The Bacon Beatdown 2015: A New Beginning

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June 26th-28th was the 2015 Bacon Beatdown in Daytona Beach. The Bacon Beatdown is one of the most challenging and competitive CrossFit competitions here in the Central Florida area. Besides the fact it’s two days, it is also set up tournament style. How well an athlete performs during the prescribed workout determines whether they move on to the next one. As the day goes on the number of competitors dwindles down until we have an obvious winner.

My category was the Masters Women (40+). Starting out we initially had 15 strong women who registered. Each coming from their own unique background and ample months of training. There were more women THIS year than last year. So I was actually intrigued as to how this was going to play out. In the past, I’ve experienced competitive rivalries. But as the weekend went on, I was pleasantly surprised how much camaraderie there were among us. In the above pic we have the awesome ladies from CrossFit BearCat (Krista Walbert, Kim Halliday, and Cathy Mittel pictured with me here) who were nothing but awesome towards me!

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In the picture here, we have Maritissa Vazquez. Her husband Frank and her friend Mary Porat were absolutely phenomenal. They introduced themselves to me and told me how much they liked me and enjoyed watching me compete. That really made me feel awesome because I have never met these people before. I discover in this sport, the longer you stay and really give it 100%, people will remember you. WOD 2 was where I Iearned this valuable lesson. The WOD consisted of the following:

WOD 2 (Top 12 in every division)
21 C2B (Pull-ups for Intermediate and Masters)
9 Wall Ball to 9ft target 20/15#
15 RMU (Chest to Bar for Intermediate and Masters)
15 Wall Ball to 10ft target
9 Legless Rope Climbs (Rope Climbs for Int and Masters)
21 Wall Balls to 11ft target

I was fine with everything EXCEPT the Chest to Bar pullups. That was my nemesis. Before the workout, I practiced different techniques but I ended with the same result. So I decided I was going to do the best I could. Whatever happens, happens. After a quick prayer and the infamous 3-2-1 countdown, I was off. Did pretty well until the chest to bar pullups. I actually attempted to do these for 9 mins straight. I ended with ONE. Needless to say,I was eliminated from the pack. I waited until I left the workout area before the tears and anguish flowed from my body. I gave it all that I had but to no avail, it was over for me. As my friends and family consoled me, a wonderful man by the name of John Hawkins came over to me and informed me that he is a public speaker for John Maxwell. He was moved by my determination and pure heart of the sport.  He informed me that goes all around the country and speaks on different topics. My experience will be a topic on one of his upcoming articles. It completely caught me off guard. He mentioned people may not remember who one or lost but they always remember the ones who gave it their all. He suggested that I read 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth from John C. Maxwell. It will help me grow and transition from this experience. I took his advice and purchased one today.

As I begin the new week, I kept in mind the highs and lows of the competition weekend I look forward to using the new information and applying them to my current training regimen. Until next time…

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Strengthening Weaknesses Only Makes Us Better

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This week was a challenging one a far as training was concerned. I injured my neck grinding through handstand pushups. Mind you, I have been working on them. Besides handstand holds, I work a lot of strict upper body movements such as presses and pull ups to help build my strength. By the time the actual metabolic conditioning part came up (aka WOD) my upper body was spent. The rational side was screaming, “STOP NOW! GO HOME!” The Badass CrossFitter yelled back, “STOP BEING A WIMP!” Well, needlessness to say I should have gone home. I landed wrong on my head and felt weird. I immediately stopped my workout and sat in the office with an ice pack on my neck. I tried to be brave and act like it didn’t bother me but deep down inside I was afraid. What if I actually did something wrong? I felt all along the base of neck and it felt swollen. It was the scariest feeling I’ve ever experienced. Couldn’t take it anymore. I left without saying goodbye. I was angry, hurt and frustrated.

After some mobility and ice, I was back to my old self again but the lesson learned was important. I need to “retrace my steps” and focus on the fundamentals. Once those are mastered, THEN I can go to the next step. As far as my training goes, time to take it down a notch. Not in volume, mind you. I should not be skipping steps just to get a faster time. If I don’t, my “dysfunction” will eventually get the best of me and my body will fail resulting in injury.

How about you? Are there areas in your life that you know deep down inside there is a disconnect? Instead of focusing on improving, you skip steps and “wing it”? Let my testimony be your lesson. Personal growth occurs when we slow down and take the time to apply new knowledge. We all have the same 24 hours in a day. How you spend them depends on you and your desire to become better.

Face your obstacles head on. FIND YOUR GREATNESS!

Sugar+Starbucks= a whole lot of burpees

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When I waited at LAX last month, I wanted to grab some coffee and oatmeal. It was a long flight back to Orlando and a little bag of peanuts was not going to be enough. I figured I had some time so why not? As I came around the corner, I was shocked to see how long the line was. It wrapped around the corner and actually entwined with the boarding group leaving for Ohio. It was crazy to see people rocking back and forth with a glazed look in their eyes as they ordered their beverage. I say beverage because there were so many “i’s” and “o’s” in the names of their drink I didn’t know if it was coffee or an entree`!

The closer I moved in lined, the more I can hear what they were ordering. Admittedly, I was tempted to ordered one of those drinks myself. Then I went online and started looking up nutritional information on these drinks. (I am lactose intolerant so I do this to protect myself from vomiting all over the place.) I came across the above infogram and it quickly persuaded me to purchase water with my oatmeal.

Don’t believe me? Take a look for yourself and ask are those empty calories really worth it?