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Expect the unexpected

Ninja Maddie

Stolen from Stella’s Instagram story haha.

Happy Friday! I feel like a shell of a person right now. I’m knackered. Almost two weeks of working straight has finally gotten to me and I think as soon as my brain registered it’s almost the weekend it thought it was time to shut down and go into sleep mode. I had a massive headache this afternoon and was just feeling like a zombie. I haven’t felt as tired as I feel today in a long time.

Last night Faye and I were going to do a wall ball challenge. It was quite funny when we we got to the gym, we were outside for about ten minutes wondering where Stella was and why the gym wasn’t open because we didn’t see a car. Then eventually I asked Faye if she had tried the door, she hadn’t and neither had I. Of course the gym was already open and I had been standing out there bursting for the toilet haha.

When we got in Stella said she had three WODs she wanted to do and asked if the rest of us there wanted to join in. Not knowing what they really were we decided to take part. Oh god, it was tough. I’m not going to name all the crazy stuff we had to do but Faye and I had to go on the assault bike for 40 calories between two of us and then alternate between cleans and box jumps for eight rounds and then go back on the assault bike again. I was really happy I managed all rounds with the 30 inch side of the box! I’ve been a bit lazy and comfortable and jumped on the 24 inch side for a while when I know I can jump on the 30. So yesterday I did it for the first time in ages and I didn’t fall which was a win for me as well. It’s so painful to fall on that wooden box. I’ve got scars on my shins from it…

We also had a wall ball, burpee and pull up WOD and as a “little” finisher as Stella put it we had to do 3km on the rower in a pair. I felt so nauseous at some points of this workout and it was a mental struggle. You can see what I looked like after the assault bike WOD in the image above from Stella’s Instagram story. It was a good challenge and something I need to do more of leading up to Rainhill in February.

I’m not quite sure when I get my workouts I need to do to see in which category I’ll compete in, they’re called seeding workouts. If I’m not mistaken it should be rather soon because Faye had quite a while to do them. I’m really wondering what they will be!

In other news I’ve booked my flights to go home for Christmas. I’ll be home for almost two weeks. I can’t even remember the last time I was in Stockholm for that long. An even more exciting thing is that Jamie, his mum Lea and brother Luke are all coming over as well to celebrate with my family. It’s a dream come true to have everyone in one place. It feels very grown up of Jamie and I to have families celebrating Christmas together. They won’t be staying for us long as I will but I’m so excited to share how we celebrate Christmas back home and just show them around Stockholm as well as meeting all my relatives!

I really need to look up a gym which I can go to whilst I’m there though because once I’m back it’s not very long until I would like to be in my best shape yet. Just to give myself the best possible chance to do my best. I know I’m not going to win but I do feel now when I’ve got time I should put in the extra work to make sure I’m at a good fitness level 🙂 Gives me a reason to push a bit harder.

Now I’m meeting up with Faye and maybe even Ross for a bit before I’m going to crash for the evening. My body needs rest big time. Tomorrow Jamie’s back in the evening. He seems to be having a great time over in the US so it’ll be fun to hear how his trip was.

Need to go now! Speak soon,

M xxx


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I can’t believe this just happened

Imagine the shock when I opened this email!

From my first ever competition, am I really putting myself through this again?

Gaaaaah! Yesterday I opened this email and this is what I read. I entered the last Rainhill ballot and didn’t get drawn but Faye did so I really didn’t have any form of expectation that I would get drawn this time around either when opened the email. Imagine the shock when this is what I read?! Rainhill is a big competition down in Manchester. Instead of doing a qualifier you enter your name in the ballot and hope for the best basically. If you get drawn you get seeding workouts which you complete and send in your results to find out what level you will be competing on. A great system because it means everyone gets an equal opportunity to compete no matter their ability. This is an individual competition, something I quietly to myself thought I would never do when I did Forth Valley Throwdown. However, I hate when I tell myself I can’t do stuff so I entered this ballot for fun to see if I would even get drawn.

My initial reaction when I read the email was no way I’m doing that. Then Faye pointed out the fact that I would regret not doing it, which was very true… I suppose. I would regret saying no now when the chance has been given to me. So now I have to pay for this spot and wait for the seeding workouts to arrive. We’re a couple from the gym who have been drawn for the same weekend, which is really fun that I won’t be the only one competing from G5. Oh god, can’t believe I’m doing this. Help haha, I’m actually terrified. But it’s a good scary.

I need something to work towards and now I’ve been given it. Now I just need to recover from this cold so I can start training for Rainhill. Road to Rainhill here I come! I’ll of course be writing as much as I can about it here on the blog and include you on my journey. It’ll be an emotional, that’s for sure.

M xxx

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SFFC update

Happiness after the final WOD was completed (then we decided to redo it the next day 😛 )

Hi lovelies! I’ve completely forgotten to give you an SFFC update. SFFC is a Crossfit competition down in Ayr. This competition is for a team of three and I was super happy when Faye and Lauren asked me to be the third person on their team. When we first signed up our team Peanut Butter Jelly Legs we had about a month to do the three WODS and of course we left it for the last week to do all of them haha.

Time just ran away and then we were on the final week and the score had to be submitted on the Saturday. So we pretty much lived in G5 trying to complete these workouts. We had a great time together but some of the workouts were tough. The added pressure of doing some of the movements synchronised with the other team mates added an interesting touch to say the least!

