I did it! I survived my first competition! Woohoo!!
Our team came in 57th out of 91 teams, which I feel pretty great about, as there were some super hard-hitting ladies at this comp, including some Regionals athletes. The weather was perfect, WODs were creative and fun, the flow of the day went really well, and the judges were awesome. I don’t think I could have asked for a better first competition experience.
The first WOD was a 500m wheelbarrow push. Obviously it wasn’t just any old wheelbarrow, but some fancy CrossFit wheelbarrow with a 45-pound plate for a front wheel, and a 45-plate loaded onto the wheelbarrow. One team member had to push the wheelbarrow while another team member rode on the wheelbarrow, and the 3rd team member carried a 75-pound sandbag (which was pink!). Over the 500m, each team member had to do all 3 movements at least once. I started on the front of the wheelbarrow, then pushed the wheelbarrow a little ways, but spent most of the time carrying the sandbag, which was by far the easiest part of the WOD. That wheelbarrow had a mind of its own and while it wasn’t super heavy, it was really hard to steer. Let’s just say that some of the cars that were parked along the side of the course had a few close calls.
After we caught our breaths a bit from that WOD (which was a lot harder than we thought it would be–the air temp that morning was only in the 40s and we all ended up with a little bit of Fran Lung for the rest of the day because of it), we decided to get the Floater WOD out of the way. This was a WOD that you could complete at any time during the day, and it was a 6-minute AMRAP of GHD sit-ups with a medball toss. You could decide between using a 14, 12, or 10 pound med ball, with different points for every rep assigned to each weight. Joy did the most GHD sit-ups of any of us, but I still did around 40 reps, and let me tell you that I have not been able to laugh, sneeze, or even sit up without cringing for the past 2 days.
The second WOD was called “Grace’s Best Friend Helen.” Since this was a Barbells for Boobs event and their signature WOD is “Grace,” I knew we weren’t going to get away without doing some heavy clean & jerks, which I was really nervous about. This WOD was “Helen,” which is 3 rounds of 400m run, 21 kettlebell swings, and 12 pull-ups, but with the added bonus of having to do 10 95-pound clean and jerks to start each round. My C&J 1 rep max is 95, so 10 reps would have taken me at least an hour, but luckily the WOD was set up so that anyone could do the clean & jerks as long as everyone also did one round of Helen. Joy took 8 of my C&Js and Beth finished the last 2 before I took off to do my kettlebell swings and pull-ups. My swings felt awesome but I had to do my pull-ups one at a time, which I was a little disappointed by. I really need to work on linking kipping pull-ups in a bad way, but otherwise I felt really good about my kb swing and running pace. I was disappointed that I couldn’t contribute more to the weightlifting part of the WOD, but I know that I went all-out and did as much as I could to make up for it.
In the final WOD, Athlete 1 (that was me) had 1 minute to get as many double unders as possible. Finally! Something that I am actually really good at! I managed to get 87 in a minute after a few skips at the beginning from nerves. My goal was to get at least 80, so I was super happy with 87. Then Athlete 2 (Beth) had 3 minutes to establish a 1RM snatch, and then Athlete 3 (Joy) had 3 minutes to establish a 1RM clean & jerk. Beth and Joy both killed it, snatching and cleaning way more than I ever would have been able to.
We stuck around at the end for the awards ceremony and were psyched to find out that we had won the fundraising competition! We took home some seriously awesome swag, including a brand new barbell, bright pink trigger point foam rollers, and a huge gift certificate to an organic, grass-fed local beef farm!
Overall it was a super positive experience. I was lucky to have Joy and Beth on my team to take over most of the movements that were way out of my comfort zone, which brought my nerves way down and helped me just relax and enjoy the day. If you are thinking about trying a CrossFit competition, I would definitely recommend doing a team competition as your first one. Even though I did feel a little disappointed that I couldn’t contribute to the heavier parts of the WODs, I still know that I put in as much effort as I could in the other sections, and hopefully made up for it.
Last but not least, thank you so much to everyone who donated to our fundraising page! Winning the fundraiser was an amazing highlight and we felt great being able to donate over $1600 to such an awesome organization.
Now I just have to hope that my abs go back to normal before competition #2 this weekend…