Fittest Games

Last weekend I traveled to Austin, Texas to compete in The Fittest Games. It was my absolute favorite event I have ever, ever, ever competed in. I competed in the Pro division which meant you had to have qualified for a regional in 2011. Our group was stacked. We had four girls that had been to The Games as individuals, a few that had competed at The Games on team and a lot of girls that finished very competitively in their region the year before. Yes, this was basically a regional and it was awesome.

The first event was a Pro Combine. It was composed of three events:  A Shuttle Run (7th), Broad Jump (15th)  and Med Ball Throw (9th). I ended up 12th overall in the first event. To say I was annoyed with myself is an understatement. Jumping for height and distance has always been a short coming of mine. Just reassurance that I need to keep working! It was a really fun event. I finished .07 from 2nd place on the shuttle run….you can’t even stop a stopwatch in .07 seconds. If you can if you have the fastest thumbs in the world.  

Photo courtesy of Matt Block

The second event was awesome. We had four minutes to find a one rep max ground to overhead with a strongman log. If you haven’t played with a strongman log before, do it. It is the most awkward thing in the world. After that we had two minutes rest followed by one minute of max reps of overhead squat at your bodyweight. The weight was set for us. We weighed in the day before. I was 132# which put me at a 135# overhead squat. If you weighed in at 130.1# you were doing 135#. 135.1# had to go up to 140#. We did not get to take it from a rack. You could drop it and re-clean it if needed.

I made 125# on the strongman log (6th) missing 135 twice. I couldn’t find my way under that log. 140# won the event. You can’t even equate the strongman log to a typical clean and jerk. It is so different. I had eight unbroken reps on the overhead squat (2nd). I felt incredibly solid. I wish I could have kept going just to see how many I could have gotten if there wasn’t a time limit. 9 reps won the event…the amazing Lisa Thiel! I finished 4th overall in WOD 2.

The third event was incredibly fun! It was called “The Muster”. 1-5 muscle ups and 5-1 thruster. So….1 muscle up, 5 thrusters, 2 muscle ups, 4 thrusters….and so on. Our thrusters went 75#, 95#, 115#, 125# and 135#. We had to change out our own weights. I probably could have been a lot faster in that department, however my muscle ups felt great, my thrusters felt great and I finished 4th on this event with a time of 5:12. It was a little bit of redemption from regionals as my 135# thruster felt like an empty bar.

Last WOD of the day. 12-10-8 Chest to Bar Pull Ups, Deadlifts (225#), Box Jump Over 20 inches. I was 5th going into the last event. I actually feel like this is my kind of WOD, but I did not finish the way I wanted. The box jump overs were something I had not done before. No portion of your body could ever touch the box. It all felt great until the last round and my C2B fell apart. I dropped off the bar with one rep left and stood on the ground looking up….looking up….looking up. The smallest things make the biggest difference. One flippin’ rep.  I finished in 5:55 putting me in 8th on this event. This moved me to 6th overall for the day. Everyone’s backs were destroyed before that last WOD. The strongman log definitely got to all of us more than we realized. I am axious to try this WOD again.

To say I was happy I finished 6th would be a total lie. I kept telling myself, “You did great. 6th is just a number that means nothing”. Those things are true. I did do great. Really great. 6th is a number. I was one point out of 5th and four points out of 4th. It doesn’t count yet. I still believe with all my heart I’m a top three girl. I just haven’t proved it yet.  However, every time I compete I learn something new about myself and what I need to do to get better. I do think this was one of my best overall competitions in a long time and definitely gave me more confidence.  Some things that were confirmed to me this weekend: I can beat anybody, I’m just as strong as anyone, I have the ability to get where I want to be by May. Other things that were confirmed to me this weekend: I still have a lot to get better at….mainly mental things.

The Fittest Games was a very well run event. There was so much going on during the day. Team competitions, Masters, Amateur and Pro and it all ran smoothly. There were four competition areas going at the same time. I have competed with some of the best females in the area over the last few months which has made me so much better. Plus, they are all fantastic people. Candice Ruiz took 1st, Lisa Thiel 2nd and Amanda Schwartz 3rd. It is going to be fun to see what happens in the South Central this year. There is a ton of competition!

Now what….

Keep training smart and hard. Keep eating clean. Work my weaknesses and turn them into strengths. Make my strengths stronger. Learn to do new things. Have fun. Believe.


