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Innov8s have arrived


My innov8’s came in on Weds but I skipped my workout on Thurs so I couldn’t try them out until today. I have a cold that started in my throat area, then went to my head and now is rattling in my chest as I cough it all out. Who gets a cold when it’s 100′ out? Me – that’s who!

So here they are in the box. What I did not realize when Scott said ‘go ahead and get the pink’ was that the are BRIGHT PINK. You can seriously see me a mile away.  Oh well, if you are going to go with it — go big. They are very light weight and feel like you are wearing slippers. The only thing I am concerned about is how much I have to change my running form to conform to wearing these.  In CrossFit, they encourage you to run while leaning forward instead of running on your heels, like most of us do.  It takes quite a bit of getting used to and concentration to change your form to align with it but once you get it, you can run longer and faster because while you lean forward you are almost being pulled forward so you use less force and it takes less effort.  There is so much to learn —and I am seriously like a sponge trying to grasp it all.  I feel like a kid again.

Today’s workout was another strength day. I have said this before – that many people don’t appreciate how important these types of training days are. We are taught that you have to do cardio, cardio, cardio to get a good workout in.  Heart health and cardio are important but strength days are just as important in order to be fit.

10 Pass Thurs
10 Push Ups
10 Squats
10 Clean squats with D-ball

Clean and Jerk

Clean n Jerk
So while 88 is a new PR, I can lift more but my technique breaks down after that that I cant clean the bar up. I seem to have an issue with pulling the bar up and squatting underneath at the same time. My mind only wants to focus on one aspect of that lift. Coach Nate tells me about muscle memory and that I just have to practice, practice, practice so that it becomes second nature. As you can see – there are a bunch of moves in CrossFit that I need to practice. I will forever be the student, progressing.

Before I left, I worked on kipping pull ups. I got 1 or 2 but then it broke down into a butterfly kip. Although I am frustrated, I see progress and that I am close to nailing this down. I also did a few hand stands close but not on the wall and I can already feel the difference in stability and ease.

Amelia - June 2011

I’m taking the weekend off from working out and heading down to New Jersey. My brother and sis in law are in town and that means my super cute, almost 1 year old niece Amelia is with them. It’s so important to me to be a part of her life even though she lives so far away in San Fran. She is my first niece and my kids’ first and right now, only cousin.  So even though it’s a short visit for such a long drive – to me, it is way worth it. There is nothing more important that family in my book.  Plus it’s New Jersey, right near NYC and I can just about guarantee that pizza is in my future — who can go to NJ/NY and not have pizza??!! Forgeddabowdit

Clean Jerks


Tomorrow – I am doing my 2nd 5k of the spring at the Brambleton Ribbon Run 5K with Team Ashburn CrossFit Impavidus! It’s a great way to get out there, give back for a good cause, and feel like you are a part of something bigger. Try one — you will see what I mean!  Heck, come and join me tomorrow morning bright and early at 730A!

50 SU/20 DU (I got a few in!)
10 Pass Thrus
10 OHS
10 Push Ups
10 Ring Rows

Clean & Jerk

65lb squat clean
65lb jerk
(rx’d for ladies was 115lb — I didn’t do that obviously)
total = 21

Why didn’t I do RX’d? Well — that’s a lot of weight and I have issues with the form of a squat clean. I bend my arms way too early. I want to work on that before diving into heavier weights. And to be real, 65lbs squat clean jerks is still tough although 21 rounds in 5 mins tells me that maybe I should have gone up a bit higher. When my form is off for squat cleans, I tend to muscle it up instead of using the momentum of proper form to get it into the location for a jerk.

Every time I use the word Jerk – there is a little voice inside me that feels like a kid using a bad word. Do you have that same feeling?

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