Thursday, January 24, 2008


I quit caffeine last Thursday. It's now day 8 and I'm doing pretty well. The headaches are gone and I'm sleeping better than I have in a couple years! I do crave the sweet java, though...drool... Anyway, since I felt so good today, I celebrated by doing the workout (well, most of it) that I had slated for last Thursday when my headache was too deep and clangy for me fathom such a feat.

Filthy Fifty:
50 Box Jumps
50 Jumping Pull-ups
50 Kettle Bell Swings (18kg)
50 Steps Walking Lunge
50 Knees to Elbows
50 Push Press (45#)
50 Back Extensions
50 Wall Ball Shots

...and the last two, which I ran out of time for and so didn't do today:
50 Burpees
50 Double Unders

I was trying to finish in less than 1 hour--in time to get [marginally] cleaned up for a client. I had to modify a few things to get through them. I was surprised by which things ended up being easy and which were hard for me.

Box Jumps: no problem. I probably didn't use a big enough box. I hear I have decent hops for a white girl.
Jumping Pull-ups: Holy crap. This took forever.
KB swings: Had to break it up into two sets of 25, to keep the back from kicking in.
Walking Lunge: Burned, but easy overall. By now legs were pretty wobbly, though.
Knees to Elbows: Yow. I managed 25 from a hanging position, and then had to switch to floor jackknife.
Push Press: Unfortunately, this became 5 sets of 10 Push Jerk. Still--tough.
Back Extension: First 25 on the GH Raise, second 25 on the LB Ext.
Wall Ball Shots: There is no suitable target indoors here, and it was raining these ended up being oblique med ball wall tosses. Arms now complete jello.

And...I'm kind of glad I didn't get to the Burpees or Double Unders. I think that I might very well have puked.

Anyway. I'm not training for any endurance events now, but I am dabbling a bit in crossfit and trying to cycle and spin more. The effects are already apparent to me after about 3 weeks. My quads are looking pretty good to me! :-)

Now, about all that wine consumption...

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