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CF Regionals Day 1: Results, Videos, Photos

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I did not know if I could run on my hurt toe until a few hours before our time slot. I strapped on some $10 cleats from Play It Again Sports and felt okay so… game on.


The team’s goal for the day was to be in the top 16 of 30 to move on to Sunday. Here is how it went with photos and video:

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Injured Big Toe Ruins CrossFit Regionals

bigtoe I injured my big toe last night playing volleyball. I made a quick move forward for a ball and it got caught in the sand. I stepped down hard with it bent underneath. It hurt so bad.

This Friday is CrossFit Regionals. My only job for Friday was going to be four sprints, two 100s and two 200s. With a hurt toe, sprinting is about the only thing I can’t do at all. So its possible I did all that hard work just to end up as a spectator on Friday. I am really down. I feel terrible about possibly letting down my team and putting all the pressure on the other two girls. But all I can do is ice the toe and take care of it and hope I make a miraculous recovery in the next couple days. I guess we will see.


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42 Days of Burpees

bodys_hit_floor Yesterday I mentioned doing 42 days of burpees. The way it works: Do 1 the first day, 2 the second, 3 the third and so on until you end up at 42 on the last day. It is not required that they be all in a single unbroken set so you can do sets of 10 or whatever. You can also skip days and make them up but that is not wise as you get closer to the end. It *should* be a piece of cake. Normally people do 50 or 100 days but since this round is only 6 weeks I am focusing on just getting to 42. At least it isn’t as bad as doing the burpee mile…

(Warning! The music is loud.)

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The Goals For Round 2

new_goals This round is going to be half as long and will focus on fewer areas. As I mentioned Sunday, it started Monday and will last 6 weeks ending on Memorial Day.

Here are the goals:

At Home:
1. Stain all the trim and doors for the basement.
2. Plant herb and vegetable garden.
3. The Plastic Bag Experiment. (I will talk about this on Friday).

1. Maintain weight around 135-137
2. Kipping pull-ups – 3 sets of 20 in under 6 minutes


3. Burpees – 42 Day Burpee Challenge. (I will talk about this tomorrow).


4. Toes to bar – 20 in a row


5. Jump Rope Double-Unders – 50 in a row.
Note: I did this once and have not been able to do it since.

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I Am Being A Slacker

Landslide It only takes a minor slip to start a landslide. The problem with following a diet and exercise plan so vigorously is that when the goal is met you feel “free”. Since I completed the Body For Life Challenge I have not been tracking food or workouts very well and basically I have been slacking off in a major way. I have made a few very feeble attempts to get back on track without success. I think the issue is that I have not set concrete goals for what I want to accomplish next. So today I will think about what I want my next goals to be. This time I will have 6 weeks to accomplish them making the end date on Memorial Day.

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Last in the Queen of the Beach Series

outdoorvball I may or may not be playing in the last tournament of the Queen of the Beach Series today. Sports Oasis set up a deal where if you are first on the waiting list you can show up as a backup. If someone bails at the last minute you get to play free. If everyone shows up you get $20 and go home. Now that I am dressed and ready I hope I get to play. Even though I finished top 20 twice I only played in 2 of the 8 tournaments so I did not have enough points to play in the tournament they set up for girls ranked 1-25. Today I would be playing against ranks 26-48 and there are prizes for 1st-4th place. I actually have a shot at winning something.

UPDATE: I played but not too well. I ended up in 7th by points. Ended on a good game where my friend Miki and I were behind the whole time and came back and won though so I was happy to end on a good note.

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So Now What?

CrossFitGames Now that the challenge is finally over I have much more interesting things to worry about than what I look like in spandex. In the most immediate future I am competing with our Affiliate Cup Team at the Rocky Mountain Regional CrossFit Games April 30th – May 2nd for a chance to go to Nationals in California. Again, there are 38 teams competing to fill only 8 spots so we have a difficult task ahead of us. Difficult but not impossible.

CORRECTION: These workouts I posted this morning are not for us. They are for the Masters (over 50). Our workouts will not be posted for another week or so. I will leave them here anyway though…

Workout 1:
50 Double unders
21 Kettlebell swings (1.5 pood men / 1 pood women)
12 Pull-ups (kipping)

Workout 2:
10 minutes to find your 1 Rep Maximum Thruster

Workout 3:
As many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:
5 Chest touches bar pull-ups (kipping
10 Push-ups
15 Air Squats

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Results Week: The After Photos

Ok so here is an after photo. It is not one I submitted but you get the idea. 7000 people entered last year so the chances of winning are not very good but at least I gave myself the my best chance I could. Anyway the real victory is that I actually followed through with it. The essay questions and pictures have been mailed so it is out of my hands. I won’t hear a thing until December so… I guess that is that for now.


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Results Week: The Fitness Goals

karensback Below are the results of my fitness goals outside of just generally getting in better shape. I definitely met that overall goal – mostly by playing volleyball incessantly. Again, an after photo will be posted tomorrow. I guess the picture to the left there is kind of a preview. Yeah, that’s me.

Pull-ups (dead hang)
Goal: 10 consecutive
Starting: about 1.5
Today: 8
Note: I was really close but didn’t quite make it all the way to 10. For my next round one of my goals will be to get 12.

Push-ups (military)
Goal: 25
Starting: 5
Today: 26
Note: Got that one! They never seemed to get any easier. Just the capacity increases. The next round will to include a goal about burpees instead of pushups because mine are really slow and very ugly:

Run a 5k
Goal: 7:30 per mile
Starting: In January I ran as fast as I could in the cold at 8:45s.
Today: No idea
Note: This goal fell by the wayside when I realized that for the weight loss goal I was getting better results from the hiking. However for the CrossFit training I will be doing miles of sprints so this goal is going to resurface for sure.

Sit-ups: It was not a goal, per say, but I also did over 6000 sit ups in those first 12 weeks. In the next round I will have a goal to get better at toe to bars. This girl starts with a demonstration of knee to elbows. You can see toes to bars at 1:03. Be sure to watch the freakish guy at 2:00 demonstrating windshield wipers:

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Results Week: After Photo News.

This week I am finally going to share the results of my 12 week challenge. Gulp… I also have permission to post one of my after pictures. Don’t get too excited. It will NOT be a full body bikini shot. Those are reserved for the judges. It will be a partial in a sports bra and shorts and may be in black and white. And since I find it EXTREMELY embarrassing, for whatever reason, it might only be posted for a single day. That day will be this coming Thursday. I just need a few days to work up the courage. Yikes.

Here is the picture of the CrossFit team. From left to right:

Me – the one standing like my back is broken. I am sooo sore.
Lucinda – the one who killed us on wall balls.
Roseanne – she can do 100 pull ups in under 6 minutes.
Tim – the owner and our trainer.
Steve – a major stud I had not met before Saturday.
Brad – professional kayaker who works out with me and the early crew.
Notice on the board behind us Brad was 1st in every event – by a lot.


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