Goodbye 2016….

I find it hard to believe that 2016 is already coming to a close. However it really does not matter….because like it or not today is the last day of 2016. This year really flew by. Come February we will have lived in Annapolis for two years, which is harder to believe. Lots of quality time at 12 Labours Annapolis…and The Point.

It seems like once Thanksgiving hits, the year is over in a blink. Finish the turkey leftovers and the next thing you know….putting away the Christmas lights and decorations for another 11 months. Everyone seems to be a little nicer and have a little more patience and compassion around the Holidays. I am hopeful year after year those will carry over to the New Year. I’ll keep hoping.

2016 brought some great things like the births of three new nieces and a nephew (Some family, some close enough to be family) and some bad things like deaths of family members and friends. We celebrated a lot of birthdays as well! Got some house projects done and  had a great vacation at the beach with really great friends. That one will certainly be repeated in 2017.

I hit most of the goals I had laid out for 2016. Some personal, some professional, and of course some CrossFit goals. That’s what this blog is about, right? CrossFit…and sarcasm. I finished up last year with 13 PR’s and this year I hit 30. I hit my strength goals, with the exception of one. Missed the dead lift however I’ll get that shortly. The silly ones like double unders and pull ups will moved from 2016 to 2017.

Below is the list of PR’s:

Performance Result Date Component Name Result Rep Scheme Performance Result Comment Class Name Personal Record Text
12/28/16 Power Clean + Hang Squat Clean + Front Squat 1 x 1 @ 195 lbs E2M for 20 Minutes failed on 205 four times 6:00 AM PR by 20 lbs vs. 175 on 09/29/2014
12/12/16 Back Squat 1 x 1 @ 455 lbs E2M – Double Unders + 1 back squat little high….just a little 6:00 AM PR by 20 lbs vs. 435 on 11/08/2016
12/5/16 Front Squat 1 x 1 @ 325 lbs Every 2 Minutes – Double Unders + Front Squat felt good. sleeves and reebok lifters 6:00 AM PR by 10 lbs vs. 315 on 08/01/2016
12/3/16 Back Squat 1 x 3 @ 385 lbs PR by 10 lbs vs. 375 on 11/14/2016
11/24/16 Front Squat 1 x 3 @ 285 lbs sets of 3 Felt pretty good. PR by 5 lbs vs. 280 on 07/11/2016
11/16/16 Squat Clean 1 x 3 @ 185 lbs E2M for 20: 3 Squat Cleans felt good… 6:00 AM PR by 50 lbs vs. 135 on 07/18/2013
11/14/16 Back Squat 1 x 3 @ 375 lbs 8 Sets Every 2 Minutes – 3 Reps Back Squat 6:00 AM PR by 10 lbs vs. 365 on 07/18/2016
11/8/16 Back Squat 1 x 1 @ 435 lbs 1 PR by 0 lbs vs. 435 on 11/08/2016
11/8/16 Deadlift 1 x 1 @ 465 lbs 1 PR by 0 lbs vs. 465 on 11/08/2016
11/8/16 The CrossFit Total 1095 Total lbs 1095 PR by 155 lbs vs. 940 on 08/23/2013
11/8/16 The CrossFit Total 1 x 1 @ 465 lbs 485 is close
10/31/16 Deadlift 1 x 5 @ 420 lbs Heavy 5 6:00 AM
10/12/16 Thruster 1 x 1 @ 235 lbs Heavy 1 rep yahtzee!!!!! 6:00 AM PR by 40 lbs vs. 195 on 09/11/2015
8/8/16 Back Squat 1 x 1 @ 407.5 lbs E2M – Building each set 6:00 AM PR by 2.5 lbs vs. 405 on 04/09/2015
8/1/16 Front Squat 1 x 1 @ 315 lbs E2M – working to max 6:00 AM PR by 10 lbs vs. 305 on 02/08/2016
7/11/16 Front Squat 1 x 3 @ 280 lbs 3-3-3-3 felt great. went to 310 to beat 1 rep and failed. 6:00 AM PR by 5 lbs vs. 275 on 01/04/2016
6/28/16 Back Squat 1 x 5 @ 350 lbs 5-5-5-5 didn’t feel good. Had higher goals this morning 6:00 AM PR by 5 lbs vs. 345 on 06/13/2016
6/17/16 Clean 1 x 1 @ 210 lbs PR by 5 lbs vs. 205 on 02/12/2016
6/13/16 Back Squat 1 x 5 @ 345 lbs 5-5-5 6:00 AM PR by 30 lbs vs. 315 on 06/20/2014
4/19/16 Back Squat 1 x 10 @ 325 lbs 10-10-10 6:00 AM
4/18/16 Front Squat 1 x 8 @ 265 lbs It was an attempt for ten, and i got eight. So this is my PR for 8 reps. PR by 60 lbs vs. 205 on 05/05/2015
4/4/16 Back Squat 1 x 10 @ 315 lbs 10-10-10 6:00 AM
3/17/16 Push Press 1 x 1 @ 235 lbs PR by 5 lbs vs. 230 on 03/11/2016
3/11/16 Push Press 1 x 1 @ 230 lbs 1 Hit 230 and it felt light. stopped there. save another PR for anothe day PR by 5 lbs vs. 225 on 10/15/2013
2/15/16 500m Row 1:42 broke the first rower…..boom 6:00 AM PR by 0:07 vs. 1:49 on 08/24/2015
2/12/16 Clean 1 x 1 @ 205 lbs PR by 5 lbs vs. 200 on 08/21/2015
2/12/16 Power Clean 1 x 1 @ 205 lbs PR by 30 lbs vs. 175 on 03/14/2013
2/8/16 Front Squat 1 x 1 @ 305 lbs 1RM 6:00 AM PR by 5 lbs vs. 300 on 12/19/2014
1/27/16 Lactic Acid Threshold Test 85 Total Calories 6:00 AM PR by 2 calories vs. 83 on 12/19/2014
1/4/16 Front Squat 1 x 3 @ 275 lbs 3-3-3-3 6:00 AM PR by 10 lbs vs. 265 on 02/09/2015

