540 House Box-Off!


I have so much to write about that I don’t even know where to start!!! The CF 540 Box-off was this weekend, and it was stupid amounts of fun! Except the part where I was sick. I totally had to leave work early on Friday because I had felt like poo. I had a fever and my throat was really sore. It still is pretty sore, actually.

Let’s rewind to Wednesday night.

The most epic thing happened. I wanted to wait to blog about it until I had some video evidence, but that didn’t pan out like I wanted it to. Ha! Soon. I FINALLY got my first Bar muscle-up!!! It was totally ugly, but it happened. I did it once and was extremely shocked, so I did it two more times. Then I tried it the next day and couldn’t get it at all. lol ohwell, I finally can see the light at the end of the tunnel. It was hilarious because I had been working with Taylor on rind drills and banded bar MU and I was on the crappier tiniest band ever and it was easy. So I went up to Brad and said “Waaaah! Watch me try a bar muscle up and tell me what I’m doing wrong because I don’t know why I can’t get it!” He was laying down dying because he had just finished a really intense met-con, but he said “Just be confident!” Then I walked up to the bar and it IT HAPPENED.

On Thursday night Brad and I went to Jenn and Lance’s house for dinner. They are some pretty awesome folks. Very adventurous in the food department. I wanna eat with them all the time. In fact, maybe they’ll let me move in so they can feed me every day… worth a shot, right?

Here’s what we ate:

I made Spice Market Kale from well fed, and Lance cooked some sort of pork sausages and Jenn made a made-up turnip/rutabaga mash. It was yummy! And I was impressed that she threw that together. I would have royally screwed it up. It was basically like cauliflower mash only with a lot more flavah. Yup. Flavah. That’s how you spell that.


Dessert was all Brad. It was that Well Fed recipe for sautéed apples that I blogged about last time.20130225-104816.jpg

Time to talk about he Box-0ff!!!

Our team name: Genetically-altered nonorganic (grassfed?) paleo cyborg ninja unicorns.

On Friday I woke up feeling like dog poo. I asked off work early and went to sleep for about 3 hours and then dragged myself to the box that night for the first WOD: Triple 540. Only they said that every time you had to switch athletes, there was a 5 burpee penatly for the entire team. And with a 20-minute cutoff, not a single team finished.


Gray is always a good look when you’re doing a competition. Intimidating your opponents with pit marks.

Day 2 started out much better:


Jess spent the night with me, which was fun. Then the next morning we got to go have breakfast at Brad’s. He cooked us up some glorious paleo pre-competition magic.

The day started with a sled push relay. I think we each pushed it about 150M. Three times each.542808_500644593326104_1032201543_n


Then we came inside and did the “heavy lifters/ gymnasts” WOD. We got some  crap for having our girls both be the heavy lifters, but we WON that WOD. So… BOOM. Alex and I completed 96 squat clean thrusters at 110lbs in two rounds of 5 minutes.

Brad and Nathan shared toes-to-bars and air squats. Beware of those toes to bars, they’ll chew off your calluses!


I wasn’t sure if my face would be in this pic or not, lol 🙂

I got to dog-sit that night and the next because my parents are at Big Cedar. They recommitted their vows which is pretty cool. I had to miss it, but I still think it’s pretty awesome that they’ve been through all they have and that they are still as in love with each other as ever.

I got some quality animal time, hehe.


Box-Off Day #3

I woke up feeling pretty beat up from the sled. And pretty gross from the cold that I have. But the beep test was looming


Pretty sure we all got personal-bests for the beep test. Last week i got 113 but yesterday I managed 119 🙂 Alex raised her score from 84 to 108 or something crazy.

Next we got to do the max “G20H” (ground to overhead).

Alex and I shared a bar and alternated pulls the whole time. We both maxed out at 180. YES 180. The other day at Crossfit Commence’s grand opening I couldn’t even clean 160, so I was ECSTATIC that I PR’ed so big on that movement. Not only is it my new max ground to overhead by 15lbs, it’s my max clean by 15lbs, and my max jerk by 5lbs.



Don’t pretend like that’s not the coolest picture ever.

At this point, we found out that we were in second place going into the final WOD, which was a chipper with a 24:00 cutoff.

Here are the movements:

200m run

40 Handstand Push-ups

200 Double unders

40 deadlifts 225/155

200 nasties (jumping lunges)

40 KB swings (70/55)


If you scaled any of the movements (single-unders, lighter weights, regular pushups) then you just had to do a lot more reps. So the goal is to be able to do as many of the RX movements as possible and FAST.

I didn’t do any hand stand pushups, which was awesome. And I had an FANTASTIC double under day and got 80 in a row. My last streak was 68, so 80 is a pretty big freakin deal!


I did 20 of the deadlifts each time, which made my back pretty tight today. I don’t know how I feel about doing the WOD today because it has 205# deads in it….

540785_10151323034276547_1602944607_nHave you ever deadlifted so hard that your hair flew? Who knows.

I only had to do 15 KB swings at the end.

I had ten left and I went “SOMEONE ELSE!” haha– I was le pooped. Brad brought it home… we got 3rd in that workout and–

WE WON the box-off.


And celebrated with sparkly rainbow vegan unicorn poop cookies that Alex’s roommates made for us.



Oh! And these are my new lucky  PR unicorn earrings. Courtesy of Jessica.

20130225-115657.jpgWearing them right now. Er’yday.


8 thoughts on “540 House Box-Off!

  1. ~jenniferlynn February 25, 2013 / 2:37 pm

    Man, I am exhausted reading this!!

    Pics are adorable!! And love all the action shots!! And yes, that one pic of you cute couple, is even cuter. 🙂

    Awesome job on the muscle-up!!!!!!!!!! I had a similar thing when I did my first strict pull-up. It was on my birthday and my boyfriend was paying me $100 for each one I could do (and prior to this, it was 0). I was told just DO IT. So I did. Two of em. Money talks. 🙂

    Hope you have a relaxing week!!

    • fabulousinfayetteville February 25, 2013 / 3:00 pm

      Haha that is awesome! I need to work more on strict pull ups–they are the fastest way to build strength which I REALLY need. THat would help a lot with my bar MU.

      Yeah I think I am going to go ahead and make today a rest day. 🙂

  2. jessgallegos February 25, 2013 / 9:39 pm

    So awesome!!! It looks like you guys had a great time and holy sh*t nice PR’s woman!!!! You are a BEAST!!!

    • fabulousinfayetteville February 26, 2013 / 8:43 am

      Thanks!! I was in a long PR-free slump on cleans, so it was really awesome to finally start picking up some heavy things 🙂

  3. jenniechris February 26, 2013 / 11:16 am

    Amazing!!! You’re a rockstar. I wonder if I’ll be able to do all those things someday?

    BTW, I made another version of turnip puree last night for dinner (and your kale, which was YUMMMM). This time I put in yogurt, dill, and a splash of balsamic. I’m pretty sure you could also skip the yogurt and use some other binder. It was lovely and went nicely with the kale. i’m glad you enjoyed eating dinner with us, and we should do it again super-soon.

  4. jenniechris February 26, 2013 / 11:19 am

    PS: the recipe for the puree that we ate was something along the line of: turnips and rutabagas, peeled cooked until soft. Throw in processor (or mash roughly) with olive oil, dill, and about 1/2 cup of almonds. Add a squeeze of lemon (less than 1/2–if you get a bit too much acid, add a splash of honey to balance). Salt and pepper until they taste good.

    Intuitive cooking just takes practice, and I consulted a recipe before I modified it, so I wasn’t starting totally from scratch.

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