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Bad Day

I cried during my workout yesterday.  My performance was horrific.  Most likely because I was crying.  Then, I got on the rower to complete the workout, with hopes of making myself feel better, and  I cried more.  Snots, runny make-up, ugly-cry-face–the works

I’m not sure why I cried.  I was tired. I was hormonal.  I hate muscle-ups.  I hate strict handstand push-ups. I was anxious about the start of school. I had to workout alone.  Not sure, but I did it.

But today…today, I felt like a million bucks.

You may not be inclined to shed tears; sometimes, emotion manifests itself as anger, frustration, or fatigue.  But we all have bad days.

My point is this: get through them.  They’re normal.  You’re allowed these.  You’re human.  Tomorrow will be better.  And if it’s not, shoot for the next day.

Roxanne has come so far since she started at SCF.  She never allows setbacks to hold her down for long.  Keep it up!

Roxanne has come so far since she began at SCF. She never allows setbacks to hold her down for long. Keep it up!



Don’t Get Comfortable

BiancaThere’s a sign that hangs in the hallway of our gym which reads, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone“.  We usually apply this to physical exercise; until you push yourself, you most likely will not see change; until you take chances, you do not get rewards.

But I have a different spin on it.  Hear me out:

The other day, I was doing a workout with my typical workout partner, Bianca.  We had actually done this workout, a five-round couplet of moderately heavy back squats and double-unders,  the week prior.  Previously, I had beaten Bianca by two minutes, and this week the workout had more double-under repetitions each round, as well as adding back squat that was 10 pounds heavier.

I had it in the bag….

It started much the same way that all squatting workouts begin against Bianca:  She’s at least 4-5 reps ahead in the first round because of her ability to squat more rapidly than I can.  However, by the conclusion of the second round, I etched ahead due to faster transition time.  I work out with her everyday, I knew the end of this story before it even began…or did I??

Somewhere in the final set of 12 squats Bianca’s fire ignited; she wanted to win.  I had become comfortable, sure of my victory before it was attained.  We both came off of the squat simultaneously.  I raced to my rope, fire finally lit, five rounds too late.

I only won by two seconds.

Why? Because I allowed myself to get comfortable.

Don’t get comfortable.

If you ask me, one of the best things that ever happened to Shoreline CrossFit was another gym opening in Branford.  It broke our comfort streak.  We now had to check ourselves; we had to prove to ourselves, and all potential clients why they should get off of exit 56 instead of 53.  And WE ARE better for it.

Don’t get too comfortable.

In your workouts. In your job.  In your relationships.

How about our amazing Master's athletes WINNING the tug-of-war at Saturday's anniversary WOD?!! Thanks to Dave Strong for taking some many great photos.  As soon as we can get them to load to our CPU, you'll see them.

How about our amazing Master’s athletes WINNING the tug-of-war at Saturday’s anniversary WOD?!! Thanks to Dave Strong for taking some many great photos. As soon as we can get them to load to our CPU, you’ll see them.



July Accomplishments

hot air balloonPowerlifting and Snatch PR’s!

Jay Caron had a snatch PR this month at 150lbs and also back squatted 285 which was a 40lb PR!  Other back squat PRs this month include Jenna Lennon (260), Kara Maculaitis (185), Liz Mauro (200), Luis Suarez (285), Teresa Testa with a 20lb PR (185), Chelsea and Courtney Barbour (125), Kate Prado (165), and John Boughton back squatted 165lbsx3.  Jenna Lennon set lots of PRs this month including her strict press (115), power snatch (125), front squat (225), thruster (160), and a 5lb PR on her push press.  Mark Testa power cleaned 215 for 3 reps, Nuno Olivera brought into the 400’s with a 400lbs deadlift, and DP bench pressed 335lbs in a WOD!  Mary Pont set a PR on her power snatch at 85lbs as well as Mark DeCapua (155), Nuno Olivera (160), Tim Harmon (205), Joey Herten (185), Bradley Roth (235), Dean Alderman (160), Eric Nevarez (165), and Bill Roy (145).  Marnie Dickens set a PR on her strict press at 85lbs, Mary Pont deadlift 185 in a WOD and set a PR on her bench press (105), Tim Harmon and Ryan Hocking both set a front squat PR (315lbs), and Joey Herten set a PR on his bench press (265).  Josh Vidro strict pressed 145lbs for a new PR, Luis Suarez squat cleaned 245 and deadlifted 350lbs this month, Kathy Boni set a PR on her bench press at 105lbs, and Ryan Hocking bench pressed 265lbs.  Luis Suarez also set a PR on his front squat (275), Connie M set a PR on both her front squat (195) and strict press (105), and Ryan Hocking pulled 465lbs for a new deadlift PR!

Anniversaries, Body Weight, and Other Miscellaneous PR’s

Jean Perkins ran 300m in 1:42, Steve Signore did 30 unbroken double unders, and Jenna Lennon did 3 strict muscle ups!  LP set a PR on “Randy” (3:50) and so did Janice Rodriguez (4:29) and Bianca Fiondella (4:10).  John Boughten jumped on the 24” box during a workout, the Sandler’s finished a “farm” triathlon, and Nuno Olivera set a PR on his box jump at 44”.  Mary Pont did her first handstand walks, Alicia Wills performed her first bar muscle up, and Shlee passed her test to be an official massage therapist!!  Joey Herten set a PR on “Annie” (6:40) and Melissa Roy and Kelly Lockyer both had their 5 year anniversary at SCF this month!  It was Katy Willam’s 4 year anniversary at SCF as well as John Boughton’s, Christine Vogt’s, and Jenn Goodwin’s 2 year SCF anniversary!

Andy, always working hard!

Andy, always working hard!

Great to have both Stebbins back at SCF

Great to have both Stebbins back at SCF

Alicia just returned from using her CrossFit muscles for habitat for humanity in Alaska.

Alicia just returned from using her CrossFit muscles for habitat for humanity in Alaska.