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Goat Day!

Today was a big day ūüôā¬† Of course, it could have been even bigger had my common sense not won over the debate that I had with myself at 3:30 this morning.¬† Today is one of the Crossfit¬†Division coach’s birthday, so to “celebrate” there was a bright and early workout scheduled.¬† At 4:30am, 5 members of the community arrived at the box for a 21km row.¬† Say what?!?¬† Row a half marathon before the sun comes up?¬† Don’t kid yourself, I SO wanted to try!¬† But… I’m a retail manager who is about to find myself thrown into 4 crazy days at work thanks to Canada’s adoption¬†of the Black Friday insanity.¬† Common sense won this one.¬† The other half of my brain pouted, but resolved to try this challenge next time around.¬† And back to bed I went.¬† Yes, I can be a crazy early riser, but 3:30 is even beyond my realm.

Here’s where the “big day” part comes into play.¬† Got my act together and made it to the box for my 7:30am class.¬† And…. I was the only one there.¬† “aren’t you excited?!¬† You get me all to yourself!” Asked coach Dave.¬† Apparently my apprehension at this was less excitement than he had been hoping for.¬† I hurt his feelings ūüėȬ† Don’t get me wrong, I prefer the smaller classes, but sometimes it’s nice to catch the moment in time where the coach is not¬†looking your way to take a second of not¬†fluffing up your feathers to be totally awesome.¬† I should work on that.¬† I should always¬†just be awesome.¬† Today’s WOD¬†was a good one anyway ūüôā¬† Goat day!¬† No need¬†to hide¬†in the shadows, well at least until the last little AMRAP…

goats

Warm-up   4 minute row

On the minute, 10 minutes:

Odd minute ‚Äď 7 wall balls¬†¬† #12

Even minute ‚Äď 5 burpees

Strength

muscle-up transitions

WOD – Gymnastics Goat Day:
OTM for 20 Minutes
Odd: Goat #1¬† – box jumps (20″)
Even: Goat #2 – pull-ups (green band)

AMRAP, 4 minutes:

wall balls    #12

So, the big win?¬† 100 box jumps ūüôā¬† ALL of which felt SOLID!¬† Even the one in the last round where I whacked the box hard with my hand on the way up still felt awesome.¬† For many, no big deal.¬† The box wasn’t crazy high.¬† I had a whole minute each round¬†to complete 10 reps.¬† But to ME, box jumps have been a huge mental barrier.¬† I have crashed a good number of times. ¬†I have had days where as hard as I try I can’t convince my mind to stop second-guessing and just jump on the damn box.¬† Today was magic ūüôā¬† The pull-ups sucked, but I got through them too and that’s not the point today.¬† ūüėČ

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half awake

Hoping I’m not alone here….¬† but I’d like to know why¬†am I so ridiculously tired lately??¬† The last two weeks ish I’ve been fighting to stay awake at my desk by 6:00pm.¬† This is really awkward considering my work station is of the stand-up variety.¬† Horses sleep standing up, can people master that process as well?¬† My luck, I’d just topple over ūüėȬ† Scary part is I’m about to find myself thrown into 4 days of insanely busy long-a** shifts at work.¬† Black Friday is almost upon us my friends.

Hockey last night was a wicked fun game, well except until the shoot out when we lost.¬† Seems like the dumbest way to decide the victor of a team sport, but it is what it is I guess.¬† The first period we played really well.¬† The second period it felt more like target practice.¬† I was the target.¬† I’ve recently discovered I kinda really enjoy playing defence, despite the precious preference for forward/center.¬† Only issue, I get caught up in the game and block shots.¬† I need to learn to remind myself that the person who’s job¬†is to block shots, wears all the padding.¬† My legs look like they should belong to a dalmatian with all the residual ball marks.¬† Dumb dumb…

Crossfit¬†was awesome this morning.¬† ūüôā¬† but really, when isn’t it?¬† Thankfully I remembered at the last-minute¬†to go on the website to register for the class cause if I forgot again (like yesterday) I would have been pretty bummed to arrive to find the 7:30 class was cancelled ūüėģ¬† No worries, went to 9:15 instead.

