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Along with 3.14, how did 16.3 go?


That well, huh?

For the Women’s Scaled division, here was the workout for me:


Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 7 minutes of:
10 power snatches
5 jumping chest-to-bar pull-ups

Men use 65 lb.
Women use 45 lb.

That’s it. What, like it’s hard?

Yeah, it’s hard. While warming up, I couldn’t get a single chest-to-bar. Not a one. Turns out between my stumpy legs and my complete lack of being able to generate any sort of power resulted in a weight-to-power ratio of “Well, it’s cute that she’s trying.” Whatever, I figure I’ll land a score of 10 with the power snatches and spend the rest of the time trying to land a pull-up.

The cool thing about the Open is that it doesn’t feel like a regular workout. There’s still the atmosphere that it’s a competition, and sometimes that works to your advantage. While I couldn’t land a pull-up while warming up, once the buzzer rang and the workout started, suddenly I sort of feel superhuman. While I was jumping toward the bar desperate for contact and being so close to making it, at one point I adjusted my feet and angle while I jumped, and my chest about slammed on the bar. I got my first chest-to-bar! I went from thinking I wouldn’t be able to finish a round to nearly completing three; for every C2B I succeeded, I had about 5 or 6 no-reps. But at the end with a score of 41 I was pretty happy. I am eager to see what score I can get up to once I have the technique down!

Meanwhile, children. Because I know for some of you this is the only reason you check out my blog.

Squish was getting all ‘stached up at preschool the other day.



The other night I was participating in the rare activity of watching TV, and the characters were playing poker. Squish was interested in the game they were playing, so I decided to break out the ol’ poker set and make sure my kids know how to win their lunch money back someday.


It will probably be a while until I post some good pictures of Buttercup. She has firmly hit the stage where 1) she doesn’t stop moving long enough to take a photo and 2) once she sees the camera/phone out, she immediately wants it. I remember this stage with Squish, too. Pretty much ever photo ends up like this:


Precious memories.

That’s it until next time. Go make it a great day!


Emily’s Crossfit Open 16.2 Recap

Last Friday I participated in my gym’s group workout to crush the 16.2 workout. Otherwise known as “Emily Learns How to Squat Clean.”

The workout went like this (I did the Scaled women’s):

Beginning on a 4-minute clock, complete as many reps as possible of:
25 hanging knee raises
50 single-unders
15 squat cleans, 55 lb.

If completed before 4 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 hanging knee raises
50 single-unders
13 squat cleans, 75 lb.

If completed before 8 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 hanging knee raises
50 single-unders
11 squat cleans, 95 lb.

If completed before 12 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 hanging knee raises
50 single-unders
9 squat cleans, 115 lb.

If completed before 16 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 hanging knee raises
50 single-unders
7 squat cleans, 135 lb.

Stop at 20 minutes.

That’s cute. They think people will make it the full 20 minutes.

So, yeah. Your reward for completing a round before the time cutoff is … more time!

I was feeling really optimistic going into it. I mean, last week was 20 solid minutes of squats, burpees, and pull-ups, so this seemed like cake! Also, the last time I performed squat cleans was during my basics class. With PVC pipe. Ignorance is bliss, my friends. (For my non-Olympic lifting friends: a squat clean is when you, all in one movement, pick a bar up off the floor, bring it to shoulder height in a front rack position, and do a full squat)

I made it through the first round well before the time cutoff, so I figured this would be a cinch to make my goal of at least three rounds. Oh, so ignorant and so in denial. Because do you know how heavy 75 lbs is to squat clean? Pretty darn heavy. I just made the 11 reps right before the second time cutoff, and I thought I was going to puke. Dinner was not agreeing with me. I plowed through the third set of hanging knee raises (broken up in sets of 5 because my grip was just no longer happening) and jump rope (it’s a trip with JUMPING ROPE becomes your recovery) before the third round of cleans. And … no go. I could not get even one. Maybe fresh I could have landed a couple, but I was just too freaked out to get my body under the bar. My quads were all, “Wait, you want us to do what now?” and my brain was begging me to please not kill myself today. The cool part was through my fatigue, I could see a bunch of my gym-mates around me, cheering me on. A couple of my coaches tried to help me with my form, encouraging me to try and get one. I really thought I could do it, but my exhausted state and the clock ended up getting the best of me. I finished at 12:00 with a score of 253. While a bit frustrated I couldn’t get the last lift (I would have rather timed out than completely no-rep’ed it), I can’t be too hard on myself for failing a lift I have literally never worked on in my life! I’m still super happy about just being there, doing my thing, and enjoying the hell out of the festivities.

The best part? The kiddos were visiting Gramma and Grampa, so Hulk tagged along with me to check out the gym and cheer me on. I always love having his support (he has a very loud, distinctive voice that you can hear cheering from any sportsing crowd). When I got done, he was asking me tons of questions about the workout. When I showed him the weights the men were to do (135, 185, 225, 275, 315 lbs for Rx Men), he was basically, “Holy s**t!” followed by, “I think I’ll start in April.” I just converted Hulk to the dark side, I believe 🙂

Now I’m anxiously awaiting the announcement for 16.3 tomorrow night. What’s it going to be next?!?

That’s it for now, go make it a great day!

By Special Request

I returned home late last night to the much anticipated family-bomb. Hulk and the kids picked me up from the airport all smiles and a few screams. During the drive back home from SFO, Squish filled me in about the goings-on from the week while repeatedly requesting me to sing his favorite songs (Jingle Bells and Puff the Magic Dragon); Miss Buttercup just screamed because she was restrained in her car seat, not cuddled in my lap where she wanted to be. “Get used to disappointment” is the common phrase we throw around in this situation. Once we got home she was all giggles again.

I ended up working from home to accommodate some weird meetings, and since Hulk had been single-parenting it all week he arranged the kids to go to Gramma and Grampa’s house for the weekend so he could have a breather. Gramma came to pick the kids up over lunch, and Squish was super excited he gets to use his new “going to gramma’s house” suitcase!

One exciting part about having the kids at the grandparents’ this weekend is Hulk can join me in Friday Night Lights for the Crossfit Open 16.2 tonight! Yay! Who’s ready for some double-unders?!?

Time to head to the gym, I’ll be back later with a 16.2 recap … Go make it a great day!

Back to Reality, Again

Well, bummer! I thought I had saved my post, but it somehow wandered away into the internet abyss. Sad panda.

Oh well, I was just checking in to say hi. I’m on my way back west after spending a few good days visiting with family. It was a nice trip overall, and I’m looking forward to bringing the rest of the family later this year to see everyone again. Now it’s time for the hurry-up-and-wait routine that is airline travel.


I had intended on doing the scheduled crossfit workouts yesterday and today, but yesterday we didn’t make it back to the house until late in the evening, and then today I wandered down the rabbit hole of thinking, “I’ll work for a bit then take a break to work out later,” then several hours later I’m still working and it was time to head to the airport! Oops. Well, I guess I’ll be really refreshed and ready for 16.2!

One cool thing about this trip, I had about a bajillion miles saved, so I was able to use my miles to book a first class ticket. Flying in style, yo. I love the real glassware and fancy cloth napkins.


(New library book. I’m geeking out on the history of beer!)

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