Three Years of CrossFit
As of this month, April 2013, I will officially have been a CrossFitter at CrossFit 310 for three years. Prior to CrossFit I never would have guessed that I would have stuck to a fitness program for this long. I was so fickle before CrossFit having tried everything from Zumba, Insanity, Tae-Bo, Jillian Michael, kickboxing, etc. But this I’ve committed to for so many reasons beyond fitness.
I began eating Paleo/Primal BEFORE CrossFitting (weird, right?). When I would look up recipes to make I began to notice that nearly all the Paleo bloggers out there (very few at the time) were doing this thing called “CrossFit”. Naturally, I Googled what it is and I was intrigued. I’d ask around about it but no one in my circles knew what it was so i decided to look up my nearest location. I tried a couple of locations that had the standard intro session of a baseline WOD, and it was pretty killer but I just didn’t feel a connection to the coaches, the place and it wasn’t enough to warrant the hefty membership price tags. But then I wandered into CrossFit 310…
Getting lost (per usual) and not knowing exactly where the entrance was (before there was signage out front), Coach Kris sees me wandering aimlessly and waves me over. We had a brief discussion and something that he said that always has stuck with me is, “I’m a sucky sales man. I don’t want to ‘sell’ this to you. I want you to experience it first hand, see if you love it. If you do, awesome! If you don’t and you don’t think it’s for you, then it was nice to meet you. Let’s get out there and see if you love it.” Here is where I was first introduced to Chris “Small” Galligani, Jenny “Goose” Atkinson and Helen “Hair Down” Medina. They were about to begin the warm up and I was clueless on what “foot work” was, so Jenny offered to guide me through it (you did great, Jenny!). From this point on, the 5:30 class came to be known as Girl Fight because at the time it was usually just us girls and maybe one or two guys who we probably scared away to other class times from all the estrogen. And the rest is Girl Fight history. To this day we remain very close friends and revel in the rare days that we get to WOD together since we all go in at different times now.
On days when I get so mad that I couldn’t RX a WOD, beat my PR on a strict press, get a strict HSPU yet or do a muscle up - it does me good to remember where I started and how far I’ve come. Think back to when I first began not knowing a single soul and with very little athletic background (only couple years of volleyball). Before CrossFit I was just doing some circuit training on my own. When I started I did push ups from my knees, black band for pull ups, most barbell work was with just the bar or maybe 10lb bumper plates, singles for jump rope and 18lb kettle swings.
One thing I love about CrossFit is that there is always a new goal no matter what level athlete you are. Anyone can be faster or stronger in any skill. Today I can do strict pushups with no problem (except when there are a million in a WOD), strict pull ups and also kipping, string Toes To Bar, can swing a 53lb kettle in a WOD, double unders and can lift triple digits in most barbell work. Granted, there are bumps in the road such as my knee inflammation that I dealt with for so long and the “dark ages” (aka when I had a new a job and had a hard time making in to the gym at all for half a year). But never did I think I’d be doing any of these things when I first started. I was the epitome of a “beginner” having little-to-no sports, military or gymnastic background. Yes, I had been doing some circuit training, but nothing in comparison to the skills in CrossFit.
There is so much more I want to do in here! To this day it isn’t boring, ever. I want to get my ring and bar muscle up, like yesterday. I want so bad to have my strict HSPU - currently I’m about 3-4 inches away. I want to nail that strict ring dip - so close. With knee feeling much better (most days), I want to recover my endurance. I want to get past my stubborn strict press PR. I want to nail a squat snatch with more than 65lbs. Last but not least, I want to continue creating memories WOD’ing at CrossFit 310 with the new friends I continue to make, Koach and my Girl Fight girls who have all come a very long way with their own CrossFit story.
Thank you, CrossFit. You’re a game changer.
That’s a Wrap on the 2013 CrossFit Games Open
There were some I wasn’t too thrilled with my score and some I was happy with. All in all, fun yet deathly times had with friends and will be interesting to repeat some of these later on to see improvement.
109. Ugh. This one was terrible. The burpees winded me so bad. I was hoping to reach and attempt at least 1 100lb snatch rep but that didn’t happen. Next time.
148. Another terrible one. Did step ups to save knee pain and ended up doing them from only one side which fired up opposite side of lower back when doing deadliest. Ouch.
Didn’t do this for I knew this one would fire up the knee and force me to scale WOD’s for rest of the week. And that wasn’t worth it to me.
51. I was actually looking forward to this one because I am a fan of T2B. Things just click with this skill for me. But I knew those clean and jerks were a bit heavy for me to do that many mixed in with T2B for my forearms would be shot. I flew through the T2B pretty good but I think I took too long of breaks in between clean and jerks. Next time I need to have a timed plan for this one.
45. After it was announced, this is one I was dreading the most. I even got queasy the morning before doing it. Reason is because the last couple times I’ve done a Fran-like WOD, my knee has basically blown up (being dramatic but knee took a beating) because I have a tendency to crash down at the bottom of my squat during thrusters (I think in an effort to go fast). This went a lot better than I expected it to! I got through first set of thrusters unbroken, first set of C2B almost unbroken at about 9-10 reps. The second set of thrusters were brutal though. This is one I’m definitely looking forward to re-do someday. Tip: reverse grip on C2B helped a ton - and yes, it meets the standard of “athlete can choose their grip”.
But sometimes people vomit during and after workouts. It just happens. Things get weird, and sometimes you have to pay the clown.
Hello snatch! I’m really loving the new oly class our box has going. With my work schedule and having to jet out the door after 6am WODs, I don’t get much time to work on different lifts regularly.
And this? I need to still get under the bar quicker. Finally mostly nailing bar path.
Better late than never? That’d be me swinging a 53lb kettlebell during our Ugly Xmas Sweater day. I wanted to check my bottoms-up form.
There are no days off. Fifteen minutes a day is more than enough time to deal with your crap. But you need to do it everyday.
-The one and only KStar (via adaptationproclamation)
I know this now ALL TOO WELL. Make time for mobility people, no excuses. Believe me when I tell you it’s better to not find out what can happen if you don’t.
Finally back! After a week of no CrossFit and carb loading from being out of town for work in all places, Vegas. It was a constant really long days and nights that I couldn’t even get to in-room WOD’s. But it feels good to be back!
The RX for this AMRAP was ridic. So I went with 105#, which was pretty heavy, might be highest I’ve gone with power cleans inside a WOD. And opted for 2x abmat HSPU. Need to nail those down already. C2B felt really good and surprisingly, so did the power cleans. Strength and skill were back squats today and I matched my PR at 170#. Just wasn’t “feeling” it. I’ll come back to it. Need to get the Vegas out of me. Detox time.