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My Achy Breaky Body

Hello there!

I’m back from March Break and right back into my hectic life.

Our week of skiing at Okemo was AMAZING!  We had the best conditions in years.  There was so much snow.  Wednesday there was a giant storm and there was at least 12 inches of new snow.  It was crazy.  It was snowing so hard, when the kids came in for lunch and took off their skis and left them beside the condo, when they went back out about an hour later, there was about 4-6 inches of snow burying their skis and boards.  It was insane!

I was so busy skiing and boarding that I didn’t even think about writing a blog post. And my dumb iPhone kept shutting down from getting cold so I couldn’t take any pics of us on the hill.  (I really need to go to the Apple Store and see what’s going on with my phone as I need to charge it at least twice a day or it dies…ugh).

One pic I did get was after I came off the hill on Wednesday at lunch time. I was boarding Wednesday morning and took a spectacular wipe out.  I have no idea how I did it, but I smashed my right knee something fierce. It brought tears to my eye, I hit it so hard.  Thank God I was wearing volleyball knee pads or I think I would still be on the hill or would have been hauled down in a toboggan by ski patrol.  Here is the aftermath of my wipe out:
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It’s not the greatest pic…but you get the idea…it was a mess.  It still hurts today, not where the bruise is at all, but all to the left of the knee cap, down towards the bruise.  Hopefully it stops hurting soon…it’s impacting my CrossFit WODs..more on that later!

After 6 great days of skiing, we got home Saturday night…and then I was off to CrossFit Sunday morning to do 14.3 as it would be the only chance I had to do it before the deadline.  When the WOD was announced, I was happy to see it because I could do deadlifts and box jumps no problem.  What I didn’t take into account was how tired my legs would be from 6 days of skiing.  I was not happy with my score, but there was nothing I could do about it.  I’m pretty sure if my legs weren’t dead I would have done better…but it is what it is and I got 67 lousy reps Sad smile  I also got a very sore back, since my legs were so tired I had pretty shitty form.  Ugh…

Monday night I was back to my regular schedule and my usual 8:30 class.  I was feeling my back, so was happy we started class with lots of stretching.  We did some shoulder press strength work and I felt pretty good.  Coach gave us a tip to make everything tight – start at your toes and squeeze everything from there up.  It worked very well and I felt good working through the 5-5-3-3-1-1 adding weight every time.  I got up to 70# and think I could have done more, but ran out of time as we needed 20 mins for the MetCon WOD…Cindy!

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We had done Cindy in the summer so I had a benchmark to go against.  Back in June I used a thick green band, did push-ups from my knees and did 10+25.  Last night I used a thinner purple band for the pull-ups and used a thin black band off a rack for the push-ups.  I would have done them off my knees again…but I couldn’t put any weight on my knee without it hurting.  Both I think we tougher options than back in June and I got 2 more rounds!  Last night my score was 12+25.  I did that last round of squats as fast as I could, but still didn’t manage to finish them. Bummer!

All of this exercise – the skiing, 14.3 and Cindy – has left my body full of aches.  So it was great timing that I had a massage tonight!  It was awesome…I only wish it was for more than an hour.  It was a good hour and I do feel better.  Only 3 weeks until my next one!
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Now, I’m watching “House of Cards” and thinking I really should go to bed. I’m back at the Box tomorrow and need all the energy I can muster…it’s gonna be another tough one!
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Are you sore from 14.3?

Any predictions for 14.4?  I have a feeling we will see wall balls and burpees.

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The Friday Five

Hello all.  Happy Friday, happy weekend, and happy vacation for me!

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Let’s get right to it!

