Heyo! My first CrossFit competition is officially in the bag. I can honestly say that it was the most inspiring, exhilarating and exhausting event that I have ever participated in. Although my body was completely worn out 24-hours post-comp, I’m already looking forward to competing again. CrossFitters– tell me I’m not completely insane.
This recap may get long, so hang in there! Or scroll through the pictures because that’s usually the best part
The Day Before
I drove up to Glenwood Springs with two of my teammates Friday afternoon. After a ton of traffic on I-70 (tunnel construction– boo!), we made it to Glenwood at about 6:30pm. We checked in at Glenwood Springs CrossFit, got our shirts and signed up for a time to do the floater WOD.
Afterwards, we ate a deeeelicious dinner of pasta (pesto, chicken, sundried tomatoes & feta for me!), took our pedialite shots and headed to bed.
We woke bright and early to take advantage of the free hotel breakfast. I wasn’t hungry AT ALL due to nerves and it being so early, so I drank some coffee and nibbled on an english muffin. I took an apple to go because I knew I should eat a little something before the first event.
We had two teams from our box competing in the event– OverheadTHIS and The Benchwarmers.
Swim 2,000 Meters (40 Laps)
Bike: 7.8 Miles Roundtrip; (3.69 UP, 3.69 Downhill. Elevation gain of 1800’ on the climb.)
Run: 3.5 Mile Trail-Run
Each team of 4 will select: 1 Mountain Biker, 1 Trail Runner, and 2 Swimmers.
The two guys on our team were elected to bike and run. They took off at around 8:18 and were finished by the time my teammate Katie and I were schedule to swim.
I consider myself a pretty strong swimmer, but swimming 20 laps each is NO JOKE. There was a 40 minute time cap for the swim, and we finished 39.5 laps in 40 minutes. One team was done in 27 minutes. You’ve got to be kidding me.
We ended up placing 4th in the run, 7th in the bike and 19th in the swim (out of 60).
1RM Clean and Snatch
Each team will have a female and male, attempt a 1RM in the Clean, and the other female and male attempt a 1RM in the Snatch. Your team will have 20 MINUTES to establish these lifts. Any version of these lifts is acceptable (power, squat, split). If you split, your knee MAY NOT touch the ground.
I was chosen to perform the snatch for my team. Long story short, I ended up getting a PR at #90!!!
I was super stoked. Even though I was lifting baby weights compared to the girl next to me who was snatching #145, I was on CLOUD 9.
Nick, my other team mate hit a 1RM of #190 for the snatch.
Katie and David both did the clean. David ended up with #285 and Katie #135. BOOM.
After this event I munched on a protein bar and lots of water. We had a 45 minute break between event #2 and the floater WOD.
“Step and Sled”
5 MIN AMRAP
Prayer Hold Step-Ups
At 3,2,1 Go the MEN will get their Kettlebells into prayer hold, and being accumulating as many step-ups as possible. Only one man can step at a time, and the other must hold in prayer position. During this time the women are pushing the sled to accumulate as many laps as possible. After 5 minutes of work, team will get a 2 Minute break to switch, and the women will do the step-ups and men will sled-push.
This WOD sucked. There is no other way to say it. I’m still bruised from the prayer holds. They sucked and I never want to do them again. Basically, you hold two kettlebells on your forearms with your hands locked or the kettle bell handles touching. The kicker is that if either teammate breaks this position, the step-up rep will not count.
The step ups were the easy part, it was holding those damn kettlebells that made me want to keel over and die.
On another note, our team KILLED it in the sleds. HOLY MOLEY my quads were burning from the sled push! We ended up pushing the sled a total of 2,277 feet total, earning us 9th place in the event. We placed 25th in the prayer hold/step ups with a total of 177 reps.
By this time, we were in fourth place overall and TOTALLY STOKED. We only had one more WOD left (events 3 and 4 were combined) and were stoked with our performance thus far.
We had an hour and a half break after the floater WOD so I ate a small lunch of chicken, rice, beans and salsa before our last event.
They ended up calling our team to get set up for the next event and then at the last minute told us that we were actually in the next heat and they were running behind. This really messed with my mojo because I was pretty hyped up at this point and ready to get the next event over with.
SO…. 30 minutes later we finally got set up for our final events
7 Stations: 1 Minute of work/station, :15 to rotate
Row for Calories
OH Lunge (45/25 L+R=2)
Goblet Squats (24KG/16KG)
Burpees to a 45lb Plate
Backwards Single Unders
Description: Each teammate will start at a different station, and will rotate through the stations accumulating as many reps as possible, until each teammate has done all 7. You will get a 2 Minute break, and then your team will immediately go into Event #4.
Sled Pull-2 directions 30’ each (205/160)
OH Carry- out and back (135/95)
Front Rack Carry-out and back (135/95)
Team Sprint across the Finish Line
Each teammate must complete a shuttle sprint of the movements listed above; all 4 teammates must complete their shuttles before the team can move on to the next movement in the relay. One teammate works at a time.
I was dreading this event ALL day. In the end, it was tough, but it was my FAVORITE. We had so much fun together and it was nice to really work as a team to complete the workout that was in front of us. I was incredibly proud of my team, and thought we did an amazing job. We finished the relay in 10:31 and got 730 reps on the stations.
Other teams however TOTALLY KILLED this workout, which is SO awesome. One team finished the relay in 9:48 and another got 914 reps. SO FLIPPING AWESOME.
Unfortunately, this bumped us down to 13th overall. In my mind this is still so incredible. I didn’t imagine I would do this well, and am so proud of my teammates for totally kicking ass.
I love these hardworking, passionate and 100% awesome people.
So, here I am, a couple days after competition. I’ve been trying to re cooperate with epsom salt baths and foam rolling. Although I waddled for the first two days, I’m proud of the soreness because I know I left everything I had out there on the floor that day.
This competition truly showed me how supportive and kind this CrossFit “cult” is. Everyone was cheering on EVERYONE. Sure, it was a competition, but it was so cool to see how excited everyone got when someone hit a new PR, or did really well in an event.
It’s so inspiring to be a part of nationwide family of CrossFit enthusiasts.
I can’t thank my Box family enough for supporting and pushing me through my first competition. They are some incredible people!!
Here’s to many more WODS, sore muscles and time well spent with passionate and determined individuals!