Let’s start with the Terry Fox Run. It’s next Sunday the 18th, it’s for a great cause and a great community event. The Four Season’s hosts the event, and did a great job last year. There are 2 distances to choose from, a 4.2km and a 7.2km. In english, it’s for all abilities. It’s also taking place of the running club on Sunday.
Speaking of events, it’s sugar free september. And wow!!! Out of all of the nutritional challenges, this one by far is the hardest to comply. Yes, a whole 30 is meant to be sugar free, but, when you are eating 100% clean and you suspect there is some sugar as an ingredient in a food…. let’s say un-necessarily in a beet salad. You wouldn’t consider yourself having cheated. After all, what’s so bad about beet salad. (FYI, sugar in the beet salad at Olive’s, and it’s delicious.) But to do that this month is a fail! And so yes, I have failed a fair bit in my sugar free month of September. And in most cases, I’ve been blindsided by foods that are healthy, mostly whole, and just those few ingredients, some sugar has been added. I’d love to hear how everyone has been doing. Personally, out of 11 days, I’ve cheated once on purpose, 3 times eating with family, 4 days accidentally, leaving only a few days where I could meet the standards.
For the record, you guys challenge the heck out of me. On Saturday, Clo commented that had never done as many benchmarks as we do here. She’s trained at other CrossFit gyms. All within the same context of me saying just how many updates need to be made on the leaderboard, it’s insane how many times and scores have to go up there. Allow some explanation. First, let me explain why the leaderboard needs to be updated so badly…. It’s because you are kicking some major a$$! As coaches, we program to improve your fitness. Which, we measure in a series of benchmarks and tests, and the sign that we keep improving on our scores is a sign we are trending in the right direction. We definitely see this more in the summer. And it’s because many of our tests we can only do in the summer. And, it’s also because since we only do them in summer months, that means you are improving on scores you did last summer. Long and short, we need to know that our programming is working. And it’s really important, that on all levels, from our fittest athletes, to those who are brand new, can measure and see our results. I don’t want you to take my word for it. I need you to know. So, if you see a lot of tests, we may feel that it’s time to see you kick some butt, or, we want to create a baseline for future reference.
And this all ties in to our new Zen Planner scheduling software. You can now enter your results from our daily workouts. It serves more than 1 purpose. Here’s why you should, other than everything I mentioned above.
- It helps coaches have data on what you’ve been up to. I can look you up, see how you’re doing, and check very specific things if necessary. Like, what you did for your last 2k row, to help guide you through the next one. Or to help you execute a row of a similar distance, or intervals perhaps.
-It allows you to keep track so that you can see your progress! This is huge. You work hard, you’ve earned the right to reward yourself for your progress.
-It creates a daily leaderboard. Ok, I’m not competitive;) I only will push myself to the point of nearly exploding. (It’s true, just ask Marley, Austin and Candice, I literally thought my arms would explode this week, and or I might pass out.) I didn’t get to that point because I wanted to better than anyone other than myself. I wanted to look at my results and know that’s the time I earned and worked for. Putting down for the world to see gives me that little bit of motivation. Of course, the system allows you to keep your scores private, and that’s not a problem, but, you can still see what’s been done throughout the gym. And hopefully that can give you that extra spark.
You can track workouts on the app and on a desktop. They won’t be visible until the day of, and it’s up to you to choose to look at them. I’ve always liked not posting the workouts anywhere. So, please don’t use that information against you. Meaning, you better not cancel because you know the workout. They A- can still change before you get her. They can B- be wrong, i’ve known to make mistakes. And C-can easily be modified.
You might find up to 3 workouts entered/day. So please make sure if you look ahead, you choose the right one. CrossFit, Comp, Endurance, Olympic Weightlifting.
As for the layout…. no more words left to describe what we’re doing…. But you can also find out!