1.  I am officially on vacation!  Wohoo!!!!!  We are off to Vermont for our annual March Break ski trip to Okemo.  This will be our 6th or 7th year going.  We’ve got a great group going that may even be getting bigger as I type as friends of ours are seeing if they can book something last minute and come too.  It is going to so much fun.  This is one of our best weeks of the year.  The hill is awesome, we have a fantastic room, the hot tub is just outside our building, and the snow is going to be the best we’ve had for a few years. We are packing the truck and loading everything up so we can head out bright and early tomorrow morning.  We start skiing Sunday afternoon and I CAN’T WAIT!!!  It’s #OkemoTime! 
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2.  Today was the last day of the Whole Life ChallengeThe GroundWorx group will be doing the final WOD tomorrow morning.  Since I will be heading to Vermont, I did the workout this morning.  It was the same workout we did 8 weeks ago:
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In the preliminary WOD, my score was 238.  My final score was 247…so a slight improvement.  My calories weren’t as good time on the bike (my legs were still feeling the squat WOD I had on Wednesday night).  Last time I got 44 cals, this time 42..so just a few shy. This time I was able to do more reps of the rest of it though.  Prelim WOD I made it to 69 push-ups.  Today I got to 80..so some improvement there.  By the end of the 11 minutes, my shoulders were toast…they were burning like mad.  Overall I’m pretty happy with the WOD.  I improved, not by a huge amount, but a little bit better, which is going in the right direction.  We also had to take our measurements – waist and hips. I lost 3 inches off my waist, and 2 off my hips…and I think that’s fantastic! 

Overall, I’m happy with how my Challenge went.  I was very good with my eating, found lots of great new recipes, resisted temptation MANY times, and saw improvements in my workout, measurements and even dropped 8 lbs on the scale. 

Now, the trick will be to keep going with these new, healthy habits now that we aren’t checking in online daily.  I know with our March Break trip, my eating will not be perfect and I will be enjoying a few cold Coronas when I come off the hill each day, but I will do my best and not stress over it.  I will get back to clean/paleo/challenge eating when we get back home. 

3.  I did 14.2 tonight.  This WOD was not meant for me:
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I have never done 10 reps at 65lbs in total, let alone in a row, and I can’t do C2B pull-ups.  We spent a good part of class stretching and warming up for the WOD.  In warm-up I did try 65lbs and was able to do it with good form.  I only did 2 in warm-up since I didn’t want to use my good reps when they didn’t count.  We also warmed up our pull-ups.  I attempted some C2B in the warm-up, but barely got my chin over the bar.  I wasn’t too worried about it.  My goal for the WOD was to get through the first 10 OHS.

When it came time for the WOD, I did 8 great OHS in a row.  Number 9 was dicey, and I didn’t get low enough so it was a no-rep.  I dropped the bar and regrouped.  I didn’t want to try snatching that much weight up, so I cleaned and pressed overhead, then lowered to behind my head, adjusted my grip to the wider snatch grip and them pressed up into the overhead position.  I kept thinking “keep it all tight” and managed 2 good, clean OHS to get to my 10!  I had about 1:45 left to try to get a C2B.  I got close, but it didn’t happen Sad smile.  After the time was up, I kept trying and on my third or 4th extra try I GOT IT!  I felt the bar touch my chest!  It was awesome!  Smile I tried to do another one, but never quite got it again.  That’s okay.  At least now I can say I’ve done 1 Chest to Bar pull-up.  It’s too bad I didn’t get it during the 3 minutes of the WOD as I’m thinking that 1 C2B rep will be a big rep in the scores.  Oh well.  I’m happy with my 10.

4.  I’m on vacation!

5. I’M ON VACATION!!!  For the next week, you can find me on one of these trails…if in doubt, check WarDance.  It’s my favourite trail on the mountain.  It’s often closed for racing, so whenever it’s open I’m on it!
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Now I need to go finish packing.  We head out tomorrow morning at 8am. 

I will try to post a bit while I’m away, but no guarantees. If you want to see what I’m doing, be sure to follow me on Instagram @collerhead as I’m sure I will be posting pictures…it’s just so easy!

Did you do 14.2?  How did it go?

