More toe drama, bless my heart

This was my week. It was my week to jump back into Rowing, Running, Jumping Rope and perhaps Bowling. I had accomplished the first CrossRope Challenge and rowed the Concept Summer Solstice Challenge to complete my first half-marathon. And the second CrossRope event today was going to be my crowning glory!

At 3:30 p.m., I banged my big toe with a solid wood core door. The nail immediately looked like a tragedy and it is still painful at 8:16 p.m.  It is going to fall off, most definite. 

Bandaid-ing it up, making sure all of my blisters on my feet were neosporined and bandaged too, I donned my socks and Altras. With some pain on both feet, as I walked to the mats, I prepared myself to jump 250 revolutions, for time, with my one pound CrossRope. 

My toe was rebelling.

I jumped again. 

Nope. Not happening. The big toe was screaming like a stuck pig.  

My week of ecstasy is over in two failed swoops of the rope.

Count My Blessings Today: Name Them One By One 
  1. Thank you Bluebell Vanilla Ice CreamIMG_7987.JPG
  2. Thanks again, Amanda and Lyn, for Fresh, Homemade Strawberry Jam.  
  3. Thank you Honey-do for getting the #SinFood in the dish for me to enjoy. 
  4. THANK YOU Richard C. for your help, again, in fixing the other part of the  trim on my truck.  
  5. Thanks to Charlie R. for being such a delightful reminder about the simple joys in life.
  6. Thanks to Marty and Steph for the door that I could pass on to someone else who truly appreciates it! 
  7. Thanks to Steph for helping me load it in my truck. 
  8. Thanks to Jonathan for a wonderful conversation today. It was great to see you!

There. I feel much better now.  

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Rowed my 1st Half-Marathon

The goal was to get out the door to start rowing by 8:30 a.m. To make a long story short I finally got to the rower about 9:45 a.m. with my iPhone jack for my portable CD player, my headphones, my Vitamixed Watermelon water bottle, 3 bottles of water and a babyfood pouch containing a lots of potassium veggie-fruit blend for during the row, a Zone bar and a single serving pack of NutriBiotic protein powder as needed for post row, all while managing to forget the socks for my shoes. 

IMG_7957IMG_7959My new shoes. My Tovos. The shoes I have never before worn, ever, and I forget socks on top of forgetting to keep my old shoes just a few days longer so I could row in my old, comfortable, non-blistering shoes. 

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My hands held up really well, thanks to my fanstastic Crew Stop Rowing Gloves. I love them! I have a total of four, minor blisters and I think that due to the fact I was concentrating on telling myself to push past my feet therefore not paying attention to my grip. IMG_7963

Oh my goodness, one thing I learned is to have my own personal rowing fan for those hot, sultry southern days. It is a Lasko 3-speed and was absolutely perfect for today’s row. IMG_7965

It took me 2 hours 24 minutes 19.3 seconds to finish the row. I was hoping to stay on a three minute pace but am happy with a 3:25.2 for my first half-marathon. I finished strong. 

Not too shabby for a little old gray haired lady, who jumped 500 single unders with a 1/4lb rope the day before for the newest CrossRope ChallengeOh yes I did and I do it all at Guns Out CrossFit.

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Rowing information for my teammates

When I first started at 26.2 CrossFit my coaches had me row more than run. Yeah. I was that bad at running. And when I first started rowing, I was that bad at rowing but I took to it right away, never giving up and here I am today, a rowing fool at Guns Out CrossFit.IMG_7931.JPG

Over the last few weeks some of my teammates have asked me about my rowing. Here is some basic information that I return to again and again to help me improve my rowing. 

  • Concept 2 is the first go to for beginning at the beginning. I go there a lot to read and reread. Be sure to check out all of the links under the TRAINING section. 
  • Angela Hart is my favorite go to on YouTube. I watch her videos over and over again. She explains things in a really great way that work for my brain. Her explanation about the DAMPER SETTINGS being similar to the gears on a bike was really helpful and I still experiment with settings depending upon what I want to accomplish in a Rowing WoD. 

Please be encouraged to truly take your time with the Concept 2 site first. Sign up for the LogBook at the top of the page. You can keep track of your training there, online.

