You all probably know by now that I competed in a CrossFit competition this past weekend. If it wasn’t my incessant tweeting, it was the fact that I wrote and entire post about how I couldn’t touch my quads without writhing in pain.
To set the scene for y’all, this competition was a 10 person team competition, held at the Douglas Country Fairgrounds (where they held the CrossFit Games Southwest Regionals this past year). The venue was nice, and allowed spectators to watch for free (which was really appreciated!).
Before I break the 2-day event down for you all, I’d like to step up on my pedestal and get something off of my chest. I was not impressed with this competition. The judges were inconsistent, it was chaotic and the max-weights were not posted any where before the competition. There were multiple regional and CrossFit Games athletes competing, as well as many average Joes (like myself). Unfortunately, many of the workouts were programmed for people like those professional game athletes, leaving the majority of us with DNF times in the events.
After paying $1000 per team, I would expect the programming to be tailored towards all skill levels. I’ve read multiple CrossFit competition recaps, and not once have a thought to myself “I could NEVER do that,” especially in a team competition where there was no “open” and “pro” categories to choose from. If you are going to group us all together, then please make the workouts suitable for everyone.
One last thing – I was kind of disappointed that there was only 1 team workout the entire weekend (out of 15 events!). This was supposed to be a team competition, but instead the 14 other events consisted of individual workouts with a few partner ones thrown in. This wasn’t the biggest deal, but I still feel like the camaraderie and support that is typical in CrossFit was lacking because it seemed like everyone was against each other.
Stepping off my soap box now. Regardless of how I felt about the competition, I had a wonderful weekend with my team and spending time with them is incomparable to winning or losing a competition. They are what matter the most.
Day 1 started on Friday night at 4 p.m. We checked in, filled out some waivers and claimed a spot in the athlete warm up area. It was here we relaxed, foam rolled and stretched until the first event at 6:45.
Event 1 consisted of a mixture of chest-to-bar pull ups and a four square (yes, I’m serious!) which you had to jump around 10 times each round. 1 girl and 1 guy from each team was picked and then competed in one of six heats (3 guys & 3 girls).
The second event was ridiculous and I’m not even going to describe it here, but it consisted of back squats, deadlifts and HEAVY ASS powercleans (165# for girls.) The majority of the teams did not even come close to finishing this event, but we all gave it hell!
The fourth event of the night was a team chipper WOD, labeled “Chippa What Chippa Who.” <— best name ever. For this event the 5 girls started first and had to move onto the next station before the guys could begin their first station. There was 1 girl bar & 1 guy bar. Only 1 girl & 1 guy could be working at a time.
100 deadlifts (#255/#165)
100 med ball situps (while another person is holding a #135/#95 in a front rack position)
100 squat cleans (135/95)
100 shoulder 2 overhead (95/65)
20 bar muscle ups (while one person is holding the 95/65 bar in the over head position)
Our girls got through all but 10 muscle ups in the 30 minute time cap. Our boys had finished their shoulder to overhead and was waiting for us to finish our MU before they could move on. This event was super fun and I LOVE working together as a team on workouts like this. It was awesome.
This event wrapped up at 12:30 a.m. and I quickly made the 45-minute drive back to Denver to rest up for the following day. Although it was unlikely that I would get enough sleep to warrant a chipper-mood the next morning, I slept extremely restlessly which through that idea out the window completely.
The next morning I awoke at 7:30 a.m. to pick up some groceries, shower and get ready to head back to the fairgrounds for the next event at 10 a.m.!
I’ll be back tomorrow with a recap of day 2!