25 June, 2014

Up In the Air

Hey guys!

I know, the last time I blogged was March and I apologize!  Unfortunately the status of the blog is kinda in limbo.

I'm currently in the process of moving to Florida for work so not sure how much I can update the blog from here on out.  Please stay subscribed though b/c if I can, I definitely want to keep writing!

When I can talk more about everything, I'll be back!  :)  

25 March, 2014

Weekly Recap, 3/17 - 3/23

Monday, 3/17:  Rest Day

We received the new jump ropes my bf bought us and this was the warning that came with them.... This is gonna hurt!


Ouch!

Tuesday, 3/18:  CrossFit

This workout was NOT fun!
3 rounds for time, 30 min cap:
- 3min of pushups
- 100 air squats
- 1 mile run
- Rest 2 min between rounds

I got half a mile into the 2nd mile.  The air squats started taking me FOREVER!

Then I came home and started to cook up a storm! Bacon wrapped chipotle chicken thighs, Irish soda bread (a day late, I know), and ground beef and string beans in tomato sauce.  All of it was so good! Recipes coming soon.  



All three were winners!


Wednesday, 3/19:  Rest Day

Honestly?  I don't remember what I did AT ALL.  Didn't go to the gym.  Just work and then headed home.  :(

Thursday, 3/20: CrossFit

Today was Macaron Day in NYC!  It happens once a year and a few bakeries offer free samples of macarons and some of their proceeds other than that go to a charity.  Last year we trekked around NYC on a macaron pilgrimage but this year I only went to one little bakery that was right around the corner from work.  And their macarons were fabulous!

Such a sucker for macarons


And then this fabulous workout, 25 min cap:
- 5 rope climbs
- 15 GHD
- 25 broad Jumps
- 4 Rope Climbs
- 20 GHD
- 50 Broad Jumps
- 3 rope climbs
- 30 GHD
- 75 Broad Jumps
- 2 Rope Climbs
- 40 GHD
 -100 Broad Jumps

Pretty sure I only got about 50 broad jumps into the set of 75. Ouch.  After the workout I watched some of the coaches and members attempt CrossFit Open 14.4.  This one looks MISERABLE!

miserable toes to bar


Friday, 3/21: CrossFit Open 14.4

I didn't go to work today due to a doctors appointment so I headed to the gym late morning for my first attempt at 14.4. 

Rolling out my forearms before the torture!
14 minute AMRAP:
60-calorie row
50 toes-to-bars
40 wall-ball shots, 20 / 14 lb.
30 cleans, 135 / 95 lb.
20 muscle-ups

OMG HORRIBLE!  Toes to bar are the death of me.  I can't get more than one at a time so it literally took me 8 full minutes to get through all 50.  And I wripped my palm open.  Fun, seriously.  I got through the row in about 4:30, which I was happy about.  In the end, I only was able to squeeze in 23 wallballs.  Now I know what I'll be working on for awhile...toes to bar :(

To make up for the misery, we splurged and went to Shake Shack for lunch.  LOVE that there's now one right by my house in Jersey.  No need to deal with the chaos and tourists at the NYC locations. :)  Also stopped by Goodwill and dropped off about 5 garbage bags of goodies.  Already have 2 more bags sitting in my car to go again this upcoming weekend.  Spring cleaning to the max!

So good.

For dinner we headed out with some of my MBA friends to a mediterranean hookah restaurant.  Always fun to catch up with the crazies.  :)

Saturday, 3/22: Rest Day

I knew I wanted to do the Open workout again on Sunday so I took a rest day.  Met up with the bf for breakfast after he finished and then just relaxed and cleaned the apartment for a bit.

Had a ladies night for dinner at a gastropub and the food was AMAZING!  If you guys are ever near Montclair in Jersey, you need to go to Pig & Prince.  Everything we had was amazing.  Seriously. 

Grass fed sirloin, shishito peppers, and duck fat roasted brussel sprouts


Sunday, 3/23:  CrossFit Open 14.4

Well?  Attempted to try this again.  *sigh*  And it was horrific.  I actually ended up getting 10 reps LESS than Friday.  What a waste of a torturous 14 mins!  haha!

