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|October 9, 2014||Posted by Sarah under CrossFit, Travel|
Six months prior I signed up for the Disney Fit Challenge. The merging of two of my favorite things, Disney and CrossFit, seemed like a dream come true! I convinced my friend Kat to join me and then the waiting began… We waited and waited and waited for more information to be announced. A month prior, the event schedule completely changed and then two short weeks before the event, the workouts were announced. To say it was a let down is an understatement and my feelings of frustration began to grow.
After following the CrossFit Games so closely for the past few years, I had come to expect a certain type of programming for these type of events and what we got did not meet those expectations. The programming was not varied as movements such as box jumps, hurdle hops (wtf?!) and wall balls were repeated in numerous events. The movement standards were totally out of whack across the divisions and overall there just seemed to be a lack of organization. We had been looking forward to this for quite some time and were now filled with disappointment as to what we had gotten ourselves into. The only saving grace was that we were going to Walt Disney World, so we just decided to make the best of our vacation and that this event was just a blip on the radar.
We arrived on the Friday before the event and our first stop was the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. I mean, how else do you prepare for a CrossFit competition than to eat and drink your way around World Showcase and walk over 2 miles in the process?! Clearly we had thrown caution to the wind and fun was in full effect.
After a few hours, we headed to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex to check in. I’ve been there numerous times for runDisney race Expos which are always chaotic and full of people. This was a different experience. We were actually able to park close to the entrance and as we walked in it seemed down right deserted. I wish the runDisney events were this easy!
There weren’t any signs on where to go to check-in and I had to ask a cast member. She pointed us to the HP Field House and to go around to the back of the upper level.
The check-in area was deserted and we were able to get our wristbands, admission ticket to the complex, and swag bag in just a few minutes. Is it really considered a swag bag when it is just a vinyl backpack and a tech tee? Both are super cute though.
We headed outside and I needed to check out the fields to see what the set up was going to look like for the event. As I headed down behind the Field House, I was pretty impressed by everything that I saw and was actually surprised that the fields were open for me to get some close up photos.
The rig set up from Pure Strength was awesome. The wall ball targets are Mickey’s!!!
I was very happy to see the hurdles in advance and know that we wouldn’t be having to jump over full size hurdles that you find on a track. These were doable.
Here’s my spot!
Here were the dreaded 10 foot targets for our first event the next morning and under the tarps were the barbells staying dry.
So I was a bit more at ease to see everything in person, but I was still a bit hesitant about actually completing the WODs. We still had no idea what the time cap was for the events, but it was assumed to be 10 minutes since that’s how long the heats were scheduled for. With so many questions still up in the air it was hard to feel confident. What we did know for sure was that Kat and I were thankfully in the same heat (# 11) and that we would be starting at 10:45 am.
By the time we got back to the hotel and got a bite to eat we were exhausted from getting up at 5 am to head to the airport and our long day of walking. We crashed by 9 and both slept for 10 hours! This was actually great because we woke up with plenty of time to get ready (mentally and physically) and felt very well rested. Now to take on our first official competition…stay tuned 🙂
|October 13, 2013||Posted by Sarah under Fun, Sunday Funday|
Oh hey there…this week seemed to have flown by. Early mornings, long work days, blech. All of the things that could possibly bring you down. But I found some fabulous things to get me through the week and seriously make me smile 🙂
This week I…
Ate my face off with no regards for the paleo challenge I’m participating in #paleofail #nocaloriesindisney
Can’t get enough of Edie Falco loving on an alpaca…this joy really solidifies the fact that I need one…B are you listening?!
Also I need some Red Pandas in my life…he just can’t deal with that pumpkin!
And really how can you say no to these dance moves?!?
|October 9, 2013||Posted by Sarah under CrossFit, Fitness, Food, Health & Wellness, Paleo, Paleo Challenge, Running|
Well week 3 was VERY different from the first 2 weeks. I started off the week great and ended it up in flames with a beer in one hand and banana fritter in the other. If you’re gonna go down, do it right!
Let’s start with the positives….exercise. Early in the week, I got 2 PRs that I was really psyched about! The first was a 5# increase to my dead lift. I didn’t quite make it to my goal of 230# because my back was feeling tight and we had 70 lighter dead lifts later in the WOD. But I’ll take that 225# with pride! I also increased my strict shoulder press PR by 4# to 74#. Being the girl who never had any upper body strength…that’s a big deal!
Then later in the week I headed down to Walt Disney World for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend. Not only did I run 10 miles and get this awesome medal:
But I did a TON of walking around the parks! Not only is Disney always a super fun vacation, but it’s great exercise. Check out my FitBit stats:
Both Saturday and Sunday include the 10-Miler since the race started at 10:00 pm, but subtract that and you have around 18 miles of walking in 3 days! It’s a great way to burn off all of the not so good for you food that you consume while there, which leads me to the negatives for the week…the food & drink.
Serious Paleo Challenge FAIL. I knew this was going to happen since this trip was booked before I started the challenge, but I really fell off the deep end. Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival is going on right now and it is my most favorite time of year. How can you go wrong with strolling around World Showcase sampling food and drinks from all over the world?!?! So I did just that, I ate and I drank, then ate and drank some more. And you know what? I really have NO guilt about it. I had so much fun that I am ok with a few days off track. RAD Living is all about balance and I would’ve been miserable if I didn’t enjoy myself with my friends. So I had a blast and we’re moving on…
However this weekend has put me in a bad spot for the challenge. I’m now only doing 17% better than the rest of the participants, compared to an already not very impressive 39% last week…yikes!
Basically all I can do is just get back on track this week and do my best. It’s a new week! At some point I have to get in WOD 5, which is a combination of power snatches, kettlebell swings, ring rows and box jumps….should be interesting.