madonnaThat feeling in your lats and quads, that’s accomplishment; well that and the carnage of 14.5. Two days later, I can barely walk and my legs MIGHT have given out on me as I walked up the stairs to my office… I might have gone splat on the stairs…

Who is glad that the open is over? This gal is! It has been a roller coaster ride of muscle pains, demoralizing and remoralizing (it’s a word now) emotions, sucking air (followed by wine to forget the muscle pain) and thinking I could have done 1 more rep.

The breakdown by numbers…

205: Number of athletes registered for Team Trident

50: Team Trident’s place out of 330 teams in the Mid-Atlantic region

502: Team Trident’s place out of 4237 teams worldwide

1: One team, One community, One Team Trident

Be proud and give yourself a pat on your backs for being awesome then go hunt down the following people and give them a booty bump for contributing to the team score:

  • Katie Wasalaski
  • Jennie Cooper
  • Jill Forbes
  • Luc Tripp
  • Lindsay Williamson
  • Chriss Smith
  • Brandon Maupin
  • Will Brody
  • Alex Johnson
  • Karen Angeles
  • Maron Kim
  • Nick Libert
  • Katie Beal

14.1 was doable, as our alumni blue shirt Matt Kirkpatrick would say, “In fact, I haven’t seen anything that doable since myself in the mirror this morning.” We came out of that one with whip marks, our first consecutive double under or even our first double under!

The announcement of 14.2 sent most of us ladies on the hunt for a sports bra that resembled Madonna’s cone bra and hoping for her ripped arms to get boobs to bar. Most people were in an outrage thinking how dare Castro program chest to bar so soon in the open, does he want to weed everyone out? Of course not!! By definition, CrossFit is CONSTANTLY VARIED, just like life, you never know what is going to come next and it certainly does not come in a certain order weeding out people out at the end. Expect the unexpected.

14.3 compared to 14.2 was a breeze. WHEW! Some of us pulled a weight off the ground we never thought possible! It gave me the redemption I needed to feel good about the Open. Then came 14.4 and like a roller-coaster the 50 toes to bar made me want to crawl under a rock with my lady like calluses. Who else wished there were 50 cleans and 30 toes to bar?

14.5 has left us wrecked. I really did fall walking up the stairs to my office. My legs just could not take it… It was a good feeling to know I worked hard to finish, but not a good feeling to be face first on the stairs while people walked over me.

Overall, it has been a VERY eye opening OPEN. Lots of weaknesses have been exposed and so have lots of strengths. Take note of what you want to work on and write it up on the Trident board; hold yourself accountable!  Even if you did not sign up for the Open or log your scores online, keep track of your scores somewhere and use it as a baseline. I will guarantee you will see one of these WODs programmed at Trident or even during another Open.

Now raise your right hand, high up to the sky! Bend at the elbow so that your hand is behind your back. Now go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back because you survived a brutal Open! BOOM!!


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Warming up for the first WOD of the 2013 CrossFit Open.

Did you know that last year we had the second largest team IN THE WORLD? We came second only to CrossFit NYC… impressive for Trident’s second year registered as a team!

You may not have any strong feelings about the Open or why you should participate but I do, so bear with me as I step on to my soapbox!

Last year I could not quite put it into words why the Open meant so much to me, but after my first full year as a coach at Trident, I have come to realize why it does… I have Trident Pride! I am honored and proud to be part to be part of this great community of athletes. I learn something new EVERYDAY I am at Trident. I am thrilled to be able to pass on my lessons learned to the rest of the Trident community and am thrilled when I see you all pass on that knowledge to the next generation of athletes.  I have Trident Pride and want everyone to feel that pride and be proud of what we are doing here at Trident.

For me the easiest way to pass on that sense of pride to the athletes is through The CrossFit Open. Not everyone comes to Trident for the sense of community. Not everyone that CrossFits knows that with their membership comes a community that will support them. The Open is a way for them to bond and cultivate a community of their own within our over 600 members.

There are many reasons that Trident CrossFit stands out among the 20+ boxes in the area: the amazing coaches, the ginormous box, the awesome programming, the up to date equipment, the strong athletes, the community…  We come together in times of hardship, celebration and in remembrance.  Let’s honor what we have built at Trident by reaching out to those at Trident that may not realize the community they have backing them, let’s bring them into the fold, into the community that has enveloped us and enriched our lives.

