kelly sucks

I had to do Kelly, a CrossFit benchmark workout, for the gym’s healthy eating challenge. I’ve been putting it off because, well, look at it:

5 rounds for time:

  • 400 m run
  • 30 box jumps 
  • 30 wall balls

Finished in 31:01 with step-ups and and a 12# ball (because 150 wall balls = no joke).

The running, surprisingly, was the worst part. The wall balls were definitely rough, but I wore old sneakers and my feet cramped up every 20 seconds on the run. Ouch.

I almost want to redo this in a month or so. I just want to finish under 30 minutes.

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Finally! After weeks of waiting. 700 Followers!!

Okay, down to business.

You see the picture here? ‘Course you do. The reason I made this is because I have good news. My computer-techno wiz father FINALLY decided to help speed my PC. So now, I’m running the internet and playing games better and faster, plus got shit-loads of room in it. So, with that said and some thought into this, I am happy to say that your two favorite Canterlot pony guards are going to be having a blog together.

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I accomplished two CrossFit-related feats today:

  1. benchmark Fran.
  2. regularly trying new sports

First off, I slept in until nine, which was a thing of beauty, and opted for working out after my classes were over and fall break had officially begun. So that meant the fancy gym with platforms was closed, which stunk because I was unable to log any olympic lifting hours for my coach- but it was nice because the one that was open was very much empty. And it gave me the extra time to go try pole dancing with fellow Risley-ites! They all applauded my stamina, my booty shorts, consistent success in the handstand approach, legless climbs, etc. and wanted to make me an advisor for strength gains, which was a super awesome compliment, considering they’re all monkeys with killer grip. I can’t promise I’ll go back next week having picked anything up, but I have a lot of respect for the art they do, and really enjoyed it, so I’ll probably return. We all got dinner afterwards and they did not judge my plates of food, so mission accomplished on that front. Scandalous pictures of me and the pole coming later. For now, enjoy one of my pole-hickeyed legs.

Also had a date… with FRAN. 

21-15-9 (5:50)

  • Thrusters (65 lb)
  • Pull-Ups

Considering the last time I attempted this was one year ago, at 14:50, and I beat the average time on WODHub, I’m very, very happy. Cut my last attempt in half, and managed to be at least a standard deviation above the mean? In the statistical/nerdy-mindset, I’m thrilled, too. There were things that could have gone better and I would have saved a few seconds- like having access to chalk, or a non-sweaty, non-V-shaped pull-up bar, not resting for as much as I did between the two movements- but I was aware I did my best, especially going unbroken on the thrusters. Especially when about thirty seconds after stopping I felt like my heart was on fire, and I was going to hydrate the entire quad from hacking so much. The beauty and simplicity and the terrors benchmark workouts can bring- gotta love ‘em!

Benchmark ‘Helen’
400m run
21 kb swings (24/16)
12 pull ups

11:58 Rx!! I don’t even know if that’s a good time, but according to our ‘top 3’ boards at the box, that puts me at number 2 😀 of course we’ll have to wait till the other members do it later today.

I went unbroken on all 3 rnds of kb swings. So I really have no excuse to start using that 20kg kb! Argh! Didn’t manage to go unbroken on the pull ups though. And the running sucked arse, hammies and calves are pretty sore from yesterday.

some facts
  • Thrusters are so stupid.
  • The stupid part is resting between reps doesn’t really even help.
  • Pull-ups are hard when your hands are sweaty.
  • I need to make ranch dip and deviled egg filling.
  • Tomorrow I’m making gingerbread, and it’s going to be so hard not to eat it all before lunch.


400 m row; 2 rounds: 1 minute plank, 10 supermans, 10 spiderman push-ups


5 sets of 3 Turkish get-ups on each leg, building as heavy as possible

I got up to 26 pounds. 



  • 1000 m row
  • 50 thrusters (45/35)
  • 30 pull-ups (used a blue and a red band, more than I usually do but whatever)

Finished in 10:26. I was aiming for 10 minutes, but you can’t win ‘em all.


BENCHMARK - An Exhibition of Contemporary Jewellery Design

To celebrate Jewellery Week 2013 and showcase incredible work made by UK designers today, Craft Central presents Benchmark, a selling exhibition of contemporary jewellery design, 10-15 June 2013.

Benchmark will showcase wearable artworks by Andrea Kamasova, Day C, De Anna Kiernan, Farrah Al-Dujaili, Heather McDermott, Jane Gowans, Julia Parry-Jones, Karen Fox, Lauren Taylor, Lynne Maclachlan, Naomi Mcintosh, Neil Marlow, Rhiannon Palmer, Sarah Herriot, Sophie Stamp and Vicky Saragouda and photography by Juliet Sheath.

Jewellery shown here by Day C, Neil Marlow and De Anna Kiernan. More photos coming soon.

All images copyright Craft Central 2013


WOD ~ 9.7.2013

Whole Life Challenge Benchmark
500m row
40 squats
30 sit-ups
20 push ups
10 pull ups


Then oyster fest with great friends @Asbury Park! Then we walked the boardwalk!

Carry on…


Th- thank you all!

This blog is a monument to my Evangelion Madness, and what I appreciate most about its followers is that they— you guys —actually want to get crazy with me as we inspect one of the greatest visual/narrative contributions to any screen, and through the irrepressible beauty of the animated medium.

I didn’t call it ‘The Evangelion Complex’ for nothing; it’s a way of thinking, a state of mind, and a pleasure to share.


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hell week: elizabeth

For reference: Elizabeth, in her original form

21-15-9 for time:

  • Clean (135)
  • Ring dips 

"Evil Elizabeth"

3 min AMRAP:

  • 10 Power Cleans (155/110)
  • 10 Ring dips

2 minute rest

9 min AMRAP:

  • 10 Power Cleans (155/110)
  • 10 Ring Dips
  • 400 Meter run

2 minute rest 

3 min AMRAP:

  • 10 Power Cleans (155/110)
  • 10 Ring dips

 I used 45# and subbed close-grip push-ups for ring dips. I sold myself short on the weight. I should have used 55, judging by how much everyone struggled in the later rounds and how I could still get through 10 power cleans unbroken. Oops.

Total rounds: 8 (+12 reps)

Before that:

Warm up

3 sets of: 10 forward/backwards duck walks, 5 inch worms, 10 box jumps

Stretches, jumping and landing drills, barbell progressions


Hang power cleans

3 EMOM For 7 minutes (55#)