on 35 minutes I considered of course to call it a day but ended up doing a sprint to try and make the run in the last minute anyway. So in the end I was happy with pushing through. But damn, do I feel it now! I haven´t felt this “empty” since the first week I started crossfit. It probably didn´t help that it was 30 degrees outside. But I think I could really feel that I haven´t done any sport really in the last week.

It´s been two months now since I started CrossFit and I´m still loving it. This month I don´t think I changed so much physically, but I can really feel the difference in my energy and strength. I did make some pictures the other day and I´ll post them later.

I really hope they can fix my sleepy thumb soon so I can stop worrying about it.

This Friday I fly to Holland for a 10 day holiday with my family. But I will be doing plenty of workouts there. I have a weekend at a waterpark, I am going to a Gladiator workout, doing a bootcamp training with a friend and at the end of the holiday I´m doing the Mudmasters MudRun, which is going to be such a fun challenge! I also want to check out the CrossFit box they have in my hometown :D. And in between I will relax and stuff my face with yummy Dutch snacks. I think this holiday will be a good one!! :D

WOD 3 September 2013

I hadn´t been to CrossFit for a week again!! :O

But, I did do a lot of other working out. It was actually a very nice week for me activity wise. After that last WOD last monday I went for a run on Wednesday. I went in the mountains and the run started with going up up up for the first 10 minutes and I was able to keep on running. Which made me so happy!! Because I hadn´t been running for a while and I always really struggle with any kind of elevation. So for me it was a personal victory to manage to go up all the way without falling back into a walk.

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Then on Thursday I did my very first home WOD haha. I had a bad headache so didn´t want to go to the gym, but in the end I got bored at home and felt like doing something anyway. So at home I did 70 burpees, 50 squats, 50 sit ups and 25 pushups.

On Saturday I went to the beach for my first solo kite session. Well, bodydrag session. I´ve had a few kite lessons and have now bought my own kite to practice with. But I haven´t had a lot of time to practice getting up on the board yet. I tried a little bit this Saturday, but there wasn´t much wind and I was struggling. But it was still fun!!

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Then, on Sunday, I had the biggest challenge! A 10km run. I had never run more than 6km so I knew this was going to be hard. And I never run when the sun´s out either and this was right when the sun was out with 30 degrees C. So I was a bit worried. And rightly so. The first 5km were really nice and I ran them quite fast (improved my record!), but after that it just went downhill. I had to take a lot of walking breaks and it really was very very hard mentally to just keep on going really. But I made it in the end and even ended with a sprint to keep the clock from going into the next minute. I´m happy with the result, but I won´t be doing that again any time soon ;).

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Tuesday I finally went to the gym again and did the following workout.

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I tried to do it RX as much as I could. Which meant I did the push ups properly (not from the knees) and the snatches with 25lbs (as was written on the board). The double unders I unfortunately still can´t :(. During the warm up I managed to get a few in, but I can´t do two in a row yet so it would take me forever to do 30. Instead I had to do 120 singles per round. Handstand push ups I still can´t do either so had to do 8 wall walks per round. The pull ups I decided to do with the green band, which is much harder than with the black band. We had a 30 minute time cap and I made it almost through 2 rounds. In the second round I skipped the wall walks so I could finish the pull ups.

I felt good about it though, because I was using more strength than before so hopefully I´m building strength with that as well. I really want to try to follow the weights and things a bit more now.. which will mean I´ll be even slower than before haha, but I think is probably the best way to improve.

Anyway, not a lot of workouts at the gym, but a good week nonetheless. I have been slacking a bit with the eating habits though. And struggling with the headaches. I have one now as well and I want to go to the gym tonight, so hopefully it will go away in the next couple of hours.

Hasta luego!

WOD 22-24-26 August 2013

On Monday we did the exact same workout that I did on my very first CrossFit class six weeks ago. So it was a nice way for me to measure some progress.

It was Fran (21-15-9 thrusters/pullups) and during the first class I did it in 10m13 seconds with 10kg on the thrusters and using the black band for the pull ups. After six weeks I was able to do it in 8m08 seconds with 5kg more on the thrusters. Still using the black band though.

