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Written Friday, 16 September from home.


Watching for the next wave

That’s correct; the season is almost finished. Our vacation is over, we are home, came home yesterday, and the boat will be hauled out in less than two weeks.. The weather forecast which had seemed OK at the beginning of our final two weeks, crapped out on us again with winds blowing well into the high 20 kt. Still we had fun. And so did the dogs.

After our first day playing in AbFab, we continued the practice Wednesday-Sunday. We didn’t use San Graal to go anywhere as the forecast couldn’t string together two days in a row where the wind would be favorable for anchoring or passage-making; but the beginning of the second week looked promising.


This is where they ran. Was covered with water at the beginning of the season

We explored harbors and beaches we hadn’t got to/couldn’t get to with the big boat. There is something to be said for stepping off the boat into knee deep water and walking the anchor in to set it. We took picnic lunches and treats for the dogs. We met other dogs and their owners and the dogs had wonderful puppy play dates. And they got to run. And run. And run. Probably ruined them as hunting dogs now because they spent most of their time flushing and chasing after seagulls and sandpipers.

We tied the RIB to the dock across from the big boat and every time the dogs would come back from shore to San Graal, Ebba would invariably jump into AbFab and look at us expectantly, like, “Come on, let’s go play.” And she just loved the speed and trying to eat the bow waves.

On one occasion, we came back from a burn around the bay and obviously both dogs were desperate to potty because as we came close to the dock, even before we had had time to wrap a rope around a cleat, both dogs jump off on to the dock and side-by-side, they trotted down towards shore, pee’d, and together, trotted back to the boat. And neither Paul nor I had to call them once. It was very funny and rather cute to watch.


Long tether

As I mentioned, Ebba loves to lean over the side and try to eat the waves. Or at least she barks very loudly at them. I, obviously, have to keep a very tight leash on her otherwise she would be over the side and in the water in her excitement. Initially, I let her have enough slack so that she was able to put her head almost in the water. But then I got to thinking that that was probably not such a good idea. If she fell overboard whilst we were doing 20+kt, the drag would probably rip off her head. So I shortened her leash, much to her annoyance, and reasoned that if she did slip over then at least it would only be her back legs that got dragged.


Shorter tether

And as if to vilify my reasoning and actions, Paul shared an article published in a boating magazine, Practical Boat Owner, that had done a study on tethers – long vs short – and concluded that although the short tether is more bothersome in that it has to be continually clipped, unclipped and reclipped, it was more likely to prevent you from drowning and/or being bashed against the hull of the boat.

This week, our last week of vacation, we managed to get across to Canada and visited Colchester Harbor – a new port for us. Very tiny, lovely people, dog friendly, a rather weedy beach (but that was probably because they had had strong onshore winds) and town is closed on Mondays – when we were there. The plan was to spend the night there and then mosey on eastwards to Leamington, spend the night there and then come back across to Sandusky. But the wind decided to switch direction and strength earlier than predicted so we left Colchester in an increasing SW wind – bad direction for Colchester’s harbor. Narrow entrance + big waves made for some nerve-wracking moments. We ended up at Middle Bass Island State Park Marina.

On my soap box: all Canadian marinas monitor, I think, CH 16 and 68. US marinas have no consistency in channels monitored. So calling MBISPM on CH 9, then 16, and 68 was met with utter silence. I ended up calling on the phone to make sure there was room for us. When I registered, I asked if they had heard my calling – I always wonder if the radio has malfunctioned – and they said, “No”. Hmm … “don’t you monitor CH 16?” “No, only CH 71.” I thought it was unwritten boating law that everyone listening to marine radio would listen to/dual watch with CH 16, the international distress calling channel because you never know, you might just be the one to pick up the Mayday distress call and need to pass it on to the Coast Guard.  Off my soap box.

I have always had mixed feelings about MBI marina, mainly because of the amount of goose poop that was always lying on the ground. I knew it wouldn’t be a good match for the dogs because if there is one delicacy that my dogs love, it is goose poop. Fresh or old, doesn’t make a difference. However, I was pleasantly surprised this time; there was very little around. Made walking the dogs so much more fun without having to constantly tell them to, “Leave it”. And because the place was virtually empty, they were very lenient about me not putting the dogs on their leashes. I know the staff must have seen the dogs running but they didn’t cause any trouble, the dogs or the staff. And we found a new path through the trees to explore with squirrels and chipmunks and a few geese and lots of ducks. Dog heaven.

One thing that did come out of this forced in-harbor stay was that I managed to get both dogs to run with me while on their leashes. Ebba was already a master at it but Bella was rather a loose cannon when squirrels were darting about. Ebba did a good job of setting the example and Bella is a fast learner and a good mimicker.


