|August 15, 2014||Posted by Sarah under CrossFit|
The Disney Fit Challenge is coming up in 6 short weeks (how did that happen?!?) and this week some changes were announced to the schedule. While a big schedule change this late in the game is frustrating, hopefully it hasn’t effected too many travel/vacation plans.
When originally registering, you had the option to choice Friday or Saturday to compete. Then the top athletes in each division would go on to compete in the Finals on Sunday. Well now, there is no longer a competition on Friday and EVERYONE is competing on BOTH Saturday and Sunday. Here is the official email from Disney Sports:
We’re always looking for ways to ensure the best Guest experience and competitive balance at Disney Fit Challenge. As a result, we are shifting our event dates: the first day of competition now takes place on Saturday, september 27 and concludes on Sunday, September 28.
With this change, you will now be competing on both Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28. Your first scheduled workout will begin on Saturday. You are now guaranteed a total of (5) workouts spread across two days. With our prior schedule, some of our competitors would have had only (3) workouts in which to compete. With many of our divisions at or nearing sellout, this will also allow us to add competitors.
Should you require immediate assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at…
We look forward to hosting you at the Disney Fit Challenge.
Well that is a bit vague, so thankfully I was able to speak with one of the Managers at Disney Sports to get more clarification and some additional information.
- There will be three (3) workouts on Saturday and two (2) on Sunday.
- There will no longer be “Finals” to qualify for. The top cumulative scores from both days will receive medals in each division.
- There will be awards for age groups in each division, along with the overall top awards.
- Heats will be announced two (2) weeks prior to the competition. Athletes only need to arrive at the time of their heat.
- Each day will finish by 6:00 pm.
- All workouts will be announced two (2) weeks prior to the competition.
Some of the workouts are already being teased on the Disney Fit Challenge Facebook Event Page and they have also released the weight standards for each division.
Seeing this made me a happy. If you saw my recent post on my Two Year WODiversary that listed my current weights, you will see that I shouldn’t have a problem competing in the scaled division. Hey maybe I might be able to come home with one of these!
While this schedule chance doesn’t effect my travel and vacation plans all that much, I know there are many people out there who are frustrated with the change. Disney Sports overestimated the number of people who thought they would make it to the final competition, so they figured most competitors blocked off all of Sunday for the competition. However this was not the case.
With all of the crazy planning that is involved in a trip to Walt Disney World (Advanced Dining Reservations, FastPass+, etc…), this has thrown a wrench in many people’s vacations. I’ve also seen people who have flights that are booked to leave on Sunday evening making it impossible to participate on Sunday if they are in a later heat. It’s unfortunate Disney did not take all of these things into consideration before changing the schedule so close to the event, especially when some of us registered back in March.
I’m still looking forward to the event and I can’t wait to see what the workouts are in the coming weeks. Now to get down to training…where’s that 20 inch box for me to master??
Are you participating in the Disney Fit Challenge? Have these changes effected your travel/vacation plans?
|August 6, 2014||Posted by Sarah under CrossFit|
I have never ever ever in my life kept up with a steady fitness routine for longer than maybe 6 months. Even with all the races I have run and continue to put on my schedule for the next few months, I haven’t kept up with my training like I should’ve. But CrossFit…well CrossFit has kept my interest. And it has not only kept my interest, but I fall in love with it more and more everyday. It’s challenging, it’s fun, it’s rewarding and the friendships I have formed from it are just the best. What is not to love?!
While I’m not exactly where I would’ve hoped to be two years into this journey, the improvements to my fitness, strength and confidence are unparalleled. Here are some of those improvements compared to the first time I attempted a certain movement and then from a year ago.
- Dead Lift: 63# >> 220# >> 225#
- Back Squat: 53# >> 145# >> 155#
- Front Squat: 58# >> 128# >> 145#
- Overhead Squat: 43# >> 73# >> 85#
- Squat Clean: 45# >> 73# >> 98#
- Power Clean: 63# >> 103# >> 128#
- Power Snatch: 53# >> 73# >> 78#
- Thruster: 33# >> 75# >> 93#
- Close Grip Bench: 48# >> 90# >> 95#
- Shoulder to Overhead: 33# >> 85# >> 110# (split jerk)
Never in my life did I think I could lift over 100 pounds over my head…that’s insane to me! And the funny thing is, the clean & jerk is now my favorite movement. I could do them all day!
I still need to improve on the gymnastic movements like handstands and pull ups. Hell, I still need to get an actual pull up! Oh and double unders…I am ready to master those things. But while those are not my strong suit, I have improved my box jumps and burpee efficiency by leaps and bounds.
Other highlights in my CrossFit life this past year have included participating in Barbells for Boobs and raising money for breast cancer early detection screenings. I can’t wait to do this again this year and I’m hoping to complete it in under 5 minutes this time!
Also, attending the both the CrossFit Games Northeast Regional Competition and the actual CrossFit Games were probably the most inspirational and motivating ways to keep me moving forward with my training. To see those dedicated athletes complete movements that I’m familiar with is simply amazing.
My goals for the next year are to…
- Get a pull up…I’d be happy with just a kipping pull up!
- Master double unders
- Get over 100 pounds in all of the movements above
- Complete Grace in under 5 minutes
- Get comfortable upside-down (aka doing handstands)
- Get over my fear of box jumps!