On the Thursday we did what we thought was the final contribution to this competition. We had completed WOD 3 but when we finished we were left the feeling that we could’ve executed it better. We had done a couple of mess ups which could’ve been avoided and wasted time. We had planned going for dinner to celebrate us completing the qualifiers and everything but by the time we reached CCA where we were eating, we had already decided to redo the final WOD the next day.

So on the Friday we came in before the Friday evening class to do the workout again. Faye’s mum was so nice to come in and help count. We managed to do the entire workout about 35 seconds quicker which felt loads better.

Last weekend we were waiting to hear whether we went through to the final or not but unfortunately for us, it was not our time. Despite that we didn’t go through, I’m still so happy we tried and there are always new competitions coming up so I just have to keep on trying! I like how I have something to work towards and whether I go through to a final or not it doesn’t really matter. One day this hard work might result in me qualifying. For now I’m enjoying the journey.

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Forth Valley Throwdown WOD 3

The assault bike felt surprisingly easy to the rest of the WOD…

The final push on the Ski erg

I don’t know how much Kirsty and I laughed at this photo of Stella screaming behind her haha

With the best coach, we couldn’t have done it without Stella’s shouting

Kilo and I watching Stella do her WOD. She was incredible!

What a team!

A week ago yesterday I did one of the scariest things I’ve ever done. I competed in a Crossfit competition. Still when I speak about to people it feels a bit surreal. Did that actually happen? Oh yes it did. Absolutely crazy.

So it’s time to speak about the final WOD. Competing is tough, not only doing the actual physical competing but also the waiting. After each WOD you need to mentally reload and be ready to go again in a coupe of hours. It’s not easy. When it was only WOD 3 left to I started to feel a bit tired. WOD 2 was quite long so the wait in between was very long. It’s tough to stay in the zone. I tried to refuel with some energy bars and salted almonds for energy. I didn’t want to eat too much (that could end so badly haha) but at the same time you don’t want to run out of energy during the workout.

I wasn’t too excited when it was finally our turn for our heat. I was tired from all the nerves and training. The WOD was: 25 cal assault bike, 40 ab mat sit ups, 25 cal row, 40 alternating dumbell snatches, 20 burpee box jumps and 25 cal ski erg. A WOD Kirsty and I thought we could do quite well in. It’s the kind of workouts we would do at G5 (minus the ski erg as we don’t have one). Before this WOD Kirsty and I had only ever tried a ski erg once before in our lives so we weren’t quite sure what to expect with that.

Kirsty started on the assault bike so she got set up. As soon as the guy said go I did not have to worry about having much energy left, the adrenaline came rushing back as if someone had pushed a button. I was back in the zone. The assault bike was surprisingly one of the easier parts of the workout (something I never thought I would say…). The ab mat sit ups felt alright and up until the dumbell snatches we were keeping up with the other teams. I’m not the fastest at dumbell snatches and because of the pace we were all going at we got tired quite quickly.

I couldn’t hear anyone really but looking at videos from Jamie and the G5 crew, people were screaming like crazy. At one point I heard Stella scream “Hips Maddie” on my snatches. That lady’s voice stands out in a crowd haha. Apparently she was following us along the lane on the side shouting at us. I only heard her at times. At the burpee box jumps we both were knackered and poor Kirsty felt slightly nauseous so I took did an extra burpee for her.

Then it was time for the ski erg. I was a bit worried about this part since I did still have a sore back and didn’t want to make it worse. In between the WODs I was convinced I wouldn’t be abel to the ski erg because moving my back like that made me so sore. However, I couldn’t feel my back at all haha. Stubborn Maddie was in action and I refused to give up. So there Kirsty and I were taking turns, giving it our all. Stella was standing close behind screaming at us to not stop. When I had done the final 5 calories it felt amazing. I could taste blood in my mouth. It had been so intense. Wow I thought, I have just completed my first competition. It felt crazy. A year ago if someone said I would be competing in crossfit I would have told them they were mad.

Jamie then had to leave to get ready for work back in Glasgow. I was so happy he had been there for support. I feel so much calmer when he is around. We then cheered on KJ and Julie as well as Stella in their heats. They were amazing. Stella was absolutely insane in her heat, her partner got loads of no reps on her muscle ups so Stella had to basically do all 40 of them. It was amazing to watch her smash them out.

It was then time for the prize ceremony. Kirsty and I came last in our category but it didn’t bother us what so ever. We both felt winners. I’ve never been prouder in my life. It’s crazy how good training and exercise makes you feel. When I was there I felt so amazing and I felt so happy with myself. I’m very hard on myself a lot of the time and am not very good at acknowledging when I’ve accomplished something. I usually just think I should be better and could be better but this day I didn’t feel that at all. I felt more accomplished than a lot of times I got a good grade at university. I love pushing myself and seeing what my body can achieve. It doesn’t cease to amaze me.

Forth Valley Throwdown was such a great experience. I’m now more motivated than ever to become stronger and better so I have an even better chance at the next competition. If you’re struggling for workout motivation, I’d really recommend you entering competition whether it’s a 5k race or a Crossfit competition. Even though you aren’t in it to win, it still pushes you to train harder.

The day was finished off at West on the Corner in Glasgow with the remainders of the G5 squad who were hungry. It was hands down one of the best days ever.

M xxx