But still, I managed to bring my time down with 2 minutes while adding some weight. So I´m happy :).

I also set a personal record for the Front Squat. I managed one good one. In my last set my coach told me I wasn´t going down far enough and when I finally did boy did I notice the difference! I wish he had told me a bit sooner though.. I feel like I´ve probably been doing it wrong all this time. Anyway, I did mange to do one good one with a 20kg bar + 70lbs in weight on it so that´s..  52,2kg!! Getting close to my body weight!! :D

Last saturday we had an awesome WOD at the box. Normally saturday mornings are at the beach, but for some reason it wasn´t possible this week. I was a bit disappointed at first, because I love the workouts on the beach, but this was sooooo coool. Rich has just bought some new toys for the box and that includes two huge tires. So part of the workout was flipping tires :D.

The workout was:

2 teams of 4, per team:

180 clean & jerks
40 hill runs
8 distances of tire flips (I don´t know what the distance was)

So that was 45 clean & jerks each, 10 runs each and the tire flips we just did however it worked out. Which worked out in me and one other teammate doing 2 and the guys doing 5 and all four us doing the remaining 1 together.

The hill run was basically running up a hill and then jogging/walking back down.

The clean & jerks I did with 8kg.

Here are some pictures of the morning. It was so cool!!

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The Thursday before that I brought my friend Mirella, who was visiting me from Holland. (She came on Monday as well.) She was really scared to come with me haha, but now she signed up to the box in Amsterdam because she loved it so much!! :D

The workout on Thursday was in pairs for time:

100 wall balls each
100 burpees each
100 sit ups each

The med ball was not allowed to touch the ground after start, so one of the pair had to hold the ball at all times. There was a 25 minute time cap and Mirella did really good for her first WOD. She finished the wall balls and sit ups and did up to 16 burpees I think. I finished the wall balls and sit ups too and got up to 65 burpees.

Before that workout we had to do  7 minutes of alternating Turkish Get Ups. Yes, that is an exercise. They are quite heavy! But I liked doing them. I think I did 3 on each side, so 6 total (with 8kg kettlebell). The exercise looks like this.

Before Thursday I hadn´t been to the box for a week!! :O I don´t know what happened, but lets say life got in the way :p.

This week I´m not going 4 times as I wanted to do either. I think maybe I should stick with 3 times a week. Not because I don´t want to go more often, but more because I just don´t really want to make the time for it. It gets in the way of other fun stuff (plus some much needed relaxing time) too much. Anyway.. we´ll see. I´ll go 4 times if I can and try to stick with at least 3 times a week no matter what.

On another note. I signed up for a run next Sunday! It´s a 10km run for a good cause. I´ve never run 10km in my life before so that´s going to be a challenge. I haven´t been running at all since I moved to this area so I´m a little out of practise too. And it´s going to be hot. It starts at 10am on the Marbella paseo and you get 1.5 hour to finish. I hope I make it!!

 

WODs and Nutrition

Whupsie. I haven´t been updating properly.

Last week was a tough week for me. The WOD on Thursday (August 8) was again really hard for me. I struggled a lot last week.. not sure why. This week is going better though :). But lets go back to Thursday. The WOD was like this.

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It´s a “hero” WOD. We had a 40 minute time cap and I made it through .. wait.. I don´t remember!! I do remember that I only did 5 thrusters each time and that I did them (and the deadlifts) with 24.2kg (5kg less than the Rx). The first round I did 10 deadlifts, but changed that to 5 as well from the second round on. For me those (heavy) lifts are still very new to me and I don´t want to overdo it and hurt my back or something.

I think I did 3.5 rounds.. not 100% sure, but yea I think so.

Then, the beach WOD on Saturday. That one was really fun and hard. But fun. The WOD was run from one point to another (on soft sand) at about 30m distance. When there do 10 pushups and 10 squats. Run back and do 10 kb swings (8kg) and 10 burpees. Then run to the sea and go in up to your middle. Run back out to first point. That is one round and we had to do 10.

