Digging deep and pushing past

Pushing past your barriers seems like a never ending experience for me in the last year and a half.  From the time that I first walked into Capital City CrossFit I knew that there was a long road ahead, and throughout I’ve been working to conquer the road ahead.  Often it has felt like a never ending uphill battle.  The little victories are all that I have sometimes, the last couple months there has been nothing but barriers in my head.  I wonder what it is that keeps me going, and everytime I come back to the community of people that I’m now a part of.  Day in and day out the people around me keep me going, to honor that community I struggle and work to get through the problem areas that I have.  The support of these people day in and out helps me through the struggle and I owe them for everything I’ve been able to accomplish.  Going forward I’m going to keep pushing and go past the barriers that I have now.  I owe it to everyone there with me deserve my best efforts, and I’m going to keep on going till I can’t do another rep.  Finding that strength inside will help me to do more and be better everyday, and the people around me will hopefully see new PRs from me as I keep going forward.

Icebreather Classic recap

I feel like I’m just getting back to normal at the end of the day after yesterday.  What an experience the day was.  I can honestly say that I had a blast, but it wore me out.  Walking into Capital City CrossFit I knew I was in for a marathon of a day but I don’t know that I had prepared myself for it fully.  In the end I’m going to try and highlight some of the best moments of the day.  First was actually being a competitor myself with the best guy I could imagine taking on the day with, Tony, you did great and we did our best I can honestly say that.  P1010613

Here we are kicking off WOD 1 with our 50 Cal row.  For a couple guys that didn’t get to practice the movements together to put a strategy together based off that I really think we did well.  And for two big boys those broad jumps were not our strongest thing but we still did great.  The second WOD we took on Wall Walks which I hate and were the death of me.  I failed four attempts to get my second round done and that killed us for that I’m sorry man, but you are the best, if there’s another chance to team up, we need to do it again.

Secondly was judging, I loved meeting all the pairs that I was judging and although in some of the female heats I had a bit of a creeper feeling as I was staring at your midsections to make sure you were getting your bellybuttons to the wall it was still a great time.  You all did great and the Rx women were crazy impressive.  You intimidated me to no end, and more than one of you I would’ve killed to ask out at the end of the day.  Seeing the hard work you put in inspires me to keep on pushing and getting better.  I can’t wait to take some of you on as competition again.  2013 is going to be a year full of me killing it whenever I can in competitive exercising.

Third was the chance to be the eyes and ears for two companies and talk about their products and rep them a bit, as well as hashtag them as much as possible.  Seriously it felt like it was a AMRAP hashtag for Blonyx and KillCliff.  I hope that I did you both proud and that you will give me the chance to rep you again at things.  Let me just throw this one out there for you both, North Central Regional dual company booth.  You let me know and I’ll be there to pass out swag and rep your companies to the best of my abilities.  I loved talking you up, and the people couldn’t get enough of the Tasty that KillCliff sent me, seriously it was gone by the time the first heat started.  I wish I had gotten cases of the stuff to sell, I would’ve made a mint.  I am hoping to do more with both companies, currently I’m an affiliate for Blonyx, they have great recovery through their HMB, and I’m going to start taking the HMB with Creatine for strength gains going into the open.

At the end of the day we gave away a lot of great stuff to the winning teams, including gift cards to Blonyx, Rogue Fitness and a can of Kill Cliff.  

Leaving after 12 hours I was exhausted and hadn’t really eaten anything all day.  A quick stop for some food and I was headed back home.  This trip back to Springfield was far too short but I’ll be back soon, and hopefully this time it will be just to hang out, spend far too much time playing at Capital City CrossFit and will include a fun Strongman Sunday of picking up heavy things.  I can’t say enough about how awesome this experience was, and if you have a competition coming up in the midwest, make sure to let me know.

 

 

What a day, the Icebreather Classic

Wow what a day, after spending 12 hours at Capital City running around between competing, judging other divisions and doing social media for Blonyx and KillCliff to promote their products I am a beat man.  I’m back at home and I will post a full recap tomorrow but let me say that it was an amazing time and that I had a blast.  I can’t wait to do it again, and I’m going to leave this post with a couple pictures of me doing my thing during the WODs.

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.

