[/caption] First of all, happy holidays to everyone! I personally had an excellent Christmas filled with family, friends and great food. It was amazing to just relax, sleep in, and have nothing on the agenda other than a WOD, which could happen whenever I felt like it. Awesome! On Dec. 23, I did the Functional Fitness 204 30. I had no choice but to do it first thing in the morning because I had a nine-hour day at the salon ahead of me. I knew I would be too tired to do it later in the evening. My time was 21:28, which I was happy with. The 210 meters of bear crawl were pretty crushing, and I lost a lot of time there. My legs were still pretty sore from the squat cleans the night before. But I know that ideally I need to get some training done when I’m not quite recovered from the previous workout, because let’s face it, that’s Functional Fitness. I took Christmas Eve off and trained Christmas Day. I worked on overhead squats, building to a heavy single. I got up to 160 lb. and decided to go for 185 lb., which would be a 5-lb. increase for me. I won’t lie: it was heavy. I couldn’t quite find the right bar path, and my elbows felt weak, so after I rode the weight down, my hips twisted slightly and I lost the weight. I wasn’t terribly disappointed. I know this weight is very achievable for me and I plan to get it done next time. I finished with 40 snatches at 65 lb., which took me about 5 minutes. Mike didn’t want me to crush myself but really focus on technique in the middle of high reps. Boxing Day was a rest day (if you call shopping on Boxing Day “restful”—ha!). Monday, I did a nice little 10-minute WOD Mike put together for me: AMRAP in 10 minutes of 3 snatches at 75 lb., 5 ring dips and 20 wall-balls. I got exactly 4 rounds. The dips were definitely what slowed me down, but we saw that coming. I crushed the wall-balls—all sets unbroken—and I’m strong enough to muscle the 75-lb. snatch up even when I’m tired. I also worked on handstand push-ups and did 4 reps! I have to break them up and shake it out between reps, but these are moving along really nicely. I finished with 3 sets of 20 GHDs with 30 seconds between sets. Up next: a guest appearance at tonight’s Functional Fitness 204 class.
We’re learning about a new sport: biathlon. This one is challenging, but we’re having a lot of fun with the great winter activity in Kenora.