A Little Patience

gnr patience

That’s right, I’m quoting GnR to start this post.  Deal with it.

This weekend, I went in to Craic to get some more judging in for 13.4.  I was also going to do a modified version of 13.4 on Saturday, as that was the workout for the general classes.  In my head, I thought that the weight for the women was 75# and was excited to do this workout, as 75# is a totally manageable weight for me.  I went in, looked at the board, and saw that the weight Rx for women was 95#.  I have never done anything more than 75# overhead since my shoulder issues popped up.  While my training has been semi-inconsistent (is that a double negative?) I’ve been working hard strengthening my shoulders over the last couple of months.  Doing external rotations, bullet proof shoulders, listening to Jarrod about taking it easy on various workouts when I really don’t want to, etc.  So I decided to see how my shoulder would feel warming up and potentially attempt the 95# weight.  75# felt totally fine warming up, so I tried to go for 85#.  Also felt fine.  Went for the 95# and it actually felt pretty great.  Yes, it was going to get tiring, but it was definitely something that I felt comfortable doing and didn’t feel it would worsen my shoulder.  So I went for it.

Clock counted down and I started the workout.  I did sit-ups instead of toes to bar, as hanging / pulling motion for my shoulders still does tweak it a bit.  Did the first three unbroken, and then divided the next set into 2 sets of three.  (The sit-ups were unbroken).  Got to the round of 9 and the weight was beginning to feel heavy. I ended up breaking them up into 1’s – dropping it and then immediately picking it up.  It wasn’t quick, but I managed to keep an even pace.  Got through round of 12 and then got 2 more for a total of 62.  I am STOKED.  This means that I got over 30 reps at 95#, which means that next time Grace comes around, I should be able to go for a stellar time!  Shows that patience pays off.  Okay, so maybe it wasn’t patience, it was more Jarrod telling me not to be stupid for months on end…but still.

I still have trouble hanging from the bar, kipping, catching, and snatching…but pushing the bar over my head is something that I can actually do now!  I need to be patient and know that eventually, the other stuff will come (including my ankle issues and wrist issues).

patienceJudging was great.  Good to see everyone giving all they had, mixed results.  John McEvoy, re-tried 13.4, hoping to get at least 1o0 reps this time.  His last round was a sight to watch.  With 40 seconds left, something in his brain just clicked and he was stringing together the clean and jerks like nobody’s business.  It was an amazing thing to judge and witness.  His final score was 103.  A lot of others killed it this weekend, while some were left with results that they personally were disappointed in. I wasn’t disappointed in watching anyone, as they were all giving 100% and that’s inspiration to me.


San Fran Filthy 50

I made it back from San Francisco and broke my streak of getting sick every time I visit the city!  I’m so excited!  I was there for Game Developer Conference, attending meetings, and also introducing the world to our game we had just announced, Infinite Crisis.  Check out the trailer for it below.  It’s kind of awesome and excited that we get to tell the world about it.  It’s a DC Comics MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) and we got some amazing feedback while we were out there.  It delves into the multiverse, which means you can be Batman.  All of them!

L-R Nightmare Batman, Batman, Gaslight Batman

L-R Nightmare Batman, Batman, Gaslight Batman

I got one workout in while I was out there.    Lalanne Fitness (powered by Crossfit) was only .1 miles from my hotel, so I really had no excuse not to get there in the morning.  Unfortunately for me, the class that I was going to attend on Wednesday morning was slotted for the weekly Advanced Women’s Class, so I didn’t end up going that morning. I had originally planned to workout at 4PM on Wednesday afternoon, but I had a meeting come up on top of it, so I only got to workout on Tuesday morning.  Fortunately, I spent most of Wednesday running back and forth between meetings – so I got some good exercise in.  Anyway, the night before I was perusing the website the night before and saw that the workout was back squats and strength focused.  I was super excited to get a workout like this in, as a back squat is right in my wheelhouse.  Also, I wouldn’t really have to modify the crap out of the workout.  I walked confidently into the Crossfit and then I saw the workout on the board.  Turns out, it wasn’t the back squat strength workout.  This is what I saw on the board:

Yep, the WOD was the Filthy 50

Yep, the WOD was the Filthy 50

The Filthy Mother Effing 50.  I had only heard of this workout and was not at all mentally prepared for it.  I nearly turned around and walked back to the hotel, but didn’t (obviously!)  The coach was one who usually coaches the class that Johnny D goes to and his name was Aaron Morales.  As John told me, Aaron was  an awesome coach. He was super patient and helpful helping me figure out how to modify certain movements, and my Filthy 50 looked like this:

50 Box jump, 20 inch box (step-ups)
50 Jumping pull-ups (ring rows)
50 Kettlebell swings, 24# (all the 35# were taken by the men)
50 Walking Lunge
50 Knees to elbows (hollow rolls)
50 Push press, 35#
50 Back extensions (good mornings with 35# weighted bar)
50 Wall ball shots, 20 pound ball (35# front squats)
50 Burpees
50 Double unders (100 single jumps)

Modified, but I believe just as challenging and intense as I would have expected.  I was making pretty good time until I got to the push press.  I had to break them up into sets of 10.  The burpees at the end were a cruel, cruel punishment and I had to break them up into sets of 5.  They seemed to last forever.  I finally got the the jump rope and did them in 40, 40, 20.  Final time was 31:52.  Overall, pretty happy with my first outing with the Filthy 50.  I was completely zonked by the time was done, but really happy that I was able to finish in a semi-respectable time.

Post Filthy 50

Post Filthy 50

So, the good news is – as mentioned above – I came back from San Francisco and didn’t get sick this time.  The bad news (yep, there is) – the wear and tear of wearing heels and running around San Francisco really pissed off my bad ankle.  As I was walking around SFO in my flat, feet friendly Dansko clogs, my ligaments in my ankle decided to just randomly give out and my ankle went out – forcing me to fall unexpectedly in the middle of the airport in front of a ton of people while walking on a flat surface.  The fall was epic, I would have laughed my ass off had I seen myself falling.  I immediately got up, ankle in a searing type of pain, and tried to walk it off like nothing happened.  It’s currently swollen and sprained, but I’m feeding it a good dose of Advil.  Since I’ve been plagued with ankle problems since the beginning of time, I think I’ll be back in fighting shape in a couple of days.   I wish that I had video of what happened, alas I don’t.  Yep, this Crossfitter apparently has trouble walking on flat surfaces 🙂

I ate some really good food while I was in San Francisco, including this butter poached lobster with some amazing foam stuff and cocoa dust (which I don’t remember what it was…)  I wanted to lick my plate after eating the main stuff.

Tasting Menu, Luce

Tasting Menu, Luce

In closing, I’d like to wish my husband, Niko, a happy belated birthday.  He’s the best!

Wasn't he adorable?

Wasn’t he adorable?

Judging and a Firehouse

This weekend I was really focused on getting some judging sessions in.  I missed last week (only got to judge Ann) due to being in Dallas.  I basically judged all weekend.  A lot of people PR’d this workout and I was really happy with them.  13.3 is an easy workout to get no repped on, and I’m pretty sure that every athlete that did 13.3 got no repped at least once.  Some people had trouble getting to depth, but the biggest problem for most was hitting the target properly.  I judged this one guy, Dave twice this weekend.  He came in Friday and got the same exact score he got last year on 12.4. He had a loose plan, but just couldn’t get that muscle up.  I was judging some people at Craic today and in walks Dave, determined to get at least one muscle up.  On Friday, he was just too gassed to get one.   Today was different.  He had a concrete plan. 10 wall balls every 30 seconds.  He pretty much stuck to it and his pacing was great.  Finished the double unders and had a little over two minutes to do the muscle-ups.  Man, was he determined.  He failed the first one and I was a bit worried for him.  But then he got up!  It was awesome.  Everyone was so pumped for him.  Then he got a 2nd one!  Just proof what good planning can do for you going into a workout.

This morning, I got to Craic early to judge Stacy.  After I judged her, I went home and helped Niko assemble the latest addition to our Lego Modular City Set that he and I are working on.  The series started in 2007 and they come out with a new building once per year.  We have the Grand Emporium, Pet Shop/Apartment, and now the Fire Brigade complete.  We have the Town Hall and the Movie Theater to go.  We don’t have the earlier ones because we were a little late to the game and they go for like thousands of dollars on eBay.  We’re addicted to the series…but not that addicted! Later that morning, I went back into Craic to get some more judging in and got to judge 3-4 people.  It was a great weekend overall.  Niko and I went to a nice dinner for his birthday.

Have to go and finish packing.  Off to San Francisco tomorrow (let’s hope I don’t get sick!)

Lego Town...so far!

Lego Town…so far!

And a little burpee treat…


Last night I checked out the WOD and it was:

(A) 10 min to find a heavy set of 5 deadlifts

(B) AMRAP 12 @55#

  • 12 deadlifts
  • 6 hang cleans
  • 12 shoulder to overhead

AWESOME!  That looked like a great workout.  The weight was relatively “light” and it seemed like a solid workout.  And then I noticed a tiny little bottom of the workout with an (*):

*5 burpees at the top of each minute

What the what?  OH GOD.  And guess what, it was as awful as you think it was.

