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New Blog Post on Well, Then

October 25th, 2010 · No Comments

“Training for the Unknown…”
And, check out my videos over there too! I’m proud of them.

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The Importance of Being Versatile

August 12th, 2010 · 2 Comments

2 days and counting before my second CrossFit Invitational.

Here are two of the events:

Event 1 – “Triple Double”

For reps:

AMRAP in 2 minutes of CTB Pullups (Males), Chin over horizontal plane (Females)

Rest 2 min

AMRAP in 2 minutes of: Ground to Shoulder (#135/#95)

Rest 2 min

AMRAP in 2 min of: Box Jumps (24”, 20”)

Event #2 “Zipadeedodah”

10 min cutoff: for time or reps achieved. Out of 146 total.

For time:

15 Backsquat from the Rack (#155, #95)

followed by

2 rounds of:

6 pullovers

12 burpees

40 doubleunders

followed by

15 Deadlifts (#155, #95)

As I sit here and ponder the above, I ask myself why am I doing this again?! The main reason I believe is that I am a competitor.  I like to test myself against other girls half my age with no kids and see how I measure up, hahahah… All I can say is that I like it.  The thought of doing a simple 5km sounds boring to me at the moment.

Anyways…on being versatile.  In the events above there are two movements that we have NEVER done.  The main one being the “pullover” and the second one being the one armed kettlebell swing.    A pullover is simply sending your legs over the bar.  (Here is a fairly ungraceful version of it on youtube.) This reminds me of the main purpose of crossfit–that is having the strength to do a wide variety of things that you may never do in a regular workout.  Having the right attitude to just attempt things you’d never do otherwise.  To be strong enough to try.  Or having the humility to get out there and just do it.

And, it’s not just me competing from our local CrossFit box.  We have 12 competitors going!!  4 girls (1 master), 1 master man, and lots of intermediate and advanced men.  Good luck to everybody and thanks for your support!

You can follow the action on Twitter starting at 6am Saturday.

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Tags: Cross Fit · Racing, Events,

Running Marathons & Pregnancy

June 4th, 2010 · 3 Comments

The New York Times recently ran an article about Kara Goucher and Paula Radcliffe who are both professional marathon runners who are now also pregnant and still training hard!

Hooray for them!

I know all of you mother’s who were runners before pregnancy have a story to tell on this subject. For me, during my first pregnancy, I was told I Could Not Run!?!?!?! Seriously? I was in my 1st trimester, feeling great, and all of a sudden- WHAM- No running. I had had no side effects & no pains whatsoever! And running was my means of exercise. Overnight (it seemed) I’d gained 20 pounds! Long story short, we invested in a treadmill, and I spent the rest of my pregnancy reading and walking on it for hours!

How many of you ran through your pregnancies? Times are changing and I think that if you’re body is used to a certain kind of exercise that you should be able to keep doing it when you are pregnant!

Thoughts on this?

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Tags: Questions for Readers · Racing, Events, · Things that motivate me

What is the difference between a champion and a non-champion?

May 18th, 2010 · No Comments

*Champions focus on the positive ALL THE TIME.

And, I love this quote:

“How you start is important, very important, but in the end it is how you finish that counts. It is easier to be a self-starter than a self-finisher. The victor in the race is not the one who dashes off swiftest but the one who leads at the finish. In the race for success, speed is less important than stamina. The sticker outlasts the sprinter in life’s race. In America we breed many hares but not so many tortoises.”
- B.C. Forbes

In my heart, I am a champion. Are You?

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Doing Something You Think You Can’t…

May 10th, 2010 · No Comments

Yes, on Mother’s Day Eve, I am proud to say that not only did I get out on a hike with my family, but I also got to go on a bike ride with my amazing workout buddy!  Whoo Hoo!  I was actually hollering out my street on the way Up the Course!

Scenes from the hike, courtesy of good friend Angie…

Do you ever wake up thinking, I’m going to try something new today? Something physical that you never would even dream up on your own??? In Cross Fit, almost daily, you think you can’t. Or you think, I can do it, but it will be brutal! Last week, we did 400 Jumping Squats split with a partner followed by 300 wall balls (using a complete squat for each one) followed by 200 50 Kettlebell Swings plus 20 Man Makers with 15 pound dumbbells in each hand. And, not once did I think twice about it…but, if I’d seen that workout the night before, I’d have thought, I can’t do that!

