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CrossFit Competition: Battle of the Box Utah

This weekend, my daughter and I competed in the CrossFit Competition Battle of the Box Utah. This was an individual competition, and my daughter entered scaled, while I did intermediate.

I mainly went for rope climbs. My current box does not have rope climbs, and it’s my favorite move. This was fun, except it was partnered with deadlifts. I normally like deadlifts, but because of my back/hip alignment issue I’m having fixed over time at my chiropractor, there are days when my back is fine, and days when it hurts. It hurt a little bit during the competition deadlifting, but it wasn’t too bad. The worst WOD entailed 75 wall balls in a row. I almost died.

It was fun. It was at Thanksgiving Point. The mask laws were lenient, so it was tolerable. Today, I’m super sore. The muscles on the side of my leg are killing me from whatever we did, and it doesn’t help sitting in a car for a seven hour car ride either.

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CrossFit 12 Days of Christmas WOD

One of my favorite CrossFit workouts is the 12 Days of Christmas WOD. The beauty of this WOD is that you can use any 12 movements of CrossFit and mix and match to create a workout that will beat you up.

It’s performed like the song. You start with one move, such as a deadlift. Then you go on to two reps of a move, such as a hang power clean, and then you repeat the one movement, the deadlift. Then, you progress to three reps of another movement, say a push jerk. Then you repeat the two hang power cleans and the one deadlift. You do this until you get to 12, which would then be your final round.

By round seven and eight, you are dying, that’s for sure, especially if there are a lot of heavy barbell movements.

For me, I enjoy workouts that beat the crap out of me and that are long. Those are my favorite.

I did this workout by myself in the garage and then I dropped in at CrossFit Cheyenne to do theirs. It was a great time, and I wish we’d do this more often than once a year!

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Shopping with a CrossFit Body

I hate clothes shopping.

I disliked it before I began CrossFit, but now I absolutely despite it.

Reason being is when you have muscles, there’s not a lot of clothes you can purchase that look good on you at the average clothing store. Sure, you can go online to buy CrossFit shorts, pants, bras, and more, especially workout gear, but even online, the dressup section is limited. However, as most of you know, clothes you have to try on for the most part to see if they fit or not.

Yesterday, I sallied forth bravely amidst the holiday shoppers on the quest for a “nice blouse.” This wasn’t just on a whim. I have been asked to become a social influencer at my job and be in videos. My first assignment is for a high-end vitamin client, and I needed a nice blouse to wear.

For the past two years (before COVID-19), I have been working from home. I wear my pajamas to work every day and rarely leave the house except for the gym, the chiropractor, and to get groceries. Needless to say, I was way out of my element yesterday.

My Experience Shopping as a CrossFit Athlete

Shopping with a CrossFit body for women is discouraging to say the least. Many small tops don’t fit because of our shoulders and arm muscles. And the bigger sizes you go, they hang way too loose around the stomach, making you look horrible.

Thus, I tried on shirt after shirt and came up empty. It was extremely frustrating, which is why I hate going shopping. I did find two shirts that look pretty good on me in end after going to Kohl’s, Target, and Dillard’s.

I couldn’t take it anymore and had to go home after that. It was extremely demoralizing to say the least. I love how I look, and I’ve worked hard to get here. However, the majority of women in the United States do not look like me, which is why you find clothes that don’t fit everywhere you go.

If I continue to need clothes, I will have to go in microbursts. Wish me luck!

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A Thanksgiving Tradition I Couldn’t Let Die

For the last five years, I’ve done CrossFit Hero Workout Murph, in honor of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, on or near Thanksgiving. This year, I seriously considered not doing it. No CrossFit gyms that I knew of was doing it because of COVID. And I’m trying to take it easy on CrossFit so I can heal and come back better.

However, I had to. My first CrossFit workout ever was a half-Murph, and I still remember how it beat me up. It has special meaning to me.

So I suited up. I put on my vest, warmed up my garage, and got ready to go. Admittedly, I didn’t PR (I wasn’t really trying to). My run sucked, which it has ever since that heavy 10k I inadvertently did. The pull ups were a lot harder than I thought they’d be (it took me three days for my arms to recover). But I felt really good afterwards.

I couldn’t let this Thanksgiving tradition die when it seems like so many other traditions are dying around me. God bless Lieutenant Murphy, his family, and all of the service men and women who fight for our freedoms that we cannot let erode away.

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CrossFit Competition: Alter Egos

Yesterday, my daughter and I competed in a CrossFit competition called Alter Egos at CrossFit Decimate.

CrossFit Decimate in Colorado Springs is a great gym. The owners are top-notch, it’s a wonderful space, and a great place to visit and compete. They are one of the only a few gyms to tackle holding a CrossFit competition in Colorado during COVID. For that, I have a very deep respect for them. It’s most definitely not easy complying with Colorado’s COVID restrictions, but the fact that they were willing to hold one and successfully tackled it puts them first in my book.

