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Two weeks of PBs but my brain misses running

Monday, 15 June 2015

This post is more for myself than anyone else. My mind’s not quite been over the matter in the last 3 days and I’ve felt a bit frustrated with how slow my progress in Crossfit is. These feelings don’t hit me often. I’m usually happy with any PB, even if it’s by 1kg. I’m usually happy just enjoying the journey. Slow & steady has always been my game.

But I guess I am a normal human being too. One who sometimes just wants to be more. And wants it right.now.

Since June 1st we’ve had a testing cycle at Crossfit, meaning we’re doing workouts and tests that will be repeated in 6 months. I have been going to Crossfit almost every day and have run only twice in the last 2 weeks. Running is very good for my mental health so I’m wondering whether I’m blue right now because I haven’t been running much. Very possible, I think.

As for what’s been happening at Crossfit, here are the results of my ‘tests’. I’m recording them for easy access in 6 months time when it’s time to compare, but also to show my brain that I AM making progress, that there are quite a few PBs in this list and that I need to cut myself some slack for not being stronger/faster/fitter.

1 June

  • 12 min row: 2721 m
  • Rest 1 min
  • 17 Push-ups (max set)
  • Rest 1 min
  • 1 Strict chin-up (max set)
  • Rest 1 min
  • Plank: 3 mins (max time)

Average HR for the row: 153
Max HR for the row: 169
HR after 1 min rest: 135

2 June

Back squat

  • 5 x 35 kg
  • 2 x 55 kg
  • 1 x 70 kg
  • 1 x 75 kg
  • 1 x 80 kg
  • 1 x 85 kg
  • 1 x 90 kg
  • 1 x 92.5 kg  pb
  • 6 reps at 85% of 1 rep max –  6 x 78 kg  pb

4 June

Deadlift

  • 3 x 55 kg,
  • 3 x 65 kg
  • 1 x 85 kg
  • 1 x 90 kg
  • 1 x 95 kg
  • 1 x 100 kg
  • 1 x 105 kg  pb
  • 4 reps at 85% 1 rep max –  4 x 89 kg pb

Standing broad jump

  • 1.99 m
  • 1.95 m
  • 1.9 m

Triple jump

  • 5.5 m
  • 5.6 m
  • 5.8 m

5 June

Max rep push ups, rest 1 min in between:

  • 25 reps
  • 10 reps
  • 6 reps

Max rep ring rows, rest 1 min in between:

  • 17
  • 11
  • 9

Max plank hold, rest 1 min in between:

  • 2:30
  • 1:30
  • 1:00

Rowing + thrusters
3 x 6 minutes, 4 min rest between rounds:

  • 20 cal row
  • 25kg thrusters
    • Total reps: 240

9 June

  • 3 x 40 seconds of rowing: 971m total
  • Every 1 min for as long as possible: 7 thrusters, 25kg, 7 jumping pull ups, 7 burpees:
    • 3 rounds + 17

10 June

Squat clean 

  • 1 x 35 kg
  • 1 x 40 kg
  • 1 x 45 kg
  • 1 x 50 kg
  • 1 x 55 kg
  • 1 x 57.5 kg  pb

Split jerk

  • 1 x 35 kg
  • 1 x 40 kg
  • 1 x 45 kg
  • 1 x 50 kg
  • 1 x 55 kg
  • 1 x 60 kg  pb

60kg split jerk. Take 2. PB

A video posted by Mrs B (@mrsb_london) on

11 June

2014 CrossFit Games Regional Event 6

  • 50 cal row
  • 25 Box Jumps, 20″
  • 25 Deadlifts, 40 kg
  • 25 Wall Balls, 3 kg
  • 25 Push-ups
  • 25 Wall Balls, 3 kg
  • 25 Deadlifts, 40 kg
  • 25 Box Jumps, 20 in
  • 50 cal row

Time – 15:19  

12 June

Helen

3 rounds of:

  • Run, 400 m
  • 21 Kettlebell Swings, 16 kg
  • 12 Pull-ups

Time: 12:30  pb

Strict press 

  • 5 x 25 kg
  • 1 x 30 kg
  • 1 x 35 kg
  • 1 x 37.5 kg
  • 1 x 40 kg   pb

 ———–

I was very excited to do my first Rx Helen on Friday (Rx means ‘as prescribed’, meaning I didn’t reduce the weights or do jumping pull ups like I’ve done before).  It was a very hot and humid day though and there were only 3 of us doing Helen and I think my mind failed me a bit. It kept telling me that since it was my first Rx Helen I didn’t have to give it a 110%, that any time was going to be good. Of course I didn’t totally rest all the time and I did all kettlebell swings unbroken, but the runs felt slow and I rested a second or two too long between my single pull ups.  

The pull ups frustrate me actually. I love doing kipping ones and I’m stoked that I can finally do them. However, I cannot do a single strict pull up (I can do 1-2 strict chin ups) and usually coaches say to not do kipping pull ups unless you can do 5 strict ones. For me to get to 5 strict pull ups will take a hundred years and a million ring rows and I’m so sick of ring rows and negatives and all that jazz, my pull up progress is soooooo slow that it’s doing my head in at the moment. (same can be said for my push ups and let’s not even talk about ring dips of which I can do NONE :|)

 

But enough about dwelling on what I can’t do.  I will start running a few times a week again and keep working hard at Crossfit. As slow as my progress is, it’s still progress and that I have to take as a win.

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  • Tess @ FitBits Tuesday, 16 June 2015 at 07:35

    You are strong and amazing and I’m always in total awe of you and your crossfit escapades. Slow progress is progress – don’t knock it. Look at all those PBs! What’s the difference between a pull up and a chin up?

    (Also, check my Instagram for my drunken pull up attempts the other day!)

  • Tiffani Barrett Monday, 15 June 2015 at 14:50

    JUST LOOK at all those PBs!! And the crazy amount of time and effort you put into all this!!
    Maybe it is the lack of running that’s getting you down, because what I’m reading above is incredible!!!
    Xxx