Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Grand OPENing!!!!????

What? Tonight??!!  I have to go through this AGAIN?!  I am still paying for the therapy I needed LAST year during the OPEN!!

Wait, calm down....remember how we learned a lot about ourselves and online competition last year?!  Everything is going to be ok.

The above is the conversation that has been replaying in my head the past few days!  Sound familiar?

So, everybody stay calm...for the next five weeks we are going to do the workouts, we are going to submit our scores...and we will be ranked!  That is for sure, whether we drive ourselves CRAZY or not is up to us!! are some things I need to remember when the sh*t hits the fan tonight at 5pm.

1. I have worked my A** off this year!!  I am a better athlete than I was last year.  What else is there to ask of myself??

2.  With that said, how other people do doesn't say ANYTHING about the improvements that I have made.  

3.  It IS a competition, but it's not a Game with offense and defense (especially at this stage) the only performance you can control is YOUR OWN!

4.  Online competitions are funny.  Unless you WITNESSED another athletes score, you don't know what it looked like.  Not saying you shouldn't believe it...most CrossFitters are LEGIT...BUT all you can do is move as LEGIT as you can in YOUR workout so when it comes to don't have to change anything.

5.  Looking at the LEADERBOARD every 5 min will not change your score, your placing, or anyone else's.  All it will do is literally make you a psychopath.

5.  I was in 100 something place after the first 2 weeks last year.  I finished the Open in 30th.  I was 5th in Regionals.

6.  BUT it IS a COMPETITION!!  This is your FIRST chance this season to prove to YOURSELF how far you have come!  DON'T HOLD BACK!!!

Here is a vid of me doing just that in WOD #3 from last year's Open with the world renowned Elyse Umeda.  I knew this was my chance to get back in the Game!!



Thursday, February 16, 2012


Ok, the look of this thing might change as I learn how to use the blogspot site....but here we go!

I am headed home today.  After 2 WEEKS on the road....11 flights, 8 hotels, 4 rental cars, and 4 Level 1 seminars!  Santa Cruz to Georgia to Georgia....HOME!!

Trainers with America's Favorite Trainer...and my new favorite CrossFitter, Bob Harper in Scottsdale!
I got an email on Facebook today asking if I had a blog.  It's something I have been meaning to do for a LONG time!  I always have funny stories about the awesome trainers I work with, and stuff I think could be helpful with nutrition on the road etc.  I NEED to share it....or at least treat this like a little diary...RIGHT?!

So, for my first post....  TRAINING AND EATING on the airports and hotels!

Luckily I have a job that allows me to workout at work.  Usually we only have about 45 min total for warm up, work out, cool down, put stuff it's TIGHT.   Not nearly the hour and a half I take warming up and practicing skills when I am home.  BUT, we make it happen!  Since Games season is upon us, I took a little extra time in my hotel room....almost every do some extra stuff that I didn't have time for....tricep work, hspu practice, mobility, stuff like that!

The eating has been especially fun this trip too.....

I travel with a lot of stuff, Progenex powder for workouts and protein in a pinch, almond butter, Tom Toms Turkey Snack Stix from Whole Foods (yum!) stuff like that...BUT  2 weeks is a long time.

I have had 4 flights that left at 7am after staying in a hotel.  Optimally for all of them I would do what I did in Boise, go to the grocery store the night before and get a rotisserie chicken that I eat for dinner and breakfast before the flight....BUT a couple of times I was nowhere near a grocery store AND/OR didn't have a car.

So, like this morning, I stopped at Burger King in the airport and got 2 sausage, egg, and cheese Croissanwiches  and just dumped the bread.  Today I didn't have any carbs, but got even some more fat from about 2" of heavy cream in my americano.

Usually for lunch we will all go to the grocery store the night before the seminar and get some meat (chicken or deli meat) and fruit.  The dinners were almost all at restaurants.

Dinners on the road:

Chipotle (AZ)-salad with double meat, double guac!
Me and Eric O with Chris Orcutt in Boise!
5 guys (AZ)- 2 patties with cheese protein style
Rotisserie Chicken from grocery store with fruit and almond butter
Chilis (Hinesville, GA)- fajitas double meat extra guac!
Waffle House- (yep) only thing close to hotel - 3 eggs and side of sausage
Bad Boy Burger (Boise)- 2 patties with cheese, no bun
Mexican Place- Fajitas extra meat, extra guac
Rotisserie Chicken from grocery store with fruit and almond butter
Rotisserie Chicken from grocery store with fruit and almond butter
Valentines Day (not with my Valentine) Ruby Tuesdays (Hinesville, GA) - Turkey burger and broccoli with a few sweet potato fries
Waffle House- 3 eggs and side of sausage almond butter I brought

I was thinking this morning about how LUCKY we are in the CrossFit community to have the education we do about nutrition especially!  I have been on the road for 2 weeks eating at some just AWFUL fast food restaurants...not by choice....BUT I have the knowledge to make the best of it!

The "paleo police" can say what they will....but I am dealing in REALITY...and sometimes in REALITY  Waffle House and Burger King are what you have available.  Not great for long term, but you can ALWAYS make a smart choice, control your insulin levels and not GAIN weight or feel crappy on the road!

It is important for all of us to realize how blessed we are to know this stuff and to share it with as many people as we can!

Til next time!-