I have gained a greater appreciation for certain products since becoming a mom. First one: Bleach. I have always loved bleach- it smells like a swimming pool and promises sanitation. However, now it promises stain removal, and when I say stain, I mean poop stain. It is absolutely amazing, and has saved many pajamas! Second: children’s Tylenol. This is a no brainer. Thank you SO much for helping my babies feel better and getting this mama some rest. I am so thankful. Third: breast pump. I don’t need to explain this one either- it is SO relieving to get those girls on empty!
Since my last blog post, I participated in my first CrossFit Competition since having Augustus in April. It was the CrossFit Cherry Creek Triple Threat, a team competition with three ladies per team. I asked two ladies from my old box in Casper, WY to join me and we had a blast. My goal for this competition was to get my muscle up back before the competition. I got it the day before! (talk about pushing it, haha!) Luckily for me, muscle ups were the last movement across four WOD’s we completed during the day, so I was completely exhausted! The goal I set for myself was to simply get one muscle up during the competition, no matter how ugly it was. With the motivation of my friends and team mates, I was thrilled to get FIVE!!! There is truly something powerful about a team competition. I will absolutely crush myself for my team mates in a way I would never do for myself. They worked so hard for me, I in no way wanted to let them down.
My next event is the Missoula Half Marathon in Missoula, MT July 13. Since I haven’t ran more than a 5K in the last year, I think it is time to step it up! I ran a Half last June in San Diego and had a great time. I experimented with my training for it by only doing CrossFit to prepare. I ran a 1:58 on an incredibly hilly course, so was happy with that, yet I felt moderately miserable for the final five miles of it! This year I am planning on doing the same, but want to get a bit more mileage in to prepare my old lady knees and hips for so much work. I planned on starting this a few weeks ago, but my brand new, super awesome double jogger I named “The Beast” a few posts ago decided to blow a tire tube (in the middle of the mall of course, sounding like gun fire, I don’t think I am allowed there anymore!). I ordered a new one, which arrived today to my training delight! Photos of my new hot rod coming soon, along with reviews of tandem vs. side by side joggers.
As I am getting in to more of a routine being a mama of two (though I know it is going to be ever changing!), I am ready to get a bit more serious about my training and goal setting for the rest of the year. My major competition between now and the start of the 2015 Open is the CrossFit 307 Throwdown, a team competition I participated in last year when I was 17 weeks pregnant. I am setting goals to be completed between now and the competition, and now and the New Year. I have set specific goals for monostructural, gymnastic, and weightlifting movements as well as a few major CrossFit benchmarks. As always, when you share your goals with others, you feel more accountable to reach them, so here are a few of the big ones. As I progress through working toward them, I will try to share some videos, photos, and funny stories of my journey!
Movement/Goal by Challenge/Goal by New Year
5K Run/ 24:00/22:00
Unbroken Muscle Up/2/4
Max Pull Up/25/35
Kipping Handstand Push Up/10/21
L-Sit Max/ 0:30/0:45
Max Pistols in One Minute/15/20
Max Clean and Jerk/175/195
Max Back Squat/205/225
Max Dead Lift/300/325
We will see how this goes, but I am going to try to repeat these benchmarks before each deadline for my goals to see where I am at! Also, a big shout out to a fellow mama who had her second baby just a few days after I had Augustus! Jenna Dodge competed in the 2009 CrossFit Games, and I challenge her to keep up her hard work and training to qualify for Regionals in 2015 as well! Let’s go girl!
Me (in the bottom left corner) counting for Jenna at the CFMT Winter Challenge in 2010.