14 minute AMRAP:
60-calorie row
50 toes-to-bars
40 wall-ball shots, 20 / 14 lb.
30 cleans, 135 / 95 lb.
20 muscle-ups



20 March, 2014

Weekly Recap, 3/10 - 3/16

Monday, 3/10:  CrossFit / Open 14.2

Very quiet day at work.  I didn't even really leave the office until it was time to head home.

Since I'm a glutton for punishment, I decided to try the CrossFit Games Open workout 14.2 for yet a third time.  I talked with the owner and he helped me a little bit with my Chest to Bar Pullups though so happy to say I finally improved!



I got 6 more reps than the last two times!  21 reps total...so that's 10 overhead squats at 65#, 10 chest to bar pullups, and then 1 more overhead squat and then time ran out.

Because I technically only worked out for 3 minutes in the Open workout, I jumped in the next CrossFit class that was about to start.

5 rounds for time, 25 minute time cap:
- 20 Pullups
- 30 Back Squats 135# for men/95# for women
- 20 GHD's

This. Sucked.  My hands were already hurt from trying to do the chest to bar pullups earlier (I know, I'm whining) and then we didn't have enough lifting platforms so some of us had to pick up the bar for back squats off the ground.  I was one of the lucky ones.  :)  It got HEAVY very quickly.  I only got through 2 rounds and was about to start the GHD's on my 3rd round when time was called.  Ouch!


Tuesday, 3/11:  CrossFit

It was SUCH a beautiful day in NYC....finally!!!  After I got most of my work done I headed to my favorite coffee shop for a little mental break.  Lemon ginger tea and a pistachio macaron?  Yes, please.

So Yummy!


I headed to the gym after I got home and knew this workout was going to kill me just like Monday's.

25 minute cap:
3x split jerk every 30 seconds until failure

Last time we did this workout, I used 95# for 18 mins and then the owner bumped me up to 100#.  This time?  100# the entire time.  After 5 sets it started getting REALLY hard.  Towards the end I think I ended up dropping the bar after 2 reps for 2 of the sets and then for another 2 sets I dropped the bar after I finished.  I just couldn't put the bar back on the rack.  Can't wait for the bruises on my collarbones...yay!

then:
Double unders max reps for 3 min immediately following the split jerks.  Last time I did this I think I got 114.  This time?  My shoe came untied and then I had to pull my hair back b/c it kept catching the jump rope.  I think I got in 80 or 90.  I gave up counting after that.


Wednesday, 3/12:  Rest Day

Was so sore from the previous two days, definite rest day for me.  Just stayed home, relaxed, and cleaned my room a bit since I had some work done to the walls.

Also flipped through marking off some awesome looking recipes from the Cooking with Coconut Oil cookbook I was sent to review! 

the photos are beautiful! 

Thursday, 3/13:  CrossFit


3×15 Front Squat, did them all at 95#
1 min rest between sets
3×15 Push Jerk, started at 75# and then dropped to 70# after I failed at 10 reps into the 2nd set.

After our workout, the new CrossFit Open workout, 14.3, was released.  Some of the coaches and members decided to do it right away so I cheered on the bf while he kicked some ass.  

I didn't make him wear the shirt...swear!


Friday, 3/14:  Rest Day

Met up with some friends for drinks after work at a craft beer place right by my office.   The winner of the night?  Bailey's and Vanilla Stout Ice Cream Float.  Yes, I ordered it and it was delicious!  

nomnomnom

Saturday, 3/15: CrossFit

50 snatch push press 65/45
100 double unders
50 push-ups
75 double unders
50 ohs
50 double unders
50 push-ups -- got to 45 of these
25 double unders
50 hang power snatch

This was another gross workout.  I think the cap was 25 mins and I only got through 45 of the second set of pushups.  My arms hated me!

Headed out to brunch with the bf and his fam to a little Columbian place and proceeded to stuff my face with a chicken and avocado stuffed arepa.  Yes, please.

