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Reflecting on Spartan

Shelley Nadeau

“Once my feet hit the ground, everybody hugged or high-fived me. I have never felt such a sense of accomplishment. I cried some more, wiped away the tears, and started running towards the next obstacle.”

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The Obstacle

“Upon completing the Spartan Race, I would have to say hands down my hardest obstacle was the tall wall climbs. I didn’t even really realize I had a fear like that. I remember heading to the first cargo net wall and thinking “Wow, this is going to be such an easy obstacle! Yayyy!” Then, when I got to the top, I looked down and saw Coach Flagg looking up at me and he said “Come on Shell, you can do it!” I froze. I instantly started crying and saying “No, I can’t do it!” I had a complete meltdown. Jenn Diaz was next to me on my right and then Adolfo was on my left. Coach Jake climbed back up part of the wall to be with me too. They were all offering me advice and telling me I could do it. All I kept doing was crying. Finally, with their guidance I slowly climbed over the wall, crying the whole way. Once my feet hit the ground, everybody hugged or high-fived me. I have never felt such a sense of accomplishment. I cried some more, wiped away the tears, and started running towards the next obstacle.”

“I felt two really amazing things completing this race: a huge win over my fears that could have held me back from climbing those walls, and an amazing realization of the community that we have built at our box. I trusted my teammates completely and felt so honored that they cared so much about my success. It was an absolutely amazing experience that I would do again in a minute.”

 

Doug Lane

 

“Well, let’s say this race has made me hungry for more and to keep pushing myself to get better.”

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I Am A Spartan

“So, I can say it “I conquered a Spartan Race”. Never in a million years did I think this would be an accomplishment, and oh, what a great feeling! I was able to finally test my body and stamina after a year of crossfit. The best part of this race is I was able to do it with friends every step of the way. I may have been a little nervous, but they were there to get me through it. Once the race started and I saw what I could do, I was eager to get to the next obstacle. I completed 22-24 obstacles, which is a great feeling. I was worried if I could keep up with the running in between obstacles, and honestly, I don’t know what I was worried about, because I kept getting stronger. I also didn’t know how I would fare with the strength events, and I surprised myself at how strong I have gotten. Well, let’s say this race has made me hungry for more and to keep pushing myself to get better. Words can not say how grateful I am for the coaches and my friends at Synergy who kept pushing me to get better and to get me where I am today that I can say “I’m a Spartan”.”

 

 

Geniene Manheimer

“At the race, I realized that I can trust my body.”

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The Obstacle 

“One of my biggest fears during the Spartan race was having to climb onto something high. In the past, I’ve tried to climb up on high ladders at treeumph and felt so terrified that I would have to come down. At the race, I realized that I can trust my body. I can trust that I can hold myself up and not fall. Ive learned that I let my mind build up obstacles in my head that aren’t really big obstacles for me anymore. (Box jumps are a huge mind block for me!) After the race, I realized all I accomplished, and I felt so proud and happy. It’s hard to put into words how awesome I felt, but it was great. Not only was it great finishing alone, but I would have never finished without the team!”


Tara Gancitano

“…it showed me anything is possible as long as you have your mind and body right.”

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When Your Mind and Body are Right 

“A few months back I was talked into participating in the Spartan. This would be my FIRST race of any kind, and leading up to the day, I was very very nervous and uncertain I’d be able to finish due to some very challenging obstacles (and fear of just watching Youtube videos from last year’s race). Race day came…and I was full of anxiety and fear, but I also knew that I had the most amazing team to keep me going the whole way and “quitting” wasn’t an option. I not only finished my first race ever, but I also climbed a 25 ft rope that I have never even attempted. In that moment—every part of me was determined to get up that rope no matter what it took. I got to the top with Coaches on the ground guiding me step by step. It was the most incredible feeling I have ever encountered and it showed me anything is possible as long as you have your mind and body right. I cannot wait to sign up for the next one and challenge myself even further.”

 

This is a reminder that our in-house competition sign up is still up. We’re currently at 22 participants (nice!), and we will draft either this weekend or early next week. All signees will need to sign up for the CrossFit Open, which can be done here! Can’t wait!

 

WOD

Skill work
A1 :45 second Handstand hold facing the wall
A2. 15-20 Banded Pull Aparts
A3. 30 double unders
x 2sets *
*rest as needed between movements

Strength
B1. KB front rack squat; 12-15reps – rest 90sec
B2. Single-arm DB push press: 6-8/arm – rest 90 sec
X3 sets
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21-15-9
Wall Balls
KBS

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