Achieved: The Filthy Fifty

Hey there!  Hope your Wednesday has been fantabulous.  I have been on the go since 8:00 this morning and am currently looking forward a long afternoon nap so I will make this snappy.

This morning I woke up to head to a committee meeting for school.  It was supposed to begin at 8:00 and end at 10:00 so I signed up for Tristan’s 11:00am Crossfit class.  Problem was that the meeting ran a little late, which made me run a lotta late (for me) in getting home and changing and finally getting to Crossfit.  I stress if I can’t get places ridiculously and unecessarily early.  I did not enjoy showing up for class with two minutes to spare (and still being the first one there), but I am sure glad I made it!

Today’s Workout of the Day (WOD) was an endurance one called “The Filthy Fifty”.  It is bascially 10 different exercises that you do for 50 reps.  Easy?  Not so much!  It is expected to take between 20 and 40 minutes so there was not strength portion to today’s class, we got right into it.

The Filthy Fifty looks like this:

  • 50 box jumps
  • 50 jumping pull ups
  • 50 kettle bell swings (12kg)
  • 50 walking lunges
  • 50 knees to elbows (modified after 20 reps to roll ups on the floor)
  • 50 push press (35lbs)
  • 50 back extensions
  • 50 wall ball shots (14kg)
  • 50 burpees (yes, 50 after all the stuff above)
  • 50 double unders  150 jump rope singles

My game plan was to go slow and steady and to keep moving as much as possible.  I broke the reps into groups of 10 (or 5 when I felt really tired) and allowed for a small break between these mini-rep groups.  This strategy worked well most of the time with the exceptions of burpees.  Burpees are a whole different beast because they use so much darn energy!  I did 1 rep counts and tried to just. keep. doing. them. until I reached 50.

There are two things I really need to work on: knees to elbows and double unders.

  • Knees to Elbows:  These take FOREVER and it is part of the reason I get discouraged and move to a modification.  THe other reason is that my palms sweat so much that I was slipping off the bar after every single rep (even after using the grip gel).  Annoying.  Tristan told me the key to “getting” these is to get down my kipping.  GOAL: Learn how to kip.
  • Double Unders: I just have no idea what to do for these.  Do I jump higher?  Swing the rope faster?  Both?  EIther way I don’t do anything fast so I fear I will never get them- and with a triple times the rep penalty these are going to hurt my times until I get them right.

I finished, with the modifications listed above, in 36:07.  Not a second too soon.  It was a tough workout!

After Crossfit I munched on a Clif bar while I made my way to my school to catch up with some people I needed to talk to. I am sure they appreciated that I was still in my damp workout clothes with sweat holding my hair in place. You’re welcome friends 🙂 I didn’t really get anything done in my classroom, but Im not worried.  I work best under pressure.

Did I mention my first day of school is Monday?  As in next Monday, August 29th?  Gah!

Jack made my day when he suggested we have a Pizza Wednesday. Don’t worry, we still do Pizza Monday and last week Pizza Sunday too!

At Regina’s I started with a garden salad (peppercorn dressing on the side).

And a his and hers pizza: Half cheese (hers), half pepperoni (his).

I had two pieces and was full to the brim. Now I am in a pizza induced food coma and have images of me face planting on the couch for a few.

What’s your “arrival” style? 15 minutes early? Fashionably late? Do people being late (or early) annoy you or do you just go with the flow?


Say it isn’t so

please tell me it isn’t only Wednesday?

I feel like we are currently in what will go down in history as the longest week ever.

I wish it was “Jersday” for more reasons than 1!

Now, let’s talk food:

Last night I perfected my art of homemade pizza.  Using one whole wheat pizza dough and one garlic and herb pizza dough from Trader Joe’s I crafted a pretty amazing pizza experience.  Trader Joe’s dough, after sitting at room temp for 20 minutes, easily rolled into the rectangular shape I needed to fit the pan.

Of course I used what all classy cooks used to roll it out:

A wine bottle!  Hey, it works 😉

The pizza was divine.  If you haven’t tried Trader Joe’s garlic and herb dough you must.  The trick I used is to brush the dough with olive oil and throw it in the oven for 10ish minutes before adding the sauce and cheese.  The crust came out so crispy.  We also had Alexia Waffle fries on the side.

After an uneventful bootcamp last night, I woke up feeling famished and new that a smoothie was just not going to cut it today.  I had a headache for the second day in a row which was either because I didn’t start my day with a coffee or my breakfast wasn’t great.  Today I had two blueberry Van’s Waffles with peanut butter and a half of a banana.  Yum.

I enjoyed this gooey baby with a french vanilla iced coffee from Dunks.

Dinner tonight, which I am eating as I type, is marinated chicken fingers and macaroni and cheese.

I de-goobered the chicken (i.e. took off the slimy, fatty parts) Sunday and froze it with some left over Newman’s Own Teriyaki.  The mac and cheese was Annie’s brand, similar to Velveeta shells and cheese, but not so salty.

Oh ya, and I tried a glass of this fun vino.  It is a Garnacha that is about $12 a bottle.  Price doesn’t mean it is good or bad, but I am still yet to find a red (besides Merlot) that I don’t like).

For some reason I LOVE the fact that the cork was black.  I don’t think I have ever seen a black cork.  Kind of reminds me of a giraffe’s tongue..

Tonight I got a pleasant surprise to find Tristan subbing for John at CrossFit.  The workout was very unpleasant (this had nothing to do with Tristan I assure you, he is awesome).  By unpleasant I mean hard as F*@k.  Pardon my French but holy crap!  First, let me preface by saying that this is my third class this week and I did run 4.2 miles Sunday.

Ok, today’s WOD was as follows:

Strength: 5×5 deadlifts

8 minutes each, AMRAP


  1. 10 box jumps (20 in box)
  2. 10 KB swings


  1. 15 thrusters (35lbs)
  2. 15 burpees


  1. 20 double unders (I did 60 singles)
  2. 10 toes to bar (I did a toes to air variation)

I started with ROUND 3, then 1, then finished up with 2.  By the time I got to my final round, which I feel needed the most exertion of all, I had almost nothing left to give.  Thrusters are hard after hanging on a bar and doing kb swings!  In 8 minutes I managed to complete:

  • 4 rounds of double unders/toes to bar
  • 6 +some of box jumps/KB swings
  • 2+some thrusters/burpees

I am totally burpee-d out this week and am totally looking forward to a day off from physical activity tomorrow.

It is getting close to my bed time so I gots to be going.