Monthly Archives: March 2013

Weekend Shopping

Yay! I finally bought a few things from my wish list that I posted a few weeks ago.

1. I bought GOT FOR FREE the foam roller that I wanted. Yessss!!! I absolutely love it. I would have paid for it. It’s 100% totally worth it. If you’re debating a new foam roller I would definitely recommend the grid.

Great story. Every time Jacob comes to visit me in High Point, we usually end up going to the REI at Friendly Center in Greensboro. It’s a two story REI and we LOVE IT. Some how, magically, every time we go, they are ALWAYS having their members-only garage sale. Usually filled with tons of awesome gear, clothes, shoes, random stuff that people have returned for whatever reason. It’s hilarious to shop this sale because they have the reasons for the return written on the tag. It usually ends up sounding something like this: “wore for two weeks, decided I didn’t like it…” WHAT? or “decided this hiking pack was too big…” Anyways, Jacob usually ends up finding AWESOME stuff. One time we found a pair of REI camping cots (the legit ones that are super comfortable). The tags said $50/each, BUT when we went to check out they rang up as $25 each…$50 for the pair! BOOM! This time Jacob ended up walking away with an Arc’Teryx brand hiking backpack. It was originally like $250, but he got it for $70.

It was also my lucky day too because our REI dividends for 2012 were ready to be used. If you aren’t an REI member, but shop there on the reg, you should become a member. You get like 10% of your purchases back every year to use just like a gift card. This year Jacob and I racked up $90 in dividends, so I snagged the trigger point grid foam roller and ended up paying $0 and Jacob only had to pay $20 for his back pack. We are quite the savvy shopping couple.

2. Norts (Nike Shorts) were buy one get one half off at Dick’s this week. Grabbed two pairs, in the smallest size I’ve ever been able to fit into as far as sports shorts go. Thanks CrossFit. Annnnnd I had a $10 off coupon, score! $40 for shorts!

3. Bought a mint green Brine lacrosse ball to use for mobility. Sorry Rouge Fitness, I love you guys, but I didn’t want to pay for shipping.

4. New Food Processor!! Hooray! No, I didn’t get the Ninja, but I did upgrade to a 3-cup food processor/chopper. Food Network brand from Kohl’s– $25. Definitely worth the upgrade. I wasn’t ready to commit to the legit $200 Cuisinart/Kitchen Aid/Ninja one yet. I’m feeling like that’s more of a birthday present type of purchase.

 

Review of 13.3 aka wall ball hell

I did the work out first on Thursday morning. Ended with a score of 160. My wall ball strategy went like this: First 50 = sets of 10. Second 50 = trying not to die. Third 50 = sets of 5. Finished with 11:30 on the clock. Somehow managed to crank out 10 double unders. Reminder: I couldn’t really even do double unders until about a week ago.

Tried the WOD again on Sunday. Did a little bit better. Wall ball strategy was still about the same. I somehow moved a little faster though because I finished with the wall balls by 10:30. I was able to do 28 double unders which put me with a score of 178. No muscle ups for this girl. Ehhh, maybe next year. They’ll probably do the WOD again and go for the three-peat.

 

Newest Obsession: Lara Bars

Especially the coconut cream pie ones. OOOO-EMMEE–GEEEE! My friend, Natalie, tried them last week. I was skeptical at first. Coconut isn’t usually my go-to, but I figured, “Hey, Natalie says they’re good, so they must be good!” So I found them at Harris Teeter, and by golly if these things aren’t the most delicious paleo treats I’ve ever had! Most all of the bars are made with fruit, dates, nuts, etc. All natural and paleo-friendly ingredients. Yummy, yummy. Some other great flavors are: apple pie, banana bread, chocolate coconut, peanut butter and jelly, cherry pie, blueberry muffin, and carrot cake. Beware though, they are rich and very addicting. Per Natalie’s suggestion–she cuts them in to 12 tiny pieces. She’s much more disciplined than I am though. I usually eat half of the bar before realizing what I’ve done. So take Natalie’s advice and cut them into pieces as soon as you get them home.

Through some online researching I also found that they make a line called “Jocolat” made with cocoa powder that are supposed to taste like chocolate. Whhhhat?! I really want to try the chocolate hazelnut. I’m going to have to get my hands on these some how…

I just posted two days in a row… Whhhhhat?

Check you guys later!!