Keep On Keeping On

Yesterday was rough. I would have tackled a small child for a handful of cereal. I mean it, I would have thrown them down to the ground for a bag of Cheerios, Froot Loops or anything that crunched. It is the first day in two weeks I have really “craved” something naughty. As you know I’m going no grain, no (processed) sugar indefinitely. I feel too good to put a cap on it. However, yesterday I was so tired for meat, eggs, veggies and nuts that I wanted to scream.

My car was in the shop and my husband was on call at the hospital so I was all alone. No one would have ever known. It would have been my little dirty secret. Good thing I don’t have junk in the house or it could have been disastrous. I kept trying to keep the cravings away by drinking lots and lots of water. That helped. A lot.

It was a twelve-hour rough patch that ended well. I pulled through and today I feel fan-freaking-tastic. Maybe that is because I have been enjoying meals like this on a daily basis.

Grass fed peppered steak, steamed broccoli, sautéed mushrooms and avocado. My husband said it was the best dinner of his life. I’m sure that isn’t true, but it was really nice of him to say.

Last week was another great training week in the books. I PR’ed my overhead squat (as I previously posted about), my power clean and…..drum roll please….my split jerk! Yes, after months and months of utter failure with this lift I finally started getting under the weight and not pressing it out at the top. There is hope for me yet. I hit 175# easy and failed at 180#. Boo. However, give me a few months and I will be hitting 185# or more. I will be clean and jerking that weight too. It is going to be legen..wait for it..dary.

Here is my 170# power clean PR on Friday. It felt great. I jumped to 180# after this and missed it. I have the slowest elbows in the world. That stupid weight hit me in the collar-bone four times. I kept jumping around after each attempt yelling, “I’ve got it! I’ve got it! I’ve got it”. I can be a little dramatic sometimes. I’ve got it next time.

I’m reading Tim Tebow’s book Through My Eyes. I’m four chapters in and so far it is pretty interesting. From the beginning he sounds like the most ultra competitive person on the planet…which I love. He talks about The Heisman Trophy Ceremony in 2008 when he lost out to OU’s Sam Bradford. That is the same year Florida and OU met in the BCS Championship Game.  Tebow recalls after the ceremony that as he was walking out he saw his Coach Urban Meyer and one of the other assistants who were both upset he lost. All he did was mouth to them “Game On”. Florida won. How incredibly awesome is that?

I’m heading to The Fittest Games in Austin this weekend. I’m beyond excited about the event. Lots of incredible competition.  I’m confident and excited. Game on!

P.S. Today is my half birthday. My birthday is the day after The Games. Now that would be a great way to say good-bye to my 20’s!

My Day

Is there anything better than a rest day? I mean really, a well deserved and needed rest day is the most amazing thing in the world. Thursday is my day. I get to sleep in a bit, I spend most of the day tending to my media business and my dogs and then I get stretched.

I know I’m doing something right. The last two weeks I have been wiped out. Once I get into bed and I can’t keep my eyes open to save my life. I’m sleeping hard and waking up rejuvenated. My WODs are going great and I’m feeling incredibly strong. However, by Wednesday about 5PM I am ready for my 36 hours of nothing. The good thing is, by Friday, I feel like a million bucks again. In the past, even after a rest day, I still felt iffy on Friday. I know my nutrition is enabling me to go hard and recover better than ever.

Last night I got home from the gym about 6PM. I took a shower and got into bed…immediately. I got back out of bed around 8PM to make three eggs for dinner and I ended up falling asleep a little after 9PM. I woke up this morning and immediately got into a epsom salt bath. It. Was. Awesome. I have been smelling lavender all day. Talk about relaxing!

I’m writing all of this more than anything to remind myself how important and beneficial actual rest is for my body and sanity. Today part of me really wants to pick up a barbell or walk around on my hands. However, I can do that tomorrow. Today is devoted to healing, rest and recovery.

Make sure you do the same thing. Take a day or two for you. It doesn’t mean you have to lock yourself in your house and not move, but take it easy. Stretch out, calm your mind, eat great (clean) food and maybe do a load or two or laundry. 🙂

P.S. My wrists are recovering very well! Thank goodness I’m a fast healer!

Happy rest day to all!

