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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Game Time

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This past Monday in the Women's Only class I attend, the WOD that day was "Randy": 75 power snatches at 55 lbs.

When I first saw this workout the night before, I thought "oh dear god"- it sounded like one of those workouts that would be just as taxing mentally as physically. I wasn't too worried about the weight- 55 lbs. is not that heavy. But something about the number- 75- made me have a lump in my throat.

There's a saying in Crossfit- The WOD you don't want to do is the one you NEED to do.

That pretty much sums up my experience with Randy. It was hard.

But it was just what I needed that day. My life is going through a lot of changes right now. Some days it feels like I may just get swallowed up into the earth. But I have to keep pushing through. One step at a time. That's how I decided to approach Randy.

See, with workouts like this, you have to have a plan. You have to decide how you are going to tackle it, or it can seem endless and insurmountable. You can easily feel overwhelmed and frustrated.

I decided I would do it in sets of 10. After the first 7, I decided I would change that to sets of 5. I did 5 at a time. Touch and go. I decided to take 3 breaths between each set. Maybe this seems neurotic, but this is how I approach my workouts.

On rep #20 I thought "Am I ever going to get through this?"
On rep #40 I thought "Ok, I'm over halfway. But I can't breathe"
On rep #50 I thought "Wow! I got this! Only a few more sets to go"
On rep #60 I heard Tina call Time and thought "shit! she beat me dammit!!!" and got a renewed second wind :)

When I finally called Time at 8:39 (not an amazing time but I didn't care), I almost started crying. I couldn't breathe and because of my emotional state in my daily life, I teared up a little bit. See, I accomplished something that morning. I made it through a really tough workout that I had serious doubts about. I chipped away at it a little at a time. I kept pushing. I kept going back to the bar. I didn't quit.

Each day is a new day. Each workout is a new chance to prove to yourself that you are strong beyond measure- you can do way more than you think you can, and you can HANDLE way more than you ever thought.

Friday, August 12, 2011

It's Good to be Back

Lori and Leigh Ann brought us all souvenirs from their trip to Hawaii!

I managed to snap some pics of our ever-growing tribe at Barton Hills last night. Our class has grown by leaps and bounds this summer and it continues to make my heart smile every time I get to coach these hard-working, endlessly encouraging individuals. When you show up to "work" and don't want it to end, you know you are in the right place!

Last night's workout went something like this: After the usual warm-up...
Nice form, Abby!

25 KB swings
100ft walking lunge with KB
2 rds
Husband/Wife duo Trent and Brooke

25 Partner medball situp throws
3 tap toss (5 each side)
2 rds

Stations: 45sec on/15 sec rest
Parallette pushups
2 rds

Have a wonderful Friday and a restful Weekend!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Your Ideal Life

Lisa Thiel at the 2011 Crossfit Games

If you had no limitations, what would you choose to achieve? If you could get up from where you are right now and go to do literally anything, what exactly would it be?

You instinctively know there are things that matter to you more than anything else. It’s important to remind yourself specifically of what they are.

You may not be able to fully achieve your ideal life right now. Yet you absolutely can take very clear, definite and effective actions today to move your life in the direction of that ideal.

With every choice, with each decision, you are progressing in one way or another. Know clearly where you want to go, and even the little moments will bring you closer.

Your life is a continuing manifestation of your most firmly held intentions. So focus on the intentions that you most sincerely and passionately desire.

The dreams that come true are the dreams with which you are most intimately and consistently familiar. Know precisely what you want, and the living of your life will make it real.
— Ralph Marston

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