Overall, my first competition experience was a lot of fun. Gretchen and I took third place. Before I go into the competition, let’s review some recent PRs:
- 141# Snatch (bodyweight)
- 190# Clean and Jerk
- 315# Backsquat (3 plate club, booya)
- 345# Deadlift
- 135# Strict Press
So, I’ve hit all my goals I set for myself and I’m really happy with the performance menu oly strength I just did. The performance menu programs really easy metcons, so I decided to hit up CrossFit Charlottesville programming for competition prep. Gretchen and I also added a lot of our weaknesses: wall balls, high rep oly lifting, heavy thrusters etc.
Competition was a lot of fun and all the judges and event organizers did a great job, but they could have done better. It was cool to do a competition at the one year anniversary of a pretty major shoulder surgery.
Either (Partner A) 3 rounds of 10 Goblet Squats (70/53) and 15 Burpee Box Jumps or (Partner B) 3 rounds of Sandbag Cleans (100/60) and 15 Lateral Burpees.
Gretchen and I won this event. I think I won B and Gretchen got second in A which put us at first overall. The next fastest group was just 20 seconds behind us. Those squat cleans got heavy and the added explosion in the burpees made this one hurt the legs.
20 Handstand Pushups as a Team (on an Abmat), then 10/20… 8/14 to zero of Full Snatch (115 / 75) / Hands of the Ground Pushups. The second part of this WOD was done individually.
Since I can probably do 30 HSPUs unbroken hearing the event organizers change the standards (from no abmat to abmat and from 30 to 20) away from a strength is frustrating. Gretchen wrecked the women’s time and got just over 4 minutes. I got in the mid 6’s putting us in second place with the third place team about 4 or 5 minutes behind us. We were tied for second.
As a team, 200 Double Unders, 150 KBS 53/35, 100 Ball Slams 20/15#, 75 GHD situps, 50 Sandbag Getups 60/40#, 2500m Row.
We knew this would be a long one and Gretchen and I are bad at rowing, so we knew we needed to be on the rower a full minute before the next team given that this workout really favored larger competitors. We were lucky that the getups were changed from 80#, but were unlucky to see that a lot of competitors didn’t have enforced legs + shoulders on the ground standards for the getups. This was a fun one and the first place team bested us, so we slipped into second place by one point with the third place team a full 9 points behind us at the end of Day 1.
Toss a medicine ball (20/14) as far as you can.
This workout was just dumb. Picking a skill that clearly favors mass and height and weighting it equally with all the other workouts totally disadvantaged us. When we programmed skills at SuperFit, we made sure to balance out body types. Rowing = big people, L-sits = small people, etc. Yes, I’m biased because I’m 140# and 5’6″, but I don’t complain about heavy barbell movements. Gretchen and I placed 8th on this workout and did OK, but weren’t surprised to see the bigger competitors knock us down.
Ground to overhead, any weight (85/75 for us), max reps in 8 minutes, non-working partner has to run 400m.
Gretchen and I made a strategy mistake and she ended up being on the bar longer than me. That hurt us. I also had an issue with a judge who called back at least 10 reps from me and didn’t let me know when I was making bad reps. I don’t know if he was being quiet or not calling them at all, but that really hurt us and made me continue to do bad reps without knowing. I also wasn’t tired from this WOD which is a crappy feeling to have. We were in 3rd place after the 5th WOD and couldn’t change positions in the final.
Run 200/200 Relay, 50 Deadlifts (225/155), 50 Box Jumps (24/20), Run, 50 KB High Pull (70/53), 50 Sandbag Push Press (60 /40), Run, 50 Ball Throw, Burpee on Ball, Thruster Throw Things, Run.
Gretchen and I finally saw something that played to our strengths. We won this workout by a full minute, beating even the fastest guy-only team.
Overall, we finished third, having beat the second place team in 4 of the 6 workouts and knocked out of our 2nd place position by throwing a ball. I guess that’s CrossFit competition for you!
It was a fun competition and everyone deserved to be on that podium. It was pretty cool to be about 30 to 40 pounds lighter than the other guys in the top 3. I had a really good time and despite not hitting any of my major strengths: long runs, pullups, muscle ups, ring dips, real handstand pushups we still finished a solid third and won 2 of 6 of the workouts. Gretchen did an amazing job and destroyed a few WODs which kept us on the podium. She was an awesome teammate.
Thanks to our fellow teammates, Jason and Elizabeth who finished 5th and Cat and Ted who finished 7th. Thanks to our spectators, Amy, Martha, Steve, Lorna, Lydia and Brenton for supporting us and cheering us on. It was great meeting everyone. See you next year.
I’d also like to give a big shoutout to Red Bull, Hammer Gel, Sweet Potatoes, Coconut Water, Orca Compression Pants, Ice Baths, EFS Recovery Drink, and Tape. You got me through 6 WODs without injury and with full intensity.
- Qualify for Regionals as an Individual
- Qualify for Regionals as a CrossFit Charlottesville Team
- Clean and Jerk Over 200#
- Snatch 155#
- Do Grace in Under 3 Minutes.
- Bodyweight Press