Hooo-boy, 14.2 was a bitch. First of all, I’m okay with overhead squats, but 1 OHS at 95# was a PR for me; it took 2 of the first 3 minutes to get those 10 overhead squats. That left a minute to get 10 chest-to-bar pull-ups. Now, I have not yet accomplished C2B pull-ups, and I didn’t expect to suddenly master them during 14.2. But I was hoping to get at least one.
I did not.
So my score for 14.2 is 10. I’m happy with the PR on the overhead squats but now have something to work on in the form of C2B pull-ups.
Calming myself down during double-unders
Power snatch @ 75#
Power snatch @ 75#
Power snatch @ 75#
Power snatch @ 75#
CrossFit Open 14.1 is in the books. I got a score of 88, which equals one full round of 30 double-unders and 15 power snatches, plus 30 double-unders and 13 power snatches. This places me firmly at 450th place in the Southeast region and 4,467th worldwide. I had accomplished maybe 3-4 DUs total before performing this WOD, and spent most of my time working to get to 30 each round, 1 and 2 at a time. I managed to string together 3 in a row once, and nearly hyperventilated. The last 5 ground-to-overheads were performed as push presses rather than power snatches, and on my last two, I was no-repped on one for not being fully overhead, and time ran out as I was mid-press on the last. So if not for a no-rep and time running out, I would have completed two full rounds for a score of 90.
Overall I’m happy with an 88. I accomplished a couple of things with this first WOD: first, I’m much more proficient with double-unders now than when I started the WOD (but still have a long way to go); second, I got more total reps than I did with 13.1; and lastly, I beat self-doubt by getting out there and doing better than I thought I could.
Two feral cats outside our window, singing to us the song of their people. It started as a call-and-response, but ended with them both harmonizing on a high note.
Kitten Watch 2014 has begun.
On September 21, I will be participating in Deadlifts for Dollars, a benefit to help fund Paint Georgia Pink. Continue reading
The 2013 CrossFit Open competition is now pretty much over. It is for me, anyway. When I first signed up and paid my entrance fee, I really had no idea what I was getting into. I knew the workouts would be hard. But I guess I expected to be able to scale the workouts or something.
The results: I’m pretty much dead last in the Southeast Region. The only folks below me are those who didn’t submit scores for all five workouts. To say that this is discouraging is an understatement.
However, I’m not letting this discourage me. In fact, these games have taught me a lot about myself.
Before the Open, I scaled every WOD. Now I know I can go Rx’d if I want to.
Before the Open, my 1-rep max jerk was 135lbs. In the second WOD of the Open, I did 15 split jerks at 115lbs. In the fourth WOD, I did 8 split jerks at 135lbs. I’ve grown stronger in the last six months that I realized.
Before the final WOD, I had never done a pull-up without the assistance of a resistance band. For 13.5 (the final workout), I was unable to get a full chest-to-bar pull-up as required by the workout standards. But before time ran out, I was able to get four unassisted chin-over-bar pull-ups. Achievement unlocked!
CrossFit is as much about mental strength as physical strength. The progress I achieved during this year’s Open is something I can be proud of, and continue to build on.
Bring on 2014!
The owner of No Excuses, Kyle Maynard, and his friend/co-owner Ben Davis, approached Green Dog Interactive about redesigning their web site. They had already been using WordPress for a while and were familiar with it, but they were using a stock theme and wanted something that represented No Excuses, and CrossFit in general, better than the various stock themes they had used before.
In addition to redesigning their site, we restructured their content and helped them improve their social media strategy. In the process, they introduced me to CrossFit, and I’m proud to call No Excuses my home box.
site now defunct
Jedal Italian Fashion was my first fully custom Shopify theme. While the business (and the site) are now defunct, this project introduced me to Shopify’s templating engine and proprietary coding language, Liquid.
The design was loosely based on the site’s previous design, but with cleaner lines and larger, bolder images in tune with the company’s bold, Italian-designed shoes and accessories.
CrossFit Old Bay, based in Annapolis, MD, contacted me about creating a site for their newly-opened CrossFit box. Based on multiple conversations with the customer, we determined that WordPress would be a good fit for multiple reasons, but primarily due to its ease of use for the owner and her staff.
The theme is based on a responsive skeleton theme by Todd Motto.
The CANA LLC site was a collaborative effort between my former partnership, Green Dog Interactive, and sōsh, a Milwaukee-based content and social media company. sōsh’s designers created the site design, and I coded the site in HTML5.
When I took over the Webmaster position at All Saints’, one of the first things on the agenda was a complete site overhaul. The existing site was built in static HTML, was difficult to update, was not searchable, and allowed for very little interactivity with its users.
The general consensus was that the site design was familiar to parishioners and rather than create a completely new design, I simply took what was there and cleaned it up, increased the page width from 600px to 960px, and added new features such as the home slider, dropdown menus, custom sidebars for each section, and other features found on “modern” sites. I recommended WordPress as the basis of the site due to its flexibility and ease of making content updates.