I Become Obsessive When I Can’t Do Something…

Anyone else like this?

My current goal is to have handstand walks by the Open.

I know, it’s a lofty goal, and I don’t know if I’ll make it.  But I’m working my butt off trying.

And it’s become a bit obsessive at this point.

Every chance I get I’m flipping around.  I’m trying to hold my handstand longer.  Trying to get my kick ups right every time.  Doing my WodPrep course I signed up for on my off days from strength.  Having my gymnastic daughter teach me all the tricks and spot me.  Practicing, practicing, practicing–that’s what I’m doing.

And it’s hard to stop.

I had to stop to write this post.

But only after a got in one more handstand!

Any time I can’t do something I become obsessed until I can.  Because I know with enough practice and hard work I can do anything.  This applies to life as well.  Writing novels.  Learning a new computer program.  Changing jobs and mastering it.  I constantly have to be challenged or I get bored and move on.  This is why CrossFit is my passion.  Because there’s always something to work on, something to improve, or something to learn.

Without it (or whatever it is you crave in your life), you’re just going through the motions and life loses its meaning.

And who wants that?

Finally!!! I’m Back!!!

10 Minute AMRAP:

10 hang squat snatches 55 lbs for women

30 double unders

This was our WOD today and I crushed it.  I pushed hard.  Till the end.  All double unders unbroken.  Sets of 5 on the hang squat snatches.

I felt good.  No coughing.  And I did well.  It played to my strengths.  And I loved it!

Finally!  After a few months of feeling “blah” I feel great.  I hope to continue this up until and through the Open.  We’ll see.

Hey, Dave Castro!  This WOD would be perfect for 18.1 if you’re taking suggestions.


2018 CrossFit Open Registration Begins Today!


Hey all!

If you’re like me, you’ve been training for the 2018 Open since the last Open workout of 2017.  In 2017, you learned your weaknesses and formulated a plan to improve them (along with everything else).  You’ve been counting down the days for 18.1.  You’ve been praying you get your last skills honed in time.  You’ve been plotting how to do better.  And lastly you’ve been excited about the process!

Here’s the information:  http://games-support.crossfit.com/article/40-how-do-i-register-for-the-open

Follow THIS LINK to get to the registration page.  Log in to your account or create one if you don’t have one and the registration link is there!

As they say, let the Games begin!


Lessons from The Open…

17191817_1440997459275441_2754411502224978425_oThe Open exposes all of our weaknesses across the board.  There is no escaping this fact. It reveals our complacencies, our strengths, and our total inadequacies.

For me, I couldn’t be happier.  I met all of my goals in the workouts (except for the bar muscle up in 17.2).  I PR’ed my snatch at 95 lbs.  I crushed 17.5 as it played to my strengths.  I got off the rower in 17.4 and got one Handstand push-up.  I finished 126th in my region for my age group and finished 56th in my state for my age group.  I am SUPER excited about this!

However, the most important lesson I have taken away is my renewed desire to improve all of my weaknesses, to get stronger, to be the best, to crush all the Open Workouts in 2018.

What I wish I would have done:  I got complacent in my double unders.  I have them but they are not consistent.  I stopped practicing them months ago and it showed in 17.5.  I could have shaved 2 minutes off my time if I hadn’t of stumbled in the double unders.  They are so taxing and I get so winded.  I haven’t learned to breathe through them and they definitely aren’t consistent.  It bothers me.

Same with my muscle-up.  I knew it was coming back in September.  But I got so frustrated that I couldn’t do them that I stopped doing them all together until the Open was almost upon us and then it was too late.  I would rip trying to get one and then be done for a week waiting for my hands to heal.  Again, I got frustrated with it.  Because I have the strength.  It’s the technique.

Same with chest-to-bar.  I got so frustrated kipping them that I only stricted them.  So in the Open, I stricted all of them and lost time.

So, I have set new goals for the entire year to improve upon.  I want to increase strength so 155 lb deadlift is not heavy for me and a 95 lb snatch is not a PR.  I want to increase skill so double unders and pull ups are second nature and I don’t have to think so hard about them.  Keep up my cardio so I can still kick butt.  And push myself beyond my limits and my mindset to achieve what I haven’t been able to.

Summary:  The Open exposes our weaknesses like no other.  But it shows us areas to be stronger.  Be better.  And succeed.  Both in CrossFit and in life.