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CrossFit Open: 18.2 and 18.2A

Mixed emotions. I’m not going to hide this. But I had a taste of defeat this evening for 18.2 & 18.2A of the CrossFit Open. I was unable to make it to 18.2 A. I eagerly watched the unveiling of the workout Thursday night. And wrote down my plan and watched tips and advice on YouTube. But I severely underestimated this one. we had to do 10 rounds of an ascending ladder. Essentia
lly, we needed to complete 110 reps of dumbbell squats and front-facing burpees together and once done, do a power clean. All within 12 minutes. I “no repped” at least 10 of the squats and in the end only completed 108 of 18.2. And did not get to do 18.2 A’s clean. I got disoriented from all the burpees, my leg are on fire, and I can barely walk… On one hand I am disappointed that I couldn’t fully do this workout. But on the other hand I got to experience Friday Night Lights for the first time. I got to witness our elite athletes like @ernestospagnuoloabsolutely crush it. He did the 18.2 in under 5 freaking minutes ?CrossFit in general and then competing in front of so many CFNAC family members rooting and cheering is something I’ll never forget. I’ll learn from and cherish this moment forever. #crossfit #intheopen#crossfittraining #crossfitweightlifting@crossfitauroracentral / @crossfitnewmarketcentral

Mixed emotions. I’m not going to hide this. But I had a taste of defeat this evening for 18.2 & 18.2A of the CrossFit Open. I was unable to make it to 18.2 A. I eagerly watched the unveiling of the workout Thursday night. And wrote down my plan and watched tips and advice on YouTube. But I severely underestimated this one. we had to do 10 rounds of an ascending ladder. Essentially, we needed to complete 110 reps of dumbbell squats and front-facing burpees together and once done, do a power clean. All within 12 minutes. I “no repped” at least 10 of the squats and in the end only completed 108 of 18.2. And did not get to do 18.2 A’s clean. I got disoriented from all the burpees, my leg are on fire, and I can barely walk… On one hand I am disappointed that I couldn’t fully do this workout. But on the other hand I got to experience Friday Night Lights for the first time. I got to witness our elite athletes like @ernestospagnuolo absolutely crush it. He did the 18.2 in under 5 freaking minutes ?CrossFit in general and then competing in front of so many CFNAC family members rooting and cheering is something I’ll never forget. I’ll learn from and cherish this moment forever. #crossfit #intheopen #crossfittraining #crossfitweightlifting @crossfitauroracentral / @crossfitnewmarketcentral

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CrossFit Open: 18.1

WOW. I had absolutely phenomenal time getting back to routine post-PRK Laser eye surgery. Mainly because I got to compete with hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world in my first ever CrossFit Open workout! On top of the 5km run and regular WOD this morning, I got to do the Open 18.1. This was as many scaled repetitions as possible within 20 MINUTES of 8 knee-ups, 10 dumbbell cleans of 35 lb dumbbells and 14 cal Rows. Thanks to my judge Trudy and motivational coach Elaine of Team Hundy P (team Red) and @nikkimatarazzo for 18.1 tips and for making me go all out. Having people root me on was a first! In the end I got a total of 269 reps!! Despite still having hazy vision, I surprised myself and most importantly had a ton of fun! #INTHEOPEN #BEASTMODE #THISIS30@crossfitgames @crossfitauroracentral

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Listenings to Audiobooks and Podcasts during Eye surgery recovery

During my recovery, I used my time to fill myself with knowledge that matters the most to me. Normally, I’m a fan of reading physical paperbacks, but with my recent PRK laser eye surgery, I wanted to avoid straining. Fortunately audiobooks are a thing. I listened to 5 inspiring books on Audible. Additionally, I caught up on 20 podcast episodes on a wide range of topics from health, fitness, nutrition, and even paranormal mysteries. I strongly recommend you check out these books: “Chasing Excellence” by @benbergeron, “Finding Ultra” by @richroll, “The Obstacle is the Way” by @ryanholiday, “Free Will” by @samharris, and “Sleep Smarter” by @shawnstevenson. Even in what seems like downtime, make the most of it. Use it as an opportunity to grow. “Never whine, Never complain, Never make excuses.” – Ben Bergeron #THISIS30

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Post-PRK Laser Eye Surgery

I CAN SEE! Though still kind of hazy and out of focus here and there. But I had a pretty good PRK Laser Eye Surgery experience at #Bochner Eye Institute. A BIG thank you to Dr. Raymond Stein and his staff for their wealth of knowledge, care, and expertise. They freed me from 15+ years of terrible vision. My prescription was around -8.5 in both eyes. My entire world was literally seeing the bokeh of a f1.8 prime lens. It’s been a week since the procedure and have had minimal discomfort and side effects thus far. The one funny frustrating thing was that I was absolutely dying to get back in the gym or run out side. Even though I was “off sick” due to the fact that I couldn’t clearly see to drive to work or see fine details, my whole body and limbs was perfectly fine. To counter this, I annoyed the crap out of my mom by walking around the house hundreds of times to keep my step count over 10,000 and did light tabata movements to keep the blood flowing. I can’t wait to get my hands on a barbell. Overall, this was definitely a positive milestone moment in my life where I got time to recover and reflect on the important things I value. Plus, I get to wear these nifty “solar shades” for a few weeks. Doctors orders! My vision only continues to improve from here. I’m absolutely looking forward to doing more fun activities this summer and taking my life to the next level #THISIS30

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