Summer 2015

So clearly I’ve been MIA for quite some time.  Well there’s not too much to say except that law school keeps me extremely busy and that I was extremely busy this summer.  I go back for my 2nd year on Friday and classes start on Monday.  So I’m pumped to finally get back into things and to be back with my Crossfit family at Crossfit Journey!  My summer training wasn’t exactly 100% on par with how I train August-May, but hey what can you do?

Long story short, I interned in a Public Defender’s office all summer under a Practice Order which allowed me to generally do almost everything actual fully licensed lawyers are able to do.  So I got a lot of really amazing hands-on experience, which I hope will help make me a really strong candidate to be accepted into a JAG program come my 3rd year.  I was so lucky to get the internship that I did and to be able to work with the people I did.  There were 6 lawyers in the office and they all had their own technique and style and I was able to learn something from each of them.  I’ll never really be able to say thank you to the extent that is required to show my appreciation… Anyways, after such an exciting summer I’m a little concerned that I’m going to be slightly bored in law school- I mean I’ll have plenty to do for sure, but it won’t be as “thrilling” as being in court all day long.  But hey, what can I do? I’m not a real lawyer yet so I have to actually finish school first.

What else? Oh I used a regular gym all summer and I tried to keep with my box’s training to the best of my ability.  It was a little difficult because I wasn’t eating as well/enough which greatly effected my workouts.  Being a lawyer is very time consuming and sometimes you don’t really have time to stop for lunch! Anyways, these 2 weeks at home have thrown off my training even more since I have to do all bodyweight workouts-so I’m super pumped to get back.

I’m basically just waiting to go back at this point and have mostly been working out and knitting a lot.  I’m trying to get as many Christmas presents done now so I won’t have to worry about them during school.  Plus, I’m making some baby things for my friend who is pregnant- 1st pregnant friend! It’s weird having 2 married friends, one of whom is pregnant, and one friend who looks like will be engaged by the end of the year and I’m over here like….. I’m still in school and have homework to do….  Its just different being in school when most of your friends are starting their careers/families etc.

So that’s basically all I have to say for updates.  It’ll probably be awhile again before I post since I’m going to be getting right back into the swing of things in 2 days, so hopefully y’all bear with me!
So until later, TTFN.

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Thanks to my coach

So clearly I haven’t been on here in awhile.  I won’t apologize. Life happens and it happens even more for a law student who also is trying to continuously get better at CrossFit.   So to sum up the past 2 months or so of 2015.  Well I started a whole new schedule, which has given me more work to do this semester and I’ve had to rely on supplements to understand everything better.  Supplements are basically like “law school for dummies” books, sad but effective.  So that’s that, not much to report really, I only took 1 midterm and it hasn’t been graded yet so I have no idea how I did.
I started a job at the law school library at the end of January and I do love it.  It’s perfect because I generally only work around 10 hours a week and during at least one of my shifts I’m able to do some homework.  So the job is definitely good for sure and it is helping me to save up for this summer when I go back to St. Lawrence county to intern in the public defender’s office again.

CrossFit!  Well the open started last week and according to mine and my coach’s plan I am doing the workout scaled (first year there is this division), in order to see what I really need to work on.  The first workout 15.1 wasn’t too terrible and I did decently.  The second workout today 15.2 just was absolute crap on my part and was I’m sure horrible to watch. My wod buddy Kevin, whose 58 and usually kicks my butt, was not having a good workout either.  15.2 scaled had movements that both of us are weak in; for me its pull ups and for Kevin its ohs.  He was given an option to scale further but would then disqualify and I promise you I have never heard him swear more! He was like I don’t care if I no rep every single one, I’m not getting disqualified.  I swear he inspires me every day with the amount of heart that he puts into the sport! So even though we were both disappointed we know what we have to work on and we are going to work on it. b80927867665e4f557ab32595e851236

So basically I had a little mental breakdown yesterday because I really want to qualify and make it to regionals my 3rd year of law school.  So I was texting my coach and asking if I was doing everything I could possibly be doing.  Well, when I went back in for my 2nd workout he pulled me aside and gave me a talk. He reminded me that am a law student 1st and a crossfit athlete 2nd- no matter how much I love it.  Law is my future, crossfit is my fun.  But besides all of that he also reminded me to be patient (Something I definitely need to work on!).  9b70f6e25bfb64acfd5d9df217bd38f9I’m steadily getting stronger, even since I started at this box in August I’ve put on muscle and increased all of my lifts.  But more than that I’ve been perfecting my form, without which you can’t continue to get stronger.  But also, he reminded me that by taking my time and mastering all the basic movements now, I’m building up my strength and movement pattern and I’ll be better off in the long haul because I’m working in such a way to prevent injury.

