Archive | March 2014

Reflections on the Crossfit Open and Becoming a Big Girl

Well hello! So here we are, finished with 3 weeks of the crossfit open. Last time we talked I was just getting ready for the first week. So here’s my thoughts on the open so far.
1) The open workouts are tough, probably more mentally than physically in a lot of ways
2) Cardio….The first two open workouts were very cardiovascular based and as I have been getting stronger I have also sadly been getting a it slower…
3) I still have so much work to do if I want to be one of the best, and I’m not fully sure that’s even what I want anymore
4) It’s definitely been a good learning experience but I’m kind of ready for it to be over…5 weeks is a long time to be in competition mode and I’m ready for some calm and stress free workouts!
So that’s kind of where I’m at with the open right now. Overall I’m doing okay, I’m 132 out of 5,239 in my region and in the world I’m 1,536 out of 65,893. So putting that into perspective I’m in the top 3% for my region and the top 2% in the world. So that’s pretty cool. Unfortunately to make it to regionals I want* to be top 43, or in the top .8 % so I’m not there yet!

On a positive note I got the chance to go up to Chicago and visit my good friend and training partner Paige, who’s going to law school there. Her Crossfit gym does a fun mock competition on Fridays during the open and she invited me to come participate. It was so much fun!!

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I took the train to the city, and it was actually my first time riding a train, can you believe it?

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I also ended up taking a taxi for the first time, so basically I became a “big girl” on this trip! We also walked to all the places we went in the city and that was a nice change of pace from my usual driving everywhere back home. It made me realize I may like living in a big city after all!

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Not to mention this is a pretty nice view to wake up to!
When we were walking back from the gym, we came across this bar and I just had to get a picture!!

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What do ya know, a bar just for me! Somehow we didn’t get ANY pictures of the two of us from this trip, which is a major fail. However, I had an awesome time and it was definitely a nice change of pace and a nice mini trip to finish off my spring break!

Now it’s back to the normal grind of work, teaching and studying!

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Some serious grading going down there! I also had a second phone interview with a job I really like, so I’m hoping it went well and I hear back with good news soon! If not,I guess I’ll just keep applying and I know eventually something’s going to work out! Gotta stay positive!
I am happy to report I’ve managed to keep my eating pretty healthy during all this chaos, which is really important, even more so when your under a lot of stress!

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I’m also happy to say running will be making a re-appearance in my life now that the weather is finally getting nicer! I can’t wait to get out there and pound out some good miles! I also think I’m going to try to run the U of I half marathon towards the end of April as my first race of the season. I won’t have a lot of time to train though so we’ll see how I’m feeling!

Hope you guys are having a great week!

Tell me about your first train ride! How old were you? Where were you going?

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Bar burn is real people and first week of the open done

Well first off thank goodness I am done with week one of the Crossfit open! I did the workout twice, the first time was awful but luckily it taught me a lot about what not to do and the second time went much better. In case you aren’t as Crossfit obsessed as me, the workout was 10 minutes of as many rounds as you can of the following: 30 double unders(jump rope passes under the feet twice in one jump) and 15 snatches at 55lbs. I ended up getting 7 rounds plus 23 double unders so 338 reps total. I felt pretty good about this number, until I saw some of the other beasts in my region got above 400 reps….sigh….but I am not going to get down on myself because I still did well and there’s 4 more weeks to go, so plenty of time to move up and kick some butt!

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There’s me working hard! That WOD was sneaky and definitely started to get to me! Tomorrow they will announce the second WOD and I’m really excited to see what it will be!

On the eating front there’s been a lot of quick meals happening at our house because we are both super busy! During times like this I am so glad I have a crockpot! Tonight I came home to these beauties cooking away:

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These are beef short ribs cooked in a Cabernet Sauvignon wine sauce….need I say more?

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Delicious…..I had them with some rice and green beans, simple and easy, but still hit the spot!

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Also check out this gorgeous lululemon tank I got, I’ve decided it’s good luck because I was wearing it the second time I did the 14.1 workout and got my way better score 😉

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Today in my workout I had to do 30 bar muscle ups for time, and I learned something interesting. You know how you can get rug/carpet burn from your skin rubbing either very quickly or repeatedly against the fabric? Well….that can happen with a bar repeatedly rubbing against your stomach also…

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Bar burn people…it’s a REAL thing. Protect yourselves!

Finally, I’d like to share this fortune I got in a bath salt (random long story)

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For some reason i really liked this…probably because I hate the idea of waiting for things to happen on their own. You gotta work hard for what you want, but also be patient. I think this applies to life in general but lately for me it applies to Crossfit, as well as my job search. As graduation nears I am realizing it’s almost time for me to be a “grown up” and get a REAL job and while that excites me, it also scares me. Sometimes I start to doubt my abilities or if I will be qualified for the positions I’m applying for. Then I remember I’ve worked hard to get here and I can do whatever I put my mind to! So here’s to hoping my 2 phone interviews tomorrow go well!!