“The DON” + 9/11 = Remember The Fallen



Today is 9/11 and today’s WOD was “The DON”. In case you are not familiar with the back story: 

U.S. Marine Corporal Donald M. Marler, 22, of St. Louis, Missouri, assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based in Camp Pendleton, California, died on June 6, 2010 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He is survived by his mother Susan, his father David Sr., his sister Jennifer Pupillo, and his brothers David Jr. and Jacob.

The WOD: 

For time:
66 Deadlifts, 110 pounds
66 Box jump, 24 inch box
66 Kettlebell swings, 1.5 pood
66 Knees to elbows
66 Sit-ups
66 Pull-ups
66 Thrusters, 55 pounds
66 Wall ball shots, 20 pound ball
66 Burpees
66 Double-unders


As Coach Exson started the countdown, we all felt a sinking feeling creep in. This was not going to be easy. This was going to hurt. But then I look at CPL Marler’s picture. I see the pride of serving his country in his portrait. I think about all of the First Responders who died on 9/11. The citizens on the planes, in the Trade World Centers, and at the Pentagon. They would do anything to trade places with me right now. The families they left behind who do anything just to hug them again.

So with that being said, I picked up my bar and said the following: 

“Suck it up buttercup. Remember why you are doing this. “


It’s in the Power of the Mind




Today I discovered what everyone else at CrossFit RSX has seen. All of my life, I’ve struggled with insecurities holding me back from accomplishing goals. I suffer from what is called “always in my head”  Another words, I am always over thinking scenarios. This drives my coaches crazy, especially Coach Jay “Maverick Hunter. He is my Juggernaut. He is the one that gets under my skin with these smart comments. These comments trigger the exact response which helps me finish faster, stronger, better than I would on my own. This morning it was, “Shellane vs FOY, who’s gonna win?” My other teammates chimed in with, “It’s funny how she is the last to see this.”  Sad part about it is, they are right. 

So what’s the solution? Trust God. He has it all under control. Trust my Coaches, Exson and Maverick because they have my best intentions in mind. Most of all, trust myself. I mean I have been CrossFitting for a year. A lot has changed.  Not only has my skills evolved, but I’ve turned into a serious competitor. Who’s gonna win? Right now, FOY is and I am pretty good with that!

At the end of the day, that is all there is…



The Tampa Fitness Throwdown is this weekend. I am not going to deny I am a little nervous about this one. In order to be better prepared for this competition, my coaches are programming different workouts for me. This two day event has a lot of intimidating variables to consider. Last week, some of the WODS were released. As I read them, anxious feelings began to creep in. For the next 48 hours, I was a nervous wreck. But after a while I decided nothing productive became out of worrying, so why do it? I reviewed the workouts again and this time took a closer look. Were they any easier? No but I decided this:

I am competing with the old me.

Even though the athlete roster is out, I really don’t know who is coming to this event. I have no control over anything or anyone else BUT me. So, do I continue to worry and stress about this weekend? Heck no! I am going to have fun and make some new friends along the way.

But in the meantime, I am going to practice kicking the mess out of some “goats” this week!




Crossfit Family


CrossFit is not just about burpees and box jumps. It is about the ones who are there when you need them the most. Who will be there to encourage and motivate when the task seems absolutely impossible. This is not everyone. There are so many more who are a part of this team. But as I look back in the very beginning of my journey, I remembered feeling alone. CrossFit intimidated me. Now I see there is a whole new family who adopted me as their very own. 

I love my family. They’ve helped me grow in so many ways. I am grateful for them for all that they do. 

Is Your Box Clean?

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