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Help Save Lives AND Win a Pair of Reebok CrossFit Nano 4.0 Custom Kicks!

Remember last year when I took on Grace at the Barbells for Boobs fundraiser?  I raised $420 to help people gain access to proactive screenings and diagnostic procedures to prevent breast cancer.  Then I lifted 95 pounds 30 times in 6 minutes and 42 seconds to show my appreciation to everyone who donated!

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Well this year I want to kick it up a notch and so does Barbells for Boobs!  I was inspired by my friend and fellow CrossFitter Megan, who survived breast cancer at an early age because of early detection.  Here is Megan kicking Grace’s ass last year!

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This year, Barbells for Boobs is giving fundraisers that reach $1,200 in donations a killer pair of Custom Reebok Nano 4.0!!  No seriously!!  Check these beauties out!!

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And guess what…I want YOU to have them!  That’s right, if I get to the $1,200 mark, I will be raffling off these shoes to one lucky donator.  And don’t worry, they will be in your size.  I will order the winner’s size!  So here’s what you need to do…

  1. Donate a minimum of $15 to my Barbells for Boobs donation page by October 31st.

  2. After you donate, come back to this page and leave a comment telling me who or what inspires you.  Use the Rafflecopter widget below to let me know you did both and you will get 5 entries into the raffle!  

  3. Get 5 additional entries by tweeting about this giveaway and liking us on Facebook & Twitter!

A couple of rules: I will be matching all donation names with entries.  Anyone who enters the giveaway without donating will automatically be disqualified.  The blog post comment is mandatory to enter. All other entries are optional.  

Pretty easy right?!?  Remember this raffle will ONLY happen if I get to $1,200 in donations, so the more you donate, the closer we get to those awesome shoes!!  Let’s help save some lives people!!

I will announce the winner on November 1st, which is also the day that I will be tackling Grace for the second time.  I’m doing this for my mom, Megan and all of those who have suffered and will sadly suffer in the future from this hateful disease.  My goal this year is to get it done in under 5 minutes…can I do it?!?!

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My 6 Favorite Things From The 2014 CrossFit Games

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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

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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!

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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!

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3. The GIANT Reebok store

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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4. The Air Conditioned Beer Tent

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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

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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.

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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!

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6. Watching the Final WOD…My Favorite WOD   

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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.   

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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!

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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?

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The Day I Met Grace – Barbells For Boobs

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I first heard about Barbells For Boobs last year at the beginning of my CrossFit journey.  I had no idea who this Grace person was or why everyone was having such an issue with her.  Oh right…Grace was one of those benchmark WODs I had heard so much about and at that point in time I was not ready to meet her, but this year I was.  

The signs started popping up around my gym for the event some time in September and I knew I wanted to be a part of it.  Since 2009, Barbells for Boobs has provided 1,123 procedures for 749 individuals and 30 cases of cancer have been detected.  Thatโ€™s 30 lives saved that would not have been otherwise because those people didn’t fit the mold of who should get a mammogram.  This is so important to be aware of and something I feel very strongly about, particularly even more so after my Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago.

So I began fundraising and was able to raise $420 for the event in a very short period of time!!  Thank you so much to everyone who donated!  As the event got closer I was getting nervous about what weight I should attempt for the workout.  Grace is 30 clean & jerks at 95# for women.  I really didn’t think I was ready for that, so I was considering 75#.  But a few days before the event after practicing for a bit, I decided to give it a try.  I was doing this to support breast cancer awareness…survivors have gone through SO much more than this.  I couldn’t let a barbell intimidate me…

We arrived at CrossFit New Haven the morning of the event and my nerves were getting worse…what if I couldn’t do it?!?  But even with all the doubt, I registered for the Rx weight and crossed my fingers.     

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Yeah for mascots!

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We had a great turnout from CFM so it was pretty awesome to have a solid cheering section ๐Ÿ™‚

The event started with introductions from Zionna Munoz, Founder of Barbells for Boobs, who shared the story of why she started the organization in support of her best friend.  Then the survivors shared their stories and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.  This is why we were doing this…  

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Then the heats started!  There were some great outfits and a TON of determination.  It was great to watch these athletes struggle through the reps and meet their goals.  