Part A was interesting.  I wanted to get over 200# and went with 205#.  Started at 135#, then 165#, 185#, 205#.  The first lift was the hardest one, but once you got into a rhythm, it seemed to get better.  205# was a challenge, but I think I could have gone heavier.  Alas, I ran out of time.

Now for the no good, terrible AMRAP.  Glen suggested that we scale the burpees, but I decided to stick with 5.  After the 3rd round of burpees at 5, I bumped down to 3 burpees from the 4th minute on.  If I had stuck with 5, it would have taken me at least 30 seconds to do them and recover enough to lift the bar.  The first round was fine, I moved at a good pace.  After the 205# deadlifting, 55# seemed like a treat.  That didn’t last for too long combined with the burpees.  It was an evil little workout.  I only ended up getting 4+8 and was completely fried by the end.

Skull Crushers

Today, I went into Open Gym at 7:30 and did a mini-wod.  I warmed up on the airdyne, did some mobility and then went through my three rounds at increasing weight of bicep curls (10 each arm) and 15 skull crushers.  I went 15#, 20#, 25#.  The last couple of times I did 25#, I only managed to squeak a couple out before my form and arm placement went crazy.  Today I did all 15!  Then I closed out with some more time on the air dyne and external rotations.  Nothing major to report.


Losing Momentum and Living in the Present

Went to the gym, first time going back in since Saturday with Ann at Crossfit Heat in Dallas.  When the alarm went off this morning – I did not want to go in and workout.  John programmed a long-ass workout and it looked like a terrible way to start getting back into the swing of things.  And I thought to myself –  that even if I started back up today – I’d probably lose any momentum I had by the time I left the following Monday for SF.  But for some reason, I knew that if I didn’t get out of bed and get myself to the gym – I’d end up finding a way to justify not working out even easier the next time, and the time after that, and then before you know it – I wouldn’t be working out any more. It’s a slippery slope and I recognize that.  Got ready (despite my cat, Hobo’s best efforts at being super cute and cuddly this morning)  got into Craic and John was coaching. They seem to be mixing up the coaches / classes lately, and I’m kind of digging it.  I think it’s a good disruptor and it’s a good way to get different perspectives from the different coaches.  Jarrod, Sarah, Glen, Pete, and John have all given me little tips and tricks over the past year that have definitely helped me.


The aforementioned “long-ass workout” was:

10 min AMRAP:

  • 10 single arm dumbell snatch (5 L +5R)
  • 10 box jumps
  • 10 situps

rest 3 minutes

10 min amrap:

  • 20 single arm dumbell snatch (10l + 10r)
  • 20 box jumps
  • 20 situps

Talked to John and we decided that I would substitute clean and shoulder to overhead with the snatches.  I used a 25# dumb bell   – and as with 13.2 – goal was to go at a good pace and to keep moving.  Score for the first AMRAP was 6+1 and then score for the second AMRAP was 2+43.  The two movement clean / shoulder to overhead slowed me down a bit, but tried to stay consistent.  Great workout and was definitely breathing heavy.  The 23 minutes it took for the entire workout seemed to fly by.  Totally exhausted at the end, but really glad I got a good sweat on and glad that I went in.

Shortly after I got back from Craic, I got a simple text from Jarrod that said “You make it into the gym today?”  I’m not 100% sure why he sent the text, but I think I have a good idea as to why he did.  I have to admit, it’s been a really frustrating couple of months.  And I think it’s been obvious to people, namely, Jarrod.  It’s been hard to stay motivated and getting my ass to the gym consistently.  I’m feeling the consequences of this.  My jeans are fitting a bit tighter (although I think that this might be a bit in my head and/or my quads are getting bigger because of all the leg work I’ve been doing…), I haven’t been sleeping as well, I’m sluggish…the list continues.  Injuries aside, I’ve been sick a decent amount of these first three months of 2013 and traveling on a frequent, but irregular schedule.   I’m really off my stride here.  Every time I feel like I’ve gotten some momentum, a last minute business trip pops up or I get sick (or both!)  It’s throwing me off and I have started to feel really unmotivated.  I’m sorry I’m a Debbie Downer in this post, but I promised when I started this blog – I would be really honest about where I am.  And I’m not in the best place right now.  I’m getting overwhelmed with the thought that I have to get on a plane and travel AGAIN to San Francisco on business.  While I have plans to get into Lalanne Crossfit (it’s right next door to my hotel), traveling tends to really take the wind out of me and inevitably, I end up eating like shit (despite my best intentions).