When everyone was long finished it was me and another Dutch guy that still had to do two full rounds. I don´t know how they can be so fast!!! They must be cheating :p.

After the WOD we went out for breakfast with some. They have been doing that for a few weeks now. When I used to come with Luke I couldn´t go as I had to drive him back to Calahonda, but now I can join :). And it´s the best breakfast ever! It´s at a place called Pan y Mermelada in Marbella and I don´t know how their breakfasts normally are, but they have a special “CrossFit” breakfast, which basically means you can get anything and everything for €12. Sandwiches, veggies, fruit salades, fruit juices, coffee, pancakes, bacon, more fruit, more veggies, more yummies. It´s delicioso!

Anyway, back to the WOD´s. This week I started going on Monday as well. On Monday the WOD was like this.

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The squats I worked up from 20kg to in the last three rounds 43kg. I kind of last my form in the last round though.. didn´t go all the way down with my squat. I was afraid I wouldn´t be able to get back up again!! I think I can do heavier though.. If I don´t have to do 6 reps :p. Should try it next time. The walking lunches I did with 2kb swings of 8kg.

After that it was 3 rounds for time of kb swings and runs. (More running!!! GRRRR!!) I wanted to take the 8kg kettlebell again, but they convinced me to take 12kg. Which, when trying out, I had a hard time with from the first go. Butttt, I did manage!! In the end I did 90 kb swings of 12kg and 3 400m runs in 14:58 minutes! It felt awesome!!

Then.. yesterday..!

When you see this on the wall you know it´s time to be scared!

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He called it the Tamburello. As Luke Tamburello (one of the box members) turned 30 yesterday. Hah! Let´s hope nobody turnes 40, 50 or 60 soon ;). In 35 minutes I got up to 18 wall balls. I did real push ups (instead of from the knees) for the first time in a WOD and made it through all 30 almost in one go :D. Box jumps I did 20″. Pull ups with black band.

I found the roll outs really hard.

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You´re supposed to roll out all the way to a vertical position, but I can´t come back up when I try that. So I just go about halfway and pull back.

Double unders I don´t know how to do yet (they´re rope jumps where you jump once but the rope goes under twice) so I did 60 single jumps instead. And I did all of them in one go as well, which made me happy. The handstand pushups I did from a box. Basically you put your toes on the box and make sure your body is in 90 degrees so your upper body is straight up in the air and your legs are vertical. Then try and push up.

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Looks easy. Is not easy.

Sit ups were a piece of cookie (because a cookie is so much nicer than cake). The kb swings I did with 8kg (yah I know I should have taken the 12kg but trust me after doing all those other things my arms were already like jelly). Then the friggin burpees, which always make me dizzy. The push press is something I had never done before. I did them with 2 kettle bells of 8kg. It was quite heavy!! I had to do reps of 5 so I spent a lot of time on it.

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There was 1 minute left on the clock when I started the wall balls. I used a 10lbs ball and got 18 in there when the time was up.

It was a very nice workout!!

Today I´m feeling it though. Happy that I have a rest day ;). Tomorrow I´m going again. Today it´s one month since I started. I made some pics on the first day and some this morning as well. Maybe I´ll post a comparison picture later. Although I don´t think there is much difference to be seen yet.

I wanted to post something about my food habits as well. But don´t have time!! Will try and update soon!

Beach WOD 3 August 2013

I had to skip the WOD on Thursday because of a splitting migraine. So it was a bit of a slow week for me. But the beach WOD yesterday was a lot of fun. Much more fun than last week. I had trouble getting up for it again though. Luckily it was the last time that I will have to get up so early on a Saturday morning to be able to go. Because yesterday I moved apartments and I now live very close to the beach where the WOD is. And also to the box. Once my bikes are fixed I will be able to bike there!! Much better :D.

