I Spent All My Birthday Money on CrossFit…

I’m not a shopper.

Nor am I “the look” freak.

But I do need gear.  And to get better at CrossFit.

All of my money gets invested into improving myself at CrossFit.

Two years ago for my birthday I spent $1000 on Level 1 CrossFit Certification.

This year I spent $500 on USAW Level 1 Certification.  I also got a new pair of lifters for almost $200.  I spent money on a bar muscle up course.  And I just purchased a handstand walk course through WodPrep as well.

I have problems, I’ll readily admit.

I want to win.  Every WOD.  Every time.handstand-walk

I want to beat everyone.  The boys included.

I want to do REALLY well in the Open this year.  Much better than last year.

And I’m relentless once I get an idea in my head.

Take handstand walks.  It’s my new obsession.  I’m resting my arm right now to not further tweak it, but I’ve been doing non-stop drills to get my handstand walk.

Ring muscle-ups are on the priority list as well.

This is all in addition to my strength program.

Whew.

I want to be the best.  CrossFit is my passion.

I want to be the best at my passion.  Who doesn’t want that?

I’m Mentally Drained…

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CrossFit is not only a physical workout, but it’s also a mental one as well.

On Monday we maxed Front Squat.

On Tuesday we maxed Power Clean.

On Wednesday we were supposed to max Back Squat.  However, I was not there mentally or physically.

Physically, when you max, you are using all out effort.  Two days in a row is taxing.  Along with a WOD afterwards, I’m done.

Mentally, no part of me wanted to max back squat today.  I got to almost 95% and stopped.  I just didn’t have it in me.

Maxing should be done one movement a week at the most.  However, we just finished a front squat cycle so many wanted to measure their gains.

For me, it was too much.  I’m sore.  My legs are gone.  My mind is checked out.

I’ll max back squat some other week.

This week I’d had enough.

Fighting the Cold…

Today is a lifting day.

It was freezing cold in my garage this morning.

The bar was cold to the touch.

But I had to lift.

And now was the time.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

So I run upstairs.  Grab my heater.  Plug it in.  Bundle up.  And get to work.

Time flew and before I knew it, I was sweating.

Getting going is the hard part in life.

I urge you to take that first step today.

Get going.

You’ll be glad you did!

24-HR AMRAP Challenge? Who’s In?

My box is participating in the 24-hr AMRAP Challenge this year.

What is it? you ask.  And is it what I think it is?Athletes Exercising In Gym

Yes!  It is exactly what you think it is.  You workout for 24 hours straight in a team, performing movements that change every hour.  Sound fun?

Taking place Dec 9th-10th this year, a team of six athletes will alternate movements at their home box, competing for most reps.  You submit your scores every hour online as well as videos of the team performing the movements.

What’s the prize?  What do I get for killing myself?

You get a trophy.  Oh.  And bragging rights.  Of course.  So why wouldn’t you sign up?

And who came up with this anyways?

In all seriousness, my box is going for it, and I’m gonna cheer them on.  I myself could not stay up the required 24 hours to do this nor can I afford the toll this would take on my body for training purposes.  This is definitely something for the young at heart!

Visit http://www.24houramrap.com for all the details and good luck to those competing!

Murph and a 5k on Thanksgiving Day…

What could be better on a gorgeous Thanksgiving Day than two of my favorite workouts?

I ran the Pelican Lakes Turkey Trot where I won 2nd place and an apple pie.  And then I went to my box and did Murph.  I didn’t PR Murph (I just didn’t have the final run in me), but it was awesome and I felt amazing afterwards.image3

This was my third year doing Murph on Thanksgiving Day and my second year running the Pelican Lakes 5k and then doing Murph afterwards.  Such a great way to give thanks for this amazing country we live in and our freedoms by doing Murph on Thanksgiving Day.

To all the service men and women past and present and future I thank you!!!

Things I Wish I Would Have Known Before I Started CrossFit…

orig_3365eda27d54b0198fd2b4f1d6a66b90a970ac6b1)  Olympic Weightlifting.  Most boxes do a poor job in teaching their members Olympic Weightlifting.  It wasn’t until I took the Olympic Weightlifting Level 1 Certification that I realized how ignorant I was.  Find a reputable coach and learn from the best in your area.

2)  You REALLY do need shoulder strength to kip and to prevent injuries.  I wish someone would have warned me how horrible kipping is for your shoulders and arms.  I wish my coaches would have prevented me from doing kipping pull ups until I could do strict pull ups.  I wish someone would have warned me doing 100 pull ups and negatives were a bad idea the second month of CrossFit.  Finally, after 2 years, I feel strong enough.

3)  CrossFit will trump many other things in your life if it becomes your passion.  I live for CrossFit.  I put CrossFit above many other important things in my life (like sleep for example) because it is an addiction.  A healthy one, but one I recognize nonetheless lest it turn unhealthy.  A fine line to walk!

4)  You’re devoted to your box because of the people, not the workouts.  Some of my closest friends I met at my box and I get to see everyday.  I’ve thought of going elsewhere to other boxes, but at the end of the day it’s the friendships that keep you going!

5)  Rest days are harder than work days.  I live for the box and when I’m on a rest day, it takes all of my might to resist going (especially if the workout is one want to do).  Stick to the plan.  It works.

6)  Eating right is a daily struggle.  Since I have kids having junk food lying around is a given.  Will power takes on new meaning when you’re eating for performance.  Again, stick to the plan, the diet, the nutrition.  It works.  When you deviate, you’ll pay in unwanted weight gain and in stomach cramps!

7)  Ripping is a part of CrossFit that never goes away.  You can shave your callouses all you want, you’ll still rip on workouts such as Murph or Angie.  Do your utmost to prevent it but it’s as much a part of CrossFit as PR’s.

8)  Muscle soreness is perpetual.  It never goes away.  Neither does having something tweaked.  It’s a part of CrossFit I think that drives many to quit after 6 months.  You either accept it or you don’t.

9)  Your body will change.  And drastically.  I never thought I’d have “the CrossFit look” but one look at me and you’ll know.  And I keep getting stronger and leaner and bigger.  If you push yourself, this is inevitable.

10)  Your self-confidence in yourself will grow and you will bloom when you never, ever thought you would.  I can do things most women can’t physically.  I work hard.  I train hard.  And my mind has worked just as hard and harder.  I have grown as a person not just as an athlete.  You will discover that anything in life truly is possible.  You will find your life’s passion.  You will succeed at anything you do.  That’s a promise.  That’s CrossFit.

NOT Going to the Gym is Harder than Going to the Gym…

im-going-to-the-gym-motivational-gym-quotesYesterday, my arm was tweaked from the day before.

I debated all morning, “Should I go to the box?”  I was going over in my mind all the scaled options I could do and how it wouldn’t hurt me, etc.  I did this literally for an hour.

Finally, logic prevailed.

I skipped the box and Oly class.  I wasn’t very happy about it, but I’ve learned I’d rather miss one day than one week.

Today my arm feels good.  Ready to go.

That rest day was good.

At least that’s what I tell myself.