So my daughter and I tied for last. We scaled the last workout so she could do the deadlift weight. It was fun, but very tiring and a very long drive. Will most definitely do this again next year.

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CrossFit: A Season of Healing

For the past several months, I have struggled physically. There have been times when my neck hurt, my back hurt, my legs were tight, and my hips were locked. I chucked this all up to CrossFit, but there was always something wrong with me. Rare were the days where I felt 100%.

We moved, so I had to find a new chiropractor. I tried one who had 178 five-star Google reviews. This chiropractor took x-rays and did a thorough analysis of my spine. What he found was my pelvis was tilted, my middle back was locked up, and my neck was out of alignment. So that would explain all of that.

So I have now entered a phase to fix all that, which is adjustments three times a week, tailored to fix me. I just started. I’m not gonna lie, it sucks. The area he adjusts are tender and sore.

I have cut back my CrossFitting as well. No back squats. No heavy deadlifts. I am struggling mentally to just do it because I’m stiff and sore and feel like I’m one hot mess.

So I’ve entered a season of healing. I’m even debating about taking a break from CrossFit altogether so I can heal completely. I want to keep moving for the rest of my life, so I have to do something now in order to do so.

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CrossFit: Knowing Your Limitations

I posted last week about CrossFit Hero Workout Chad, which is 1,000 step ups wearing a weight vest.

I don’t say this often, but that will be the last time I do that workout.

I love CrossFit, and I love the Hero Workouts, which are meant to push you to your limits as you honor a fallen soldier who fought and died for our country. I love doing these in their memory.

However, I cannot do Chad again.

It’s been three days. My right calf is finally “fine.” My left calf is still locked up and extremely tight. I can’t walk without a limp. It hurts to touch it. This sucks.

Again, my normal CrossFit workouts have been completely ruined.

I’m just too old to do these things, like running a 10k. I’m in incredible shape, but that doesn’t mean I can beat my body up and not suffer the consequences.

I don’t know why I do these things to myself. They are challenging and fun at the end once you’ve done them, but the after effects on my are devastating.

I just can’t keep doing this, and I guess I have to learn the hard way it seems.

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Running in Colorado: I Ran My Last 10k

Last month, I ran the Windsor Heavy 10k.

Well, first off, I did not know that a “heavy 10k” is actually an extra mile you run, so my 6 mile run turned into a 7 mile run. Nor did I realize this until I passed the 6 mile mark.

The course was not the best. The race started by running up a hill and through/by a subdivision. For a good two miles at least, we ran on the side of a big road in Windsor.  The only good part was the trails for the last mile or so, which were pretty with fall colors.

However, due to COVID, prizes were to be mailed, and we were told to leave as soon as it was over. My prize? A small bottle of hot water.

The after effects on my body were horrendous. I couldn’t walk. My hamstrings were locked up. I was miserable. My massage the week after hurt.

I was a physical wreck.

I can’t do this anymore, especially for a race with a mediocre course. It was not worth it. I’m just too old. It ruined my whole week of CrossFit the next week, and I was just miserable.

The only 10k I may run again is the Garden of the Gods if people stop freaking out about a virus.

Other than that, I have to bow to age and my body.

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CrossFit Hero Workout: Chad

Brutal.

That’s the word that can sum up this CrossFit Hero WOD.

The challenge is mental, not necessarily physical.

The CrossFit workout is:

1,000 Box Step-ups on a 20 inch box wearing a ruck sack (45/35 lbs).

This CrossFit workout honors Chad Wilkinson who tragically took his own life on Oct. 29th, 2018, due to the effects of war serving our great nation. He had PTSD and blast wave injuries and was an active duty SEAL.

The Story Behind the CrossFit Hero Workout Chad

At the time of his tragid death, he was training to clim Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in South America, by doing 1000 step-ups wearing a backpack.

Dave Castro posted the workout on December 14th, 2018, and this workout has taken on a life of its own, becoming an official CrossFit Hero WOD named in his honor. It will probably become a Veteran’s Day tradition in a lot of CrossFit boxes every year. Fitting.

Raising Suicide Awareness

As sad as this it, it points to what is great about CrossFit and what draws so many together. Hopefully, Chad’s death will raise awareness of suicide and maybe save someone else before it’s too late.

No doubt this CrossFit Hero Workout has been one of the hardest I’m done in a long time. It took me 1 hour and 20 minutes with a weight vest. The 400-700 was the hardest of all. Once you get to 800, it seemed easy because the worst was over.

Take the time. Honor Chad. Thank a veteran. And spread the word of suicide prevention.

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CrossFit Competition: Battle at the Rock

My daughter and I did a CrossFit competition, Battle at the Rock, last weekend at CrossFit Castle Rock. I’ve done this CrossFit competition before, but my daughter hasn’t. I entered master’s, and she did open. She had to scale everything, but she had fun. I did much better than I had anticipated — mainly because I did 100 double unders unbroken.

It was fun for all!

Credit to Mark Tepsic Photography for photo!