They work really well, but for low to moderate weights. I’m not sure that they don’t also work for heavy weights but I do know that whenever anyone is lifting heavy weights they use the more conventional clips. The Velcro ones have a rubber inside so they actually grab on quite effectively to the bar - I’ve never seen one slip.
I accidentally took a week off CrossFit for reasons. Week off is over!
2 minutes skipping + 2 rounds of 15 leg swings, 10 dowel rotations, 6 inch worms, 8 pull-ups (ring rows)
We worked on form for power clean, and for the jerk, obviously! The jerk finally kind of clicked for me! I realised I was doing an extra dip on each movement and therefore not getting under the bar.
15 min, every minute on the minute
2 power clean
If you hit 15 minutes, each following minute add 1 jerk until you can’t complete the movements within the minute.
I wasn’t sure what weight to do, and I ended up with a training bar (7kg bar) because it was a big class, so I definitely under weighted this one. I added an extra 6kg about halfway through - the weight I used was 68.6 lbs. RX was 95/135. I think I should have been doing at the very least 75 lbs.
I made it 17 full rounds (two extra rounds) and could have done more (because I had lots of time still at the end of each round) but I started feeling intensely nauseated. It turns out that if you eat really well for 3 weeks and then go completely off the rails for 2 days you feel like utter crap. Our Oly coach was there (he’s actual the Oly coach for a local school team but works with our group on Mondays) and he said I was “getting there”. Which means my form was probably pretty bad, but I was trying hard. Ha. He also told me that he had always learned that once you’ve done a movement one million times you’ll start to understand it.
I knew a mile wasn’t going to happen today if it didn’t happen right when I got up. So it happened…verry slowwwwly. I don’t run well with lots of people around and this route is on a major street. I let it psych me out. So going forth morning runs will have to be down on the seawall! Ugh, I’m just realising I’m also going to have to run in the morning this Friday, too. Laaaame!
The astute amongst you may notice that I didn’t run last night. Yep, that was a big ol’ fail! I put a chicken in to roast and then it was so cold in my house I wrapped up in a blanket and lamed out on my rain. Shame selfie to go up tomorrow or Thursday, I promise!
Tonight’s run almost suffered the same fate as last night’s but at 10:40pm I sucked it up and went out. A fast (for me) time, as well. When I started running I felt really great. The only hiccup was that apparently when the temperature drops below zero my asthma gets really mad. By the end of the mile I was coughing and wheezing. Urgh. Oh well, it’s a good thing I live in a largely temperate climate!
Also, look! Christmas lights at the hospital!
Oooh, and I’m officially down 13 lbs. whaaat?! Which also means I’m at the lowest weight I’ve been since 2006. And 2.6 lbs from absolute glee.
Goddamn did I ever not want to get out there tonight. But I’ve learned that apparently negative reinforcement works very well for me because I weighed in my head which I’d less like to do: post a “shame selfie” or go pound the pavement for under 15 minutes; running won out.
This route will probably be my new “I’m really just wanting to bang this out” route - it goes from right in front of my door to 5.5 blocks away and back. Usually I head down to the seawall because it’s so much more lovely but at 9:15pm - when all I want to do is get back home - this will do just fine.
Most of the reason I didn’t want to get out there today was because I had…more than enough to drink last night. I hosted 2 friends’ birthday parties (one of which was for his 30th birthday) and we celebrated reasonably epically. A lot of sparkling wine was shared, a lot of oysters and caviar (black lumpfish not sturgeon - I’m not made of money) were consumed, and then we went to see strippers as it was the birthday boy’s choice. Good lord those ladies are impressive! Unbelievably strong. I was very impressed.
And now I’m trying to get caught up on The Walking Dead. I’m only about 1.5 seasons behind…
Day 3 done and dusted. Another slow one! And very very wet. As I started to run I was thinking, “they should really invent something to keep rain off your face while you run.” And then 4 people in baseball caps ran by and I felt like an idiot. I think that after today I’m switching from my Nike Frees to my Brooks shoes - running every day requires more support for my knees and hips, thankyouverymuch.
I ran from home to Whole Foods (roughly. It’s not quite a mile so I had to toodle around a bit to get my mile) and smelled lovely Christmas trees and am now celebrating with this delicious breakfast of asparagus, eggs, and bacon. Oh, and my favourite cold brew coffee that they haven’t had in stock for a while. YUM.
Also, I stepped on the scale this morning and I’m down 11 pounds since starting the sugar detox. I’m jettisoning the ‘21 days’ because I’m really kind of planning to try to stick with this as long as it’ll take me, allowing for indulgences along the way as necessary. For example, tonight I’m hosting a double birthday party for two friends (one turning the big 3-0!) and it’s champagne themed and I’m strong willed and all but I’m drinking some goddamned champagne. And I’m going to enjoy it :)
That’s day two in the books. This one was slow as molasses - pace was almost a full minute slower than yesterday! I blame it on the fact that I was running in the boonies and kind of lost and a little afraid of being hit by a car. Plus hills. Making excuses is what winners do, right? Ha. One of these days I’ll go for more than just a mile, I promise!