A Little Patience

gnr patience

That’s right, I’m quoting GnR to start this post.  Deal with it.

This weekend, I went in to Craic to get some more judging in for 13.4.  I was also going to do a modified version of 13.4 on Saturday, as that was the workout for the general classes.  In my head, I thought that the weight for the women was 75# and was excited to do this workout, as 75# is a totally manageable weight for me.  I went in, looked at the board, and saw that the weight Rx for women was 95#.  I have never done anything more than 75# overhead since my shoulder issues popped up.  While my training has been semi-inconsistent (is that a double negative?) I’ve been working hard strengthening my shoulders over the last couple of months.  Doing external rotations, bullet proof shoulders, listening to Jarrod about taking it easy on various workouts when I really don’t want to, etc.  So I decided to see how my shoulder would feel warming up and potentially attempt the 95# weight.  75# felt totally fine warming up, so I tried to go for 85#.  Also felt fine.  Went for the 95# and it actually felt pretty great.  Yes, it was going to get tiring, but it was definitely something that I felt comfortable doing and didn’t feel it would worsen my shoulder.  So I went for it.

Clock counted down and I started the workout.  I did sit-ups instead of toes to bar, as hanging / pulling motion for my shoulders still does tweak it a bit.  Did the first three unbroken, and then divided the next set into 2 sets of three.  (The sit-ups were unbroken).  Got to the round of 9 and the weight was beginning to feel heavy. I ended up breaking them up into 1’s – dropping it and then immediately picking it up.  It wasn’t quick, but I managed to keep an even pace.  Got through round of 12 and then got 2 more for a total of 62.  I am STOKED.  This means that I got over 30 reps at 95#, which means that next time Grace comes around, I should be able to go for a stellar time!  Shows that patience pays off.  Okay, so maybe it wasn’t patience, it was more Jarrod telling me not to be stupid for months on end…but still.

I still have trouble hanging from the bar, kipping, catching, and snatching…but pushing the bar over my head is something that I can actually do now!  I need to be patient and know that eventually, the other stuff will come (including my ankle issues and wrist issues).

patienceJudging was great.  Good to see everyone giving all they had, mixed results.  John McEvoy, re-tried 13.4, hoping to get at least 1o0 reps this time.  His last round was a sight to watch.  With 40 seconds left, something in his brain just clicked and he was stringing together the clean and jerks like nobody’s business.  It was an amazing thing to judge and witness.  His final score was 103.  A lot of others killed it this weekend, while some were left with results that they personally were disappointed in. I wasn’t disappointed in watching anyone, as they were all giving 100% and that’s inspiration to me.


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!


13.1 at Craic

We did 13.1 today at Craic and while I didn’t workout, I went in to judge.  Definitely feeling A TON better – have most of my energy back and hoping to get at it in the gym tomorrow during open gym.  Not sure what I’m going to work on while I’m there, but need to get moving and stuff again.

Judged Jay, Ed, Judy, and Susie Diesel.  All of them did really, really, well.  It’s a beautiful day today and after everyone was done, most just lounged around in the sun. Not much to say other than I’m proud of my fellow Craic Heads and their performances today.

Crossfit Craic cats lounging in the sun

Crossfit Craic cats lounging in the sun

Where there is sun, people will follow...

Where there is sun, people will follow…

Firebreather Festival – Day Two

So the Firebreather Festival is over.  Craic totally represented.  We had close to 20 people competing and everyone killed it!  I think a lot of them surprised themselves with how well they did and I can’t wait to see them compete again.  One of the coaches / owners, Glen, placed third in the Men’s Scaled Division.  So great to see one of us up on the podium.

The WoDs for the event are below:

1.  ”Jackie”
1000m Row
50 Thrusters, 45#
30 Pull ups
Scaled Division – No Scaling.  Same weight for men and women.
Time Cap – 11 Minutes

2.  ”Back Squat/HSPU”
1 Round for time:
25 Back Squats 225/155 (from a rack)
25 Handstand Push ups (kipping allowed)
Scaled Division – Back Squats 185/115, HSPU – 1/2 Abmats
Time Cap – 5 Minutes

1 RFT:
5 Dead Lifts (315, 225)
300 yard Shuttle (25 yrds out and back x 6)
Scaled Division – Deads 225, 135
Time Cap – 2 Minutes


