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Splits Happen

So, last  Thursday afternoon, this happened:
 I bent over to lift some heavy files off my office floor, and riiiiiip.  The entire back seam of my Theory pants popped.  Two things make this a funny story as opposed to an absolutely mortifying one.  First, I have an office - with a door that closes.  It was open at the time of the incident, but I don't think anyone saw (and if anyone did, I never need to know that).  Two, it was freezing outside, so I had worn my long puffy coat to work.  Had either of these not been so, I might be sharing this with a therapist instead of the blogosphere.  (Also, those pants were at least seven years old.)  
If you don't squat, you are still welcome to laugh at my Spongebob Squarepants moment (props if you know the song) -- but this post isn't for you.  This one is dedicated to my ladies who lift.
- Gym Belle - 
P.S.  If you're wondering, I've yet to take the CrossFit booty test.  But I'm fairly confident that I would pass. 

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

The week before I went to Hawaii, I left CrossFit Metropolis, my home since 2010.  I have wanted to collect my thoughts into some more eloquent missive, but they are inchoate, disparate.   So, I list them.

  1. I will always love CFM.  
  2. It was time for me to leave.
  3. When I left, I felt the heady freedom of a kite whose string has been cut.  And it was wonderful.  And then I felt lost.  And now I am calmer and excited to explore the world around me.  But I miss it, and probably always will.  
  4. What I miss most is how it was in the beginning.  It's not that I necessarily believe that "Metropolis 1.0" (with its two squat racks, one of which was busted) was a better gym than Metropolis is today - rather, I think that all of us become nostalgic for our first year or so of CrossFit.  That's when the magic happens.  We start to see things differently, and the way we view our potential changes.
  5. That is why I love working with newbies.  I will do that again someday.
  6. Perhaps in leaving I am chasing my next paradigm shift.
  7. CrossFit changed me.  I may be a lousy athlete, but I am an athlete, and I train.
  8. I am happiest training.
  9. CrossFit changed fitness.  My old globo gym - to which I swore I'd never return - has lifting platforms.  They've ordered a women's olympic lifting bar.  And they like when I lift there.  They're even ok with dropping.
  10. CrossFit changed.  When I first discovered CrossFit, it was exercise.  Now, it is also a sport.  
  11. Sometimes I feel differently, but if I had to choose, right now, I think I'd choose the sport.  
  12. I haven't figured out my next move.  But, for now, I'm CrossFitting, I'm lifting, I'm boxing, I'm yoga-ing.  When the winter vortexes have passed, I'll be running outside again.  
  13. Good things are coming.



Hawaii WODs

I got home last night from a fantastic week in Hawaii.  Below is a recap of my vacation WODs, most of which were devised by my vacation-buddy, Amylynne.  The big take-aways for me were: 1) You really can get a good WOD in anywhere... especially if you don't mind getting funny looks at the hotel gym; 2) I really need to re-learn consistent double-unders.  No excuses.  My best was 40+ in a row.  I at least need that back; 3) I can kip like a mofo on a regular pull-up bar --- but put me on a different bar (i.e. smith machine, assisted pull-up machine) and my grip is non-existent.  Need to step that up; 4) Bring liquid chalk.  

Day 1:

20 min AMRAP of 10 pull-ups, 10 pistols, 10 man-maker push-ups (6+ rounds)


Annie (50-40-30-20-10 reps of double-unders and sit-ups) (18+ --- gotta re-learn double-unders!  The first 25 were perfect...  and then I fell apart.  I have bruises from the whip-marks.)


Quick mini hike and horseback riding!

Day 2:

2 rounds for time of: 800m run, 30 dumbbell cleans (20# each), 30 burpees (21 something)

Day 3:

Dumbbell bench 5x3 @ 35#


5 rounds for time: 15 dumbbell power cleans (20# each), 21 pull-ups (21 something)

Day 4

I took a rest day... with a 4mi volcano hike!

Day 5

10 min AMRAP of 30 double-unders, 30 sit-ups (3+ rounds - uugh - double-unders!)


4x 400m treadmill sprints at 9mph (I crapped out on the last one part way through.  Let's blame the treadmill.)


3 rounds NFT of 20 dumbbell snatches (10 each arm), 5 strict pull-ups

Day 6

4x3 smith machine backsquats at an unknown weight (120 in plates + ??? for the bar)


800m run followed by 20 burpees, 50 walking lunges, 50 hand release push-ups, 50 sit-ups down to 12 burpees, 10 walking lunges, 10 hand release push-ups, 10 sit-ups (34:37)


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