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CrossFit Open Update!

So this past week was 14.3 for the Open.

Deadlifts and box jumps (or if you’re like me, step ups).

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Well, for the longest time I couldn’t do deadlifts because I have these massive knots in my lower back that lock up early and keep me from working out. I started back doing deadlifts about two months ago and I can you this, honestly and straightforwardly, I missed them.

I missed being able to prove I am strong.

I missed being able to show I’ve changed.

And I missed that 1RM PR that I set several months ago.

Oh, that last one? I missed it because I went over it by 20lbs. I’m kind of really stinkin’ happy about that last one.

So long story short, I did this workout twice. Once on Thursday and once yesterday, Monday.

Thursday’s workout wasn’t bad. I had gone through the #95, #135, #155 deadlifts and step ups and had less than a minute left and was able to knock out two at #185 for a final score of 92 reps. I was expecting to be sore, tired, and bedridden all weekend, but amazingly, I wasn’t.

Come Monday, I knew I wanted to improve my score. I wanted to hit 100 reps. I was only 8 away, right? Well, after some planning and with the help of one of my box mates, we changed the plates around on the bar so that I’d never be wasting time taking a plate off, simply always adding weight.

By the time that round of #185 came around, I had just under 2 minutes left. Almost two whole minutes! In that time I was able to knockout 12 reps for a final score of 102. Not only had I beaten my goal for the workout, but I also got 12 reps of #185, a weight I hadn’t deadlifted ever before before Thursday.

I was pretty happy about that, even though now, as I’m sitting at my desk, my back would probably disagree with me.

But that’s besides the point. The point is is that I did it! I got stronger and I surpassed a personal goal and set a personal record. That’s the point of CrossFit, right?

Well, another point of CrossFit is to eat healthy and eat to perform. So I baked some salmon last night.

 

I’ll call this Stupid Easy Salmon.

I’m not going to lie, I bought the salmon at Costco already in this little pan. It came with these three humongous scoops of pesto butter on the top of each filet, something I immediately removed once I got home. After adding a tiny bit of olive oil to the filets, (they already came with salt, pepper, and a little fresh parsley), I popped them in the oven at 400* for about 35 minutes. (Sorry the picture [or pan for that matter] isn’t prettier, I was in a rush and only did a iPhone photo).

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Salmon is such an excellent source of Omega-3s, protein, vitamins A, B, and D as well as calcium, iron, phosphorus and selenium. Salmon is also great for heart health, has excellent brain and nerve benefits and it can make your hair nice and shiny (you know, because you need to shine all the time).


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Five on Friday!

What a crazy busy week. How about a little Five on Friday?!

1. Last night was 14.2, the second workout of the 2014 CrossFit Open. 3 minutes to complete two rounds of 10 OHS #65 and 10 C2B pullups. Well, I had never done a #65 OHS but guess what, I did! And then came the part that I was terrified of. C2B pull-ups. Before yesterday, I hadn’t ever done an unassisted pull-up, let alone a chest to bar pull-up. Well, I didn’t get any C2B, but I hit a personal PR on unassisted pull-ups! I was happy with those results even though I didn’t get any C2Bs.

More importantly, I was so excited that I FINALLY got to participate in the party at Red Stick Crossfit for the WOD! I finally got to go and hangout with my CrossFit family for The Open. The Open WOD was finally capped off with a group of us going out for dinner afterwards. It’s crazy how the people I workout with at Red Stick CrossFit have become my second family.

2. I’d like to say that Mardi Gras 2014 was a success. I had a phenomenal time photographing the parades and just love the history and tradition that is Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Oh, and king cake. Who doesn’t love king cake.

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3. Along with some fantastic images from Mardi Gras, I love the little things I pick up from sporting events. I absolutely LOVE shooting baseball and football. It’s two of the sports that I absolutely love to shoot. The raw emotion that emulates from the images is just, how can I put it, well, there are no words.

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4. So when I’m not at the box and when I’m not working, taking pictures, and blogging, I’m cooking and juicing. I’ve been making some pretty epic juices lately. Last night’s was a green juice (I’m not going to lie, they’ve all become green juices). The juice was comprised of a bunch of kale, three cucumbers, a box of strawberries, two oranges and an apple. Before adding the cucumbers and apple to the juice, I mixed it up a little and peeled them (along with the oranges). I don’t know why I wanted to try it, but being that I’ve seen a lot of the rind and peel get stuck in the blades and not even make it to the juicer, I guess it was worth a shot. Well, it worked beautifully. I need to update my recipes for y’all.