Working on that Snatch

Today I was once again flying solo in the gym at 3pm.  I swear if I didn’t know better I would think that I must smell or something, because lately I’m doing the WOD alone more often than I’m working with others.  But I came in and after some mobility and warmup it was 15 minutes to get a new 1RM Snatch from the hi-hang.  I’m still doing split since I can’t get to full depth in the overhead position.  I started at 75 not sure how high I would go but I hit 150, and failed an attempt at 155 before time ran out.  Since 150 was my best pull from the floor before I made the switch to split snatches and started working with Jake I’m thinking that it might be time to do another max effort and see where I land.  This month is all about pushing myself in multiple areas so taking on a new PR attempt would be good for me.  I’ll have to talk to Jake and see when I can work the attempt into the programming.  My day was solid overall, with good food, lots of job applications and sorting books to sell to make some extra cash.  These posts seem very boring to me as I haven’t really done much that seems worth mentioning to me.  Tomorrow I’m going to sell the books back, take on the last WOD before skill day, and pack to get myself ready to compete this weekend.  The first WOD for the partner competition was announced and tomorrow I’m going to talk about the WOD and what strategy I may use to take it on.

Week 1 recap

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Sunday night and it’s almost midnight but I have to get this post in to keep myself going on this.  Whole 30 week 1 is in the books and I’ve learned a few things.  First my body is starting to normalize itself and I have way more even energy throughout the day now that my coffee consumption is lower.  I think it’s time that I switch to decaf when this thing is over if I’m going to have any coffee after lunch.  I still love the taste of a good cup of coffee but I’m also learning to appreciate herbal teas so I may have found my substitute there.  Also I’m snacking much less and finding myself to have a better level of fullness throughout the day, I kind of expected this.  So that’s good to see it happen, for a while I felt like I was eating like a horse and it was good to see that I could go to smaller meals but still feel full and not need to snack.  I’m also trying to stay with as little fruit as possible and so far I’ve only had one Larabar this week and one thing of applesauce.  So I’m doing well there, I’ve been having more sweet potatoes, and today I made mashed pumpkin which actually was kind of an experiment that turned out really well.  I’m also getting more variety into my intake by introducing different things and I’m enjoying that as well.  Sunday is a rest day for me so no workout to talk about, and I have to say that I am loving the chance to just chill out for a while and let myself recover.  On Saturday I have my first team competition so I’ll be back in Springfield, can’t wait to get back down there and see how I do in this one.  Also looking forward to taking on another week at DNA and getting into the swing of things now that my body seems to have straightened itself out for the most part.

Friday Fun

Today I was sore, really sore, the kind you only experience when your rest day turns into practice your clean and jerk for two hours.  But after a slow start to the day I made it into the gym.  Once again I was flying solo for the 4pm class so I worked by myself and eventually the 5pm group came in early and cheered me on.  New 2rm for Dead-lift today – 425, failed a 435 attempt.  Going in I had put the over/under at 450 I really wanted that number but I was just too sore to get it.  Workout today was Hang clean thrusters, burpee over box jumps, and kettlebell swings.  Again Burpees show me that I’m not back to 100% as I struggled hard during them each round.   Finished off the night with a trip to the grocery store and came home with some Lamb chops that were on sale.  Excited to have these in the next couple days, also bought a Veal steak to try since I’ve never had it before.  With that out of the way let me rant for a second.

WHY AM I CRAVING DOUGHNUTS ALL THE TIME NOW THAT I’M WHOLE 30?

And yes you can read that screaming.  I haven’t had one since I went paleo in July of 2011, that’s right almost two years with none.  No I haven’t made a Paleo version, I really just have not missed them or wanted them at all.  But yesterday at the gym they were mentioned and ever since I’ve been craving them ridiculously   I think about them, in the grocery store they seemed to be everywhere.  I smell the sweetness of the glaze on them and I just want to eat a whole dozen.  No idea why, but I really want them badly.  And it’s not as though I could just say if I crave them this much I’ll have one, I’ve got three more weeks of Whole 30 before I can even think about a cheat.  What is wrong with me, guess I’ll add one to my eat a pound of bacon because you haven’t had it for a month meal when this thing is over.  I don’t know if this is what they were intending when the program was put together.  But this is ridiculous.  Now excuse me while I think thoughts of sugary glazed goodness and drool a little.  Just like Homer would.