I would hope that Trident has touched all of you in some way, good touch never bad touch! So reach deep and figure out why you are at Trident, what it has done for you and what you want to pass to the rest of our community that may not have been touched.


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Get your game face on!

It’s that time of year again where if you are part of the CrossFit community there is a buzz in the air—it’s the Games Season, baby!

For those new to CrossFit you may be asking yourself what is “The Open” and why do I care?  The Open is the first step in the annual CrossFit Games and to finding the fittest man and woman on earth. But more importantly, the Open is a chance to bond with your Trident community and cheer on your friends.

There are 5 workouts starting on Feb 27 and ending on March 31. Workouts are released Thursday and need to be completed and entered online by the following Monday. At Trident, we’ll be doing the Open workouts as our regular WOD during all class times Friday, with opportunities to make up the workout over the weekend and on Mondays.

Everyone has different reasons why they CrossFit. For some it’s a requirement for their job so they survive, for others it’s a way to survive all the things life throws at us; be it a stressful schedule, screaming toddler, hoisting 5 gallons of water up to the water cooler, or lifting your couch up to vacuum all the potato chips hidden underneath. Recovery, survival or just plain vanity (hey, we all want to fit into our clothes), we all have our reasons we come back day after day to lift heavy things.

I like what the Open stands for, an all-inclusive way to participate. Last year, almost 140,000 athletes competed in the Open, and we had 250 Trident athletes participate. It’s more about the community and pushing yourself a little harder than you thought you could.

My goal is to do better than last year, to see if my technique has improved, if I have improved. The first year I signed up for the Open we did a WOD with snatches… I was not able to get the weight up over my head and committed to work on this weakness. The second year, I was able to easily move the RX weight but not for the full 30 reps the WOD called for. This past year I have been practicing my technique and working on my strength and can’t wait to see how I have improved! Without realizing it, the Open has become my own personal baseline and check-in with my goals each year.

Everyone contributes to Team Trident whether you know it or not. Your enthusiasm and spirit motivates! So, get your game face ready and sign up to be a part of Team Trident!

Register for The Open here!


Our very own Chriss Smith was interviewed by Justin Judkins for the latest edition of CrossFit Radio. Listen to Chriss talk about what makes Trident different from other boxes in the area and how integral Chris Kelly has been on building Trident’s online presence. Didn’t know we are on FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram or of our awesome website? Well go like or follow us immediately!

You can listen to it here and check out other episodes here.


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Strength meets classy.

Vic is going back to the games!

Have you met Vic Hoyos? He is loud, always has a huge smile on his face and has a very distinct New York accent. He is the first to extend his hand and welcome you; he is that guy who is sprinting by everyone, moving more than anyone and doing it faster. He is also that guy who will come back and cheer you on until you finish.

For the second year in a row, our very own Trident’er Victor Hoyos has qualified for the masters division of the CrossFit games. Vic started CrossFitting in a tree house in his backyard. Yes, really.

As a newly retired 28-year member of the United States Army Special Forces and someone who still travels far and wide for extensive periods of time, you work out where and how you can. Garbage cans for box jumps, swimming with piranhas, overhead squat a friend… why not… Adapting to change it’s what Vic does. Above everything, he does not complain, he just does it.  And he does it with amazing grace and a lot of biofreeze. Vic embodies the spirit and definition of CrossFit.

As one of the coaches for Trident’s SealFit program, you often see Vic working out with the young kids who aspire to be like him. Vic is usually leading the pack by a few rounds, cheering them on to keep moving and finish.

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Vic’s strength and endurance is nothing compared to his heart. A humble warrior all of his life, the quiet and often silent acknowledgement of the Masters Athletes at The CrossFit Games suits him just fine.  For those of us rapidly approaching the Masters age category, we understand that old dudes don’t sell t-shirts.  While the CrossFit grey hairs will not be making an appearance on a poster or billboard near you, they are a tremendous inspiration and source of support for all of us.

You will often find Vic planning his next big endurance event, benefiting the Eagle Fund. His past few events have truly been epic, organizing 100 people to row from midnight to 8am, biking from DC to NY, rowing around the Hudson. Vic’s infectious enthusiasm and personality will convince you that anything is possible. Next thing you know you will be on a bike pedaling from DC to Boston with Vic behind you yelling at you to keep going!

