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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 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.

Handstand push up from box

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!

WOD 23 July 2013

PFFFFF!!

Last night´s WOD was a tough one. It was hard to do it and I felt it after twice as hard. I love how it feels when you finish though. There´s something strangely satisfying about lying in a pool of sweat and knowing that you have done more than you thought you could.

The WOD started with a warm up of 4 sets of 20 squats and 10 push ups. I did the push ups from the knees.

After this we did 10-8-6-4-2 sets of toes to bar (I did knees to shoulders) and ring dips. Both were new exercises for me.

Toes to bar
You hang from a bar and move your toes up until they reach the bar.

Knees to shoulders is a bit easier for rookies like me.

Ring dips
This video shows what they are. I did the first example ´static ring dips´ and they were hard enough.

After a few I had trouble getting up properly, let alone holding it there for a little while. But the instructor helped me out by holding the rings together (because that´s basically what happens, you move your arms to the side when you can´t hold it) and made me hold position for a looooong time. I can tell you, you feel that in your core!!

So, when we were finished with that I was already sweating and shaking. But the real WOD had yet to start.

It was one of “the girls” with an extra touch. Rich, the box owner, called it Crazy Karen:

150 wall balls with (in my case) 2 clean & jerks every minute on the minute. Again, two exercises I had never heard of.

Wall balls
The movement begins as a front squat and follows through to a push press/shove that sends the ball up and forward to the target from which it rebounds back to the throwers outstretched arms where it is “absorbed” back into the squat. In its entirety the wall-ball is quite simply a throw.

Clean & Jerk
A lift in which a weight is raised from the floor to shoulder height, held there briefly, and then pushed overhead in a rapid motion of the arms.

So basically you start in a squat position with the weight on the floor. you pick it up and stand up with it while taking it to the shoulder. Then, while standing straight straighten your arm so you’re holding the weight above your head. I did it single arm (so one weight at a time) with a 8lbs (3.7kg) weight.

The exercise meant (I was very confused with it at first) that you start of with the wall balls then on every minute you stop to do the two clean & jerks and then as quickly as possible continue with the wall balls. Time stops when you finished 150 wall balls. So start with wall balls, when the clock hits 1 minute you do 2 clean & jerks, continue with wall balls, when clock hits 2 minutes do the 2 clean & jerks and so on. So, the faster you do the clean & jerks the more time you will have for your wall balls.

I did the wall balls with a 10lbs (4.6kg) ball. And I have to admit that not every throw went over the line (there is a line drawn on the wall and the ball is supposed to hit the wall above it). I also lost count a couple of times so I’m pretty sure I cheated on the count as well. Just not sure if it was in my favor or not. But my time was 13m39 seconds.

And after that I felt like I could rule the world!

Didn’t last long though. Later in the evening, after dinner, I felt horrible. So tired! But I couldn’t sleep either. I felt dehydrated, even though I had been drinking a lot. So much so that I had to go to the toilet pretty much every hour throughout the night. This morning I still felt really worn out. But during the day it got much better.

But now I feel a bit worse again. I have a lot of pain in my ear. I think it’s a mild ear infection. I tried scuba diving the weekend before last and had some trouble clearing. Had some trouble with my ear ever since and now it’s complaining about it I think. I hope it will feel better tomorrow.

Now it’s time for an early sleep (it’s not even 22:30 yet).

Buenas noches!