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Workouts – A lot like life, rolling with the punches

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CrossFit hands are known for their roughness. For some, it’s a sign of hard work — for me, it’s just painful. One of my fellow athletes, Brad, recommended that I soak my hand in warm, soapy water for 10-15m, until my the blister/callus turned white. Then take a butter knife and slowly slice it off. Yeah — gross I know.  I loosened it up with a butter knife, then took a cuticle scissor – which i cleaned with alcohol first- and cut it off.

So, now it looks like the picture to the left — And it actually doesn’t hurt as much. I also bought some cracked heel emu oil and lathered that on it last night before bed along with some Neosporin. Look — I am not a wuss but man — i don’t like to have painful hands.  Apparently, you have to toughen up the skin on your hands over time so you can handle the hard work you demand of them. Who knew?  What 40 year old chick do you know that has hands like that? Seriously.

So – I am feeling better this week than last. I woke up to a chillier morning and felt a somewhat more energetic than I have the past few mornings. I headed to CrossFit and had no idea what the workout of the day was. I like to keep it a surprise, because in reality –I’m going no matter what and basically have to prepare for no matter what. It’s a lot like life – roll with the punches.

Warmup
100 single jump rope
10 good mornings
10 whirly birds
10 Pass Thrus

Skill
Thrusters
3 5s Kick to Handstands

WOD
4 Rounds
400m run
21 Thrusters (53lbs)
Total: 17:59

I stuck with a lower weight (53lbs) on the Thrusters so I can make sure to not have to stop all the time, 21reps for 4 rounds is touch. Guess what? I still had to stop during the Thrusters! With exercises like these, I can feel the muscle burn in my shoulders. It means I’m doing it right — but it also means Ouch – but a good ouch! I had a fun time this morning — now on to the rest of my day!

CrossFit Workout: Tabata ‘Ouch’

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Been a crazy long weekend — Family Fun Fest, A friends house for an outdoor movie night, extra CrossFit training session, A birthday party. Someone stop the bus, I want to get off! Seriously — there was very little down time. This is the last week before school starts for the kiddos too. Hard to believe the summer of 11 is just about over.

I woke up tired. No bones about it. All that non-paleo eating is catching up to me. I feel a few pounds heavier and just sluggish. I have to figure out what is going on in my head to get me back on the right track.  Stress is a very hard opponent.  I know I can — I just have to buckle down and focus!

Today’s workout was a challenge — mostly because my hands have very big calluses and blisters on them, making it very very difficult to do pull ups. I had to sub out the pull ups in the workout for ring rows — it was seriously that painful.

Warmup
800m run
10 good mornings
10 Pass Thrus
3 5s HandStands

Skill
Pull ups

Workout
Tabata KB Swing
Rest 1 minute
Tabata Squat
Rest 1 minute
Tabata Pull-up (I subbed ring rows)
Rest 1 minute
Tabata Push-up
Rest 1 minute
Tabata Sit-up

Totals: 72,136,54,71,96

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