Too often, I forget to use the log book unless it is for an Online Challenges or any row where I can get a ranking, like today. That said, please note #ImNotLast

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Good Luck and Great Rowing!

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Psyched for that half-marathon row

‘Tis almost here! Just three more days until that half-marathon and I am trying to get out all of the excitement for the event before Wednesday. It would be a shame to let the adrenalin rush overtake me. I do not want to explode and burn out before I take that first pull on the rower. 

Planning ahead I have been focused on eating well and drinking a lot of water. Then there is how to hydrate and what light sustenance I can take in to keep up my strength for the duration of the event but I think I have that figured out.

My rowing-hydration-fueling plan for the day of will be solidified tomorrow after my final training row at Guns Out CrossFit

Yayeee! The day is soon here. Now all I have to do is put my music track together.

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Fourteen Minutes? Who did that?

IMG_7865I set the machine for a one hour and fifteen minute row. Well, I thought I set it for that length of time until viewing the details at the end of the row. Evidently I need to wear my glasses when setting my plans in the future. 

My goal was to experiment with a rowing strategy for the upcoming 2017 Summer Solstice Challenge by  Concept 2.  By adding the 97 meters to make it a half-marathon, it will be a new personal record for me.

My times were a bit sluggish today. I have been experimenting with rowing at different times during the day while building up endurance for the distance. Where I lost time fiddling with my iPhone, trying to get the music straightened out after I rowed the first 6k, made the biggest difference in my strokes per minute. 

It was not a bad row overall. It ended up being rather revelatory and encouraging in spite of the one minute loss in programming time and the iPhone music mishap.

I will not make those same errors again. Well, I will make a good faith effort to not do them again.

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My little CrossRope Ahaaa…

Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 8.08.25 PMThis week I have been excited to use my CrossRope collection. Double Unders were part of the Monday and  Wednesday Guns Out Crossfit WoD’s so I used the 1/2 lb rope for it is not yet possible for me to do a double under. Opting to do singles with that heavier rope allowed me to jump the required reps versus doing double the jumps as Single Unders with a speed rope.

Today I used the CrossRope App to do the Burn Fat 1 set for 6 mins with the prescribed ropes. Using the 1/4 pound Agility rope was really a shift for me. It made me feel like I was a remedial jump roper after having used the 1/2 pounder on Monday. The 1 pound Intensity was less of a problem though my rhythm was a little off.   

The thing that clicked in my brain during today’s short workout was how the heavier ropes were definitely a great way to start my CrossRope fitness journey. Even though today was a bit of a challenge  changing handles in a short period of time, it was great trying to get my timing figured out with the different weighted ropes. I know, with practice, those DU’s will happen as I learn to focus on how to best adapt then control my turning and jumping speeds. 

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A Best WoD Day Ever: Don’t Hate

Last night Coach Charles posted the WoD for today and I got so excited about it because three of the four MetCons are things I love to do! 

“Don’t Hate”
1 mile run for time
200 DU’s for time
2000 m row for time
50 cal bike for time
Any order. Just get er done!

The order I chose to follow was how it came up on WoDify: FullSizeRender

RUN: The only adaptation for me was I pushed Charlie R. in his stroller while running. He did not really slow me down that much since I Granny-shuffle anyway. Probably I could have walked it faster but he seemed to enjoy my speed as I went down the hills… both ways… 

The amazing thing was my desire to run today. All I could keep thinking about was how shocked my Teammates from 26.2 CrossFit would have been to see the fire in my soul for running today. And it really made me happy to know that running is part of me now. 

Yayeee!

ROW: Yeah Baby! It is definitely my passion. 

BIKE: Meh. Not my favorite, especially after pushing the stroller and then rowing. But I did not die so all is well.

DOUBLE UNDERS: These I cannot do yet, so stick with Single Unders. I dread having to double the count so use a CrossRope 1/2 pound rope to justify sticking with the 200 count. Using the heavier CrossRopes is going to pay off soon, I hope!

I am always the last to finish whatever it is to be done. Today was no different. But I was so excited to do each MetCon as best I could and that is what I did. Today was simply a #BestWoDDayEver at Guns Out CrossFit in Montgomery, Alabama.

Thanks to all of my teammates and my especially to my Coach, Happy Birthday Charles, for the encouragement to keep going and Git ‘er done!  

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