looking forward + advice about judgers

It's been a really nice vacation week over here and I am SO SAD that it is almost over. Just need to get through the next eight weeks {lots of exciting stuff in that time!} and it will be April vacation, so at least there's that...

These two are so adorable. Ruby definitely loves Mike more than she loves me, which is a little sad, but cute at the same time. She knows who to go to for the good treats, though ;)

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Wednesday's WOD hurt. I didn't realize how hard I was working during it, which was a good thing. The thrusters and rope climbs were nothing--- it was alllll those sled pushes! They were extremely tough, and I got stuck halfway mostly every time. Getting my footing was tricky {my feet kept slipping like crazy} and obviously restarting after stopping was an energy killer. 

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Mike and I stayed to watch he next heat, and it was much more fun watching other people suffer! Once I got home, I felt completely burnt out and couldn't really do anything....that was when I realized how hard I'd actually worked!

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I did end up going to hang out with my friend for the afternoon, though. She has a puggle, too, and when I got home, Ruby was investigating the situation.

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Thursday was the beginning of a new strength cycle, and we started with deficit deadlifts. I am excited about how these will help get my regular deadlift to 300+ pounds in the not to far future!

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I based my numbers off of 270 for this, but I think I could go up a bit for next time. 

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Later that afternoon, I went to do the endurance workout. I quickly realized that my glutes and hamstrings were completely shot from Wednesday and I had to slow down a lot on my 500s...

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I saw this on Instagram and laughed out loud. Some people do not and will not ever get it, I am just now accepting that fact. 

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I was happy to come home to some brand new Reva flats on my doorstep. It made saying goodbye to my nasty, smelly, worn, abused pairs not so bad. 

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I have switched back to doing the metcons on Fridays for the past few weeks, and if I'm not too sore and tired, I do my Oly later on in the day. So this Friday, it was "Mary". Mary is a long benchmark WOD that requires a lot of skill and focus {for me especially on the handstand push-ups and pistols}. There were a lot of pull-ups and my lats, biceps, triceps, and chest have been feeling it since. 

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I got almost six rounds, which is not good at all, but I was glad to do the handstand push-ups and pistols Rx for the first time in a workout. 

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I went home and had some breakfast, cleaned the house a little, and then went back to do some snatches. I seriously cannot wait until summer when I can have this kind of schedule everyday. Anyways, I was already sore and exhausted, so I did some random snatch work and the added some weight just for fun- I got 123# for the first time! I almost had 128, but couldn't lock out and stand up with it... soon!

Saturday morning, I was hurting! I headed to the box to do mobility work, but ended up helping coach Oly a little bit, doing a couple things of my own, and then decided I should try a muscle up. It's time for me to get my muscle ups. I could kind of do a strict one with my coach really guiding my body, so then I switched to the low rings with the band to work on the movement. I did six sets of five like this, and will keep working on it because I need to get it. 

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Other things to note from the week:

I signed up for The Open. I wasn't going to because I want to mainly focus on my Olympic lifts, but I guess I also love dying, and since my box is programming the Open workouts on Fridays anyways, I figured I might as well enter my scores. This mindset will also keep me from getting stressed out about the Open in general.

Mike and I watched the documentary about the 2014 Crossfit Games last night and it got me so motivated. Then I decided to watch events from the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Games and it made me wonder why I didn't start this back then?? I definitely could've made it to the Games back then and done well!!  Instead, all I was doing was teaching and wasting my time on ellipticals after school, and definitely not having fun or feeling very good about myself. It's just insane how much has changed in the Crossfit world in a few short years.

In the documentary, Camille talked a lot about going to a "dark place" and how for anyone to be successful competing, they have to go there in every WOD. I'm definitely getting better at suffering, but I'm really going to think about this "dark place" a lot more starting tomorrow. 

It is almost March and I have so much to look forward to which will hopefully make the time between now and April vacation fly by, right!?! And then all of this snow will be gone, right?!? 

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One thing I accomplished this week was switching out our tall, dark kitchen table with a short, light one. With our nice new stainless oven, the entire kitchen feels so much fresher and more "me". We need new chairs, though, so I am on the hunt for something like this or this

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And this is something that I found on Pinterest {I don't know the original source! sorry!}, but I love it and it has definitely stuck with me over the past few weeks...

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At work, in the gym, online, even in your family- it happens all the time, some places more than others. Believe me, having this attitude helps my heart a lot <3

Happy new week!ย