On A Mission

Yesterday I PR’ed my overhead squat, 160# after a 10 x 3 of heavy banded back squats. It was easy. Really, really, really easy. I decided to bypass 165# and go straight for 170#. I failed getting that weight off my back twice.  I suck at getting weight overhead. Actually, I don’t suck and getting weight overhead, I suck and dropping under weight in a jerk like you are supposed to. That bar was a good four inches over my head (I have it on video so I can vouch for that), but my body doesn’t drop at all. It was like I was frozen.  I basically push press everything. 160#….push press. 170# attempt….push press. Fail. Frustrated.

I let myself get nervous when I can’t see the bar. It is so stupid and frustrating. That is something that hinders me with the snatch and the jerk. Any kind of fast movement under the bar when it goes overhead, I’m done. It is a big weakness that needs some serious attention. This morning I went through some jerk work with the push jerk and spilt jerk.

Today I got a little better. I will get a little bit better tomorrow too….

I’m on a mission.

Keep repeating….I love muscle ups…I love muscle ups….

This weekend I had to the opportunity to drop by my first CrossFit gym, CrossFit Jenks, and visit and WOD with some of the most fantastic people on the planet. I have a theory that Breck likes to torture me when I come to visit. I swear every time it is either a high rep muscle up or handstand push up WOD. I like both of these movements, but I’m not very good (I’m getting better) at them when we get into the high rep category.  I’m definitely improving, but I was looking forward to a good tail whooping on this one. I mean that in all seriousness, I love getting my butt kicked. It is a reminder that I have to keep working my own butt off to get where I need to be with my weaker movements.

The WOD….

5 Rounds for time of 7 muscle ups and 21 burpees.

I could not be more pleased with how it went for me. I hit my first 7 muscles ups unbroken. PR for me! I feel like I could have easily gotten 10 if I kept going. I was able to keep hitting multiples through the first three rounds. I finished round three at about 10:30. Then this happened….

My last two rounds went to singles on the muscle ups. Finished in 19:45. I was very happy with how it turned out. Yes, I know, It is super gross and incredibly painful. However, I will survive! This picture was taken 24 hours later. I’m tracking the healing process. 🙂 On the up side….my shoulders felt great the next day.

A few months ago I would have let a work out like this freak me out. I would have been nervous and upset if it didn’t go well. I’m dealing a lot better with frustration during a wod and being able to make adjustments and just keep going.

In nutrition news….

I made it through a weekend and Christmas celebration at my in laws without touching the sugar and grain! I was surrounded by mashed potatoes, noodles, and dessert after dessert after dessert. I came armed and ready with my go to snacks. Thanks to Perfect Paleo for helping me be prepared! I still enjoyed a great Christmas dinner. Ham, turkey and a lot of raw veggies. Surprisingly, I was incredibly satisfied! Day eight and I’m feeling good.

Here is a video of my 27 food handstand walk from Friday night. So close to that 30!! Big, big, big improvement from the last video I posted! I’m trying to figure out how to breathe while I do this. I find that I hold my breath almost the entire way and breathing without throwing myself off-balance is slightly difficult. Suggestions?

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

Celebrate The Small Stuff

I’ve always tried to “not sweat the small stuff”. My best friend made me a card that said this in high school because I would flip out over tests and grades and life in general. It also included lots of pictures of Justin Timberlake who is officially off the market now. Bummer. Yes, I was that girl. I had to be a high achiever in everything I did and it wore me out. I still have the card to this day and it always makes me pause and calm my wacky brain. Thanks Angela! I think this is why I can/try to stay fairly positive in general about most things.  However, at the same time, it is the small things that make a big difference so I should be making a big deal about them while not obsessing, freaking out and neglecting other things. Not pretty.  I should celebrate the small victories, learn from the small set backs, have a game plan and move forward. I’m trying to find something positive to take from each day I train and carry that positivity onto the next day. Small victories add up to bigger ones down the road.

Five days into 2012…..So far the worst thing that has happened to us is leaving a New Year’s Eve party early and finding out two days ago that Kody’s name was drawn to win a $100 Rogue Gift Card. We weren’t there. We didn’t win. In the words of Wade Bittle….My fitness is ruined….

On to my small victories so far in 2012! 

