Saturday, April 11, 2015

Frolicking

Saturday is in full swing.

I woke up to an alarm clock (ouch) but greeted the day my favorite way possible: coaching a new athlete in the ways of CrossFit. I love one-on-one coaching and taking someone through the fundamentals of CrossFit. I remember my first Orientation class back in Texas a few (cough) years ago, and how abysmal my air squat was. I'm pretty sure I did everything on my toes. It's exciting to be a part of someone's beginning. You always remember your first coach.

The sun was out. I opened up the garage doors and enjoyed some much needed time outdoors. I think I need to hit the tanning beds during the winters here, because the snow and the rain make me want to rip my hair out a bit depressed. Vitamin D depletion?

I didn't even know who I was this afternoon, running in the sunshine, singing to myself, frolicking through the gym ...

I'm looking forward to a trip to Lululemon tomorrow to get a bunch of tights hemmed into crops. I just ordered some shorts from Ground 2 Overhead apparel. The colors. I couldn't resist.

Spring is here. Summer is around the corner ... Weekends laying next to the pool are near.

Sigh.






Saturday, April 4, 2015

President of the USA

The Open is over. 

Thank goodness.

When I tell people I really hate competition, that's an understatement ...

I am so burnt out over the last 5 weeks, I literally haven't picked up a barbell since finishing 15.5.

I've taken this week off to rest nagging injuries, but more than anything, because I need it mentally. My whole life has become CrossFit. All of my friends are CrossFitters. My business associates are CrossFitters. My boyfriend is a CrossFitter. In my free-time, I'm doing CrossFit, or studying avenues to become a better CrossFit coach and CrossFit affiliate owner.

There is no "off" switch. I think about my business, coaching, or training literally all day long. And then I get home and want to go to bed, and I'm dreaming about the business, coaching, or training, all night long.

I'm not complaining. I love what I do and I wouldn't trade it for the world. I just have to find other hobbies and a better work/life balance. Why don't they teach that in college? It doesn't help that my boyfriend lives 4 states away, so I really don't have anything to help me take my mind off of work, or busy up my evenings and weekends. Instead, I just see free time as an opportunity to do something for the gym: cleaning, advertising, blogging, updating the website, planning, programming ...

And now we are moving!


So not only do we have the day to day operations to handle, which is really my responsibility, we now have a new space to create.

It's amazing. And exciting. To be a part of this. To be a part-owner of a small business.

When I was 16, I had to write a paper on two dream jobs.

They were
1. to become President of the United States.
2. to open my own small business. At the time, I was very much into writing and design, I wanted o be a graphic designer.

As I have grown and my hobbies have altered and shifted, I could never have dreamed of being in the position I am now, Head Coach and owner of a CrossFit affiliate at the ripe age of 27.

I take my dreams, and the people I work with, very seriously.

Which is probably why I don't have a life anymore outside of my work.

Which is probably why, after the Open was over, I just literally hit a wall and shut down. I'm still coaching and running the business side of the things, but no training for me. No putting on my lifters. No taping up. No looking up percentages. Or turning on the clock. Or trying to hit a new PR. Or fight through a tough set. No. Just no.

I didn't do too bad in the Open. I had a lot of haters who didn't think I would do well, after competing last year in Asia and making it to Regionals. The Northeast is a huge region with a lot of strong girls.


I know I want to get back under a barbell soon. I am just not pushing it. I am trying to listen to my heart and what it wants. 

I remember how exciting CrossFit was, back when I first started it. I had a solid group of girls that I'd always WOD with. We were best friends and had each others backs. I know that I keep CrossFitting in the hopes that one day I will find that again. I'm not giving up yet. 


Saturday, February 7, 2015

Mental Strength


Today I am grateful for
1. Pain relievers during that time of the month ...
2. Coffee ... for those nights you don't sleep very much.
3. My Nike Romeo's II - they came in yesterday and they are mind blowing!
4. CrossFit ... the strength it's given me mentally.
5. Bar Muscle Ups <3
6. It's snowing. It's pretty.

What would make today great?
1. Getting my curtains hung. It will take a miracle.
2. PR'ing 14.4 (last year I didn't have muscle ups)
3. Having a conversation with someone I love