This past weekend was great. I had a really nice (if a little scary) time at the Crossfit competition. I was feeling a little shy about the whole thing since I haven’t been power lifting for very long, but once I was there I had a good time. I also feel like I did a nice job with my lifts, and it was very important to me to lift as well as I could. Mission accomplished.
I was in the third heat, which gave me plenty of time to fret over my starting weight. We were given three attempts in a five minute period to hit our maximum weight. I was real happy to have gotten a new PR with front squat, shoulder press and power clean.
The mystery event was a wod consisting of AMRAP (as many rounds as possible – in the time provided) burpee jump overs, a 400 metre run and 95 lb deadlift. That’s a bodyweight deadlift in my case, so I felt intimidated.
It’s okay, I was wearing the shirt I sewed all of the heart and poodle patches onto. I knew it would carry me through.
I was right.
My shirt and I both felt very happy with our performance and our lifts.
I went to the spa. I fell asleep and woke up feeling
a) gloriously refreshed
c) insanely hungry.
I ate an entire chicken. Again.
I really have to learn not to let myself get that hungry.
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Anyway, after my siesta and chicken I was totally ready to go. It was still early in the day and I was a little curious exactly how much I could deadlift. If I was able to lift my bodyweight 40 times in the wod, surely I could beat that.
I went to the gym with the intent of lifting, but I was thrilled to learn that I had the whole place to myself for nearly an hour. I hit the treadmill and worked on some drills, keeping in mind that I have that last half marathon this upcoming Saturday. No matter how much I dislike cardio and running while I am doing it, after it’s done I always feel so good. My mood is better, my body feels totally in tune and I just feel like I’m winning at the game of life. Because basically, if you are still getting out there and moving around, well – you are winning at the game of life.
Then I deadlifted 112lb for 5 sets of 3 reps each. My bodyweight is around 95 lb so I was thrilled with a 112 deadlift.
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On Sundays, we save the princess.
I also hit up the spa for a spray tan and dyed one of my dreadlocks electric blue, to spice things up a little bit.
Since I was feeling so spicy, I added some pumpkin to my regular Sunday spinach smoothies. I thought it would be extra good for me, and since I felt very pretty all day Sunday and yesterday – I will give the pumpkin credit for that and try to remember to add it to my smoothies in the future.
It didn’t taste very good though.
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Yesterday I overslept and woke up to find that I had a sore back and neck. My wild guess is from the deadlifts. I skipped crossfit and worked on keeping a steady pace during a long run. Afterwards I lifted for a teeny bit and got a new PR with back squats. I hadn’t actually done back squats in a while – and I’ve noticed that when I take a break from a particular lift and then revisit it a few days later, I can usually beat my old PR. That always feels really good.
I would really like to keep that 7:45 pace for the half this weekend. My goal is to not break pace the entire time. Unless I have to tie my sneaker or something. There will be no apricots or blazing hot sun, so I’ve got that going for me.
Okay it’s time to eat and go knock cardio out. This whole day is slammed with really good stuff from top to bottom so I want to clear my run out of the way before I can think of a whole bunch of reasons not to.
Oh and? My birthday is on Thursday. I am eating nothing but sushi all day long. Sushi for breakfast, sushi for lunch and sushi for dinner. Sushi for every snack in between and possibly if I can figure out a way to convert sushi into hydration, I will have it instead of water.