I’m baaaack with part dos of my CrossFit competition recap. If you want to check out part 1, and listen to my over dramatic rant, click here. I’m over it now (and super cheery because it’s THE HOLIDAYS! WEEEE!!).
Okay, so where did I leave off? Well, I woke up, ran to the grocery store to pick up turkey from the deli, apples, bananas and some Chobani and then headed to the fairgrounds.
The first event started at 11am but the weigh-in for that event started at 10, so we all met at 10. I’m not going to go into detail about all of the events of the day, but I’ll give you a quick rundown.
The events included:
- A weightlifting competition (snatch & clean/jerk)
- AMRAP of thrusters/pullups
- AMRAP of snatches & slamballs
- overhead lunges with the bar & front squats
- bear complex
- Grace Who? HEAVY ASS GRACE (#165 power cleans for women, whaaa?)
- Double unders, hand release pushups & toes to bar
- 3000m row
- front squats & muscle ups
- ring dips & overhead kettlebell squats
The above events had various time caps. Some were AMRAPS, some were set rounds, some where basically just how heavy could you lift? The events that I participated in included the 3000m row and the front squats/overhead lunges (named QUAD RA FRY, which was very fitting considering I wobbled all day Sunday/Monday).
Let’s start with the first event. Quad-ra-fry.
Quad-ra-fry consisted of 1 guy and 1 girl from each team. The girl would start with a 65# bar & do 10 front squats. The girl then does overhead walking lunges with the bar to the other side. Once the girl has crossed the line on the other side, the guy may start his 20 front squats with a #95 bar.
The girl then completes 15 front squats, lunges across and completes 10 front squats to finish. The guy follows suit.
The front squats went fine, #65 is not a heavy front squat for me. THE LUNGES, however, kicked my ass – for lack of a better term. I had practiced them in the back a little, and they went well. Once I completed 20 front squats, though, my legs completely gave out. I struggled for. every. lunge. I wanted to cry, scream and give up all at the same time.
I lunged and would sit there for about 30 seconds trying to find the strength to stand up. My foot would then slip and I would do basically a one-legged squat until I struggled to the top and lunged again… repeating the exact same cycle over & over again. I would have never dreamed that I would struggle with the lunges. But I did. I barely made it to the line on the second set of lunges. After, I only got 5 out of the 10 front squats before time ran out, leaving my partner on the other side unable to even start his second set of lunges and last set of squats.
We finished last in our heat.
I was SO upset with myself. I then proceeded to channel my inner five year old and throw myself on the floor to catch my breath from both the workout and the “I let my team down” wave of emotion that began to wash over me.
I was extremely disappointed that I couldn’t complete the workout. I wanted to lay on the floor the rest of the day. But you know what? I didn’t. I picked myself up and got ready for the next event. It was on like Donkey Kong.
This workout encompasses all that I believe CrossFit to be. It can be something that beats you down to the core, and lifts you up at the same time. This showed me what I needed to work on, and reminded me that with struggle comes strength.
Life will knock you down & tell you NO when you least expect it. It’s your choice to lay on the floor or pick yourself up & get ready for the next event in your life. Who knows? You may surprise yourself!
Rowing is not my strong suit, but my team felt like I was the best option for this event because I have strong endurance.
After checking in to this event, I waited in the corral with all the other women competing in this heat. If my self confidence wasn’t already beat to shit, it was now. Y’all, all of the girls who were rowing were AT LEAST 5’9”. At a measly 5’2” I was by far the tiniest in the group.
If you don’t know, height is incredibly beneficial when rowing. I was even asked by one girl why my team picked a short person to do this event. Thanks, lady. Good luck to you too!
& you know what? I DIDN’T FINISH LAST!!
*** random question for seasoned CF-ers: What is the best resistance to row on for distance? Many girls in my heat had it set to 4, but my judge told me to set it to whatever I usually row so I set it to 8? What are the pros/cons of both?***
This blog post is getting long, but the moral of the story over these last two days is that yeah, sometimes things don’t go your way. But guess what? Suck it up & you’ll come out a stronger person.
I’m so grateful for this sport that allows me to fall in love with it time and time again. I’m thankful for the wonderful people that I’ve met a long the way, and I’m positive about the future. 2014 is a year of big goals, my friends!!!
Happy holidays! I’ll try to pop in once more before Christmas to share a #CHOtally awesome giveaway with you all! Keep being awesome!!
- Tell me a moment of weakness that made YOU stronger
- Any holiday plans??