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RopeClimbs

8 Aug

Oh hi Rope Climbs. Nice to meet you.

Sure- I have climbed a rope before in CrossFit, but this came from a lot of practice and a lot of confidence. As a kid, I could never climb the rope in gym class unless it had knots in it; I was always too scared to try the un-knotted rope, and thought I would fall off at the top. One day, maybe a year or so ago, I had Dan teach me how to climb a rope after watching some girls fail on them at a competition. I didn’t want to fail at them when I had to do them. I am sure I looked like a crazy person using most of my upper body to get up the rope and from then on, I knew I needed to get more proficient at rope climbs- using my legs, not just my arms.

Yesterday, after doing CrossFit for 20 months I did my first WOD with rope climbs. They have been programmed in the past, but I couldn’t get over my fear of coming down the rope when there is a “rounds for time” workout. I always thought I would freak out, trying to get the best time, and not know what to do when it came time to climb, or worse- fall from however many feet high. This fear is real guys. I am not making this up.

Anyways, back to yesterday. The workout was 10 rounds: 1 rope climb, 2 deadlifts at 205#, and a 100m run with a 20 minute time cap. I thought this was a generous cap. I was seeing times of 14 minutes, all the way up to 18 minutes. So in my head I thought I had this in the bag to finish before the time cap. Well, I was wrong. Yes.. I have practiced rope climbs one at a time on days that I am fresh. I have never felt or realized how hard it is to climb a rope when your grip is shot, you’re all sweaty, and after about 3 climbs, your inner thighs hurt like hell, but you know you still have a few more to go. I got through 8 rounds plus one rope climb and one dead lift (so nine rope climbs total in 20 minutes). For me, I did not like my final score, but still wrote it up on the white board, sat there for a minute and then smiled- because I pushed through a fear I have had my whole life. This is the part where I really just had to leave my ego at the door and realize that damn… I just did that workout Rx, it kicked my ass, but I was proud of myself for trying something new, and pushing through a fear.

I still need work on my descent. I still need work on using my legs, and which clamping style works best. I know that there will always be things to work on. But today- I feel like just getting up and down a rope nine times is an accomplishment and I will take that as a mental PR for sure.

112Days

22 Apr

Guess what. 112 days ago millions of you set a New Year’s Resolution, or as I liked to call it – you made firm decisions to change something about what you do day to day and made goals for 2014. Do you even remember what you said you wanted to do? Do you remember what those goals were? Probably not. Lucky for me, I wrote them down in my January 2, 2014 post titled, “Year2014” and want to reflect how the first quarter of 2014 has gone and if I have even followed through with any of them.

 

  1. Do not drink alcohol for 30 days
    1. Did this and on day 31 I rewarded myself with a nice beer. It really was not that difficult and maybe I will try this again at some point this year.
  2. Add more vegetables to my diet
    1. I wouldn’t say I am adding more than I already did, but reading this reminded me to get on it and to replace some fruit with veggies to make it more balanced.
  3. Work on my muscle up progression with 9 strict pull ups and 9 strict ring dips for 8 weeks.
    1. I did this progression and still do not have a muscle up, but after watching The Outlaw Way’s Muscle Up progression video, I am going to start this.
  4. To participate in the 90 day YLE Nutrition Challenge
    1. I just completed this challenge and I did drop in body fat, but only by 0.2% and my weight stayed the same. Still happy with the results and this proved that I am doing everything right if I want to stay in the 20% body fat range.
  5. To participate in the 2014 CrossFit Games Open with CrossFit South Denver
    1. Done & Done. Please read any of my “recap” posts from each workout.
  6. Run a 7 minute mile and have a sub-7 minute Fran time
    1. I have run a mile on the treadmill in 6:58, but outside, the best time I have is 7:08. My best Fran time is 6:58 which I am very happy with and may wait awhile to retest that one.

Maybe look back at the past four months and ask if yourself if this is how you pictured your life to be when you were making new goals to better your life in 2014. If it is- then great! Keep at it. If it isn’t, treat today as DAY 1 and start checking those goals off of a list- you still have 8 months to make 2014 YOUR YEAR.

1year

21 May

On May 20, 2012 I finished my first half marathon and running was all I cared about. A year has gone by and on May 18, 2013, I competed in my first individual CrossFit Competition and although I still love to run, CrossFit is my new passion. Either way there are two things I have learned over the past year. Signing up for a race, or a competition keeps me motivated and keeps my butt off of the couch and in the gym, and second- being part of a running community or a CrossFit community has made my life better, and I have realized that the friends I make in an active community are great friends to have around because it promotes a healthy lifestyle.

I am happy for the friends I have made, and the races/competitions I have completed.. And there is no stopping any time soon.

Life

26 Apr

I didn’t know how to write, or really what to write when the Boston Marathon Bombing took place last week. Being a previous half marathon runner, I am always interested in the Boston Marathon, the elite times blow me away and actually had the webpage up that day seeing how fast some of the top runners finished. When news struck that two bombs had went off, I could not even believe it.  It was a sad day, and a depressing week any time I would turn on the news. It made me realize that life is fragile, and it’s destiny is not always in your own hands… Unfortunately.

So after two weeks, I finally put in my ear buds, and went for a run.  At this time last year I was running about 4 miles a day training for the Colfax Half Marathon, and during today’s run I had the victims of the Boston Marathon, the bombers, and my own destiny on my mind.

Right now, at this very moment I have a great job, close friends, a small little family, a large, loving, extended family, a house which is the place I call home, and I am healthy. Really- what more could I ask for? Nothing really comes to mind. Except, maybe I want to be able to do a muscle up, or countless burpees without feeling like absolute crap. (I can dream right?!).

Speaking of muscle-ups and burpees, I have some exciting news! Last weekend I participated in my very first competition and ended up not doing so bad. My team placed fourth out of six and now I cannot wait to do another. Oh, and I finally got through my plateau of weight loss, and weighed in at 128lbs. Not that I care about how much I weigh anymore, but I have not been able to get under 130 in two years.

I hope that everyone reading this takes a moment to realize the world we live in is a crazy place, and life is fragile, but to look at the positives and although cliché – live every day like it is your last.

Here are some photos from the competition:

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Addicted

19 Oct

“Everyone who has run knows that it’s most important value is in removing tension and allowing a release from whatever other cares the day may bring.”
– Jimmy Carter

Addictions can last a lifetime, while some of them start when you are a teenager, and some stop around the same time as well. Some addictions I have had in my life is the addiction of collecting Trolls as a kid, which stopped around middle school, I was addicted to coffee with hazelnut creamer there for a while and now I am addicted to running.

I am not only addicted to running, I am just plain addicted to working out. Yes, I have my lazy days, but once I start running, or working out and those endorphins start to pump I remember why I love it so much. It is the one thing that completely clears my head and the only thing I think about is my breathing, my stride, or how much more I can push myself. I am hoping to make this a lifelong addiction, and hope that I can pass this addiction on to others like my Dad passed it on to me.

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Thanks dad, I love ya.

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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