2017 is the year for pull ups, double unders, and toes to bar. I would also like to get back into competing. How quickly 2016 passed us by is proof of there being no time like the present to do the things we want to do.

I hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year’s Eve and has an incredible 2017.

Getting Ready for the Open!!! Stupid Cardio…..

One of the great things about 12 Labours is the planning that goes into the programming. It is split up quarterly and unfortunately we are now coming into the quarter where we get ready for the Open. Not my favorite quarter.

Monday——

“Open is 90 Days Away”

20 Minute AMRAP

15 Toes to Bar f(20 abmat situps)

Double Unders s(50) f(25)

10 Squat Cleans s(135/95) f(95/65)

***add weight every round***

***score is weight***

I mixed in hanging knee raises and abmat situps. Squat cleans were all legit, which is a big jump for me as they used to be reverse curls, followed by a front squat. Weight scheme was 95#, 115#, 135#, and 155#. I finished four full rounds, for a total weight of 5,050#.

Tuesday was five three minute AMRAPS. I opted instead for the following:

WOD 1 Movement Weight (Pounds) Distance Reps Rounds Total Reps
Row 250 Meters 1 6 6
Shrug Bar Deadlift 225 5 6 30
Wall balls 30 7 6 42
Ab Mat Sit Ups 10 6 60
Strict Push Ups 5 6 30
Total 168
Time 18:36

I did this one last week as well. I completed six rounds in 18:36, which is a 1:20 improvement over last week, or a little over 6% improvement. I’ll take it!

Wednesday was another WOD that just did not work for me. 30 Minute Partner AMRAP with one doing 6 TGU’s, and the other maxing out cals on the Assault Bike. I opted for trying to PR my clean. I have been tapped out at 210 for quite some time and it is quite frustrating. It is time to invest in a few one on one sessions for Olympic lifting. There is something small that I am not doing, I just do not know what it is!

Thursday was a rest day. ROMWOD, extra water, less carbs, more stretching….fun right? Almost went for a run….almost. Decided instead to get another hour of sleep, which was needed. Several long days strung together for work and a bit stressful, so why not catch up on some sleep.

Friday:

“12 Labours Test #4”

For Time:

Row 2000m

100 Wall Balls s(30/20) f(20/14)

50 G2OH s(95/65) f(75/55)

***30 min cap***

This was challenging. The rowers were all taken so I opted for the Ski Erg. Great way to get ready for wall balls, right? Shoulders, triceps were smoked from the rower, and the legs were not much better. I did the 20lb. wall ball and 95lbs. for G2OH. 27:20. A few cocktails were imbibed Thursday evening and it was not the best night’s sleep. It is safe to say those impacted by performance. I will put this one back up in two weeks.

Saturday was a partner WOD which included burpees and running……so I took advantage of open gym and PR’d with 3 reps at 385 for back squat. Felt much better Saturday morning. Ten hours of sleep will do that.

Off to fire up the chainsaw and cut some wood and then split. Installed a new fire pit yesterday…

 

 

 

 

 

Well those were fun!


I had commented last week about how August had not been as warm as we are used too. The weather gods heard my snide remark and provided a retort. Their retort was a giant middle finger of humidity. Walking out the front door at 5:15am into an atmosphere of swamp air. Good times.

