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On Bended Knee

“True peace is not merely the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice.” –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Just yesterday I was saying in conversation with a friend that I’ve been feeling hopeful that issues of race, inequality, and oppression are firmly back in the forefront enough that we as a society have

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The More Things Change

This is a repost of a piece I wrote in late 2014. “I’m Not Trying To Be That Diesel” There’s this insidious thing that won’t seem to go away, and it is the incessant chatter about athletic women’s bodies- is it ok for women to have muscles? Is strong really better than skinny? I don’t

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The Process

Competing in The CrossFit Games means different things to each individual, and changes over time.  Some thoughts I have on the process after five years of pursuit: 1) KNOW YOURSELF Self-knowledge will allow you to establish appropriate expectations for yourself and your body, both day to day and in the big picture. It’s only with

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The Bubble is Crowded

We’re about to embark on the 2015 CrossFit Games Open in just a few short days. I’ve been trying not to put too much mental emphasis on these next five weeks, but just keep my focus on the quality of my training. It seems at least once daily someone will ask, “are you ready?” I’m

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Battleground benefitting Train4Autsim

I have a close friend whose son is a couple of years younger than mine. We were co-workers during both of our respective pregnancies so we got to experience all that comes with first time motherhood together. One significant factor differentiates our experience and that is, her son received a diagnosis on the Autism spectrum.

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Lucky Charms & Kool-Aid

The nutritional situation in my house growing up was pretty hilarious in hindsight. My mother was very loving and attentive in many ways,  but she also worked approximately one million hours per week. Therefore, my sister and I fended for our selves quite a bit at mealtimes. I have so many awesome cereal related memories.

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All Due Respect

Lately it seems like an inordinate number of women around me are either pregnant or new moms. This is awesome for me, as I love babies and pregnant women. It’s possibly annoying for them, because I tend to gush, make a big deal, and I instantly become that irritating woman who wants to tell all

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There's a Poison Goin' On

The past couple of years, more than the rest of my years combined, I’ve been more conscious of race. A big part of that comes from my intense involvement in CrossFit. Due to my participation I’ve found myself thrown into the role of being one of few Black people in the vast majority of CrossFit

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