Before I added hot sauce

After I relaxed for a bit, I met up with some friends to enjoy some St Paddy's pre-celebration.  Late that night headed out with the bf to see the new 300 movie.  GO see it!! It was awesome.  I loved the first one though.  And it proves that us Greek women are pretty bad ass.  :)


Sunday, 3/16:  CrossFit / Open WOD 14.3

Today was my turn to attempt the Open 14.3 workout!  This was a doozy and there were a bunch of boxes that were admitting it was a poorly programmed workout.  Increasing reps and weight of deadlifts?  Not cool.  There's also a much higher risk of injuring yourself when your form goes out the window when you get tired.  Before everyone started the workout by us, the judges all said that if they see our form is becoming atrocious, they're going to make us stop before we get injured.  Smart coaching. :) 

8 minute AMRAP of:
10 deadlifts, 135 (mens weight) / 95 lb (womens weight) 
15 box jumps, 24 / 20 inch
15 deadlifts, 185 / 135 lb.
15 box jumps, 24 / 20 inch
20 deadlifts, 225 / 155 lb.
15 box jumps, 24 / 20 inch
25 deadlifts, 275 / 185 lb.
15 box jumps, 24 / 20 inch
30 deadlifts, 315 / 205 lb.
15 box jumps, 24 / 20 inch
35 deadlifts, 365 / 225 lb. 
15 box jumps, 24 / 20 inch

Considering 215# is my deadlift PR, I knew I was going to struggle hard when I hit 185#...IF I got to 185#!  I watched a few heats go and then it was my turn.  I quickly got through the 95# unbroken and then the 135# I think I broke up into two sets.  When I got to 155#, whoa it got heavy.  I hit the first 5 unbroken but then had to break it down into sets of 3 and then eventually just one at a time.  I had about 2 mins to try to get as many deadlifts at 185# as possible so I just took it one at a time.  I hit 99 reps with 5 seconds to go and just couldn't get the 100th rep before time was called.  SO CLOSE!!  

Definitely happy with my score though!  

Not me but she's killed this workout! 
Spent the rest of the day hanging at the bf's house relaxing.


18 March, 2014

Registration and Division Information for Disney Fit Challenge

Photo from ESPN WWOS


Not that I've been stalking the ESPN WWOS (Wide World of Sports) website or anything but Disney finally released some more information about the Disney Fit Challenge! And registration is NOW OPEN!


photo from ESPN WWOS


Registration is now OPEN!!  Here's the info you need to know for that....

When: September 26th - 28th, 2014
Where:  ESPN Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, FL
Registration Information (Easiest way was to screen shot the info!):  click HERE to register


photo from ESPN WWOS

Schedule:

** Edited to add:  Apparently this isn't a 'true' three day competition.  When you register, you have to select if you're going to compete on Friday OR Saturday.  Looks like the same 4 workouts will be completed on both days.  Then from all the competitors on Fri/Sat, the top athletes will move on to Sunday.  This definitely wasn't how it was explained earlier, or how normal CrossFit competitions are held.  Hmm... 



Photo from DisneySports twitter
Divisions:  Now here's where I'm not 100% sure which division I'm going to jump into... Most likely I'll be doing Rx since I can do all of the movements except maybe the hand stand pushups.  Luckily women don't have to do muscle ups in Rx.

There are several divisions including Recreation, Scaled, Rx, Elite, Master, Teams and Team - Master. Pretty much just like any other CrossFit competition, with the addition of the Recreation division.

Recreation Division
The Recreation Division is for athletes desiring a chance to test their fitness level against fellow competitors by seeing who can complete a variety of physical tasks the fastest. There will be general calisthenics, as well as strength tests of lifting and carrying heavy objects. This division will also test cardio-respiratory endurance through wind sprints or rowing or a combination of the two.  Recreation Division requires no experience in Olympic lifts or advanced gymnastic movements, as they will not be part of any event. Recreation Division athletes will not face olympic lifts, power lifts, kettlebells, pull-ups, pistols, hand-stand push-ups, or double-unders. You may face the following in competition:
  • Push-ups
  • Air Squats
  • Weighted Squats
  • Wall Ball Shots
  • Lunges
  • Plyometric Movements
  • Dumbbell Presses
  • Sit-ups
  • Sprints
  • One mile run
  • Obstacles
  • Lift Conventional objects
  • Pushing or Pulling objects


