Prepping to Compete

Tomorrow I’m headed down to Springfield for the first competition of 2013, and my first team competition ever.  Tony and I will be in the Intermediate division of the Icebreather Classic at Capital City CrossFit.  First event has already been announced and based on it I’m hopeful of our chances to do well.  Tony and I are pretty similar so in terms of strategy in team making we didn’t really think it through.  If WOD 2 has burpees or a long run we are done for, but for now I’m a good rower, and I’m pretty good at the other movements.

WOD 1:

For Time: 
  • 50 Calorie Row
  • 40 Standing Broad Jumps (6’/4′)¹
  • 30 Toes to Bar²
  • 20 Hang Snatches (95/63)³
The 50 Calorie Row may be broken up in any manner the team wishes, this can include 1 teammate rowing the whole 50 Calories
 
¹Standing Broad Jumps are to be broken up in any increment the team desires, with each person performing at least 1 rep
 
²Toes to Bar are to be completed in any increment the team desires, with each person performing at least 1 rep. While one person is performing the reps, the other person must be hanging from the bar
 
³Hang Snatches are to be completed in any increment the team desires, with each person completing at least one rep. While one partner is performing snatches, the other partner must be in a chin-over-the-bar hold. Their chin may not contact the bar at any time.

 Time will tell how things play out during the day but I’m really excited to get back into town and put some work in with my boy Big T.  I’m also crashing at his place with his pretty awesome lady and two dogs, so it’s going to be a fun time all around.  After the way that I’ve been feeling lately this is just what I need.  Not to get too negative but when on the job hunt and things seem pretty bleak it’s hard to keep yourself motivated sometimes and pushing yourself in other areas of life.  I wonder if the Whole 30 has helped or hurt in that area.  I’m going to venture to guess that it’s a bit of both.  It has kept me from going crazy on “paleo treats” and such and made sure that I’m watching what I’m eating.  But at the same time there’s some comfort that comes from some of that so it’s been hard.  At the same time I’m over the hump with it so I’m not feeling like I’m missing a lot.  Although I will admit to secretly dreaming of a meal consisting of a pound of bacon on day 31.  I don’t care if anything else appears in that meal I just want bacon.  Actually I take that back, I want Coffee, Bacon, and Chocolate.  Even though I have had a little bit of 100% Cocoa, there’s still nothing like a quality dark chocolate bar.  And I’ll be dominating some pumpkin stuff too that first week.  I don’t know what but it will be big.  So this weekend there will be lots of pictures, laughs with friends, and a few dirty words as I lift heavy stuff, work my hardest and try to bring one home for the team.  I’m looking forward to it, and then who knows, maybe I’ll come home to find one of my many applications have brought some fruit to this job hunt.

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And like that I’m back

Wow, I can’t believe that such a break has come to my writing on this thing.  I guess moving cross country, seeing family members you haven’t seen in six months and learning that your sister is going to have her first baby can distract a guy.  So this one will be a bit of a catch all of the last two weeks and then I’ll need to make sure to keep talking about what is going on.  First I came home to spend the holidays with the family and to job hunt.  So I am back in the great Chicago area, if you would like to invite me to visit your affiliate and do a WOD I’d love to drop by, or you can come see me at Crossfit DNA in Dyer, IN.  That’s my new home and the group there has been great.  Jake is an exceptional coach and I’m really liking getting to be a part of a new crew day in and day out.  Also being around the family has been great and I’ve really enjoyed seeing everyone more often than I have been able to in years.  I also have started to make a connection with a lady and while it’s early I think that we are having fun.  Now if only I could get her to eat better and do CrossFit.  Is it sad that these are the things that make me doubt the long term potential of this thing?

I’m still on the hunt for work but there have also been developments on that front as well.  This winter I’m getting my Cert and I’m going to be a CrossFit coach, I’m also going to look for other work in the classroom and get some experience teaching.  I think that I want to teach Jr High, and the plan is that I’ll do that and coach for a couple years.  In 2015 I want to open my own affiliate.  That will give me time to raise capital and scout locations to settle.  So if you’re an owner and you think you might want a guy with a sweet beard and a pretty interesting story we should talk.  I’m also going to be doing some other training such as getting my EMT this winter and looking forward to next summer and figuring out if I’m going to head east again or land somewhere else.  This is a huge change because to be honest I had decided that I would always be a Park Ranger, but the situation in the service right now just makes me think that I need to step away for a bit.  I may return at some point but for now it seems like a permanent job is just not to be.

The past two weekends I have done some other pretty great things.  Last weekend I competed in a competition at my old affiliate and got 5th.  I would have been higher but burpee box jumps hate me and I did horrible in the first WOD, I got second in the other one but it still wasn’t enough to get me a top three.  Yesterday I participated in the Mustache Clash and helped raise over $4000 for Cancer treatment with the crew at CrossFit Bloomington Normal.  Thanks to The Tiki for getting me to come out for it, I had a great time and there are some pictures and videos coming I’m sure.  Lastly I’m also working for the social media side of things for Blonyx, so if you’re in the market for supplements talk to me I’ll hook you up with a discount.