So when July 23 rolls around and you think the Games don’t start until July 26, think again. The Masters competition begins on Tuesday July 23 and ends July 25. So don’t forget to cheer on Vic from wherever you may be. He would do the same for you!

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Vic’s Treehouse

 


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Andrea and Chriss looking sharp.

May 15, 2010 – HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

Three years ago today I hopped through the bay doors of Trident for the Opening WOD. I was greeted by Andrea and Chriss who had coached me at the box where I had previously WOD’d. Being the introvert I am, they were the only 2 people I had connected with during my time at the other box. It had been over 9 months since I had seen either of them, but they both greeted me by my first name like no time had passed. The WOD kicked my butt and I ran out of there heads down (INTROVERT), but I recognized how the people were different, the coaches were different, the community was different.  That Monday I was back for their first official WOD and I have not looked back since.

In the three years that Trident has been open I have seen the community grow, fostered by the vibrant personalities of Andrea and Chriss. I have seen athletes flourish into amazing coaches, self-admitted non-athletes become strong athletes, strong athletes become stronger and strong athletes become competitors.

I personally have grown immensely since that day three years ago. From “just a runner” to an athlete that can recognize my own strength. An introvert that can now make connections (it’s still a work in progress, but SO much better than before!). An athlete to a coach who strives to help others around me.

Yes this is my own personal journey, but I know you each have your own. So on this great day send a shout out to the wonderful founders of this great community, to the coach that pushed you to achieve what you thought you couldn’t or to the athlete beside you that didn’t let you quit. I would not be who I am today without their friendship, leadership and faith in me. Thank you Andrea and Chriss for being such amazing people! I strive to be like you two every day.

Next time you see them give them a high five and chest bump!

Sandy

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Team Trident taking on 13.5.

Team Trident taking on 13.5.

I learned that if you never attempt the heavier weights or attempt to learn a movement or perform a movement during a WOD you will never know if you can do them. I learned that if you don’t track your performance you won’t know if you improved. That sometimes you need to fail in order to succeed. I have also been reminded that the Trident community knows how to come together to support each other. What did you learn?

During the past 5 weeks, I have seen some truly amazing feats of strength, endurance and courage. Athletes surprising themselves and doing movements they never thought they could or lifting a weight they never imagined would go over their head. I have also seen the frustration and disappointment on the faces of the athletes that expected more from themselves. I have watched athletes turn into coaches, coaches turn into mentors and the gym turn into a tighter stronger community.

To those that came across a WOD where they think they disappointed themselves…. don’t beat yourself up, take every victory and remember the losses, they both will help you improve. Couldn’t push press 95#’s overhead? Next time we do push presses, don’t choose a lighter weight, choose a weight that is challenging that will eventually lead you to 95 lbs. Couldn’t’ do double-unders? Next time we have a WOD with double-unders, attempt them instead of doing 3 singles for every doubl-under. Feel free to grab a red shirt or a blue shirt and ask for help if you want to work on technique, we are always more than happy to help! If you never try you will never know what will happen. I’ll get off my soap box because you get the point! 🙂

Now pat yourself on the back because you finished The Open; five weeks of WODs that challenged you mentally and physically. You have made this tiger mom proud and fiercer than ever! Congratulations on your first second, or third Open experience. Now go hit that WOD at full capacity, because training for the 2014 Open starts TODAY!

High Fives!

Sandy

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Let's not do these again for awhile. (Photo from CrossFit Brier Creek)

Let’s not do these again for awhile. (Photo from CrossFit Brier Creek)

Doing 150 of anything is a daunting task, but then follow that up with 90 double unders and 30 muscle ups, then tie a ribbon on that and make it a 12 minute AMRAP! Welcome back 12.4, I did not miss you.

Big huge congratulations to all that came in and attempted 13.3. The first time Trident posted Karen (150 wall balls for time) as the WOD, I tucked my tail between my legs and called it a rest day. Last year when 12.4 posted this ditty of an AMRAP, I hardened my chassis, came in and took my punishment for skipping Karen the year before. I didn’t finish the wall balls in the 12 minutes allotted, so when we did this WOD again a few months later I was excited to redeem myself! I was able to make it through and complete 69 double unders, redemption felt good! This round my Karen time was a minute slower and I was only able to get through 7 double unders, I can’t wait for this to come around again so I can redeem myself (again)!

