Morning friends! Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was great! Week two of the CrossFit Open was really fun! Thursday night, I watched as CrossFit headquarters announced 14.2 – the workout was two rounds of 10 overhead squats and 10 chest-to-bar pull-ups with a 3-minute cap; then, two rounds of 12, 14, 16, and so on! See the full workout here. Well, once again this week, the event was so much more than a workout! Our box was full of people, there was a keg, and we even had a photographer from CrossFit Headquarters in attendance!
As soon as I arrived, I found Naomi to commiserate about our lack of experience with chest-to-bar pull-ups. Naomi looked so cute! She is the most fashionable CrossFitter I know! Check out her adorable hot pink headband!!
And then there’s me… in all black…
Haha! Anyway, my other friend Wendy was there too!! CrossFit is so much more fun with friends!! 🙂
As the first heat was warming up, one of the veteran CrossFitters at our box, Andie gave me some tips on chest-to-bar pull-ups. They were so helpful! She suggested an alternate grip and emphasized swinging, from a hollow rock position; she also said to use my knees to kick myself up above the bar. It all sounded so easy in theory!
I didn’t want to exhaust myself doing pull-ups so I found a barbell and practiced my overhead squats, which were no problemo! I wish entire workout had been squats! I can overhead squat for days!!
I was in the very last heat so I got to watch everyone else compete. It was really exciting to watch the veteran CrossFitters go on and on for several rounds. We all look pretty calm in these photos but there was actually a lot of yelling and screaming to keep going!
Both Naomi and Wendy went before me and I’m super proud of them both!
Wendy got her first chest-to-bar pull-up! Woo hoo! Way to go girl!
Naomi PR’d her Overhead Squat, meaning she broke her record of squatting 60 lbs overhead, by equating 65 lbs! I knew she could do it!
When my turn was finally up, I was so nervous! I didn’t really feel comfortable trying to get an unassisted pull-up with so many onlookers!
But, once I started, I didn’t pay the crowd any attention. I just kept jumping up, trying to swing and pop up over the bar. I tried about a dozen times but just couldn’t make it! I think you can see on my face how bad I wanted to, though!
I finished the workout with a score of 10 for my 10 overhead squats, and even though I felt silly for all the hype that surrounded those 10 squats, I was proud of myself – once again – for showing up and giving it my best effort! (I just hope 14.3 lasts a little longer than 3 minutes!)
On Sunday I did my three favorite things: cleaned, went to the grocery store, and meal prepped! I made PaleOMG’s Tex Mex Hash Casserole and it’s delicious!! I’m so impressed with all her recipes – they’ve all been so good! I also hardboiled eggs, made trail mix, cut up some apples, and I put together my first overnight oats!
It consists of 1/2 cup gluten-free oats, 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/3 cup greek yogurt, 1 tsp chia seeds, 1 tsp almond butter, 1 banana (sliced), and some walnuts. I can’t wait to try this in the morning!! How can it not be good?
After that, I laid out my clothes, took a shower, and watched the season finale of True Detective (that show is so creepy, by the way… I think I’ve decided I don’t like it)!
Now, I’m going to bed but by the time you read this, I’ll be at my new job! Here’s to hoping my first day goes well!
Can you do pull-ups?
Have you tried overnight oats?