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RAD Recap A Day Late…July 28, 2014

My weekly recap is late this week because I was off in California having too much fun!!

We spent 3 fun filled days in Disneyland…




Then we toured around L.A. a bit…




And finally got to see the Fittest on Earth compete in the the CrossFit Games!!




I will have some really fun recaps in the next few weeks for ya both here and on RAD Living so make sure to come back and check that out!

Big thanks to Chris and Shaye who held down the fort around here while I was gone!  Chris shared his Transformation story and Shaye had some great tips on how to avid burnout while race training.  I also wrote a piece on RAD Living about How One Day Can Change Your Life, talking about my struggle with travel.  I’d love to hear your stories and tips about how to make traveling easier and how you’ve overcome some tough obstacles…share them in the comments!

I have to say, as much as I really enjoyed this trip…it’s REALLY good to be home and I’m looking forward to getting back into my routine tomorrow.  Hope you had a great week!

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CrossFit Games Northeast Regionals – Part 2

After a late night of laughs and a few cocktails, we woke up ready for Day 3 of the CrossFit Games Northeast Regionals.  I forgot to mention in Part 1 of my recap that I finally tried on a pair of Reebok CrossFit Nano 2.0s.  I’m long overdue for a new pair of CrossFit shoes and this was the clear option.  They were super comfy, so decided to bite the bullet and get a pair!  I strapped on my kicks for the last day of the games…woohoo!

My New Nanos!!

My New Nanos!!

We arrived early enough to catch the team competition and cheer on our team, CrossFit Milford (CFM), for Event 6.  One man and one woman from each team had to complete the following for time:

  • 100 double unders, 50 each
  • 50 handstand push-ups while partner holds handstand
  • 50 Toes-to-bar while partner hangs from the bar
  • 50 Axle (thick bar) Shoulder to overhead (160#/100#) while partner holds axle in front rack
  • Then, both partners lunge 90 feet with the axles held in front rack

Oh no big deal…I can do that in my sleep!  Hahaha!  The set up was intense..

02 CFRG_Event6 Liz and Rob took this one for CFM.

Double Unders

Double Unders

Handstand Push-ups

Handstand Push-ups



Shoulder to Overhead

Shoulder to Overhead

Walking Lunges

Walking Lunges

While CFM didn’t finish on top, they still tied for 11th which is damn impressive.  After the teams, the ladies were up.  Here’s how the event changed for the individuals:

  • 100 Double unders
  • 50 Handstand push-ups
  • 40 Toes-to-bar
  • 30 Shoulder to overhead with axle (160#/100#)
  • 90 foot Walking lunge with axle in front rack (160#/100#)

We were excited to watch our favorite chick of the competition, Jennifer Hunter-Marshall, who we nicknamed Flower because she always had a flower in her hair no matter how tough the WOD was.  She is amazing!!

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Jennifer Hunter-Marshall

The top 5 women killed it and it was so exciting to see Danielle Horan be the first to finish.  She was pretty excited too 😉

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Top 3 Women

Danielle Horan

Danielle Horan

We grabbed some lunch while the the men’s competition took place and then got a great spot for Event 7.  Here is where one of my favorite parts of the competition took place.  Ok, I’m a logistics nerd, so watching the crew reset the rig so quickly was awesome!  Plexiglass wall down, ropes up…seriously impressive.

011 CFRGAnd then the barbell race 2.0 began…

012 CFRGEvent 7 was a killer.  It might sound simple when you read it, but the weights are the heaviest the athletes had to tackle all weekend…not fun after 6 other grueling events.  The team had to complete the following for time:

  • One man and one woman will each complete 3 rounds of:
    • 15 foot rope climbs, 2 reps
    • 2 Squat cleans (225#/135#)
  • One man and one woman will each complete 3 rounds of:
    • 15 foot rope climbs, 2 reps
    • 3 Squat cleans (225#/135#)
  • One man and one woman will each complete 3 rounds of:
    • 15 foot rope climbs, 2 reps
    • 4 Squat cleans (225#/135#)

The weights were set and the team competition began!

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I think my favorite part of the event took place in the first heat.  The weights were tough and that was clear right off the bat when the men began to struggle.

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This guy was struggling with the squat cleans, but he had the whole crowd cheering him on!  It was pretty amazing and when he got his last one the crowd when crazy!!  So awesome to watch.

