This morning I went for a 5km run (wait, what?!) did some tabata sit ups and squats, had a shower, made breakfast and started getting ready to settle back into my bed and begin the process of deciding what movie or television series I wanted to watch on my lazy Sunday. Then a thought hit me: I haven’t written for this blog since MAY… and it’s now AUGUST! I should be ashamed. I went on a hiatus again after being consumed in my personal life and have completely forgotten to share some words of somewhat wisdom (some may call them words of complete utter crap) with whoever might be reading this. So I guess I should backtrack to where I left off, as quite a bit has been happening since then.
First thing’s first.
Remember how I told you about my 140kg/318lbs deadlift PR when Rob Orlando was in town? Well…. 12 weeks ago, we were doing 2 rep max deadlifts at the gym and I happened to not really be feeling a PR coming along. I was working with my friend Karla and we both realised I had just lifted 140kg with ease. The look on our faces must have been comical, because all of a sudden, I had 150kg/330lbs on my bar and this is what happened:
THAT’S RIGHT, BABY! Can’t believe I never wrote a post about that!
I also had an opportunity to work alongside Commando Steve for the Spartan Race training day in Brisbane. It was a heck of a lot of fun and apparently I made a name for myself for being such a meanie. Hey, they came to get commando training, so I gave it to them
Now… what else has happened?
I jetted off to Europe at the end of May for a 2.5 week vacation with my oh-so-handsome Dutchie (that’s right, someone actually likes me enough to go on holiday with me). We went to Barcelona, Paris and Rome as well as spend some time in his hometown in The Netherlands. We called the vacation a traincation, with a little healthy couple CrossFit competition in mind. The boxes we visited were CrossFit Gymert, Reebok CrossFit BCN, Reebok CrossFit Louvre and CrossFit Villa Albani.
The traincation started in NL with CrossFit Gymert (his home box). The WOD had deadlifts and box jumps in it. He officially won that one, HOWEVER, I still stand my ground in saying that I technically won because I did it as RX and he didn’t (love you, baby).
The next WOD was over at Reebok CrossFit BCN. It was a KILLER workout that felt like it took half an hour. I beat him by 6 minutes
At Reebok CrossFit Louvre, the WOD was “Angie” – ugh. I had been avoiding this WOD for three years, so of course it had to come up while on our traincation! I’m fine with all the movements, but it’s the pull ups that get me. After doing 50 of them, my hands start to fail and I end up doing one at a time. Completely frustrating. Not only that, but my push ups suck. Upper body strength needs a lot of work, especially when doing my body weight. Needless to say, he won that one – but not by much! My air squats are friggin fast This made the score 1-2 to him. Boooooo hisssssssss.
CrossFit Villa Albani was great. We managed to go there twice while in Rome. The first day I won the WOD. I believe it had rowing, deadlifts, front squats and box jumps in it. That made the score 2-2. The second day, I won the WOD again (I can’t remember the WOD, but I know it was an AMRAP and there were wall balls and push ups) which made the score 3-2 to me, HOWEVER (du-du-duuuuuuuu) we had a bonus WOD that was death by burpees (eeeeeewwww) and he WON that. Despite my outrage, stating it wasn’t really a WOD it was just a bonus, he won the argument and the score became 3-3. Ugh.
Final WOD was back at Gymert and it involved kettlebell swings, push ups and wall balls. He wasn’t feeling well and had to bow out, so I won. That also meant I won the entire traincation. YAY!
I LOVE EUROPE!!!
It was a great time and I recommend visiting all of those boxes if you are in those areas. Great people and very accommodating.
When I came back from my trip, I was feeling extremely sluggish and filled with pastries and wine, so I wasn’t really all that excited when my favourite WOD “Grace” came up the first day I was back. I wasn’t expecting a good time… However…. I took 1:10 off of my “Grace” time and did it in 2:11RX!! Not only that, but two days later I did “Isabel” for the first time and did it in 2:33RX!! All I can say is WHOA. A week later I did “Nancy” again after avoiding that awful WOD for 3 years and shaved 10 minutes off my previous time, making my new time 19:00RX. Europe seemed to have done something magical to me
I still don’t have my muscle-up though
Other than that, I’ve been doing what I love: coaching CrossFit. I absolutely love that part of my week. I could be having the worst day ever, but going into the box and helping these people on their fitness journey fills me with such happiness.
Okay, that’s all I’m going to write for now. I am going to try and write at least once a week. I’ve missed you guys
PS. Did I mention I rowed half a marathon recently?