Well, what better way to start the new year than to organize? I have been meaning to organize my workout clothes for a while now. I mean I was getting so lazy that they would just be all over the closet and not in the drawers that they were meant for! So I turned to Google to look for ideas and tips and came across this blog.
Granted my fitness apparel did not get it’s own dresser, but I did have something designated…a plastic 3 drawer “dresser”! I have had it for years so I may as well just put it to good use. I am sure I picked it up at Target on sale.
This is where I started from, don’t judge me.
Well, I started with something easy – my workout bottoms. I organized them by capris (Lululemon) in the front left to long legged workout pants. On the right side are more capris (Fabletics & Lucy) in the front and then shorts in the back.
The middle drawer is where I decided I was going to put all my tank tops. The left side are my solid tanks (or most of them anyway) and then the right side are my tanks that have some kind of print.
The top drawer I used for my short and long sleeve shirts. The left side are mostly plain shirts. The left side starts with long sleeve shirts in the front and then behind are mostly shirts that I have gotten from competitions and races.
I have to say, seeing everything folded up like this is so nice! I can see my clothes and not have to wonder what is underneath! Even though I only see a bit of the tank and shirt design I still know what it says so it makes picking the right tank or top for my mood easy! PLUS it forces me to keep my clothes organized and off the closet floor. Just because they are workout clothes it does not mean that they don’t need to be organized. PLUS I got to go through a bunch of my clothes and donate what I no longer wear.
So what better way then to try and motivate you to get into shape? Another Crossfit competition! We competed in the Santa Smackdown. I would like to say it really helped me get motivated to train like I used to, but sadly it did not. I did train as hard as I was able to, but I am just so out of my routine it makes working out hard.
The most important thing was that we had fun and that is all that counts. We all did our best and we finished in 9th out of 23 teams. Not bad for the 4 of us who have been struggling to get back into it. We had so much fun at this competition we are signing up for the Golden State Games in April! The sad part is we won’t be able to do the Fight For Air Climb which is an important organization to my heart.
1 Guy & 1 Girl establish
-3 RM OHS (1st rep must be a snatch variation)
Guy 2 & Girl 2 establish
-1 Full (Squat) Clean + 1 Front Squat + 1 Jerk
Total weight lifted will be your team’s score
All athletes will use one 45lb bar for the lifting.
AFTER THE 8 MINUTE MARK YOUR TEAM WILL HAVE 2 MINUTES REST. AFTER THE 2 MINUTES YOUR TEAM WILL COMPLETE A TEAM MILE.
The team mile will be ran all together (All 4 athletes running at the same time). The score will be based on the fastest and slowest finishers. The fastest Mile time and the slowest mile time will be the score. The other 2 athlete’s times will be a non factor in the scoring.
My friend Trystan from the gym has never run a race longer than a 5k. One of her goals is to do a half marathon. But before she did that she wanted to see how she would do in a race that was longer than 3 miles. So she asked if I would do the CIM relay with her and I said absolutely! So instead of each of us running a half marathon we asked Mike and Kimiko if they would run. So then her leg was about 6 miles. Overall we had a great time. We each ran and Trystan feels more confident about a half marathon that she wants to sign up for the local Shamrock’n Half Marathon!
So this year I was lucky enough to get to do the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco. Last year it was last minute, this year I got in using the second chance entry by logging my running on an app.
Let’s face it, I am not a very good runner. It is hard for me and I struggle every time. So why do I do it? It is a good challenge and I feel accomplished when I am done. Plus, the Tiffany’s box at the end of the race makes the pain a little more bearable. 😉
I was lucky enough to get to stay with my friend Amber so I saved some cost on a hotel room. She was even brave enough to go with me to Union Square so I can see my name on the Nike window and write my name on the “Make Your Mark” board.
This year there were 40,000 people. So. Many. People.
The bummer of course…I had a cold AGAIN this year! Sigh…colds just make everything hard…especially breathing. BUT, I finished! That is all that matters.
Here is hoping to hoping that I get in to race next year! Keeping my fingers crossed.