Scaled Division
The Scaled Division is for athletes that have experience performing high-intensity workouts that include Olympic lifts, Bodyweight movements and cardio-respiratory modalities.  Scaled Division athletes will not face pull-ups (females), pistols, hand-stand push-ups, double-unders or rope climbs. You may face the following in competition:
  • Push-ups
  • Air Squats
  • Weighted Squats
  • Wall Ball Shots
  • Lunges
  • Plyometric Movements
  • Dumbbell Presses
  • Sit-ups
  • Sprints
  • One mile run
  • Obstacles
  • Lift Conventional objects
  • Pushing or Pulling objects
  • Olympic lifts (light to medium load)
  • Power lifts (light to medium load)
  • Knees-to-bars (females)
  • Toes-to-bar (males)
  • Pull-ups (males)


Rx Division
The Rx Division is for athletes that can perform most benchmark workouts as prescribed in their box or gym. Athletes should be strong, excel in most gymnastic movements and have an ability to sustain a high tempo and pace while working through movements. Rx Division athletes may face the following in competition:
  • Push-ups
  • Air Squats
  • Weighted Squats
  • Wall Ball Shots
  • Lunges
  • Plyometric Movements
  • Dumbbell Presses
  • Sit-ups
  • Sprints
  • One mile run
  • Obstacles
  • Lift Conventional objects
  • Pushing or Pulling objects
  • Olympic lifts (med to heavy load)
  • Power lifts (med to heavy load)
  • Toes-to-bar
  • Pull-ups
  • Muscle-ups (males)
  • Handstand push-ups
  • Double-unders
  • Rope climbs


Elite Division
The Elite Division is for athletes that possess an elite combination of strength, speed and endurance. Athletes can expect Olympic and Power lifts, complex gymnastic movements such as handstand walks and muscle-ups, weighted pistols, and double-unders. Elite Division athletes may face the following in competition: 
  • Push-ups
  • Air Squats
  • Weighted Squats
  • Wall Ball Shots
  • Lunges
  • Plyometric Movements
  • Dumbbell Presses
  • Sit-ups
  • Sprints
  • One mile run
  • Obstacles
  • Lift Conventional objects
  • Pushing or Pulling objects
  • Olympic lifts (heavy load)
  • Power lifts (heavy load)
  • Toes-to-bar
  • Pull-ups
  • Muscle-ups (males)
  • Handstand push-ups
  • Double-unders
  • Rope climbs

Master Division
The Master Division is for athletes who will be 40 years old or older on September 25, 2014. Athletes should be able to perform most benchmark workouts as prescribed in their box or gym. Master Division athletes may face the following in competition: 
  • Push-ups
  • Air Squats
  • Weighted Squats
  • Wall Ball Shots
  • Lunges
  • Plyometric Movements
  • Dumbbell Presses
  • Sit-ups
  • Sprints
  • One mile run
  • Obstacles
  • Lift Conventional objects
  • Pushing or Pulling objects
  • Olympic lifts (medium load)
  • Power lifts (medium load)
  • Toes-to-bar
  • Pull-ups
  • Muscle-ups (males)
  • Double-unders
  • Hand-stand push-ups
  • Pistols
  • Rope Climbs (males)

Team Division
The Team Division will be comprised of three athletes of the same gender competing together. Teams will be able to partition movements and reps in most events. This will allow each team to strategize and take in to account each team members strength and weakness. Team Division athletes may face the following in competition: 
  • Push-ups
  • Air Squats
  • Weighted Squats
  • Wall Ball Shots
  • Lunges
  • Plyometric Movements
  • Dumbbell Presses
  • Sit-ups
  • Sprints
  • One mile run
  • Obstacles
  • Lift Conventional objects
  • Pushing or Pulling objects
  • Olympic lifts (medium to heavy load)
  • Power lifts (medium to heavy load)
  • Toes-to-bar
  • Pull-ups
  • Muscle-ups (males)
  • Double-unders
  • Rope climbs