Hard to take a selfie when bouncing along at 20kt

So here we are, at the end of another season, one that was rather shorter than usual due to one thing or another, David and Bekah had a baby and we had to of and visit, we opened our own gym, Anna and Brad got married, Anna qualified for the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games … But it was a good one particularly with respect to the learning curve for both us, Paul and me, and the dogs. Last year, we had Ebba, one dog on board; we really were quite apprehensive at the start of this season as to how the dogs would cope together in such a confined space. And we had similar issues. Ultimately though, all’s well that ends well except we never got them to pee or poop on the boat. But most importantly, the dogs like boating and, we like Boating with Dogs!


Image Not the most flattering photo of me in recent years but definitely the most emotional. I got to spend the weekend with all of my family. David and Bekah drove up from Virginia Beach last night to spend quality time with Paul and me and to watch Anna today as she competed in the final 2 WODs of the CrossFit Regionals trying to secure a spot in the 2014 CrossFit Games at the end of July.

Image After yesterday, day 2 of Regionals, Anna was lying in 5th overall and 7 points out of 3rd. Looked like a tall order but nobody gave up hope. However, I was so emotionally drained at the end of yesterday, I literally fell into bed and passed out.

This morning I managed a short traveling WOD I made up just to try to settle my nervous tension (it didn’t work). And then we headed to the Patriot Centre where Jordan, Eric and Rob, who I think camped out at the Centre last night, managed to save 2 full rows of seats. Not sure how they did it but we were very grateful for their tenacity because the seats were just perfect.

I won’t go into details of the workouts, Anna will do that tomorrow. But suffice to say, she went out there with grit and determination and was obviously on a mission. She was going to do all within her power to improve her score and just hope that others would do their bit to make it happen. She blasted the field on event 6. OMG. She drove it into the ground. And then event 7, she didn’t panic, kept her cool and nailed it too. She owes me another trip to the hair stylist to cover up my latest shock of grey hairs.

It was a fantastic weekend all round, made even sweeter because David and Bekah came up and we were able to celebrate his last weekend’s attempt at the 100 mile race. And Paul, forever my rock. Thank you Paul. Love you.



Potentially going to do something really relaxing tomorrow, like stand-up paddle boarding.

Never doubt yourself



Firstly, I have to say a huge thank you to Paul, Brad, Anna, Steve, Jen, everyone else who came to the box to support me today and all of you who have sent me messages of support. You have no idea how much this means to me and how much it encouraged me to try even harder. Paul, for waiting and running around for me and picking up after me. Brad, for his patience as he encouraged me and guided me through my lifts and attempts at handstand push ups (HSPU).

Image(Practicing my clean)

I attempted two WODs today – Masters Regional 14.1 and 14.3. 14.1 was fairly straight forward – a 1-rep max clean (from the ground to shoulders). 14.3 was rather more complex – 3 rounds of 40cal row, 15 handstand push ups (2″ riser for my age group), 40 double unders.

Image (my 105lb 1-rep max)

My max for any sort of clean was achieved last week at 90lb so I wasn’t sure how much more I would lift today. I had to keep telling myself that this is all a learning experience, to really test my limits and it did. I managed a PR of 15lb to a final lift of 105lb. I was rather pumped about that. Plenty of work still to do, particularly on my technique but that’s OK.

We went back to the box this afternoon and I tried and tried with Brad coaching me through each practice attempt at the HSPU. Story behind these; as of a week and a half ago, the most I could do was one or two with 3 ab mats under my head. Last week, convinced that HSPU would be in this set of WODs I practiced and practiced like mad. I also went through all past CrossFit Games Masters’ WODs and the standards for my age group was with 4″ riser i.e., 4″ (2 ab mats) of padding between my head and the floor. And I was so excited on Tuesday that I had got them, albeit in ones and twos but I would be able to do the movement in a WOD if called for. However, the 2″ riser (one ab mat) I just couldn’t get it. My shoulders and arms just couldn’t get me up that extra 2″. Eventually, Brad and I decided that I should just start the row and then give it my all at a few attempts at the HSPU. You never know until you try. I tried and now I know. Today was not the day I was going to do a HSPU with only one mat. But that’s OK too. I had pushed to my limit and left it on the floor.

So thank you again to everyone. The energy was so positive.

Whatever you are doing tomorrow, have a great day. If you are traveling, be safe. If you are WODding, WOD hard. And if you are cheering on your children, you’re the best!


Never doubt yourself


“A certain percentage of CrossFitters will surely experience some kind of blues in the next couple of weeks. They may question why they ever cared about the Open in the first place, and they may struggle to find a reason to continue training at the level to which they are accustomed.”


