Remembering Grandpa

Friday afternoon I got a call from my dad to tell my that my grandfather had passed away. That kind of sucked.

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Grandpa and me, maybe around 1987-ish. Wow, I’m like, Squish’s age in this photo.

I’m still sort numb and in denial about it all, but I’m sure it’ll hit me soon. Slowly as stories are shared and pictures passed around, all of the memories of Grandpa as I was growing up start coming back. Since moving to California and starting a family, I’ve had fewer opportunities to visit. He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family. So I was on a plane yesterday flying to my folk’s house to participate in the usual family “life celebration” festivities in my original hometown of New Ulm, MN.

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And there’s snow. Because Minnesota.

I want to keep up with my Crossfitting, so I didn’t my gym’s WOD in my folks’ garage and played around with the Total Gym.

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Strength:

  • Handstand or pike push-ups 5×3

WOD:

4 rounds of AMRAP in 2:3o with 1 min rest in between:

  • 10 push press (Rx is 35kg, I used the Power Block dumbbells at 17lb/each)
  • 30 double unders (I just hopped in place 90 times since I didn’t have a jump rope. And I can’t do double unders.)

After work I went out to dinner with my parents. There’s a tap house that had a fun beer selection, so I ordered a flight of some interesting-sounding brews.

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Beer love! The Lift Bridge Batch 1800 double IPA was my favorite, I think.

That’s it for now. Make sure you hug your loved ones, or at least call if they’re not in a hugging distance, and go make it a great day!

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Open 16.1 and Done!

Oh, 16.1. Otherwise known as “oh, you think you’re going to climb stairs normally tomorrow? That’s cute.”

  
I was so totally thrilled to participate in my first open. I’ve done a good sampling of competition-y activities in my life from karate tournaments, dance competitions, and triathlons. This was a whole different category of competition, since there is no real preparation or dress rehearsal. Every workout is completely different, so there’s no real run-through. You just show up and see what happens.

Here’s the fun 16.1 had in store for my division (Women’s scaled):

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 20 minutes of:

  • 25-ft. front rack walking lunge
  • 8 burpees
  • 25-ft. front rack walking lunge
  • 8 jumping chin-over-bar pull-ups

Men lunge = 45 lb.

Women lunge = 35 lb

There are about 35 people from my gym participating, so they split us all up into three heats. I was rather nervous before my heat. I always get the jitters before I have to perform or compete. We were given five minutes between heats to set up, and since I didn’t know to measure what size box I’ll need for the pull-ups I was scrambling to the last few seconds to set up. But the adrenaline rush trying to not be late for the starting buzzer was sort of helpful in getting me to forget my nerves and focus.

20 minutes is a REALLY long workout. I started out pacing myself pretty good. And it helped that my judge was incredible. She cheered me on, helped me pace, and let me know when I was coming close to a no-rep. As the clock was narrowing down, the family and friends spectating were cheering louder and louder, giving me the cue to stop pacing and just let it rip for the last few minutes. On my last pass with the lunges, my legs just gave out and I thought I couldn’t stand up again.

My First Jackie

Guess who signed up for the Crossfit Games.

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Yup. This girl.

Last week I was nailed with a stomach bug. It was awful; I was out of commission for three days. Now I’m slowly resurfacing back to humanity with the help of all the bone broth.

Yesterday’s workout was super hard and super fun. It was my first “named” workout, Jackie! I’m glad I didn’t start with Fran, that’s all I’m saying.

After the usual mobility and drill warm-up, our strength skill was 5×5 back squats. I was super stoked, because it’s been forever since I’ve worked a skill that’s vaguely familiar to me, and back squats are my jam, next to bench press. I settled on a weight of 35kg. I probably could have gone more, but since I was sick week I figured I would keep it simple for now.

WOD: “Jackie” for time:

  • 1000m row
  • 50 thrusters with just the bar (15kg)
  • 30 pull-ups

My time: 8:48

I was stoked at my time! At first I figured I would still be out of it from three days of not eating and being bedridden, but once we started I was just feeling it. For the pull-ups I used both the black and red bands since there were so many of them and as it was I had a hard time getting my chin over the bar toward the last few reps. But I was the first one done in my heat, which amazed me. The secret? I’ve starting drinking coffee with my pre-workout meal! It makes such a difference in my energy during the workout. There is always time for coffee.

In food-related news, I roasted radishes for the first time. And cauliflower for the 47th time.

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For the radishes, I found a recipe in this month’s issue of Oxygen and it looked interesting. Roasting radishes? They’re are a veggie where while I don’t dislike them, I just never think to buy them and eat them. But roasted, they take on sort of a potato-like consistency and loose a bit of the peppery bite that sometimes turns folks off. Super good with a couple of fried eggs cracked on top!

And now what you’ve been waiting for, kiddo updates.

Little miss is now walking! One day about a month ago, she suddenly realized that walking is, like, a thing, and way faster than crawling. So she stood up, and never looked back.

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Squish has no big updates as of late, other than his obsession with sprinkle pancakes. On weekends I make the kids paleo pancakes, the kind that’s just banana and eggs. For Valentines’s Day, I made some festive heart-shaped pancakes with red and pink sprinkles. This sprinkle introduction opened new doors to what decorations may be requested on foodstuffs, and ever meal is preceeded with “can I have sprinkles on that?” Even on hamburger night.

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And that’s it for now. Go make it a great day!

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