Team Master Division
The Team Master Division will be comprised of three athletes of the same gender competing together. Teams will be able to partition movements and reps in most events. This will allow each team to strategize and take in to account each team members strength and weakness. The Master Division is for athletes who will be 40 years old or older on September 25, 2014. Team Master Division athletes may face the following in competition: 
  • Push-ups
  • Air Squats
  • Weighted Squats
  • Wall Ball Shots
  • Lunges
  • Plyometric Movements
  • Dumbbell Presses
  • Sit-ups
  • Sprints
  • One mile run
  • Obstacles
  • Lift Conventional objects
  • Pushing or Pulling objects
  • Olympic lifts (medium to heavy load)
  • Power lifts (medium to heavy load)
  • Toes-to-bar
  • Pull-ups
  • Muscle-ups (males)
  • Double-unders
  • Rope climbs



And here's some FAQ questions from their website:

Q: What is the Disney Fit Challenge?
A: The inaugural Disney Fit Challenge is an athletic competition allowing participants to test their physical fitness by completing a variety of movements and workouts against fellow competitors. Divisions have been established allowing for a wide range of physical ability and skill in addition to age groups allowing competitors to see how they place not only within a division but also within their respective age group. 

Q: What is the competition schedule?
A: First Round Competition will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports on Friday, September 26th and Saturday, September 27th in each division. Athletes will select one of those two days to compete, and they will participate in multiple workouts on that day. Top Scores from both days in each division and age group combined will advance to the finals on Sunday, September 28th 

Q: Where will competition take place?
A: All rounds of competition will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Athletes will move to different locations as they complete their workouts. These locations will be inside as well as outside and provide a unique test for each athlete across multiple venues. 

Q: What time does competition start and end?
A: Workouts will begin at 8:15 AM and end at approximately 5:40 PM daily, depending on the division.  Please check division schedules for exact times. 

Q: What is the cost to register?
A: The cost is $175 per individual to register for the Recreation, Scaled, Rx, Elite, and Master Divisions. The cost is $525 to register for the Team Division, which is comprised of (3) athletes of the same gender.

Q: Are there any requirements to compete?
A: There are no requirements to compete, however, we do recommend reading the standards for each division to make an informed decision.  Please note that at no point will any movements be altered, exchanged or eliminated.  The inability to perform a movement will simply result in a “No Rep” and will be scored as such.  

Q: When will the workout be released?
A: The workouts for each division will be released at least one week prior to competition, no later than Friday, September 19th, 2014.

Q: Why can’t I find out what the workouts are now?
A: In order to determine the fittest athlete across a variety of challenges, the workouts will not released until a week prior to the event to prevent athletes from training for specific movements and instead promote well rounded fitness.

Q: Where can I see the workouts?
A: Workouts will be released no later than Friday, September 19th, 2014.

Q: Where and at what time is check in?
A: All participants must check in, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, either the evening before or morning of their first day of competition, see Event Schedule for times.  Sunday qualifiers must check-in at their venue warm-up area 30 minutes prior to their first heat.  

Q:  I want to compete but do not have any experience with Olympic lifting and/or have never competed in an extreme fitness competition.  Which division should I chose?
A: The Recreation Division is programmed for the fitness enthusiast who enjoys competing but has no experience with Olympic lifts.   Please view the Competitive Divisions information for more specifics and a list of potential movements a participant in the Recreation Division might encounter.

Q:  I have competed in several competitions and I am capable of performing Rx workouts at my box.  Should I compete in the Rx Division or Elite Division?
A: Rx and Elite athletes will be performing similar challenges, however, elite athletes may be expected to lift heavier loads, perform more skilled gymnastic movements and additional repetitions. 

Q: I am competing on a team.  Do all my teammates need to be present at the time of check-in.  
A: Yes.  Each athlete must be present with photo ID and/or waiver if not completed during the registration process

Q: Will there be a Vendor Village? 
A: Yes, there will be an onsite Vendor Village for Guests to view and purchase the latest apparel and equipment in the competitive fitness industry.

Q:  How does the scoring system work?
A: Each athlete’s score will be determined by how they complete each challenge.  The goal is to have the least amount of points.  The less points the higher an athlete will be placed.  For example, a 5th place finish in a challenge will result in an athlete receiving a score of five points.  Points will then be compiled for each challenge an athlete competes in, for an overall score and rank within division and age group.

