Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Come At Me

I want to thank ALL of you from the bottom of my heart for supporting me. It's the community of CrossFit and my blog readers that have kept my spirits up during some of these trying times overseas. No words to describe my gratitude.

Speaking of life overseas, it's busy!

My athletes keep me forever entertained! You couldn't ask for a more committed and motivated group than we have here on Arifjan. I could be having the worst day: homesick, tired, stressed, but I walk into the box, get ready for class, and after my hour or few hours of coaching are over, my mood has completely switched! I'm present. I'm energized. Those small things that I was turning into BIG things in my head, are always put back in perspective.

That's the beauty of CrossFit and community.

I have to keep this quick, but training for Regionals is going well and it is a BLAST! I wouldn't be able to get through ALL of this volume without my awesome training partners. *Shoutout to the Wolfpack.

I have started working with Big Dave Tillman out of CrossFit Cedarpark (Madathletes.com) and in two weeks, I've made some surpising progress. That's probably because I'm still a relatively novice athlete. Haha, so I still make progress every day. Whatever Regionals brings, I'm going to give it all I got, that's all I know.

I did just PR my split jerk at 180 pounds ... Happy dance!

Love you guys! Until next time ...

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Regionals Bound!

Holy moly, guys! I made it.

I survived all 5 weeks of the CrossFit Open and all 5 awesome workouts.

I was sitting in 15th place in the Asia region as an Individual Female Competitor, when I got the email from HQ asking for my video of 14.4 to review.

After 12 hours of GRUESOMELY slow internet in Kuwait, my video uploaded and I submitted it, terrified somehow my attention to detail wasn't on-point, that my Judge had missed something, that each rep couldn't be perfectly seen, that my video wasn't perfectly in-focus, did my judge stay in the frame the entire time?!

I got the email it was approved!

Phew, I slept great that night.

A few days later, the Leaderboard was shuffled.

Wow, I wasn't in fact 15th, I had finished 11th!

Then, the sweetest email EVER arrived in my inbox ...

I'm going to Seoul! This is definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity. I was not training for the Open, let alone Regionals - but here I am.

And I need your help. Big time.

The fees for a competition of this caliber are piling up really fast, and I'm starting to freak out.

$200 registration fee 
$1300 flight to Korea
$300 remote coaching
$400 hotel

Food, taxes, incidentals, taxi fares from hotel and back, etc.

I was planning on taking leave to the States, but there's no WAY I can afford getting myself to Regionals and taking time off to see my family. And it's breaking my heart.

It's a shame that people work this hard to get to this level, and then BOOM, have to figure out how to make it happen. We're talking thousands of dollars. YIKES.

Which is why I need you. If every one of my followers donated $2, I would have enough to fund my trip! Two bucks!

A fundraising page has been set up through GoFundMe.

Any contribution you could make would really help ease some stress. Thank you!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Gruesome Twosome

I am tired today. Everything on my body hurts. Not sure if it was 14.5 on Friday, running around hosting a CrossFit competition on Sunday, or Saturday's training. Due to a mental math error, I threw way more weight on the bar for all 4 of the workouts I had programmed, and now I'm in a slight vegetative state. #DOMS #dummy

The sandstorms the last few days have NOT been helping anything, either. Who needs microderm abrasion when you live in Kuwait?

It's a good thing I was busy running around yesterday, I think it helped keep everything lubricated so the soreness wasn't quite so acute. I totally forgot I was sore until I came crashing into my bed 16 hours later ...

Part of my position here in Kuwait working for MWR is hosting events for our soldiers. You know, keeping that morale high and putting what I'm teaching them in class to good use. So for the last few months I've been planning the Gruesome Twosome, a co-ed partner competition. 

It was 3 events in total. I'm pretty proud of them, not going to lie. :) Winners were computed by calculating aggregate scores. Other categories included Best Team Name and Best Team Costumes.

Super Tigers!

Cooling down after Event 1

My favorite and final event for the day was a max weight unbroken sled push for 50ft. Each team member had their own sled and 10 minutes to work up to a weight. Some of the combined totals were INSANE!

I heard a lot of good things afterwards, so I'm glowing! Can't bask in the glory for long though, I have another competition planned at the end of April. Have to get cracking! 

I'm off to coach. Happy Monday!
(Photo Credit to Dave DeGroot)