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Lost Your Sport, Find CrossFit

August 4th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Note: This post was inspired by an article in the LA Times sports section from Sunday.  The article was about a competitive gymnast who finished her college career at the top of her sport, then, all of a sudden had body image issues that lead to eating disorders.  Although this doesn’t have anything to do with crossfit, it is about knowing what to do when collegiate sports are over!

For those of you women or moms out there who were athletes in school and now, wondering years later…what should you do? Go find the nearest crossfit box in your town, and join up.  You’ll find your competitive spirit come back within three months.  I did, and if you read about lots of athletes in the Crossfit games this year, that you’ll find that they are doing the same.

In college, I ran track and cross country and not that I was addicted, but, I was committed to exercising, because at the time, I also loved food!  For two years, I ran.  Then, I transferred to a 4 year school and found bike racing through a friend.  I got addicted to that real quick because I was good at it without a lot of effort.  I also loved the competition, the camaraderie and the motivation to get better.  This lasted as long as I was in college working towards a goal– to get to Collegiate Nationals.  But once I graduated, I still enjoyed riding, but I lost my way for a while as I didn’t have any set goals.  {gained a few happy married couple pounds}. Few years later, I got married, and set a new goal– The Marathon.  Did my first one at age 28, and finished it in 4 hours or so.  And, I did it with almost no training.  Or, as I recall, it was run for an hour on Sunday, then, run for 1.5 hours on the following Sunday, and so forth until I got to three hours.  Lesson learned, you don’t need to run a marathon before actually running a marathon.  Years later, I got the running bug again, and trained for and ran the St. George Marathon– got injured, but, still got a 10 minute PR on serious training.  That was in 2008 and I haven’t run more than a 5km since then.  Guess that was enough of that, heh?!

Now, in 2010-2011, I’m addicted to Crossfit and loving it.  Why now?! Why must I have a sport now in my 40’s?  Because in order for me to stay fit and continue working on my goals, I have to find new goals to set.  I have to have accountability partner to make sure I do it right, and I have friends whom will say something if I don’t show up for a workout.  And, I have a coach who will text me asking where I’m at?!?!

What the heck is crossfit and why should you do it?

1. It’s a combination of gymnastic movements, weight training, and endurance through the use of a WIDE variety of modalities.  The 2011 CrossFit Games has athletes swimming in open water, throwing softballs for distance, handstand walking along with lots of heavy Olympic Lifting.

2. The cool part of it is you can always set new SMALL goals or new BIG goals to help you stay motivated.  You can compare your scores to other women in your area or just to yourself and see improvements..

3.  You can do it in your living room or you can do it in your backyard or at your local globo gym.  All it takes is time, effort and discipline.  But, I could say that about any sport, exercise or hobby you may find love for.

4.  The best part is that I am a seriously fit mommy and I could jump into any local running or triathlon race with little to no “training” and do just fine and that’s the beauty of it, we get good at LOTS of things we weren’t good at in college or high school.

Were you a collegiate athlete and do you still workout or compete now?

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Tags: Cross Fit · Cycling, cycling apparel, accessories · Fantastic workouts · Olympic Lifting · Questions for Readers

New Products for Women Cyclists!

July 6th, 2011 · No Comments

Check out these bags! They are adorable and can attach to any bicycle, stroller, or piece of luggage! Check them out on Planet Gear today.

Also, My Alibi has new colors for their bloomers! These are not meant to be worn on their own, simply under a skirt. For those of you who like to bike around town, but, come home complaining of a sore bum, then these bloomers are your ticket! I used to use these when I was biking my kids around and they work great!

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Tags: Cycling, cycling apparel, accessories

Why Be A Host Family?

April 4th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Yes, we gave up 1 week of our life, turned our house upside down, emptied the contents of a fridge, and lost a ton of sleep….

However, our children got to meet, greet and play with some of the nicest, most humble bike riders ever. Colby Elliot was our “pit crew” for the children’s races, pancake breakfasts and TV watching. My husband loved hearing stories from old racing days and on two nights we had almost the entire Swami’s Team here for dinner. I particularly enjoyed cooking and feeding everyone and just having some very lively company around. Almost all the out of town racers at the Redlands Classic are housed in host housing and I feel that we were the lucky ones.

For more information on the Redlands Classic, click here.

And, good luck to all of you Swami’s Team members I hope you’ll make it to the big leagues SOON!

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Tags: Cycling, cycling apparel, accessories · Redlands Classic

Update: The Redlands Classic

April 2nd, 2011 · 5 Comments

I love this time of year! The Redlands Bicycle Classic started Thursday and we are a host family the duration of the classic. Our team is a composite team put together solely for the purpose of the Redlands Classic. There are three very interesting veteran racers; Dirk Friel, Anton Villatoro, and Alexi Grewal. And, then there are five very young racers who are just starting out in their career with hopes of becoming the next big racers! Last night, I made dinner for most of the team (Large pot of non-paleo pasta, sweet potatoes, and fruit and they ATE it all!! I’m quite certain they are going to EAT the entire contents of my fridge before Sunday. It’s been a blast for us to have so much extra life around here and my kids are having a ball meeting and greeting them! We will probably continue to be host families in the next years, it’s just too much fun.