For Time:
20- Power Snatches #115/#80

800m Run
20- Power Snatches #115/#80

Ok, I dreaded this one a little.¬† But I’m not a cherry picker.¬† When I got to the box, I found I wasn’t the only one who’d had¬†the thought of passing on this one cross their mind.¬† ūüėȬ† ‘cept I was the only one who was weary of the snatch.¬† Yeah, that still sounds so wrong I know.¬† Everyone else was dreading the run.¬† It’s pretty rare that I dread that!¬† But I still didn’t feel like I’d figured¬†the snatch¬†out.¬† After the 50+ reps we did today, I feel a bit better about it I think.¬† ūüôā

yawwwnnn….

Haha!¬† Random… last time I worked at Sport Chek I had a customer approach me with one of the long, down-filled women’s coats.¬† “I only see these in black or white.¬† Do they come in purple or green or something?” he asked.¬† Thankfully the answer is “no”, cause what visual popped into my mind?¬† glowworm

 

Belated Monday

Sometimes, the dialogue that runs along through my head while I’m killing¬†the WOD¬†(or getting killed by¬†the WOD)¬†can actually be¬†quite humorous after the fact.¬† Sometimes there’s a lot of “you GOT this!!”¬†moments, but other times I’m filled with “suck it UP princess!!”.¬† Today was a bit of both :p¬† AND… today I got a new nickname.¬† A few weeks ago, I became known by my last name to Coach Dave, but today I was “Mighty Mouse”¬† ūüôā¬† During the warm-up, we kept loading weight on the bar until we found a decent 1-rep-max thruster.¬† To complete 3 rounds of :-s¬† Round 2 I failed, so Coach said strip off some weight and go again.¬† Eff that business.¬† I rested a minute and killed the third round with the same weight ūüôā¬† It felt great.¬† Then the real work started.¬† The plan was to scale down to 20 pull-ups instead of 30, but it didn’t feel very “mighty” so 30 I did.¬† With the green band for the first 18 and green and blue for the last 12, but still 30 ūüôā¬† Today, my dialogue changed a little.¬† “Suck it UP Mighty Mouse!!!”

Monday November 25

For Time:
30- Pullups
50- Thrusters, #45/#35
1K Row

Finished in 9:35¬† ūüôā¬† almost Rx’d this one… except for the banded pull-ups.¬† One day, my friends…¬† The thrusters felt great with the bar stripped down, or at least until about rep 25.¬† Then I had a moment of “half way!!¬† yee!!¬† oh WAIT!¬† Still half to go!” ¬†Haha

p.s…. 1 month ’till Christmas.¬† ūüėĬ† I’m of the few retail nuts who still enjoys the Holidays!

happy Friday

Monday night started my week off behind the 8 ball.¬† 9:30pm hockey games are just not my thing :p¬† Got home around 11:00 and was all wound up till at least midnight.¬† Listen, most nights this kid is in bed¬†around 9:30.¬† Still managed to spring out of bed for my 7:30am WOD¬†on Tuesday, but things snowballed¬†from there.¬† Plus, I got this nice memento from Monday’s game.

slashedGood times.¬† This week at the box has been challenging, rewarding, fun & exhausting.¬† Feels like we’ve done a crap-load of cleans.¬† Clean progressions, 2 rep max clean & jerk,¬†death by hang cleans and today’s metcon¬†included power cleans again.¬† Love em, but my body is tired and sore!¬† haha!

Like, my quads were waving the white flag this morning.¬† I think the 225# sled drags for a designated amount of time, which Coach Dave kept to himself no matter how many times he was asked yesterday did them in.¬† I usually see air squats as the rest portion in a metcon…¬† Not today!¬† The first round I was walking on jello legs after the squat portion!

AMRAP 10 Minutes:
5- Power Cleans #65
10- Pushups
15- Air Squats

Scaled this bad boy in rep count to 3-6-9, but didn’t stop moving!¬† Completed 12 rounds + 5 reps.¬† Even managed all but the last round as strict awesome push-ups.¬† After the workout Sharon asked who was still working to improve their strict pull-ups.¬† Oh! Oh!¬† ME!!¬† So the game plan was a Tabata¬†of handstand holds.¬† HA!¬† I suck at those too.¬† Made it through 4 rounds and nearly ate it when my left elbow simply did not want to stay locked out any longer and just sorta gave out.¬† ūüėģ near fail, but all good.¬† Another something to work on ūüėȬ† imagesCA4B2SYG