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And I got to see my favorite bearded competitor again…win.

016 CFRG_Event7CFM was in the final heat and the whole team came out to compete.  At this point, it was near impossible for them to make the top 3 and move on to the Games, but we were supporting them nonetheless.

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Team CFM

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Jay on the Rope Climb

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Heavy Squat Cleans!

They struggled through the WOD and sadly didn’t end up finishing, but they gave it a great effort through out the entire weekend finishing 9th overall.

We headed home after the teams competed since it was getting late and we had a 2 1/2 hour drive ahead of us.  But I couldn’t leave without getting a nacho boat from Cross Cuisines for the road.  They used plantains instead of tortilla chips to make them paleo, so we obviously named them banana nachos and they were delicious!

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Banana Nachos!

Overall, a super fun and inspiring weekend and I can’t wait to do it all again next year!!  Maybe I’ll even participate in the Open next year…maybe 🙂

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: May 26, 2013

I just got back from a super fun weekend getaway to Vermont!  I got to play with a lot of goats and eat a lot of cheese…perfect weekend in my book!  I’ll be posting quite a few recaps in the coming weeks from our trip, so hopefully you’ll enjoy that.  See I can actually enjoy vacations outside of Walt Disney World…shocking, I know!



Pretty quiet week here on RAD.  Work has been insane, I had a friend in from out of town and trying to get some workouts in has eaten up all my time.  But here are a few things incase you missed them:

Another update for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler, the race is now 91% full!  This is the last long distance runDisney event that is still available for 2013, so get registered if you’re interested.  If not, you get still register for the full marathon in January or wait for the Princess Half Marathon in February…this opens for registration on Tuesday!

Even with my limited time, I did manage to catch up on some blogs while we were driving to and from VT, so here are some RAD Reads for ya!

Running & Fitness Posts
Live, Run, Grow celebrates her 2 year runniversary by sharing her running story and her motivation to keep running…get your tissues ready!

Back at Square Zero takes a look at the Photoshop Fallacy in todays media.  Let’s be real people!

Gabby’s Gluten-Free tackles the Weighty Issues and looks at strong vs lean.  Damn I love this girl!

Disney Posts
Eating WDW enjoys Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show.  I haven’t seen this since probably the mid-80s and I think it’s time for a return visit!

This Happy Place Blog has 2 great posts this week!  First, Estelle makes a great case for brunch at WDW.  Then James shares what makes him a repeat offender in going back to WDW.

A Pinch of Pixie Dust shares 2 great hidden gems at WDW resorts.  One under the stairs at the Grand Floridian and one with two fireplaces at the Wilderness Lodge.

Zannaland spends 24 hours in the Magic Kingdom!  She’s quite the trooper 🙂

The Disney Food Blog has 56 Must-Read Disney Dining Secrets.  Clearly you MUST read them!

Weekly Review
As I mentioned earlier, my week has been quite chaotic.  For some reason, May is ALWAYS a very hectic month for me and I can never seem to come up for air!  I have a very large conference for work in the first week of June, so once that is over hopefully things will die down a bit.  I knew I was exhausted when I slept 10 hours each night we were in VT!

My workouts were a bit lackluster because of this.  I had a few early mornings and some late nights that got in the way of my training runs and CrossFit WODs.  Here’s what I did get in and as always, to view a complete list of WODs, visit my dailymile page.

Sunday: 3 miles walking at CrossFit Games
Monday: CrossFit: Overhead Squats & 12 min Amrap
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: CrossFit: 2 Amraps
Thursday: Rest
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest

Nothing to write home about, but I got some work in…  This week is going to be tough getting back into the swing of things after my food binge this weekend, but I’m going to give it my best!

Fun stuff coming up this week on RAD…Part 2 of my CrossFit Games recap, a look at my Dumbo Double Dare training plan, a look at all my VT food goodness and hopefully a few more things!  Have a great week 🙂

CrossFit Games Northeast Regionals – Part 1


Wow.  This was by far was one of the best sporting events I have ever been to.  The athleticism and determination displayed was beyond inspiring.  But probably the coolest thing, was to get to see the team from my box, CrossFit Milford (CFM), compete.  These were my coaches and people I see train everyday competing among the fittest in the Northeast.  Pretty cool!