P.S. I started reading The Power of Community: CrossFit and the Force of Human Connection by Dr. Allison Wenglin Belger. It seems awesome. I’ll let you guys know what I think when I’m all done.

 

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Cooking with Kayla

I’m sorry I only posted once last week. I was busy reading instead of writing. But now, I have a lot to write about, so hunker down for story time.

A few things you should know about me.

  • I am 23 years old.
  • I lived at home for almost two years after college.
  • My mom cooked almost all of my meals for me.
  • She’s an excellent chef

    When I moved out on my own in October, I had to teach myself how to cook. Now, I make it sound like I had no idea what to do in the kitchen. It wasn’t that bad. Mostly, I liked making really easy, basic, low-maintence meals. The paleo lifestyle, isn’t really all about low-maintence meals. Paleo cooking can sometimes be pretty labor intensive, time consuming, and very involved. And here I am teaching myself how to do it all. What a grown up I’ve become. Anyways, it’s always an event when I cook here in the apartment. My roommate and I haven’t decided if it is because I’m not a very experienced chef, because I’m super excitable, or just because we have a tiny apartment kitchen so it just seems like a big deal because there is a ton of stuff flying everywhere in such a small space. Whatever the reason, I tend to be pretty entertaining when I’m cooking. One time, after making a successful meal, I once shouted at my roommate that I was a“magician.” My roommate is pretty much the best for putting up with me and my kitchen shenanigans.

So now that I’ve painted this awesome picture for you of my kitchen personality let me share some of what I’ve been making recently.

Friday night, Jacob came to visit, and he said he’d like to have chicken pot pie for dinner. Being the awesome girlfriend that I am, I scoured the internet for recipes, and came across this seemingly simple yet delicious chicken pot pie recipe. It was fabulous! I made a few alterations because I wanted a more traditional tasting pot pie, but for the most part I stuck to her recipe. I’ll list my alterations below…

  • I used a rotisserie chicken because I was pressed for time. Not sure how big it was, but it was the whole bird. I basically just pulled off all of the skin and plucked the meat into tiny pieces.
  • I used celery, carrots, onions, and peas (not paleo but they are accepted on the whole life challenge right now)
  • I used a miniature food processor. I recommend using a normal sized one for the crust, but it was all I had at the time.

Issues I had:

  • I didn’t really measure my veggies; I just used them all, so I had a ton of filling. Follow her measurements, you’ll be set.
  • The baking container I used was not big enough for my filling, so it was almost overflowing.
  • I would recommend putting the ball of dough in the fridge for ~30 minutes if you have time. I only did mine for 5 and it was still kind of “sticky.”
  • It also didn’t go very well when I tried to top the filling with the crust because when the crust hit the liquid of the filling it immediately disintegrated. BUMMER!
  • Also, I definitely had to bake mine for a lot longer than 20 minutes. I think it was in the oven for more like 45 minutes. maybe more

Despite all of that (those are pretty usual obstacles for me though) it turned out REALLY well. It was really yummy, and we had about 6ish servings from it.

Breakfast the next morning was an experiment too. I had been dreaming up a recipe of a “breakfast bowl” with eggs, bacon, and sweet potato hash. We weren’t really sure how to do the sweet potato hash, so we just kind of went for it. I like potato “gems” the best, so Jacob took the time to cut the sweet potatoes into tiny pieces for me – so sweet.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 4 eggs – scrambled
  • 4 pieces of bacon
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil
  3. Arrange bacon
  4. Cook for 10-12 minutes
  1. Peel sweet potatoes
  2. Slice into discs
  3. Cube slices
  4. Chop onion
  5. Add coconut oil to a medium sized skillet, and heat over medium heat
  6. Add sweet potato gems and chopped onion
  7. Cook until potatoes are soft; approximately 15 minutes
  1. Scramble eggs in a bowl
  2. Scramble over medium heat

The grand finale: dice bacon and combine all ingredients into a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Voila!

Sunday rolled around and unfortunately, Jacob had to head home Worst part about a long distance relationship = saying good-bye.

I usually cope by cooking up a storm, so I’ll have all of my meals ready freddy for the following week. Here’s the line up:

Spoiler alert for a post to come later this week: I bought a new food processor on Sunday. I decided to upgrade from my baby 1-cup processor to a 3 cup processor with more speeds and functions! YES!!! I’ll review it along with a few other items that I bought from my wish list.

