Wednesday, December 14, 2011

CrossFitting through the Holidays

3, 2, 1...SNOW!
It has come to my attention quite recently than DTM might be a little bit afraid of me. You see, around the holidays I become somewhat of a crazy person. This year I am a little more crazy because slightly more things are going on before the holidays. I also like to make Christmas treats. And they aren't Paleo treats either. I offer no apologies for this. I like baking and I like making sweets that my family likes and I am not Paleo-ing them up just so I feel less guilty about see how many of them I can shove in my face. I am not saying doing such things is bad, I just don't do it for the holidays.

Anyway, this past weekend I made some of the most exquisite treats known to man: the Buckeye. The Buckeye, also known as a peanut butter ball to those not in the know, is a creamy ball of peanut butter dipped in chocolate. Part of the peanut butter shows through at the very top of the confection, making it look like an actual buckeye. See, here is what I mean:

Poisonous tree nut.
Delicious candy confection.
Anyway, when making these delicacies, you roll the peanut butter mixture first, stick toothpicks in each ball, and then freeze them. I made a double batch because honestly, 3 dozen just aren't enough. I took one batch to my friend's house to make and left the other batch in the freezer on a cookie sheet. I MEANT to put the extras in the freezer in a tupperware container. But, as per usual, I forgot.

Enter DTM Monday night. I get home from the gym at around 9:30 and he meets me at the door. "Alison, I am so sorry," he says with a very dramatic look on his face. I had no idea what he was talking about, but immediately panicked as I thought something truly dreadful had happened. "What?!?!?! What happened?!?!?!" I shrieked.

"Come with me."

I followed him into the kitchen. There on our washer (yes, sometimes it doubles as a counter. And yes, it is in the kitchen) was the cookie sheet of Buckeye innards. "I opened the freezer and...and...they just exploded. EVERYWHERE!" I started laughing. I couldn't help it. He looked so anguished about dropping the peanut butter balls on the floor that all I could do was giggle, throw them away, and hug him. The Paleo god always has his revenge!

Upon recounting this story a couple days later, a friend remarked "Wow, he really is scared of you, isn't he?" I prefer to think he is just thoughtful. Or remorseful. He likes Buckeyes even more than I do.

In other news that has nothing to do with candy and everything to do with CrossFit, I PR-ed yesterday on Power Cleans. 135# I consider it a PR because I have no idea how much I could Power Clean.

I know this is going to make me sound like a typical CrossFitter that cares way too much about times and things, but I completely crushed this past Saturday's WOD. I have no idea where it came from.

Power Cleans (115/65) 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
Front Squats (115/65)   1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10

Then

Ground to Overhead (45/25) 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
Overhead Lunges (45/25)      1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10

As prescribed, I finished in 9:54. I took the approach of finishing 11 reps, putting down the bar and resting until I knew I could do the next 11 without stopping. Also, 65# Power Cleans and Front Squats are no longer heavy enough for me. Not bragging, just saying I need to up the weight. Noted.

Thirdly, I PR-ed on Annie again. You know, this one:

50-40-30-20-10
Double Unders
Sit Ups

8:15. Previous best was 10:09. I told you I would beat you when I finally found you double unders. Mwhahahaha!