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Crossfit Open 2014 – 14.1

5 Weeks.  5 WODs.  

Disclaimer:  I am not an elite Crossfit athlete, there was never a time in this competition that a shot a regionals was even remotely on my radar, but I did have goals set for myself for where I wanted to fall in our box and nationally (basically not last like that one competition I talked about).

The Crossfit Open is a chance for everyone to compete in the same competition and see where they rank in the world.  I paid my $20 Dollars and I build a profile on Crossfit.com.  I want to take you through the journey of each WOD over the next week or so and then sum up where I ended up and more importantly what I learned about myself in this competition.

CROSSFIT OPEN 14.1


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I came home from my 5 o’clock workout the night of the release and set up my Apple TV to watch my first Open Release show.  It was kind of cheesy and “UFC-ey”, but I’d be lying if I wasn’t just in shock of what the athletes were doing in the showdown.  Dave Castro announced the WOD, I felt somewhat confident about the WOD because the snatches were light and I have been working on DUs for months now after the pitiful show at the Garage Games in January.  I went to work, ate perfectly, drank my spark, and showed up to the workout.

Then my coach said 3,2,1 GO….

Boom.  DUs were nowhere to be found.  Couldn’t string together more than about 3 or 4 for the first few rounds.  The Snatches weren’t easy but they weren’t the bad.  My goal of 5 rounds seemed pretty much shot after the first round ended.  Then, the snatches got heavy fast.  The struggle was real.  I made it through my third round with 30 or 35 seconds on the clock and BOOM 26 unbroken DUs.

Totally pissed me off.

This WOD showed me a few things.  I get antsy when the clock starts.  I get frustrated easily.  My coach knows how to get my mind right mid-WOD by saying certain things.

Weakness revealed in 14.1 – DAMN DUs.

I liked this one overall, would love to hit it on a day when my DUs were going my way.

Sweetheart Scuffle

Things got a little crazy there for a bit.. Work, family and other random things, I didn’t follow through on #30days hustle of 15 posts last month but I am back!

Today, I want to talk about the opportunity I got a few weekends back to do something that I didn’t think I would have do.  When I started this Crossfit thing, I wasn’t doing it to compete in any competitions.  I wasn’t doing it to have any sort of medal hanging on my wall or anything like that.  I started it to be a healthy dad.  My wife started it to be a strong healthy mom.

Fast forward almost a year, we are walking up to my second competition and my wife’s first.  We are Team DearSkin and we are competing in the “Sweetheart Scuffle” together as a couple.  Everyone we work out with suggested we not work out on the same team but we did it anyways.  The first WOD wasn’t as bad as we expected, we came out and did better than a few teams.  We didn’t go into this looking for a medal, we wanted to finish.  We didn’t want to come in last.  That was the goal.

Photo by: Rhonda Kay Photography

Photo by: Rhonda Kay Photography

The second WOD was a powerlifting meet basically, and I was excited.  I knew we were a strong couple but this WOD proved we were physically stronger than most.  Caty stepped up to the bar and did something she didn’t think she could do, she snatched 85 pounds from the ground to overhead in one move.  She was one of the top girls in the scaled division.  I stepped up and Caty decided it was time to dance and be goofy.  According to her, I turn into a psycho when I lift heavy, so she wasn’t surprised when I politely asked her to dance a little to the left so I could death stare at the wall.  This picture came from that even and I think it is an amazing depiction of our relationship.  Caty is intensely watching as I am trying to do something I haven’t ever done before.  She came unglued when the weight hit my shoulders and I stood up.  Hello, new PR.  Hello 230 pound Clean and Jerk.  We finished 5th in the competition in the second WOD because we are physically strong.

Photo by: Rhonda Kay Photography

Photo by: Rhonda Kay Photography

Then the third WOD showed up and showed us that we seriously are a strong couple.  The wait time between the second and third workout was pushing 2 hours and I was getting anxious and worried and overly nauseous because I wanted to finish this workout, and it definitely looked like the workout was going to be brutal.  Finally the workout gets moving and we are knocking the first part out like its the easiest thing we have ever done.  That feeling immediately stopped when we moved into the next part of the workout.  Partner Fran.  My wife had never done a thruster over about 55 pounds and her shoulder was acting up… So that first thruster scared the hell out of her and I could tell the first thought of “We aren’t finishing” clicked in.  We got through those 21 as quick as we could and moved to the pull-ups, which were scaled to jumping pull-ups.  I can do traditional but I figured, for times sake, I would jump.  Got rolling into them and then snap… rolled my ankle off the 45 pound weight I was jumping off.  That sucked.  We got thru Fran and went into Grace.  Another ball of suck, Caty was struggling, my ankle was throbbing and we were running up on our 15 minute cut off.  We finished though.  14 minutes and 15 seconds.  We finished and we kinda made out… and I slapped her butt before I went and laid down on the floor.

