Weekly Workouts February 16-24

I hobbled my way through this week's workouts. I hurt my foot at the Spartan Race last Saturday and that messed up my entire week. I ended up having to defer my Gasparilla Lime Cactus Challenge entry to 2015 and had to modify every single one of my CrossFit workouts! It was also "Spirit Week" at En Fuego and everyday we had a different theme. Some days I participated, some days I didn't. Tongue Out

But I got it done!

Sunday-Rest day. I spent nearly the entire day with my foot elevated and wrapped in an ice pack.

Total steps: 8,029 This is the FIRST time since I've been wearing my Loop that I did not meet my daily goal of 10,000 steps. Just shows you that I really was hurt.


Monday- Rest day. The kids were off from school for President's Day and I had family in town visiting from North Carolina, so we met them at a local park.

Total steps: 12,063


Tuesday- CrossFit and it was NERD DAY! I chose to wear my Bazinga shirt and honor the King of all Nerds, Dr. Sheldon Cooper.

And then we had to Complete a 3 minute AMRAP of:
- 5 Burpees to 6" target I had to modify the burpees and did NO jumping
- 15 Double Unders No way could I jump rope and put the pounding pressure on my foot, so I did 10 wall balls instead.

* Rest 2 minutes.
* 4 Rounds.

I made it 3 rounds each time. It was hard!

Calories: 378

Total Steps: 12,201


Wednesday-CrossFit and it was color day! My age group had to wear BLUE!

And I have no idea what the WOD was. I just totally spaced and didn't take a picture either!

But my technology keeps me in check.

Calories: 493

Total Steps: 13,139


Thursday-CrossFit and it was TEAM day. Of course, I represented Team Polar.

This was our WOD:

I had to modify. Instead of doing the 100m Med Ball Run, I did a 40 second sprint on the Air Dyne, and instead of HSPU, I did HRPU.

Calories: 392

Total Steps: 13,538


Friday-CrossFit make-up day. It was also wig day, and I don't have a wig, so I didn't participate.

But I made up the hero wod BADGER. Wow...it kicked my butt! I did have to modify the 800m run to a 1000m row, but I got it done!

Calories: 560

Total Steps: 13,499


Saturday-REST DAY. But it was an awesome day. I got to meet Christmas Abbott and then spent the rest of the day packing up our kitchen since our home is about to undergo a major remodel!

Total Steps: 15,895


Overall this week in workouts was pretty tame, but my foot is feeling much better, so this coming week should be better.



How was your week in workouts??

TNL Festivus Games: CrossFit competition in Tampa Plus Giveaway for 2 Registrations!

I got bit by the CrossFit competition bug back in October when I competed in my FIRST competition, The Diablo Games. It was fun, it was challenging, and I learned so much about myself and what I'm capable of and what I need to work on.

I'd been scouting around for another competition, but because of areas of weakness, most of the competitions (even the scaled divisions) had standards that were too difficult for me.

Then Coach Pete posted something about the TNL Festivus Games. I read over the standards and I said to myself "wow, I can do that." So I signed up. Tongue Out


Curious what the standards are? You can find out by watching the video below!!


And after you watch the video and say to yourself "hey I can do that" then go HERE to sign up!

Your registration fee includes a t-shirt and at $60.00 it's still cheaper than most other athletic competitions that I do.

But...I have 2 FREE registrations to give away. They are good for either division, Novice or Intermediate. Not sure which division you should sign up for? They have all the information on their Facebook page!

So what do you have to do to win a registration?? It's easy. Like the TNL Festivus Challenge Facebook page and tell them Jenny Hodges sent you over, and then leave me a blog comment telling me that you did that, and then tell me what your favorite lift is, and the name of your box.

Easy Peasy! I'll pick two winners on FRIDAY, February 28th.

Good luck and I hope to see you out there!

Christmas Abbott comes to Tampa

Today I had the opportunity to sit and chat (okay, we stood, but really you know what I mean) with CrossFit icon, Christmas Abbott.


This was a meeting that should have happened in October in Miami at the SweatUSA conference. I was invited to attend on behalf of Reebok, but the dates conflicted with MY FIRST CrossFit competition, and as badly as I wanted to attend the conference and meet Christmas, I had personal goals to achieve and no one understands that better than Christmas Abbott.

I would often think about the meeting that should have been whenever I happened to catch a post or a tweet from her.

And then suddenly on Thursday afternoon I happened to catch a post from Christmas that said she was on her way to Tampa. SAY WHAT??

I responded to her post, and one of my friends who works at ABC Action News in Tampa saw my comment and asked me who Christmas was. I explained in 140 characters or less that Christmas is a world class lifter, crossfit icon, the only female NASCAR pit crew member, and all around awesome, inspiring woman, and she should really try to get her on the news for an interview.

One thing led to another, the interview happened and I was invited to come and watch it and meet Christmas afterwards!

Christmas was supposed to be at ABC at 9am, and so that's the time I was there too. Originally I thought I'd join her in the green room, but the news folks thought it'd be better if I met her AFTER the interview so that we wouldn't be rushed by interview time constraints. I happily agreed.

There were a lot of empty desks in the newsroom and I was invited to pick any desk to watch the interview. I picked one not too close and not too far away. I didn't want to appear to much like a stalker.

It appears that I'm far away, but it's just the depth perception from my camera. I could hear every word she said Laughing

She looked so beautiful, so natural on camera, and she had the anchor in total awe of her.

You can see her interview below.

Soon enough the interview was over and Christmas was headed my way.

My palms were sweating and I wasn't sure what words were going to come out of my mouth.

I needn't have worried. Christmas walked up to me, shook my hand, and then pulled me into the biggest hug. It was awesome.

We talked, and talked, and talked. It was like re-connecting with an old friend! Though I guess I shouldn't have expected anything less. CrossFitters in general are just an awesome group of people. We spoke about training, over training, friendship through CrossFit, and so much more. She is simply amazing.

I learned what her favorite lift is (snatch) and we discussed her coming back to Tampa and having one of her workshops hosted at my box CrossFit En Fuego. It's not a matter of IF it's going to happen, but rather WHEN it's going to happen.

I brought along some gifts for Christmas, and she LOVED her CrossFit En Fuego tank top! She even said "wow, En Fuego, that's a super cool name for a box."

She quickly wrote a note that said "Thank you CrossFit En Fuego. Jenny took great care of me." Kiss

We then started talking about the upcoming CrossFit Open, and she give me some wonderful words of encouragement. I had brought along my WOD journal, and she was kind enough to sign it for me, including some inspiration.

She wrote "Jenny, no luck needed in the open, just be willing to try & try & TRY! Thanks for everything. Love, Xmas.

I am stoked for the games which begin THIS week. The first workout will be released on Thursday!!

Christmas is aiming high for the open, which she should. She is awesome. We hugged a few more times, each hug she squeezed me tighter and tighter. If you didn't already know...she's really strong. I think she could have lifted me right up off the ground.

Christmas Abbott, thank you for taking the time to meet me, inspire me, and I can't wait until we can connect again. It's one thing to tweet with your sports idol, it's another thing entirely to meet them face to face. I am forever changed by your confidence in me and your kind words.

If you don't follow Christmas, you should.

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Have you ever met one of your idols? Who did you meet? How did you react?