Wow, what a weekend! First off, thanks so much to Jamie Swagler and everyone at Burn City CrossFit for hosting such an amazing event. Although it was only my first CrossFit competition, I felt the entire thing went very well. So congrats to Jamie and everyone else behind the scenes who put the event together and made it such an amazing time! You guys did great!
As for how I did, well…that’s another story! I am a mere 5’5″, walking around at 155lbs. Myself and my best friend, Zach Kellogg, were by far and away the smallest two competitors in the Rx division (the hardest division). There were many guys our size and even bigger who opted to go with the scaled down division but we both wanted to run with the big dogs and show them we could hang. And hang we did! Albiet not incredibly well, but ya know, hanging by an entire hand or just a pinky; you’re still hanging none the less. Out of 40 competitors in the Rx’ed division, I finished 31st and Zach finished 30th. Being a glass half full kind of guy myself, I don’t see it as 30 people were better than me, I see it as I was better than 8 other people, who were all hardened badasses chiseled from moon rocks. I can definitely hang my hat on that!
The first WOD was an alternating tabata of over the bar burpees and 95lb thrusters. I know I can do 95lb thrusters but the problem was doing them in the tabata fashion. I realized if I was to have a good score I’d have to do most of my work on the burpees so I went all out on those portions and just tried to stay steady and consistent with the thrusters.
The second WOD was just stupid. Not because it was a bad WOD, but it was just so damn heavy! 3 complexes of overhead press, clean, front squat, deadlift @ 135lbs then 30 yd shuttle run, 6 complexes, 60yd shuttle run, 9 complexes 90yd shuttle run. I did decent enough on WOD #1 but the weights for this workout really killed me. Some of the bigger guys were finishing in 3 minutes or so….I finished in 8:01. It was grueling but this is where size really helps.
The final WOD was another doozy. 7 minute AMRAP of 5 snatches at 135lbs and 20 double unders. The snatches were difficult to begin with, doable, but difficult. Now do them repeatedly for 7 minutes. That was rough. Ultimately, however, it wasn’t the snatches that bested me, it was those damn double unders!! I have been practicing so much with a heavy rope that when I finally got my hands on a speed rope, my speed and timing was all wrong!! It was disastrous! Oh well, I guess it’s time to get a legit speed rope.
All in all, this was an incredible experience and I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to compete and try my very best. I gave it my all and even though I didn’t win, I still walked away with my head held high that I did it. It’s a great feeling. Now it’s back to the gym to get bigger, faster, stronger!!!
-Weakness into Strength-