So, check this photo out! I am swinging a 35 pound kettlebell while balancing on two uneven posts. Yikes! I was scared to death. And, we did three rounds of 30 swings on those posts. Note: I eventually got my feet on a higher one which made it easier, but, this is the hardest thing I have done to date! And, those swings came after an 800 meter run up a GIANT dirt trail!

What have you done lately that scared you?

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Tags: Cross Fit · Racing, Events, · Things that motivate me

Women’s Cycling Clinic: Registration Open

May 5th, 2010 · No Comments

Less than two weeks to the women’s clinic! We now have 76 women riders registered which means there is only 24 spaces left.  This is a great opportunity to learn much needed cycling skills for women of all ages and abilities.  If you’re new to riding, they will walk you through the basics of wearing a clipless shoe, how to clip out at a stop light and how to power through corners.  If you are an old pro, there will be professional women racers there who can help you get faster with your racing.  Off the bike sessions include nutrition, flexibility, and bike tactics.   The women who participated last year had nothing but positive things to say!

I also wanted to give a shout out to our generous sponsors!

My Alibi

Mission Products


Arrowhead Water


Stell’s Coffee

The Bagel Pedler

Ayers Hotel

You can read more about the clinic on Southern California Cycling. (scroll down about halfway).

Please register for the Women’s Cycling Clinic using SoCalReg.

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Tags: Cycling, cycling apparel, accessories · Racing, Events,

News on the Cross Fit Invitational

April 12th, 2010 · 5 Comments

A Journey in Discovery!

To have 30 of my Cross Fit buddies all cheering for me in the middle of a workout…

To find I have the ability to complete 30 Front Squats at 65 pounds with no rest.

To find I have the strength to complete 45 snatches at the end of the day.

To find out that “Yes, I can” in all competitions.

As most of you know, this past weekend, I competed in a “Cross Fit Invitational” put on by Cross Fit Next Level Performance.

It was a test of endurance, strength, stamina and speed all at the same time. Why did I do it? To test myself. To find out my strengths and weaknesses…to compete.

What did I learn from this event?

That I am strong! And, that is a really good feeling. I may not have been the best, but, I am proud that I got out there and did it. Going into it, I had a lot of doubts of my abilities- but I found out that what I was worried about meant nothing. I could do it all.

In the photo (Calvin Davis, Steve, Sean, Chris and me)
Would I do it again?
Yes, it’s likely. I like to compete. It was fun! Even better was that I got to spend the day with 150 other athletes who also like to compete.


To do this thing called Cross Fit has been incredibly challenging experience that I just can’t seem to find the words for. My trainers and teammates at Cross Fit CDR have been incredible and I am blessed to have met you all.

A complete run down of the events and results can be found here.

Also, thanks to Angie C for taking all the photos!

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Tags: Cross Fit · Racing, Events,

Running: A Personal Record and a look back

March 6th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Bet you thought I wasn’t running?!?!? Ha ha ha. Surprise is sweet, even for me. I am running. However, I am only running when the Workout of the Day (W.O.D.) calls for it. That means that in a 2 week period, I might run 1 time. In fact, it might be more like once every three weeks. The last time we did any running in the box was on February 10th when we ran (2) 800 meter runs and (2) 400 meter runs, backwards! And I thought that workout was a blast!

Anyways, here I am writing about my new 5km running PR. My first documented 5km on this site is dated November, 2007 and I ran it in 23:01. Ryan was 1.5 years and it’s likely that I was still nursing and was very heavy at the time- click here and see for yourself.

In 2008, I ran only 2 other 5kms and both run times were in the 23+ minute range.

Witness below the Marathon Skirt:  St. George Marathon completed with a time of 3:59.

One month post marathon, Bobbi and I ran the Skirt Sports 5km and my time is not even listed on my site- except that it was around 24 minutes!

