During my pregnancy with the twins, I decided to enter a CrossFit Competition to give myself something to train for after the twins were born. Unfortunately I had a few set backs, which resulted in only having 2 months to train for this competition. But I went into it with an open mind, and figured I’d just try my best. Here were the workouts for the weekend:
WOD 1 – Obstacle Course
1:30 per station, 15 seconds of transition
- Cargo Climb Buy In, Max Double Unders
- Wall Jump Over
- Tire Flip Jump Throughs
- Snatch for Reps (155/105, 105/65)
Each component is scored individually and counts for 25% of WOD1 rank. There will be two snatch bars available, but only one athlete can lift at a time.
WOD 2 – Team 2011 CrossFit Open WOD3 Remix
6 Minute time cutoff. Max reps of
- Squat Clean Thrusters (165/115, 135/85)
Can change weights as many times as you want. One bar per team. Must be a thruster.
WOD 3 – Chriss & Andrea are Recently Married!
9 Minutes Cutoff for
- Row 1000 (buy in)
- Medball Run 400 Meters (20#)
- Max Meters Rowed
Both partners must finish together to start rowing for meters.
WOD 4 – Ouchies
12 Minutes AMRAP of
- 10 C2B Pullups (regular Pullups for scaled)
- 10 Lateral Burpees
- 15 Front Squats (75, 55)
Men and women do the same weight in rx division. The scaled division folks do 55#.
WOD 5 – Gasser
15 Minute Cutoff
- 800 M Run
- 30 HSPU (kipping allowed rx, burpees scaled)
- 35 Deadlifts (315/225, 225/115)
- 40 T2B
- 45 Wallballs
- Max Rep Dumbell Snatch to Lunge (50/35)
Partners must get to the wall at the same time to start doing handstands. WOD5 is for Top 10 from RX divisions and Top 5 from scaled divisions. Dumbell snatch can be split snatched. Arms must alternate for consecutive reps.
CFS Ranks: Mike and Dave took 2nd in the Men’s Division. Ashley and Diana took 18th in the Women’s RX’d division. Erin and Kristen took 22nd in the Women’s RX’d Division. Jodi and myself took 7th in the Women’s SC Division.
This competition taught me a few things about myself. The first is that I am afraid of heights. I always had a little fear of heights, but this really brought it out. The very first thing we had to do was climb this cargo net. I don’t know how high it was, but it was high. It was just hanging from the middle of the gym, with just the regular, thin, rubber gym mat at the bottom. I was so scared I was going to fall off it. When I got to the top, I was afraid to let go to reach the top beam before proceeding down. But, I DID IT. Slowly, but I did it. That was my least favorite, and very poorly performed. Everything else was super fun. Well, except the run/row workout. I feel like I am really good at anything cardio. But for some reason, running really gasses me. Not to mention doing the rowing first, and also carrying a 20 lb ball when you run. Jodi picked up my slack on the run and carried the ball over half the way. I really only think I carried it for about 100-150 meters.
I LOVED the lifting. I can’t wait to get back into the gym more and work on my strength and technique. My biggest area of improvement with the lifts will be forcing myself to get low and squat under the bar. I know I will be able to get so much weight up after I learn how to do that correctly. I’m just hesitant because of my midline stability right now. I feel my core getting stronger and stronger, but it is still week from having the twins and being ripped apart. I was using my arms the whole time with the snatches and squat clean thrusters. The weight was pretty light at first and still very do-able towards the end of the workout. So I know that when I learn how to get lower under the bar, my max will be so much better.
My biggest disappointment was pullups. I had been working on them, and was getting kipping pretty well. I still couldn’t string them together, but I could do one, come back down and start my kip over, then do another. I can also do a few strict chin ups, but for some reason it wasn’t happening on Sunday. I think my arms were just overly tired from Saturday. My kip was off, too. Blah. By the next competition, my main goal is to be able to bust them out in at least sets of 5, but preferably sets of 10. On the bright side though, Jodi busted them out. For WOD 4, she did a total of 56 pullups. I was so impressed and proud of her. I tried to pick up the rest of the slack in the WOD so that she could just focus on the pullups. She jumped in and did half the burpees for all but one round, and on one round she jumped in and did the first 7 front squats to give me a little breather. But I was glad to be able to pick up the majority of the burpees and front squats so she could push out those pullups.
All in all, it was a super fun weekend. Our Coaches (Mike and Dave) placed 2nd in the Men’s Division, bringing home our first CFS Trophy. I am so proud of them. They really kicked butt.
It was so inspiring to watch some of these women. While CrossFit is not my life, and I’m not in it strictly for the competition aspect, I do admire the hard work and dedication that they put into their training. I really do embrace the “strong is sexy” mentality. I have always hated my legs. They are very muscular, and for a while I found that “unattractive.” This weekend really opened my eyes. Looking at these women and thinking “wow, they have nice legs,” then to realize they are just as muscular, if not more muscular, than mine. This really helped me change my mindset. It’s not about what my legs look like, but more about what they are capable of doing.
Josh also came along to support the whole crew and to cheer us on. I felt bad because he was supposed to test for his next belt in Jiu Jitsu this weekend, but he missed it to come to the competition. He’s so cute, and he’s my biggest fan.
I was proud of the entire CFS Crew. Everyone really had their moment to shine in one way or another. Whether it was winning a trophy, getting a new PR, getting over a fear, or just trying and trying and never giving up. I was very proud of everyone.
It was also nice to hang out with the crew outside the box. I loved learning new things about them, their interests, and seeing what excites them. We all had a really nice dinner together on Friday and Saturday night. We really have an amazing crew.