Women Are Strong

A Brief History of the Sports Bra

Jogging was sweeping the nation in the 1970s, and Title IX’s passage was ushering even more women into athletics. These may have been boom times for American fitness, but they were bad ones for American breasts. Undergarment technology hadn’t kept up with the brisk pace of exercise fads and social justice, leaving the nation’s brassieres woefully unequipped to handle the demands of a new era. We were a sore and unsupported country, chafing beneath the seams, forever adjusting our straps, bouncing uncomfortably into a more equal day. Obviously, there was a demand for something better.


ARMS. It’s kinda an obsession.

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Dear Mrs. O,

Your arms are sick. They are strong. They embody womanhood #2013. When I’m in the weight room at the gym, and I see all the guys around me, I’m not intimidated, I feel badass. And I even sometimes think of you. And your arms. I know you probably have a private workout situation in The White House, but i bet you could press with the best of them. So, in conclusion Mrs. O, I just want to thank you for your powerful feminine ways.

xx

harper


Missing a Lift; Shifting Priorities

I missed lifting at 75% of my 1RM Deadlift today. I missed it hard. 

Today’s workout was a 5 minutes long starting with a 400m run followed up by a max rep effort at either 155 or 205 pounds. My last PR on my deadlift was around 285 pounds. It was a solid lift, I used a belt - but it came up pretty easily. Granted, this was months ago now and it was coming off a strength cycle. 

I thought for sure I could nail 205 pounds during my max effort DL. WRONG. I ended up dropping down to 155 after warming up and struggling to get 195 off the ground. My back was rounding, my grip was loosening, and my quads were rejecting my efforts. 

 I wanted to cry honestly. 

I should add that I had had to identify myself in a weight group and had cockily strutted out around the 215 club thinking that I could nail it. This compounded my sense of shame at missing. 

As much as lifting heavy makes me feel so strong, it has such a negative emotional impact when I miss my favorite lifts. I know as I coach I’d tell my athlete that on any given day, you cannot reproduce your 1RMs. There are so many factors that impact your ability to bring your A game (#blametequila) but today I took the miss hard. 

I talked to my good friend Daniel and former training partner and basically, workout inspiration afterwards. He reminded me that I haven’t been lifting 4 - 5 days a week like I was, that I am now spending more time working on my endurance and less on my strength. I know this in my rational brain - but in my heart, I am still gutted. 

The deadlift is my lift. I always felt my body was made for this lift - quad dominant, strong base (aka big feet), solid but flexible core, and just brute determination. Today I was humbled. Ha. 

It is true that missing a lift sucks, and it sucks hard. 

It is also true that my focus around fitness has not been on strength but on endurance as I start ramping up my training towards my first half marathon and also my first tri. 

But somehow I just don’t care - I want my deadlift to be there waiting for me whenever I need it. 

I don’t have any wisdom to share on this - but I think it’s important to know that even our favorite lifts leave us from time to time, and it hurts. 


Back to the Rack

Since moving to NY 3 months ago, the intensity of my workouts has been flagging. I can make up a million excuses for why this is, but basically I just need to re-focus and re-commit. 

I’ve continued lifting in a non-CF facility, I’ve done CF at my local box a handful of times, and I’ve been trying to vary my exercise routine more by doing pilates, yoga, 7 - 10K runs once a week, etc. 

But ultimately, I miss the intensity that my friends at CF GVA helped me maintain. I need a group to motivate and I need to find a new group (or just one person) to train with in NY. 

I’m going back to GVA for personal reasons for 2 weeks after this weekend and it’s going to be my official ‘back to school’ reset on my health. I’ll start tomorrow by starting some new strength building and flexibility oriented at-home work — but I’ll go hard once I can get back in a squat rack where I have spotters and a facility where I can fail (not just maintain). Hell, I might go down to my local CF box and take a morning class. 

It’s been a while since a workout bruised me, and as I was joking with my friend B about training together, ‘let’s get bruised’ - it struck me that pushing through those awful workouts is something I need. 

I need a new health manifesto and I need to focus and hold myself accountable. 


