New Year – Fresh Start

Okay, so I’m sure everyone feels similar this time of year. What can I do better? How can I improve [insert here] to make 2015 more successful? Well, in my opinion a lot of pressure can come with statements of this nature. As well as the subsequent feelings of failure or disappointment when we don’t achieve A, B, C, D, or even E.

My advice, search for something that you can improve or something that you enjoy from an internal perspective. Try to live in the moment, take deep breaths, things like that. Make them into little habits rather than trying to achieve some giant goal, like losing 200 lbs or “I’m never drinking again…”. Start small, you’ll see results and feel results and then you’ll want to continue!

I wish you all the best this new year, and as a promise, I’ll try to blog more often. A lot has happened in the past 9 months!

Here’s something to make you smile, Enjoy!

Fashionably Late…Or Not

I know I have left all of you hanging for quite some time now regarding my experience in Virginia back in September! My sincerest apologies for this, it’s been a long few months since then and lots of things have happened!

Overall, I had a wonderful time in Virginia, but I couldn’t have accomplished half of what I did without my friends! Going into the event with an injured shoulder proved a bad decision and most of the vertical ascents on the course were conquered  very slowly. My shoulder was swollen to the point that my breathing was severely hindered, so that was fun! The point was that our team stayed together, one foot in front of the other until I made it up every hill and over each applicable obstacle.

Since this was the first time that GORUCK has put together an event of this nature, of course there were things that could have been improved, things that need to be improved. I’ll expect this when we revisit the site and the course in 2015.

Some things I have learned are that when you take on a lot, overwhelm-ness is bound to happen at some point, thus, certain things will need to slide to the back-burner for a bit. This is what has happened recently with my blog, but I am back and better than ever. Ready to share my latest and greatest with those of you interested in Athens and the goings on of me! The 2014 CrossFit Open is coming to a close with the announcement  of 14.5 last night and I’m not ashamed to say that I may or may not be doing the last WOD.

Graduate school is my top priority at the moment and with my box’s new schedule working a regular job has become an impediment…oh work, how you get in the way of my PLAY! Time- management is always something that we learn and re-learn as priorities come and go, but I’ve only got 3 more semester until it’s official and I’ll have a Masters!!

Until next time, enjoy the photo of the team that got me through the GORUCK Nasty, oh and these folks are some awesome friends too!

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Beastmode at the GORUCK Nasty

This Friday will be my first trip to Virginia and my first experience with a GORUCK! The 6 mile 20+ obstacle course is inspired by the Nasty Nick obstacle course that military personnel must overcome as part of their PT training. Although the history of the course is intriguing, the following posts will concern my experiences at the event.

I will be attempting the course with 8 of my CrossFit South family members and looking forward to the $1 beers at the finish line!

Stay tuned…more to come!

Friday = Ruckday

How did your Friday morning begin?

I found myself with 8 other merican’ ninjas running through the streets of Athens, Georgia complete with weighted backpacks and “tokens”. The darkness was consuming and kept most of our early morning activities hidden from the few cars that slowly drove by.

We were with CrossFit South and it was Ruck Day.

5:30am usually comes early, but ruck days are always a gamble. When you have to rely as much upon yourself as those around you, all you can hope for is that a few good apples show up to provide support. My luck held out as this morning I was with some awesome warriors. We carried a PVC pipe filled with water, a large wooden beam, 2 large gas cans approximately 53 lbs each and a blue sack filled with sand.

Each person contributed their strength when needed and maintained an attitude of don’t quit throughout the hour-long, approx. 1 mile experience. Maneuvering through the darkened streets and avoiding the early morning train while countless people were tucked in their beds was quite an adventure. Knowing that those around me suffered for and with me provided a level of strength and cohesiveness that I doubt many people will ever experience. That being said, I’m ready for Friday and the long weekend is not only appreciated, but EARNED!

Next on the list, GORUCK Challenge in Athens… Continue reading “Friday = Ruckday”