CF log 04/08/17 (Fri) + happy friday!

Strength/skill

5 x 5 front squats [55.8kg, 60.8kg, 3x 64.9kg]

Power snatch –
3 x 2 [37.7kg, 42.7kg, 46.8kg]
3 x 1 [51.8kg]

4 x 3 snatch high pull from ground [3x 55.8kg, 60.8kg]

WOD

3 rounds –
10 front squats (clean from ground) [(135#)]
20 C2B
50 DUs

The front squats were DAMN BAD. First round was manageable… struggling a bit already. Second round was really a push and I totally felt like I was pushing myself damn hard to complete 10 reps at a go. And the 3rd round I just gave up and did 5-5 hahaha. Front squats killed me T_T If not I’d think the rest is quite manageable…? Thankfully only 3 rounds.


Anyway, feeling very happy this Friday haha! Cos I’ve completed the minutes for my weekly big meeting yesterday, hence freeing up my Friday :D The meeting’s usually on Fridays and it’ll be a mad rush to get the minutes out on the day itself.

Plus!!! Finally had the one to one session with my boss to talk about my current work. I’m quite happy that I managed to air all my grievances LOL. The whole “feedback” session was really just me complaining in a nicer manner :P He sorta explained why some things are the way they are too… but I just took them all with a pinch of salt cos I still feel like he’s not 100% trustworthy lol.

 

CF log 02/08/17 (Wed)

Not sure why it’s cleans day again, but not complaining! :P

Strength/skill

5 x 4 push press [35kg to 49.1kg]
5 x 4 push jerk [49.1kg to 58.1kg]

5 x 3 power clean [44.1kg to 58.1kg]
4 x 3 clean high pull from ground [58.1kg]

WOD

10 rounds –
4 C2B
8 DB snatches (4L,4R) [(22.5kg)]
10 wall balls

I liked the fact that we didn’t have to do alternating hand for the DB snatches. I can do it faster with multiple reps on the same hand because, momentum hahaha. I needa figure out how to string my C2Bs :/ Always losing the momentum once I come down. C2Bs actually felt ok today cos I could get my chest to touch the bar with less effort than usual! :)

Finished slightly after 8am today but quite happy managed to finish all 10 rounds!

CF log 01/08/17 (Tue)

IT’S AUGUST. Where has all the time gone…

July was a really good month compared to June though :D

Starting the month with some cleans! Fav movement hehe.

Strength/skill

3 sets – 2 squat clean + 1 jerk [46.8kg, 51.8kg, 55.8kg]
3 sets – 1 squat clean + 1 jerk [60.8kg]

5 x 5 front squat [2x 60.4kg, 3x 65.4kg]

Somehow felt damn long since I last did front squats so the weight was kind of a struggle hahaha.

WOD

“Diane”
21-15-9
Deadlift [(155#)]
HSPU

Gave Anny bday present of Whittakers chocs today! :D

7 months on the job

I don’t know what’s wrong with me that I always end up in the wrong place in life. Once again I feel like my job’s not suited for me. Since grad, I’ve just not felt like I fit anywhere :( Perhaps I’m too idealistic, or too picky, or simply just not trying hard enough.

1.5 years in my first job, 6 months (or slightly less) in a PhD course before dropping out, and now 7 months into my ‘new’ job… I already feel like giving up.

At 26, I have not figured out my path in life; or found my place in this world. It seems like everyone can well survive without me.

In my current job, I was told that I’d be working with data. Even if not quantitative, qualitative. I had no experience in the latter (still don’t), but I said I’d try. I thought I’d have a role similar to my first job, but just more qualitative in nature; still dealing with large amounts of data, cleaning data, analysing data. Plus, my job title had the words “Analytics” and “Programming” in it. Sounds so”data-ish” right?!

But how wrong I was.

I ended up in a communications department. Due to historical reasons, the (newly formed) team I’m currently in was placed under this dept. Which is really quite ridiculous considering that we are supposedly doing behavioural insights (BI) work – something I learnt only¬†after I landed the job. Somehow this point wasn’t brought up in the interview.

I was fine for say, the first 3 months? Because everything felt quite similar to schooling days in terms of the lit review we had to do to gather BI to help improve programming (yes, I finally got what the ‘programming’ referred to; nothing about IT). So I was like “oh cool, it’s diff from what I expected, but at least I get to use my school knowledge and skills more!”; since BI also has some elements of psychology (e.g. understanding people’s behaviour to nudge them toward certain actions).

But soon enough things started to get fluffy. Research was not as controlled as in the school environment. There was no library so the only articles we had access to were the free ones on google scholar. Many of our recommendations to improve programs were based off our own experiences/ from the top of our minds with tenuous links to literature; even though my direct supervisor emphasizes the need for our ideas to be “evidence-based”. So I’m not actually comfortable with the amount of fluff our work entails -.-

Recently, I feel that my supervisor is biased against me too haha. Like many new projects are being passed on to my colleague instead of me (some of which I feel that I can do it, and I’m a more suited candidate given my background?!). I understand that my colleague is generally a well-liked person, but still, as a supervisor can’t you put in some effort to show impartiality? Cos the biased treatment is really getting quite obvious. But I guess he is human after all.

