Sunday, April 6, 2014

see kat run !

we got our kevin ogar shirts the other day!  wahoo!  looking good!


i actually managed to get out on the trail somewhat early on saturday - well, earlier than usual!  started at humber station and got almost through glen haffy.


kool cedar patterns on the snow through k2 ...


not the birthday tree, but just as impressive!


oh ya!  rocking it for 3 hours and feeling good!


yup!


after another barbaric workout of burpees and thrusters at sunday mass, we headed out for breakfast.  policeman dave did the 'just show up after class' thing this week!  and rannnnnnnnnnnn-dy was well behaved!


and LOOK who i got out on the trail!  yup!  badkat!  after a rather amusing conversation ...


tree hugger!


i think she's having fun!


climbing hills!


we even ran into sherry and buffett!  it's above zero so he ventured outside!


 what a great run - almost an hour and she didn't get her shoes muddy!


awesome weekend - i'm beat!  and i leave you with this ...


thanks tone!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

14.5 and the polka dot tire ...


let's make the final workout of the crossfit games open one that will cause everybody to want to throw up at the end, if not sooner.


let's include my two LEAST favorite things - thrusters and burpees ...


and not just burpees either - bar facing burpees. so once you've done your thrusters, you then have to face the bar, do a burpee and jump OVER the fucking bar ...


and you have to do 84 of EACH ...


with no time cap - so it's just go as fast as you can and finish.

seriously dirty workout.  i was absolutely dreading it, so when i went in on friday, i just thought to do it and get it out of the way.  it never felt easy but with kathy pushing, i managed to finish in 17:44 - done and done!  no redo on this one!
  

my final standings in this year's open in the women's 50-54 age category - 11th in canada east and 101 worldwide.   my awesome friend kathy finished 5th in canada east - not bad for someone who was all messed up less than 6 months ago!    

haaa!  check out gerrrrrrrrr-ry!  he got his 'upsidedowns' working finally!


and with the open out of the way, i can now focus on fatdog training!   i went into albion on saturday and put in almost 3 hours.  stoopid sign ...



creeks are starting to move!


definitely shorts weather ...


ran into these two guys!  love the pylon colored bandannas!


breakfast club after sunday mass with father jimmy!


and then sunday afternoon i went for a hike up the palgrave sidetrail.


absolute beauty of a day!


sigh ...


shot by the birthday tree - i took the dions but i didn't need them!


and i finally got to do some kool training this week!  coach D asked me if i'd be up for dragging a tire around behind me while running.  fuck yes!  so i went to my mechanic mike and scrounged an old tire.  but of course with the tire comes a set of rules.  you have to paint the tire, name the tire and talk to the tire as you pull it down the trail.  so then i went to the hardware store and got some rope, a bungee cord and some bright pink paint.  my buddy gerrrrrrrr-ry had given me some white paint earlier on so i was all set!  initially i had thought to do it in rainbow colors, but that would mean lots of paint and too much patience.  then i thought to do it pink, but that's kinda boring.  THEN i had a brilliant idea - why not get all symbollic - paint it white, with pink polka dots - this would represent the 'king of the mountains' jersey worn by the best climbers in the tour de france!  after all, i am in training for a mountain run!  and initally i was going to call the tire larry, but i couldn't think of any tour riders named larry.  i texted moose and he suggested a couple guys i'd never heard of.  he then suggested jan ullrich, but it didn't look like a jan.  finally he offered up 'eddy merckx' - hmmm - okay - i like it - eddy it is!  i was just chomping to try eddy out on wednesday - the inaugural tire drag run - and when i finally got into albion just before 11 i was pumped!  i carefully put all the pieces together and hauled eddy out of the little red mazda (yes, my car smells like spray paint).


with my afrobrutality '1000 burpee' shirt on for good measure, i started down the trail!  i had a blast!!!!!    i can't WAIT to do more of this!!!


i love that i've decided to do fatdog.  my running has a purpose and it's really fired me up!    "life is good" baby!


Monday, March 24, 2014

14.4 and just short of everest ...

for gawd sakes, my buddy syn HAS to stop making these amazing shirts!  my whole visa bill consists of purchases from afrobrutality sports ...


i met keith (coach panda) at my level one course a month ago and just had to get this!


friday was 14.4 - a 14:00 AMRAP chipper that involved rowing for 60 calories, 50 toes to bar, 40 wallballs, 30 power cleans and 20 muscle ups.  i was happy to get through the toes to bar - my forearms were fried!!  i also managed to get through the wallballs, despite getting no repped at least 8 times for not hitting the wall or not getting it high enough.  and then i busted thru 13 power cleans for a total score of 163.  i was happy with that, but prolly could have done better if i'd broken up the toes to bar.  oh well!


saturday i went into palgrave for a sweeet 90 minute stomp!  and yes, we'd had MORE fucking snow, but it was pretty regardless ...


sun peaked out right at the end ...


kool sky ...


i didn't really feel like training on sunday, but i couldn't justify just showing up and going for breakfast 2 weeks in a row.  so i went and threw a bit of weight around, did some handstand push-ups, and a few squats, and figured i was good!  we even dragged our favorite little asian out - raaaaaaaaaaaaaandy !  hay, wait a minute, now that i think of it, kathy just showed up for breakfast ...


and THIS is the reason jason p looks so tired - her name is erica and she's the first little addition to the puopolo family!  congrats to him and adele - she's beautiful!


after breakfast i did a shortie in palgrave.  little chilly but it was gorgeous!


well, i've gone and done it again - the emails went like this the other day between me and derrick ...

me:   "um, okay, so here's what i did ...  don't start yelling ...  i put myself on the waitlist for fatdog 100(120) but gave them the option of bumping me down to 70 ...
argh!  i HAD to commit to something and this kept coming to me."
 
