Training Ground for Life

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” ― Sylvia Plath

First, I thought I lost my log book. This could not be. You never know what you have, till it’s gone. As soon as I realized it was missing the inner discombobulator began to represent.  For Part I of the WOD, Deadlifts, 4 x 4 x 4 x 4, I was simply lost.  All over the place. Suddenly couldn’t add, or subtract, or count apparently.

5 or 6 trips to the calculator on the wall, and I still wasn’t confident in my math. Learned tonight that I love to scribble stuff down during the WOD in my little book. It’s an integral part of the whole experience for me. Chicken scratches and roman numerals and addition and subtraction and little stick figures with x’s for eyes.

Found it!


I. Deadlift


Completed: @ 195lbs., 205lbs., 215lbs., and 225lbs.

I remember not only two or three weeks ago 225lbs. was my One Rep Max. Now it’s my 80%. I don’t know what happened. But, there can be no greater feeling. Your body getting stronger from hard work. Try as you might, this, you simply cannot purchase.

And then along came Part II:

Going to admit right here; Part II of tonight’s WOD was bru-tal. Felt weak and didn’t know if I could finish. So goes the up and down of a Crossfitter. Which is what makes CF such an excellent training ground for Life

Scaled a couple (not all) of the Burpee rounds from 8 to 6. And was still last to finish. With about a minute to spare on the 15 minute clock. Total Burpees, going to estimate to be approx. 72.

II. For Time:

10 Rounds

10 Overhead Lunges with Barbell (45/35)


 Completed: In 13:45 @ 35lbs. See rambling paragraph above. And that’s all I have to say about that.

Saturday Mornings

After an epic week of some very good feeling PR’s, my body was slow and tired. Nonetheless:


I. Back Squat

6 – 4 – 2

Completed: 6 @ 105lbs. 4 @ 125lbs., 2 @ 145lbs.

II. For Time:

30 Wallballs (20/14)

30 Ring Pushups

30 Toes-to-Bar

30 Overhead Lunges (45/25 plate)

30 Burpees

Completed: in 9:30. Wallballs @14lbs. Overhead lunges @ 25lbs.

Team WOD

Love the team WOD’s. Because you work when your partner can’t, and vise versa. So it’s never really up to you how long a break you can take, because when your partner is done, you gotta pick up the ball and run. Or in this case, the bar bell, or the wall ball, or today, the 25lbs. bumper.

Just gonna insert this obvious statement here too. Because in talking with folks, seems we’re all over committed and running around like a bunch of crazy people from one obligation to the next. So, here goes the obligatory: work, busy, blah, blah, stress, blah, blabbittty, blah blah BLAH. And in the middle of all of it, left and hit the noon WOD today. Even meant I couldn’t get a shower in before my event tonight. Nothing some perfume and lotion, and dry shampoo can’t mend. I’m just going to keep telling myself no one noticed. Peeps did say I looked great, but maybe that’s just cause I was happy I took back part of my day to get my ass kicked and to tune out of the blah blah.


I. With a partner, AMRAP in 15 Minutes

10 Overhead Lunges (45/25)

10 Pullups

*One Partner moving at a time

Completed: 17.5 rounds. That’s 8.5 rounds each! At RX no less. 25lbs. bumper. Dean said I could. And he was right. Sometimes it takes someone saying you can do something to know it yourself too.

Rest 5 Minutes

II.  With a partner, AMRAP in 15 minutes

10 Kettlebell Swings (53/35)

10 Burpees

*One Partner moving at a time

Completed: 15 Rounds total. 7.5 each. Again at RX, 35lbs! just gonna say, had the best partner ever, TJ. He is a burpee machine. You’d think he has wings. Up, down, up down.  In the time it takes me to do one, he’s well into two or three. Great way to compliment the day. Word.

what are you waiting for

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” ― Babe Ruth

Today I caught a glimpse of the ACF Affiliate Team working. Working hard. Doing movements never dared to dream of. It’s pretty impressive. They’re like, really, really strong. I’m not going to say they make it look easy, but more, they make it look like they’ve truly earned what they are able to do. You can see the hard work, and it’s poetry. Proud to be affiliated with this group. They’re going to the Eastern Regionals. Proud to have them represent us. The more I do Crossfit, the more it becomes a part of who I am, the more I learn and grow, it’s never really occurred to me to take it to the next level to compete. There’s so much gained just in the day to day when hitting the WOD. I can’t imagine what it would be like to be immersed even more deeply. Perhaps that’s the beauty of the sport; you can take it, it can take you, as far as you want to go. There’s much for everyone at many different levels. You can be working out next to the top competitor in the tri-state region, doing the same movement, just scaled to your ability. It’s your stop along the way. You choose. There’s room for everyone. What are you waiting for.

Partner WOD again today. Outside on a gloriously sunny 70 degree day.


Burgener Warm-Up


I. AMRAP in 25 Minutes with Partner:

Hang Power Snatches (75/55)

10 Overhead Lunges with the same weight

Run 200m

*Only 1 athlete moving at a time

Completed: 7 Rounds at 45lbs. Almost RX! Again, the partner WOD, not sure I would have been courageous enough to enter the arena with 45lbs. for the overhead lunges. But, let go of the reins and let my partner pick the weight, thinking I would give it my best. And it turned out just as it should. Felt great.

II. 4 Sets:

20 AbMat Situps

III. 3 minutes Couch Stretch each leg