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Totally Random Tuesday – March Break Vermont Edition

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

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I’m in Vermont on a ski vacation this week…hence the lack of posts.  I’ve been too busy shredding, eating and drinking to post!  Today it is raining – pouring, actually – so we took the afternoon off and I have time to write a post.  Here of some random things that have happened so far this week.

1.  We are having a fantastic trip so far.
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The sun was shining Sunday afternoon when we arrived at the hill and we had a great first day of skiing, and some great Apres Ski beverages as well!  The run you see in the middle of the bottom row in the pic above is my absolute FAVOURITE run at Okemo.  It is called WarDance and a lot of the time it is not open for general public skiing as it is closed for racing.  Yesterday it was actually open, and I made the most of it, skiing it at least 5 times.  I love, love, love this run. I get in my grove and just fly down the hill.  I skied it as much as I could on Monday, since you never know if it will be open again.

2.  Beer is VERY cheep down here!  As you know, I am a big fan of Corona.  At home, its about $48 for a 24 pack.  Down here, it is about $13 for a 12 pack.  SWEET!  I have been enjoying them …and this is what I’ve got left:
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Actually, now there is only one, since I’m enjoying one as I type up this post.  Good thing hubs has gone into town for a grocery top up and is picking me up another 12 pack!

3.  I remember how to snowboard!  Since the weather today was crap – seriously, it is POURING – I decided to take my snowboard out for the morning.  The snow would be soft and make my wipeout landings softer.  I am still a very novice snowboarder, so I’m slow and still have some pretty spectacular wipeouts.  I started out with a few runs on the small hill to make sure I remembered how to do it, then I got brave and headed up the big hill.  I was slow, but I managed to cover a lot of the mountain, and even got to board on WarDance!  It was supposed to be on hold for racing, but when I got over there, it was open, so off I went!  it was awesome! Check out the trail map to see where I’m skiing & riding this week.

4.  I am not doing so great with my clean eating this week.  But you know what….I don’t really care!  I am getting lots of fresh air and exercise – especially when I board…it is hard work for me – so I’m not too worried about things. Plus, I’m on vacation!  One week off won’t kill me.  We have actually been eating quite well so far.  We’ve had a lovely chicken and veggie fettuccini alfredo and a taco salad.  Tonight we are having pulled pork…mmm mmm…can’t wait!   It is simmering in the crock pot as I type!
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5.  I’m missing my CrossFit.  I’ve been following along on the CrossFit Newmarket Central website to see what the WOD’s are that I’m missing.  tomorrow I need to check in to see what the Open 13.2 WOD will be.  I’m enjoying my week of skiing and boarding, but looking forward to getting back to the CrossFit routine next week.

6.  Vermont has the BEST cheese!  This Cabot cheese is the bomb!  Sharp Cheddar deliciousness!  We have eaten a giant brick already…and cheese was on the grocery list that hubs has as well.  I need to remember to grab a couple of bricks to take home with me.
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Now, I think it’s time that I get back to my Corona!

Hope your Tuesday has been totally random!
Are you doing anything fun for March Break?

Cheers!

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Another Beautiful Day

We are on day 5 of our ski vacation and it was another fantastic day on the slopes.  The warm weather is starting to take a real toll on the mountain.  When we arrived there were 104 runs open…at the end of today, there were 86.  It’s almost as though you can see the snow disappearing as you ride up the chair lift.  Regardless we are still having a great time.

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I have been getting lots of exercise with all the skiing/snowboarding and my legs have been getting quite the workout, so I decided to give myself the day off from training today.  I came on vacation fully expecting not to make all my training runs, but managed to do pretty well sticking to the schedule, so figured I would give the legs a bit of a break and skip today’s 2 mile run….and I don’t feel the least bit guilty about it.  It was so nice to get to bed last night and not keep thinking about getting up early to run.  The extra hour of sleep was fantastic!  Now the tricky part will be to get back on track tomorrow and run the scheduled 3 miles.  Tomorrow is also a cross training day, which I’m pretty sure I’ve got covered with the skiing/boarding.

