Life Of Chanel for March

It was a hot month here in Brisbane.  I love summer … so I wasn’t too bothered, in saying that, training in the heat can be tough and there were some sessions which I felt I was battling the heat rather than the workout.
Everyone in our house got back into the New Year routine of school and work, and adjustments were made by everyone getting used to the new timetable.  Gary jetted off to NZ for a mountain biking trip with his mates.garymtb

The end of February sees the CrossFit Open start, which isa super exciting time of the year for me/us.  For those not familia with CrossFit, the Open is a worldwide competition that anyone can enter, each week there is a worldwide announcement where the workout for that week is announced, and then you have until tues to submit your scores. These are then on a leaderboard where you can see how you got one against your peers in your country and the world.  It runs for 5 weeks.

17.1 was announced on Friday which was the following17a

I did the workout on friday afternoon.  I guess the dumbbell snatch in that quantity was a bit of an unknown.  Everyone said to watch the pacing … which was correct as the burpees jacked up your heart rate.  I managed to keep moving the whole way, and the last 15 burpee box jump overs were definitely the hardest.  It was a tough workout for sure.  I finished on friday with 15:07 which I was pretty happy with … then as the weekend went on, I started thinking I could go faster – as my first two rounds I maybe paced a little too much.  bbjo

So even though it made me nervous again to repeat, I wanted to give it another crack.  The first two rounds I went faster, and it did hurt alot more – but I managed to shave 47 sec off my time.  I also played with changing the dumbbells in the air rather than the ground.  I believe this was faster, however I had trouble co-ordinating it … so I reverted back to switching on the floor by the 3rd round.  dbsnatch

Looking forward to 17.2 …. what will it be?


Fitness Friday – Couples that train together ….

Its our anniversary today.  21 years married … gasp! where did that go!  It doesn’t feel like that long ago we were getting married, although I can appreciate the things we have done in this time the major one having 3 children and raising them.couples-that-train-together-stay-together

I feel lucky that Gary and I can share our fitness together … we have always enjoyed doing different sports together.  Windsurfing when we first met, triathlons, running, cycling, wakeboarding, snowboarding and now CrossFit.  I think as time moves on and life has become busier with our family and life, having this to share has been really important for our relationship.  It helps keep us connected.  I am not saying everyone needs to do the same exercise as their spouse, but I do think it makes our relationship stronger by having this bond together.g&c

So the saying “Couples that Train together, Stay together” definitely applies to us.

I do have friends where one of them is into fitness and one is not, however it still has an impact on the other person … they set a good example.  So if you are that person, don’t loose heart … keep up the good work.  g&c2