Left the box feeling accomplished, tired… and HUNGRY!!¬† Ever have bottomless pit days?¬† Yesterday and today I’ve found myself eating constantly.¬† It’s brutal!¬† But it’s Friday ūüôā and despite the fact that I work in retail and Friday’s really don’t mean anything to me anymore other than a night with no FT job, PT job, hockey or any other obligation…¬† I’m still in a kick-a** awesome mood ūüôā¬† Maybe because I have a nice hot coffee in front of me.¬† Anyways, happy Friday everyone ūüôā

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blog drought

That’s right, I’ve been at a loss for creativity in¬†the form¬†of random ramblings to share.¬† Not that I haven’t been busy.¬† Lots of crossfit¬†awesome, as always.¬† Went to Buffalo¬†for a little cross-boarder shopping on the weekend with a friend.¬† Also went to an alumni hockey game with my ex-NHL playing uncle on Sunday.¬† Plus, my store is finally starting to see some of the early Christmas shopper action.¬† Good times ūüôā

I think I have a new favorite.¬† The bear complex.¬† LOVE.¬† It just flows nicely ūüôā¬† Of course, with a really heavy load I may not have the same opinion…¬† Last week it was thrown in a partner WOD with 5km rowing and rope climbs (boo) and ever since I’ve practiced it a few times in between working on stuff I’m less than in love with just to keep it real.

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Today, one of my previous fav. moves kicked me in the butt.¬† Death by hang cleans.¬† Say what?!¬† But… WHY?¬† ūüė¶¬† I like hang cleans.¬† Or at least, I did…¬†until round 11 when I couldn’t get the bar up on several attempts.¬† Sigh.¬† :-p¬† Yesterday I realized I’ve been slacking on my double unders¬†practice too.¬† A 6 minute AMRAP¬†of 20 wall balls, 40 double unders sucked even more when doing as 120 singles.¬† My calves are still angry.

It’s pretty much official now.¬† I’m DONE with shoes.¬† Been wearing my Birks pretty much everywhere for the last week or more, except¬†crossfit and ball hockey.¬† Just can’t see¬†chasing the little orange ball¬†or box-jumping in slip on shoes as a practical option.¬† Actually, truth be told, I’ve often resorted to socks alone.¬† Right now I have one shoe on… that’s progress.

Glorious food…¬† Squash season is pretty much done and I’m not sure what I’m going to use to fill the void once it’s all gone.¬† Time for a little creativity I guess ūüôā¬† But not just yet…

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3, 2, 1 GO!!

There’s a post I drafted yesterday that I’m still not sure will be published. ¬†Ever have one of those days where you just don’t seem to be finding your groove? ¬†A day where it seems as though your mind and body just aren’t in sync? ¬†That was my yesterday. ¬†Plus, it was Wednesday which has become a fairly routine crossfit rest day. ¬†Don’t get me wrong, my body was thankful after assault I threw at it Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, but my mind was less enthusiastic about the day off.

Today is a new day ūüôā ¬†I was all smiles again knowing I had the 7:30 WOD to look forward to. ¬†Read the details online last night and thought – that sounds simple enough… so it’s going to be brutal. ¬†I was somewhat mentally prepared to embrace the suck, but WOW! Did it ever! ¬†:p ¬†You know that “place” you get to when you push so hard that you just want to curl up in a ball and hide? ¬†Yup, got there. ¬†More than once actually… ¬†‘eff that noise. ¬†Squashed it.

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Burpees are my nemesis. ¬†90 of them today, plus 12 in the post-warm-up, pre-WOD ¬†:p ¬†I get that no one likes them, but I’m not sure the feeling of the whole box spinning out of control with every rep is a common feeling… ¬†I paused a few times to get myself together, but made it through. ¬†Note to self… this doesn’t necessarily mean you will end up on your BUTT. ¬†Good to know, even though it has put me there in the past. ¬†The deadlifts weren’t¬†that¬†bad in comparison, but it’s all relative right? ¬†I’m stubborn as hell sometimes and super-competitive with myself, but today I’m not sure that alone would have done it. ¬†Having a kick-a** coach there throwing in the “3,2,1 GO MCDOWELL!!!!” from time to time throughout the workout helped keep my focus in check. ¬†Thanks Coach Dave. ¬†ūüôā

After the box, I headed to the farmer’s market to restock my squash obsession. ¬†Sad day ūüė¶ I learned that the cold spell we had last week ruined the rest of the spaghetti squash supply. ¬†Boo ūüė¶ ¬†I may have come home with a stash of butternut and acorn to drown my sorrow. ¬†Don’t judge me. ¬†I have a kick-a** pulled pork in the fridge that needed a butternut companion.