Along with the exercise, I have also been trying to watch what I’m eating this week and I think I’ve been doing fairly well.  I have been limiting the sugar and carbs, and watching my portion size.  I’ve had a few beer each day as we come off the hill, which probably isn’t great, but it is a vacation, so I don’t feel too guilty about it!

I guess I will see how this all nets out when I get back home and have a chance to step on the scale.  I usually weigh myself every day, so going this long without knowing is driving me a bit crazy.  I know lots of people say you shouldn’t do that, but I like to know where I stand each day.  It helps me get back on track if things get moving in the wrong direction.  It also keeps me motivated when things start to go in the right direction.  According to my iPad “My Fitness Pal” app, I am burning up calories like mad with my skiing and snowboarding, so hopefully I won’t be too unhappy with the number when I see it on my scale on Sunday morning.

Is anyone else using the My Fitness Pal app or website?  I’m loving it.  It is such a great way to track what you eat, exercise and weigh.  The database of foods is amazing and with the iPad version, you can scan in a bar code and the exact food and all its nutritional information comes up.  I’m not sure I believe the calorie burn it’s giving me for skiing/snowboarding, but the calories it tells me I burn during a 2 miles run match fairly closely to what my treadmill and Garmin tell me, so who knows.  If it is true, then I am definitely burning enough calories during the day to more than cover a few apres ski beers!

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Do the Mashed Potato

After a very successful start to my day (completing yesterday’s missed training run), it was off to the slopes to get as many runs in before the bright sunshine and ridiculously warm temperatures turned the snow to that dreaded mashed potato consistency.  Unfortunately it didn’t take long for that to happen.  Yet, we were troopers and skied like mad before lunch, knowing that this afternoon would be even worse.

After lunch, I switched from skis to my snowboard thinking it would be easier to tackle the poor conditions on a board as opposed to my skis (I was wrong!).  I headed out to take a few easy runs with my son, who also switched to his board for the afternoon.  We went all the way to the top of the mountain to take a nice easy run called Tuckered Out.  It was brutal. The snow was so slow that I got stopped a few times and had to unbuckle and walk a bit to a steeper part of the hill.  I am still just learning to board and this was such a workout moving in this wet, sticky, clumpy snow.  We had planned to take a few runs, but by the time we got down once, both of us decided that Tuckered Out had tuckered us out and that we should just sit on the patio and enjoy some sunshine for the rest of the afternoon.  We made the right decision….sitting and chillin’ in the sun was exactly what we needed.

I am getting quite the goggle tan, but everyone else around has one too, so I don’t look too silly.  Next week when I’m back to work and client meetings, I’m sure I will look quite ridiculous!

Plan for the rest of the night is dinner, hot tub, beer and bed.  I’ve got to get up early tomorrow and run 2 miles before I hit the slopes.  Tomorrow is also a core day, which should fun.

I’m trying to eat fairly healthy this week, not going overboard with the snacks, but I’m caving in on the beer.  It just tastes so good after a hard day on the slopes.  I figure between my training runs first thing in the morning and skiing/snowboarding most of the day, I’m burning through a few calories and have earned a few nice cold beers as a reward.  Besides, this IS a vacation, so I’m allowed to indulge a bit, no?

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I Missed a Run, and I Liked it!!!

Well, I hate to say it, but I missed my first training run today.  I had good intentions of running my scheduled 3.5 miles after I came off the slopes this afternoon, but the sun was shining, friends were laughing, and the beer was flowing….a bad combination!  Well, actually it was a great combination, just a bad one for running.  I have accepted it. I knew it would be a challenge to get the runs in while on vacation, and turns out I was right.

