Friday, July 31, 2015

Our Honeymoon Recap Part 5: Monkeys, Massages, and a Sunset Cruise

Our first full day at Aqua Wellness Resort started with monkeys!  We woke up hearing them coming down through the trees and ran outside with our camera.

I can't remember if we ran into them at the bar the night before or on the beach that morning, but the couple we met on the very first day of our trip at Laguna de Apoyo was staying at our resort!  They actually spotted us on Ometepe too, but I was completely oblivious at the time.  After we were done hanging out with the monkeys we headed down to the restaurant and ended up eating with Andrea and Glen.  The bfast turned out to be the best food at the resort complete with an omelet station, rice and beans, fresh fruit, and all the bacon I could stuff in my face.

I probably should've gone a little lighter on the bacon, because immediately after we went to do some yoga overlooking the ocean.  The views from the platform were beautiful.  It was a little hard to hear the instructor over the sounds of the surf, but who could complain?  It was Dave's first time doing yoga and he made it through almost the entire class (which was longer than the two other newbie dudes in the class).

After yoga, we hung out a little on the beach before heading to our couples massage.  It started with 30 minutes of an exfoliating scrub, then we showered, and the last hour was an amazing massage with oils that we had picked beforehand.  It was a wonderful experience!  We left with fresh juice and a fruit platter that we enjoyed on our little deck area.

Then we spent some more time on the beach.

And in the late afternoon, we boarded our sunset cruise!

Everything was kind of barren since it was almost the end of their dry season, but it was still so beautiful!  We had to laugh since there was a cooler on the boat with only 4 or 5 beers that we crushed in the first hour of the two hour ride and then asked where's the rest?  On our way back towards the resort, I got to use the only Spanish I remembered from many sessions of Spanish Behind the Wheel to ask if we could swim... since those beers went right through me ;)

Here's what our resort looked like from the water.

We went upstairs to freshen up and caught more amazing views.

Our night continued with a mediocre dinner at the beach bar.  The food at the resort just wasn't great.  While we were eating, we met a couple who told us about this amazing resort down the street that we just had to have dinner at.  The final piece of our romance package (which included the couples massage and sunset cruise) was a candlelit dinner on the beach that we had scheduled for our last evening at the resort, but they insisted we skip it and make reservations at Mukul's.  We thought about it for a little while and decided to do it!

Our evening ended with some dance lessons on the beach with our favorite bartender, who was trying to teach all the men to move their hips, and a bonfire.

To be continued...

Monday, July 27, 2015

Weekly Workouts - Planks & Modified WODs

Lots of planks and modifications this week... trying to do good things for my back!

S - Some walking in Philly but mostly rest.

M - Living room yoga

T - CrossFit 
  • WOD: 4 minute AMRAP x 3
    • 4 Power Snatches (115/75)
    • 8 Overhead Squats
    • 12 Box Jumps (24/20)
    • (2:00 rest between AMRAPs)
    I used 65# and finished 7 rounds + 5 reps!  I probably should've Rxed since I got more reps than everyone else in the class, but sometimes you just need a nice confidence boosting workout.  I also think I like overhead squats more than most people and I was killing it on my box jumps! 
W - 1.88 mi with Butler and some planks in the park

Th - CrossFit + 2 miles with Butler
  • WOD: 5 rounds
    • 15 Toes to Bar
    • 20 Calorie Row
    • 25 Wallballs (14/20)
    • (20 minute cap)
    My back sucks, so I modified the toes to bar to just hanging knee raises and I used a 10 lbs medicine ball and did a quarter squat for my wallballs.  I was at 22 wallballs in my last round when the clock ran out, so I just finished anyway.  I officially called to make an appointment with the physical therapist everyone at my gym recommends and I found out I actually need a prescription for PT.  I missed the memo on that one.  I guess she used to do consultations without an Rx, but not anymore.  So I made an appointment with my doctor for August 4th, which is probably good since I don't remember when I had my last physical.  Hopefully my doc doesn't deny my Rx request and tell me to stop CrossFitting... otherwise I might be looking for a new doctor.  We'll see.
F - CrossFit
  • Strength: Clean + Squat Clean, 8 sets - I skipped the squat cleans because they didn't feel great.  I wore the belt and got up to 120 lbs (15 under my max) before I decided I probably shouldn't be lifting this heavy and dropped some weight off my bar for my last couple of sets.
  • WOD:
    • 100 Kettlebell Swings (70/53)
    • 200 m Run every time you take a break
    • (10 minute cap)
    Another modified workout since KB swings are not a back friendly activity.  I switched between planks and push ups with the 200 m run every time I took a break.  I ended up doing a plank (run) 20 push ups (run) plank (run) 20 push ups (run) and then 1 minute 30 seconds of planking to finish. 

