It’s hard to believe this week marks the end of May, but with that comes the beginning of two things for me: summer break and extra training. School lets out in two weeks, but starting this coming week I will need to dial up the intensity a bit and start two-a-days and brick workouts. Though the weather was pretty crappy this weekend, it’s FINALLY that time of year that most of my training can be done outdoors. Huzzah, nature!
For Memorial Day, my gym hosted a cookout, but they also hosted a free workout to members as well as our significant others. Since it was a military holiday, a Hero WOD was in order: the Hamilton. This crazy awesome workout consists of 3 rounds for time of the following: row 1000 meters, 50 Push-ups, run 1000 meters, and 50 pull-ups. Yeah. Right out of the gate, I cut that sucker in half, and then I scaled my push-ups and pull-ups as usual by using a box and doing ring-rows respectively. This was my husband’s first CF experience, and I was little nervous that he wouldn’t like it, but luckily he did…and then we ate all of the food at the cookout. All of it.
This is my regularly scheduled day, and though I was a little sore from the previous day’s workout, I was ready to tackle the Tuesday WOD of box squats, weighted-step ups, and a Metcon of power cleans and push-ups. As it is apt to happen sometimes, I thought the workout would be easy, and as I always find out, it wasn’t.
Wednesday: Rest Day
My girls competed in the Regional Semi-finals in the 4×1 and 200m. We narrowly missed qualifying for the finals, but it was a fantastic season, and I couldn’t be more proud of my sprinters.
I was absolutely DREADING Thursday’s workout as it consisted of the two things I hate most: bench press and double-unders. Still, I sucked it up and did what I could…which was minimal in both of those areas. After doing super sets of bench presses and dumbbell push-presses, we set up for the main part of the WOD. “Annie” is a pyramid workout of 10-20-30-40-50-40-30-20-10 double-unders and sit-ups. It. Was. Grueling. But damn if my abs aren’t going to be amazing this summer!
Friday: Rest Day
I had to stay late at work, so I ended up taking an unintended rest day. I had plans to go out with friends, and after a long week at work, I preferred their company to a road run. That’s right. I said it.
Weekend CF workouts are usually, or so they seem, a little tougher than the weekday ones, and this was no exception. You know it’s going to be hard when the morning starts off with a plank-off. Yeah. A mother-effin’ plank off. I only managed to hold mine for 2:55, but I was the last girl standing…err, planking, so I took that as a win. #allaboutthecompetition The main part of the workout was a WOD called “The Chief,” which consists of the following: max rounds in 3 minutes of 3 power cleans, 6 push-ups, and 9 squats. There is a 1-minute rest after each 3 minutes. The entire thing is repeated FIVE times. I don’t think I ever sweat so much in my entire life, but I really liked this WOD. I hope we do it again soon.
I couldn’t wait to hit the trails since it had been raining all day Saturday. The only thing more fun than running on the trails is running on muddy trails. What I didn’t anticipate was how flooded they would be. The Rocky River was a monster of churning brown and white water, and it swelled over the banks covering huge portions of my beloved bridle trails. From the spot where I dropped in, I was only able to run one mile total, including braving running through a smaller flooded portion that was much deeper than I had anticipated (and much colder). I doubled-back and then hit the trails behind the Nature Center. I had anticipated doing an easy-paced 5-miler, but due to the flooding, my workout turned into sprinting hill-repeats. Oh well. It was still fun and still really muddy!