Heat

MON-FITNESS

10 Rounds

9 Wall Balls s(30/20) f (20/14)

6 Burpees to 6″ Target

3 Clean and Jerks s(185/125) f(135/95)

***25 minute cap***

Summary: Doesn’t look bad, right? Wrong. I switched out med balls because the first one got so covered in sweat I couldn’t catch it. Literally slipped through my hands. Ever have to switch spots on the floor for burpees because it was so slippery? I did. Looked like someone sprayed the floor with a hose. It’s not right. I should be studied. It’s improbably for so much sweat to be generated.  Finished it in 24 and change. The burpees truly were the hardest part. Did 135 weight for C&J’s. Probably could have done 155 instead. 185 would have been too much. It’s not the jerk, which for me is a strict press because I refuse to listen to coaches, it’s the clean, or in my case, the reverse curl, because again, I refuse…you know how that ends.

balls

TUES-FITNESS

“HELEN”
3 Rounds for time:
Run 400m
21 KB Swings (1.5/1pd)
12 Pullups

Summary: Any of our fellow cultfit followers immediately grimaced when they saw the name. She’s a bitch. I felt like I was running through pancake batter. I’m not built for speed. It was more trudging than sprinting. Did ring rows instead of pull ups. KB swings and RR were all unbroken. They aren’t the hard part. It’s the stupid running. Why run when you can deadlift? That’s my motto. Checked the lovely performance history tab in Wodify, and the worst time. Ever. Still a hell of a workout. Also did early birds which is a WOD before the WOD, and Gabe was coaching so the warm up was aggressive. There we go. All rationalized out.

helen

 

WED-FITNESS
Close Grip Bench Press
3-3-3-3-3
+
7 Min AMRAP
10 Pushups s(ring pushups)
20 Air Squats

Summary:

Bench press?!?!? Yes. Almost as good as deadlift day. Almost. Also did early birds this morning which was dips and push ups, I think. Felt pretty good. Jumped from 225 to 255 which was probably to aggressive. Got two and the third required some curling from the spotter. It happens. All in all I was happy with it.  The burner afterwards was fun. Again with the sweating. Did I mention it was hot this week?

FRI-FITNESS

Every 2 minutes for 20 minutes complete:

25 Double Unders/75 Singles

1 clean

***add weight every 2 sets starting at 60% of 1RM. Find a new 1RM***

Summary:

Cleans and I have had an unfriendly relationship for the past couple of years. Logically I should be able to clean 275 without much issue. Front squat is 300, deadlift is 455. Really shouldn’t be a problem here. Instead i have been stuck at 195 for two years or so. Finally got 200 Friday morning which felt pretty good. Attempted and failed 205 several times. I should have recorded the lifts. I was pulling it plenty high. Probably snatch height for most people, who you know….drop under the bar instead of what I do, which is reverse curl it to my neck. Also learned that I really like RX jump ropes. All of my singles were unbroken. The rope was very smooth. Definitely purchasing one.

It Never Happens LIke This!

 It Never Happens LIke This!

Three shirts bit the dust this week. You know it’s time to chuck it when you offend yourself. I apologize to those at City Dock Coffee Friday morning. Yeah, my bad. There isn’t enough Febreze to fix that one. Had to go. Just shy of a decade. Again, I am sorry. Smelled like Victory! And remember, we ….

wod-for-beer

2015 Open Thus Far…..

The Pros...

 

This year’s Open has been challenging. All great WOD’s and definitely feel banged up Sunday mornings. I am sure I’ll be able to get back up the steps this morning. Wall Balls are always fun….said nobody, like ever.

15.1:

At least it wasn’t seven minutes of burpees. For those who don’t yet belong to the cult, and for those who have purposefully blocked it from their memory:

15.1

It’s only nine minutes, right? The scaled version was hanging knee raises which are obviously no as challenging as toes to bar, however they still crush your forearms and grip strength. Good times all around. My hands straightened out after few hours. The max clean and jerk was a nice bonus. I was hoping for more of that, however no such luck….yet.

15.2:

Stupid overhead squats. I don’t like them because I am not good at them, so obviously I won’t get any better, since I don’t do them. Turned that little number into front squats quick, fast, and in a hurry.

Every 3 minutes for as long as possible complete:

From 0:00-3:00

2 rounds of:

10 overhead squats (95 / 65 lb.)

10 chest-to-bar pull-ups

From 3:00-6:00

2 rounds of:

12 overhead squats (95 / 65 lb.)

12 chest-to-bar pull-ups

From 6:00-9:00

2 rounds of:

14 overhead squats (95 / 65 lb.)

14 chest-to-bar pull-ups

I can only imagine the hand tears for those made it into multiple rounds. I am sure this place is doing incredibly well financially now. http://riptskinsystems.com/ Skin grows back.

15.3

We all knew muscle ups would make an appearance. I am sure many were hoping it would be later, however here they are. It was really great to see so many people getting their first muscle up.

