Events I've Completed:

Run for Rescue - 4/30/11 - 5k - 29:05 (finished 2nd in my age)
Ojai to Ocean - 6/5/11 - Half Marathon - 1:56:37 (Ran with Lisa!)
Megan Savage Memorial - 9/24/11 - 5k - 31:16 (Ran with Bill!)
Beach Derby 10k - 11/6/11 - 56:40 (Ran with Nikki!)
RnRLV - 12/4/11 - Half Marathon 2:18 (Ran with Nikki!) Got sick by race end. Sick three days.
Surf City - 2/5/12 - Half Marathon - 1:55:02 (PR) Ran with Lisa and Sarah
Battle of the Boxes-2/23/13-5:04 Mini Helen-8th place overall team finish
Crossfit Open 13.1-131
Crossfit Open 13.2-232
Crossfit Open 13.3-183
Crossfit Open 13.4-54
Crossfit Open 13.5-49
Battle of the Boxes: Unknown Edition- 3rd place finish!


Crossfit Open 2014!

This is my before photo. I weighed 15 pounds more, was exhausted all of the time and wasn't getting better at crossfit, running or life. It was time for a change.

My before photo

My before photo

Monday, February 11, 2013

Today's WOD

I'm starting to get nervous.  I went to workout this morning and just before the WOD, we go over upcoming events.  The next Whole Life Challenge starts this Saturday.  I know it'll be good for me to cut out the dairy and Mexican food again, so I'm looking forward to this.  But I know it's tough to get through all eight weeks, so I'm a bit nervous.

Then there's the Battle of the Boxes that I agreed to compete in.  It's teams of four, two men, two women.  I never planned to compete, that's not why I crossfit.  But it seems they're always short women at our box and I know it'd be fun.  So I got talked into joining an intermediate team.  But it seems everyone else on my team would be fine in the advanced division.  That I'm just not ready for.  But I don't want to hold them back either.  So we'll see how this plays out.  Either way, I'm nervous about doing my first competition.  1 rep max lifts are not my thing, but at least now I've tried every lift so I know what I'm in for.

Lastly there's the open.  Again I have no desire to compete.  But last year our box did every open workout on Thursday and again on Saturday.  I happened to go every Thursday back then so other than the first week when they only did it on Saturday, I ended up doing every workout anyway.  At that point I thought I should've just signed up to see where I fell against others.  Now here we are again and I'm not sure if I want to sign up or not.  I'm old enough to now qualify for the masters division.  But even at that, I see women every day in that category that kick my butt.  So while it'd be fun to see where I fell (and yes I mean that literally!), I'm wondering if it would just be more money out the window.  I guess I have a little bit of time to think on this one.

I'd love to hear from fellow crossfitters why you will or will not participate in the Open this year.

Oh just to finish it off, our WOD today was: Diane with a finisher of max reps toes to bar.

I did Diane in 7:45 but subbed handstand push ups for 30# push presses.  And got 23 toes to bar.
Nope not me in the photo, just a great shot of toes to bar & it had credits.


  1. I signed up knowing full well that there's no way I'll be making it to regionals, our box is too young right now to even think about making a team go at it. BUT I'm so excited to be registered for the open. The first WOD is worth it alone, it's going to have to be something that's attainable by most if not all CFers so they don't get complaints about people losing out on their $20. It's kind of an extra kick in the pants to try hard at a WOD and to show up for the box as a supporting member of the gym. It's the go as far as you can type of thing and hopefully get some PRs! Good luck deciding, but I think you should go for it!

  2. Is it only $20?! If that's the case, then I'll probably do it. I just feel like I spend so much money between the monthly dues, the challenges, the fueling, the food, etc. But for that price it would be fun to be a part of it!

    Although you mention the first WOD being attainable. That's the WOD that messed up everyone at our box last year. 7 minutes of burpees was not something I would have thought was inclusive. That's a long time and if you don't train specifically for long periods, you'd never get the numbers some of the competitors got. I did all of the other WOD's besides that one (thank God!), and thought all but one was fine. I guess I'll probably give it a go. Good luck to you Meg!

  3. I think you should sign up regardless of where you think you'll end up. It's an incredible way to be a part of the biggest worldwide event in our community. Thinking about the fact that so many people who share my passion for CrossFit are all doing the same workout gets me pretty excited about the whole thing! And at my gym, we're one giant team, and it's a great way for folks to support each other in a more formal setting. Looking forward to hearing what you decide!