Weekend Update

We’re two weeks into January and things have picked up quite a bit. Koda Endurance has expanded to 4 classes a week (5:45am and 5pm on Tuesdays and Thursday) up from its original two classes a week in December. We’ve seen some awesome improvements in form and in time from all of the athletes. Koda now has a Koda Crossfit Endurance Facebook page so go on over there and check out what we’ve been up to.

With another calendar year upon us, so are health/fitness challenges. This year is no exception. I’m currently in a 6 week paleo challenge. I’ve been going strong for 14 days and yesterday, I had a moment of weakness… I blame birthday parties and carrot cake cupcakes. Since the beginning of the challenge, I’ve seen dramatic changes in the way my clothes fit and the way I look in the mirror. My energy level has increased as well. Last weekend, I did a 10k run and I nearly died. Energy wasn’t there at all and I struggled from the word “go.” This past weekend, I ran another 10k and I felt incredible the entire race. I have been eating really well. Avoiding legumes, dairy, bad carbs, eating only meats and vegetables. I have yet to have a coke in the new year which for me is impressive. One more month of the challenge and once complete, I’ll post before and after pictures. I hope there is a big change.

This past Saturday, a group of us ran the first race in the Frozen Nose Series, the Elvis 5k & 10k run. I ran the 10k and I was a little nervous. I have a reputation to keep, you know, and I have never ever raced a 10k. I’ve done one 5k race and that was in November of 2010. The only other races that I have competed in have been marathons and an Ironman. The race lived up to its name as it got really cold overnight and we had a heck of a north wind for probably 4 miles out of the 6.2. I ended up going out fast like I typically do because I can’t go slow out of the blocks (has gotten me in trouble in the past). I held on for a 41:28 finish with a 6:42 pace. I was 1st in my age group and 4th overall out of 90 or so. We had 13 all together from Koda come out and race. 4 of us received medals and all 13 finished! It was great race, apart from the cold, and I am kind of looking forward to running in another one of these races.

Sunday, I had my first crossfit “competition” in the OKC Metro Competitor’s League. The workout was a 400m run, 50 box jumps, 50 toes to bars, 400m and once that was complete, a deadlift ladder. I was in heat 7 and had some sort of game plan going into it. I was able to watch everyone before my heat and learned a few things from them. I was the first in the door on the 400m run. I knocked out 50 box jumps pretty easily and was the first off the box jumps. Once I hit the toes to bars, I planned on doing sets of 5 and hoping to get to 50 with a relatively quick pace. That went out the window after the first set of 5. Those toes to bars killed me and by the end of it, I was doing sets of 1. SETS OF ONE! It was humbling and pretty demoralizing. I completed the workout in 10:36 and was onto the deadlift ladder. I only made it to two stations completing the 315 DL but failing the 365 DL. I am really glad that I participated because it kind of gave me a taste of what to expect at the Fittest in OK Crossfit Competition that I have at the end of January. I have some work to do.

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