Downtime: “The period of time when something, such as a factory or a piece of machinery, is not in operation, especially as the result of a malfunction.” (retrieved from, which is no Merriam-Webster, but I liked the definition)

This week has been crazy: crazy busy, crazy fun, crazy draining, crazy awesome. All sorts of crazy. However, it was also a time to revitalize and recharge, as well as to explore and find some peace.

I haven’t had the same amount of time for working out in the past few days, and I currently am jet-lagged and possibly getting sick (thus, tonight’s downtime is more the result of a “malfunction” than anything). What I did manage in terms of working out was fairly minimal since I last checked in here.

Thursday, Nov. 8th
CrossFit – WOD: Filthy Fifty

The Filthy Fifty consists of ten different exercises, all of which one must perform at fifty repetitions. Here’s the WOD with my modifications (or “mods,” if you will):

50 Box Jumps – 20-inch box, step-ups
50 Pull-ups – jumping pull-ups from the box
50 KB Swings – 12kg. KB
50 Walking Lunges/leg
50 Knees to elbows – no mods here, I’m just terrible at them
50 Push Presses – 35lb. barbell
50 Back Extensions
50 Wall Ball Shots – 10lb. medicine ball
50 Burpees
50 Double Unders – single unders x3

Overall time: 41 minutes, 40 seconds

The first time I encountered the Filthy Fifty was my second time testing out CrossFit. Back then, I did half of everything, so essentially, I did the Terrible Twenty-Five or something. The only other differences in this round were that I scaled the bar to 35lbs. and used step-ups instead of an 18″ jump onto a pile of weight plates; so, basically, I have gotten better. It’s not where I’d like to be, that’s for sure, but it’s progress.

Monday, Nov. 12th
Booty Barre: warm-up and work-out

Ah yes. The infamous Booty Barre workout DVD came out again while I was on vacation in New England. My friend and I bust out the DVD before our full breakfast, which was homemade banana and peanut butter (eggless) muffins. While the work-out was still not easy–I was dripping sweat and opted for just my sports bra and spandex shorts to try and cool off–I didn’t feel completely wrecked as I have before from the workout. I might have to suck it up and do the workout tomorrow morning, since I won’t be able to be in the gym until Friday.

Oh, and CrossFit HEL is doing Hero WODs (in honor of fallen veterans) all week, so Friday is going to hurt. A lot.

In terms of mental wellness, I took Saturday through Tuesday off from my standard life in Portland, OR, and flew all the way to the East Coast. I landed in Boston, MA around 4PM Eastern Time on Saturday and spent most of my time in New England. It was wonderful and quaint up there, and I could imagine hoping strongly for a stint in Portland, ME or New Hampshire in the future. We’ll see what cards I’m dealt.

Anyway, because I’m still jet-lagged, I’m incredibly sleepy, so if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to snooze.

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