GET OUT THERE

Get Out There: Jen – Tinker Bell Half Marathon

At the beginning of this year, one of our devout 6 AMers, Jen, ran the Disney Tinker Bell 1/2 Marathon. The race is 13.1 miles that starts and finishes inside Disneyland. Jen signed up for the race in July of 2013 thinking that she would use it as motivation to get committed to training and getting in better shape.

A few months after signing up for the race, Jen decided that she was going to give CrossFit a try as her training method for the race and luckily, we were right around the corner from her house. She showed up with her friend Melissa and from that first class in September, Jen and Melissa have come to class 3-5 days a week, religiously.

Jen Tinkerbell Half Marathon

In an admitted mistake, the furthest distance that Jen ran before the 1/2 marathon was 5 miles, but when she returned she said “I felt really good throughout the 13.1 miles and the pace I had for mile 1 was the same as the pace of my last mile. I felt really strong throughout and believe that not only was I truly physically stronger than I realized, but also mentally.”

This was Jen’s 5th 1/2 marathon, so this wasn’t a new task, but she said she was surprised that training only with CrossFit not only prepared her for the race, but allowed her to feel strong the remainder of the day at the park with her family.

Jen grew up playing many different sports and has done a lot of different things for exercise in her adult life, but as she says “this is the first time in my life that I can say I know what it feels like to feel strong. It’s pretty cool.”

Congratulations on a job well done, Jen! We can’t wait to see what the future holds for you with the hard work and dedication that you show.

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Get Out There: Scott & Christopher – 24 Hours of LeMons

Last fall two of our resident motor heads, Scott & Christopher, decided to get out there and participate in a 24 hour lemon car race at Sonoma Raceway. When we say “lemon” we mean it! Check out the event description from the organizers website:

The 24 Hours of LeMons is restricted to cars that were purchased, fixed up, and track-prepped for a total of $500 or less. At most venues, the racing consists of tech inspection and track testing on Friday; long-ass endurance-race sessions on Saturday and Sunday; and breaks for sleeping, eating, and Band-Aid application every night. Count on plenty of noise, prizes, water fights, and questionably civilized fun before, during, and after the track sessions. Finally, assuming you’re still standing, there’s the gala awards ceremony, wherein we present trophies, plaques, and winner’s purses paid out in nickels.

Although neither of the teams won any awards, they did have a great time and enjoyed using their fitness to help them extend their time in the car by reducing fatigue. They also reported much better mental toughness while in the car for hours at a time, which helped them be faster and smarter during later laps.

Check out the cool pictures of the “Killer Rabbit” and the “Uber Vogel” below:

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The Killer Rabbit (the white hatchback) narrowly misses getting hit
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The Killer Rabbit & Uber Vogel coming down the straightaway at a blazing fast less than 75 MPH
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Scott with his eyes on the prize
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Get Out There: Kelly, Catherine & Liz – Mermaid Series Sprint Triathlon, Capitola

Last Sunday, we closed the box to make a trip over the hill to show our support for three of our awesome female athletes, Coach Kelly, Catherine & Liz. It was a beautiful morning in Capitola and a perfect day for a race.

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Our girls had been training for months for this event by hitting CrossFit Endurance WODs all week, adding swims a couple nights a week and Saturday mornings, and going for bike rides on the weekends.

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The sprint triathlon started with a 600m swim out and around the pier and then parallel to Capitola Beach down to the main beach. They then ran up the hill about a quarter mile barefoot to their transition area and hopped on their bikes for an 11.5 mile ride.

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After the ride they dropped their bikes off back at the transition area and ran 2.5 miles through the surrounding neighborhoods and finished with about a 1/4 mile run on the beach where we were waiting for them with cow bells and high fives.

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All the ladies performed extremely well with Liz and Catherine both beating their previously years times and Coach Kelly coming in under 2 hours in her first triathlon event ever.

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Unbelievably, Coach Kelly we found out on Thursday that Coach Kelly had been training for the last 2 weeks and had completed the entire triathlon with a broken foot and sprained ankle!!! She had crashed her bike during a weekend ride and had been complaining of foot pain, but it didn’t seem too serious, boy were we wrong! She is such a trooper and she said she thinks the mental toughness she’s developed through CrossFit helped her push through the pain and finish the race.

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We encourage you all to sign up for events outside of CrossFit that interest you and let us know so that we can help you train for them and show our support when you go to compete. Don’t forget that Coach Kelly is CrossFit Endurance Certified and we do have resources available for specialized training outside of our daily prescribed WODs.

Murph enjoyed the race too! He tried to dig to China...

Murph enjoyed the race too! He tried to dig to China…

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Get Out There: Gabe & Diana Ride to Defeat ALS

A few weekends ago, Gabe and Diana took part in The ALS Association’s Napa Valley Ride to Defeat ALS. Not only were they Getting Out There and using their fitness to have some fun in an absolutely beautiful part of Northern California, but they were also helping to raise money for a wonderful charity.

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Gabe and Diana completed a 27 mile bike ride that starts in Yountville, CA (just north of Napa), heads up toward St. Helena, makes a loop down to Napa and then finishes again in Yountville.

From the look of the pictures it was a beautiful day in the Napa Valley and Gabe and Diana both said that they intend to participate in the ride again next year.

Gabe & Di on bikes

We are proud to not only see these two using their increased level of fitness to enjoy a long ride in a beautiful place, but also to see that they participated in such an outstanding event for charity and had a ton of fun doing it.