This event proved to me that my wife and I can do just about anything we try.  We are both physically and emotionally strong.  Now it’s time for the Open… and let’s just say 14.1 kicked my ass.

Day 1

I have mentioned before that I am a strong believer in the Advocare product line.  We are distributors and we are most definitely ‘users’ of the products.  With that being said today I begin my 5th Advocare 24 day.  My previous results have been awesome, but with work, a young kid and just general laziness old habits creep back into play on a daily basis.  I begin this journey at almost 280 pounds and I have gotten as low as 237.  I am starting this challenge 10 pounds heavier than my lowest weight, and 5 pounds over where I was when I had to finished my last challenge.

My stats going into this challenge are:

Weight: 246.2

Measurements:  Chest: 48 in – Waist:44 in – Hips: 43 in – Thigh: 24 in

This will be my first full challenge (we ended the last one early because of illness) while doing Crossfit and running this blog.  I plan on posting occasionally about how it is going.  I have an intense plan for this challenge.  This will be the best results I have gotten.  I will be getting 4-5 workouts in a week, doing extra ab work after each workout (unless the workout was an ab wrecker already, cough cough Annie), I am going to start running a few times a week as well, whether it is to and from the gym or a planned run/5k, I will be dominating this challenge.

Anyone want to jump on this with my wife and I?  I know a guy that can get you the hook up. Ha.

BEFORE

P.S – Sorry about the topless pictures of myself.  Gotta start somewhere.

The Other 23 Hours… Part 3

So I have talked about the Fitbit Flex and MyFitnessPal and how I use it to keep me on track for the hours I am not in the gym.  Today I want to go ahead and open myself up for ridicule and mockery, but today I will be talking about how I use Pinterest to help me do right during my day.

Pinterest, even though it is thought by many to be a girly website is a VITAL part of my daily/weekly/monthly routine.  There are days I can not get into the gym and I use a home workout that I can find on the site.  When the routine of Chicken and veggies, or fish and asparagus gets old, I can go to Pinterest and search for healthy options to keep us from burning out on the basics.  Some of the recipes that are labeled healthy on that site are FAR from healthy, so be aware of your ingredients and fats that are being used to cook with when you jump on a Pinterest recipe.

I also use Pinterest for basic motivation.  There are links to some impressive transformation stories, quotes with cool pictures, and just overall motivating links about fitness, food, and faith.

Pinterest

Pros: Tons of Recipes, Motivational Articles/Quotes, Workouts for when you can’t get to the gym

Cons: “Girly Website”, Some recipes aren’t what they say they are, and after awhile you see the same things over and over again.

Here is a link to a recipe I found on there last week that was a perfect example of a recipe we needed at the right time, we were getting burnt out on our routine lunch and we worked this into the weekly prep list and BOOM.  Loved it.

MEAT. BACON.

Crossfit Apology

Before we even start, let me say that before I even went to a Crossfit workout, I had a serious dislike of everything CrossFit.  I saw the videos, I saw the “games”, I heard about serious injury and horrible form, and I just didn’t get it.  I was alright with staying in the gym or doing the boot camps I was doing, and I said I would NEVER do CrossFit.  I didn’t think you could do a “WOD” as fast as humanly possible with proper form, proper intensity, and still actually get a good workout in that could make a difference.

Now that you know where I was, let me do something else.

I am sorry, I was wrong.

Last year, while hanging with some of our friends, we started hearing rumblings of them joining a Crossfit Box in Waxahachie.  They were so pumped to be doing these workouts, sweating like crazy, and RX’in (no clue what that meant) daily workouts.  I listened and was genuinely excited for them, but it still wasn’t something I wanted to even check into.  Something changed, my wife got the itch.  She had been doing so well with her dieting and had just wrapped up another one of our 24 day challenges, she decided it was time to step it up in the workout department in order to really reach her goals.  I researched some CrossFit Gyms for her and even went to a free workout with her.