You know what else the cold is teaching me? ¬†It’s time to look at some PANTS for the trip to and from the box. ¬†Especially when I plan to throw a trip out to st. jacob’s post-workout. ¬†The capris just aren’t cutting it anymore, my calves froze. ¬†haha ¬†Gives me a purpose for my shift at Sport Chek tonight though. ¬†Look for pants. ¬†Likely in the kids section. ¬†Not cause I’m that small but just cause I’m short and women’s track pants seem to be only wearable if you are an amazon or willing to hike them up to your armpits. ¬†Neither of which I am, so kids section it is. ¬†Nike, Adidas, Reebok, get with the program! ¬†Jeans come in different lengths, why don’t your pants? ¬†Hmm? ¬†I shouldn’t even get into the topic of jeans. ¬†They need to start coming different fit options too. ¬†Slim, apple, pear, CROSSFIT. ¬†Right?

Whine and… dine?

Nov. 11

I’m not being a baby, just decided today might be a good one to take the safer route.¬† Slept crappy last night for whatever reason and woke up feeling somewhat weak and tired.¬† Yesterday’s run in the freezing rain kicked my butt a bit more than I had realized at the time.¬† Was falling asleep last night before 8:00!¬† Don’t get me wrong, I do have a stupid early bedtime for someone 50 years younger than 80, but pre-8:00 is beyond ridiculous.¬† Plus this week, an old problem has resurfaced.¬† I drop things.¬† Like, breakable things.¬† Generally dishes it seems…¬† When I was still living in Etobicoke it was a pretty regular thing, but hadn’t been in quite some time,¬†until this past week.¬† Once there were 4, now there are two.¬† I’m talking about glasses :p¬† Actually I think originally there were 6, but whatever.¬† Guess my ability to entertain people at my place will be pretty limited until I buy some more glasses!¬† haha

So, when I woke up this morning lacking my usual spunk, I opted to register for the 5:15 class today instead of my usual 7:30 spot.¬† Here’s the details:

Teams of 2:
Start with a 2000m Row
4 rounds of:
9- Rope Climbs
11- Bear Complexes #135/#95   #55
Finish with a 3000m Row
One athlete works at a time.
Partition as needed.

Now you understand my reasoning? ¬†Since I couldn’t seem to keep my grip on a glass, the rope climb and bar over-head seemed a little daunting. ¬†By 5:15 I was ready to kick it ūüôā ¬†Was in a team of 3, so rope climbs were 12 and bear complexes were 15 per round. ¬†In my opinion, we went too cautious on these but I was with a new girl so it was great to see her do so well ūüôā ¬†The final 3000m row was the hardest part!

After leaving the box at 7:00 I headed home to grab a quick bite for heading to ball hockey for 8:30. ¬†A quick bite aka a breakfast sausage and a wedge of sweet potato. ¬†Ok, not a brilliant nutritional choice, but I didn’t have a ton of time. ¬†Changed from crossfit tall socks to hockey socks, shin pad sleeves and birks and booked it out the door. ¬†Check out this look! ¬†Hot, I know. ¬†Best part… I went into Costco like this on the way to hockey. ¬†It’s snowing here.

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The 5:15 WOD before hockey was a bit of an experiment. ¬†I usually do my 7:30am thing, then work, then hockey, but the 5:15 thing seemed to work just great! ¬†I had a kick-ass game, and we had no subs! ¬†Ran like a nutter for an hour, then slept like a baby ūüôā ¬†Yes!

#bebetter

Coach Dave posed the question today – How did you make someone else better today??¬† The day is still young, and I now have a goal ūüėČ

So, maybe I built my own bed this time?¬† I made a decision¬†earlier in the week that I want to add some running back into my world.¬† Went out for a 5km run on Wednesday (day off from the box… shh…), then Friday’s WOD¬†included 5 x 400m runs, then TODAY… get to the box to find the parking lot fuller than I’ve ever seen!¬† Our warm-up included 7 rounds of 7 burpees, on the minute.¬† Not that there was much time to look around while throwing myself to the ground, then jumping back up only to do it again.¬† And again… BUT I did take in the¬†view at one moment and it was pretty friggin¬†awesome to see that many people all burpee’ing at the same time.¬† We’re all in it together.¬† Or all at least a little crazy, but whatever.¬† At least we’re not alone in that.¬† HAHA!!

