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WinterWODFest

25 Jan

Quick back story: a woman at our gym registered, but could not participate in the Winter WOD Fest that CrossFit Eminence puts on – and wasn’t able to get a refund, so 16 hours before the competition I took her spot. Winter WOD Fest is a two-day competition that involves three workouts on Saturday and two on Sunday and what I come to the realization of is that it is no joke, and it is a competition you don’t just do on a whim. A few words to describe my first day in the competition are: 1. Overwhelming 2. Humbling 3. Eye-Opening.

1. Overwhelming

These girls are the bees-knees and because I am such a competitive person I get the jitters, can’t eat, and just want to impress people… And today- I didn’t even really impress myself, but that is just because I did not perform as well as I wanted to. It is an overwhelming feeling to feel unimpressed with yourself. I know what I am capable of, but my Mind,-yes I am referring to my mind as a person- really took over today and was a big, nasty, bitch. The mind can be a real downer sometimes, and now after today, on top of my long list of things I need to work on at the gym, Getting Mentally Strong is now on top.

2. Humbling

Some days I walk into the gym, crush the WOD, post my results and feel on top of the world. Today- everyone there was most likely one of the top girls at their gym in something, and everyone brought their A-game. It is a humbling experience to workout with some of the best CrossFit Athletes in Colorado and I look at the women with amazement and determination to one day, be like them. one day….

3. Eye-Opening

“Oh, these WODs are tailored for me.” Wrong. Every WOD killed me today. One of them even made me throw up for the first time ever. Does this mean I need to push myself harder in every day WODs. Yes. Does this mean I was naive. Yes. Are these bad things? No. Every competition I have done so far has been eye opening and this is a good thing. I’ll even say it is a great thing. I see what others do to prepare, I notice what others do to be better, and I can only take notes.

CrossFit has really changed my life and doing these competitions will only make me stronger – mentally and physically. I realize this post may seem like a pitty party, but for me, writing about my experiences help. And I hope this helps someone else who may have had a bad workout, came in dead last in a competition, or is struggling. We all have those days and we all just need to keep our heads high, breathe, and know that we are strong and as corny as it may sound- whatever doesn’t kill you, only makes you stronger.

WeSurvived

25 Jul

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I have never in my life signed up for a race that I could call a “fun-run.” All the races I have ever done I have went into wanting a certain time, eat a well-balanced meal the night before and come race day I put on my game face and push it to the limit. This past weekend Dan and I participated in our first “fun-run” called the SURVIVOR Mud Run in Berthoud, Colorado on a motocross track that included 20 obstacles and a lot of mud. When we signed up for this race we told ourselves that we were just doing it for fun to see how these mud races went. Race day came- our wave time wasn’t until 10:45am, it was about 90F degrees and we were in the middle of the wave as we started. Come the 2nd obstacle which was a mud pit we came out of it and a woman on the side yelled at me saying I was the first woman in our wave to get past the obstacle. This is when my competitive side came out. As we made our way through the 5th obstacle a woman passed me and was practically sprinting compared to my jogging-pace, but we made sure after that, that no other woman passed us. We passed people from the wave before us, and ended up finishing the 3.47 mile course in 40 minutes and 3 seconds. And not to mention, I finished in 5th place in my age group (Female 25-29). – not to brag or anything 😉

Now, Dan and I are already signing up for another one. This one seems to be a little bit more intense and its called the Spartan Race (http://www.spartanrace.com/) that is at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, CO next May (2013) and we hope to see some of you out there with us!

But, okay… My reason for writing this post isn’t to talk only to about myself, but I want to help those people who have questions about a mud race and give a few pointers. If you have any questions, go ahead and ask. But here is a list of my pointers:

  • Go to your nearest thrift store and buy a cheap outfit you don’t mind throwing away after the race. Dan and I threw everything we had on during the race away.
  • Bring a change of clothes. Although my mom drove us home after the race and I just sat in the car with a towel, we did bring a change of clothes.
  • Bring sunscreen. Typically these type of races are held in the summer, and on the course we were on there was absolutely NO shade. Make sure to put it on BEFORE the race.
  • Bring a towel. I would assume most of these races include a rinse off area, and a towel is handy after your ‘shower.’
  • If you have long hair, french braid it. If you just put it in a pony-tail the wet hair may hit you in the face, which would not be pleasant.
  • If you wear contacts or glasses do not wear them during the race, and although I do not wear either, I would recommend to those people who do to possibly wear swimming goggles.
  • Try to have someone spectate. Then they can take pictures for you. You will be so muddy after the race, I wouldn’t even try to take your own photos.
  • If you don’t want to throw your clothes away, bring a trash bag to put them in. Even after the shower, my clothes were no where near clean and no one wants to sit in the car with muddy clothes on.
  • Guys- don’t wear a shirt. This helped Dan out a lot, and then you don’t have to worry about your nipples chaffing.
  • And last, but not least. Have fun. And- it is okay to walk.

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