What a great three days off it has been so far! Church has been the main focus of the past few days and last evening I even went with my mom to help decorate our church for tonight’s Easter Vigil and tomorrow’s Easter masses. We will be going to church tonight for the 2 hour Easter Vigil because it’s one of my absolute favorite masses. It encompasses everything that being a Catholic is all about. New members are baptized, receive their first holy communion and even get confirmed. Not to mention we’re celebrating the resurrection. The choir is there, they have trumpet players and it is such a serene mass.
Yesterday I fully discovered that I am becoming my mother. Good Friday mass is a very solemn mass and one of the more serious masses of the entire year. It is also one of my favorite masses because it reminds me of my grandma. Well, true to form, the songs played during church yesterday definitely struck a nerve and made me miss my grandma more than ever. My mom cries almost every other week at church because it reminds her of when she was a little girl and she would go to mass with my grandma, and yesterday I cried as well. I ended up crying twice because it was that moving and I realized exactly how much I miss my grandma. Just typing this makes me tear up again.
I didn’t even feel awkward crying in church. It actually felt quite liberating. Sometimes I think we need to shed those tears and release those emotions to really deal with the situations and remember those we have lost. I just hope God is taking care of my grandma up in heaven, and I pray for her everyday.
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Okay, enough sadness for one day. I got to Crossfit 4 days in a row.
I deadlifted a PR on Tuesday at 235 lbs x 5.
Yesterday involved a large number of squat cleans and hand stand push ups which totally fried my back. I could barely bend over after the workout to clean my bar up to put it on the rack. That’s what you get for doing the Rx + weight.
The past 3 out of four days we have done ab exercises everyday. The past three days I have not been able to cough, laugh or sneeze without being in pain. Seriously.
Today’s work out was no exception to the hard workouts we’ve had over the past several days:
Back Squat (10-8-6-4-2-2)
The goal was to 2 rep your 1 rep max. Well I did that today and established a new 2 rep and 1 rep max. I did two at 215 lbs, which is definitely the most I have ever back squatted.
1 pull up
1 burpee box jump (24/20)
2 pull ups
2 burpee box jumps (24/20)
…and so on, and so forth.
I made it through 11 rounds with then doing 12 pull ups and 7 burpee box jumps totaling 151 reps.
I think I have finally mentally gotten my kipping pull ups down. The last round I did 5 in a row (which didn’t even happen in the first round) because I finally realized my core needs to be tight on the way up. I just kept going because they felt good and soon enough I popped out 5 in a row. I also finally have the right grip on my grips and think I have broken them in enough.
I got zero hand rips today…after doing 50+ pull up.
It’s the small victories people.
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Today I’m going to spend the day hanging out with my sister and her pup. I have to do some cleaning before the extended family comes over tomorrow for Easter dinner and before Easter Vigil tonight.
The Crossfit crew is meeting tomorrow to do a Hero, but I can’t make it because we have to be in the South Hills early in the morning. I also need to let my body have a day off. 4-5 days in a row is a bit much.
I’ll leave you with a new favorite quote of mine…