Holiday Break and New Year’s Eve

Can’t believe that I haven’t posted since Christmas Eve!  I must have been really taking this vacation thing seriously.  While I’ve been a bit active on Facebook and Twitter, I haven’t really been spending a ton of time on the Internet.  Mostly it’s been catching up on TV, hanging out with friends, and just plain old being lazy!

Craic ordered a limited amount of Sherpa Hoodies which are AMAZINGLY perfect for winter and going to the gym.  I love mine and wear it all the time.  It’s my favorite purchase so far.  John put together a photo montage of some of my fellow Craic Heads doing something “festive” for the holidays. I’m in the middle pic, flying away with Super Snowman!

I didn’t workout every day over the break.  I worked out the day after Christmas.  We did another team workout (although we posted individual scores).  We had 6 people on our team, so four of us partnered and acted as “one person.” My team was Kayla Dizzle Davis (who was my other “person”), Susie Diesel, Lisa D (they combined to be “one person”), Cathy, and KarMa.  Great team composition.  Had a great workout.

Teams of 4
6 min amrap x 4 rest 3 minutes each round

partner 1 rows 200 m while
partner 2 completes amrap power snatch 75/65
partner 3 completes amrap pushups
partner 4 completes amrap deadhang pullups

The rower tags partner 2 and everyone rotates, score is total reps completed by the whole team

We ended up doing individual scores:  Mine came out to be 231.  I don’t remember the breakdown of how many of what I did in each round.  I did power cleans instead of snatches, bench push-ups (still working on legit ones), and ring rows.  The push-ups were hard, and I could really tell that I rely way too much on my right shoulder.  I need to start evening out the effort.

I skipped Thursday, and instead did a mobility day (read: 90 minute massage) with Nichole McCann.  She’s a Crossfitter who Johnny D told me about.  This massage isn’t for relaxation.  There is a lot of stretching and deep tissue.  She is doing some work on my shoulder and focusing on what I call, a case of the left.  Shoulder, hip, ankle…all left.  Ugh.  I’m going to be going to her regularly from now on to work on my shoulder and mobility.  She’s great, and I’d recommend her for anyone else that’s in the area and interested in doing this type of massage.  Also, she’s a Crossfitter – so she gets us crazy people.

Friday’s workout seemed like a team workout, but it’s because there were so many people in the class.  I have to give Glen credit for coaching these classes – it’s really an exercise in managing chaos.  I laned with Lisa D, Callahan, and Nikki.  The workout was:

3 rounds for time – 1min rest between rounds

1min Row for Cals
1min Power Clean 75/45
1min KBS 53/35
1min Box Jump

Three rounds didn’t seem so hard on paper, but this one killed me.  Since we had so many people, we had to start on different rotations.  I started on the box jump (of which I did step-ups) and ended with the kettle bell swings. Holy shit the cleans and the KBS got so heavy.  I thought that the KBS would be the easiest part because of the momentum, but not so much.  Ugh.  I started strong-ish for the first round at 80 reps.  Then it went downhill quickly after that.  Round 2 = 67, Round 3 = 63.  For a total of 210 overall.  

I was just plain lazy over the weekend as it related to working out, so I took Saturday and Sunday off.  (However, shoveling heavy, wet snow was a WOD in itself on Sunday!)

Went back into Craic to get my last workout of 2013 this morning in.  This was a woulda, coulda, shoulda workout:

21-15-9
Thrusters
Power cleans

Instead of thrusters, I opted to do front squats.  Even modifying to front squats, I was still worried about my knee, which is still bothering me.  Blech.  After conferring with Glen and expressing my concern, he suggested that I do 15-12-9 front squats to give my knee a break.  I thought that this was a great plan.  I had to break up everything in the workout, but I think if I had thought it out more, I would have (1) gone up heavier in weight and (2) done 21-15-9 of the front squats.  I did 75# and the rep scheme I just described and ended up finishing in 7:49.  A little too fast, definitely would have, could have, and should have gone heavier and done the full rep scheme.  Still, I got a great workout in and hopefully my knee is on the mend.

Over the break, my eating went to shit.  The good news is that it didn’t go to total shit – just some treats a little too often.  Tomorrow is a new day and a new year and time for me to get back at it.  Glen gave a little talk before today’s class (there were SO MANY PEOPLE THERE) and said that there are a lot of people who are making New Year’s Resolutions right now…and likely they won’t go for more than a month in keeping them.  But Craic-heads, he said, are different.  We set goals and achieve them.  And that’s what I’m going to do this year.  This isn’t a resolution, per se…but more like a framework for what 2013 and beyond is going to be.

Here are some pics from the holiday break for your viewing pleasure! Happy New Year everyone!

Hobo and Santa keep watch over the neighborhood

Hobo and Santa keep watch over the neighborhood

Hobo helping me with mobility.  Where does the cat end and my leg begin?

Hobo helping me with mobility. Where does the cat end and my leg begin?

White Christmas on Sabbathday Lake in Maine

White Christmas on Sabbathday Lake in Maine

My niece and great-nephew Owen opening presents on Christmas

My niece and great-nephew Owen opening presents on Christmas

Leif Dizzle Davis got a vacuum for Christmas.  He's so happy :)

Leif Dizzle Davis got a vacuum for Christmas. He’s so happy 🙂

Snow cat I made in our front yard (which has since been buried by other snow!)

Snow cat I made in our front yard (which has since been buried by other snow!)

Project Closet.  Purged for the new year!

Project Closet. Purged for the new year!

Rudolph! (As seen at our neighbors across the street)

Rudolph! (As seen at our neighbors across the street)

Some Cards Against Humanity was played over the break.  This was my favorite combo and was put together by a wife and picked by her husband.

Some Cards Against Humanity was played over the break. This was my favorite combo and was put together by a wife and picked by her husband.


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