Coming up in just 7 weeks I will be competing in my first CrossFit competition…yikes!! It’s the Disney Fit Challenge at Walt Disney World (of course it is at Disney!) and I’m going down with my lifting partner and life twin, Kat. I’m beyond
So here’s to another year of lifting heavy things, getting faster, getting stronger, and just feeling RAD. Big thanks to my coaches at CrossFit Milford, especially Jay, Colin, Ryan, Gina, Cesar, Dan and Amanda for always pushing me to be better and always believing that I can do the impossible.
|August 4, 2014||Posted by Sarah under CrossFit|
The CrossFit Games are like no other sporting event I’ve ever experienced. I’ve been to some major events, like the Stanley Cup Finals and the Indianapolis 500, but this was something else entirely. The community, the camaraderie, the athleticism…unparalleled! I could go on and on about it, but instead I thought I’d share some of my favorite things about the games.
1. My First View of the Stadium
Walking into the soccer stadium for the first time was AMAZING! I had seen it on TV in prior years, but being there and seeing the actual scale of the games gave me chills. Also, the final heat of the Big Bob 100 started right when we walked in and it was crazy to see those teams move that sled. I knew right away this was going to be an amazing weekend!
2. Vendor Village
You don’t find many CrossFit products in mainstream athletic stores like Dick’s and Sports Authority, so buying gear online becomes the norm. Well not here…there were a TON of booths full of apparel, accessories and the newest in fitness equipment. You could try things out, try things on and chat with the companies directly. Here are 2 shirts that I got…LOVE the Kettlebell Monster one from one of my favorite apparel shops, SoRock. I had picked up a few fun things at Regionals and was happy to see them there again!
Some of the vendors has also set up mini-challenges at their booth which attracted a lot of attention. Human X (the company that sponsored the contest I won) had a great rig set up with a few barbells for people to test their strength. It was really fun to watch!
3. The GIANT Reebok store
The highlight of the Vendor Village was the GIANT Reebok. There was so much great CrossFit gear…I just wanted to buy everything! However since the Games actually started with the Masters competition 3 days prior, a lot of sizes were gone and mainly only XS and S was left. Yeah this girl isn’t fitting into either of those sizes!
While there I got to try on the new Nano 4.0s and instantly fell in love! I didn’t think anything out beat my 2.0s but these seemed magical! I didn’t love any of the colors they had, so I going to splurge and make a custom pair….totally worth it. I also tried on a pair of the Lifter 2.0s since I’ve been really wanting a pair of lifting shoes. Again I didn’t like the colors they had available there, but it did lead to this purchase as soon as I got home 🙂
4. The Air Conditioned Beer Tent
I don’t really think this needs explanation. There was beer AND air conditioning (yes it was pretty warm at the Games) which made it an awesome place! You can see a lot of other people agreed.
5. Seeing My CrossFit Idols
Front and center in that photo are Rich Froning and Jason Khalipa…two legends in the sport of CrossFit and I got to see them in action. Super cool! I was especially excited to see Jason Khalipa because not only is he an amazing athlete, but he is a stellar businessman and just an all around humble and nice guy. He is someone I look up to in many areas of life.
And let’s not forget the kickass ladies! Seeing women in the team competition deadlift over 350 pounds was stunning. Then to see some of my idols like Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Julie Foucher and Annie Thorisdottir not only do things I could never dream of doing, but also have all 3 land on the podium was probably the most inspiring thing of the weekend. We ladies can kick some serious ass and they somehow manage to still look good doing it!
6. Watching the Final WOD…My Favorite WOD
To get into the tennis stadium to see the final WODs of the day, you needed a fancy gold band. Well on our last day, those amazing folks at Human X were nice enough to give B and I two of theirs. WOW.
The final WOD was Grace…my favorite WOD, so this was even more exciting! Grace is 30 clean & jerks for time at 135# for men and 95# for women. This is my favorite WOD because those are my two favorite movements. I first met Grace at the Barbells for Boobs charity event last year and let’s just say these athletes put my performance to shame. Plus, not only did they do Grace, but they did DOUBLE Grace! Most athletes completed that in less time than it took me to do the normal version…super human I tell ya!
If that wasn’t exciting enough, we also got to see Rich Froning dominate the last 2 events and take the title of Fittest Man on Earth for the 4th year in a row,and Camille Leblanc-Bazinet finally won her first Games after years of competition. Want to see it for yourself? Check it out:
And those are my favorite things. There was so much to see and experience that weekend that it’s still kind of hard to wrap my brain around the fact that I was actually there. Now the questions is, do I start saving now so I can go again next year???
Were you at the CrossFit Games or did you watch it? What were your favorite things?
|July 7, 2014||Posted by Sarah under CrossFit, Travel|
Can you believe it?!? I’m going to the CrossFit Games!!
Last week I was notified that I was the Grand Prize winner of the “Get to the Games Sweepstakes” from HumanX and WOD Talk. Seriously…I AM THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER!!! I have to admit that I’m still in a state of shock about all of this and the past week has been a whirlwind, but I am just beyond excited about this opportunity!!
So here is what I won: a Trip for 2 to the 2014 CrossFit games, including airfare, hotel, rental car, 3-day tickets to the Games, a prize pack of HumanX gear, a WOD Talk annual subscription, and other great prizes from our incredible Sweepstakes partners: RX Bar, Primo Chalk, Primal Life Organics, Pure Pharma, KT Tape, Natural Force, and King Kong Apparel. Is this real life???
This goes to show that anything is possible. Little old me entered a contest that I saw on Facebook and now I’m headed out to California to watch the most elite athletes compete in my favorite sport. Wow.
Since we will be in the Los Angeles area, it seemed like an obvious decision to extend our trip a few days and visit Disneyland, which is also a dream come true! After my whirlwind trip out there last year, I honestly didn’t think I would ever have the means to return and now I can!
Make sure to follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to see all the goings on from the CrossFit Games and my adventures in Disneyland. Big thanks go out to HumanX and WOD Talk for this opportunity!