Benchmark Update

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

10K ROW

4 of the 5 Benchmark workouts are complete. While we have until April 5 to submit results I’m on a strict timeline and must have all benchmarks completed by Sunday. The only thing left to do as of this morning, 1RM Back Squat as well as attempt a 300lbs. Deadlift since that too has been a long time goal.

Last night I tackled the 10K Row after Strongman and beat my last time by about a minute. PR! Amazing the things you can do when you have no time to waste.

4 of 5 Results as follows:

Benchmark WOD 1/1/13 3/31/13
1. “Fran” – RX at 65lbs. 5:24 5:19
2. 1RM Snatch 85 lbs. 105 lbs.
3. 7 Minute AMRAP: Max Burpees to 6” target 64 total 69 total
4. 10K Row 44:40 43:53
5. 1RM Back Squat 165 lbs. 185 lbs.
6. 1RM Dead Lift 260lbs. TBD

2013 Row.

“Anyhow, I’ve learned one thing now. You only really get to know people when you’ve had a jolly good row with them. Then and then only can you judge their true characters!”  ― Anne Frank

holiday cheer

This was in the break room this morning. First day back to work in the New Year. I understand how baking and sharing is a form of love, it’s just I struggle to find the logic in sharing something that is a vice. Something the majority of us struggle against. Except the world would be a dim place without any cookies. Just the word ‘cookie’ is such a happy word. Think, Cookie Monster.

Doesn’t get much more loveable.

The 90 Day Challenge is up and running. It is Day 2. I feel sleepy as I write this, imagine it’s due to all the gluten and sugar and tequila draining from my system. Not that the wheels completely came off over the Holidays, but there were moments of indulgence. When you’re with friends and family and feeling festive it just feels damn good to join in the merry making. It just feels good.

It’s a part of the connecting process.

But now I’m ready to get serious. I’m ready to clear my head and my body and reach some new goals. It doesn’t happen all at once this clearing of mind and body. It’s a slow determined process. Small steps at a time. Day by day of one healthy choice after another. Momentum being gained in the direction you are determined to head, towards a more healthy strong clear-minded you.

There are four specific goals I would like to achieve within the first 3 months of 2013, the 90 Day Challenge period. Achieving these specific goals will solidify the ground beneath my feet on a new path paved in the direction I intend to go:

  1. Get a real pull up
  2. Apply to Grad School. Deadline March 1
  3. 24% body fat
  4. 300lbs. Deadlift

2nd 90 Day Challenge Benchmark WOD:

Row 10K for time.

Completed: in 45:22