In order to qualify for the CrossFit Games Regional competition, all athletes took part in the Open which took place from March 6 – April 7 which consisted of 5 workouts.  The cool thing about the Open is that anyone can compete…anyone…even me if I dared (which I didn’t!).  The top 30 teams and individuals in each region then moved on to the Regional competition.  And last weekend was the Northeast’s turn to take the stage.

The competition began on Friday, May 17th, but I wasn’t able to get up there that day due to work and other obligations.  So Saturday morning, me and 4 of my CFM girls woke up at the crack of dawn and headed up to Canton, MA to cheer on our team and have a little fun on days 2 & 3 of the competition.  The event was held at the Reebok World Headquarters, which was quite the venue!  Unfortunately we missed the team competition that morning, but we arrived just as Event 4 of the Individual Women’s Competition was beginning.  This event was intense:

  • 100 Wall Balls (20#/14# to a 10′ target)
  • 100 Chest to Bar Pull-ups
  • 100 One-legged squats, alternating
  • 100 One-armed dumbbell snatches (75#/50#)

The event was to be completed for time with a 25 minute cap.

Wall Balls

Wall Balls

Chest to Bar Pull-ups

Chest to Bar Pull-ups

Bloody Pull-up Bars

Bloody Pull-up Bars!

One-legged Squats

One-legged Squats

I was exhausted from watching this and seriously needed some food 🙂  So after the women finished, we headed out to the grounds to grab some lunch and check out some of the vendors.  I have to say this was some of the best “festival” food I’ve ever had…amazing paleo options!  I don’t think there would be any other event where you could get grilled meat with a ton of avocado and bacon on top?!

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Ashley & I :)

Ashley & I 🙂

Event 5 was up next and we were finally able to see the teams compete.  One man and one woman from each team had to complete the following for time:

Man completes 21-15-9 reps of:

  • 275# deadlift
  • 30″ box jump

Then, woman completes 21-15-9 reps of:

  • 185# deadlift
  • 24″ box jump

No big deal right??  Ugh…

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Dead lifts & box jumps!

We watched all the teams compete and here is where I found my most favorite team to watch…

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I mean really, how can you not love them??  I also really enjoyed watching Team CrossFit One who where incredibly inspiring and just seemed to enjoy every moment of the competition.  We were convinced these two are in love…who knows??

09 CFRG_Event5TeamTeam CFM was in the final heat and we were all so excited to finally get to cheer our team on.  Ryan and Katie took this stage for this event…

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They did an awesome job and finished 10th for the event.  I can’t even jump on a 24″ box so I was completely in awe.  The individuals were up next and the event was increased to the following weights:

  • 305#/205# deadlift
  • 30″/24″ box jumps

It was amazing to watch, but I think my favorite part about it was the set up.  For some reason, the way the weights came racing around the corner was extremely entertaining!

013 CFRG_WeightsBut by far, the best part of the competition and the CrossFit community in general is the camaraderie.  My favorite thing was to watch how the the competitors who had finished went right over to those who were still finishing up and cheered them on.  Some were clearly struggling to get through the WOD and I can only imagine how much that helped get them through the end.  Pure awesome.

011 CFRG_Team Cheer012 CFRG_Team CheerDay 2 of the games wrapped up and we headed back to our hotel some dinner and a night of shenanigans.  Sorry…but what happens in Canton, stays in Canton 😉  All I can say is we had a lot of laughs and were psyched to see what day 3 had to bring.

See Part 2 of the CrossFit Games Northeast Regionals HERE!

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: May 19, 2013

I spent this weekend at the CrossFit Games Northeast Regionals.  What an AMAZING display of athleticism.  I was so inspirational to watch these athletes compete and share in both their successes and heartaches.  Full report coming later this week!


No RAD Reads from me this week as life has gotten in the way of my blog reading…I hate when that happens!  But I did post some fun things…check them out!

Weekly Review
This week was not as impressive as last and I missed out on 2 training runs, but overall it was pretty good.  Here are my workouts for the week and to view a complete list of WODs, visit my dailymile page.

Sunday: 3.07 miles
Monday: CrossFit: Back Squats
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: CrossFit: 22 min Amrap
Thursday: 1.69 mile run with 10 hill repeats & CrossFit: Swings, Slams & Sprints
Friday: Rest
Saturday: 5.5 miles walking at CrossFit Games

This week is going to be very busy with work and then travel for Memorial Day Weekend, but I’m hoping to stick with my Dumbo training plan the best I can.  What does your training week look like?

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