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CrossFit Competition: The Altitude Games

The Altitude Games was a two-part CrossFit Competition.

The first part took place online. Needless to say, this was difficult for me. One, we had to film ourselves using WODProof. I had never used this app so there was definitely a learning curve associated with it. The timing of the online portion was off for me. I had another CrossFit competition that weekend, so I was trying to squeeze these in before and after — not the best. I ended up having to do two of the workouts twice due to user error on the app. So I was a wreck.

The second part of the competition was in-person, which took place yesterday at CrossFit Decimate. I’ve done many CrossFit competitions here, and I can say these guys are a class act. The CrossFit programming is killer, the community and volunteers are supportive, and the judges don’t take their responsibility too seriously. They are fair, but understanding, too.

CrossFit Competition Podium Finish!

I shocked myself yesterday by coming in third in the Open Division. I haven’t won a CrossFit competition or even been close in a long time. I’m usually at the end of the pack. This most definitely renewed my faith in myself that I can do this. Admittedly, I started out rough. I failed the floater (as always). But, I got stronger (and felt better) with the second and third WOD. Admittedly, my pullups gave out at the end because I couldn’t feel my arms by 3:30 pm anymore.

The prizes for winning were amazing. Everyone got a pair of sunglassed from Epoch Eyewear. I have gotten a lot of podium prizes, but this was one of the best. I always need a pair of good sunglasses. I selected a polarized purple pair, which I wore on the long drive home. I love them!

We also got Pumpkin Spice Protein Drink (can’t WAIT to try this one!) called Witch’s Whey from Earth Fed Muscle, and a pair of grips from Bear Komplex. First place got a cool bag and more swag. This was totally cool and makes the pain of the day worth it.

Admittedly, I’m sporting some nice bruises. I can’t do kettlebell snatches properly, so got two of those — one on each arm beneath my wrist. For some reason, I have a bruise on my right shoulder (assuming from dumbbell clean and jerks). And I got a bruise on my shin from snatches and deadlifts.

IN-N-OUT FOR DINNER!

I’ve been to CrossFit Decimate several times for CrossFit Competitions so imagine my surprise when I exit the highway and there’s an In-N-Out Burger! If you haven’t eaten at this chain, you are missing out (and I don’t eat out all that much!). I picked up me and my kids a burger to go after the Crossfit Comp.

All in all, a great CrossFit competition at an excellent facility that I’ll definitely do again!

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4 Tips to Overcome CrossFit Burnout

When you first start CrossFit, you are 100% committed. You show up to class even when you are sore or when you ripped the previous day. You go no matter how tired you are or how many bruises you have.

However, after a few years (I’ve found about three), you begin go experience CrossFit burnout. So what can you do? Keep reading below for four tips to overcome CrossFit burnout, and contact me for SEO CrossFit services today!

WHAT IS CROSSFIT BURNOUT?

Burnout of any sort is when you are exhausted, both physically and mentally from an activity. It’s usually a reaction to prolonged stress. You feel tired, you are cynical, and you lack motivation. With regards to CrossFit, you get to the point where you don’t want to go, and if you do, you half-ass the workout and then feel guilty for doing so.

4 TIPS TO OVERCOME CROSSFIT BURNOUT

Scale It Back

Scale it back means you take a week and choose CrossFit workouts that are easy and have your favorite movements. This keeps you moving rather than sitting for an entire week. This can mean you focus on running or rowing — primarily cardio exercises perhaps. Or, you put down the barbell for a week and do bodyweight movements only.

Take Deliberate Rest

For hardcore CrossFitters, taking days off can be challenging. After all, every WOD sounds good. However, you should schedule in rest days and stick to them. While active recovery is good, you should still schedule in at least one day where you don’t do any sort of exercise besides your daily life.

Realize It’s a Mental Game

When you’ve been doing CrossFit for over three years, it becomes a mental game. You most likely can do all of the movements, but there are days when you probably don’t want to. Here, realizing that it’s all mental can be helpful. On these days, you just go to the gym and zone out. You do what you can do, and forget about the rest.

Try Programming for Yourself

The beauty of programming CrossFit for yourself is that if you wake up one day and you don’t want to do wall balls or snatch, you don’t have to. Here, you have the ultimate control. You can truly listen to what your body (and your mind) is telling you and choose the movements you feel like doing. This is not the same as cherry picking CrossFit workouts. You still do the moves you loath, but you do them when you have the mental fortitude to do so.

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CrossFit Girl Workout Elizabeth

I have been struggling with CrossFit lately. Not necessarily CrossFit though; it’s more with my weight and my abilities.

