This has been quite an exciting week on all fronts.
So let’s see, on the professional front…. it was my busy week. But through it all I stayed focused and level headed. I made a diligent effort to rise early in the morning so that I would have time to leave (workout) and log back on in the evenings.
I got my yearly review and raise. Nice to know that my hard work over 2013 was appreciated and I’m being compensated fairly.
On the personal front… I’ve been quite productive. Last Saturday I sold my 2006 Scion tC. That was a somewhat bitter sweet day. I bought that car, brand new, in February of 2006. She was a good car. But between the Jeep, Escape, Scion, and G’s work Trailblazer… we just had too many vehicles.
Another personal/home front, I filed our taxes this weekend. This is the first year in a few years that we will finally not owe (and Owe a LOT). The past couple years were some freak anomalies…and this year we have a nice small(ish) return coming to us.
Okay, and the fitness front… holy hell this has been a very exciting week!!
One of my good friends at CrossFit finally got her first Muscle Up! She has been working on it for many months. She’s seen many other people get their firsts’ in the gym. She nursed a sore shoulder. But through it all, she continued to try. Finally… it clicked for her. And I couldn’t be more excited for her!
I’ve got THREE new 1 Rep Max PR’s
– 156 lbs BackSquat
– 105 lbs Strict Press
– 265 lbs Deadlift
The back squat was on Sunday. My left knee/quad is still slowly making gains from the ACL surgery nearly 9 months ago. I feel like my back squat should be more…but I know I need to be patient, it will come.
The strict press was completed on Tuesday. I know that I could do a 4 reps a 85lbs… so I wasn’t quite sure what to look for in my 1RM. Turns out, 105lbs was it! I had to take two runs at it… funny how 100lbs went up “easy” but adding 5 lbs made it feel so heavy. I didn’t breath right or tighten my core and barely lifted it above my nose. Taking a breather and re-approaching the bar with all the right form… I got 105 lbs up!
Then on Thursday, I found another PR. This was probably the most shocking. I’ve never really found my 1RM Deadlift. Before the injury i had lifted 170lbs; but during the Open WOD 14.3 I ended up lifting 185 lbs for 19 reps. So, I knew I had to be at least 200-something. Most of the girls I workout with have ~225lb so that’s what I was shooting for…. it went up rather easy. Building up slowly (because I didn’t know where to aim) I kept going. I was ready to stop, so that we could get on with the WOD but my coach decided to have me do it one more time. He loaded up the bar (I didn’t do the math) and he told me to lift it. And I did! 265 lbs. And while it was hard… I do not think it was my MAX effort. BOOM.
Having these milestone markers will really help me gauge where I am (where I’ve been) and where I am going in the strength department.
And then … there’s the CrossFit Open. For many people it seems to be getting harder, but for me It’s been getting easier. Considering it started with Double Unders, that’s really the only directly it could go for me.
Since we only have one more week of the Open remaining, I’ll just wait to post a recap when complete.
Hell of a week, my friends. I look forward to another great one!
Oh – and Happy Spring! (This is first day of spring 2012, downtown STL)