Meow & greetings friends. Those of you who still follow this blog know that it’s been a long time since I’ve updated this blog. The hope is that I start updating it fairly regularly. It’s been a crazy 8 months and for those of you that missed me, here’s what’s what. List form is what’s easiest, so that’s what you’ll get!
- I stopped my consulting gig at Electronic Sports League in Burbank, CA and therefore stopped working out at Angelino Crossfit. If you live in the Valley Village area, great community and coaches – highly recommend you check it out.
- I took at full-time job as Turner Sports General Manager of ELEAGUE and VP, eSports
- I moved to Atlanta, GA for said job.
- Niko (husband) and I are doing the long-distance thing for awhile – hard to be away from him for long periods of time – but technology (FaceTime) makes things a ton easier. We have a house in the suburbs and an apartment in the city like any modern couple.
- Moving Feynman, Lily, or Hobo (the gatos) would be disruptive to them, so they are living in our Boston-area home with Niko. I miss them.
- Niko is far better and awesome-er at Crossfit than I ever was. He’s still a member at Crossfit Craic.
- I am WOEFULLY out of shape. I had shoulder surgery over a year ago and have essentially zero upper body strength.
- I joined Crossfit Peachtree, which is right down the street from me in Atlanta
- I have a cat roommate that I adopted from the Atlanta Humane Society and her name is Mable.
- I turn 40 next year and my goal is to be in the best shape of my life by the time that date comes around.
As always, this blog will be filled with a heavy dose of crossfit / workout udpates, cat related topics, and other life sundries here and there. Hope you enjoy. Next post will be about my first two workouts at Crossfit Peachtree.
Some of the ELEAGUE Crew
Mable Basil Alejandre
Got the opportunity to take a trip home to see Niko and the kitties, so I wanted to try to get at least one Crossfit workout in at Craic. It’s always fun to go to a workout with Niko as well. Was a nice to get my sweat on at my gym, and especially nice because the workout was back squats.
Workout was fairly straight forward:
3 – 2 – 1 – 3 – 2 – 1 (70% – 75% – 80% – 75% – 80% – 85%)
I got to take my first class with Coach Munch – and he’s a great coach. I also worked out with Megan and started out doing the weights that she did, but wanted to bump it up a bit more (not a ton) for the last 3 – 2 – 1. The most exciting part of the workout was that I was able to get into the back squat position for the first time in over a year. It definitely stretched my shoulder a bit, but not in a bad way – just in a way where I know I need to work on my mobility. The most frustrating part of the workout was that I wanted to do more weight, but opted on being smart – so I talked to Coach Marc about what weight to work to. He suggested that I do no more than 135#. So I did the following rep scheme:
95# – 105# – 125# – 115# – 125# – 135#
Overall had no issues with the squats and was just happy to be back squatting again. After the back squats, we all did an AMRAP:
Push Press 115/75 Ring Rows
DUs Single Unders
Attention to all my readers – has anyone seen my double unders? I seemingly have lost them completely and it’s super frustrating. Overall AMRAP was a good quick burner – due to all the running I did this summer – the 200m run was super easy. I’ll leave you all with these pictures from my visit home!
On Friday, I took a mental health day off from work and went to the Northeast Crossfit Regionals with my gal, Leila. Crossfit Florian made it as a team into the competition and I was stoked to see some people that I know personally compete. They are rocking this weekend…so happy for them! I was supposed to judge this year, but had to withdraw because of my shoulder issues. It worked out, as I got to spend some time with pals in vendor village and enjoy watching Florian compete 🙂
Florian representing day 1
My pal Willl representing Infinite Crisis at Regionals #goHAM
Went to my friend Nick’s house for a board game night with friends, dinner, and some drinks. He currently lives with his aunt and uncle and they have three cats. It made game night all the more fun! I learned four new board games and can’t wait for next time. Of course, I have pics of all the cats that I hung out with (and in case you are wondering, my friends are not cats – there were actual real humans there…I swear…)
Snorfle liked the game box
Tried a new tequila. Good sipping one.
I signed up for a SoulCycle class earlier this week for the 8:30AM class, so I knew I would be going regardless of what I was doing the night before. Good? Bad? Between getting home super late and a few drinks the night before…the workout was definitely interesting to say the least. Let’s just say I was a bit sluggish. But I’m trying to go to SoulCycle two to three times per week. As much as I am a hater of cardio, I am actually really enjoying myself. You can rent shoes there for $3 / time, but I opted to actually buy my own shoes. There is something about knowing how incredibly sweating and gross feet get during that class…and then wearing the same shoes a stranger had a bunch of foot sweat in. Ewwww. I bought the same ones that they use there and the LOOK Delta clips for them. Worked like a charm. Trying to figure out schedule and when I can go this week before my big business trip.
