Well, Hello Grace! We meet again!!
The last time I did Grace, on November 19th, it took me 5:18 to finish my 30 clean and jerks, at 65# and proceeded to go to the parking lot and vomit.
Today I bumped up my weight up to 75#, and I finished in 5:10. I was so proud, and no pukies this time either which makes it even better.
Then we worked on dead lifts as our strength skill. My 1 rep max in the past was 225, but we did it immediately after warming up (no lifting before that) and it was truly 1 rep and done. So we were paired/grouped together based on strength, and again Andrea assigned me to work with 2 gentlemen, 2 that I really like and both of whom inspire me, which makes it even better. So I was going to lift with Phillip and Robert. We started at 95# for 5 reps, then up to 135# for 5 reps, 150# for 5 reps, and 175 for 3 reps. We all did these weights/reps, and Robert was still making it look incredibly easy. He had already PR'd by 10# and I felt like he had a lot more in him, maybe even 200#. He wasn't so sure. So we next put 200# on the bar, and dropped down to 3 reps of each weight. Robert did his, Phillip did his, and then one of them asked me if I was going to "try". Try my butt, I was going to lift it. And I did, 3x. Then we went up to 220. By this point my back and my body were sore....30 dead lifts, and 21 dead lifts building up to 220. I tried twice to lift it, but I just didn't have that much strength left to get it done.
Here's the cool part. I really felt like a badass. I know, I know, unlady-like to say that, and probably inappropriate to brag, but there is something in me that when I think someone is questioning my ability to lift weight it pushes me, and increases my desire to do just that. Even cooler than that, is I was making suggestions on form for Robert as he was lifting. I have grown to LOVE the idea of being a certified CrossFit coach once I have found my groove, and gotten my weight down where it should be. I like encouraging, teaching and coaching...I think I have found my niche, and it is CrossFit.
Till next time...