Novel Progress – 10/21/2013

This past week was a great one for me. Writing-wise it may not look like much on paper, but I finished Chapter Eight more than twenty-four hours ahead of schedule. Because of that I was able to get a jump start on Chapter Nine, which was great! I’m at this really wonderful point in the story where I love what’s happening and everything is coming to me so clearly and easily. That’s the best when writing a rough draft. It’s obviously still going to require major revisions, but to at least get that rough done is such a joy.

Anyway, here’s the breakdown:

10/14/2013 -397
10/15/2013 – 1803
10/16/2013 – 654
10/17/2013 – 2167
10/18/2013 – 1253

Characters created – 3 minor
Characters killed – 0

In other exciting news, the weekend was exceedingly busy and fun. Friday night I saw Nine Inch Nails at the Verizon Center with my sister and two of my guy friends. Saturday was the Barbells for Boobs CrossFit event, to raise money to provide free mammograms to women who can’t afford them. Our gym raised $2,800, which was almost twice our goal. The workout we did was “Grace”, which is 30 Clean and Jerks. I did 65 lbs and finished in 4:51, which was hard, but I’m glad that I did it. It was my first benchmark workout, and it definitely shows that I am getting stronger which is, after all, the point of this whole thing.

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CrossFit Progress – October, 2013

I have mentioned before that when I’m not working my day job or writing that I like to engage in all sorts of other activities, and one of those happens to be CrossFit. Now, I haven’t been doing it for very long – just over a month – and at this point I’m still not very strong. But this week was 1RM week and boy did I see some improvements!

My 1 Rep Maxes came out as follows:

Back Squat – 123 lbs (up from 113 lbs)
Bench Press – 88 lbs (up from 75 lbs)
Dead Lift – 133 lbs (no previous 1RM)
Shoulder Press – 68 lbs (up from 55 lbs)

Is it bad that my Back Squat is almost the same as my Dead Lift? This is directly the result of spending years of doing nothing but sitting on a stationary bike and developing exactly zero other parts of my body other than my legs. Despite my Dead Lift being the highest of my numbers, it really should be higher, but my lower back is likely the weakest part of my body right now.

This month I didn’t get around to finding new Clean & Jerk or Snatch 1RMs, but it’s hard to do six days of CrossFit per week. ¬†Especially considering that for the last couple of weeks I’ve been doing cardio in the morning as well as CrossFit at night. The result has been that I have been completely exhausted by the end of the week, and it has been killing my writing time. So, I think I’m going to take a week off from cardio and see how I do with just CrossFit. Hopefully both my body and my writing progress will thank me.