• There’s Something About Fran

    April 7, 2012


    I think our box is doing Fran next week! I am excited-nervous for it!


    If you don’t know what Fran is all about, it’s one of the main benchmark workouts for CrossFit:



    Thrusters (95#, 65#)


    As you can see, Fran is only two exercises, but the combination, coupled with the number of reps and weight, is absolutely brutal, which is why I think our coaches are subtly preparing us for it. Last night, for instance, we did an “air Fran” using a PVC pipe as part of our warm-up (a nice little reminder?), our WOD was “easy”, and our box is closed this weekend. Hmmm? I think our coaches want us to rest up for Fran!

    What is it about Fran that makes us CrossFiters so psyched for it!?!


    After CrossFit, Mal and I quickly showered and got ready (seriously, we were in and out of the house in 20 minutes) and headed to the Union Brewhouse to snag a table. If you get there after it fills up on a Friday night, you’re usually waiting around for a table for awhile. We were really hungry so we boogied to get there!

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    First item of business: BEER! I went with a Left Hand Fade to Black. After trying the Milk Stout Nitro from Left Hand, I had a feeling I’d like this beer.

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    The Fade to Black is an AWESOME brew! It had a ton of flavor from the second I tasted it until long after I swallowed it down. Smoky, burnt, espresso-y, even sort of spicy flavors lingered on my tongue. I loved it.

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    I was in the mood for a good burger last night, so I ordered a cheeseburger with French fries on the side.

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    A year ago, Mal and I joined the 99 Beer Club at the Union Brewhouse in an attempt to drink 99 of their brews and get a sweet plaque on the wall. In a year, I have (pathetically) only crossed off 16 beers from my card.

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    At this rate, it’s going to take me YEARS to get a plaque on the wall! I need to step it up!

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    { 25 comments… read them below or add one }

    Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 7, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Haha 16?? You’ve got to work on that!!!


    Kindal April 7, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I am not a huge beer fan, i think I am more scared than anything because I grew up a basic budlight girl, and then turned wine-o with age. But we have a really popular brewery here, for a new beer girl, what is something “light” that you would recommend to try and introduce beer back into my life.


    Tina April 7, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    What about a Hefeweizen or a wheat beer? Those are generally pretty light.


    Kindal April 7, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    @Tina: Thanks Tina! I think I will try out Hefeweizen simply because the name sounds fun (I also am “that woman” that picks out wine by how pretty the label is).


    Tina April 7, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    @Kindal: Haha! Me too! 🙂


    Hayley @ Oat Couture April 7, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Ooh I’m dying to try cross fit! Also whatever that is just behind your burger looks tasty!!! So does your burger!! Yum!


    j3nn April 7, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Nothing like a good burger!


    Michelle (Peachy Palate) April 7, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    How many beers has Mal got crossed off on his? Friday nights are made for burgers (even if mine are all vegan!) 🙂 Happy Easter!


    Tina April 7, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I think he has 18. He still has a long way to go too!


    Khushboo April 7, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    I’m so inexperienced with beer- Corona is as ‘wild’ as I go 🙂


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    Bjorg April 7, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Come on Tina! You can drink more than that! Lol 🙂

    Thats brutal! 99 beers 🙂 do they have any time limit??


    Tina April 7, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Thankfully, I don’t think there’s a time limit!


    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama April 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    I think the excitement is from knowing that it’s super hard and it will kick your butt! I like feeling pushed to the limit in workouts to see what I’m capable of. Usually I under estimate so it feels good to know I can do it. Good luck on Fran and crossing off more beers!


    Rebecca April 7, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Okay, you need to cross Spaten off your list. Get thyself to a beer store and buy some Optimator. The BEST beer ever. Promise!


    Tina April 7, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Oooh, I will definitely look for it! Thanks for the rec! 🙂


    Kristen @ notsodomesticated April 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Looks like a fun night! I think my husband and I are going out to dinner at Mellow Mushroom tonight. I love their pizza!! 🙂


    Amber K April 7, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    I just can’t like the taste of beer. Plus, the only kind I’d even be able to try is a gluten-free beer and I’ve heard those aren’t good at all.


    katie @ KatieDid April 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I’ve never attempted Fran but have always wanted to by the sound of it, as strange as that is. Can’t wait to hear how your second attempt at it goes!!


    JessicaE April 7, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Haha maybe they are closed for Easter weekend 😉


    Serena April 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    You are going to have to start doubling up on the beer 🙂


    Brie @ Brie Fit April 7, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    I looooove Fran. I miss being able to go super hard at CF now that I’m pregnant, because Fran is the one WOD that is basically just a sprint and it’s super fun. It’s short and extremely intense! And “what’s your Fran time?” is the equivalent of asking “what’s your marathon time?” in CF–EVERYONE knows what Fran is!
    I was so proud–right before I got knocked up, I did Fran allllmost Rxed–65# thrusters with just a small band on pull-ups. My post-baby goal is RX Fran in under 7 minutes! One day!


    Tina April 7, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    65# is amazing! I did 35# my first time!


    Cait's Plate April 7, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    GAH! That burger looks SO good! I’m on a 40 day no-meat/no-dairy fast and I want a burger like WHOA!


    Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl April 8, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Dang girl… only 16? Better drink up! Cool concept.


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