And that was that.
My first CrossFit Competition completed. It felt good, real good. I was extremely happy with my team (two 15# PRs @ 150# – clean!!) and just tickled by the amount of people cheering on and encouraging each other for a like-cause.
There have been times, recently in fact, that people question my participation in CrossFit. And that’s ok, I get it.
It’s loud, it’s in your face, it’s painful and obnoxious.
But it has energy. And that’s why I’m fixated on it and constantly feel drawn to it.
Have you ever been to a MLS game? It’s craaazy. If not, remember back to your college tailgating days: people gather, have some fun, joke around and as soon as they step into the stadium, it’s game time.
That’s exactly how I feel. It’s not the weight, the cockidence oozing from the gym doors nor is it the exhilaration I get from near-death wod experiences (believe me, I want to stop 90% of the time). It’s the atmosphere, the people and the encouragement. Who wouldn’t want to be in a setting where people are cheering you on, pushing you past your defined limits and encouraging you to do better? To me, that’s how workouts should be, that’s how anything should be — you should have a community behind you, cheering you on and pushing you to be better. Simple as that.
So for any nay-sayers, I ask that instead of formulating ideas from CrossFit memes and remixed YouTube videos, base your assumptions off of a hands-on experience – step into a CrossFit gym, experience the energy and the community. I want you there and I want your best.
Now – for the important stuff. Muffins.
I made some Paleo Banana Muffins for the CrossFit competition and they were just simply wonderful. I combined about three different recipes into this bad boy and, SURPRISE, they turned out deeeelicious.
Highly recommend making these. Be careful, you can’t just eat one.
Paleo Banana Muffins
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- 2 c almond meal/flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tbs cinnamon
- 4 eggs
- 1/4 c pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 tbs coconut oil
- 2 bananas, mashed
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line muffin tin with muffin cups.
- Whisk eggs in a large mixing bowl.
- Combine mashed bananas, maple syrup, vanilla and coconut oil into egg mixture. Stir to combine.
- Add almond meal, baking soda, cinnamon, salt. Stir to combine.
- Drop 1/4 c of mixture into each muffin cup.
- Place in preheated oven and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
- Muffins are done when top is slightly browned and firm to the touch.
- Add walnuts or dark chocolate chips :)
- Make a protein version and add 1/4-1/2 cup protein powder to batter + 1/4 cup water.