After the warm-up, we gathered around the white board to read today’s script.¬† 5km run.¬† HAHA!¬† Like, outside.¬† In the crazy strong wind.¬† I looked down at my shorts, t-shirt and Nanos¬†and realized this was going to be interesting to say the least.¬† Thankfully my Nike running shoes were in my trunk… and a hoody.¬† No hat of any kind.¬† I live in Canada, and it’s November.¬† We got to the second corner and the freezing rain started.¬† Got to the third corner and turned into a long stretch of heavy head wind and driving icy rain.¬† Saving grace… reaching the half way point and turning around meant running back with the wind pushing us home ūüôā¬† Home to the box, only to discover there was still 50 toes-to-bar and 50 box jumps to do.¬† I finished the run in 27:something, completed 15 knees-to-elbows and 50 box jumps (crash free!!) and had to get ready to go to work.

Why does it seem as though the ones you look at from the start thinking “Sh*t!¬† This is going to SUCK.” are the ones which you walk away from after all is said and done feeling fantastic?¬† Great way to start a Sunday ūüôā

OH!!¬† I almost forgot ūüôā¬† I was looking to add a little something new to my usual breakfast of turkey meatloaf, scrambled egg whites and sweet potato.¬† A fellow foodie¬†that I work with suggested making breakfast sausage¬†patties, but switching up the usual 1lb¬†of turkey for half turkey/half pork.¬† I made a batch this morning and they are soooo¬†good!¬† Super simple too.¬† Only downside is I went with 1lb¬†each of turkey/pork and I now have 20 sausage patties to deal with…¬† haha!¬† Hungry?

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Paleo Breakfast Sausage

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 1lb lean ground pork

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 1lb extra lean ground turkey

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 2tsp fennel seeds

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 2tsp paprika

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬Ĺtsp garlic powder

–¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, form mixture into balls about the size of a golf ball and flatten.  Place in frying pan over medium heat and cook about 3-4 minutes per side, or until cooked through.  Enjoy!   (I know I did!)

 

reconnected (I hope!)

What better way to start the Friday off than:

5 Rounds For Time:
400m Run
30- Wall Balls 20lbs/14lbs  Р10lbs

No, for real.¬† A comment that’s not even dripping with sarcasm this time.¬† I enjoyed this one ūüôā¬† Didn’t even cry during the wall balls.¬†¬†I wrote my time on the board at the box, but¬†don’t remember what it was.¬† I wasn’t last though ūüôā¬† I think 3rd of 6 actually.¬† Oh!¬† New policy at the box – if you are LATE, you can either wait until the next time slot, or perform 150 wall balls.¬† ūüėģ¬† Eek!!¬† Thankfully I’m generally there early, but that would suck!¬† Got me thinking… wonder if I could use that technique to get my employees to show up on time?¬† Hmmm…¬†(haha!¬† might be considered hommicide by some)

Ok.¬† I think¬†I finally have things fixed at home.¬† I’ve been without internet since Saturday¬†and the string of blog ideas crammed into my head has been ridiculous.¬† I’ve managed to scoop some free WIFI¬†action a few times to get some posts out, but I’m still days behind¬†ūüėȬ† AND…¬†days off with no internet suck.¬† Tuesday I was awake at my usual 5:30 am¬†but after a bunch of cooking-catch-up and my 7:30 WOD, I was searching for things to do with myself.¬† Sigh… I need to find another hobby.

Come Wednesday I was restless.¬† Tossed on my running shoes for the first time in… well, forever, and headed out for good run.¬† Considered heading to GoodLife cause it was kind of chilly out (yes, I’m a wimp when it comes to the cold) and the membership that is fully paid for the¬†year has been collecting dust.¬† However… figured my post-color me rad chalk-covered shoes might just get me kicked out anyway.¬†¬†Did a pretty good job brushing the chalk off though…