I made it through the meatloaf just fine. Then, I was getting ready to start on the egg muffins. I washed the new food processor to get rid of all of the germies. I was drying it off and excited to get processing when, OOPS! I sliced the side of my thumb on the blade ūüė¶ My first paleo cooking related injury. It really wasn’t that bad, I’ve just never experienced a kitchen injury before, so I was just kind of surprised and annoyed that it interrupted my cooking train. Can’t keep me down for long though, I tied a baby tourniquet ’round my thumb (once it stopped bleeding, of course) and kept on trucking.

#cookingthroughthepain

#cookingthroughthepain

Breakfast Egg Muffins for one

Since I cook for myself during the week, I make meals so they last me all week. Now, paleo egg muffins are all over the internet. I’ve tried lots of recipes. These two are definitely my favorite and the inspirations for mine.

PaleOMG On-The-Go Egg Bites *These are awesome because of the sweet potatoes and her cooking video is hilarious!

Everyday Paleo Egg Cupcakes

Having made each of these recipes multiple times, I just tried to adapt the ratios and ingredients a little bit to come up with egg muffins that are perfect for me.eggs + veggies

Ingredients:

  • 6 Organic, free-range, Omega-3 eggs
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 6 smalls peppers (I used yellow, red, and orange)
  • 1/2 pound of pork sausage (I buy a pound, use half then freeze the other half for next week)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Pre-heat over to 350 degrees
  2. Grease a muffin tin, or line with silicone baking cups
  3. Brown sausage in a skillet over medium heat; set aside
  4. Chop peppers and run through the food processor; set aside
  5. Run spinach through the food processor
  6. Crack eggs into a medium sized mixing bowl; whisk
  7. Add peppers, spinach, and sausage to the egg mixture.
  8. Season with salt and pepper
  9. Stir until well incorporated
  10. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop out the mixture and pour into muffin tin wells
  11. Bake for 25 minutes.

Makes 10; 2 a day for each day of the work week!

Another exciting event from this weekend: I found an almond butter grinder-machine-thing at Harris Teeter that grinds the almonds right in front of you in this fancy machine to make almond butter. It was so cool! I should have taken a video, but these awesome pictures will have to do. It’s super yummy, I will definitely be doing that again soon!

Have a happy week everyone!

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Confessions of a CrossFitter

I am a terrible rower…

There I said it. ¬†I suck at rowing. I dread rowing during WODs, even during warm-ups sometimes. ¬†For the life of me I can’t understand why I’m so inconsistent with my strokes. Both of my coaches have worked with me on my rowing technique, and sometimes I can implement their instructions, but then I always end up back in my old, inefficient habits. ¬†#worst

So…with the Internet as my witness, I am making it my person goal to become a better rower by the end of the Whole Life Challenge (April 13th). ¬†I figure that’s a solid date, plus our benchmark WLC WOD includes rowing at the beginning, and I want to own that WOD. ¬†Plus I’ll be able to actually “measure” my performance to determine if I’ve actually improved and become better.

How am I going to become a better rower? ¬†PRACTICE! ¬†Since our morning class is usually small, we get to warm up on the rowers a lot of the time, so that will be a great time to practice, and any other “down time” I have after WODs or on Saturdays.

I also started with some good, old-fashion research tonight (it’s what I do best). ¬†These are some great videos I found on youtube.com. ¬†The first one is long, but seemed the most helpful. ¬†The other two have a lot of background noise (literally), but are still super helpful. ¬†Jason Khalipa’s video is incredibly simple and basic, but I like his explanation of the order in which the movements happen: ¬†“Legs, Hips, Arms, Arms, Hips, Legs” Just like a ladder! I plan on saying this over and over again when I’m rowing. ¬†I hope these help!

 

 

 

What’s your CrossFit “goat?” ¬†What exercise/movement makes you cringe when you see it on the whiteboard?

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One Month In…

Hooray! Girl Meets WOD has been live for a little over a month now! woot woot!

And I have made it through one month of the Whole Life Challenge, guess what that means?  Only one month left! Only one more month until I eat a giant cupcake. #yum.