This past spring we got some bows and arrows. Now at first I thought this was going to be easy. No it is hard! We got some re-curve bows and I must have lost about 6 arrows! Oh my goodness. But it is something fun for Sam and I to do together. In fact here is a shot of the arrow that Sam got stuck in the stick!
We decided to do the Golden State Games this year so it could be Mark’s first competition. (Mark is Kimiko’s husband.) So our team was Kimiko, Mark, Mike and I. We called ourselves Team Gunther’s in honor of one of of favorite ice cream shops! 😀
2000 Meter Relay
Description: Athlete 1 will begin with a 400m Run. Upon finishing the 400m, athlete 1 will hand baton off to athlete 2. This will progress until athletes finish 1600. After 1600 is complete all members of the team will finish with a 400m giving a grand total of 2000m.
Max effort Snatch and Clean & JerkDescription: Beginning with the men. Both men will step up to platform (A). The men will have 6 Minutes to each find their one rep max Snatch. After 6 Minutes the men will move to platform (B) and have 6 Minutes to find their one rep max C & J. At the same time the woman will be on platform (A) finding their one rep max Snatch. After 6 Minutes expire men will be done and woman will move to platform (B) to find their one rep max C & J. The score will be max pounds lifted on each members one rep max.#3
21-15-9 – Dumbbell Thrusters 50 / 25
12-9-6 – Bar Muscle Up’s (MEN)
9-6-3 – Bar Muscle Up’s (WOMEN)
Clarification for RX: Everyone will be completing 21-15-9 Dumbbell thrusters. Men will complete 12-9-6 Bar muscle ups on their round and woman 9-6-3 Bar Muscle Up’s on their round.
Description: Each member will go through full WOD one at a time…as soon as one member finishes the next member begins… This event will be a 3 scored event
Score 1= Total team time
Score 2= Fastest men’s time
Score 3= Fastest women’s time
There will be a modification for Bar Muscle Up’s. But will not be released at this time.
Overall we did well for Mark’s first competition. We are looking forward to doing it again next year!
This year for the Fight for Air Climb I raised $350!! More than my goal of $250! So happy that I was able to raise more than I did last year. Every little bit counts in the fight against cancer. (Read why I climb here.) Once again it took me 10 minutes to complete the climb.
So Sam challenged my cousin Tamiya to a race on who would be faster. Luckily for Sam my cousin Tamiya decided running for medals is not as fun as running for Tiffany necklaces so she ended up not running. So Sam and I both ended up doing the race together. But in different heats.
Well, Sam is not the same runner he was before and we ended up having the same 3 hour finish time! 🙂
The main challenge for this race was that it was HOT. I mean we were going from some nice 60 degree temps the day before to 80 degrees the day of the race! ROUGH! I don’t think a lot of people had a good race. But that is okay for me because I finished in the same time as Sam! 🙂
Once again…it is that time of year. It is time to climb some stairs! The Fight For Air Climb will be on April 12, 2014. Another grueling couple of weeks of training.
Once again this is something close to me since my Grandmother (my Bachan) passed away from lung cancer and my family smokes. I have told my story here. This year, my cousin Tamiya has said she was going to do the climb. She even joined the Fitness Rehab team! It should be exciting and fun.
I set a fundraising goal of $250 this year. I have blessed by family and friends to have made this goal! But I would like to raise more money if possible of course. And if you are interested in helping to support the fight against lung cancer please visit my donor page here.
So remember last year when I was SUPER excited to be doing the Crossfit Opens? Yes, I remember that girl and yet this year, I have ZERO motivation and did not register for the Opens.
I don’t know if it is because I am Crossfit’d out? Really just focusing on my yoga or don’t find fun in it any longer.
It is really hard to say. I enjoy Crossfit. I was getting in great shape! I made great friends, but yet, here the Opens are and I don’t want to do them. I am excited and motivated to do the Moxie competition this year with Kimiko, her husband Mark, and Mike, but really no drive for the Opens.
I think a lot of the change was due to the fact that, I want Crossfit to be fun. I want to enjoy it again. The Opens are all about comparing yourself to the rest of the world. I know I am not the best. I don’t need a score board to tell me that. I want to compete in a competition and have FUN and become a fitter me in the process.
Only time will tell. For now I am enjoying yoga and pilates.