Just learned I placed 8th in the 90DC. The only thing I can say, other than Holy $Q$#@%#@$!#!@$@#$!$#&^%$#@!# I’m SO HAPPY, is that the boundless good things that have come into my life since discovering CF are immeasurable. CF has changed the way I look at things. It has taught me to finish what I start no matter how difficult it may seem in the moment.

Suddenly I can see through to the other side.


I. Deadlift

3 – 3 – 2 – 2 – 1

Completed: First, a shout out to my awesome partner, Regina! We both reached a new PR today. Mine on the 1RM Deadlift: 225lbs. Um, whoa.

II.  AMRAP in 10 Minutes

15 Unbroken Russian Swings (70/53)


Completed: Ok. Ok. Lost count on the rounds. I’m guessing somewhere around 8 or 9. 35lbs. on the Kettlebell. Could have gone heavier. Will do so next time.

temporary lull

The 90-DC is over.

Coincidentally, a very personal chapter in another part of my life so too just came to a close as the wheels of a plane left the ground at the airport this morning.

With all these endings it seems only fitting that my mojo has decided to go on hiatus as well.

I’m tired, hungry, emotional.

I know this is a temporary lull. It will not be too long before I’m back on the CF Bandwagon. But for today I’m content to go straight home after work, draw the blinds, and sleep for the remainder of the day, or two, and try to process. And really, what better moment then from deep within the current deafening inertia to re-post the following energized thoughts on the 90-DC which were submitted in joyful glee to ACF only a few short days ago:

The grass is always greener. You can’t do it. You’re not strong enough, fast enough, determined enough. You’re too short, too tall, too old. Blue is not a good color on you. Why do you always look so tired? You make the coffee too weak, your sock drawer is a disaster, you always say the wrong thing at the wrong time, and you might as well know right now, nobody really likes your rendition of Happy Birthday.

There, now that we got that out of the way. Feel better? How about this for a change:

You CAN lift heavy shit. You just did your first double-under. You not only know what a Sumo Deadlift High Pull is, but you can do it, at RX. You show up every day, whether you’re feeling happy, or sad, or indifferent. You cheer your fellow CrossFitters, and at the end of the WOD, you help them put their gear away. You listen, you ask questions, you encourage. You reach out your hand and introduce yourself. You smile even when you may not feel like it. And just when you think there isn’t one more burpee left in your aching elbows, you drop to the ground, and you do it.

And when the WOD is over, and you look around you, you smile. You recognize there is no better feeling. You CAN do it. You can do anything. You are strong enough. You know there is no better place to be, than right here, right now, working your ass off towards a better you. You are committed. You are determined. And above all, you finish what you start.

This is what the 90-Day Challenge has taught me: to live in the moment, and even though things may sag (your commitment, your ability, your self-esteem) and even though it may seem like there’s no end in sight: You. Keep. Showing. Up. You put one foot in front of the other, and you walk through the door.

You finish what you start. Because that is who you are. And you are better for it every day.

Postscript: Tomorrow I will start finishing what I start.

2k Row

Part I. 2,000 meter row. Completed: 8:17.

Part II. Pushing a heavy thing called a ‘sled’ made of steel and piled with weights thru the parking lot as part of a team. Errr…Completed.

shifting & The 90-DC Finale

I’ve been remiss lately. Guests from out of town. Meetings and planning a huge event at work. Today is my first day back in the Triple-Wide since Thursday. My eating has not been particularly stellar, as many eventful moments are typically filled with many eventful indulgences. I won’t say I went over board which is good, but I wasn’t particularly strict either. Somewhere in the happy middle is where I landed. And have since put on the brakes, hit the WOD tonight, and feel good. It’s important to be able to enjoy the occasional indulgences, and still apply the brakes.

The 90-DC has ended, and this week will be Benchmark WOD’s at ACF so participants can get in and see their progress. Kind of anticlimactic that I didn’t do anything particularly special to mark this moment, the end of the 90-DC. I’m thinking this is probably because there is no end to this, not for me. It’s just another day in what we hope is a lifetime routine. My thinking has shifted, and so too my momentum.

Here’s what’s required for the 90-DC Finale, by midnight, April 7:

  • After Photos: Coaches take your “After” picture no later than Thursday, April 5th.
  • After Measurements
  • Benchmark Workouts:
  1. The 1RM Deadlift
  2. 2k Row for time
  3. “Fran”
  • Create a video blog, less than 90 seconds, post to you-tube making your case as to why you deserve to win the 90 Day Challenge

This must all be completed no later than Saturday April 7th, no exceptions.


Tonight’s WOD:


Run 400m

20 Back Leg Swings (Right and Left Leg)

20 Side Leg Swings (Right and Left Leg)

20 Front Leg Swings (Right and Left Leg)

Sprint 200m


I.  In 15 Minutes:

Establish 1 RM Deadlift

Completed: New PR tonight: 1RM Deadlift @ 215lbs. Also part of the Benchmark. Went from 125lbs. to 215lbs. Whose your doggie.

II. “Diane”

For Time:

21 – 15 – 9

Deadlifts (225/155)

Handstand Pushups

Completed: in 5:35, at 105lbs. for the Deadlift, and scaled to ring pushups.