CrossFit Open 17.2

CROSSFIT OPEN – 17.2: DONE – AGAIN, AND THEN AGAIN Week 2 of the CrossFit Open is in the books! If you haven’t been following, this last challenge was a 12-minute AMRAP of: 50-foot weighted walking lunges 16 toes-to-bars 8 dumbbell power cleans 50-foot weighted walking lunges 16 toes-to-bars 8 dumbbell power cleans 50-foot weighted walking lunges 16 bar muscle-ups 8 dumbbell power cleans 50-foot weighted walking lunges 16 bar muscle-ups 8 dumbbell power cleans Repeat… (because it wasn’t painful enough!) This was the second time bar muscle-ups have been programed in the Open, but this year it was far more spicy than last. Before I even got a chance to try the bar muscle-ups…

Leaning Into Discomfort

One down and four to go!  For the first time ever the dumbbell made an appearance in the CrossFit Open. The community was made aware of this a couple weeks ago and we were all left guessing at what HQ had planned for us.  What would it be -overhead lunges, thrusters, dumbbell cleans? Not only is this the first appearance of dumbbells, it’s also the first time in Open history that the first workout is one FOR TIME and not an AMRAP (As Many Reps As Possible). The CrossFit Open 17.1 workout was a couplet of an ascending ladder of dumbbell snatches with 15 burpee box jump and overs with a 20-minute time cap. The…

Strength: Not Enough To Be Strong

Road to the CrossFit Games Pt. 4 Lately I feel like my life is a never-ending version of the movie Groundhog Day. Wake-up, eat, work, eat, train, eat, work, train, eat, recover, eat, sleep, and then repeat. Where some people become overwhelmed by repetition, it’s in my daily routine. My desire continues to fuel and motivate me toward my goals of being better, stronger, faster and punching my ticket to the CrossFit Games. My inner daily dialog this past week has been, “ I’m strong, I’m strong, I’m strong,” but on Tuesday a voice inside my head responded to me.  “Yeah, you’re strong, but do you have the strength?” Ummm, “I am strong, but do…

Road to the CrossFit Games Pt. 3

Sometimes you win. Sometimes you learn. Most of us spend a tremendous amount of effort trying to avoid the remote possibility of failure. Indeed failing is hard; it can hurt us, it can humiliate us and some of us become discouraged by it, letting failure limit the possibility of growth. I often feel that I’ve built a life in mastering failure: in my career I’ve missed promotions, as a parent I’ve missed graduations, birthdays and school plays (for said career), as I wife I routinely forget Andy’s birthday (not sure this is a failure, or just age avoidance), at the gym I’ve missed plenty of lifts and I’ve come dead last in WODs. Though I’ve…

Road To The CrossFit Games Pt. 2

What Doesn’t Kill You … By Kathleen Mitchell, Team Strong Athlete I truly appreciate those things that don’t come easy. If it isn’t going to change me or challenge me, I probably don’t want it. You know the phrase “whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger?” It’s about competition. I workout because it keeps me fit, healthy and connects me to a wonderful community. I compete because win or lose, competition changes me, it challenges me and it makes me stronger. Through competition I’ve learned to understand the pain of disappointment and failure and how to face challenges. I’ve learned discipline, commitment, consistency and focus. I’ve become more resilient, and determined. I will not give-up…

Road to the CrossFit Games Pt. 1

“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” Michael Jordan Solid, jacked, beast, swole, ripped, “Chick Norris” are some of the adjectives people at the gym use to describe me – but I don’t think of myself in that way. My name is Kathleen Mitchell. I’m a 40+ year-old wife and mother and I love to CrossFit. My goal is to reach the 1% club and compete at the 2017 CrossFit Games as a Masters Athlete. It all starts with competing in the CrossFit Open, which kicks off February 23. I have always expected a lot from myself and sports and fitness have always been a part of my life.  I…