Big week last week. Didn’t get a workout in other than Monday. But we launched a game into Open Beta – and that’s a win 🙂
Went to PT a couple of times last week – Craig did some crazy and extremely painful stretching of my shoulder. No idea why, but completely burst into tears and couldn’t stop. #cantstopwontstop Not usually a crier, so…yea…I guess sometimes we all need a good cry? He ordered a pulley for me to do stretches every day. Not entirely sure of what that will entail – but picking it up later today. Hopefully the stretchies won’t make me a cry baby again.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Morning class, John was still coaching as Dizzle is on daddy duty this week.
Int:3x (4-6) 125, 145, 175
*I think I went too light on these. They were too easy
A2) Beg:3x (10-12) w/ DB Press (17.5#)
Handstand holds hold DB press overhead (17.5#)
*Partner 1 Must complete Deads before switching with partner 2
*Partner 2 will be holding a HandStand against the wall while partner 1 is Deadlifting
*Deads can only be completed while the other partner is holding a Hand Stand
Worked out with Leila, we were able to get 4 rounds each in. Can’t hold overhead with right shoulder (without assistance from my left arm – like if I did it with a barbell) so had some troubles maintaining position on this one. Just modified a bit and it worked out.
Short post today, but also wanted to post this video of fellow 6:30am-er Eric attempting do to a 165# snatch. While usually at the gym we have a three rep try rule, Eric was super determined that he was going to get it. And well, just see what happened.
Some of you didn’t get the picture riddle from yesterday’s post. Long haired cat = long post. Short haired cat = short post (well, shorter post…) A little cat humor for your Friday.
Didn’t workout on Saturday and Sunday. While working on my Focus 2014 items, one of them being to read more, I got really into this book (suggested by Uncle) called Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. I wrote a brief review of it on my Reads Page. Book has been so good that I haven’t wanted to stop reading it when I’m in bed and have found myself up way too late reading. For those of you counting, that’s two books so far in January. Anyway…I didn’t get my butt out of bed to workout either day. And by the time I did get out of bed, I had other stuff I needed to take care of. I’m definitely going to try to go to bed at the normal time tonight so I can get up for the 6:30AM class tomorrow and it’s back to getting to a semi-regular schedule for me. Quite honestly, I’m glad. I’m at the point where I wake up and don’t know what day it is.
Instead of reaching into my bag for my phone, I’m starting to carry around books with me.
Definitely relaxed a bit these last couple of weeks and hung out with Niko, friends, and the kitties. Yes, those are cat leggings below and they are amazing and the work of Pretty Snake / Joseph Aaron Segal. I have a lot of cat apparel (including these socks (in the knee high form) from Pretty Snake as well).
this is a typical night at home
In other news, I have had the same “general use” leather belt for almost 10 years. I got it at a Levi’s store in Vancouver, BC. Well, I guess it was just done being my belt because as I was buckling it yesterday, the metal ring just snapped. I know it’s just a material thing, but I was really sad that this belt broke. This belt has been with me through thick (literally) and thin (getting there). You can actually see the notches from the buckle on the belt strap from where I was considerably bigger and where I am now. Was hoping to wear this until I reached the last notch – but I guess it wasn’t meant to be. Showed the broken belt to Niko and he “approved” me purchasing a new belt.
Top: Broken Buckle
Bottom: All the notches
(Which are kind of awesome to see!)
I mean, was this article made for this blog or was this article made for this blog. Props to my girl Alla for finding it for me.
9 Cats Who Just Can’t Get Enough Crossfit
9 Cats Who Just Can’t Get Enough Crossfit
Inadvertent rest day. Red Sox are in the World Series and it’s messing up my sleep schedule.
So as I’ve probably mentioned, I work on a video game called Infinite Crisis which is a DC Comics based MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena). One of the new champions, Catwoman, was released recently. For obvious reasons, I’ve made it my personal quest to dominate with Catwoman. And this isn’t the traditional Catwoman like you see below (and with a little cute pup, well…just because):
As seen on CuteOverload.com
But this is the Catwoman that I’m committed to mastering. She is bad ass. Usually for these types of champions, I have some troubles – but something tells me that meow is the time to start dominating with her.