Getting over your fear of what is on the board is a huge feat; it’s also the first step in conquering it! So to all of you that saw the 150 wall balls and scoffed and still came in, give yourself a pat on the back and a some icy hot for your legs!

13.3 sure was a doozy, I can’t wait to see what 13.4 brings!

High Fives!

Sandy

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I’m not competitive by nature. My goal for CrossFit is to look good in my clothes and be able to squat over a public toilet when I’m old, not to win the warm up. I have no desire to compete in any CrossFit competition and when wodding never compare myself against anyone else’s time, rounds or weight. I compete against myself and want to push myself beyond what I think I can do, after all that is a big part of CrossFit. It makes you realize how much more capacity you have and how much stronger you really are. My goal is not to make it to the CrossFit games, I just want to look good naked.

With all this said, there is something about the CrossFit Open that speaks to me and motivates me in a way that I am not able to do on my own. I am a BIG proponent of signing up for the Open and “competing”; however you want to define that word. Maybe it’s the way Trident makes the Open WODs fun or the community at Trident that pushes me. There is something about the bonding in the Trident community when you are cheering for your fellow CrossFitter knowing that there is the possibility that they will beat someone else’s time in another gym, region, or country. Cheering (or screaming) at them to move a little faster and to suck up the pain for just a little longer.

The Open is a way to compete but without the pressure of the competition. I am not trying to win a prize, unless you consider the pride of knowing you did your best a prize (which I do).

The Trident community will not let us slack; they will remind us what comes with being a CrossFitter and a Trident athlete…

…We know we have it in us to do one more rep when we don’t think we can

…We know our strength is beyond words when we collect ourselves and remember good movement

…We know we are strong enough to do anything we set our minds to

…We know that failure is not what defines us, but what we do after failure that sets us apart

…And most importantly, we know NOT to put our hands on our hips! (Thanks for the reminder Cutty!)

Sign up for the Open and identify your weaknesses, improve upon them and just elevate your CrossFit game to the next level! I’m doing it will you?

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

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1 med. size rutabaga
1 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. almond flour
1/2 c. coconut milk
1 egg
1/2 tbsp. honey (not Paleo, but very minimal)
Nutmeg

Peel and cube the rutabaga. Boil until soft (about 20 mins) and then mash. A food processor works best since rutabaga does not soften and mash like potatoes.

Mix in the rest of the ingredients until smooth. Again, the food processor works great for this. Pour into a well-greased casserole dish (8×8). Sprinkle with nutmeg. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 mins


-2lbs Ground Beef (Grass Fed preferred)
-1lb Ground Pork (Grass Fed preferred)
-1 pack (usually ~12 ounces of uncured nitrate free bacon, Trader Joes has awesome Apple wood smoked uncured bacon)
-3 eggs from your local farmers market (not one of the 1/2 Billion eggs just recalled…)
-1 jar roasted red peppers, diced up
-1 Vidalia onion diced up and drained of any juice
-4 cloves of garlic diced up
-1/4 cup parmesan cheese if you want (not paleo)
-2 teaspoons oregano (dried) or 1 Tablespoon fresh)
-2 teaspoon dried basil or 1 Tablespoon fresh (more if you like basil 2 Tablespoons fresh for me)
– 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
– salt to taste (kosher)
– roughly a teaspoon as the bacon brings some of the salt
-almond meal – use some if your mixture is to moist

Get out the food processor and grind up the bacon until it is the consistency of ground beef. (I use the food processor for the onion and garlic since it is already dirty anyway…) Mix everything together and roll into your favorite sized meatballs. I like to pan fry them up in some coconut oil and finish them in the over. Serve over some spaghetti squash (check it out here with your favorite tomato sauce, salad with a balsamic vinagrette and glass of wine. Nice dessert – some fresh blueberries drizzled with almond butter.

No, it doesn’t make to much – make the whole batch and put them on a cookie sheet covered with foil and freeze them individually – then put them in a freezer bag for a rainy day – you can also use the mix for Bacon Hamburgers…

Want to add some zing to the meatballs – chop up some chipotles and mix them in for Chipotle Bacon Meatballs – unreal!!!