If I hadn’t gotten out of bed and gone to the gym, I would have embarrassingly had to reply to Jarrod a simple “No.”  I really had no excuse.  I’m not sick, I’m not traveling, the snow is not precluding me from getting into the gym, I can modify the workout…It’s really time for me to stop worrying about what has happened (“I’m still recovering from being sick last week”) or what may happen (“I’m going to lose momentum anyway when I go to SF, so why go in?”) and work hard today so that I can be ready for anything tomorrow.  Over thinking about things past and future has always been my downfall and oddly, this crazy Crossfit journey is helping me confront that.

“With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

13.2 y’all!

Hello everyone.  Just got back from Dallas, attending MLG Winter Championships.  It was a crazy time and lots of fun.  I love working in this industry.  There were three different tournaments going on.  Here are some views from the crows nest that I got to take.  I’ve never been to Dallas proper before and it was such a friendly city.  I also don’t know how there are skinny people in Dallas because the food there is so rich and full and definitely not part of the NO BREAD lifestyle.

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Just by chance, my friend Ann, and fellow Craic Head, was in Dallas for a medical conference as well.  We thought our hotels were a block away from each other, but turns out they ended up being 13 miles away from each other.  She is a star and borrowed her friend’s car so that we could go to Crossfit Heat (near my hotel) and do 13.2 with their crew.  We showed up there and were immediately welcomed by Danny – who was the coach for the class.  Also there for 13.2 were two of the other owners, Dale and Garry.  Just more affirmation that the Crossfit community is one of the most welcoming, awesome group of people around.  There were about 14 athletes doing the workout, including Ann and myself.  I ended up judging Ann, and she judged me.

I was excited that I would be able to do this workout, after not even being able to touch 13.1 (considering, I’m not snatching more than 15# right now).


  • 5 shoulder to overhead (75#)
  • 10 deadlifts (75#)
  • 15 box jumps

John posted some good tips for the workout on the Craic main site and I also texted Jarrod to get some tips and he told me to do step-ups and fast deadlifts.  My goal was to get at least 5 rounds. Lucky for me that I could do step-ups and they were totally legit!  I was so excited to be able to post a score for 13.2  So exited! I had been fighting some stomach issues for the three days going into the workout, but I just wanted to get through and keep moving.  Ann went before me and killed it with 253 (8+13).  I knew she was going to get at least 8 rounds.  She is so fast and has a good engine.

I was next up and again, I just wanted to keep on moving and get at least 5 rounds in.  The shoulder to overheads were super easy, the deadlifts were steady and I managed to do all of that unbroken.  I reverse gripped with my left hand because of some of the grip / wrist issues I’ve been having and it was super helpful.  I would have liked to go faster through the deadlifts towards the end, but maybe next time.  The step-ups have some advantages in that they are less motor/cardio taxing, but they are super taxing on the legs and started to catch up with me.  I just kept moving through, and taking some of John’s advice, caught some breaths before I started the lifting part and it enabled me to keep moving and do them unbroken for all the the rounds.  I had surpassed the 5 round mark and I knew I had time to squeak out another round or two.  Ann really started getting on me, pushing for me to finish the 6th round…and she knew I had enough time to get a 7th.  Without her, I don’t think I would have been able to do it … but I really sped up the step-ups even though I was dead and got the last step-up with 3 seconds to go on the clock!  Too late to get shoulder to overhead…so I got 7 even.  I was really happy personally for that score.  While it’s not the best in the world, I think that I put in my best effort that I could have that day.  Thank goodness Ann was there!

Ann and I (center) with the Crossfit Heat crew

Ann and I (center) with the Crossfit Heat crew

Crossfit Heat outdoor rig

Crossfit Heat outdoor rig

One thing to note, the Crossfit Heat owners are comprised of 4 police officers…hence the name, Crossfit HEAT.  I thought it was because of the temperature in Dallas 🙂  Can’t wait to go to another MLG event in Dallas – so I can visit Crossfit Heat again!  As a bonus, Ann and I got some kick ass t-shirts from the box.

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Yesterday, when Glen told me to do 80% of 80%, I should have stuck with that.  I’m paying for it today.

My quads and abs are so sore.  It takes me twice as long to get up from my desk, and when I do, it takes me a bit to get the creaks out and get moving.  I decided not to workout today because I leave early tomorrow morning for a business trip and didn’t want to make matters worse before I get on a plane.  This is what I keep telling myself today:


Hoping to get a workout in at some Crossfit box while I’m in Dallas.  My friend, and fellow Crossfitter, Ann is going to be there too, so hoping to meet up and do a WoD with her.  Most likely, 13.2.

