Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Cue Pukie

Today I agreed to meet a client outside the gym for a 1 mile time trial. Running a mile without stopping is a goal of hers and we needed a benchmark time. I haven't run in weeks, maybe even months. I was a little nervous. Now that I am pregnant my focus has moved from keeping the intensity to being able to breathe and talk through the workout. If you are a CrossFitter you may know that recovery is not just something that happens after you blow through your wod and fall flat on your back gasping for air (passive recovery). Recovery is continuous. Active Recovery occurs during a wod. Its the ability to resist the urge to rest, keep the muscles moving after the lactic acid sets in, and stay in that high intensity zone.  I spent 2 years training my active recovery and its still not up to par with the fittest woman on the planet. 

Going into the general science behind active and passive recovery is an entirely different blog, so I'll just get to the point of mine. My active recovery currently sucks! 2 minutes into our run I was gasping for air, I couldn't get a deep breathe, and I questioned my ability to finish the mile. By the 4th minute all was well. My heart rate regulated and I was able to coach my client though the run. We finished the mile in just under 11 minutes. This summer I hit a PR of 7:20 for my 1 mile (these legs were built for strength, not speed) so 11 minutes was a good pregnancy pace for me. At this point I was warmed up and ready to really go. I took the second mile on by myself finishing in 9:15. By the last 100 meters I was breathing heavy, and my active recovery felt horrible. I blame the diet, extra blood supply and slowed circulatory system, but mostly the diet. 

So, 2 mile wod behind me and someone asks how it felt. Cue Pukie the clown. An hour later and I still want to puke. Intensity or progesterone?

Friday, December 18, 2009

My Lump, My Lump, My Lovely Baby Bump

3 weeks, 6 days

9 weeks

10 weeks, 2 days

A Day to Day Murph

My days are spent forcing myself to put one foot in front of the other as if I were taking on "Murph". The most basic of tasks have become impossible to complete due to the relentless morning sickness I seem to be experiencing.

Up until this point I've managed to follow CrossFit Mom at least 3 to 4 times a week. Pre pregnancy, my daily goals used to consist of attempts for a PR or getting 2-3 wods in before the sun goes down.  Now, its a daily goal to get through just one wod, or even a warm up at this point. Kindel, my pregnant co-worker due 5 days after me, has been feeling great, craving meat, and aiming to do wods like Fight Gone Bad. I'm so jealous. I want to feel good and man do I want to eat clean. The BRAT diet suggested by my doctor is not doing it. Bananas, Rice, Apples and Toast, Ha! Paleo that Robb Wolf. I find it helps to kick off my mornings with a PBJ and a banana then move on to a breakfast bread of some sort, and another PBJ (all before 8am). Mind you, I wake up at 5am monday through friday. By the time I get to the office someone has brought me cookies. I swear people get a kick out of seeing me eat like crap. I will continue to pray that in the next 2-4 weeks I can go back to paleo and give my baby and my body the nourishment we both need!

Not only do I get to eat all the disgusting things I craved when I couldn't have them, I also get to cherry pick my workouts (when I feel like doing one).  Below is a list of a few that I've done.

3 rounds
20 push press #65
20 step ups
20 OHS #45 (I used #65 and it felt amazing!)


5 rounds
10 squats
10 muscle snatch (I subbed #45 and upped it to #65 with a full power snatch...again, AMAZING!)
10 push ups

A Dot Com Wod
Pull ups (I butterflied until my hands bled then went to a kip)
Sit ups 
100ft Lunges
My PR on this is 9:05ish - But pregnant and needing air it took me almost 20 minutes to complete. 

If you know me, then you've seen my obsession with nutrition and training. The pregnant person writing this blog is not the Nikki Isbell you've come to know. Just ask her husband ;) Love you Honey!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Badge of Honor

Ripped hands and hard calluses are a badge of honor to all us die hard Crossfitters.  I'm on my second week of CrossFit Mom WODs. Even with huge modifications on my wods and intensity level that grandma could handle I'm still rocking my calluses.

And the icing on the cake...I'm doing butterfly pull ups now. Tried and true, butterflies take minutes off wods. In this sport every second counts, so improving my butterflies will be well worth it in 2011.

Today's WOD:
250m row
20 squats
250m row
20 push ups
250m row
20 pull ups
250m row
20 knees to elbows

We've been to the doctor and have seen our little Bumper's heart beat (warm fuzzies felt by every member of the family).  The morning sickness seems to last all day, but kicks in the worst around dinner time. I've lost some weight, but nothing alarming just yet. Paleo is out the window and it breaks my heart, but meat and veggies gross me out! I wish it was cookies that gave me the urge to purge.

Today my wod seemed to alleviate the morning sickness, but I had fried pickles for lunch. That might hurt later today.