DSC01948Then post run, just cause I read the WOD online (obviously) even though it was supposed to be my rest day…¬† I decided to get in one round of the 21 box jumps that were on the menu.¬† Well, improv box jumps.¬† And not until after crashing once and smashing my shin into the concrete wall.¬† Yup, not sure which is more fun, hitting a box or a wall.¬† Apparently, that’s just how I roll.¬† I am getting pretty good at crashing with little to¬†no blood loss though ūüėÄ

DSC01950¬† Another¬†little victory¬†I guess…¬† Thursday I went to the farmer’s market and managed to show enough self-control to prevent myself from caving to the squash temptation.¬† It wasn’t easy…¬†they were 6 for $5!¬† Come on!¬† But I reasonded with my squash-hoarding side… I still have 4 at home I need to cook first ūüėģ

jack of all trades, master of none

So, the whole idea behind this post is to touch on a topic that came up last week during one of Coach Dave’s morning sermons.¬† The discussion¬†related back to the¬†ten elements of fitness and the goal to become good at all, rather than an expert at one.

CrossFit workouts train your body in all 10 of these components of complete fitness:

Cardiovascular/Respiratory Endurance- The ability of the body systems to gather, process, and transport oxygen. Stamina- The ability of the body to process, store, deliver, and utilize energy. Strength- The ability of a muscular unit, or combo of muscular units to apply force. Flexibility- The ability of maximizing range of motion at a given joint. Power- The ability of a muscular unit, or combo of muscular units to apply maximum force in minimum time. Speed- The ability to minimize the time cycle of a repeated movement. Agility- The ability to minimize transition time between one movement pattern to another. CoordinationРThe ability to combine several distinct movement patterns into a singular distinct movement. BalanceРThe ability to control the placement of the bodies’ center of gravity in relation to its’ support base. AccuracyРThe ability to control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity.

Courtesy of CrossFit Inc.

That being the case, growing up I clearly was looking at things from a totally different point of view.  Whenever I came across something that interested me, I liked to dive right in and focus on becoming a specialist.

First came swimming… from a young age I focussed on gaining all the training and badges required to get my instructor’s certification.¬† So much so, that by the time I was ready for this level, I was still 3 years too young and could only work as an assistant instructor.¬† Waiting 3 years is an eternity when you are a child.¬† So, after a little while, I looked for something else.¬† titan  005I had already started investing my time in to horses, so when I got bored with¬†the swimming, it was an easy transition.¬† Of note…¬† I grew up with a single mom.¬† I was never destined to be one of the “rich kids” riding around on the best pony money can buy.¬† However,¬†with some hard work and dedication¬†I was able to gain the experience I needed to still have quite a successful go at the world of show jumping.¬† Unfortunately,¬†throwing your leg over the back of a horse doesn’t come without its share¬†of injuries.¬† Especially when you become the kid who gets to ride all of the crazy ones.¬†¬†I was fearless, but with age this just sort of wears off.¬† When a fall in 2001¬†landed me with a broken¬†vertebrae¬†and separated shoulder.¬†¬†I continued teaching, cause that was something I could do while I recovered, but the sands shifted for me and my confidence was never the same.

snowboardThen came snowboarding.¬† Same deal.¬†¬†At this point, I had moved in with my dad and his new family and was lucky enough to enjoy a few winters with a membership at a private ski club.¬† Spent every weekend at the hill.¬† Self-taught involves it’s share of mistakes, but it was the only option.¬† Soon, I was certified as an entry-level¬†instructor.¬† Then¬†came even more time at the hill, teaching old ladies¬†who were used to a casual coast down the hill¬†as two-plankers¬†to¬†let loose a little strapped to a snowboard.

After growing up and moving away from home, I soon discovered that many of the hobbies I had known and loved as a kid were EXPENSIVE.  But the adrenaline junkie in me needed a fix.

mtnbike  006So… mountain bike racing fulfilled that craving.¬† 24 hour and 8 hour team relays to be exact.¬† Flying down a steep slope through tight single track was quite the rush, but again did not come without its share of injuries.¬† Not the major kind like the horse fall, but I still have a pedal-bite scar on the back of my calf that will likely be there for life.

K8M_0352And of course ball hockey.  But while I have gone through seasons of intense hockey-packed schedules, this one I will never consider myself a specialist in.  I have been lucky enough over the years to play along side some AMAZING players though.

So now, after dabbling¬†in pretty much everything that caught my attention in my first 30 years, I’ve found something I dig that I can concentrate on without becoming a specialist at any one thing in particular.¬† :p

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