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 14 minutes of:
7 muscle-ups
50 wall-ball shots
100 double-unders

For the rest of us it was 50 wall balls and 200 singles. My legs will soon forgive me,..hopefully. This one was probably my favorite of the three.

wall balls

Only two more WOD’s left! What haven’t we done yet? Burpees, over the bar or over the box. Box jumps. Thrusters. We have never seen TGU’s, so maybe? GHD’s, I am sure whatever Castro has in store for us will be fun and challenging. Hopefully we will have a kicker,finding a heavy one rep. Too much to ask for dead lifts Castro?

Castro

 

 

The Day Of….

Great googley moogley. That was fun! 12Labours WOD is as follows:

  • 400 meter med ball run 20/14
  • 9 stone to shoulder 145/115
  • 400 meter sand bag run
  • 24 power cleans 135/95
  • 400 meter run
  • 5 rope climbs (15 ring rows)
  • 30 yard prowler push 255/155
  • 12 stone squats 115/95
  • 500 meter row
  • three sets 3 muscle ups, 3 hspu or three sets 3 ring rows/pull ups, 3 hand release push ups, 3 dips
  • 40 cal assault bike
  • 3 tire flips 450/350

All for joyous time. It was announced it shouldn’t really take more than thirty minutes. I beat that by thirty seconds, scaled. Subbed out KB squats for stone squats. Bad timing. Lots of running and everyone who reads this blog knows how much I LOVE running, and by love i mean hate however it is a necessary evil. Surprisingly the cleans were tougher than I thought they would be. Wound up doing four sets of six. Probably should have gone heavier on the Stone to shoulder. Did 115 for some reason. First rep was a ball slam. Basically caught it about two inches off the ground after the bounce and hauled it up.

Definitely a challenging WOD and a well run event. The cherry on top was it raised about two k, cha ching, for the coaches. Nice work everyone. Thank you Rusty for putting it together and for 12Labours BWI to host the event. It was awesome to see everyone giving 110 percent and having a good time.

Off to Jailbreak who I hear brews beer, and serves beer…which is handy, because I like to drink beer, in particular after that wonderful morning WOD.

 

2014 CrossFit Open

Here we go Again!

Here we go Again!

Better late than never! i thought i had posted this last week!

It was here and then it was gone….The 2014 Open is over and thankfully we didn’t have 150 wall balls again!  Hard to believe the five weeks flew by so quickly. I thought this years’s WOD’s were great. The first two were challenging to say the least however they were scalable and doable for those who don’t have double unders or chest to bar pull ups. I didn’t get a chance to do 14.3 however a box jump is the quickest way to kill a dead lift WOD. Not all agree obviously, as folks from the box absolutely annihilated it. That’s you Luke Espe. We done. 14.4 was also great, I scaled it as well, however I completed all 200 reps and got a great workout. That is what it is all about. Don’t Rx if it will take an hour to complete it. Scale it so it is challenging and you wind up in the fetal position on the floor, looking for Mommy to give you an ice pop and make it all better. 14.5 was a great way to end the Open. No time cap. You. Had. To. Finish. It. Somebody scheduled burpees for Tuesday’s WOD. That wasn’t right.

Pretty sick that  much hat 209,000 people signed up for the Open this year. (http://games.crossfit.com/article/209585-rise-open) Multiply that by $20.00…and well somebody is happy. Cha Ching! Usual names in the top spots, no shock there. They are robots. Sick, sick robots who don’t stop. Great to see folks from CrossFit BWI and Syndicate excel and I know several people are headed to regionals, which means a lot of us will be going as well to cheer them on. It’s all about the community with CrossFit. It is a team sport and the home team always wins.

So, what did I learn from this year’s Open?

Burpee Bar Jump Overs:

Those are quite possibly worse then TGU’s. That was a huge achilles heel for me and why I didn’t do Rx. Need to work on those big time. So what did I talk about after our experience at The Capital Throwdown? Train like you are going to compete. Do everything to the standard. What this means is any time burps come up, do them over the bar. Might as well since they will come up again I am sure!

Double Unders:

I need to finally get these. Of course I have no idea why I don’t have them yet. I never practice them and always jump right to two to one or three to one anytime they come up. You know how that ends. I am really good and efficient at single unders and can rip off 100 unbroken without issue. Of course that also means I still don’t have double unders. This is the year!

Overhad Squats:

Need to work these more because they are hard….and they suck….a lot. Practice makes perfect.

Make the Reps Count:

Power Snatch doesn’t only mean snatch. it’s a good way saying shoulder to overhead as well. Saw a lot of people using this in the first WOD and I made them all snatches. That means I got less reps. Sometimes it’s not about the name, it’s about finding the best LEGAL way to get the most reps. Same here for step ups vs box jumps. Save the shins and step up on that puppy!

All in all it was a great open. I am happy I did it again this year and I’ll do it again next year!