Today was a 30 minute EMOM.  Back at the 6:30am class.

A1)High Hang Snatch x3
A2)Burpees Sit-Ups x10
A3)Pullups Ring Rows x5 10

I opted to do 55#.  I’m still scared to snap the bar back and lock my elbows.  Sometimes I’m conscious of it, sometimes I don’t know I’m doing it.  Jarrod pointed it out and when I was actively thinking about it, I stopped guarding it (sort of).  But then I would stop guarding it and then it was pointed out that I would lean forward instead of back.

Overall, just good consistent workout – kept moving.  The high hang snatches were frustrating because I could see the bar in front and below my face during the lift – which meant I was leaning way forward. #alwayslearning Just more stuff for me to work on.  As of PT today, I am no longer on full burpee restriction, however I need to do “controlled” burpees and not fall into them.  So no cycling quick burpees, but I can start doing them again.  But I had PT after the workout, so I did sit-ups instead.  I think maybe next time I might sub in planks or something.  But need to definitely work on my core.  Ring rows tried to do wide-grip ones.  Floor was slippery so I sprinkled a little of the white powder on the floor to keep from sliding (sorry, Marc and Will – even though neither of you read this blog).

gym cleaner's nightmare

gym cleaner’s nightmare

Went to go see the nephew play in a couple of hockey games this weekend at Janas Arena.  The ice arena had no heat and we froze our butts off.  Luckily, my mom had an extra blanket in her car.  It’s one that I remember from my childhood.  A wool/polyester one that’s been around since before I was even born.  I told her I wanted it, but she said I couldn’t have it until she was no longer with us.  I sent her an unrelated email this weekend, and her reply ended with this: “Don’t forget when I am gone to take the blanket out of the back of the car.”  She is hilarious.



Animals Can Be Jerks

Today was a 30 minute on the minute workout.  Every 1st minute: 2 squat cleans; Every 2nd minute: ring rows (3-4 steps in); Every 3rd minute: double under practice.  I did 95# for squat cleans and Jarrod told me to be a ninja with my jumps and practice 3-4 light jumping double unders and don’t go to failure (and failure for me is jumping up and down really hard and stomping my feet on the ground).  Some of the DU’s were really frustrating, but overall, it was a slow burn workout and I kind of liked it.  My cleans felt decent, so that made me happy 🙂  I managed to get a few jumps in lightly…trying to channel my inner ninja.



Quick post today, got back into the gym.  Took a rest day yesterday after the Ruckus.

Today was an 21 minute EMOM:

  • Every 1st minute 5 front squats
  • Every 2nd minute 10 kettle bell cleans (as Rx was snatches, but I can’t do those yet)
  • Every 3rd minute 5-10 toes to bar or a variation (I hung from the bar and did knee raises)

I decided to listen to my body since my lower back has been bothering me and didn’t go as heavy as I would have liked.  Sara McEvoy’s post yesterday was a good reminder as to why I shouldn’t go heavy just because.  It’s something I’m working on.  So I only did 105#.  The kettle bell cleans were at 24# and I was happy to do the knee raises, as it was my first workout hanging from the bar in a long, long time.  My shoulder didn’t bug me at all.  Nice to get back at it.

Went to PT and he did a lot of work on my low back and shoulder.  The session ended with ice on my shoulder and  the stim machine!  I LOVE IT.  Here’s a picture of me with my best friend, the stim machine.

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Judging and an EMOM

Went into Craic on Sunday, had texted with Jarrod the previous night to figure out a plan.  Plan sort of fell apart.  Was going to go in, do 10 minutes on the airdyne, then do some dumbell work (bicep curls, skull crushers, external rotator), and then end with 10 more minutes on the airdyne.  I socialized for a decent amount and then some people needed judging for 13.1, so I opted to do that in hopes to rack up some judging credit for Regionals.  Spent most of the morning watching my pal Gienah PR her ass off (she PR’d her clean and jerk, clean, and got her first bar muscle up) and judging.  I managed to get 7 minutes on the airdyne, bicep curls (3 sets at increasing weight), skull crushers (3 sets at increasing weight)…and that’s about it.

John McEvoy got some awesome pics that have me in them from Saturday’s judging session.

Susie Diesel and her burpees

Susie Diesel and her burpees

Judging Ed

Judging Ed


I went home and judged a couple of videos.  My cat Hobo decided to help me.  He got really into it 🙂

Judge Hobo

Judge Hobo

My last judging session of the day on Sunday was Johnny D.  He was re-doing 13.1 because he had a really crappy showing of it earlier in the week.  He literally got off an airplane from Chicago and rushed into the gym to do 13.1.  Gee, I wonder why it sucked so hard?  Anyway, I got to judge him for his 2nd attempt on Sunday and was really nervous for my friend.  He has been working so hard training this year and to get the results that he got on Friday…ugh.  My stomach was in knots.  But then the clock counted down and it was all business (while Susie and John and some others cheered / coached him on). He got to 165# and everyone was holding their breath.  He was way in front of pace from his Friday time…and then he snatches it up.  NO PROBLEM.  Yes!  And then another, and another…he managed to get 9 snatches at 165# for a final score of 159.  After the first workout, Johnny D is standing at 16th IN THE WORLD in his age division.  So awesome to see him accomplish that (and I even no-repped him three times!)  Here’s his overview of how that WOD went.

The masters competitors at Craic (and everyone else) did so effing fantastically this weekend. Can’t wait to see what the next four weeks bring for Team Craic.

Okay, and onto today’s workout.  I got up this morning (it SUCKED, daylight savings is a cruel mistress) and went back into Craic for a proper workout.  The first time back for almost a week after being sick is so hard.  It was a 21 minute EMOM:

  • Every 1st minute 3 squat cleans
  • Every 2nd minute 10 ring rows
  • Every 3rd minute 30 seconds air dyne

The Rx workout was 2nd minute muscle-ups or dead hang pull-ups and the 3rd minute was 30 seconds max double unders.  Jarrod wanted me to do the airdyne instead.  Also, I want to recap a conversation that Jarrod and I had this morning about weight.

Christina: What are you thinking I should do for weight?

Jarrod: How about 95?  Lift heavy, yo!

Christina: I was thinking 95 as well, but do you think that will be too much for me considering I’ve been sick?

Jarrod: Yea, that’s a good point.  Hmmmm.  Why don’t you lift…95?

So I’m unclear if that was because he was tired and forgot he originally said 95 (it was early in the morning) or he knew I could do 95# for this workout.  Either way, it was the right decision.  It was definitely heavy, but I could manage it.  I did 1.5 step back ring rows and medium pace on the airdyne.  Not a ton to say about the workout, other than it was a great pace for my first workout back.  Definitely took it easier (I probably would have gone heavier than 95, had I not been sick), one steps on the ring rows, and faster on the airdyne … but I think it was the right way to do it.  I don’t want to relapse!