 D:   "...Hahaha….what took you so long??"  Just got your other email that you were almost ready to commit to a 70, and then…..BAM! 120 baby!  Only 5th on the waiting list. You’ll get into the 120 for sure."

me:  "whadoyya mean i'm only 5th on the waiting list???? where the fuck did you see that ???!!! fuck !!!!"
 
D:  "You’re in for sure!"

me:  "krap! you're lovin this, aren't you ???"

D:  "teehee……..yerp!"

me:  "you're lucky you live way over there, else i'd come and throw tires at your house"

D:   "Haha…truth is, I think you’re loving this too and is exactly what you need right now! You’ll be amazing!"
 
me:  "you know what, i've been sitting on the fence for awhile. i think i needed this. i need a purpose ...   thank you for your patience. now let the games begin ...
fek!"
 
 
so ya, come august, i'm hoping to be ready to try and run 120 miles through the mountains of british columbia!  and naturally i had to try and get my super duper mountain friend leslie to pace me.   this conversation went as follows ...
 

and finally, me and policeman dave decided to redo 14.4 on monday - him wanting to get thru the power cleans, and me just wanting to pace myself better and maybe get a few more reps.  when the chalk had settled and i fell on the floor, i had bettered my score by 8 for a grand total of 171!  and dave, well holy krap, he managed to squeak out the dirtiest muscle up EVER!  no matter though, it counted and he got an impressive 181 !  outstanding!!  thanks to everyone who screamed at us and kept us going!!
 

kathy is crushing it again this year, even with her whining about being out of shape and 30 pounds overweight!  she came through with a very impressive score of 186 and currently stands 3rd in the women's 40-44 age category in eastern canada!  i thought this outfit was quite appropriate ...
 
 
 so one more workout and we're done.   and i can really focus on fatdog!  wahoo!!!  oh ya, does anybody have a tractor tire i can borrow ...
 

Monday, March 17, 2014

14.3 and king of the world (for 12 hours)

so i never should have said it could snow all it wanted in my last post, cuz we know what happened next.  a big dump of snow, insane winds, and a windchill of minus 30.  jeezuz!  it was back to the gawd damn dions for my run on thursday!


it was like i was starting all over again - making tracks and all ...


grrrrr !


i know, i know, make the best of it ...


a little out of sync, but the 'silver lining' of wednesday's nastiness was the most beautiful sunset - taken while running down the road from the palace just as the snow stopped ...


thursday they announced 14.3 for the open - finally - something i was good at!  deadlifts and box jumps or step-ups. it went like this ...

deadlifts started at 95lbs for 10 reps, and increased to 135lbs for 15, 155lbs for 20, 185lbs for 25, 205lbs for 30, with 15 box jumps or step-ups thrown in between each weight.   workout was an 8 minute AMRAP - so as many reps as possible in 8:00.  you had to record the time at the end of each set of box jumps in case of a tie breaker.  sara - who i want to be strong like when i grow up - went first!  she HATES deadlifts but managed a solid 6 reps at 185, for an overall total of 96!  outstanding!


my turn!  bring it on!  i chose step-ups - they go much faster and you don't get gassed!


the first few weights went really well - pretty much unbroken reps.  when i got to 185, i broke them into 5's, and then the 205's into singles.
 

i had done 70 reps by the time i got to 205, so it was getting hard!  haaaa!  check out the face!!


when the clock hit 8:00, i yelled a big yahoo!  i had done 8 reps at 205, for a grand total of 138!  i was shit-faced happy for sure!

awesome group shot!  everybody did amazing and even the lovely mrs. p and poopie pants made an appearance!

 

and in case nobody noticed, i was sporting my latest and koolest acquisition from afrobrutality sports - a syn martinez original honoring kevin ogar.


oh ya!


upon entering my score, i realized i was FIRST in the WORLD in the women 50-54 age category.  i immediately texted the mighty one and nagged him to confirm my score so it would show on the leaderboard.  it only lasted maybe 12 hours, but i wallowed in my moment of glory!


i was stiff as shit when i woke up saturday, but headed out onto the trails regardless.  i discovered the skate ski track in albion was great for running on - hard packed and hilly as krap!


cloudy but a nice temp ...


grass sighting !!!


little bit of open water ...


little bit more ...


and actually, once i got going, i felt great!  2+ hours went by in no time!


i did go into crossfit on sunday, but was just too stiff to do anything.  so i stretched a bit, counted reps for people, and then went for breakfast!  haaa!  when i got home, i dicked around for a couple hours, and then needing another run, i decided to give k2 and glenn haffy a try.  i hadn't been up there in ages, and i wasn't sure of trail conditions.  to my delight, they were pretty good.  especially thru glenn haffy.  someone had been thru in snowshoes and stomped down a nice solid path!


just LOOK at the color of that sky ...


seriously, how could i stay hateful of winter when it's so fekking pretty ...





making the best of it ...


happy st patrick's day !!