Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Zion Narrows Top-Down

The Zion Narrows: Top-Down Overnight Hike!

So glad I finally got to writing this post.  It's long but the hike was priceless.  The night after Weightlifting Nationals in Salt Lake City, Hillary, Liz, Colin and I drove down to Zion National Park to hike the famous Narrows!  We were so excited since the scenery on the hike was suppose to be spectacular!  It was also all of our first times river hiking!  What an experience!

Thursday, September 4, 2014



We all know what LARABARs are; they were one of the first "Paleo-friendly" bars in the market.  A few months ago, they launched RENOLA, a new type of "granola" made of nuts, fruits, seeds, and spices, and sent me some samples to try out. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Five Points CrossFit

Five Points CrossFit

On my way home for the week (!), I stopped at Five Points CrossFit in Corte Madera for a workout.  When I pulled into the parking lot, there was a giant regular called Five Points Fitness.  Confused, I went in and asked where the CrossFit gym was.  Turns out it's in the back.  After making my way over to the back, I was pleasantly surprised with a completely outdoors CrossFit gym!  Suns out, guns out all day!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pacheco Valley CrossFit

Pacheco Valley CrossFit

While in San Rafael for work, I'd like to check out all the gyms within a 5-mile radius and believe it or not, there's quite a few of them.  After coming off of Nationals, I figure it's a good time to squeeze in a CrossFit workout here and there.  Last Friday, I visited Pacheco Valley CrossFit in south Novato!  I actually was going to visit them back in May around their grand opening, but the timing was off so I'm glad I got to make the visit this time around!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fuel for Fire

Fuel for Fire Fuel Packs

A few weeks ago, Fuel for Fire sent me some samples of their Fuel Packs.  Funny thing is, around the time they contacted me, I was literally about to purchase some to take to Nationals with me but didn't quite fully execute on that.  A good friend of mine loves them and convinced me to try them out.  So when they contacted me, I was stoked to try them out.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

TJ's Gym - San Rafael

The first TJ's Gym: TJ's Gym San Rafael!

After weeks and weeks in San Rafael, I've been meaning to make my way over to the original and first TJ's Gym, established in 2002!  Man, at that time I just started high school and had no interest in exercising.  Thing have obviously changed.  Though I traveled a lot leading up to Nationals, I didn't visit many CrossFit gyms as our Nationals cycle was quite intense.  Anyway, I've been to the Novato location a couple years ago and absolutely loved it, so I was curious what the other locations would be like. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

2014 USAW Senior National Championships

My awesome coaches @ I at weightlifting Nationals 2014!

Two weeks ago I competed in the 2014 USA Weightlifting Senior National Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The competition was at the Grand America Hotel, which is pretty much the best hotel in SLC and a HUGE upgrade from last year's roller rink venue.  More than 400 athletes competed at Nationals, making 2014 the largest weightlifting nationals ever!  There were two platforms running simultaneously and weight classes had multiple sessions.  

It was my second time at Nationals and this year, Catalyst Athletics sent 10 lifters: a full women's team and almost a men's team!  The National Catalyst lifters were: me (48kg), Danielle Welihozkiy (53kg), Jessica Salvaggio (58kg), Alyssa Sulay (63kg), Chelsea Ryan (69kg), Tamara Solari (75+), Blake Barnes (69kg), Zack Height (85kg), our coach: Greg Everett (105kg), and Brian Wilhelm (105+).