This doesn’t only hold true for CrossFit. I have suffered from after-event depression. Paul, Anna and David will vouch for this. I become a real ‘bear with a sore arse’ never mind monkey butt. From my point of view, I think it is that I have worked so hard towards my goal, followed a routine, been fairly strict about my diet, disciplined myself to go out even when the weather was at its least inviting. And then it’s over. Gone. And that feeling of “now what do I do” is overwhelming.

The article that I have linked above has some pretty good ideas of how to overcome this ‘blue cloud’ feeling. In the past, I have always tried to have a smaller event scheduled 3-4 weeks after my big event so I still had a reason to run and that time period of still training but not quite so intensely allowed me to begin planning my next big event.

However, after last  year’s 2 half ironmans, I decided I needed a complete change (which is one of the suggestions in the article) and I took up CrossFit. So different and such a novice, it was a whole new challenge. One which I have embraced quite well, I think.

A couple of other ways I use which were also suggested (I should have written the damned article) are:

1. eat cake Image Actually, not sure if this one was suggested.


2. have a support system of friends and family ImageImage


Friday tomorrow. Time to chill.


Never doubt yourself


but fortunately not while we were running outside. Image Anna and Emily after 14.5 (1st WOD this morning).

Image Anna and Emily after Gold Medal WOD (2nd WOD this morning). I wish I had their powers of recovery.

On the way to the box this morning, traffic was slowing to a standstill on Rt 28 (one lane was closed off). We had almost come to a stop when BUMP, the car behind us made contact. Paul has had his car for 3 1/2 days. I didn’t get out but Paul checked and said that the car behind hit the tow hitch. Didn’t damage our car. Not sure what it did to the other one.

It has rained for most of the afternoon. I suddenly realized, it seems like ages since we had precipitation that wasn’t white and frozen. Made for quite a nice change. However, it will potentially change over to snow during the night and our drive up to the boat tomorrow could be rather messy.

The west coast of the US is having a really hard time at the moment. There was that horrible mud slide early this week and now in CA they have had an earthquake with numerous aftershocks. Hopefully that will be the end of it for a while.

The plane wreckage still hasn’t been located.

And finally, I was looking on the CFMTL web page today and noticed that one of the headers was “Fitness in 100 words”. Well, I decided to write my own definition for ‘CrossFitness’. (I apologize if my blogs are boring to non-crossfitters.)

CROSSFITNESS in less than 100 words

Cross training for everyday life
Register for a class or two
Or try a Community WOD
Stick to the plan
Strength will come
Friendships will be forged
I and we work together
Train hard, play hard
Negative thoughts are not allowed
Every single day is a new challenge
Suck it up
Success awaits you!  (54)


Never doubt yourself

Image“Pittsburgh is the best place to live in the US”, at least is was in February 2011. This report was forwarded to me today. It appeared in a UK online newspaper today but the report is dated Feb 2011 (  I wonder how the city would fare today. I got my car back today; I am a happy lady. The swimming pool in which I train has a new heater. For the last two weeks the water hasn’t been heated so has been getting colder and colder. It got to the point that it felt like getting into open water for swimming. Good training for my half ironman I suppose. David has one more week until his marathon. Good luck David. Anna just finished the first open WOD for qualification to the regional finals for the CrossFit Games. Nice job Anna. We are going to the boat again tomorrow; more polishing. And the lift on our garage door finally broke this evening. Fortunately the door has manual locks to secure it. Snow is almost gone. Supposed to be a beautiful weekend. Not sure skiing is an option on Sunday. We’ll see. Have a great weekend.      Joanna     (Thanks for reading.) I like my photo from  yesterday’s walk so I thought I would share it again.  Highland Park Reservoir


ImageWent to the shooting range today. Haven’t been for over a year so we decided to dust off the guns and show them the light of day. It was quite crowded and very cold but had fun and still got quite good grouping except that I had to put on my long-distance glasses to actually see where my shots had landed. Didn’t need them to see the target, just to see exactly where I had hit it. Also managed to go for a walk this afternoon. Had gone about 4/10 of a mile before my leg started hurting. Had another 2/10 to walk back to the car. Still it’s more than I could do last week when I couldn’t even walk around the grocery store. Any progress, no matter how small, is always good.  I took the opportunity to take a couple of pictures, hence this Well Trodden Path. Have run this one quite a few times.IMG_0568

This was quite pretty too.


It’s the Oscars this evening. Not going to watch; will find out tomorrow. Actually am watching the 50th anniversary of Dr Who, and last year’s CrossFit Games. Those women are amazing. Hope you are feeling totally recharged and ready to face another week. Don’t forget to smile; you will feel better.   Joanna