pixy dust

I wondered out loud today, via text, to my MN BFF, if CF sprinkles a daily dose of Pixy Dust about the triple-wide. Because not sure what it is, but it never fails, I walk through the door pre-WOD feeling anxious stressed and uncertain, and walk out the door, post-WOD, feeling calm, relieved, and serene. Really? Who has such power? CF does. And I didn’t even kick particular CF-ass today. Nope, just another day duking it out in the triple-wide.


I. Power Clean (135/95) Volume Ladder

*With a continuously running clock do 1 Power Clean the first minute, 2 Power Cleans the second minute, 3 Power Cleans the third minute and so on…  Continue that progression until you are no longer able to maintain that pace.

Completed: at 75lbs. Funny how during minute one it feels like you could kick ass from now until the end of time. Minute 10, which was my last round to duke it out, was an epic struggle as the form fell a part. Made it through 10 rounds plus 7. That’s 62 total reps. Errr… right?

II. 5 Rounds for total time:

10 Pull-Ups, 10 Push-Ups, 10 Sit-Ups, 10 Squats – rest 20 seconds

Completed: 4 rounds only. Ran out of time. No worries, feel good and refueled by pixy dust.

III. Stretching and Flexibility:

Hold Side Split for 5 Minutes

Hold Middle Split for 5 Minutes

Tomorrow might be the first day of the rest of a portion of my dream-come-true life.


Feeling sidelined recently. Lots of other things that are distracting me. Still making it to WOD’s, but personal and professional life is kicking up a lot of dust and it’s making it hard to see. It’s everything I can do to keep my head on straight and not completely chuck it and jump off into the deep end. Knew things were not right when I started addressing some people by the wrong name at work yesterday. Yes, terribly embarrassing. The one good thing, I do know the WOD is always there as it seems to be the one and only thing keeping my head from completely popping off.


Practice Pistols for 10 Minutes

These can be difficult, knees felt sore today.


I. Front Squat

1 – 1 – 1 – 1 – 1

Completed: @ 125lbs! Hello PR. Thanks and Congrats to Annie, for pushing and encouraging and nailing her own personal PR.

II. 5 Rounds

20 Box Jumps (24/20)

20 AbMat Situps

Completed: in just under the 10 minute time cap window. Box Jumps at 20″.

It is what it’s all about

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ― Winston S. Churchill


I. “Hokey Pokey”

30 Reps For Time:

1 Rep is 1 Complete Sequence of the Following Movements:

Squat Clean (135/95)

Right Foot Lunge

Left Foot Lunge


*25 Minute Cap

Completed: in 17:54 at 55lbs. Woweeeeeee.

II. Within 5 Minutes of Completing the “Hokey Pokey”:

For Time:

50 Burpees

Turns out, the Hokey Pokey IS what it’s all about. The Burpees after almost seemed like they didn’t even happen. Was still so focused on the fact that I actually completed The Hokey Pokey. Because at the beginning of the WOD it looked next to impossible. This happens a lot. Not sure if it’s just me. But at the beginning of class, I read the white board and process the Workout of the Day and more often than not think to myself; seriously? There is no way I can do that.

Like, almost every other day this thought goes through my mind.

And then I wonder if anyone will notice if I just leave. Because, well, I get scared. Or intimidated. Or tired. Or feel too weak. But what does end up happening, thankfully, is that I don’t run screaming from the building, but do dutifully set up my weights and take a deep breath, and just 3, 2, 1, Go. To the best of my ability. One step at a time. Every, single time. And what happens after that, is something really quite amazing. I complete the WOD, and feel incredible for having done so. It is the absolute best feeling. Totally addictive. And worth every fretting moment prior. Just walk through the front door, Mary. Is what I say to myself. Just walk through the door.

an hour of spinning

Peddled for a Cure today. An hour of spinning on a Sunday morning. Only mention this so to log the sweat. Felt like I was just getting warmed up. That’s a great feeling.


Nothing much to say except the POSE seminar by Kevin today was flat out awesome. Invested some 3.5 hours at CF today, and it was time beyond well spent. What an incredible resource, and he’s all ours. Running has always been the nemesis, suddenly, now that it has been broken down, to movements and muscles, and gravity, it doesn’t seem so terrible. In fact, it actually seems doable. Go on now, yes, it’s true. I feel the challenge gurgling, and feel armed to meet it.

Started the day with the 11am WOD:


I. “Daniel”

For time:

50 Pullups

400m Run

21 Thrusters (95/65)

800m Run

21 Thrusters

400m Run

50 Pullups

Completed: in 19:34. Thrusters at 50lbs. Pullups scaled to ring pull ups. After thrusters yesterday was certain couldn’t go 55lbs. again. Might have been a mistake. But, overall, feel excellent. Even though the left side was definitely beginning to fail towards the very end. Gonna say it again, there’s something about Thrusters that I actually like.

*30 Minute Time Cap

II. Foam Roll

Also today during the POSE class, KeHo had a moment, which is now forever stuck in my brain. He said picture a horse or a dog running, their legs are moving at full speed underneath, but their torsos remain relatively still, not a lot of bobbing up and down. Picture a hotdog, sprinting across the horizon. And therein is my new Goal: Be the hotdog.


Change is a part of life. Everything changes, we all know this. Jobs, homes, friends, likes, dislikes, shoes, ideally your underwear, priorities. Priorities in particular. Mine have changed. I’m tired tonight. So, I’ll try to make this quick. I’m tired because I hit the WOD today, and was not feeling it from the moment I pulled into the parking lot. Still sore from the ass kicking on Wednesday, some bad news at work. Dunno. But, was just plain tired. When finally home tonight, I looked at the clock, which defiantly stared back at me saying its only 7:05pm, and wondered if its too early to go bed. Really? Is this what its come to…

There was a time when my priority would be other things. Not necessarily being the healthiest possible, however you choose to define this. The early bird was for the birds, my time was my time and the priorities were focused in other directions than how they seem to be right now. There’s no regret in any of this.

It’s just now, I’m noticing, all I want to do is go to sleep. Already thinking about the bright morning that awaits, the first cup of coffee, a walk with Oliver, that certain smell of a new day breaking. I’ll hit the Saturday morning WOD, then join KeHo’s Pose Seminar to follow. If you do the math, that’s a solid 3 hours plus I’ll be investing in ACF tomorrow. And it just feels really good. Not sure if it’s age, or having the comfort of knowing where so many other paths lead, but can say with certainty, my priorities right now lead to feeling particular good. They feel aligned, clear, rested, and in the moment. And for this I am most grateful.


I. 2012 CrossFit Open 12.5

Complete as many reps as possible in 7 minutes following the rep scheme below:

Thrusters (100/65)

3 Chest-to-Bar Pullups

6 Thrusters

6 Chest-to-Bar Pullups

9 Thrusters

9 Chest-to-Bar Pullups

And so on….

Completed: Thrusters at 55lbs. Ring Pull-ups. Finished the 12 reps of each, plus 7 Thrusters into 15. I gotta say it, I like Thrusters. They make you move, and think about your form. I get deep into the moment when doing these.

II.  AMRAP in 10 Minutes:

10 Unbroken Kettlebell Swings (53/35)


200 meter run.

Completed: 4 rounds. KB’s at 35lbs. One item I can do at RX! 1 Mile = 1,609 meters. So 4 rounds completed is approx. a 1/2 mile. Yeah, felt a wee bit longer this evening. Now that’s a Gasser.