Injuries have taken their toll, and after I hurt my back last fall, it’s been a rough road back. Throw in competing in CrossFit competitions against gals 20 years younger than me, and you get the point.

Today, Bergeron’s CompTrain had Elizabeth, a girl CrossFit workout that’s been around since the beginning, programmed. I looked at SugarWOD, the app I’ve had since the very beginning that tracks all of my CrossFit wods I want to remember. The last time I did it was two years ago with a time of over 22 minutes, so I thought, “I can beat that. My ring dips are much better now.”

Elizabeth is:

21-15-9 of

  • Squat Cleans 95 for women
  • Ring Dips

So I begin. My time: 13:43. I smashed my old record by almost 9 minutes! I haven’t had a PR this big in at least a year. I was super excited and quite surprised. It’s these rare moments like these that keep me getting up at 2:30 in the morning, working out alone in my garage, doing strength workouts I don’t particularly enjoy, and keeping moving even though I don’t want to.

After six years of CrossFit, it’s all mental. All of it. Sure, there are weights you can’t lift and perhaps movements you can’t do, but those are the extremes. The daily grind is what makes the difference. So keep grinding away even when every moment sucks and you’re sore and would rather sleep and the like.

It’s only you you are against. So defeat yourself every time.

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CrossFit Competition: 1st Annual Battle Royale

I’ve done quite a few competitions at Castle Rock Fitness. These guys run great competitions, on-time, and they are super friendly.

My daughter and I competed as a team, and I’m proud to say we did not come in last. We beat a few teams actually. A masters and a teen athlete against 20 year olds are to be expected to be near the bottom.

The WODs this time around were not the best. One WOD the other partner had to be able to do all of the moves and my daughter couldn’t do one so we had to stand around for five minutes. Another WOD had wall walks (possibly the dumbest CrossFit move ever). A floater was a 1600 meter row. I can do that one at home. The best was the complex (deadlift, hang clean, and a front squat). I PR’ed my hang squat clean at 140 pounds.

It was fun. Will do again. However, when we signed in, they had run out of our size of t-shirts so we both received the wrong size shirts that we now cannot wear. Given that we had signed up well before the deadline, this was disappointing to say the least.

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Unsure Why I Pay for an Hour of Pain

I got a massage last weekend.

When I tell people this, they usually say, “Oh, nice!”

I respond, “It was far from nice.”

THE TRUTH OF A CROSSFIT MASSAGE

When you CrossFit and you get a massage, it’s far from a fluff, “feel good” massage where you are gently rubbed all over and you leave feeling relaxed. Instead, you spend good money to be gritting your teeth, cussing in your mind, and trying not to scream “stop” because the pain is that intense.

These are my deep pressure massages. I hate them with a passion. They absolutely, 100% suck, and I can’t believe I pay my hard-earned money to be in pain.

But I do. Every month.

Because it’s the only way I can move.

Afterwards, even though I’m sore from my massage for days, the mobility I regain is worth it.

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5 Recovery Tips for Master CrossFit Athletes After a CrossFit Competition

At my last CrossFit competition, Battle at the Box Utah, I did as expected considering my back is still bothering me despite having twice-weekly adjustments by my chiropractor. What I learned was this:

  • I can no longer compete against girls 20 years younger than me
  • I got my butt kicked

Whatever I did at that CrossFit competition, I felt for days. I did nothing on Sunday, the day after, or on Monday. Walking up and down the stairs was painful. I did a recovery row, bike, and walk on Tuesday. I finally got a workout in on Wednesday. Still, as a 44 year-old CrossFit athlete, I can no longer do the things I used to do five years ago.

RECOVERY TIPS FOR CROSSFIT MASTERS ATHLETES

  1. Listen to your body. Don’t hit the gym on Monday if you are not at least 75%. Give your body time to heal itself after all the work you did.
  2. Drink lots of water. I mean, drink LOTS of water. This will help flush out the junk and wastes in your muscles so they are not quite so sore. I think this was a mistake I made. I did not drink enough on competition day because I hate using the bathroom every 30 minutes.
  3. Roll out. Find a foam roller, and no matter how painful it is, roll out at least for a few minutes a couple of times a day.
  4. Get in some light movement. This, too, will help flush out waste products and get nurtrients to your muscles to aid in muscle tissue repair and recovery.
  5. Sleep. This is hard for most of us since most CrossFit athletes are A-type personalities and always on the go. However, sleep helps you recover and your muscles to repair, so force yourself to do so.

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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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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.