GENERAL EVENT QUESTIONS

Q: Are specially priced Theme Park Tickets available?
A: Yes, registered athletes have the ability to purchase specially priced Theme Park tickets thru a hyperlink included within their confirmation upon completing their registration.

Q: Can I purchase specially priced Theme Park Tickets prior to or without Registering?
A: Unfortunately no, you must complete your registration in able to receive the confirmation email and hyperlink to the online ticket store.

Q: Are specially priced Hotel Rooms available?
A: Yes, athletes and spectators have access to specially priced hotel rooms at Disney’s All Star Sports Resort and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. For more information and to reserve a room today, please call (407) 938-4868. 


Who's registering?  What division are you going to register for?  Who's excited?? :) 

14 March, 2014

runDisney Stops Allowing Packet Pickup for Friends at Expos

Not sure if anyone saw this coming but runDisney quietly added a little caveat and wrench into packet pickup when they posted information about the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend...


from the runDisney website

In the past, runners were able to pickup race packets and bibs for their friends/family, as long as there was a waiver signed stating that you're allowing the pickup.  This was seriously a godsend for many of my friends and I.  My best friend is a teacher so was never able to fly down with me on Thursday mornings.  She would always have to fly down Thursday night or Friday morning so I would pick up her packet for her, saving her a trip to ESPN and wasting her short time in Disney when all she wanted to do was go to the parks.  This past January, I didn't want to drag my boyfriend through the expo since he hardly ever gets to go to Disney...so I had my friend pick up all of our bibs.  So much easier!

The exact reason for the change hasn't been disclosed yet.  I do understand that there is a safety and liability issue if people run with an incorrect bib and get hurt.  They didn't sign the waiver, etc.  Emergency contact info isn't accurate either.  This also could be a way for runDisney to possibly make more money.  More people that go to the expo...more money spent on merchandise.  This also means the expos might get even MORE chaotic than they already are... oh joy.

This also could have come about from the re-sale of bibs becoming more popular (which isn't allowed by runDisney).  On every forum I keep an eye on, I constantly see people trying to get rid of their bibs...for good reason mostly!  Whether it's an injury, a family emergency, some fluke accident, etc...some people really can't make the race after registering and losing the registration money is a HUGE hit to some people.  It's not like runDisney races are cheap by any means.

Unfortunately I think people are just upset about this because this was 'secretly' added into the information on the website.  It wasn't there during registration for some of these races so now many runners are stuck since their original travel plans didn't include a trip to the expo.

What do you guys think?  NYRR has a similar rule in place (at least for their big races).  Good idea? Bad? 

12 March, 2014

Weekly Recap, 3/3 - 3/9

Another week filled with a few attempts at the current CrossFit Games Open workout, a fabulous weekend away with the ladies, and some yummy food.  :) Ready?


Monday, 3/3:  Rest Day

After work I decided to skip the gym so that I could cook up a storm in the kitchen for the remainder of the week.  Chicken adobo, mashed sweet potatoes, grilled asparagus, and even a few more goodies.  Also started preparing some dishes for the next few nights.

Chicken Adobo (w/gravy), Grilled asparagus, mashed sweet potatoes


Tuesday, 3/4: CrossFit

We're still working on low weights and high reps this month so today was:
- 3x15 back squats, I did 125#... slowly but unbroken!
- 3x15 push press, I did it at 65#.  Failed after 11 on my 3rd set. 

Oh! Have you guys ever tried cherimoya? I tried this fruit when I was in Peru and it was so delicious. I think some people also call it the custard fruit bc the consistency of the flesh is similar to a custard. I've really never had a fruit this sweet before and when I saw them at Whole Foods, I had to get one. It was crazy expensive but by pure luck the cashier didn't ring it up!  She couldn't find it in the system so just smiled and said "Enjoy!"  

yummy cherimoya


Wednesday, 3/5:  Rest Day

It was my mom's bday so I hung out with her the entire night!