Day 4 – Active recovery, or spend about 3 hours at the box doing stuff

Day four and I feel like for the most part I’m over the hump getting into the grove of this Whole 30.  I had three good meals, a small snack of Almonds and capped the day off with a little bakers Chocolate.  I love that i can eat 100% it means that for this month I don’t have to exclude it completely from my diet. During the day today I spent some time at my buddy Space’s house, a few weeks ago I hung a bunch of drywall at his new place so it was good to see it finished and him moved in.  We hung a couple shelves for his Star Wars collection and then ran around town a bit.  Time to put some work in at the gym.  It is my active recovery/skill day so into Crossfit DNA I went for about an hour or mobility followed by a skill class working on the clean, and finishing up with more practice on the clean and jerk.  Walking out at 7:30 I was surprised that I had spent 2 1/2 hours there and was pretty starving.  I’ve been meaning to make the Salmon Cakes from Practical Paleo for a while so I gave them a go tonight.  They are pretty good, and I have three more saved for breakfast tomorrow.  In terms of a broader look at my life, I’m still on the  job hunt and trying to stay positive.  There’s a few leads for long term subs here in Chicago, and I’m hoping that I get into the classroom that way soon.  Then I’m looking at finding a classroom to call my own somewhere in the fall and hoping that I’ll land somewhere close so that I can stay near the family.  Pretty good day overall and I’m mostly back to normal from the cold that I came down with post NYC.  Now to take on prep for the next competition on January 19.  I’m excited again playing double duty as a judge for the ladies division and competitor.  Also I’ll be repping the supplement Blonyx that I’m working with and passing out some Kill Cliff that I was sent as well.  Pretty sweet deal overall.  Can’t wait for the next competition of 2013.

Mystery Fett

Mystery Fett

Day 3, starting to make more progress

Whole 30 day 3 and I have to say that I’m feeling pretty good.  Other than having some headaches from the lower coffee consumption it has been pretty good.  Even took on a pretty rough WOD and did pretty well.  Today’s intake good with some good home cooked food and a snack of some pumpkin seeds.  I love those things and they are a great snack when you need a little something.  On the job front my hunt continues, current ranger applications are in for a position in Kentucky doing Educational groups, and in California in a year round seasonal position.  Where the job would be permanent every year but would be limited to at least 26 weeks but no more than 48.  I’m trying to keep my head up and the longer that this thing goes on the more that I’m just trying to find other areas to focus my energy on to that I don’t get discouraged.  The Whole 30 is helping that some by giving me a chance to try new recipes and to work on thinking about my day and what I’m doing.  I only hope that sometime soon I’ll get a phone call about a job and that I can find some direction on the future.  

Today’s WOD

Strength:

Every 30 sec for 5 min – 1 Power Snatch, then Every 30 sec for 5 min – 1 Power Clean

WOD

15 min AMRAP

5 Double KB Clean and Jerk

2 lengths Walking Lunges with 45# sandbag

10 Pull Ups

20 Squats with 45# sandbag

Not a bad way to spend a Wednesday especially after the flat yesterday and having to drop $610 on new tires.Image

Lunch

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Dinner

Does it really help that I know it’s stress making me want all this Bacon?

Day two of the Whole 30 began as a pretty good day.  After yesterday’s issues with not wanting to eat all day I got up and was actually hungry.  After eating some food and spending some time hanging out with a friend it was time to head into the gym, and this is where my day took a turn.  Part of doing this Whole 30 is understanding motivations for why I eat what I do and why I’m hungry when I am.  At certain points I question if I’m actually hungry or if there’s some other motivation pushing me to eat.  This afternoon I wanted a pot of coffee and a pound of bacon, it was 3:30 and I had just pulled over to the side of the road with a flat tire.  Now I didn’t actually want them that very minute, but I knew that is what I wanted to eat after I figured out how to get myself back moving and got done in the gym.  So that’s to the Whole 30 I understood that it was the stress of now having to come up with $700 for tires for my truck that was pushing me towards that amazing combo of Coffee and Bacon.  It’s my favorite meal, actually there are often weeks where if you rotate a few other players in it shows up five times in my meal planning.  But I resisted, I have limited myself to two cups of coffee before 2pm for this 30 days, and already it’s trying my patience, also I had no approved Bacon in the house to make so I skipped that also.  I instead got my tire changed and went into the gym, suffered for the better part of an hour doing double unders, burpees, and toes to bar and then went home.  Settling on a salad with chicken and some veggies.  I had no coffee with dinner, and my one little nod to the less than fun nature of the afternoon was having a little applesauce with dinner.  I tried to get my mind off of the trip to the tire place tomorrow by working on doing stuff around the house and it did help for a while.  So Whole 30 was it good that I knew it was the stress of finding a lot of money while unemployed that was pushing me towards certain food choices, I guess so.  There’s still a part of me that dislikes you for keeping me from fulfilling that desire.  Overall lesson learned, when you know that you need tires, don’t put off getting them for months, instead get a plan together and go buy them, I own the car, sometimes such things have to be done.