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Everyday is a Chance to Change Your Life

by Amy Crouse July 24, 2015

Now that the dust has settled from Regionals, these past few weeks I have been left to my own devices as far as training goes. While I love my training environment-it is winter here in Adelaide, Australia and that can mean nice “wintery” days with a light breeze and mid 50’s or bone chillingly cold rainy days in the low 40’s. I was born and raised in Colorado, went to college in Wyoming. I know cold, I’ve experienced every kind of snow storm-but the cold here is absolutely different, and for that it makes training a little bit more difficult.

I decided to enter the online qualifier for The Granite Games competition set to happen in mid-September, with a lot of people from Crossfit Adelaide entered as well, it makes doing the workouts a little bit more digestible. We are in our last week of competing and I am currently sitting 16th. The top 30 females and males are invited to compete. After Regionals I was in a little bit of a downward slope with my mental state-but I feel like this online competition has pepped me up a bit. I hit a snatch personal best in the second weeks qualifier of 165lbs which reinforced my drive to do well. This last workout will be a huge test for me, as it has a huge deadlift ladder, but Ill give it my best shot!

Switching gears a bit, when I am not training, taking classes or cleaning the gym you can usually find me enjoying a nice cup of coffee with my boyfriend. We are food lovers, and there is (thankfully) a burger trend happening here. Ill gladly be the first person to raise my hand when he suggests a mid-week burger feast. Along with burgers, peanut butter and the occasional splurge on a full-milk latte, another thing Aussies do well here is bake. If you name it, they bake it-very well. A little habit I’m on is the macarons from a little coffee shop called Please Say Please. The genius baker releases a new flavor every week last week’s was "The Elvis"- bacon, maple syrup, peanut butter and banana-this little cookie packed a lip-smacklingly delicious punch that literally “hit the spot”. Now I don’t smash donuts, burgers (or macarons) everyday; I do think its important to indulge once in a while.

Wish me luck-this weekend I threw my name in to compete in the South Australian Weightlifting State Championships. Lifting under pressure with a judge eyeballing your every move is good practice. Everyday is a chance to change your life-so don’t be afraid to throw your hat in the ring for something different!

Amy Crouse
Amy Crouse

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