“I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.” ― Jerome K. Jerome

For today’s WOD, three separate, 8 minute AMRAPs.


I. 8 Minute AMRAP:

10 Wallballs

Handstand Pushups

Rest 4 Minutes

Completed: 6 rounds plus 10.

II. 8 Minute AMRAP:

10 Russian Swings (70/53)

Ring Dips

Rest 4 Minutes

Completed: Per Caleb’s most excellent suggestion, Kettle Bell at 53lbs. Even then, felt I could go heavier. 10 rounds. Ring Dips scaled to Ring Pushups.

III. 8 Minute AMRAP:

10 Mountain Climbers


Completed: 9 rounds.

For Time.

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” ― Douglas Adams


I. For Time:

Run 800m

75 Air Squats

Run 400m

50 Knees-to-Elbows

Run 200m

25 Ring Dips

Run 100m

II. Tabata Flutter Kicks

Completed: in 14:32. Scaled.

No Pressure.

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” ― Confucius

I grind my teeth when I sleep. The dentist gave me a mouth guard. It helps, but I don’t always wear it. It’s not very comfortable. I would say I put a lot of pressure on myself, but I’m not really sure how my level of pressure compares. I can’t vouch for the pressure other people put on themselves. I’m not in their head. There’s simply no way to know for certain.

Here’s a sampling of questions I ask myself during the day: What are your Goals? Are you making progress towards them? How do other people succeed? What is your definition of success? If you suddenly had everything you ever dreamt you wanted, would you really be happy? Isn’t struggling kismet to happiness? Nothing has any real value unless it is earned. Haven’t I struggled enough already? Sometimes I wonder how much more I can take. Then I tell myself to get over myself, that I’m not living as a slave, or drinking from a sewer, or lacking shoes for my feet. Enough already. So, really, what I am is lucky. Do I have too many opportunities? Am I paralyzed by indecision? Do you think I’m indecisive?

See. Pressure. It can go on from there. Spinning out of control into a web of what if’s and self-doubts. All mapped out and processed in my brain before my head leaves the pillow. It doesn’t take long. Pick a direction, any direction, and the mind can take you there.

Back to Goals. How precise do you need to be in setting goals? I think you have to be pretty darn precise. No mamby-pambying. No scaling. Your goals should be RX. The more specific, the better. Have you ever just sat down and written a very specific list of exactly what it is you want in life? Want to achieve? Very. Specific. List.

No pressure.


I. 5 Sets:

Push Presses (Heavy)

Max Strict Pullups

Completed: Push Press at 85lbs. Wanted to go heavier. Simply was not able.

*Rest 2 Minutes

II. 7 Minute AMRAP:

10 Jumping Squats

Handstand Pushups

Completed. Scaled to release push-ups.

Sometimes I get really overzealous with the weight. I just want to set it up and LIFT IT. The really HEAVY shi*t. But wanting to, and being able to, are two totally different things. Yeah, Being able to Press 125lbs. would be really cool. 100lbs. even. But simply wanting it will not make it so.

You know what comes next.

I have to set the Goal, the very specific goal of being able to press 100lbs. by (insert specific date here). And then put a plan into place to do it. And then, here comes the most important part: Do It.

Execute the Plan.

What’s the difference between Pressure, putting pressure on yourself, and feeling Vested?

Vested to me means you just wake up and do it. It’s a part of who you are now. Pressure to me says, resistance, resentment, a lack of true desire.


“The love, born of beauty was not mine; I had nothing in common with it: I could not dare to meddle with it, but another love, venturing diffidently into life after long acquaintance, furnace-tried by pain, stamped by constancy, consolidated by affection’s pure and durable alloy, submitted by intellect to intellect’s own tests, and finally wrought up, by his own process, to his own unflawed completeness, this Love that laughed at Passion, his fast frenzies and his hot and hurried extinction, in this Love I had a vested interest; and whatever tended either to its culture or its destruction, I could not view impassibly.” ― Charlotte Brontë, Villette


I. “Tabata Something Else”

Complete 32 intervals of 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds following this progression

Intervals 1-8: Pullups

Intervals 9-16: Pushups

Intervals 17-24: AbMat Situps

Intervals 25-32: Air Squats

*There is no rest between exercises.

Completed: Scaled to Ring Dips and knee push-ups. Succession of 8, 5, 9, and 10.

256 total.


Meet my nemesis. The 100lbs. log.

Notice how it defiantly stares back at you? Indifferent to your existence. ‘Either you can lift me, or you can’t. Meh. Either way.’

It’s not just talking to me is it?

Notice it’s close friend and cohort, the chalk. Opened and waiting for you. You have no excuse now. Chalk-up. Ready when you are.

You can’t see the 70lbs. log. It’s not in the picture. That’s where you’ll find me. For now.

Strongman Sunday. A bunch of Coaches showed up on this beautiful Fall Sunday to strut their stuff and compete with the peeps. Two Team Rounds, relay carry, log press (70lbs), sled pull (125lbs.), tire flips (275lbs.).


“A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide.” ― Mickey Mantle

Saturdays are the days when you just want to stay home in the morning and finish your coffee. After a work week of waking up and having to be somewhere, it’s the simplest of joys to wake up and not feel like you have to be somewhere. Even went to be early last night. Alas.

Today’s warm-up deserves to be included as it was a bear for this sleepy Saturday morning riser.


20 Push Presses with Barbell

10 Burpees

20 Overhead Lunges with Barbell

10 Burpees

20 Overhead Squats with Barbell

10 Burpees



Part I.

Back Squat

5 – 3 – 1

Completed: @ 105lbs., then 125lbs., then 145lbs.  With most awesome partner, Lynn. Who I’m pretty sure had a PR, but to date does not record her WODs. Given our awesome performance today, I think that’s about to change.

145lbs. is my current 1 Rep Max and it seemed more than doable. Next time am feeling will be able to go heavier and a new PR is on the horizon.

Part II. With a Partner, 15 Minute AMRAP:

15 Wallballs

10 Toes-to-Bar

Ring Dips

*1 partner moving at a time

Completed: 6 Rounds plus, 25. Great job today, Lynn. Thanks for working so hard.

Last Place is still crossing the Finish Line.

One year ago this week I stepped through the doors of Crossfit for my initial meet and greet with Lebby (I know, lucky girl). I had heard about it, but really didn’t know what the heck it was. Since then, as many have happily or reluctantly heard, I have discovered something that I never knew existed. Something within me. Very grateful, indeed. If you haven’t already, check out this video. Especially the part about cheering on those that finish last, a place I know well. Don’t forget, Last is still crossing the Finish Line.

Friday Night Fights Partner WOD:

30 Minute AMRAP:

9 Burpees

9 Snatches

9 Thrusters

Team Barbell Carry to other side of gym. Repeat.

Completed: @ 45lbs. 12 Rounds total. Total Beast. Thanks, Nancy, for working so hard and pushing me to do the same.