2014 CrossFit Regionals predictions

I’m going to take a stab at predicting the podiums for each region. Should be interesting. I only really think I know about various regions and I’ll note the ones I am most confident about below.

Going in order…

Africa
Male: Jason Smith, Richard Smith and David Levey
Female: Nicole Seymour, Lara Erlank, Dina Swift
Notes: I haven’t heard of any of these people

Asia
Male: Mikko Aronpaa, Phil Hesketh, Eric Carmody
Female: Jennifer Scott, Eva Clarke, Marlene Andersson
Notes: I have heard of some of the men

Australia
Male: Brandon Swan, Chad Mackay, James Newbury
Female: Kara Webb, Ruth Anderson-Horrell, Amanda Allen
Notes: More names I recognize, especially the ladies

Canada East
Male: Albert-Dominic Larouche, Simon Paquette, Alex Vigneault
Female: Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Michele Letendre, Kristine Andali
Notes: No-brainer on the female side and I think Larouche dominates, too Continue reading

My quads are sore, I can’t get under the bar, I have no energy – a bad day

Bar facing burpees really tax my quads and hips

There are bad days in the gym and then there are days like today. When I went to bed last night I think I already knew that this morning was going to be horrible, and it was. I even got my best night of sleep in a few days (my two year old has been waking up in the middle of the night the past three or four nights for some reason…and last night she slept all night), but it didn’t matter, today was rough.

Let me go back a few days (a week)…I think my poor performance today started last weekend on Easter Sunday. I ate like crap on Sunday and my mother-in-law was in town and she arrived with ingredients to make cookies with my kids. It was going to be that kind of week and it was that kind of week. I think I probably had sugar everyday last week. I have went months without pure sugar in the form of candy, donuts or cookies over the past few years. To have it everyday…and in the form of jelly beans or mom-in-law cookies?! Disaster waiting to happen.

I have also been doing a couch stretch almost everyday to help loosen my hips which in turn has really helped my knee. Now why would couch stretch be to blame for this morning? I have my theories! Continue reading

Paleo is good for MS

My next door neighbor has MS. She has had it for a while. Her story goes something like this – and I will surely butcher this, but the point will still be made.

She was diagnosed with MS and every year six to nine new lesions were seen on her brain during her yearly checkup. She slowly began to lose the ability to function (walking, for example). Then one day someone introduced her to Paleo. If I remember her story correctly it actually took some prodding to get her to try it. When she finally did she lasted a few weeks and started feeling really, really good. Much better than she had in years. One day she decided to have a pancake or waffle or something for breakfast – an award for doing so well. It’s not uncommon for those of us who eat Paleo to cheat once in a while with a pancake or waffle, right? Well, it was one of her first few bites and she felt an agonizing pain shoot down her leg. She hadn’t felt that pain since she started eating Paleo. She immediately stopped eating and decided to never eat gluten again.

Fast forward a year or two and her yearly exam. The doctor did the normal scans of her brain and there were ZERO new lesions on her brain. None. The firs time in years that no new lesions had developed. The only change? Her diet.

And now this story along those same lines.

Just like the doctor in the link, my neighbor is also running and doing CrossFit. Something she thought she would never be able to do.

Changing your diet is a powerful thing. Something I need to remind myself as I have become lax in my diet. I think another Whole 30 might be in order. During my WOD this morning I felt like I was going to puke and I don’t feel like I pushed myself extremely hard – hard enough to make myself gag. I can only surmise that my need to refund my dinner from the night before was what was in my dinner – WAY TOO MUCH SUGAR. I have sort of derailed my train starting on Easter Sunday and it hasn’t gotten back on track. Actually, it was slowly coming off of the tracks for a few weeks now, it just totally jumped off the track this past weekend.

Time to re-dedicate and re-focus.

And, let’s end with a bit of humor. The Onion has put out a brief piece on living gluten free that, as expected, is pretty damn funny. The second bullet point is my favorite.

More marathon injuries

A runner failed to finish the Boston Marathon today and other runners stopped to help. Sounds like a case of rhabdo to me. Glorify a runner getting rhabdo and then his fellow competitors helping him finish. If this was CrossFit then CrossFit would be the devil and the impetus of everything that is wrong with the world, especially those who exercise.

This is only one of the many injuries, I’m sure, that occurred today. As I linked the other day, it is not uncommon for people to die running marathons. Of course they aren’t attacked nearly as viciously (if at all) as CrossFit.

Now, of course I do NOT dislike what the other runners did today to help the guy finish the marathon. I think it is awesome. I also think CrossFit is awesome. I also think CrossFit is unfairly attacked for being unsafe when so many more people run long distances and get seriously hurt and no one ever suggests that people shouldn’t run.

OPT training

James “OPT” Fitzgeral

I do this entirely too much. ENTIRELY TOO MUCH.

  • I followed the Outlaw way for about a month, but not fully.
  • I followed TF Black for a month.
  • I do my own programming.
  • I sporadically follow the programming from the box I WOD at.
  • I sporadically decide to go for a run or bike ride in the afternoons or on my rest days.

I need to follow some good programming for a lengthy period of time and see what happens.

Enter OPT. For those that don’t know James “OPT” Fitzgerald is the same guy who won the first CrossFit Games. He has had a website, courses, certifications and numerous other things going on since then. It is CrossFit, but not called CrossFit. (And, really, what is CrossFit? Just HIIT with barbells, right?) There are four different programs offered on the website and I am going to follow “Being”. I am passed following “Function” which is for newcomers, and not dedicated or have enough time to follow “Will” which is designed for athletes trying to get to the CrossFit Games (this cycle is specific to helping those athletes prepare for Regionals). And I am obviously not following “She” which is designed for women and focusing heavier on overhead movements which women typically lack. Continue reading