5. So Wednesday I started watching House of Cards. I’m addicted. I think I need an intervention. The first sign to solving an addiction is to admit you have one, right? Well, yeah. I’m obsessed. If you haven’t started watching this show, and if you’re not already addicted, you need to get on the bandwagon. Like now.


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Happy Lundi Gras y’all!

I’m sitting here, Lundi Gras day, watching Magic Mike and munching on a lil piece of king cake (because why not and it’s Mardi Gras, duh) and I couldn’t help but notice that I hadn’t updated y’all on my first CrossFit Open experience.

For those who don’t know, 14.1 was a 10 min AMRAP of 30 DUs and 15 snatches #55.

I was terrified. I had never gotten DUs before.

Actually, I think I got one once. On accident.

Well, I went in on Friday and was going to do it. I wasn’t going to tell myself no.

I  wasn’t going to give in. And I sure as hell wasn’t going to give up.

So I watched my boxmates do their set. And then I thought to myself, why am I not getting a DU?

Well it turns out it wasn’t me. It was my rope.

I traded my RX rope in for a friends’ simple Rogue rope and I was getting them I developed a pattern and was finally getting double unders!

I was so excited.

Well, now that I had figured out how to get them, and had finished 14.1 at least once, I wanted to try it again. Unfortunately, I couldn’t.

Silly Mardi Gras threw me off my groove and I wasn’t able to take another chance and the workout.

Oh well. That doesn’t mean I can’t try it again on my own, right?


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The open is upon us

Good morning! It’s morning everyone! Today’s the day! The sun is shining, the tank is clean, and The Open starts in less than 9 hours!

At 5pm this evening, The CrossFit Games will announce workout 14.1. The first of five workouts created for this year’s CrossFit Open.

The Open is designed to show you what you’re made of. Regardless of whether you’ve been CrossFitting for 3 weeks, 3 months or 3 years, everyone should do it.

No matter what happens, just don’t give up. You can’t give up and you can’t give in.

Personally, I’m not as scared as I thought I would be (I’m pretty sure I’m trying to hide some underlying fear with these funny GIFs). I think it has to do to the fact that I can’t do the first Open workout with my box mates tonight at 7:30 because I have to work, but at the same time, I’m going to do it. I can’t not do it.

I will do it.

I have to do it.

Why do I have to do it? Well, because I said so. And because Ace said so. And because, quite honestly, I want to know what I can do.

I want to be broken down. I want to see what I’m made of.

Over the past 10 months, CrossFit has become my second family. My crutch. My therapy.

I want to give back to something that has done so much for me.

The bar doesn’t talk back to you or cop an attitude. It will break you down, but it will build you back up.

Get ready, because it’s coming for you.


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Manic Monday!

Y’all, it’s been a crazy weekend. And I mean CRAZY!

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Friday was a work-filled day followed by a drive to New Orleans and a drive to Slidell to go to a meet and greet prior to volunteering at my first ever Crossfit competition, the Battle on the Bayou hosted by Finish Strong Crossfit.

Saturday I was up with the chickens to drive out to the Dirty ‘Dell for 6:45am to help set up registration for the day of competition and whatnot. I ended up having to leave early but not before snapping some pics of my teammates kicking butt in the competition.

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Sunday I got a lot done. Errands, food prep, meal planning, dog park shenanigans and juicing. Oh, and I registered for my first ever Crossfit competition, you know, as an athlete. And the Crossfit Open.

Did I really jut type that out?

I mean, it was kind of a spur of the moment thing, but now I’m starting to realize that it’s really happening.

I will be competing in a Crossfit competition. And the Open!

Crazy!

The Crossfit Open is something I don’t know too much about. My knowledge of it basically scratches at the surface. My girl Ace over at Eat.Pray.WOD. talked me into signing up for it. And by talked me into it, I mean she pretty much told me “no excuses, you’re doing it”. The first workout is released on February 27th and the final workout will be released five weeks later on March 27th.

Well, come April 19th I will have completed my first ever competition, the Festivus Games, out in Alexandria, LA. Needless to say, I’m super stoked.

2014 is going to be a good year. I can feel it.

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