For the beach WOD we got divided into two teams again. This time everyone had to take a plate (mine was 10lbs) and had to walk a course with it. It started with throwing the plate from the chest, as far as possible. Because you had to cross a certain distance while doing this. And every time you threw it, where it landed, at that place you had to do 7 push ups and 7 squats. So the further you could throw it, the less exercises you had to do. When you reached the end point you had to take the weight and lift it above your head and walk/run to the next station. At that station it was time for 25 burpees and 25 sit ups. After those were done you had to take the plate up above the head again and walk into the sea until the water was waste up. Then from one point in the water walk to another point and then back on shore and walk/run back to begin point. All with the plate above the head. That was one round and we had to do three. You could only start with the second round if everyone in the team finished the first. Had to wait in plank (or run laps) while waiting.

I was one of the last ones to finish each time so I didn´t have to do any planking :p.

I think I´m going to try and add an extra CrossFit day to the week… since I live so close now it´s easier for me to as it will take up less time. And I feel that I want to do more. So I think starting tomorrow I will go on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Maybe I won´t start this week though, but next week. Because Murphy still has  to get used to the new house, so maybe not such a good idea to leave him alone too much this first week.

WOD 30 July 2013

Progress!!

Yesterday, for the first time after a crossfit workout, I didn´t feel like absolute crap. Don´t get me wrong. I feel great right after a work out. I feel on top of the world for getting through it haha! But usually when I get home I´m so completely exhausted that I just eat and go to bed. But yesterday, even though it was a hard workout, I felt quite good throughout the evening. I even had the energy to watch a movie!

I think my body is slowly getting used to the intensity of the workouts and recovering more quickly :). Feels good! I feel like I could actually do another workout today! But I won´t… ;).

Yesterday the WOD was Barbara. One of “the girls”.

Which means 5 rounds of 20 pull ups, 30 push ups, 40 sit ups and 50 squats. In between the rounds you have to take a 3 minute break.

If you count that up it means 100 pull ups, 150 push ups, 200 sit ups and 250 squats!! Wowza!!!

We had a 48 minute time cap. I did the pull ups with a purple band, which is ridiculously thick. Too thick for me, I almost fly through the roof using it. But all the black bands were taken, so it was either the too thick purple band or the too thin green band. And since I figured this workout would be hard enough I chose for the thick one. I´m happy I did, because I´m 100% sure I wouldn´t have been able to finish if I had used the green band. I don´t think I can do more than 5 pull ups in a row with the green band.. let alone 5 rounds of 20. The push ups I did from the knee.

And these were my times.

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As you can see it´s not so easy to do calculations when you´re out of breath haha. I tried to write down the time it took me to do the round (excluding the 3 min waiting time) but I obviously had trouble counting. I think, if my ability to count has come back to me these are the correct times.

Round 1  5 min 15 sec
Round 2 5 min 57 sec
Round 3 6 min 58 sec
Round 4 7 min 7 sec
Round 5 5 min 54 sec

It is funny to see that I was so much faster in my last round than the round before. Knowing it´s the last just gives you that little extra energy you need :).

But what it comes down to is that it took me a total of 43 min 11 sec to do the workout. This includes the 4x 3 min rest.

I´m looking forward to tomorrow´s WOD!! :D

 

Beach WOD 27 July 2013

For the first time I really didn´t feel like going. It takes a lot of will power to get up at 7am on a Saturday morning to drive half an hour to a work out :p. But I was happy I went anyway. It was a short workout compared to the one we had last week on the beach. This time we got divided into two groups (of twelve) and there were 5 stations placed around the beach (with a little bit of running distance between them). Everyone in the group had to do all exercises on all stations, but you weren´t allowed to continue to the next station until everyone in the group was finished. If you were fast you had to wait in a plank position until all members of the group were done with the exercise.

The exercises were:

15 hand stand pushups (one of your team mates would keep your feet up)
10 bear walks (walk using both hand and feet)
30 jump overs (jump over another teammate crouching or lying down)
40 burpees
50 sit ups

That was one round. And we had to do two.

The hand stand push ups were surprisingly easy, mostly because my partner pretty much just pulled me up haha.

I absolutely hated the bear walks. They were awful. Almost as bad as the frog jumps. Before we started it was set to do 20 of them. But after doing 1 bear walk I think the coaches realized it would be too much so luckily they changed it to 10.

