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Panpacs 2016 Fitness Challenge

In 2014 my first individual CrossFit competition was the Pan Pacific Masters Games Fitness Challenge.  My training buddy Robyn had signed up to do it and talked me into doing it with her.

The Pan Pacs are every 2 years, so this year it was time to re-visit it.  I have been training for the past 6 months building up to it as an individual competition.  It scared me and made me excited at the same time.  Its scary to comit to something, because it pushes you outside of your comfort zone … it would be much easier to not do it.  It is a 3 day event, with 9 workouts over the this time.  As much as it scared me to think about it, I am a goal orientated person, so having a goal makes me focus and keep my training on point. I did this over the year.

Coming into this years competition, I felt much more ready.  It was timely that my sister gave me a book called the Kindness Pack.  It talks about not comparing yourself to others, and about doing your best … because it is about your journey.  This is the outlook I have had coming into this competition.  It helped me settle my nerves, as last time I was so nervous I felt sick the whole week before.  This made me not enjoy the process so much, so this time it has been alot more fun.  I was still nervous – however I have learnt how important it is to have nerves as they are part of the process of getting your body ready to compete.done

Day 1 started with a 1RM Snatch.  I will be honest and say I have done a lot of work on my lifting, and have been a little frustrated that my numbers especially with Snatch have not moved very much.  I know there are some reasons for this, however when you work hard it is still frustrating.  Gary told me the night before I was going to get a PB, and he was right.  I lifted 57kg for my snatch … I was elated about this.  So it was a good start to the competition.  We had 4 workouts the first day, so it was a heavy duty day.  They were tough workouts too.  Luckily Movement   were at the event.  So I was lucky enough to see them each day for massages … this was such a blessing.ppmg1Day 2 we had 2 workouts, both pretty tough workouts – however, it was so nice having the afternoon off and being able to have extra recovery time

What is so cool about doing something like this is the people you get to meet, new friends you make.  Its about the people.  I am lucky to have made so many cool friends in this sport, and this weekend I get to see lots of them and have a good laugh.

Going into Day 3 the body is always tired.  3 workouts to go and the first of the day is a tough one.

Eating well and hydration is super important throughout the event, so you can recover for the next workout.  I have been following Libby Wescombe’s eating plan for the past 10 weeks, and it has helped me get prepared.  It has worked really well for my energy and performance, so I prepared all of my food before I came.  This was so perfect as I didn’t have to think about what I was doing.cleanladder

Day 3 I had a pretty substantial lead, which really took the pressure off.  Although I was nervous about the clean ladder, as I knew I could not clean 85 kg, so I knew i was not going to finish it.  Therefore I decided to go as hard as I could early on, and suffer the consequences with my heart rate.  This plan worked … and even though I did not finish the ladder, I was still able to win the event.

I was thrilled to finish the 3 day event with another Gold Medal.  Back to back gold medals in my age group … was a great feeling.  It was a super fun 3 days, with awesome people, great workouts that tested us and beautiful weather.  The location was spectator friendly.  gold

I really love what I do  … so being able to set a goal, then head along and enjoy the process was really great.  Competiting definitely is a different dimension to training, and you have to enjoy the process of competitng as it pushes you out of your comfort zone.  This is where I learn the most about myself though.  So now its time to re-group, re-focus … as I know I am much more motivated if I have a goal in mind.  The CrossFit Open will be starting the end of Feb … time to get back into it.

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Homemade Body Butter using Essential Oils

I’m always keen to share a cool recipe when I find one, this time it is for body butter.  I personally love using RXD Repair’s Thermo Magnesium body butter for my aches and pains after training, and for recovery … however, it is nice to make your own also.

Here is a recipe from Young Living where I get my essential oils from.

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this gives you the option of adding whichever oils you particularly love.  If you wanted to make a sports blend to help with muscles and aches, i would add peppermint, pan away, lavender.  If you wanted to make a blend that is for relaxing you could add lavender, stress away and/or joy.  Its actually pretty cool, you can make so many different versions depending on which type of oil you add.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic coconut oil
  • 1 cup organic solid cocoa butter (do not use lotion)
  • 15 drops of your favourite topical/aromatic essential oil (we love Cedarwood, Lavender, and Frankincense essential oils)­

Directions

1. Warm a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat, then add coconut oil and cocoa butter. Melt until completely liquefied, about 4–5 minutes.
2. Pour into a glass mixing bowl and place in refrigerator for 30–45 minutes to cool and just set but not harden.
3. Stir in essential oils.
4. Using an electric hand mixer, whip until firm peaks form, about 10 minutes.
5. Gently transfer to a seal-able jar or container. Store at room temperature to avoid melting or solidifying.
6. Massage into dry skin!

enjoy trying your own out.

 

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Pan Pacs Masters Games Round 2 – Lets do this!

I competed in my first individual CrossFit event in 2014, it was the Pan Pacs Masters Games – a 3 day event at the Gold Coast.  It was a great experience and I got to meet lots of great people and test myself. allstarsDoing individual events is nerve racking.  It pushes me outside of my comfort zone … there is no where to hide in an individual comp.  Its just YOU … and last time I did get very nervous beforehand.  The week before was especially stressful.  This time, I feel like I have trained hard, and consistently.  I have been involved in some great team comps this year … which has been great preparation.  I have also had some great advice that has been helpful in the lead up.

ropesWith one week to go until game time I feel alot more relaxed and confident.  I have a plan in place to follow for the following week, and I am starting to get myself organised.

I have done the work, now its time to enjoy the comp and see what I can do.  comfort-zone1

So, even though it can feel uncomfortable – its a good idea to push outside of your comfort zone.  It gives your training purpose, and gives you something to work for. I look forward to blogging about this event … I better remember to take some pics :-)

 

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Kristy wins Survivor – Be Yourself, Back Yourself

Our family watched the Australian Survivor which had its final episode last week.  It is an interesting experiment of having many different personalities together, doing challenges and making aliances.  It came down to Lee and Kristy in the final, and I will be honest … I didn’t think that Kristy was going to be the winner.  However, she was the Sole Survivor and stayed true to her convictions.  I will give it to her, she was consistant and stayed true to who she is and stood by her word.

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This month I have put Kristy’s quote onto a charm.  It is a charm I believe is fairly universal and applies to everyone.  For the month of November you can grab the white marble silver bracelet with Be Yourself Back Yourself charm.

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