Monday, March 2, 2015

Crossfit makes Double Black Diamonds Mentally Doable - 2/11/15

In search of beautiful, fresh powder and new (to us) trails, we decided to go exploring our little Snowmass mountain. In the process, we took a wrong turn and we got stuck on a Double Black Diamond. Hell pit Gulch. Death Gulch. Nightmare Mogul Gulch of Death. Call it what you will, but we turned right instead of left and couldn't get back across and were faced with the ultimate mental and physical challenges of our trip.

I saw the moguls and was like, fuck it. Let's do this. We don't have a choice so I might as well hit this shit head on and make it happen. I started in, and went slowly. The moguls were some of the craziest I've seen (doesn't say a lot, but.. I've encountered doable moguls before.. these weren't those.) Side to side on my heel edge I went, and I tumbled, caught my edge, fell back, fell forward, I even somersaulted and landed with my feet and board facing up the mountain. WHOOPS.

When I realized I was actually okay after landing that somersault safely, (tumble, flip, total loss of control, call it what you will..) I just laid there and laughed. Like.. Holy shit, I just did that! Let's re-assess this situation! So I sat up, looked for the boys, and noticed how far behind me they were. Dude.. come on, you two! WTF are you doing??

You literally have to zoom in to see them. Dave sitting on the left, Mike standing on the right.
So yeah. They were WAY up there.

This whole time, I had been like, omg, omg, omg.. just keep going. Just keep going. Just take it easy. Stay calm. Keep going. Okay, we fell, let's take a break. Okay, let's go. Let's do this, we've got this, we can do this. We have to finish at some point. Holy shit, we're gonna die here. We're never going to finish, this is never going to end. Keep going, come on.. keep going. Let's just keep moving. Keep moving. It has to end at some point.....

Sound familiar? It was like CrossFit. Straight up, the mentality of a really hard WOD. Let's compare it to getting through Murph. Or Kalsu. Or 500 burpees for time. No end in sight, until finally, it's just there. It ends. And you're done. And you're like, holy shit we just FUCKING DID THAT!!!!!!! WE DID THAT!! WE LIVED!!!!

If it weren't for what I've gained, mentally and physically, from crossfit, I would've fallen once or twice and then sat there and cried. I would've given up, let myself be defeated, and I would've needed to unstrap and trudge down the damn valley of death moguls, crying the whole time, with my board in tow.

But that didn't happen. Instead, I was ahead of the boys the entire time, but they had their own crazy challenges to deal with! I had the advantage by riding down on my heel edge, but Dave has a hard time with his heel edge, and our friend Mike got his skis stuck at one point and had to untangle himself from a very difficult situation. We're all really lucky that we walked away from that, seeing as how we weren't prepared at all for that one!

So thanks CrossFit, for helping me prepare for the unknown. :) That was pretty awesome.

Happy to be out there!
I DID IT!!!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Crossfit Day 454 - T2B - 2/2/15

So we've been planning our snowboarding trip (to Snowmass) and I've had the intentions of taking it easy before we go, as I don't want to be wrecked before we spend a fortune to be out West. 

Strength: Snatch
7 Minute EMOM x 5 Reps at @75% of 1RM
All Reps Should Be Touch and Go

I ended up going with 95lbs for my snatch, IIRC. It was SO HEAVY.  I tried to maintain the 75% of the 1RM thing, but I couldn't pull off the 5 reps per min. I just did what I could, and focused on the form and not so much how heavy it was. Holy Moly.

WOD: 11 Minute AMRAP
8 – Power Snatch (115/75)
12 – Box Jumps (24/20″)
14 – T2B

I was pretty excited about this because.. well, snatches at 75lbs aren't too bad, and box jumps are awesome, and I can do T2B now, so.. yeah! RX that shit.  Feels good to have a red RX next to your name, especially when there are only a few other girls who can do that same! (5 total girls including me RXed that WOD, out of about 100 people that showed up!)

I was going for 2 rounds, which is sad, but I knew the T2B would slow me down. I ended up getting 2 + 23, so that was awesome! So proud. I love that feeling!

Crossfit Day 453 - Evil Wheels - 1/29/15

I love me some Evil Wheels, and when I say love, I mean hate..

Our WOD and strength portion were as follows:

Strength: KB Box Squats
10×3 – AHAP

Lori and I used the bigger KBs, 40lbs.

Box Squats
WOD- For Time:
Ring Rows
Ring Dips
Evil Wheels

Evil Wheels, yes that's me!
I finished (used a purple band I believe, for my ring dips) in 15:51.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

3 Years of CrossFit

I can't believe 3 years have gone by. Yesterday I celebrated my crossfit-iversary with some family and friends, and it was perfect, really.  The journey itself is never-ending, and the lessons learned along the way are hard-earned; sometimes joyous, sometimes tearful. I never imagined I'd dedicate myself to something so fully that I'd actually transform this much. Today, in a regular moment, it doesn't seem like a whole lot is different but when I think about it, everything about me is different!

My confidence, my self-esteem, my happiness, my body; both inside and out, my relationships with others, my enormous group of friends and family. This is all because of CrossFit. But is it really all because of CrossFit? Or is it my own doing?

The accidental meeting of my first coach, Erin when she needed decals for her brand new CF box, conveniently located steps away from our offices, completely changed my life. (Was it really accidental or totally meant to be? I'm a firm believer in everything happening for a reason...)  I had no idea then how much this sport would affect me, or change me, or motivate me, but it did. She took me in, taught me, encouraged me and coached me as much as she was able, and in a way set me free. It was from there that I found CrossFit Total Control, my home base.

