Posts Tagged by mammograms in action
|November 5, 2013||Posted by Sarah under CrossFit, Fitness, Inspiration & Reflection|
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. That’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.
We had a great turnout from CFM so it was pretty awesome to have a solid cheering section 🙂
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…
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.
There was one heat dedicated just for survivors…now that was something to watch! A fellow CFM member, Megan Adams, was diagnosed with breast when she was just 26 years old. This is the 3rd year she participated in Barbells for Boobs and this year she did it at the prescribed weight for the first time…beyond inspiring! Read Megan’s story here.
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???
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!
Really, can I ever not make a goofy face?? 3…2…1…GO!
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.
After I was done we stayed and cheered on the final heats and also check out the vendors outside.
Oh and guess what…free cocktails!! CHEERS!
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 😉
Make sure to check out this great video from the event…you know you will want to be there for the next one!
|October 10, 2013||Posted by Sarah under CrossFit, Health & Wellness|
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.
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.
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?
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:
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!
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 🙂
Here’s a fun video from last year’s event…you know you want to support that!
Save a Pair, Save a Life!