So basically, without my coach to remind me of all these things and to keep me on track all the way, I’m pretty sure I’d get into my head far more.  I don’t know what I would do without him!

So then Brian was helping me work on my kip today after my 15.2 rough time and I definitely can do it.  I just need to work on my strict pull up strength, which will help me when it comes to kipping pull ups.  So he gave me a whole variety of things to do to work on that.  Basically, I have my work cut out for me over the next year because next year I’m doing the open Rx!  Oh did I mention that Kevin and I have decided to practice our burpees?!? Right? who does that??  We do I guess because we both know we kinda suck at them and that we need to get better so every day we have decided to do some burpees and just add more each day.  Why did I think that would be a good idea?! a8ecb533f8283554bfc895482fd6f0c7

But other than all my complaining I have spring break in 2 weeks.  It will be great to sleep in and to not have to go to class- I can just do homework and outlining all day instead of classes and homework all day-YAY! Plus, it’ll be nice to have someone else doing the cooking, even if its just for a week.  Oh and I guess it’ll be nice to see my family too… I have missed them a bit- but only a little bit!

So that’s it for now, I hope to be better about the updates.  Maybe over spring break I’ll write so much that no one will want me to post for awhile!

So until later, TTFN.

It’s going to be a good week!

So it’s a Monday-drag-BUT I did have a lovely start to the day with the wod.  I literally almost died a little bit, but I did make it through.  I finished last, which isn’t something I normally do, but I was trying to go heavier on the weight today.  The wod was a metcon; it was for time and it consisted of- 50 wall balls with the 14 lb. wall ball, 30 cleans which I did at 83 lbs. and 15 chest to bar pull ups.  I have to do the pull ups with a band, which is whatever.  But my max clean so far has been 103 lb. which I’ve done around 4 times at once.  Doing 3o cleans at 83 lb. today makes me realize that my clean is probably way heavier than that now! 10641140_10204760877726557_3316034419391134041_n

Me cleaning and split jerking 103 lb. ————————————————————————->

Even though I finished last during the wod today I’m pretty proud of myself for doing that weight and for not dropping the weight down at all.  I’ll get faster as I get stronger, but for now my goal is going to be to perfect my technique because without technique I will only get so far on my lifts.  Brandon was telling me what I need to work on skills wise over the next few weeks so I think that I might work on that at night this week.

This also has to do with the fact that I really shouldn’t be doing anything crazy this week because my CrossFit competition is THIS Saturday so this week is more of a deloader week for me.  I’ll mainly do mobility or skill with the pvc/ bar this week.  I don’t want to do anything too crazy because I want my body to be nice and relaxed and rested for this weekend.

Plus, I’ll be taking Friday completely off from the workout, which is what I’ve been advised to do by both my coach and fellow athletes who are competing and have competed before.  But basically I’m going to be grumpy on Friday because I generally like never take a rest day besides Sundays…

b1837c795c060a9b278de3b66d4ee20f<- How I will look on Friday…So that’s enough about that.  I can’t wait, only 3 more weeks until Thanksgiving when I get to go home and see my family and basically just not be in class for like 4 days in a row, it will be glorious!  Also, it will give me time to outline my last class, study, get caught up on hw/get ahead, and it will let me update the other outlines that I basically have done.  So it won’t really be much of a break, but I will get to eat turkey, so that’s a win!

Oh, I found this cozie this morning while I was putting my lunch in the fridge at school.  I found it so it’s mine now- possession is 9/10ths of the law! keep-calm-trust-me-i-m-almost-a-lawyer

So that’s basically it for now.  I just have classes, hw, and attempting to chill on my workouts this week. Nothing too exciting until the weekend and I’ll keep y’all updated on that after!

So until later, TTFN! 