The beer wins.  It was just too nice on the patio to pack it in and go for a run….plus we had to wait for our room to be ready, which just meant we had time for one more beer while we waited!  So, I’m modifying my schedule and taking today as my “rest day” and will get up early tomorrow and run those  pesky 3.5 miles BEFORE I hit the slopes.

While I may not have run today, that doesn’t mean I didn’t get a good workout in.  We are at Okemo Mountain in Ludlow, VT and we skied this afternoon as a bonus today, since our official lift ticket doesn’t start until tomorrow.  It was very warm out – 56 degrees Fahrenheit, that’s a little over 13 degrees Celcius for my fellow Canadians – which meant the snow was very soft and at times hard to get through as it had the texture of mashed potatoes. It was a good leg workout, that’s for sure. There were times when I could really feel the burn!

So, the plan for tomorrow:  run 3.5 miles at the crack of dawn, ski like crazy in the morning while the snow is still in fairly good shape, then  switch to the snowboard after lunch when things are likely to get pretty soft again. I hope my legs can take it!

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It’s Rest Day, Rest Day, Rest Day!!!

I can’t tell you how much I love that Friday is a rest day on the training schedule!    That was some seriously great planning by Trish Blackwell who created the app that I’m using as my training guide for this half marathon. Everything about the app is fantastic. Your should check it out: “Couch to Half Marathon” at the App Store. She also has a great blog with lots of inspirational quotes and other exercises to help keep you on track for your fitness goals.  See for yourself at http://www.beautifulbodybistro.com/

I had lots to do at work and errands to run today to get ready to take off and go skiing next week with a big group of friends and family.  We are heading to Okemo Mountain and the whole family it super excited.  This will be our 5th year going, and there are others in our group who have been going almost twice that long.  We have such a good time and I can’t wait to hit the slopes for some great skiing and snowboarding next week.  119 runs, 632 acres of terrain, 2,200 vertical feet, and endless fun!  http://www.okemo.com/okemowinter/

I decided last year that I would learn to snowboard.  I’ve been a skier since I was a kid and wanted to be a little more challenged at the small hill where the kids take lessons over the winter. I took a lesson last year while we were at Okemo, which turned out to be a private lesson since I was the only member in the group (bonus!!), and by the end of the day, I could make my way to the bottom of the hill, staying in control and not killing myself or anyone else!  This year I have only snowboarded and I’ve improved significantly, but still have a long ways to go before I catch up to my kids! I’m excited to see how I do on a real mountain.  I haven’t had my skis on this year, so I’m looking forward to strapping the boards on as well.  We will be tearing it up and shredding it Okemo style by Sunday afternoon.

This trip does pose a bit of a challenge to me…fitting my training runs in while on vacation.  It’s hard enough to get motivated to run at home, so I’m a bit worried about getting all my runs in while away.  i should be able to do tomorrow’s 2 miles before we leave.  It’s Sunday’s that will be the toughest to get in.  We will still be travelling, then arriving at the hill mid day, skiing for the afternoon, checking into the condo late day, then groceries and settling in.  Hopefully while hubby hits the grocery store, I will be able to either hit the road or the treadmill in the resort gym to log the 3.5 miles that are on the schedule.  Next week should be okay, with runs scheduled for Tues/Wed/Thurs that I should be able to fit in.  It will be the Saturday run that is the complicated one as we will still be travelling.  Hopefully we make good time and I can hit the treadmill for 2.5 miles when we get back home.

At this point, I’m not 100% sure I will get all these runs in.  I have no idea how my legs will feel after skiing/boarding all day. I will just play it by ear and if I have to walk some of the miles, that will be okay. It’s more important that the miles get covered…it doesn’t matter how fast they are.

All right…I’ve got to get packing. I’m hoping that in addition to getting all my runs in while away, I will also be able to keep up with my blog.  I’m enjoying writing it.  Hopefully some of you out there are enjoying reading it!

Happy Friday, I mean Rest Day!

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