S - Rest

And most of my friends have seen this already, but I couldn't not share it here too!


Hope your Monday was quick and painless!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Weekly Workouts

Let's talk workouts!

S - 1.25 mi walk with Butler

M - CrossFit
  • Strength: Back Squat - Build to a heavy single in 8 sets or less.  I PRed at 185#!  That is 15 lbs above my last max!  I wore a belt and it really helped support my back.  After your heavy single max, then max reps at 75% with no excessive pauses.  I got 12 reps, which was a lot!  I think I still have room to grow with my max.
  • WOD: 7 minute AMRAP
    • Ascending ladder 3, 6, 9, 12...
    • Shoulders to Overhead (95/65)
    • Box Jumps (24/20)
    • I finished 15 + 21(?).  My right wrist starting hurting through this workout.  I was really hoping it wasn't a real injury.  I iced it when I got home and it felt fine when I woke up.
T -  CrossFit Barbell Club
  • 6 x 2 - Split Jerk, reset front foot then Split Jerk again, got up to 90#
  • 5 x 2 - Hang Clean and Jerk, finished at 95#
  • No wrist pain through all these jerks, yay.
W - CrossFit
  • WOD:  Running Clock
    • Minutes 0-6:  1 rep max Snatch - 95# I matched my previous PR!  I tried to hit 100, but it just wasn't happening.
    • Minutes 6-14: AMRAP - I finished 1 round + 55 reps
      • 30 Double Unders (I did 90 singles because dubs just weren't happening)
      • 15 Chest to Bar Pull Ups (I did regular pull ups)
      • 30 Double Unders (90 Singles)
      • 15 Toes to Bar
    • Minutes 14-20: 1 rep max Snatch - I had really low expectations for these snatches.  I thought I'd be tired and I wouldn't be able to put up as much as before, but when I started I felt great.  My body hurt so much at the beginning of class, I think the AMRAP really loosened me up.  I got to 95 and it was easier than the first round.  I put a 1 pound weight on each side and PRed at 97 lbs!  I tried 100 lbs one last time before the 20 minutes were up, but it was a no-go.  100 lbs snatch, I am coming for you!
  • After Party: 
    • Every 2 minutes for 6 minutes (3 sets)
    • 16 Overhead Lunges
    • I used 65# and boy did these feel heavy!
Th - 1 mi walk with Butler

F - CrossFit
  • Strength: Sumo Deadlift - Build to a heavy 2 rep touch and go in 8 sets or less.  Ugh... this was the first time I've tried these and my back started hurting as soon I put any weight on my bar.
  • WOD:  5 Rounds for Time
    • 15 Calorie Row
    • 5 Hang Power Cleans (135/95)
    • 5 Thrusters
    • (15 minute cap)
    • I finished in 11:42 with 65#.  The cleans did not feel good for my back, which sucks because they usually feel fine.  My back didn't really hurt on Wednesday.  I do remember doing a heavy snatch with some pretty crappy form, but I went to the chiropractor on Wednesday night and felt good.  I don't know if it was just the heavy week in general or the few sumo deadlifts I did, but this was the worst my back has felt in a while.  Honestly, I was grumpy pretty much the entire class.   I was so frustrated with my body.  On top of that, I had a blast at our extended happy hour the night before, but in the morning the food wasn't sitting right in my belly and I may have been mad at a certain someone who decided to stay in bed.
S - 2.15 mi walk with Butler + a ton of walking around the city + dancing

And as always, I really wish I took more pictures of our weekend.  We hung out on our friends' roof deck with the most amazing views.  We sweated our butts off and saw two Phillies wins!  We went dancing and ate delicious cheesesteaks.  It was a good one!


And then we did a lot of this...

What was the highlight of your weekend?

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