I’m currently going no sugar, no grain, no dairy. Pretty much Whole 30 without saying Whole 30 because I plan to maintain this through July aka The Games. I’m allowing myself the smallest amount of fruit. Typically I like to go to fruit for my carbs. I’m trying to lean on the veggies and use fruit (berries!) right after I work out! Yes, there will be some slight deviation here and there , but no more back and forth (eat clean, eat whatever I want). All in.

My husband works an unpredictable schedule, which makes preparing dinner a challenge sometimes. Last night was a later night for him and I was getting hungry. Don’t make me get hangry people! I do my best to wait for him so we can eat together because I like having dinner with my husband. I started craving our favorite….Chik Fil A. True story, I love those nuggets! Instead of caving into my desires, I went to my DVR for motivation. I’ve posted about this before, but nothing gets me more fired up than watching 2011 Year of the QB Tim Tebow: Everything In Between. (It has been saved on our DVR since February 2011). He is a freaking beast. Nothing gets in his way. Despite what you may think about his beliefs, ability on the field, etc…. he is a master of work ethic. I admire that so much about him. I think he is all around fantastic. The only thing I craved after watching that was keeping on my solid path….and becoming friends with Tim Tebow. Victory!

2012 training has gone well. After a horrible (mentally) training Monday morning, I came back to the gym that evening and PR’ed Fran by 19 seconds. I was losing a battle with the bar during some bar muscle ups on Tuesday, but pulled it together and knocked out six. Victory! I just recently started getting these and they are still a work in progress. Some days are easy and some days I still feel stupid. Yesterday I put up a pretty solid score on a power clean (150#), push up, double under wod. Three rounds of 50 doubles unbroken during a wod. First for me on the doubles and the heaviest PC I’ve used in a met con. Didn’t miss a single one. Victory!

I’ve been in bed by 10PM each evening, I’m sleeping really well and today is a much-needed and deserved rest day. Hooray!

What have been your small victories so far this new year?

Is This The Year of The New You?

Let me begin by wishing all of you a Happy New Year!

January can be an intimidating, frustrating, exciting and overwhelming month. As a society, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves do be better in the new year. Eat better, work out more, be nicer, excel in our career, become something we weren’t the year before….    exhausting!

For the majority of people, resolutions will hold up a month or two. You’ll see large numbers at any gym you attend and by March it will return to normal. I went to Whole Foods yesterday at 2PM and it was like opening day. Everyone was stocking up on the “good for you food” for the new year. (P.S. organic cookies are not a health food people!) I wonder how many will keep that up even into next week?

I say this to make one point. Changes don’t have to be drastic. There just needs to be change!

About a month ago I attended a goal setting seminar with Aly RX Star from Austin, Texas. It is a program geared towards women to help them set out goals for themselves in CrossFit and all other aspects of life. I got a lot out of it as I know the other ladies in attendance did too. We talked a lot about was what our individual goals were, why we were setting that goal and how to go about reaching that goal.

She told us our goals needed to be SMART. Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Results. Timeframe. She asked us to make sure whatever our goal was that it could live up to these five things. I absolutely love this. It forces you to not only think hard about what you want to accomplish, but also how you are going to accomplish it.

This year, instead of saying “I am going to eat a better diet” try saying “I am going to have five homemade meals a week made with healthy, clean ingredients for the next three months”.  This is a specific goal. You can measure it (did you cook at home or not…easy). It is easily attainable (as long as you plan!). You will see results. You gave yourself a timeframe. You have already given yourself a plan to achieved your original goal of “eating a better diet”. Boom!

The past few months one of my big goals was to be able to walk on my hands. If you check out my goals page, you’ll see that I have made some massive improvement in this area! 20 feet! How did I go about reaching this goal? I set a specific one. Once I knew I could balance on my hands it was setting a goal distance, 20 feet. It is measurable and results driven because I knew how far I wanted to go and I could see the progress by how much my distance increased each time I attempted a handstand walk. I also set a side one night a week to go to a gymnastics class to specifically work on this goal.  I didn’t give myself a specific timeframe, but within three months my goal was achieved!

The hardest part once you set your goal is figuring out how to make it happen. This SMART way of thinking about your goal setting helps take some of the guess-work out! If you set a goal, but don’t set specificity around it then you aren’t doing yourself any favors.

STAR. Simple tactics achieve results. Like I said earlier, the change doesn’t have to be drastic, there just needs to be change!

What are some of your goals for 2012?

My biggest….Carson, California in July.