So, in the past month I’ve written nine blog posts. ¬†I started out only writing about once a week, but lately I’ve been averaging about two posts a week. ¬†Pretty solid start if I do say so myself. ¬†I don’t know how many of you out there are reading any of my gibberish… (if you are: ¬†thanks, you’re awesome!!) ¬†I’m thinking I don’t have very many readers or followers at this point for a couple of reasons. ¬†First, I have not been marketing this blog at all. ¬†In fact, I’ve really only told about 15 people that I was even writing a blog. ¬†SinceI’ve wanted to start a blog for such a long time I was/am nervous to taut what I was doing for fear that I would start one and then quickly lose interest or get discouraged because of the lack of followers. ¬†Welllll, I’ve decided I’m not going to let either of those things happen. ¬†Whether this blog has 2 readers or 2 million, I am going to keep writing it as long as my love and interest for CrossFit remains, which it darn well better because I love it!!!

Do I have big plans for this blog though? ¬†Absolutely. ¬†What kind of ambitious, naive 23-year-old would I be if I didn’t?! ¬†Want to know what some of my plans/goals are?

A. ¬†I’m working with a logo company to come up with my very own Girl Meets WOD logo! ¬†I’m hoping it will be ready sometime next week. ¬†It better look legit.

B. ¬†I’ve been doing some research and talking with a few friends about blog design, layout, structure, and theme design. ¬†This thing needs to get legit looking. ¬†I know just enough about blogs and WordPress to be able to write this thing, but I’m not awesome enough to do all of the “web stuff” on my own. ¬†I’m going to have to call in back up for that.

C.  Purchase the blog name as a domain.

D. ¬†Once A thru C are in place (my goal is by May 1), I’m going to start marketing GMW everywhere I can. ¬†I’ll start with the obvious ones– Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and then see what else I can come up with.

In the mean time, I’m going to read the heck out some books and other blogs, and absorb all the information I can about what it takes to be a successful blogger. ¬†The word “successful” not having a clear meaning for me yet since I’m not sure how I’ll measure my success yet.

All of these plans may seem extremely obvious or even juvenile, but because I’m a perpetual planner, I feel soooo much better when I write down everything that I want to achieve. ¬†Plus, now that I’m publishing it on the blog, I’m more likely to hold myself accountable for these meeting my deadlines.

And just incase anyone is interested, my long-terms goals are to begin posting original WODs and Paleo recipes that I’ve come up with all on my own.

Alright, now that the business-y side of this post is over with. ¬†Let’s get down to what’s really important…

THIRTEEN POINT TWOOOOO!!

Annie and Lindsey were awesome!  They destroyed that WOD, and made it look effortless.  While I did not manage to get 12 rounds like Annie, I still enjoyed this work out.

I decided to do it bright and early Thursday morning during our 6:30am class. ¬†When they announced the WOD, my initial thought was, “75lbs is going to be heavy [on the shoulder to head] but at least it’s only 5 reps.” Well, I was right. ¬†It was heavy. I don’t know what my deal is. ¬†I’m wondering if I’m not increasing my weight enough each week or challenging myself the way I should be, but I feel like after almost 4 months of CrossFit I should be lifting more than that. ¬†Maybe I’m just being picky, I don’t know. ¬†Anyways, I ended up getting 176 reps. ¬†Almost 6 complete rounds. ¬†Hey, I’ll take it. ¬†This was a sprint of a work out, and if I were stronger I definitely think I could’ve rolled through it. ¬†BUT, my thought is: room for improvement. ¬†I’ll get there, I’ve just got to keep at it, which I will. ¬†Super excited for 13.3 though. ¬†I’m predicting double unders or pull ups both of which have yet to master.

Another baby milestone for this week– I made it to the 6:30am class every single morning this week. ¬†YES! ¬†I’ve always been a morning person, so it’s not like it’s a big deal for me to get up early, but it did feel good to make it to the morning class every day this week. ¬†I like our morning crew. We are small and pretty quiet, but we get it done. #BOOOM

In other news… Guess what movie comes to theatres this Friday?! ¬†MURPH!!!!

Murph was the first CrossFit WOD I’d ever heard of, thanks Ian and Jacob. ¬†And when they told me what the work out was, I thought, “There’s no way I could ever do that.” ¬†I still haven’t done Murph as of right now, but it’ll be coming soon. I’m sure of it. ¬†Anyways, I’ve already asked the local movie theatre if they’ll be playing Murph on Friday, but unfortunately, they won’t know until Tuesday. ¬†I guess I’ll just have to wait and see!

In case you don’t have friends who love CrossFit, the Navy, and America: “Murph” is a CrossFit¬†HERO work out. ¬†It is named for Michael P. Murphy, a heroic Navy SEAL, who was killed in action in 2005. ¬†He is a true American Hero.

