Civilian Military Combine NYC Urban Assault 9-22-2012

So yesterday I participated in The Civilian Military Combine–NYC Urbans Assault Mission 004. For those who don’t know what this is, this is the Crossfit version of a mud run. The course does have mud and the usual obstacles, but what it has that other similar runs have is ‘THE PIT!’ 8 minutes and 4 exercises, you do 75 thrusters, 44lb kettle bell throws, burpees and box jumps, 90 second of each with a 30 second rest in between–THIS is what set’s it apart from all the other races. The Pit beats you up for those 8 minutes before sending you out on the course. On this day the course was flat with a lot of running–no big deal since I had incorporated running into my exercise regimen.

I first did this race back in May, one of the trainers–Dominic said ‘hey we’re doing this race in Pennsylvania on Saturday, why don’t you do it–it’ll be fun!’ So being the dummy that I am I said ‘sure, why not?’ Little did I know what was ahead of me. I went and did the best that I could as I had no practice or training for this type of adventure or race, never mind the fact that we would be running up and down Camelback mountain–a place I have been to ski, but never to run up it! When was all said and done I finished 3rd to last–a victory right? Well not in my head, although I wasn’t expecting to win by any means, I had hoped to at least be mediocre…and finished in the middle somewhere!

I was so angry that the next day I IMMEDIATELY signed up for the next race which was yesterday, I don’t want to say I crushed it, but I DEFINITELY will not finish 3rd to last. It helped that I was carrying around about 60lbs less than I was carrying in May and I was in better shape. I knew the movements and had plenty of practice doing the movements. All in all a successful day in my book.

Additionally, I was able to convince several of my friends to actually do the race also, and they in turn convinced some of there friends to do the race too. Gabriella, Kate, Amanda, Noam, Brett, Adam, Elizabeth, showed up to do the race and everyone finished. Several others had signed up but weren’t able to make it for one reason or another, but all in all Team Shook Shook performed very well. It was a lot of fun, and I look forward to the next race where I will do even BETTER–I will be stronger and faster!

So as I sit here typing this I am jonesing for my next race, it seems that these things have become a bit of an obsession for me, well in the grand scheme of thing there are plenty of worse things to be addicted to right? Next up–Merrel Mud Run at Orchard Beach next Sunday!

Mixed feelings

Well, I finally did it, started moving my stuff out of the house and down to my place on Central Park West, I definitely had mixed feelings as I said before. It’s just very sad to leave my house, but on the other hand I am excited for my new adventures in the city. I spent the first night there last night, brought a lot of my clothes, enough so that I can stay there during the week and still come home until I am finally all moved out. Like I said I am torn between the excitement of leaving and the fear of the unknown.

I really shouldn’t complain as I have never been shy to try something new, I did move to Seattle right out of college and then there was time in Phoenix, and man I should stop going on. I wouldn’t mind moving out of NY in general, if only I could find something that I would like to do elsewhere. I am in this apartment at least for the next 6 months so lets see how that goes.

So it’s almost over…

There are days when the walls in the house scream at me more loudly than others, today is one f those days. Hopefully by next week at this time I will be gone from here where we lived for the last several years. I will no longer have my dog, my favorite cat dies a couple days ago and I still have another cat, but she is EVIL! Seriously, still love her, but not as much as Cyril as she is so moody–I guess she’s just being a cat!

I am both happy and melancholy at the same time. I am happy because I will be rid of this place and the memories of it and all that it was, it did mean something and I will miss my little town, but honestly my life is more in NYC now. I work in Hoboken, where I absolutely LOVE my job (for now), and then I am in NYC to workout, then after all that I have to schlepp back to Warwick, which really sucks–never mind all the money I am wasting on gas!

Warwick is such a nice little town, we ended up here after selling our house in Westwood, NJ. My lawyer is the one who actually recommended we look up here, I really wanted to stay in NJ, but the prices were just so ridiculous, we got such a great deal up here it was stupid not to jump on it, taxes were low, quiet area, close to Northern NJ, everything was good. But then I sold the stores and and wanted to move in another direction–enter Real Estate license, it worked for a while up here, but then the market tanked I still loved the Real Estate business but the business just wasn’t here anymore.

So I started working in NYC, did well, but answered an ad for agents wanted in NJ, when I got to NJ I couldn’t believe how easy it was. You know the old ‘10% of the people do 90% of the work,’ well I am in that 10% where I did a lot of work–quite frankly, I didn’t even consider it work, it was so much fun. That was three years ago, I was in Jersey City first, but when I moved to a Hoboken office, things got even better, I didn’t do as well last year, but that was for personal reasons, I’m back on track this year and will kill it the next few months!

Today being theĀ  official end of summer, not literally but figuratively, so things should slow down, I received about 30 or 40 leads over the weekend which I have to follow up on over the next few days, so it’ll be a good week for me! Well, enough of this shop talk, you get the idea, I love my job!

I started running recently my friend Eileen introduced me to her friend Caroline who is a runner, ‘not a fast one’ as she does remind us, but hell she’s faster than me, so what the hell’s the difference. I so HATE running, it’s not fun at all and I don’t look forward to it. Running with friends always does help, I guess it makes the time go by quicker and it does motivate me, as I have to be accountable to to these people, as is my relationship with G and Michael and all the others who motivate me every single day to be my best.

I will put up with the running because I am at 87lbs lost and I want to lose about 20-30 lbs more of FAT, and lean out more, I don’t recall seeing too many fat runners (well except me), so I am trying to embrace it. It would be so much nicer if after I run I didn’t have to drive 1.5 hours back to upstate NY, and I could just go to my place in NYC and shower and relax and get ready for the next day.

The place I got is on Central Park West, the park is right outside my door, I am so psyched! If that can’t motivate me to go out and run I really don’t know what will! AND, I can also go and ride my bike too, I’ve always wanted to live in NYC, Manhattan in particular, but since I grew up in the Bronx, I always lived in the Bronx. NYC has so much stuff to do, as opposed to living in ‘el campo’ where I live. Now I’ll have access to all of that stuff at my fingertips so to speak, I am so psyched about that.

So as I start a new stage in my life, I am wondering what is ahead for me? I am still bummed out to be alone, because who wants to be this old and be alone! But I am sure there is someone out there for me that will make me the best person that I can be and make me believe that I can love again, quite frankly right now I am REALLY, REALLY down on love.

I am going to be doing the Super Spartan race on Saturday, hopefully I will not die during the race and will be able to make it home to start packing and getting my stuff together. I am skipping the regular Spartan which should be done prior to this one, but when the hell has a challenge ever daunted me?

Again, as I sit here and just keep wondering what does the future hold for me…I will miss you–all of my friends in Orange County!