Thursday, 3/6:  CrossFit / Open 14.2

I knew I wouldn't be around during the weekend so I had to do the workout right when it was announced, just in case I didn't have time by the deadline on Monday.  Jumped in with some of the coaches and attempted this beast of a workout.

Photo From CrossFit Games

I knew there was NO WAY I was going to make it to the 2nd round from 3:00 to 6:00 because my chest to bar pullups are horrendous.  Ugh!  The last time I really did them was in the Open the year before and they were miserable.

My first attempt I got through the overhead squats pretty quickly and then was only able to get 5 chest to bar pullups.  Womp. 

I think we killed a coach...


Friday, 3/7:  CrossFit / Open 14.2

I had some spare time before having to drive to PA so I quickly ran to the box and attempted 14.2 again.  Ugh...SAME EXACT SCORE!

Afterwards, I drove out west to PA to celebrate my college bff's bachelorette party!  They had rented a gorgeous house right on the Delaware River and we spent the entire weekend relaxing and having fun.  Nice few days of R&R.

relaxing!

I was in love with these floors...sorry for my gross feet!

My sleeping quarters for the weekend!

Saturday, 3/8: Rest Day

More relaxing at the ladies' weekend.  It was a lazy morning pretty much until 11:30 or so.  I was one of the first to wake up so I brewed some coffee and then a few of us cooked up breakfast for the gang.

We then headed to a pottery making class and then a winery for the next few hours.  The entire afternoon was great!  After the winery we headed back to the house to bum around and get ready for dinner.  After we had full bellies, we yet again relaxed and enjoyed some of the wine we had purchased at the winery. 

Wine, anyone? 


The view from my room

Yes, roasting marshmallows from the fireplace

Sunday, 3/9:  Rest Day

Thanks to Daylight Savings Time, it was an even lazier morning than the day before.  I was still one of the first ones awake so started up the coffee making.  After breakfast we all started getting our things together and headed home.  Definitely a great weekend and just what we all needed.  And now I want to permanently live in this house! 

On my way home I quickly ran some errands and then spent the rest of the day cleaning up the apartment.

Can't wait for the weather to warm up next week!!!!


06 March, 2014

A 3 Day CrossFit Competition... at Disney!?

Because apparently Disney insists that I must give them money for athletic events.  And since I've been cutting back on runDisney events... let's create a Disney CrossFit competition!!

Photo courtesy of Disney


From a Press Release I just received... (They also posted the same information here)

The sport of competitive fitness, which is growing rapidly nationally and internationally, is coming to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, the site of the inaugural Disney Fit Challenge this September.
 Disney Fit Challenge will be a three-day event (Sept 26-28) involving athletes competing in different fitness challenges that test a participant’s speed, strength, skill, endurance, balance and power.  Challenges are designed based on age and skill level with more experienced athletes competing in movements such as muscle-ups and double-unders while recreational participants compete in movements that may include box jumps, kettle bell swings, push-ups, squats and broad jumps. Competitors with the highest scores in their division and age group from the first two days advance to the final day of competition. 
A Health & Fitness Expo will feature the latest fitness merchandise, products and apparel during the competition.
“Competitive fitness is one of the fastest growing sports domestically and internationally with hundreds of thousands of competitors with more and more getting involved every day,’’ said Mike Millay, Director of Sports Development for Disney Sports. “We have uniquely designed the Disney Fit Challenge so that there are a variety of skill levels and age groups which will allow every competitor to test their true fitness abilities while also having plenty of fun, and then celebrate their achievements with a family vacation at Walt Disney World Resort.’’
 Disney Sports is collaborating with I AM CrossFit, one of the leading competitive fitness organizations in the Southeast, on the staging of Disney Fit Challenge. The event is the first of its kind held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which hosts more than 350 sports events each year, and builds on the complex’s wide variety of athletic events geared towards athletes of all ages and abilities. 
Registration opens March 18, with competition slated for indoor and outdoor venues at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Daily admission for spectators is $16.50 for adults and $11.50 for children and can be purchased at the sports complex box office.

Um...and did I mention that the event falls on my birthday!??!?! No word on how much registration is or what the events are...

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Anyone interested??