The Movie:

The WOD:

For time:
1 mile Run
100 Pull-ups
200 Push-ups
300 Squats
1 mile Run

Everyone should definitely go see the movie if it’s playing in your area. It’ll no doubt inspire you, and remind you how fortunate we are to have such amazing military service men and women defending our country.

Thanks for reading!  Until next time, WOD on!

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If I had a money tree…

Wednesday Wish List!

Since I’m a girl, and I also like to shop (when I’m not WOD-ing), I have a huge shopping list of products that I would looooove to buy and use in the kitchen while making scrumptious paleo recipes, and to use at the box while getting my WOD on. ¬†Do any of you have these products? ¬†What do you think of them? ¬†Or would you recommend something else? ¬†Let me know!

For the Kitchen:

Ninja Pro Blender/Food Processor

Photo Credit:  Amazon.com

Photo Credit: Amazon.com

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker

Photo Credit: Amazon.com

Photo Credit: Amazon.com

Kuhn Rikon Julienne Peeler

Photo Credit: Amazon.com

Photo Credit: Amazon.com

Glass Containers

Photo Credit: Overstock.com

Photo Credit: Overstock.com

Silicone Baking Cups

Photo Credit: Amazon.com

Photo Credit: Amazon.com

For the Box:

RX Smart Gear Speed Rope

Photo Credit:  RXSmartGear.com

Photo Credit: RXSmartGear.com

Lacrosse Ball from Rouge Fitness

Photo Credit: RougeFitness.com

Photo Credit: RougeFitness.com

Trigger Point Performance The Grid Foam Roller

Photo Credit:  REI.com

Photo Credit: REI.com

Lulu Lemon Reflect Pull Over

Photo Credit: LuluLemon.com

Photo Credit: LuluLemon.com

Reebok CrossFit Socks

Photo Credit: ShopCrossFitReebok.com

Photo Credit: ShopCrossFitReebok.com

WOD Addiction Tank

Photo Credit: WODAddiction.com

Photo Credit: WODAddiction.com

 

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13.1

THIRTEEN POINT ONEEEEE!

That’s what I was screaming when I ran out to the car this morning when we were leaving to go to the box. ¬†Jacob laughed at me. ¬†I can’t help it though, I just get so excited about CrossFit!

So, my 13.1 adventure actually started out on Wednesday night while I watched them announce the work out live from Charlotte, and then I watched in amazement as Dan Bailey and Scott Panchik made the WOD look easy! ¬†I was also a dummy and didn’t realize that they were going to have scaled weights for women, so I thought I was going to have to snatch 75lbs, 135lbs, 165lbs and 210lbs. ¬†The thought of that made me want to laugh/cry since my 1 RM snatch was only 75lbs. ¬†I spent all day Thursday thinking this too (so silly).

When I got to the gym Thursday evening I was still super nervous. Then, our coach announced the weights for women, and I immediately felt a little better. ¬†I still wasn’t sure how many times I’d be able to snatch 75lbs.

After we were all warmed up and stretched out, we got our weights ready and our burpee spot. ¬†My judge/rep counter came over and it was a bro I’d never met before, but he was super nice. ¬†I had absolutely no strategy going into the WOD. ¬†I wasn’t really sure what to expect since this my first open, ¬†and to be honest, it sort of felt like any other work out.

As the clock started counting down I had that “roller coaster” feeling, and I think the excitement/adrenaline took over at that point, and I was down for my first burpee. ¬†It went pretty well actually, after about 20 burpees I can remember thinking, “Ugh, burpees suck.” But that’s typical of any burpee work out. ¬†I think I was just trying to move as fast as possible through the burpees since I knew I could do those and was way more worried about doing snatches. ¬†The first set of snatches at 45lbs went pretty fast too. ¬†I think I broke them up into 2 sets of 15 since the weight wasn’t too heavy. ¬†Then it was back to burpees. ¬†Fatigue started catching up with me at this point. ¬†I didn’t feel as fluid in my second set of burpees–I probably should have paced myself better. ¬†After the 30 burpees I got back to the bar. ¬†The first snatch was brutal. ¬†75lbs felt so much heavier than I remembered. I had a lot of time though, 8 minutes I think. ¬†That seemed like a lot of time to do 30 snatches. ¬†They kept getting harder though, and by the end of 17 minutes, I had completed 26 snatches at 75lbs. ¬†I was definitely happy with my performance since 75lbs was my previous 1 RM. ¬†So in total, my reps for the first attempt was 126. ¬†No, I’m not going to make it to the Games this year, but this is a personal best for myself, so I’m happy.