In 2009, I spent the year completing my 200 hour Yoga Works training, trail running, bike racing and kettlebell swinging!

November 2009 was the start of my Cross Fit training.  Since November, I’ve averaged 4-5 days a week in the box.  ( I have dropped at least 6 pounds and 2 dress sizes since then).

This weeks’ workouts have been ridiculously hard- Monday 29 weighted lunges plus 10 burpees times 9 ROUNDS .   Tuesday included 50 repetitions of 12 exercises called the “Filthy Fifty”, Wednesday a 20 minute heavy lifting day- and THEN on Thursday we had to run the 5km.  Crazy.  My legs were still feeling Monday’s lunges and the warm-up for our run included 100 ring dips, 75 sit-ups, 50 Man Makers, 25 Handstand Push-ups!!  Holy smokes, that’s a workout in and of itself!

Long story, but, YES,  I RAN A 5KM IN 21:43!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  First time since my early years of college that I’ve run sub-22!  And, the crazy thing is that I am HARDLY running.

Guess the next thing will be to test out my fitness in a local 5km!

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Tags: Racing, Events, · Running · Things that motivate me

Kara Goucher’s Methods for Overcoming Mind Games

February 25th, 2010 · 5 Comments

I loved this article in Runner’s World this month!  Just a few months ago, I was lamenting about my poor attitude and mental negative crap that goes through my head before a bike race.   (Here is the post, “I feel your pain, Kara Goucher.”) And, to be honest, this type of behavior when it comes to sports performance or just life in general does not just evaporate.  It transforms.  If you have a tendency towards negative spirals, it will reappear in other parts of your life.

The article is quite lengthy and discusses her current method of training that includes a sports psychologist, Darren Treasure.  I think his tips are very valuable and could be easily accessible to all of us wanna-be athletes!

Here they are:

  • 1. Worry early, not late.  Focus on your strengths and the body of your training work.
  • 2.  Employ a key word.  Must have a stimulus and response.
  • 3. Embrace your competitors.  “It means I’m going to run together with the best, and they’ll help bring out the best in me.  That neutralizes my anxiety about my own confidence.”  Just think that working out/running with faster people will make YOU FAST.
  • 4. Enjoy the motion.  Enjoy the moment. Relax!!
  • 5. Define success by your progress.  “I want them to measure their success in terms of their personal progress.  If I can do a couple more reps that I could yesterday,  that’s success.”

Now for tomorrow’s workout, I will be employing all of these tricks! Holy moly, check out the workout…

“Dirty Dozen”

25-Walking Lunge
20-Pull ups
50-Box Jumps 20”
20-Double Under’s with a rope
25-Ring Dips
20-K-2-E (Knees to Elbows)
30-KBS 70/53
20-Hang cleans 35/20 DB
25-Back Ext
4-Rope climbs
*For Time!

Strengths for me for tomorrow will be the Box Jumps and Wall Balls.  It’s going to be fun and fast! Key word, FOCUS.

Now a playlist for this would be awesome! Anybody have any favorite songs that you can recommend?

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Tags: Racing, Events, · Running · Things that motivate me

Phys Ed for Adults, Now Offered.

January 17th, 2010 · No Comments

In yet another way to get fit, you can now find local communities offering Old School PE!  Games played include Ultimate Frisbee, Dodgeball, Relay Races, Tug of War and many other games that we played as kids.

As you may know, I am a phys ed teacher.  These games I still teach to the kids (with the exception of a few) and kids LOVE them.  And, in Cross Fit, we are “playing” tug-of-war, climbing ropes and just yesterday, we were hauling a 30,000 pound truck- all in the name of fitness and fun.  And, it is.  We laughed our asses off in tug-of-war and although I was scared of getting run over by the truck, it was also fun to pull it (photos coming soon)…

And, in Portland, Oregon, there is a group of women who get together weekly to play recess games. It’s called Urban Recess and it just cracks me up.  People are getting together to laugh, run and sweat.

Thinking we should all organize a weekly recess game in our own little hood- have a cook-out afterwards and laugh!

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Tags: Racing, Events, · Running · Things that motivate me