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After that, I was anxious for my turn.  I headed to the warmup room and jumped on the rower for a bit and also tried out the 95# bar…damn that thing was heavy.  What did I get myself into???

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I was up next and I was sweating.  Hysterical side story…when I took my sweatshirt off, my sweat mixed with the fuzz and decided to stick to my arm pits…it looked like I had thick black hair.  GAH!  Kat & B looked at me in shock and then just started dying laughing…I was about to lift a bunch of weight over my head with fake hairy armpits!!!!!  I sprinted to the bathroom and was able to get it off just in time for my heat to start…I am SO glad they saw that!  Sadly, there are no photos…I would love to look back and laugh at that now.  

My name was called and I found my judge.  I can’t remember what her name was, but she was awesome, encouraging and helped calm my nerves a bit.  All I had to do was one rep at a time until she told me to stop…got it!

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Really, can I ever not make a goofy face??  3…2…1…GO!

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 And somehow I did it…I clean & jerked 95# 30 times and I did it under the 8 minute time cap.  6:42 to be exact…WHOA!  Who is this person??  I was the last person to finish in my heat and in CrossFit that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  All the judges and competitors in my heat were crowded around me cheering me through those final reps.  All of the spectators were watching me and while that normally would make me hide behind a tree and cry, their screams motivated me to keep going.  I JUST COULDN’T FAIL!  So thank you for every clap, every shout, every single person telling me to PICK UP THAT BAR!  I don’t think I would’ve made it through without you.

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After I was done we stayed and cheered on the final heats and also check out the vendors outside.  

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Oh and guess what…free cocktails!!  CHEERS!

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So I met Grace.  And while she was a bit rough around the edges, I ultimately showed her who’s boss.  Maybe when we meet again next year, I’ll do it in around 5 minutes ๐Ÿ˜‰  

Make sure to check out this great video from the event…you know you will want to be there for the next one!

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Barbells for Boobs…I Need Your Help!

It’s been two years since my Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Due to early detection she was able to attack the cancer quickly and aggressively, and is now cancer free.  It was a scary few months and not something any child wants to hear, but we made it through the suck and we’re now stronger for it.  

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Because cancer seems to run strong in my family, I have made a point to both educate myself about early detection and to help support various organizations that support this.  Last year, B and I took part in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in New Haven, CT.  It was a great event and raised over $90,000 for the American Cancer Society.            

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This year, my obsession involvement with CrossFit has led me to fundraise for Barbells for Boobs, which supports the Mammograms in Action Grant Program that provides proactive breast healthcare services for anyone who needs it…anyone. Their “aim is to help anyone that needs it, anywhere, whether they are male or female, no matter what their age or situation in life.”  Pretty cool right?

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Since 2009, Barbells for Boobs has grown from 60 athletes from 3 affiliates in Southern California to over 45,000 participants across 1300 affiliates worldwide.  So far they have provided 1,123 procedures for 749 individuals and 30 cases of cancer have been detected.  That’s 30 lives saved that would not have been otherwise.

I’m sure you’re wondering what my participation with Barbells for Boobs involves.  Well on October 27th, the Pink Bra Tour will be stopping at CrossFit New Haven where we will attempt Grace, one of the classic CrossFit benchmark girl workouts.  Grace is 30 clean & jerks for time at a prescribed weight of 135# for men and 95# for women.  So it’s a whole lot of these:

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That’s me doing one at 98# which is my 1 rep max so far.  So I’ll probably be scaling back for the WOD to about 65#, but we’ll see how it goes.  

Now here’s where YOU come in.  I NEED YOUR HELP TO GET THERE!!  I have a fundraising goal of $400 that will go straight to the Mammograms in Action Grant Program.  $80 will provide one procedure, so if I meet my goal we can help 5 people get the advanced screening they need!  Even a small donation of $5-10 can help, so PLEASE (I’m begging) help out this wonderful cause.  All you have to do is visit my fundraising page and donate…super easy!          

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I hope that you will be a part of this great cause.  I’ve already donated, so what’s stopping you?  Plus you don’t have to do any of the heavy lifting…I’ve got that covered ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s a fun video from last year’s event…you know you want to support that!

Save a Pair, Save a Life!

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