The rest of the exercises were quite easy. It´s just hard to do so many of them, in the sand.

I felt a little bad after this WOD though. Because our team was faster than the other team so we “won”. But I cheated a little bit. On the bear walks I didn´t do ten when we moved onto the next round. I gave into peer pressure. I was a bit behind when everyone was already in plank waiting for me. And they wrongly assumed it was my last walk, even though I was only on my 8th, but I was too self conscious to correct them.

Afterwards I felt really bad and I definitely won´t be cheating from now on anymore! They will just have to wait for me. Or help me out, because that was also allowed, if one team member struggles keeping up, another team member can help out by doing more (so I could have done 8 and someone else 12 for example).

I think of all WOD´s up till now this was my least favourite. But that´s mostly because I felt like a big cheater afterwards.

WOD 17 July 2013

I was so tired after last nights session that I didn´t even have the energy to post an update. It was crossfit, drive home, quick cooldown in the pool, dinner and straight to bed.

My body is hurting all over. It was bad yesterday, but today it feels worse. I woke up a couple of times last night feeling horrible. And this morning was hell to get up and ready for work. I guess it´s just my body needing to get used to these kind of exercises, but I hope it won´t always feel like this after a workout, because honestly, I feel like crap!

Good thing I have two resting days now before I go to the next session on Saturday morning. Which will be at the beach!!

Yesterday we did 5 sets of 5 deadlifts + 5 chin ups.  My sets:

15kg bar
1st set: + 2x 10 lbs (24.2kg)
2nd set: + 2x 20lbs (33.4kg)
3rd set: + 2x 30lbs (42.6kg)
4th set: + 2x 30lbs
5th set: + 2x 20lbs

The last one I did with less weights because the girl I shared the bar with took them off and I was too lazy to put them back on :p. And I did struggle a bit with my breathing at this point. I have trouble breathing properly when I do lifts like this. I fainted once, while doing a workout in a normal gym. I went to the doctor after it and it turns out I have a minor heart condition and they thought it caused my fainting. But I´m actually starting to think it´s just because of my breathing. Because I never have problems doing cardio or any other exercises. It´s just when I try to use weights…

Anyway, for the chin ups (after every set of 5 deadlifts we did 5 chinups) I started of using a green band, which is much, much thinner than the black band, but I didn´t see another one available. The exercise was to get up normally, but go down in 4 seconds, so very slowly, so you use your strength on the way down. I could get up 2 or 3 times the normal way but for the last 2 I had to use the box to jump up. After 3 sets I discovered a free black band and used that one for the last 2 sets and had no problems getting up.

After this it was an AMRAP (As Many Repetitions As Possible) in 15 minutes of:

1 wall walk

9 sit ups

7 burpees

8 overhead lunches

The wall walk you start lying on the ground facing the floor, with your feet against the wall. Then you push up and start walking up the wall with your feet and move your hands as close to the wall as you can. Effectively getting to a handstand position. After that you walk back down.

Sit ups are.. sit ups.

For burpees you can find an explanation on the Lingo page. I think it´s the move that everyone hates.. it takes up a lot of energy as you have to go down all the way to the ground and jump up again.

Overhead lunches are lunches with a weight held above your head. Like this:

I used a 10lbs (4.6kg) weight.

I managed to do 5 rounds + up to the 5th burpee in the last round. So 5 rounds + 15 movements.

I had to stop a lot of times to catch my breath during this workout. I don´t know if it was because I was already a bit worn out from the exercise before or if it´s just a hard workout. Probably both ;).

I have to say.. I started this post in the morning and finishing it in the afternoon. And I feel so much better now. This morning everything was aching and I felt so tired and worn out. Now, after a couple of hours and a nice walk to the beach during my lunch break I feel much better. Still have some aches here and there, but I´m already starting to look forward to the next WOD!

I really do wonder what we´re going to do on the beach. I just hope it doesn´t involve a lot of running on soft sand!

PS: This AMRAP was called Maria, not because it´s one of the official “Girls”, but because it was Maria (a member of CrossFit Marbella) her  birthday.