And the cast is off! WOOT!

Hi everyone!

I hope you’re enjoying this lovely rain filled, freezing, Memorial Day weekend! I know I am! Tomorrow actually looks like it’s going to be really nice out!
So awesome stuff happened this week- I finally got my cast off!! I’ve never felt so liberated in my life! haha. The best part is being able to take a shower sans plastic bag & being able to put my own hair up in a pony tail! Now that I think about it, time actually flew by with the cast on- It was over before I knew it. I complained a lot during that time- and I’m sorry for that- but it really sucked. haha.
My doctor said that as far as he could tell, the wrist is all healed. I have to wear a brace for a while since it’s still weak. I’m going for a physical therapy consult on Tuesday, and hopefully they’ll let me know when I can get back to my normal CF routine!
It’s been so weird not having the cast on- I’m still doing stuff as if it were on- like writing. I’ve never been a righty, but for some reason, it feels better to write with my right hand now! My hand-writing is terrible, but it works. I’m obviously still using my beloved ketlle-bell to workout. It’s going to be a while before I get back on the bar. However, this past week, one of our WODs consisted of split jerks. We were only practicing with the bars, so I figured I would give it a shot. I took the lightest bar- 15lbs to see if I was able to use it. My grip was horrible- because I had the brace on. It was like a bird claw, crazy grip. Not anything that Mike would approve of, but I was just trying it out! He told me not to add any weight to it, but of course I didn’t listen. I added on a 5lb plate to each side and tried it out. Things got a little spicy, so I shut it down and took the extra weight off. I didn’t want to cause any more damage. I went back to my trusty kettle-bell.

Sometimes I feel like I’ll never get back to the weights that I was using for certain movements before I the break. It just seems like yesterday, that I was able to snatch, clean, and press a lot more weight than a 26lb kettle-bell. I know I have to be positive- and I know I’ll get there some day, but it just seems so far away. I just have to stop feeling sorry for myself, and focus on the progress that I’ve made so far. The WOD that made me feel amazing this week was this gem:

 3 Rounds for time:
500m Row
15 Hand Release Push Ups
25 Kettlebell Swings (35lbs)
I’ve been getting pretty good at the one armed row. It takes me a lot longer than everyone else to finish (obviously), but I finish. I can’t do push ups still, so instead Mike had me do a one armed bench press. I tried to do it with a 26lb KB, but after the one armed row, I could only get through one round with that weight. For the second and third rounds I switched to an 18lb KB. 
The prescribed weight for the kettle bell swings for the ladies was 35lbs. I haven’t been able to do KB swings with two arms with 35lbs! I wanted to give it a try one armed, to see what happened. I kept the 26lb close just in case things got crazy. Once I got going with the workout- I was killing that 35lb KB swing. I couldn’t believe it. I didn’t think I’d make it through the entire 3 rounds with 35lbs, but I did. And it was a PR for my regular 2 armed swing! I definitely felt that one the day after. My shoulder was burning! It felt great to finally get a PR, since I haven’t had one since the cast went on. 
This coming Saturday is RCFBC’s first internal competition- The BareCove Box Battle! I was paired up with one of the other owners, Chris. He is hilarious and an awesome athlete and person. I so happy I get to be partners with him. I hope he knows what he’s in for with me as a partner! I already told him that I have a costume, and I expect him to have one as well! HINT HINT- Sharon- Make sure he has one!! HAHA. 
I can’t wait for this competition. I love the atmosphere in the box during competitive events. Everyone is so jazzed up- it’s something that I can’t explain. It’s just awesome. It’s going to be AMAZING!! 
OMG- I forgot to tell you guys about the Crossfit Regionals that I went to last Saturday!!!! It was literally one of the best days of my life. I have never seen so many amazing athletes in one place. These competitors make you want to work even harder. I can’t imagine doing all of those workouts in one day. It was nuts. These men and women are absolute beasts. The other awesome thing was being able to see how big the crossfit community really is. People traveled from all over the Northeast to be there and support the athletes that were participating. I had the best time meeting new people, and hanging out with the people from my box. I can’t wait to go back again next year. It also wasn’t a bad thing that most of the guys participating and in the stands did not have shirts on! 🙂 I took about 100 pictures of Spencer Hendel and Daniel Tyminski’s butt and bare chest and arms. I’m such a creep. LOL. I know it’s a long shot, but I hope that one day, I am able to participate as part of a team from my box at regionals. That is an extremely long term goal in life. Like  very long term. But it’s something that I look forward to. 
But for now, I’m going to rest up. Tomorrow is Memorial Day and we are doing one of the hero wods called “Murph” which consists of the following:
Run 1 mile
100 Pullups
200 Push Ups
300 Squats
Run 1 mile

Named in honor of Operation Red Wings hero Lieutenant (SEAL) Michael Patrick Murphy, this punishing workout is often undertaken on Memorial Day…the Memorial Day Murph. WOOF. I hate running. Like a lot. 

So tomorrow, thank a veteran and/or current service member. Appreciate everything that they have done for us to ensure our safety and freedom. Enjoy the day, have fun, & be safe! 
Love you all! 

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