snow in colorado

As I Sit Here…

As I sit here in my nice warm house, watching the snow fall silently all around, blanketing the ground and every living creature in a speckled white, I realize how lucky I am.

I’m in a building with four walls that is heated with central heat. I don’t have to leave my home to get firewood. I turn on the faucet to get dinner going, and water magically comes out — unfrozen and warm even. I heat up my coffee, which I bought from the grocery store, and it warms my soul.

I look out at the beauty that surrounds me and realize this is all possible because of those who came before me and those who continue to do their jobs, day in and day out, to make this life possible. From the Armed Forces who allow me the freedom to live each day how I want to the plumbers, the roofers, and the home builders who make this abode possible, I am eternally grateful.

And to the restaurants, the insurance companies, the lawyers, the doctors, the fitness industry, the oil and gas workers, and even to the company you just got assigned that you have no idea what they do. To the police, fire, EMT’s and hospital workers who protect us all. To the teachers, the kids, family, the cats, the dogs, and the horses who make getting up each and every day worth it.

And finally, to my team (and by team, I mean all of Madwire) who helps each of these people above and countless more grow their business so we all can stay in our homes, work at our computers, admire (and even play in!) the snow, cook a hot meal, stay warm, and celebrate the beauty all around.

There’s a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.

And I am grateful for you!

Another Comp in the Books…

Today was an individual comp at CrossFit DNR in Fort Collins, CO. I entered the Open class because I don’t have ring muscle ups yet.

After the first WOD (which consisted of pull ups, wall balls, hand release push-ups, and a row), I was in third place.

After the second WOD (which was 30 sec max effort on assault bike with 7 1/2 minutes to accumulate back squat reps at 105 lbs in one set) I was tied for sixth. Basically, I was last in the bike but first in the back squats (I got 81 reps).

The third WOD is always the hardest cause I’m tired. It was 15 burpees over box and 30 snatches which climbed in weight with 17 min time cap.

I finished fifth overall. Not bad but not what I was hoping for.

Still, it was fun.  Community was great.  Free coffee all day long courtesy of NoCo Coffee Company.  Snow as a backdrop.  Now that’s a great day!

All I Think About is CrossFit…Is that Normal?

I’m on vacation in Steamboat Springs, CO, one of the most beautiful places on earth.

And all I can think about is getting back to the box.

I’m checking my app to see the workout for today.

I’m re-doing my CrossFit blog (and my Christian blog as well).

I’m planning my workout schedule this week.  Seeing what I need to work on.

I’m focused on the Open, trying to string together longer and longer moves.  Praying I get my handstand walks before the Open but knowing I have a long way to go.

I’m researching Comps (I have one in January and one in February, but I want to squeeze one more in in-between before the Open).

I’m writing up my 2018 goals and the most complete and specific are my CrossFit goals.

And in between I’m watching it snow!

But I have problems.

I readily admit them.

“Hi.  My name is Jen.  And I’m addicted to CrossFit.”

Happy New Year!

Steamboat Springs, CO