Congratulations to Sam T!
Sam completed a half Ironman back in October! Aside from her amazing dedication to such a feat, she attributes her success to her training at MBS. Here’s her story…
As I turned 40 this year, I felt the need of doing something challenging, out of my comfort zone and beyond my limits, and so I decided to sign up for the 70.3 Miami Ironman triathlon 2014, something I never thought I was able to do, considering the fact that I am not a PRO, had just completed sprint and Olympic triathlon distances, and not the best runner.
I started training a year prior the race. The first 6 months I decided to work on building strength more than cardio (swimming, biking and running), and I took the chance of trying something new, rather than just sticking to a regular triathlon training plan. So, I joined the crossfit community for the first time at MBS, loved it since the beginning, regardless the fact that I wasn’t able to do a RX WOD, or even do a strict pull up, it was a tough start and sometimes I felt very frustrated, but never gave up, and why did I stay? Because of the great coaches, amazing people, and the challenge that involved just being there, no matter how difficult the WOD’s were.
After 6 months of doing crossfit, I realized that incorporating it to my training, not only gave me the strength to perform better at the races I did prior my goal, it gave me the confidence and the mental strength I needed to cross the finish line. As a triathlete, I would say that, at the end no matter how many hours you train, your confidence and a strong mind is what will drive you to the end!
Last but not least, is nutrition, a key part of endurance races, I tried to follow a healthy diet, based in lots of veggies (love green juices!), lean protein, and good carbs including oatmeal, and whole grains, not very paleo, but great sources of energy for long days on the road), eating 5 meals a day, oh yes! I was eating like a PRO!
At the end, is just a matter of knowing that if you work hard and put your 100% effort and all your heart on it, not matter how difficult or impossible it seems to be, you can accomplish anything you want in life! …don’t forget always to have fun!….and yes, I made it to the finish line!!!!
Many thanks to all the coaches at MBS, to my coach Emilee and to the great 9:00 a.m. group (Mandy, Heather, Erika, Stacey, Val, Tantum, Amber, among others), you are all an inspiration!
Workout of the Day
Row 1000 meters
30 Power snatch
L3 – 75/55 lb.
L2 – 65/45 lb.
L1 – Do 20 reps of everything at 65/45 lb.
10 minutes of mobility
SKILL – SDHP, Pullup, box jump
10-1 reps for time:
SDHP, 75/55 lb.
Box jump, 20/16″
Post your scores to the whiteboard.