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Aftermath of Angie 

On New Year's Eve, I was convinced to go off program and do Angie (100 pull-ups, 100 push-ups, 100 sit ups, 100 squats) with a group of friends at the gym.  It wasn't a hard sell.  I like the benchmarks, and particularly Angie because it was one of the first WODs that I could do Rx'ed.  

We toyed with idea of using weight vests.  I'm so glad we didn't.

The pull-ups started off fine, but fell off really fast.  Later, I realized that because of my should injury in the fall and then my squat program, I hadn't really done pull-ups in months.   The good news - I got through them.  The bad news - it was slow, and I don't know that my chin made it over the bar for the last 10 or so.  My right hand ripped at 92.  I forgot how much that hurts. 

The push-ups were a bit slower than usual, but not bad.  I got through the situps unbroken, and the airsquats quickly, but there was no making up for the pull-ups (and the pit stop to wash out the rip mid-WOD).  I finished in a sad 37:13.

And nearly a week later, I am insanely sore.  As in, can't snatch, can't jerk sore.  Ugh!

If I stick with my squat program all the way through, I'll finish up right around the start of the Open.  I've gotten a lot stronger over the past two months, but Angie was a wakeup call.  My gains have come at a cost, and I need to figure out what I want to prioritize for the first part of this year.  

The program is working well for me from a strength standpoint.  I comfortably squat triples at weights that were 1 rep maxes for me just two months ago.  That's huge.  Also, I like being on a program, and I like the idea of seeing it through to the end.

But I know that when the Open rolls around, I'll want to be able to perform at my best.  And I'm supposed to be running the NYC Half Marathon in March, too.  I can just wing it, but if I want a PR, I should train.

I haven't made up my mind - but I'm leaning towards winding down the program towards the end of this month, and re-focusing on what I've been neglecting.

I'll keep you posted.

-Gym Belle-


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