Prepping to Compete

Tomorrow I’m headed down to Springfield for the first competition of 2013, and my first team competition ever.  Tony and I will be in the Intermediate division of the Icebreather Classic at Capital City CrossFit.  First event has already been announced and based on it I’m hopeful of our chances to do well.  Tony and I are pretty similar so in terms of strategy in team making we didn’t really think it through.  If WOD 2 has burpees or a long run we are done for, but for now I’m a good rower, and I’m pretty good at the other movements.

WOD 1:

For Time: 
  • 50 Calorie Row
  • 40 Standing Broad Jumps (6’/4′)¹
  • 30 Toes to Bar²
  • 20 Hang Snatches (95/63)³
The 50 Calorie Row may be broken up in any manner the team wishes, this can include 1 teammate rowing the whole 50 Calories
 
¹Standing Broad Jumps are to be broken up in any increment the team desires, with each person performing at least 1 rep
 
²Toes to Bar are to be completed in any increment the team desires, with each person performing at least 1 rep. While one person is performing the reps, the other person must be hanging from the bar
 
³Hang Snatches are to be completed in any increment the team desires, with each person completing at least one rep. While one partner is performing snatches, the other partner must be in a chin-over-the-bar hold. Their chin may not contact the bar at any time.

 Time will tell how things play out during the day but I’m really excited to get back into town and put some work in with my boy Big T.  I’m also crashing at his place with his pretty awesome lady and two dogs, so it’s going to be a fun time all around.  After the way that I’ve been feeling lately this is just what I need.  Not to get too negative but when on the job hunt and things seem pretty bleak it’s hard to keep yourself motivated sometimes and pushing yourself in other areas of life.  I wonder if the Whole 30 has helped or hurt in that area.  I’m going to venture to guess that it’s a bit of both.  It has kept me from going crazy on “paleo treats” and such and made sure that I’m watching what I’m eating.  But at the same time there’s some comfort that comes from some of that so it’s been hard.  At the same time I’m over the hump with it so I’m not feeling like I’m missing a lot.  Although I will admit to secretly dreaming of a meal consisting of a pound of bacon on day 31.  I don’t care if anything else appears in that meal I just want bacon.  Actually I take that back, I want Coffee, Bacon, and Chocolate.  Even though I have had a little bit of 100% Cocoa, there’s still nothing like a quality dark chocolate bar.  And I’ll be dominating some pumpkin stuff too that first week.  I don’t know what but it will be big.  So this weekend there will be lots of pictures, laughs with friends, and a few dirty words as I lift heavy stuff, work my hardest and try to bring one home for the team.  I’m looking forward to it, and then who knows, maybe I’ll come home to find one of my many applications have brought some fruit to this job hunt.

Working on that Snatch

Today I was once again flying solo in the gym at 3pm.  I swear if I didn’t know better I would think that I must smell or something, because lately I’m doing the WOD alone more often than I’m working with others.  But I came in and after some mobility and warmup it was 15 minutes to get a new 1RM Snatch from the hi-hang.  I’m still doing split since I can’t get to full depth in the overhead position.  I started at 75 not sure how high I would go but I hit 150, and failed an attempt at 155 before time ran out.  Since 150 was my best pull from the floor before I made the switch to split snatches and started working with Jake I’m thinking that it might be time to do another max effort and see where I land.  This month is all about pushing myself in multiple areas so taking on a new PR attempt would be good for me.  I’ll have to talk to Jake and see when I can work the attempt into the programming.  My day was solid overall, with good food, lots of job applications and sorting books to sell to make some extra cash.  These posts seem very boring to me as I haven’t really done much that seems worth mentioning to me.  Tomorrow I’m going to sell the books back, take on the last WOD before skill day, and pack to get myself ready to compete this weekend.  The first WOD for the partner competition was announced and tomorrow I’m going to talk about the WOD and what strategy I may use to take it on.

Day 0 of Whole 30

Tomorrow morning starts my first Whole 30.  I’m spending the evening working on job applications and watching PBS.  I love watching public television, and hopefully my job hunting tonight will be fruitful.  Tonight’s been filled with applications for teaching jobs in the city.  The idea of getting back into the classroom is very exciting, and working with students from diverse backgrounds brings a set of challenges that I am looking forward to taking on.  Also this week I have an interview for an immediate job working for a local health food store.  I’m looking forward to the interview and the possibility of the job that includes a discount on paleo foods is pretty good as well.  As the night carries on I find myself more and more nervous about how my body will change as the month gets underway.  Which to me seems odd considering how long that I’ve been Paleo already.  Cutting out much of my coffee consumption is going to be the biggest challenge.  I make no illusions that I drink anything other than too much of the stuff.  But it’s my one holdover, when not drinking water I have coffee and I’ll drink it all day long.  So for the Whole 30 I’m going to cut down my consumption to two cups before noon.  I will then add in a little bit of tea consumption as well.  This is going to be a month of trying new things, getting rid of some old things and in the end we will see how I respond to yet another challenge to jump out of this rut that I’ve found myself in lately.  I’m sure that this month will find me discussing things in more detail, and tomorrow I’ll be stepping on the scale for the first time in months, in the spring when I broke 130lbs lost I decided that I would not weigh myself anymore.  But it will be interesting to see where I am weight wise now.  So this week look forward to pictures and measurements and also some observations of jumping into the Whole 30 and it’s impact on my body.