Each bite is a perfect combination of spicy pepper, juicy chicken and salty, crispy bacon. The MDA reader that submitted this recipe for the Reader-Created Cookbook Contest stacks up as many pickled jalapenos on the popper as they can stand for an extra-spicy version, but you can modify the recipe to tone down the heat. If you can’t find pickled jalapenos (or your local market is out of them, like ours was) jarred pepperoncinis are a perfect substitute. Simply slice off the top, clean out the seeds and slice the pepper open so the raw chicken fits inside. Wrap the bundle up with a slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick or skewer then throw ‘em on the grill. Over medium heat the poppers will take 8-10 minutes per side to crisp up and cook through. The aroma of bacon in the air will make you want to eat the poppers right off the grill, but for the sake of convenience consider making them ahead of time for the 4th of July, as they are equally delicious if kept in the fridge and served hours later.

As if this recipe wasn’t mouthwatering enough, our anonymous MDA reader had to take it one step further by suggesting we dip the poppers in our favorite creamy dressing. Since we happened to have a batch of homemade Ranch dressing in the fridge we gave it try. Not to be overly dramatic, but the combination of cool, creamy dressing with the spicy, salty popper was pretty much like heaven.

With or without dip, these Spicy Chicken and Bacon Poppers are our new favorite appetizer and we can’t wait for the 4th of July to serve them up again!

Ingredients:

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  • Makes 6-8 poppers
  • 1 large chicken breast
  • 6-8 pickled jalapenos or pepperoncinis
  • 3-4 strips of bacon

Instructions:

Cut chicken breast into 1? cubes. Marinate the chicken with salt and pepper, jerk seasoning or your favorite seasoning and oil.

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Place 1-2 slices of pickled jalapeno on each piece of marinated chicken or slice open a pepperoncini and put a piece of chicken inside.

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Wrap 1/3 – 1/2 of a piece of bacon around the chicken and secure each popper individually with toothpicks or spear multiple poppers on a skewer.

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Over medium heat, grill the poppers until the chicken is cooked through and the bacon is crisp, about 8-10 minutes a side.

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And if you’re so inclined…

Homemade Ranch Dressing

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 garlic clove, minced and mashed into a paste
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh herbs (chives, parsley, dill or a blend of all three)
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • salt and pepper to taste

Whisk ingredients together. Taste, then tinker with it until it tastes good to you. Kefir or Greek yogurt can also be used, apple cider vinegar can make it more acidic, and additional spices can be added.


Prep: 25 min, Bake: 60 min
Oven: 350, Makes: 6 servings

Ingredients:
1½ lbs butternut, buttercup, or banana squash***
1 large onion, sliced & separated into rings (1 cup)
1 TBS butter
1 med pear, peeled and thinly sliced (1 cup)***
Sprinkle of salt
3 TBS fine dry bread crumbs***
3 slices bacon, crisp-cooked, drained, and crumbled
2 TBS chopped walnuts***
1 TBS grated Romano or Parmesan cheese***
1 TBS melted butter
2 TBS snipped fresh parsley (opt)***

***Paleo substitutions:
– Any type of squash will work, but you may have to adjust cooking time
– 1 pear may not make a full cup, but don’t worry it will be enough
– For the crumble topping use almond flour instead of bread crumbs and
skip the cheese (although, it is very minimal and makes it tasty!)
– I always use dried because that is usually what I have (but only a sprinkle)

Directions:
1. Peel squash; slice crosswise into ½ -inch slices. (If using butternut squash, first cut the squash in half lengthwise.) Remove and discard seeds. Set squash aside.

2. Cook onion rings in the 1 TBS hot butter for 5-10 minutes or until tender.

3. Arrange half of the squash slices in the bottom of an 8x8x2 –inch baking dish. Top with half of the pear slices. Repeat layers. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Cover with the cooked onions. Bake, covered, in a 350 oven about 45 min or until nearly tender.

4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine bread crumbs, bacon, walnuts, cheese, and the 1 TBS melted butter; sprinkle over vegetables. Bake, uncovered, about 15 minutes more or until tender. If desired, sprinkle with parsley.