Gabe & Di mid race
The Ride to Defeat ALS has been a HUGE success since it’s inception and this year The ALS Association had a goal to raise $400,000 and they crushed that by raising $539,557. Although the race has been completed, if you are still interested in donating, you can do so here:

If any of you have a charity event that you plan on participating in, please let us know! We would love to spread the word within our community and get involved.

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Get Out There: Kelly & Dave Ride Bikes to LG

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As some of you may know, Coach Kelly has signed up for the Mermaid Triathlon in Capitola, which is an all women’s triathlon/duathlon that is going to take place on Sunday, October 6th.

With the event about 6 weeks away and a hurt finger that restricts her from picking many things up, she has kicked her monostructural (cardio) training into high gear and it has really inspired us to “get out there” and do some things we haven’t done in awhile.

Kelly and her friend Liz, Rusty’s girlfriend, hit the San Jose State pool on Saturday morning for some swim practice.
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Then, on Sunday, Kelly and I took our bikes on a nice 6 mile ride up the Los Gatos Creek Trail to Downtown Los Gatos for lunch and a lazy afternoon and then rode home a few hours later.

For those of you that are unfamiliar, the Los Gatos Creek Trail runs from Meridian Avenue (the entrance is down closer to 280 from the gym) all the way to the Lexington Reservoir just past Downtown Los Gatos.

The weather was beautiful all weekend and I couldn’t think of a better way to enjoy it than with a mellow ride while enjoying the scenery and getting some exercise at the same time.

On the way home during the ride through Vasona Park I made Kelly stop and take a photo in front of the ducks. Here it is!

Kelly Bike Vasona

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Get Out There: Scott Completes The Spartan Race New England

This past weekend one of our morning warriors, Scott Stengaard, flew all the way to New Hampshire to compete in a Spartan Race with one of his best friends.

When Scott walked in our door about 2 months ago, he was looking for a way to train specifically for this race and we were more than happy to help.

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Scott looking clean pre-race

The race consisted of just over 3 miles that were filled with 15+ obstacles, including rope climbs, army crawls under barbed wire, jumping over fire and A TON OF MUD!

This was the 3rd Spartan Race that Scott has completed and we’re hoping we can get a group together to join him for future races, hopefully closer to home. Let us know if you’re interested and we’ll get you in touch with him.

Here are the rest of the photos of Scott enjoying himself mid-race:

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Get Out There: Steve Rides Backcountry in Tahoe

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This past weekend our member, Steve Soto, and a group of buddies went on an awesome backcountry single track dirt bike trip around Lake Tahoe. They rode 170 miles out of Foresthill, CA into what could easily be described as the middle of nowhere, not using any trails. They camped for the night and then rode all the way around the lake and back to Foresthill the next day. They spent about 90% of their time using a roll chart on the handle bars of their bikes to navigate and even spent some time on 6-8,000 foot cliff trails where 1 wrong move and you fall of the side and most likely lose your bike.

This trip was a huge test of physical fitness and mental toughness. Below are a couple other photos that Steve sent me:

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Carson Pass

Carson Pass

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Get Out There Series

Welcome to our Get Out There page!

On this page we feature our members getting out there and enjoying their new found levels of fitness outside the box.

This could mean competing in a local race, going for a hike, doing a travel WOD outdoors, skiing, surfing, etc.

If you wear your Cróga t-shirt while doing this, we’ll give you extra props and you never know, we might even give you some free gear to sport while you’re out and about if you’re a frequent “get out there” feature.

So, without further ado, Get Out There! Make sure to take pictures and send them on over with a short note about your activity to Coach Dave, david@crogacrossfit.com, and look for yourself on this page soon after!

Maddie & Leigh climb Bishops Peak in San Luis Obispo

Maddie & Leigh climb Bishops Peak in San Luis Obispo

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Get Out There: Ben & Kristen Petty

Ben and Kristen Petty are on vacation in Maui, Hawaii and they decided to do a Travel WOD outside today. Check out their awesome view of the Pacific Ocean!

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The WOD was 3 Rounds: run 400m, 50 air squats, 25 push ups.

I’ll update this post when I receive some photos of them nice and sweaty as proof they actually did the WOD…

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Get Out There: Maddie & Leigh

After many conversations with you all during the month of May about going out and enjoying your increased fitness, we have decided to start a new series called “Get Out There”.

Whenever you “get out there” and use your fitness, we want to see pictures and hear about it (wear your Cróga t-shirts for bonus points)! We will then add your story to the “Get Out There” section of our blog and you will become a world renowned fitness superstar.

Our first member who really showed us what it meant to “get out there” and use his fitness was PJ. Check out the blog post about his high-speed adventures here.

Now, for our Get Out There feature of the week, Maddie & Leigh climbed Bishops in San Luis Obispo, CA!

Maddie flexin' on top of Bishops

Maddie flexin’ on top of Bishops

Leigh looking good on the way to the summit of Bishops

Leigh looking good on the way to the summit of Bishops

This hike is very popular among the students at Cal Poly SLO and with the view of the entire school and city, it’s no wonder why (panorama below). It is between a 4 and 4.5 mile hike to the top and as you can see, Leigh and Maddie picked a beautiful day to spend some quality Mother/Daughter time in the outdoors.

Great job girls!

Bishops Peak Panorama

Bishops Peak Panorama

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