In addition to being a host family, my school also was lucky enough to have four of the women from the Peanut Butter and Co. team make a visit. All of my elementary students got to hear about each of the women’s cycling background, how they came into racing their bikes and how much peanut butter they get to eat! My students were thrilled and the best comment was “well if you’re bike is made of carbon fiber like an airplane, can you fly on it?”

Finally, we are onto Saturday, which has the best events of the week- the kids races and the Criterium for the mens and women’s teams. Both children had a fun time racing their bikes, although, I’m kind of mad at Shimano for not sponsoring the kids races with medals this year! Why was this year different?  There are well over 300 children participating this year, it gets promoted all over town and in every elementary school.   Yes, my kids do it to win, but, also they know from prior experience that they will get a medal at the end!!  To them, it’s the reward they get for doing it.  Regardless,  the Redlands Classic is one of the few bike races where children of all ages actually get to participate.  It’s been a great opportunity for the entire community to come together and let the kids race too.

Life is good and busy!!

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Tags: Fitness for Kids and Family · Kids · Redlands Classic

Major Differences Between Bike Racing and CrossFit are… seen by a girl who’s done both!

March 26th, 2011 · 1 Comment

1. There is no planned rest in a crossfit WOD.
2. In cycling, you can hide amongst other bike racers to recover.
3. In a Criterium race, it’s all OUT in the first lap, then, everyone slows down.
4. In CrossFit, you are at 90% capacity at 3, 2, 1 Go!
5. CrossFit requires more skills than a bike racer, for example, Double Unders, Clean and Jerk, Snatch, Kipping Pullups, Muscle Ups…
6. Bike Racers need to be fantastic at bike handling skills and positioning!
7. When I was a bike racer, I could spend upwards of 5 trips to the potty being sick and nervous only to lose my nerves within the first five minutes of a bike race.
8. In CrossFit, I can be nervous and sick and spend lots of trips to the potty, but, some of the events will be over in 10 minutes!!
9. Bike Racers can spend upwards of 15 hours a week on a bike just training for the weekend event.
10. CrossFitters workout for one hour a day 3-5 times a week!
11. Most CrossFit workouts are under 15 minutes and most bike races last anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 or more hours for women.
12. Bike Races have surges of really hard intervals- such as a prime lap and this is when great cardio will be of benefit. However, the winner of the race, may outsmart the more fitter girl with better positioning and teammates in the race. There is no team work in a crossfit workout.
13. Bike racers can get seriously injured in the blink of an eye- wrong turns, somebody looks down instead of up, handlebars can get locked up…the list is endless and sometimes injuries occur that are out of your control.
14. Crossfitters can injure themselves in the blink of an eye as well, however, it would be unusual if they were to hurt others at the same time.

I love the fact that I have been on both sides of the street on this one and currently love crossfit more than cycling!

Although, there are times and days when I’d love to go for a ride, it’s only to get out and enjoy the sunshine rather than to get a workout. I’m looking forward to the days (hopefully soon) when heart failure and my kids on bikes on the streets won’t be so problematic for me. They can do it, I’m just a nervous mommy!

I had a blast racing my bike in my younger years, but, had less fun as a mommy doing it. Maybe, when, they are older, I’ll return to it, but, right now, I’m really ecstatic being a crossfitter.

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Tags: Cross Fit · Cycling, cycling apparel, accessories

Inclement Weather Cycling Workouts…Do You Dare?

December 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

These workouts are awesome! I especially love the soundtracks. Check them out on itunes or You Tube. The Sufferfest videos are designed for all of you cycling enthusiasts who need to train in winter indoors. Way harder and much more interesting than a spin class! If I were training for a cycling event right now, these are the workouts I’d be doing-if nothing else but to rock out while riding on my bike.

What workouts do you do in inclement weather?

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Tags: Cycling, cycling apparel, accessories

Introducing Big Wheel Coaching for Women Cyclists!

November 24th, 2010 · No Comments

Readers, this is Joy.  A fellow Phys Ed teacher in my town, also happens to be an avid cyclist turned cycling coach and is looking for some trainees!  If you’re a woman who needs direction on a bike whether it’s mountain bike, triathlon or road cycling, Joy, can set you up with a program to meet your goals!

Love that image…

Big Wheel Coaching.

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Tags: Cycling, cycling apparel, accessories

Team Estrogen Sale!

November 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

Lovin’ this sale!

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Tags: Cycling, cycling apparel, accessories · workout apparel

New Products for Women Runners!

November 5th, 2010 · No Comments

Loved this image and quote! Image credit would be with TeamEstrogen.

New Products for Women Runners

New Products for Women Runners by Fit Mommy featuring prana hair accessories

You’ve got a product or a suggestion on a favorite product for women athletes?! Please leave a comment so that we can learn about it as well!

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Tags: Cycling, cycling apparel, accessories · workout apparel

More On…

October 13th, 2010 · No Comments

the family running strategy can be found here. {on Read Breathe today}

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Tags: Fitness for Kids and Family · Triathlon