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!



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