I could rant so much, but given this public platform it might not be safe to say more :P

Anyway I’m finally meeting my supervisor one-on-one this week. He actually requested this to the whole team; that we take turns to meet him. Because appraisal’s coming up so he wanted to check in on our work/progress etc. Just as well, I could use this to clarify some stuff and voice my thoughts haha. Especially more now because there’s prolly gonna be a slight change in direction for our team and after he spoke to us about it, I don’t see where I can contribute; and even if I do, it will not be what I set out to do in this job, which was data work. So… we’ll see how it goes.

CF log 31/07/17 (Mon)

Happy birthday partner!!! :D :D :D (who chaokeng-ed on her birthday when the whole #chaokeng crew was around hahah)

Strength/skill

5 x 5 back squats [55kg to 78.1kg]

5 x 2 squat snatch [35kg to 49.1kg, 53.1kg] – missed last rep of 53.1kg
4 x 3 snatch high pull from ground [2x 53.kg, 2x 58.1kg]

WOD

50 pistols [25L,25R]
10 hang power cleans [(135#)]
14 pull-ups + 14 ring dips (rx: 7 MUs)
50 GHD

Very heavy cleans today!! >< But quite happy I managed to string 2s and 3s :D Finished too fast, then coach saw Calvin doing a second round of cleans and made me and another guy who finished do it too :P Still finished before 8am haha!

CF log 28/07/17 (Fri)

Strength/skill

5 x 3
Push press [37.7kg to 51.8kg]
Push jerks [46.8kg to 60.8kg]
Power clean [46.8kg to 55.8kg]
Clean high pull from ground [3x 55.8kg, 2x 60.8kg]

Since the rep scheme is the same for all the movements today, just lumped them altogether in the recording haha.

WOD

10 to 1 power cleans [(105#)]
30 DUs after each round

Thought I did not bad cos managed to string DUs yay! Anny still trying to let her collarbone wound heal so she did power snatches at 95# and finished slightly earlier than me! I thought it was quite fast since snatches should be harder than cleans, but yet we finished almost together :O

CF log 26/07/17 (Wed)

On one hand, I’m “yayy midweek!!” and on the other it’s like “omg only wednesday” haha. But either way, one day closer to Friday and the weekends!!! I’m still not in work mood after being out of office for so many days T_T

Strength/skill

0:00-5:00 EMOM 4 squat snatch [37.7kg]
5:00-10:00 EMOM 6 squat C&J [37.7kg]

I did 6 the first min of C&Js then 4 the next and 5 for the rest… so average only 5 each time lol. This felt so bad.

WOD

2 sets –
3 rounds Ben Burgeon beep test
35-cal bike
*beep test = 7 DB thrusters [(15kg)], 7 C2B, 7 burpee box jumps

This felt bad too.. It was C2B but I think I cheated and did some pull-ups in between >< There was sposed to be another 3 rounds of beep test after this but really no one could finish by 8am so those last 3 rounds were removed haha. S H A G.

CF log 25/07/17 (Tue)

Yayyy birthday!!! I wanna tell myself that I don’t make birthdays such a big deal, but in actual fact, I do. I just think remembering someone’s birthday kinda reflects the extent to which you care about someone. Cos… it seems like something so small, but if someone actually bothered to take note and remember.. then wish you on that day, it just feels nice and makes you feel important haha. So I must admit that I will get a bit disappointed if people whom I thought cared didn’t wish me… But I’m happy to say that this year, the people that mattered remembered so yay :) <3

I kept it low-key at wod today though. Didn’t say anything about it HAHA.

Strength/skill

5 x 5 back squats [60.4kg to 78.5kg]

7 x 2 squat snatch [37.7kg to 51.8kg]
4 x 3 snatch high pull from ground [2x 55.8kg, 2x 60.8kg]

WOD

2 rounds –
30 GHD
15 power snatch [(65#)]
5 MUs [banded]
15 power snatch [(65#)]
5 MUs [banded]
30 back extension

Sposed to be 3 rounds, but with 25-30min it was not really possible haha. So reduced to 2! But still really tiring. It was actually more tiring than I thought it would be :P

 

CF log 24/07/17 (Mon)

Back to the wod then chiong to work routine D: Ugh work.

Those who didn’t go for class yesterday did that partner wod, while others who went (like myself) did something else:

Strength/skill

7:00 EMOM 3 power clean + 3 front squat + 3 push jerk [3x 37.7kg, 4x 42.7kg]

WOD

10 to 1 squat cleans [(105#)]
1 rope climb after each round

Borrowed one side of Whitney’s long socks for the climbs. Socks just don’t cut it, but it’s better than nothing. Still can feel the burn (and pain) through the sock, but at least no visible rope burns. I think most of us finished quite fast. Definitely a less shag and much shorter wod than yesterday! Had about at least 10min to spare after I was done :)

CF log 23/07/17 (Sun)

In pairs,
100 jerks [(105#)] – other partner plank hold
100 front squats – other partner GHD hold
100 KB swings [(24kg)] – other partner deadlift hold
100 power cleans – other partner ring hold

Partnered Anny as usual hehe. Think we took about 45min to complete and we were one of the last D: But it’s ok, it was fun! :D

Played with Keith’s golden retriever (Rusty) after wod! And kept taking pics hahaha. Super big and cuteeee ^^ Very playful too; reminded me of my own dog :P