My high school job was working at a bike shop. Don’t ask me how I managed to get that job because I don’t really know - but it was the best. My colleague Sim did cyclocross and I always loved the idea of it. 
Now, look at how amazing and BEAST these women look. I think I might add it to my list of things to try out when I get back to the States. 
gotagirlcrush:

Got a Girl Crush On:Team Jortz, an all women’s cyclocross team shredding in the San Francisco Bay Area. Check out their blog here.
My high school job was working at a bike shop. Don’t ask me how I managed to get that job because I don’t really know - but it was the best. My colleague Sim did cyclocross and I always loved the idea of it. 
Now, look at how amazing and BEAST these women look. I think I might add it to my list of things to try out when I get back to the States. 
gotagirlcrush:

Got a Girl Crush On:Team Jortz, an all women’s cyclocross team shredding in the San Francisco Bay Area. Check out their blog here.
My high school job was working at a bike shop. Don’t ask me how I managed to get that job because I don’t really know - but it was the best. My colleague Sim did cyclocross and I always loved the idea of it. 
Now, look at how amazing and BEAST these women look. I think I might add it to my list of things to try out when I get back to the States. 
gotagirlcrush:

Got a Girl Crush On:Team Jortz, an all women’s cyclocross team shredding in the San Francisco Bay Area. Check out their blog here.
My high school job was working at a bike shop. Don’t ask me how I managed to get that job because I don’t really know - but it was the best. My colleague Sim did cyclocross and I always loved the idea of it. 
Now, look at how amazing and BEAST these women look. I think I might add it to my list of things to try out when I get back to the States. 
gotagirlcrush:

Got a Girl Crush On:Team Jortz, an all women’s cyclocross team shredding in the San Francisco Bay Area. Check out their blog here.
My high school job was working at a bike shop. Don’t ask me how I managed to get that job because I don’t really know - but it was the best. My colleague Sim did cyclocross and I always loved the idea of it. 
Now, look at how amazing and BEAST these women look. I think I might add it to my list of things to try out when I get back to the States. 
gotagirlcrush:

Got a Girl Crush On:Team Jortz, an all women’s cyclocross team shredding in the San Francisco Bay Area. Check out their blog here.
My high school job was working at a bike shop. Don’t ask me how I managed to get that job because I don’t really know - but it was the best. My colleague Sim did cyclocross and I always loved the idea of it. 
Now, look at how amazing and BEAST these women look. I think I might add it to my list of things to try out when I get back to the States. 
gotagirlcrush:

Got a Girl Crush On:Team Jortz, an all women’s cyclocross team shredding in the San Francisco Bay Area. Check out their blog here.
My high school job was working at a bike shop. Don’t ask me how I managed to get that job because I don’t really know - but it was the best. My colleague Sim did cyclocross and I always loved the idea of it. 
Now, look at how amazing and BEAST these women look. I think I might add it to my list of things to try out when I get back to the States. 
gotagirlcrush:

Got a Girl Crush On:Team Jortz, an all women’s cyclocross team shredding in the San Francisco Bay Area. Check out their blog here.
My high school job was working at a bike shop. Don’t ask me how I managed to get that job because I don’t really know - but it was the best. My colleague Sim did cyclocross and I always loved the idea of it. 
Now, look at how amazing and BEAST these women look. I think I might add it to my list of things to try out when I get back to the States. 
gotagirlcrush:

Got a Girl Crush On:Team Jortz, an all women’s cyclocross team shredding in the San Francisco Bay Area. Check out their blog here.

My high school job was working at a bike shop. Don’t ask me how I managed to get that job because I don’t really know - but it was the best. My colleague Sim did cyclocross and I always loved the idea of it. 

Now, look at how amazing and BEAST these women look. I think I might add it to my list of things to try out when I get back to the States. 

gotagirlcrush:

Got a Girl Crush On:Team Jortz, an all women’s cyclocross team shredding in the San Francisco Bay Area. Check out their blog here.


Whole30

This month isn’t going to be cute (yet). 

Day 2 and S and I are struggling to make the initial swap to our dairy-free, carb-free existence. We’ve been able to get away with not really being too organized when it comes to our eating because I keep the house decently stocked with basics — but the Whole30 is throwing my food game way off. 

I am going to hit up the more “bio” oriented grocery in Geneva today to try and get my fill of almond butter, coconut oil and the like. Let’s see if that helps improve things. 

So far so good though, we’re both hanging in there. 28 more days… haha.