CrossFit Chronicles: Edition 8

It's official. I'm addicted to CrossFit. Last night I had my first CrossFit dream, and then one of my friends from Women Races posted this on my Facebook wall this morning, and it's so fitting! I do sit there and let my mind wander about CrossFit. Some of the lifts are hard for me to wrap my head around, and I'm going to talk about that a little bit today.

I am always excited to head to my 9am workout for a few reasons:

1) I truly have the best coaches. Jen, Sarah and Pete are amazing and never get sick of me asking a million questions (or if they are sick of it, they never show it Tongue Out.)

2) Community. I am making new friends. Strong friends. I'm feeling like I am part of something bigger than myself. I feel included. And that's a great feeling. And this community extends beyond my box. There is a huge virtual CrossFit community that is supportive, engaging, and encouraging.

3) STRENGTH! I look at photos/videos of myself and I LOOK stronger. And I feel stronger, I am lifting more, seeing more muscle definition. I think I will always have extra skin, but I'm finally seeing some muscle peeking out!

As I've mentioned before, I never know what the workout is going to be until I take a look at the board. Today's workout was called a Hero WOD. It was in memory of USAF SSgt Timothy P. Davis. Hero WODs "are some of the most intense workout experiences that you could experience. They have been conceived and are intended to be performed with intense effort, in honor of our fallen Heroes. Don’t think to your self, I can’t do that or it looks to hard. Instead focus on what you can do, scale where needed, and think about the Hero that has given his all for our freedom. Honor these Hero’s with your best effort."

The workout was called "DT" and it consisted of 12 deadlifts, 9 power cleans, and 6 push press: 5 rounds, FOR TIME!

The way this workout is prescribed you should use the SAME weight for all 3 exercises. But I can't. I'm not there yet. I can deadlift more than double what I can do in a power clean or a push press. I have issues with the arm movements in the power clean. I just think it through too much and my elbows don't come up and out quick enough, I just pop too soon, just too much going on. So rather than risk hurting myself with heavy weight and improper form, I did a lighter weight for those 2 moves so that I can work on form and technique. Now, don't get me wrong, it was still HARD and by the end it felt like a ton of bricks, but for me, CrossFit is way more than how much I can lift. I am a work in progress. And I'm not embarrassed or ashamed to be the ONLY one during the WOD who had 2 bars out. I'm okay with that. I own that.

We started our workout with some stretching, then a 400m run, and 2 sets of 10 pass-thru, 10 morning...morning something LOL I can't remember and 10 presses. And then we practiced all the WOD moves with a PVC pipe, and then we set up our stations, and we were off!! This WOD was NO JOKE! Remember the CrossFit Woman's Creed?? I do not glisten or smile when I'm working out. I sweat, grunt, and curse. Yup. I think this is me on round 2/5.

 

 

By the time I was finished, my forearms were TIGHT and so so so sore!! But I smiled and flexed for the camera! And look!! You can see biceps! Wink

I finished the Hero WOD in 16:57. It was HARD. It was supposed to be HARD and I DID NOT BACK DOWN!

 

And then I finished up my workout with a 2000m row, and then I went upstairs with two ladies and we did some ab work. It was a great day at the box!!

 

How are you doing with your workouts?? Do you struggle with any of the moves like I do? If so, which ones?? Any tips to help me get over the tricks my mind plays on me??

Fresh Ideas from Social Fresh

Last week I had the opportunity to attend my first ever Social Media/Marketing Conference; Social Fresh East. "Social Fresh is a social media education company. Our goal is to inspire people to create better businesses through social media. Social Fresh produces some of the top social media conferences and online training programs in the industry." I am fairly new to the world of Social Media and certainly a newbie when it comes to marketing. 

However, I am not inexperienced when it comes to conferences. I've been to conferences as a restaurant professional, a science teacher, a marine biologist, an environmental scientist, and a librarian. This conference was unlike any other I had attended in the past. What made it different? First was its size. This conference was tiny compared to the National Science Teacher's Convention, or the American Library Association's National Conference, where tens of thousands of people were in attendance. This conference had 330 people and many were from right here in the Bay Area. This made mingling and networking very easy because we had something in common right off the bat (besides being interested in social media Wink.)

Second, was how the speakers were set up. There were no strands to pick from. You had one speaker at one time, and that was it! And it was great! No worrying about missing something and getting notes from a friend. And the last big one was the TIME! Any other conference I've been to has started bright and early at 8am, and ends very late, with a large break for lunch. But not Social Fresh, they start late, have a very short lunch break, and then end in the late afternoon. The presentations were 30 minutes in length, long enough to learn something, but not so long that you get bored. Not that THAT would EVER happen at a social media conference, though. Tongue Out

There were some great speakers. I did have three favorites: Spike Jones of WCG, Morgan Johnston, from Jet Blue and Ted Rubin of Collective Bias. All the speakers were top notch and I took a ton of notes, but these 3 really resonated with me. I walked away from their presentations with three big objectives learned:

1) Build relationships with your online community.

2) Inspire humanity.

3) Don't hide behind your keyboard. Don't say anything to your social media community that you wouldn't say to their face.

One of my big goals when I went "social" with my blog, Facebook page, Twitter, etc., was to inspire other people. Throughout the past 5 months, I've received numerous emails from people (both women and men) who tell me that my story inspires them, and gives them hope that they too can be successful in their weight loss journey. I have yet to encounter someone in MY community who is a hater. But I see many tweets, posts, etc., where other people have been bullied and mistreated. WHY?? I just don't understand why people have to be nasty to one another. How is that HELPFUL at all???

Ted Rubin called for volunteers, and I always volunteer and he picked me Smile I skipped down the conference aisle at Social Fresh (my cardio for the day) and for my participation he gave me a copy of his new book and autographed it, too! He wrote, "Jenny, thanks for volunteering to skip with me at Social Fresh. We are now officially friends. Remember...relationships are like muscle tissue, the more you engage them, the stronger and more valuable they become! It's all about Relationships! Ted." And he's right. It IS all about relationships!

I had the opportunity to speak with Morgan from Jet Blue and relayed Ronin's flight experience on Jet Blue when he got to call out FREE SNACKS on the intercom while sitting in the pilot's chair and he asked for me to send him a tweet with the photo, which I did, and then he later retweeted it. Jet Blue is rolling out a special needs program for kids with Autism at the Tampa International Airport VERY soon, and I hope to be a part of that, along with my au-some son! Wings for Autism has been highly successful at Boston Logan International Airport (they've done it 5 times) and they hope to repeat this program in other markets.

That my friends is making a connection; going the extra mile, inspiring humanity, and building relationships. Treating people like YOU would want to be treated.

I look forward to implementing other marketing strategies, but for now I'll stick with being the change I wish to see in the world.

Peace.

Music Monday: One Tribe

For today's Music Monday, I am playing One Tribe by the Black Eyed Peas.

Today is Earth Day, and also one week since the tragedy that happened at the Boston Marathon.

We need to remember that we are One Tribe, One Time, One Planet, One Race. Let's be nice to each other; lets be nice to our planet. Let's just be nice.

Try to do something nice for a stranger every single day. It can be as simple as opening the door for someone. Try to do something nice for our planet every single day. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Volunteer at the Great American Cleanup. Buy locally grown produce (or heck, grow your own and then give some to your neighbor, be neighborly.) There are so many opportunities for you to do something.

We are in this together. One tribe.