Oh, so I haven’t been blogging as faithfully as I should or could. This doesn’t mean that I haven’t been working out! Most days I scribble notes on a pad and think, “If I blog soon I’ll remember the details.”

Uhm, and then I don’t blog and, well, I forget the details. So there’s that.

The following are a number of workouts, often not in chronological order, of just some of the workouts I’ve completed since I last blogged, you know, a month ago.


Strict ring dips
75# power snatches|
Strict HSPUs

I completed rounds of RD and PS in unbroken reps, but was doing single HSPUs by the end of the workout.

Time = 22:07

Parallette passthrough every 45 seconds for 55 rounds.

You know, because 55 reps for first workout. Whilst not overly challenging, I nonetheless was glad when I completed the last rep. A rep took about 5 or 6 seconds.


Every other minute, and with a minute to complete work (and a minute to rest, obviously)
Sprint 100m (50m out and back)
3 burpees
Cluster @ 135#
Increase weight of cluster until failure (w/ 3 attempts at any weight)

My goal was 155#, as my PR was 161#. Yup, was. I warmed up by completed 3 burpees & cluster with no sprint @ 95, 105, 115, 125, & 135#.

I completed clusters @ 140, 145, & 150. I failed @ 155 1st attempt (couldn’t lock out elbows) and 2nd attempt (focused on push press and let elbows fall) but completed 3rd attempt. Yay! I then put 162# on bar, failed 1st attempt, but thankfully completed 2nd attempt. Yay and yay!

I completed all rounds with between 3 and 7 seconds to spare.


Bench press

I have no idea what I did or how much weight I pressed.

Mountain climbers (1 rep = l & r leg)

Fast, furious, and in unbroken reps.

Time – 4:34


10-20-30-40-50-40-30-20-10 unbroken double unders
Begin each round with 10c row

I set goal to complete row in 11 strokes, and am pleased to report that I did just that. I missed 27th rep of 40 reps of dus going down the ladder and, thus, had to start that round over. Dammit.

Time = 15:26.


32-round Tabata
G2O, 75#
American KBS, 53#
WBS, 20# & 10′
Medicine ball cleans

Holy shit that was tough. I completed 5 rounds + 18 reps. And nearly died.


Uhm, a workout that included power snatch, hang power clean, and hang power snatch, all with same hand position (i.e., neither wide nor narrow). It appears that I did 20 rounds (with burpees, maybe?) @ 65, 16 rounds @ 75, 11 rounds @ 95, and 3 rounds @ 105#. I can’t recall how I came up with rep scheme.


I might have tried the Other Total. I think I did. Maybe. I recorded power clean @ 165, bench press @ 185, and overhead squat @ 125#. All weights low for whatever reason(s).


1 neg HSPU, 3″
3 C2B pull-ups
5 clapping pushups
7 jumping air squats
9 sit-ups
1 cluster (I don’t know the weight)

I also don’t know the rounds or time. Ha!


25 reps 10-count burpee + strict ring dips
25 reps 1-count burpee + Russian KBS, 70#
50 reps 8-count burpee + medicine ball clean

I can’t read my own writing, so I don’t know that time it took.


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I do remember this workout, and it was tough. For example, rounds 11-15 consisted of 100m run, 10 sit-ups, air squats, & pushups, and 5 pull-ups. ‘Twas quite an accumulation of reps.

Time = 39:20.


I recorded other workouts that I can’t decipher. So there’s that.


Other things of utmost importance to note:

I now like IPAs, but only hazy IPAs. Hazy means unfiltered. I’m also unfiltered.

I’ve been baking up a storm, and have even begun to create my own recipes. My favorite original recipe is lemon cupcakes with raspberry frosting. My favorite non-original recipe is orange creamsicle cupcakes. OMFG. I’ve also been making puff pastry, including Jeff’s favorite, cream horns.

Whilst I don’t like Autumn and I generally develop a slight malaise, I very much enjoy the sunflowers at The Biltmore.

Treating people fairly and treating people equally are not the same thing. I say this as a teacher and as an athlete. I am appalled at folks who are disappointed that CFHQ is going to allow trans athletes to compete in the gender category in which they identify. The comments are most often directed at biologically born males who identify as females. “It’s an unfair advantages, as males are stronger than females!” “Trans females take male hormones, and those are PEDs!” Folks, most trans individuals have spent much of their lives at a disadvantage, often being made to attempt to act like the biological gender that they were born with. Is athletic prowess purely physical and not psychological? I would say not. Now imagine being born a biological woman who identifies as a man. And now imagine having to play on the “girls” team. Now imagine being born a biological man who identifies as a woman. Yup, and now imagine having to play on the “boys” team. The psychological disadvantages that many trans athletes have experienced, IMHO, far outweigh any perceived physical advantages you think or feel they may have. One last thing and then I’ll be quiet for a while… There is no aspect of the CFG that is “fair” to every athlete competing. Lifting heavy weights? I’m 5’6″ and weight 145#, so I’m at a disadvantage from the start. Should I yell that the competition is unfair? That I’m not being treated fairly? What about a workout like “Murph,” that includes running, pull-ups, pushups, and air squats (albeit whilst wearing a 20# weight vest). I can fucking crush that workout. Should heavier, taller, slower athletes yell that it’s unfair to them? Ok, one very very last thing: life isn’t always fair, so get over it.

I fear for our democracy. I hope (as I don’t pray) for a blue wave come November. I also hope that the election is fair. It likely won’t be. (See above.)




2 thoughts on “Fifty-five

  1. Good one!

    You should try making vegan creme horns. I bet you’d be awesome at it 😘

    Kelli Kaspar Weichert, Realtors-Triangle 919.414.1255

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