After the WOD, I stayed to help count reps for the 7pm class, even though it meant having to miss watching Jeopardy ūüė¶ ¬†Yes, my roommate and I are super nerds, and we watch Jeopardy together every night. ¬†We’re actually pretty good. ¬†I could definitely hang with the teenage contestants that they have sometimes.

Fast forward to Saturday, March 9th…

I drove to Roanoke after work on Friday since Jacob has a class Sunday morning. ¬†I’m such a nice girlfriend ūüôā ¬†We decided we were going to do the open workout together at his affiliate – Brickhouse CrossFit in Roanoke, VA on Saturday morning. ¬†I’d never been to BHC before and was pretty excited to check it out. ¬†Before heading downtown we picked up our good friend Andrew, a fellow CrossFitter, who was also going to be doing the open work out with us.

By the time we got to the box, there were already 6 heats filled!  So many CrossFit athletes, I love it! We signed up for heat 7 and proceeded to watch the torture as everyone else completed the WOD before us.

FINALLY, at about 12:30 it was our turn to go. ¬†Jacob and I were able to work out right next to each other, which made me feel a lot better since I didn’t really know anyone there. ¬†I rolled through the first set of burpees again, then had the same strategy with the first set of snatches (2 sets of 15). ¬†The second set of burpees seemed to tick by quickly also. ¬†THEN, the daunting 75lb snatches-ugh. ¬†I felt a little better knowing that I should be able to get through at least 26 of them. ¬†I started the snatches at 11:00 minutes. ¬†I had to drop the weight after every one, not the best strategy, but hey, I’m not all that strong yet. ¬†With 15:10 on the clock I had completed 25 snatches…only 5 more to go. ¬†I rocked them out by 16:00 minutes exactly, and dropped it for some more burpees. ¬†At this point I was pretty exhausted, but I knew I wasn’t going to give up. I got through 11 burpees making my total score 141 reps. ¬†15 more than Thursday— wooohooo!!!! Not going to lie, I was pretty siked. I love CrossFit.

I honestly can’t wait for next week’s WOD. ¬†Annie and Camille will be doing the WOD live in Brooklyn and it’s going to be aweeesome! The good news is…only 4 more days until Wednesday!

So what does a couple do after a Saturday CrossFit work out? ¬†Well, we made lunch: ¬†Rutabaga + onions + eggs with bacon. ¬†Much yummier than I expected! I also made apple/cinnamon muffins while Jacob took a nap. ¬†And for the rest of the day we’ll be watching Combat Rescue and eating pork carnitas for dinner. ¬†Exciting, I know, you must be so jealous. ¬†Kidddddding.

Anyways, thanks for reading the tale of my first CrossFit Open WOD. ¬†I hope you all had fun doing the WOD as well and I image lots of you PR’d too- which is AWESOME! ¬†Best of luck to us all over these next few weeks!

The Open Is Upon Us

So…who just spent the last hour glued to their computer screen as they announced the first WOD of the 2013 CrossFit Open?!

THIS GIRL DID!

A) It was so exciting that they were filming/doing all of the coverage LIVE in Charlotte, NC. ¬†In my state! Only 1.5 hours from where I sat watching on my computer! Crazy! ¬†When I think about CrossFit I always think about the elite-est (not a real word), most legitimate athletes being in California. ¬†I don’t know why, probably because there are more paleo friendly restaurants out there…

B) Burpees and snatches…

you can see my reaction to the WOD here

I’m not going to lie… I don’t even know if I’ll be able to do 30 snatches at 75lbs. ¬†But, Hey! Room for improvement right?!

If you missed out on the fun tonight, you can watch the replay here 

I’ll be attempting 13.1 tomorrow evening at 5:00 or 6:00 and then probably again on Saturday with Jacob in Roanoke. I’ll report back about how it goes.

HAPPPPPPPPY HUNGER CROSSFIT GAMES! May the reps be ever in your favor!!

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First CrossFit Competition

Happpppppy Sunday Morning, everyone!