Whelp its been awhile…

And I’m terribly sorry about that! I’ve been busy with working out/training, getting all of my affairs in order for law school, figuring out my life, and working.  So I will catch y’all up real quick and we shall go from there!

First things first, law school yeah that’s happening in about a month.  And I think that the ‘shitting bricks’ feeling is finally starting to kick in.  I’ve had to worry about my loans and figuring out financials, books, class schedule, packing, making sure I have everything I need.  Plus, I’m taking a day trip with my Dad this week.  We will be driving there so I know that I won’t get lost since you know I’m an adult now and have to know how to navigate in the unknown.  So all of that’s going on.

Next, working.  Yeah I work at Tj Maxx, the pay sucks and the hours aren’t great, but I generally enjoy my co-workers so that makes it a bit better. The way I look at is, even thought it is a crappy job at least I get money and I’ll be done with it soon.  It’s not my forever job that I intend to have. liftbitch

What’s up next? Working out/training! Right so I’m still at Latham Crossfit, and on days when I’m not there I’m at ABC gym mainly working on my Olympic lifts and squats and such.  With the program I am on I’ve been doing a lot of heavy work; low reps, high weights and it seems to be paying off.  Yesterday I went for a total lifts in 3; strict OH press, back squat, and deadlift.  I got 65 lb. for OH press, 150 lb. for back squat, and 185 lb. for deadlift.  My back squat and deadlift both went up around 10 lbs. from a few weeks ago when I last tried for a one rep max so I’m pretty happy about that.
I still have a lot of work to do technique and upper body wise, but I intent to join a crossfit gym at law school so it will be alright. I’ve already decided it will be my hour a day that has nothing to do with studying!

Figuring out my life, yeah that’s more difficult.  I have some goals for myself this summer, which have included getting PR’s, learning to love running again (a story for another day), to read a few classics (in the process), etc.  So that’s that.

I believe that I have now caught y’all up to speed on what’s going on with me.  I’ll try not to let it be so long before I blog again. My computer is busted and I have to get it fixed so it will depend upon that.

So until later, TTFN.

Graduation/Being Back Home

10406560_10203022008524066_2398528504349522097_nSo well I graduated this past Sunday- I even gave a speech!  I’m now officially a college graduate of SUNY Potsdam with a Bachelor’s in Politics and minors in Pre-law and Environmental Studies.  Everyone keeps asking me if I feel any different and I don’t.  Maybe if that was the end of my collegiate career I would, but knowing that I’m going to law school in the fall has me in a calm mode.  For now anyways, I know that as it gets closer I will be freaking out about readings and my classes, etc.  Everyone has the utmost confidence in my ability to make it and I’m pretty confident myself, but I’m nervous at the same time.  Oh well, nervous jitters I think are probably normal. 10325246_10203022008284060_7945361957635466487_n

My life this summer basically consists of working at the Maxx again and working out.  I was a little concerned with how my workouts would go over the summer.  I mean I don’t mind doing my crossfit workouts by myself, but it’s way more fun with friends.  So bring in Latham Crossfit! I found it on google, I creeped on facebook, then I messaged the coach Luke, and went and joined and have had 2 crossfit workouts there so far. 1391777_529635337126268_898449131_n

I really like it because I’m getting a lot of good instruction there, like at my other gym I learned everything but I didn’t get constant supervision telling me what to fix and here I do.  And two I used to do most of my workouts by myself and now I’m doing all of them with someone else.  It is way more motivating to have someone struggling through the workout with you compared to trying to do it by yourself.

Plus Luke is pretty nice, really knowledgeable, and makes the gym a comfortable space so that I can try things and make a complete ass of myself while trying new things.  Like the other day when we were working on handstand walks I could get up and then I kept flipping over.  Luke helped me figure out how not to kick as hard so I could stay up longer.
I literally just love it at this gym.  I didn’t think I’d find one like the one at school where I’m completely comfortable, but I think I have.

Last night, I hit a new snatch PR- 75 lbs., breaking my old PR by 10 lbs! Luke decided to freak me out by telling me right before I was about to attempt it and I was like gee thanks now I’m nervous, to which he said “oh nevermind! It’s not heavier!” I just kinda rolled my eyes.  I have so much fun at this gym and it isn’t even funny!

So that’s basically it for now.  I’ve graduated, I’m working during the summer, I’m doing crossfit at this awesome new gym, and I’m going to law school in the fall.

