So then you get on your bike to go and work out (because exercise solves all, right?!), despite it being cold and frosty outside, because you've decided that short cuts just aren't good enough anymore. So unless it's pissing it down with rain or blowing a hurricane, you will cycle to CrossFit (because driving half a mile to your exercise class is just pathetic). When you get to the box, instead of doing the lazy thing and wheeling your bike indoors, you decide to be a grown-up and lock your bike up outside, like you're meant to. You turn the key in the lock, it closes, and suddenly you're left with half a key in your hand, while the other half is still stuck in the lock.
You sneak in, unbeknownst to everyone, and rush to the bathroom to sort your emotional self out. It's time to WoD. Thank goodness for endorphins. This, and G's bolt-cutter should do the trick. After taking almost four weeks off and having struggled through last week's sessions, today's doesn't seem quite as difficult anymore. It's heavy week and the lift du jour is an overhead squat at 85% of your 1 rep max. That would be roughly 32kg. You manage 32.5kg and although it feels tough, like real tough, you get through it.
Then comes the WoD. It doesn't look too bad. Five rounds for time, 7 x pull ups (yes, back to the bands because apparently if you don't practice them, you'll loose them!), 7 x burpees and 7 x shoulder-to-overhead presses. This is where the lack of fitness (or the high standards of heavy week?) come to show. Twenty-five kg for the lift it is. At least it's done in under nine minutes. Thank you endorphins. Life's good again. For now.
A quick snap of the crazy-legging-Monday crew and you're off to grab your stuff. One of the coaches offers to look at the lock to see whether the key can be salvaged. But where's your coat? With your keys in it? And your post-workout bar? Turns out, one of the other girls accidentally wore your jacket home. Stranded at the box, sans keys, sans warmth and, most importantly, sans food, the endorphins quickly evaporate into thin air.
You're lucky to have a knight in a shining van come to your rescue. But despite their best attempts, neither the husband nor the coach can manage to bolt-cut their way through the bike lock. That's great, isn't it. What an amazing lock. Except for today.
So now you're back home and your bike's at the box. At least one important lesson has been learnt today:
Always, always, always have a backup bar stashed away in your gym bag because you never know who might take off with your coat!
In order to help you avoid ever encountering an equally annoying conundrum as I have today, together with Cocofina (you might remember them from this post), I'm giving away an entire case of their awesomely scrumptious organic coconut & date snack bars. That's 24 bars. That means you have enough to stash away in your car, your coat, your various bags and even leave some in ultra-secret hiding places around the house for just in case!
While it's my main mission to help cure your hunger with this little giveaway, it's Cocofina's mission to help alleviate hunger of those really in need, some might say that's a much nobler undertaking than mine. Here's what they have to say:
Cocofina, founded in 2005, is the leading European brand of coconut water and distributed by all of the top health food distributors, sold in 2,500 speciality and premium stores such as Wholefoods, Holland and Barrett, Waitrose, and exported to 18 countries.
Cocofina will donate 10p for every case of our products sold across the globe to Action Against Hunger, and we have pledged to raise a minimum of £5,000 every year.
Action Against Hunger assists over 7 million people every year, in over 40 countries. ACF was chosen because of its ethical policies, global reach & incredibly low administration costs.
Recognised as a leader in the fight against malnutrition, Action Against Hunger ACF International saves the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to hunger.
With 30 years of expertise in emergency situations of conflict, natural disaster, and chronic food insecurity, ACF runs life-saving programs in some 40 countries benefiting seven million people each year.
Other than producing some very tasty drinks and now bars, I think this sounds like one awesome cause to get involved in and the fact that this charity was chosen because of its low admin costs means it rocks even more.
So, how can you get your hands on these bars? Tell me your best coping tactics for dealing with a day-gone-wrong. Alternatively, share the best place to stash emergency food for just in case. The best, funniest or randomly chosen post will win a case of Cocofina's snack bars.
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* Sorry, sorry, sorry, but please note that Cocofina can only deliver to a UK mainland address but don't let that stop you from dishing out some much-needed advice.