I’m sitting here, mildly sore, after my very first CrossFit competition. ¬†It was awesome!! ¬†Our coach/owner decided to host a members-only CrossFit competition at our gym yesterday. ¬†There were 4 divisions: ¬†Men’s RX; Women’s RX; Men’s Scaled; Women’s Scaled. ¬†I was placed in Women’s Scaled along with nine other competitors, and I ended up finishing second overall-yay! I’ll post the WODs and my scores below:

WOD #1

  • 2 minute max rep back squats (50% of body weight)
  • rest 1 minute
  • 2 minute max rep 100 ft shuttle runs
  • rest 1 minute
  • max time isometric hold from the bar (dead hang)

My scores:  37 back squats @ 75lbs; 13 full shuttle runs; 2 minutes, 35 seconds on the hang

WOD #2

6 minute AMRAP @ 55lbs

  • 9 dead lifts
  • 6 hang power clean
  • 3 front squats

My score:  8 complete rounds

WOD #3 (and #4)

WOD #3 was a 4 minute AMRAP

  • 10 burpees over the box @ 16″
  • 15 abmat sit ups
  • 20 box jumps @ 16″
  • 25 shoulder to overhead 45lbs
  • 30 sandbag get ups (20lb sandbag)

AMRAP of single unders

Rest 1 minute then WOD #4 was a 6 minute AMRAP of the same exercises as above.

My scores:  WOD #3 = 75 reps and WOD#4 = 80 reps

I even had my two biggest fans of the day come out to watch: ¬†Sarah and Kori! ¬†Sarah was able to snap this picture (I’m in the middle of the second WOD doing a hang power clean)

CrossFit

Whole Life Challenge update:

We’ve made it through two full weeks so far. ¬†I’m yet to lose any points, despite many temptations. ¬†They finally fixed the weird bonus point situation (the first 12 days our bonus points weren’t showing at all) but now it’s back to being weird again. ¬†I should have 6 bonus points, but it’s showing as a big,fat GOOSE EGG in my bonus points column-boo!! ¬†But really, I every time I think about eating something I’m not supposed to I go through this dialogue in my head that sounds something like this:

Me:  If you eat that [insert non-paleo delicacy] how will you feel afterwards?

Options: satisfied, guilty, remorseful, happy, ashamed (when I have to enter fewer than 5 points in the nutrition category)? Will it be a gateway to eating other non-compliant foods? And then I’ll totally fall off the wagon… ahh!

Usual Decision: ¬†The stress of thinking about how I will feel afterwards has prevented me from “cheating” every time. ¬†It’s almost easier for me to just not do it, then I don’t have to worry about it.

Things I’m learning in this challenge:

  • self discipline
  • eating clean is freaking expensive
  • mobilizing every day really is beneficial
  • Liquid fish oil is disgusting, and I’ll be switching to capsules as soon as possible.
  • Pretty much all mainstream grocery stores (even Whole Foods and TJ’s) are filled with processed foods… #depressing
  • I’m extremely competitive.
  • 95% of my tweets are CrossFit related

In other news…

I registered for my first race since August 2012! ¬†Yep, I am running the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K in Richmond on April 13th (which is also the last day of the Whole Life Challenge) with my childhood best friend, Christine. ¬†We ran it together last year, and it was a blast, so we decided to go for round two! ¬†In years past, I wouldn’t have even needed to train for a 10K race, because I was almost always in shape to be able to run 10+ miles. ¬†BUT, this year is different. ¬†In December I decided to commit myself to doing ONLY CrossFit work outs, because I love them so much, and I starting drinking the [CrossFit] kool-aide big time. ¬†Plus it has been too cold and dark outside to run, and I despise treadmills.

Anyways, I went for a run last Sunday, just to sort of gauge where I am in terms of running more than just a mile. ¬†I felt great. ¬†I was in sync with my usual 8:50ish pace, and my body felt great, and I started to think, “Hey! ¬†I’m not out of ¬†‘running-shape’ at all!” ¬†Then, I finished up 2 miles, and started realizing that my endurance was way down. ¬†I think that was to be expected though. ¬†So, in the end, I was mildly disappointed that I didn’t feel like I could run 10 miles that day, but I’m happy with what CrossFit has done for me in the past three months, and I’ll just have to work harder and train for this upcoming 10K race. ¬†It’ll be good though; it will ease my back into running.

New recipes for this week:

I’m heading out to go for my first 10K training run right now – 3 miles. ¬†I’ll let you know how it goes!!!

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