Crossfit in the Park.  Dead.

Crossfit in the Park. Dead.

The workout was ROUGH, and the box was nice, but we weren’t sure it was for us.  We stopped at another Box here in Mansfield that I had looked up and took a tour, set up a workout, and asked about pricing.  The “Box” was cool, loud music, bright colors, and a wall to sign when you puke… It reminded me of back in the day when I used to workout at Metroflex in North Arlington.  It was a room for working and lifting.  No machines, No mirrors.  Just weights, racks, and other things that would eventually be used as torture devices on me I was sure.  The selling point for my wife was the owners, they had a story.  They had been on a journey.  They were real people that seriously just love helping others get healthy.  So we did the free workout. The warmup was jumping rope, instant flashbacks to jumprope for heart at Charlotte Anderson in Mansfield (I suck at jumping rope).  The WOD (main workout of the day) was a combination of Burpees, Wall Balls, and Pushups for a certain number of reps and rounds.  I finished in 3:41 seconds.  I laid on the floor for longer than the workout when I finished.  Dead. Nauseous. Fat. Then we wrapped up the day with a foam rolling session.  I have had a foam roller in my house for a year and never touched it.  That thing has been worn out now that I know how to use it.

Eight months into my first year with Crossfit, and I can say that it is a life-changing decision for me.  I have made new friends that pick us up when we are down, who give us popsicles for my sick wife when I can’t get away from the house, and who support us when we are doing something we never thought we could do half a year ago.  I have seen my body and more importantly my mind change.  I see myself as an athlete now, I can do some cool stuff.  I competed in a competition this past weekend and while I may not have performed as well I thought I could, I “RX’d” ( I know what that means now) the whole competition.  I couldn’t do a pull up 9 months ago, and easily knocked out the prescribed number for the competition.

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My legs were too tired to jump on that box.

Don’t knock a fitness method until you try it.  I learned this first hand.

Fitness.

Over the last three years, I have realized that getting to the gym and eating right is about way more than losing weight, getting a six-pack and meeting hot chicks.  That was my mentality about fitness up until I met my wife.  I had a membership to one of the local franchise gyms, I wasn’t ever on a diet although I didn’t just let myself eat everything in site, and I only saw it as a social event with friends with the potential of lifting enough weight to impress someone.

This picture made me think WHOA.

This picture made me think WHOA.

I was active all through high school playing many sports, but never was the best at any of them.  I could easily rattle of a 5000 word blog post about my battle with weight and self confidence, but I want to focus on what fitness and eating right does for me now as an adult, as a husband, and as a father.  Just after marrying my wife, I had the opportunity of shooting pictures at my cousin Ashley’s wedding, of course since I am her favorite, she made me come from behind the camera and take a picture with her.  This picture, quite honestly, disgusted me.  Don’t get me wrong, she looked great but the lumpy dude next to her with the 5 chins needed some work.  The idea of being a healthy father started to really get me thinking, and when I turned 29, knowing that we were planning on starting a family eventually, I set a goal of being “Fit by 30”.  Little did I know that “eventually” would mean Caty was pregnant less than 6 months later, but still it was time.

K was born and both my wife and decided it was time to get serious.  I was already working out but the eating was on point at all.  We decided to try the Advocare challenge and had great success and still use their products to this day.  I was noticing immediately that a healthier me, was a happier me, and a happier me made the world a little more easy.  

Beast Mode.

You will hear me talk about Crossfit a lot on the blog.  I was introduced to ‘the cult’ 9 months ago and the way I viewed working out changed.  It doesn’t matter how bad the day is, if I can get in a workout at the end of the day I get to let go of frustration and anger of some of the things that get thrown at us.  My wife just asked me if I remember when I used to never work out… That’s how much things have changed.  I feel like today, while I am not at my goal, I am currently the best version of me.  My wife has gone from asking me if I am going to start working out, to noticing if I miss more than a day or two.

My goal in fitness for 2014 is to continue to chase my fitness goals whether it is a PR on a lift or a number on a scale (which oddly enough doesn’t mean as much to me as it used to).  My second fitness goal is to help others find their potential and start their journey.

What’s your 2014 Fitness Goal?