So until later, TTFN.

The flying Liplock

Sorry for the mad spamming of the videos, but I’m really feeling these right now.  Anywhoser, my  Lent has started, yes I say mine because I’m Russian Orthodox and our Lent starts on a different day than the Catholic one does.  So my roommates and I were all sitting around figuring out what we were going to give up and yadda yadda.  Well I decided to go of the stricter Paleo for Lent because I’m pretty loose with it generally and I want to try to focus better.  So I’m hoping that doing this for Lent will help.  So that’s going on…

I’ve completely finished and sent out all my law school applications.  So I am officially in the waiting stage for that, which is both stressful and not.  It isn’t stressful because it’s like out of my hands at this point, but also stressful because I know I’ll be worrying about wondering where I’ll get in.   So yeah…  216f7d4cb8c0bf8003618314aabcbc2f

What else, what else?  Oh, I’ve gotten back into Crossfit and basically just cut down my miles in ridiculous amounts.  About 2 weeks ago I was running 30-40 miles a week and now last week and this week I’ll be running around 20 miles.  This is because I found out I can’d do my half-marathon anymore, which was why I was running so much. So I’ve decided to switch my focus and  get more into Crossfit and weightlifting.  I’m still running, just not as much, which is ok with me.

Also, I feel like I see more improvements doing Crossfit than just lifting or just running.  I can now do one of the hand stand pushups, the pushups part needs a bit of work, but I remember a few months ago when I couldn’t even get into the handstand. Plus I just hit 2 new PR’s yesterday in both my clean and my front squat.  I feel like I see results and I can actually see myself getting stronger.  I don’t know maybe it’s just me.

So that’s it for now.  Sorry I haven’t been posting a lot- I seem to be far busier than I usually am! And so I will leave you with this lovely video;

So until later, TTFN. 

It’s a crazy beautiful life

So I’ve been a tad stressed this week, only a tad so that’s good.  I hurt my hip flexor on… Tuesday? Yeah, Tuesday.  And so we had a local meet at Clarkson that I decided last-minute as I got there not to run in and I’m happy I did because I just yogged like 2 miles instead around the course and it began to act up a bit.  Part of me is upset because I didn’t get my mileage in the other day, but the other half of me is like “don’t be stupid” and I’m attempting to listen to the “don’t be stupid” side more so that I don’t injure myself more.  Plus, we have a meet on Saturday at Oswego, which by the way I’ve been obnoxiously texting  my brother in order to make sure he’s there, but I digress… 01f166299809bc41c4ecac3dfb1abcb1

On the plus side, my legs are kinda sore from my workout at Rogue yesterday.  Kinga and I went together and we did box jumps, wall balls, burpees, and some ab work.  Also, I looked at Jenn’s weightlifting book so I could get an idea of what I was doing wrong with my form for deadlifts- I figured it out and I had one of the guys at the gym watch me while I did it so I know my form is finally good.
Today (Friday) I went to Rogue at like 5:30 a.m. with Kinga and this woman (whose name I forgot) but she’s 51 and a teacher.  We hopped into the workout with her and before we started she was like “please don’t kill me” well we should’ve been the ones saying it to her! She totally kicked our butts in everything!  1236362_10200830147853852_1671499519_n But it did feel good to get 1 of my workouts done early this  morning.  We didn’t leave the gym until like 6:40-7 a.m.  I feel like we are spending more and more time there, which is ok with me because I enjoy it and it helps me get stress out.
Another cool thing is that Rogue is starting up some W.O.D. for all the crossfitters/beginner crossfitters and I definitely think that I’m going to do it.  In all honesty, I do want to get better with my running (which is why I run an hr every day), but I’m also just concerned with becoming a better, fitter me.  I haven’t told my coaches this because when we kinda told them about Rogue they freaked out on us and honestly, this is my last season of cross-country at the college level- I’ll always run on my own.  So I don’t want to not be on the team, but being in just running shape isn’t my priority anymore.

But, that’s all I have for now.  Basically, I pass out by 9 p.m. every night and wake up at 5 a.m. every morning and my days are filled with hw, classes, eating, working out and that’s about it.  But I’m very much enjoying it. 8c0ccad8bcf84dc61b9c8dc05554a93a

So until later, TTFN.