Big Girl Craic Anniversary

So today is my official Big Girl Craic Anniversary.  I got the email from the Craic team, wishing me a happy anniversary.  Today marks 1 year since I walked into my first class that wasn’t in the safe conclave of Jarrod’s  intro class with the other noobs.  It was the first time I had to put on my Big Girl Pants and enter into a class with experienced Crossfitters.  The coach was Glen, who is one of the owners of Craic.  For the first couple of months I was at Craic, Glen was the morning coach and was the person who gently guided me into Crossfit after the intro classes.   I knew, going into Craic this morning that my anniversary was nearing, but didn’t know that it was actually today until I got that email in my inbox.  And, awesomely, Glen coached today’s class instead of Jarrod.  Only fitting for my Big Girl Craicaversary!

Coach Glen, air dyning during our last snow storm

Coach Glen, air dyning during our last snow storm

I knew the after the first class that I’d begun a long term relationship with Crossfit.  The first Big Girl class was intimidating as I walked in, but the group was so welcoming and supportive that any intimidation that I had quickly faded away.  Glen coached the class in what would turn out to be his usual fashion, full of energy, winding stories, and sound effects – all effective into making us all better athletes.  The people in the class were amazing.  All helpful, friendly, and supportive.  It was love at first lift 🙂 The workout on my first day was:


  • 4 thrusters (I did them at 35#)
  • 6 pull-ups (I used the black band)
  • 12 burpees

I managed to finish in 11:36.  I know that if I did the workout today, I would not only be lifting heavier, I would also be able to do this much faster.

Today’s workout had similar elements.  I talked to Glen about modifications because of my shoulder / ankle issues.  I also let him know that I was still recovering from being sick, so I wasn’t sure how long I’d survive.  We agreed that I would do 80% of the 80% he was telling the rest of the class to do and I modified as follows:

  • :30 AMRAP No push-up burpee box jumps Step-Ups / :30 rest (x8)
  • :30 AMRAP Toes to Bar AB Mat Sit-Ups / :30 rest (x8)
  • :30 AMRAP Thrusters Front Squats (45#) / :30 rest (x8)

I wish that I could say that when I got up this morning, I sprung out of bed, ready to do whatever the WOD was.  But that would be a lie.  I’m tired.  I’m still a little under the weather.  Work is crazy.  My bed is warm and comfortable.  The cats were super snuggly.  I’m traveling to Dallas for the long weekend for work and didn’t want to work so hard that I couldn’t handle the trip (wait, what?!)  I had SO MANY excuses that were running through my head when the alarm went off.  I even reset it to 7:00 amand told myself that I would go to Open Gym and do some stuff.  But then the conversation with myself crept in.  “You’ll be fine once you get out of bed and start moving.  You slept in yesterday. You need to start getting back into a rhythm.  Really, Christina.  What are you going to do during open gym?  Socialize?  Just get out of bed.  NOW.”  My brain won, and I jumped out of bed, got myself together and headed in.  When I walked in this morning, I saw the Craic O’Dawn crew doing the workout and it looked painful.  But I was already committed, so…there…

Craic O'Dawn

Craic O’Dawn


So when the clock counts down, it’s hard not to want to do your best.  I know that Glen and I agreed to 80% of 80%, but I just couldn’t do that.  I just went at 80% like the rest of the class.  Tried to go at a fast pace, but keep my numbers consistent throughout the workout.  I was successful-ish.  The sit-ups got really hard for me towards to end.  Definitely need to work on my core a TON more.  I was going for the grab and pull in the last reps of the last two rounds.  The front squats (combined with the burpee step-ups) were a ton more painful leg wise / core wise.  Round scores were:

No Push-Up Burpee Step-Ups: 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7

AB Mat Sit-Ups: 14, 14, 13, 13, 12, 12

45# Front Squats: 13, 11, 11, 11, 10, 10, 10, 10

When I went home, my legs almost buckled out from under me as I was walking down the stairs.  I was going to wear a nice dress and heels to work today, but opted for flatter, more stable boots given the current status of my legs.

Going to head into Craic tomorrow before I leave for Dallas.  Need to figure out what I’m going to do in Dallas Crossfit / exercise-wise – but I’ll figure it out.  Also, my Craic gal pal, Ann will also be in Dallas at the same time so we’ll figure out something!



No Excuse and Some Sweetness

I don’t really have an excuse as to why I slept in this morning and didn’t go to Craic.  I was tired, that’s really all.

My pal Bryan sent me this video (and it’s not cat-related!) which I thought was the sweetest thing I’ve seen in a long time.  Worth the time to take a watch, and all you’ll do is smile.