Cake and Burpees

This weekend I went to Minneapolis for my dad’s retirement party. He didn’t know I was coming, so it was fun to surprise him! It was a good time. Dad had been with his company longer than I have been alive, so it was a pretty big deal. And there was cake.


Family inside joke.

While in Minneapolis I hung out with my brother and his fiancee, and had some fun doing touristy stuff in temperatures much lower than I’m used to. California girl liked the sunshine, but did not really like the actual temperature. Which wasn’t really bad (35 degrees) but I’m a weather whiner.


That smile? All pain from the windchill. But I did drop in on a class at CrossFit Minneapolis. It was one of those workouts where you read it and think, “Oh, that will be fun” and then you’re swearing and trying not to cry at the end.

3 x 500m row time trial,


Buy in: 15 burpees


  • 10 shoulder-to-overhead/1 back squat
  • 9 shoulder-to-overhead/2 back squat
  • 8 shoulder-to-overhead/3 back squat
  • 7 shoulder-to-overhead/4 back squat
  • 6 shoulder-to-overhead/5 back squat
  • 5 shoulder-to-overhead/6 back squat
  • 4 shoulder-to-overhead/7 back squat
  • 3 shoulder-to-overhead/8 back squat
  • 2 shoulder-to-overhead/9 back squat
  • 1 shoulder-to-overhead/10 back squat*

Cash out: 15 burpees

*Must be done unbroken; do not put the bar down. Every time the bar hits the floor it’s an additional 15 burpee penalty

For the row TT, I struggled to get under 2 minutes. I think my last one was 2:08.

In between the rowing, we set up the barbells for the wod. I don’t know what I was thinking, but I went ahead and warmed up to 55lbs. But after the rowing, my engine was tanked. I couldn’t even make my first set of 10 push jerks and ended up setting the bar down (15 burpees). I tried again, and dropped the bar again (15 burpees). Then I figured I should probably drop the weight on the bar down to 45 lbs or I’ll never finish. so I dropped the weight and finished out another set and a half before dropping the bar again (yes, that would be 15 more burpees). I just kept getting really dizzy, and my arms felt like they were going numb. By the time I completed the couplet, I had racked on an additional 60 burpees to the cash out. I finally finished in just over 20 minutes with my 75 burpees goddammit.

I want to do this workout over again. To see if I can do it unbroken now that I know what I’m getting myself into. Anyone want to do it with me? Mwa ha ha ha.

But everything is okay, because then my future sister-in-law took me out for tacos and beer. Everything is better with tacos and beer.


It’s proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. If you’re in Minneapolis, do yourself a favor and go to Taco Cat. Just go.

And now since I was at the party Friday night I have to figure out how to make up the open 17.1 workout and submit my time before 5pm tonight. Because if you wait until the last minute, it only takes a minute!

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


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