Here we are. I have earned certificates, attended seminars, met some amazing people, traveled to crazy places, built a crap ton of muscle, lost a crap ton of weight, changed my diet, quit soda, learned a million and one new things about how our bodies work, improved my overall health and well-being, and changed my attitude entirely about life and love and happiness. 

I put in the work and the sweat and the tears. I created those smiles. I made the effort to just go to the damn gym. However, it's the community, my amazing coaches, my friends, who have made it fun and worthwhile. The people who encourage me all the way to the finish, help me up off the ground, and then high five and hug me after for a job well done. It's the feeling after a really fucking hard WOD that, hey... I just finished that! I just did that.

I love what I do. I love CrossFit. I love how I've changed. I never thought it would have this sort of impact on me, and really, I didn't even know that these kinds of changes were possible. I literally wasn't aware of them being achievable or attainable. I am still me, but a much better, improved, happier, healthier version of me.

I wish I could bottle this amazingness up and give it away, because everyone deserves to experience what hard work and dedication will do for them. But since I can't, I will only hope that my posts, my experiences and my words  can help to encourage others. To that, I raise my delicious coffee and say, here's to another great year. :)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Crossfit Day 452 - Redo of 13.4 - 1/15/15

Today was my first day back after heading out West for a few days. It felt so good to be back!

Strength: Clean and Jerk (again! Jesus)
8 min EMOM x 5 reps 70% of 1RM, all touch and go

I used 115 for this, I know for a fact! (Now I'm questioning our last C&J EMOM.... hmmmm..)

The WOD was 13.4, which was an Open WOD repeat from 2 years ago.

7 min AMRAP
3 C&J (135/95)
3 T2B
add 3 C&J and 3 T2B each round

I got through 3/3, 6/6, 9/9 and did an additional 6 reps of C&J. AWESOME. The last time I did this (for a real score) I only got through 9/9. I was pretty happy with this! If this was competition mode, I'm sure I could've gone faster, which is even cooler. I was able to crank out my toes 2 bar pretty easily, which is just astounding. I actually like them, I just hate how they hurt my hands. (crossfit problems). I need to suck it up. :)

My trip to the Pacific Northwest - 1/8 thru 1/13/15

I had gone to Portland, OR area for my first ever trip to the Pacific Northwest. It was just as amazing as I had expected! My friend Josh lives out there now, and we've been friends for almost 10 years! We taught high school together back in 2005 (holy young kids..) and it was wonderful to get to spend time with him and his kids. We went hiking, too!

Standing on a fallen log over the river!

Standing on a fallen log over the river!

Handstands on the hike! What you can't see is the crazy drop behind us!

Handstands on the hike! What you can't see is the crazy drop behind us!

Awesome old tracks

At the Gorge!

Visiting the waterfalls!

With Josh's kiddos! Rain and Revan.

Again with the babies

A must. Starbucks!
And that about sums it up. Oh yeah, and Josh bought a house! So proud. It was a great time, and I'm already looking forward to going again. I happened to get a killer airfare out there, so I jumped on the opportunity. I've always wanted to go, and this is the year of "making things happen". AWESOME.

Crossfit Day 451 - 1/7/15

Loved this one. Clean and Jerk!! One of my favs.

We did a 9 min EMOM of 4 touch and go reps at 70% of our 1RM. My 1RM clean and jerk is 175 (whaaat) so I worked with 135. JESUS. It was heavy. But I did it!

For time.

200m Run
Front Squats (185/135)

The front squats had to be cleaned from the floor. Most girls can't do that, so most girls couldn't RX this WOD. I really pushed for it and made it happen! I opted to row though, because my foot has been all jacked up. I can't seem to get away from it.

Regardless, it was amazing. I finished in 9:51.

Crossfit Day 450 - Bring a Friend Day - 1/5/15

Bring a Friend Day! A good WOD to post about, for sure. I was excited because one of our guys, Ivan, from Dali finally decided to come in and try it out. I was SO PROUD OF HIM!

I was hoping to get paired up with him, but Tom stuck him with Jared instead, which totally worked out. Jared was great with him!

Dezi and I became a killer team, as usual. Love her!

The WOD was:

800m Run
100 hose slams
80 OH lunges (45/25)
60 burpees
40 box jumps (24/20)
400m Run
40 box jumps
60 burpees
80 OH lunges
100 hose slams
800m Run

I rowed. Dezi did the bike thing. We finished in 31:13. We wanted to do Mens weights and box heights but we were told no. :( THAT would've been awesome.

We were all sore the few days, but that's the good stuff.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Two Weeks Later and No Updates - 1/18/15

It's not because I haven't gone, it's because I haven't had the desire or drive to recant every detail about my workouts. I will catch up eventually. Maybe this week.

I also did some traveling; I went out to the Pacific Northwest for a few days and it was incredible.

Sometimes, we get into the mundane, day to day living. Sometimes we get these moments of incredible, while the rest is filled in with ho hum. I'm trying to find and create more of the incredible, and figuring out how to discard the unnecessary ho hum without disrupting everyone else's lives around me.

Does not sound like an easy feat. I'm just kind of living right now. great big hugs to my readers. I'm okay. I'm still working out. I'm still doing things. I'm at one of the lowest weights I've been at in years. I physically feel great.

Maybe it's because I'm getting old. Sigh.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Heavy Pause Squats and GHD Sit Ups - Perfection for New Year's Day - 1/1/15

My first time writing 1/1/15. Crazy.  We had open gym on New Year's Day, so I went in and took advantage.

I did 5 sets of 5 pause squats at 165, followed my 5 sets of 10 GHD sit ups. Felt so good. I'm still sore from the sit ups but that's what I wanted. My butt isn't sore from those squats, which means I either need to do more of them, or do them heavier, or both. Sigh.