Have A Muddy Weekend!

6 Jul

{Photo courtesy of Mudder Nation}

What are you up to this weekend? Any interesting plans for the summer? A group of us from CrossFit 310 will be running Tough Mudder up on Big Bear mountain tomorrow morning. I’m nervous yet excited at the same time. I’ve never done this kind of mileage on foot before (running or walking), so it’ll be pretty interesting to see how it all unfolds. I’m a little intimidated by the ice pool and the electric shock, but I know we’ll come out on top. Anyway, have a great weekend! Here are some posts from around the web . . .

A look inside the world of CrossFit

Give credit where it’s due (It’s the food!)

WODShop is having a fun little giveaway!

OMG! Individual workouts released for the CrossFit Games!

Deborah Carson’s mental preparation for the Games

The Glass Is Always Full

2 Jul

Perception is key. 

Have A Great Weekend!

29 Jun

{Photo courtesy of Cinespia}

Hey guys. What are you up to this “holiday” weekend? I’m going Standup Paddleboarding (again) in Long Beach tomorrow, but this time in a marina, so no crazy waves or possible shark attacks. Then in the evening, I’m going to picnic and watch Labyrinth at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Besides moving a few of my remaining belongings out of my house on Sunday, it should be a pretty relaxing weekend. Hopefully for you too! Here are some posts from around the web . . . . .

Possibility of ocean swim repeats for the 2012 CrossFit games?

Losing” friends to CrossFit

Another hilarious CrossFit parody video!

Andrea Ager is leaving Brick and opening up her own box. You can help her.

Have you registered  for the Fittest Party on Earth yet? (Maybe Froning will be there – Squeee!)

How to break habits.

How (NOT) To Deal With A CrossFit Injury

26 Jun

 

Injuries… Let’s talk about them.

In or out of CrossFit, injuries are bound to happen because let’s face it, we’re not super human but despite being privy to that fact, it’s been an incredibly difficult subject to touch on for two reasons: The first is that trying to “sell” people on CrossFit without an injury is a task in itself, let alone trying to “sell” people on CrossFit with an injury – it really doesn’t make much sense: “Wait, so you’re telling me CrossFit doesn’t equal injury, yet you have tendonitis in your hand as a result of CrossFit.” The second reason is that I personally have never really had an “injury” up until recently, and certainly not one that has lasted as long as mine did. I was feeling really helpless, and having a difficult time conveying my struggles in conversation, which is why I wanted to write this article.

So, on to the injury. As most of you know, I participated in the 2012 CrossFit Games Open workouts. Not just as a CrossFit lover following along with the workouts, but as someone who paid the $20, created an athlete profile on the official CrossFit Games website, and publically posted numbers along side incredible athletes like Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet, Katie Hogan, Julie Foucher & the rest. Like so many athletes, I pushed myself to my absolute limit and executed movements with weights (or reps) I had never done before: 75 lb snatch at 10 reps, chest to bar pullups for the first time, recycling toes to bar, 150 wall balls! and 75 lb push press at 51 reps. I thought for sure if I was going to get hurt, it would be because of the snatch movement (it’s the one I have the least experience with) but it was the push press that did it. Prior to the Open, I was really only comfortable doing 45 lb push press, so it was a 30 pound jump for me, which took a toll on my right hand, wrist and forearm. As a result, I got tendonitis which lasted for what seemed like forever. The following are behaviors that I did to deal, that you should NOT do:

  • Don’t Stop Eating Clean - One of the worst things you can do is start eating crap. I didn’t know how to emotionally cope with my injury, and so I ate, which in retrospect was completely dumb. I was limited in my movements in CrossFit due to the injury, which means less work being done, and consuming more food than I was when I was doing a ton of work, which equals donut belly, lethargic responses, and slower times within the limited movements. Also, in order for your body to heal quicker, it is so imperative that you continue eating clean. Don’t do what I did and go all beast mode on a box of pop tarts.
  • Don’t Compare Yourself To Your CrossFit Comrades - This is a really difficult one. There are specific women I was about the same level with as far as strength and times go, and I always chased them in WODs. Then I got injured, and it seemed like they started PR’ing a ton of movements. I noticed my times and weights falling farther and farther behind theirs – it didn’t feel quite equal anymore. All I could think about is how fast I was sinking below the curve, and I tortured myself with limiting beliefs of how I would never catch up once I was healed. But comparing your injured self to non-injured athletes is a complete waste of time, because you have no control over the situation. In order to heal quicker, you must focus on the positive. Acknowledge that you’re injured, but imagine yourself healing and getting back to where you left off. Oh, and mobility helps too! Like, a lot.
  • Don’t Focus On Time - Seriously, folks. Have you ever stood watching and waiting for a pot of water to boil? It’s agonizing. The same goes for your injury. Stop focusing on how long you’ve been injured or how long you anticipate the injury to last. This will suck the life out of you and make your recovery appear painstakingly longer. Instead, focus on what you can do to heal. The more effort you put into focusing your thoughts on other (positive) things, the quicker it will (seem) to heal!
  • Don’t Stop Going To The Box – My hand was messed up, and my first thoughts were: “Great, now I can’t do bar work, pullups, pushups, double unders or burpees . . . so, what do I do?” For the first couple of weeks, I laid low at home feeling sorry for myself but then a friend told me (paraphrasing), “You can still squat. This is the perfect opportunity for you to build that strength, as it’s fundamental to your success in CrossFit.” Uh, duh. Why didn’t I think of that? Well, it’s because I was so busy focusing on what I couldn’t do, that I failed to see what I could do. So, I went to each class 30 minutes early and started working on my back squat and boy has it paid off!

Quote of the Week

25 Jun

{Photo courtesy of Coffee & Yoga}

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway

Change Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone

20 Jun

I would be lying if I said that I venture out of my comfort zone on a regular basis. I would also be lying if I said I took a lot of risks. It’s always my intent to take risks but that’s usually where it stops - on the intent side of things, rather than the action side of things. But what I’ve learned in just a few short years is that with risk comes great reward; rewards that are intangible, and can only be redeemed by your inner self. This is precisely why, in order to move past all the lame distractions holding us back from our real unlimited potential (Facebook, Instagram, and HBO to name a few), you have to do things that you’re really afraid of. I’m not talking about cutting across the 405 to the fast lane afraid. I’m talking, completely out of your comfort zone, people start to wonder who you are at the end of it all afraid. THAT is when it gets good. THAT is when personal growth takes place. THAT is when status quo and stagnation can no longer satisfy.

In an attempt to lead by example, I faced a huge fear last weekend: I went Standup Paddleboarding in the middle of the pacific ocean (with no life vest mind you). The funny thing is, I never really knew the severity of this fear until I was actually out in the middle of the open water, and then it dawned on me: “I could drown out here in the middle of the ocean right now or a great white could jump out of the water all shark-week style and eat me for breakfast and then I would be gone, forever, like that.” It was overcast that morning, so I blame most of my morbid thoughts (fears) on that. BUT, the point is that I did it. I did something that terrified me, and made me really uncomfortable. . . . and I’m a better person for it. I feel like I can’t turn back now. The momentum has begun.

So, what is it that you’re afraid of? What’s holding you back? And what are you doing about it? Let’s openly discuss fear. Share yours. Or share your intentions or triumphs in the comments section.

CrossFit for Hope in Photos

15 Jun

 

CrossFit Redondo was kind enough to let me stop by and shoot their CrossFit for Hope fundraiser last weekend. They were able to raise $6,782, which is huge for a brand-spaking-new affiliate. They’re in the top 50 affiliates who raised money, ranking at number 34. I know I linked my readers to their donation page, so if you did in fact donate, I wanted to say thank you so, so, so much! Once again, the CrossFit community and its unwaivering support for causes bigger than itself never ceases to impress and humble me. Congratulations to CrossFit Redondo for a job well done!

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