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Last weekend, I attended a competitor camp hosted by Koda CrossFit Iron View in Lafayette, Colorado.
It exceeded my expectations. We did a lot of testing to discover our strengths and our weaknesses, got a lot of great information on competing, nutrition, sleep, and so much more.
And, Justin Bergh, the General Manager of The CrossFit Games, stopped by as a guest speaker. It was really, really cool.
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I’ve been thinking about my whys for training for the CrossFit Games:
REASONS I WANT TO TRAIN FOR THE CROSSFIT GAMES
- I have a dream. I have to do something about it.
- This can help me with my goal to be a professional vlogger.
- I could make a difference in others’ lives.
- I crave excitement
- I crave something different
- I crave having a goal in life
- I want to escape my computer
- I want to have a better self-body image
- I want to do something others don’t
- It’s my chance to do something “big”
- It gets me through my monotonous days
Ultimately, it gives me a why. I need a why in my life or I can sink into depression. Whether I make it or not is important, but not the end all. It’s the training and the striving that I need.
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As part of my CrossFit Games training, I need a nutritionist. I need to bulk, and I want to do it the right way. Well, I’ve heard great things about the RP (Renaissance Periodization) Diet. They offer a free 14-day trial, so I signed myself up.
I quickly realized this diet plan is not for me. Essentially, you decide what you want to eat. You scan and/or input what you want to eat and then the app tells you how much to eat based on your previously inputted dietary goals (losing weight, gaining muscle, etc.). This did not work for me. I did not like not knowing how much I had to eat.
You could swap out nutrition needs if you ate too much or too little at a meal. You could also pay for a professional nutritionist to help you meet your goals. In short, the RP Diet App was really complicated, and I don’t like having to scan my food. Finding the food if you didn’t enter it sucked, too.
I’ve been mainly doing the Zone Diet for the last few years, which you know ahead of time how much to eat. It works for the most part for me. Still, I will be partnering with a nutritionist to get me to where I need to be.
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There are many reasons I want to train for the CrossFit Games. However, I’d say this reason reigns as one of the top one.
I truly do like beating the shit out of myself. I enjoy doing things other won’t. I enjoy making WODs harder by going heavier than prescribed. I enjoy being sore the next day.
It makes me feel alive. It makes me feel like I’m doing something.
It ultimately makes me feel like I’m not wasting my life.
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Besides the fact I’m scared out of my mind, there’s a lot of thoughts I’ve had about training for the CrossFit Games:
THOUGHTS ON TRAINING FOR THE CROSSFIT GAMES
- It will be boring as hell
- It will all be mental
- It will be about believing in myself
- It will be about having support
- I will need more rest
- I will need to change my training schedule
- I’ll have to bulk
- I’ll have to give up CrossFit WODs and competitions
- None of this will be easy
- None of this will be fun
- In fact, most of it will be a living hell
So, the question becomes: Is it worth it?
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Here’s my video on the matter:
The eye-opener for me was 22.3 of the CrossFit Open. I was so angry because that workout should have been in my wheelhouse. All of the Open 2022 sucked for me. I should have done much better.
That’s when I decided to quite sucking at CrossFit and get serious again.
However, last week when I was practicing chest-to-bar pull ups in my garage gym and failing and failing, I realized that I can no longer do this alone.
I wish I had realized this sooner in my CrossFit career. I wish I had had someone suggest this. Admittedly, COVID-19 did not help. I entered a period of severe depression, and the only thing I could do in CrossFit was maintain.
Now, I’m shooting for the Games and soliciting a coach. We’ll see how this goes!
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As one who loves to feel pain and soreness (since it is truly what makes me feel alive), I’m used to the soreness after a tough workout.
That being said, it doesn’t mean it’s all that fun.
I ran a 7k on Saturday. Yesterday, my left leg hurt more than my right leg. It’s got a nice knot in it.
Monday, it was a bit better but still there. It limits what you can do for future workouts. Which is why it sucks. I’m okay with it hurting. I hate that you are limited while you are recovering.
Most of the time, the soreness is tolerable. It’s only when I go over the brink that this happens.
After Murph last week, the first few workouts were tough, too.
I just wish my body would recover faster.
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I could not sleep the other night. It’s because my 9-year-old Irish Wolfhound cries in the middle of the night. We suspect she has dementia (common with her breed, although no one can say for sure), so she cries for me. I go down and pet her (she can no longer climb our stairs), and then she’s fine.
However, I’m not fine. I’m usually left wide awake.
The other night, it was 1 AM. I decided to get up and lift because I could not go back to sleep.
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I did Murph last week, and something changed. The way I felt afterwards; euphoria doesn’t even begin to describe it.
I made a video and could not stop watching it. There was something about it that I still can’t describe.
Doing Murph made me think of my friend, Justin Thompson. He’s a veteran, and Murph is big with him. I haven’t seen him since COVID-19, so he was on my mind.
Then, a few days later, I was working out early in the morning at my home gym and the thought occurred to me, “I want to go to the CrossFit Games.”
I didn’t think it ridiculous at all; in fact, now that I’m a masters athlete, I think I have a good chance (of course, I could be delusional).
But I would need a trainer. There’s no earthly way I could do it by myself.
That’s where Justin comes in. He’s a CrossFit Level 3 trainer. I’ve trained with him before. If anyone could help me achieve my dream, it would be him.
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