Shaking Up Goals: Getting Out Of My Comfort Zone at Brick NYC

Since it’s January, it’s a good time to reevaluate my fitness goals and shake things up. I’ve been half-assed doing Crossfit for a year now. I know so many people who go all of the time and have made huge progress, but I’ve just never fully committed to going. My goal this month is to change that …and my long-term avoidance of morning classes.  I don’t believe in resolutions, but I damn sure believe in goals.


Recently, I got a chance to go to a morning workout with one my favorite Brick NYC coaches – Joshua Martinez.  Josh is predominately part of the morning crew, with only rare appearances to teach Barbell Club at night.  It’s funny, when I first met Josh, I was sure he was going to be dismissive of anyone who wasn’t a crossfit beast – and be annoyed at having to really break down moves to someone like me who almost never can do the RX weight for the bigger Olympic moves.  That turned out to be ridiculously untrue – Josh really just loves helping people get better, no matter where you are starting from. Having taken a handful of his Barbell class on the weekend, his insightful and helpful hints about form always make a difference.


In a normal class, he is still all about form and as he demoed all the moves that day, he gave us tips about how to do it right… and stressed that if you couldn’t do the RX weight, that doing the move correctly with a lower weight was far more important.  I love that. The workout that day was a ridiculous ladder titled “JP’s Nuts” – 20 dumbbell squat cleans, 30 calorie row, 40 dumbbell push presses, 50 pushups, 60 abmat situps, 70 lateral box step-overs and then, you work back down the ladder 60 situps, 50 pushups…. for time.

1Although the women’s weight on the NYC board was a prescribed 35lbs, I knew that my form was going to go to hell at that weight, so I did 20lbs dumbbells instead. 20 was seriously hard for me but doable with good form…. I felt a little better about that drop in weight choice when I saw Brick LA’s board had it listed at 25lbs! By the end, I was fried and took a little time to roll out on a lacross ball and high five people who were wrapping up that brutal ladder. Then still early in the day, my workout was done and I felt awesome.


In January, my plan is to do Crossfit 3 times a week in the morning, B|X once a week, Pilates at least once a week and then some cardio options (like Flywheel) a few times a week thrown in for good measure. It’s going to be an interesting January, that’s for sure… fingers crossed I don’t just keel over!


Photos by Eric Stafford, Stafford Sports Media.

Goals Not Resolutions

I don’t really believe in resolutions. I think they are almost always coming from the wrong place for me. They are usually about things to fix, things that are wrong, trying to be some version of perfect… so a few years ago, I gave them up. Fuck it. I just wasn’t doing them any more.

What I DO believe in is setting goals. Things that excite you. Now that is something I can get behind. Some goals are BIG some are small.

Princeton Quote

One big one that has been hanging out on my goal list since the NYC Triathlon was doing an Ironman 70.3.  Originally I was planning on doing another Olympic distance race like the NYC Tri but I just wasn’t excited – so 2013 passed without a race. Then a few weeks before Christmas, a random Ironman post on Facebook got me practically giddy – 2014 was going to be the inaugural Princeton 70.3. I wanted in.

Princeton is close enough that it wasn’t going to add a crazy extra expense to what is already a pricey venture but the course also just sounded nice.  It is also in September – plenty of time to train. Gulp.  I’m planning on doing the Brooklyn Half again this year so hopefully, that will help kick my running into gear again. The fact that the 70.3 ends with a half marathon is weirdly the only part that worries me!

So, after a few days of debating if it was just nuts to sign up for a 70.3 freaking Ironman, I bit the bullet and signed up. It’s really been the ONLY thing I’ve been able to think about since I did it but it has finally settled in that this is happening.  2014 is going to rock.

Making big goals happen sometimes takes a big leap of faith.

Next week though I’ll be back to trying new classes and checking out some of the ridiculously exciting studios that are popping up here in NYC! But, if you have any NYC Tri based classes that should be on my list to try or suggestions on how to learn to LIKE running, I’m all ears…

Image: The Princeton lake where the 70.3’s swim leg will be happening & one of my favorite quotes.