1.  ”Quest”
1300m Run with hills
800m Run with hills with bumper plate 45, 25
1300m Run with hills
Scaled Division – No Scaling.  Same weight for men and women.
Time Cap – 30 Minutes

2.  ”AMRAP 4″
2 Power Cleans (185, 135)
2 Front Squats (185, 135)
2 Shoulder to Overhead (185, 135)
Scaled Division – men 135, women 95
Time Cap: 4 minutes

CUT TO TOP 12 MALE and FEMALE for RX Division

3.  ”FINALS”
15-12-9-6-3 reps for time of:
Power Snatch 115/80
Barbell Burpees
Scaling:  No Scaling
Time Cap:  16 minutes

 I spent Saturday going back and forth between Jackie and the Backsquat / HSPU.  Jackie was a little less stressful than the BS/HSPU workout to judge.  The first part of the workout is just watching them do 1000 meters.  For the thrusters, need to make sure that they went down below parallel, opened their hips up at the top and full extension at the top with their arms.  Then the pull-ups they had to get their chins above the bar.  I had to do some no reps on both the thrusters and the pull-ups.

Most of the athletes I judged for the BS/HSPU workout had trouble with the HSPU or just wanted to get through the backsquats.  If you’re competing, remember – every rep counts.  Keep on pushing, no matter what. There will be some people who get no reps and even if you get one rep – you’re still ahead of them.  One of the rules for the backsquats was that if you didn’t rack the weight and dropped it – ALL of your reps are erased and your count is back to zero.  One of the athletes I was judging dropped his barbell during his 25th rep…and lost all of his previous reps.  I thought I was going to throw up when it happened.  I felt so bad for him.  He had broken the last 15 up into sets of two, and I think he wanted to bang out the last one and went for rep 25 (after doing 23 and 24) and just couldn’t get it up.  He was really bummed about it, but seemed to take it in stride.  

The second day I was on Quest duty.  We were initially supposed to rotate out, but our judges group had a great system down and did all of the heats (9 in all).  I loved staying on the same one because it gave me the opportunity to cheer for every one of the Craic heads because they all had to come through the heat.  Glen (see above) KILLED this one, as did Nikki (also a Craic head).  Another Craic head, Reggie, had to do the Quest WoD late because he had a baptism in the morning and ended up doing Sunday’s WoDs back to back.  It was incredible to see every one of the Craic crew push through this WoD.  I think that if I had to do it, I would start crying.

John McEvoy, our head coach, ended up making it into the top 10 and into the final heat.  His snatch is amazing.

3.  ”FINALS”
15-12-9-6-3 reps for time of:
Power Snatch 115/80
Barbell Burpees
Scaling:  No Scaling
Time Cap:  16 minutes

Heather Bergeron, the co-owner of Crossfit New England competed in the women’s Rx division.  She had a baby four months ago and ended up WINNING.  

Overall, it was a great weekend.  I definitely wasn’t a perfect judge, but I learned a lot both from a workout / form perspective and from a judging perspective.  I’m mentally and physically exhausted, but I got to meet a lot of great people and witness some greatness. It was such a great way to be involved even though I wasn’t competing. I hope that I represented Craic well.  I can’t wait to judge Southie.

Here’s most of the Craic crew that were at the games.  We’re a crazy bunch, but we had a blast together!

Working on the Weekend

I swam yesterday.  I really didn’t want to get out of bed and into the water, but once I was there, I got a solid workout.  I like having swimming as a Sunday routine.  I’m not sure what I am going to do next week prior to me leaving for Cologne.  I might go to Craic on Saturday instead, as I will be out of CF world for most of the week while I’m in Germany.  I’m very excited to visit Crossfit Cologne on Monday (8/13).  Should be a fun time!

Today was 5×5 deadlifts at a pretty heavy weight.  Rita (today’s coach) said that we should be pretty maxed out by the time we get to five.  I did 1 round at 175# and 4 rounds at 185#.  It was hard and I really need to work on opening up my hips at the top of the deadlift.  And also avoid rounding out my back.  I then hung around the gym for an hour to wait for the team training. I’m getting my certification as a judge for the Garage Games and I wanted to practice judging and counting and holding people to standards.  Their workout was super difficult and I’m hoping to be that athlete next year.  For now, I’ll judge and coach.

It’s the weekend I I want to relax. Short post today.