*Disclaimer: My box is called CrossFit Wall Street. It is not actually on Wall Street. In fact, it is a subway stop away from Wall Street, so I’m not really sure why it’s called that, just thought I would let you know.
As I posted yesterday, I participated in my very first CrossFit Competition on Saturday. There were 4 difference divisions: Scaled Women (only reason I registered), Scaled Men, Rx Women and Rx Men.
After the registration deadline, the workouts were announced:
Squat Clean Ladder w/ Double Unders
For the scaled women, the deadlifts were 115# (VERY doable for me) and the HSPU were scaled down to Hand Release Push-ups (something I still suck at because a lot of body weight + long arms = suck). Quick note, push-ups in CrossFit are not the same as normal push-ups. In CrossFit, you have to lower your body all the way to the floor, so your chest touches the ground. These are a LOT harder that normal push-ups, which I don’t 100% suck at. Scaled Men were 155# and also HRPU. The Rx women were 155# and HSPU and the Rx Men were 225# and HSPU. We were all given a 10 minute cap.
The Squat Clean Ladder with Double Unders is you basically have 1 minute to do 10 Double Unders and then 1 attempt at a squat clean. If you succeed, you go up to the next weight (10# more). The scaled women had to do 20 singles (good thing because it would’ve taken me the entire minute to do 10 DUs) and the starting ladder weight was 55# ending with 145#. The scaled men were also 20 singles, starting weight 75# to 165#. The Rx Women, 10 DUs starting weight 75# up to 165#. The Rx Men, 10 DUs, starting weight 135# up to 225#.
Fran would be done by the top 4 scaled women, all the scaled men (3 of them), all the Rx women (4 of them) and top 4 Rx Men. Scaled women thruster weight was 45# (honestly, way too light for these ladies) and a blue band for the pull-ups. Scaled men were 65# and also a blue band. Rx women were 65# and no band, regular pull-ups. Rx men were 95# and no band pull-ups (regular pull-ups). There was a 7 minute cap.
Going into this competition, I knew that I would rock the deadlifts, suck at the push-ups (I was so worried about my knees hitting the ground, that would be a no-rep) and I wasn’t feeling overly confident about the squat cleans. My coach had been helping me out with them the day before and I was struggling with the 95#, although he was confident I could easily do 115#. Still, at least I knew I could hit 95# (which was a new PR) but being allowed 1 attempt at it (as opposed to the entire remaining minute to try) was nerve-wracking. I also knew, that I wouldn’t make it to Fran. And I was ok with that since I can’t do 1 pull-up with the blue band assisting me, let alone, 21, 15 or 9.
The competition was divided into 8 heats, starting with the scaled women and ending with the Rx men. I, of course, was in the first heat. I couldn’t wait to get started. The standing around was killing me!
After the coaches went over the rules and the standards it was time to start. Coach Paul was judging me for the first round. To help lighten the mood, he started with an “alright, let me practice…’no rep’” I actually appreciated the teasing because it helped lighten me up.
And just like that the clock was counting down 10 seconds and it was time to go!
As predicted, I killed the first set of Deadlifts, doing 21 unbroken, and was the first to finish them in my heat. Then, as predicted, I SUCKED at the HRPUs. I was so worried about getting a no rep, they took me forever. By the end of the first set of 21, I was breaking it up into sets of 2. I lost a lot of time on those. BUT, I made up a lot of time on the 15 deadlifts (have I mentioned my love of deadlifts?). And, just like before, I lost that time on the push-ups. I was breaking them up in 2s and literally dripping in sweat (it was so freaking hot in there!). But I had Dan, 1 of the guys in my class, literally right in front of my face, yelling at me to keep going, to keep moving, that I got this. It was weird. Actually hearing people cheering my name. And these were all people I have met this morning. CrossFit community, it’s tough to beat. Anyway. By the time I was done suffering through my 15 push-ups, a couple of the girls were on their last set of 9 push-ups. Just like before, I cranked out the deadlifts and managed to somehow finish those last 9 reps of push-ups. Again, with the encouragement and support of everyone there. My arms were done after that. I finished Diane in 5:42. I’ve never done Diane before, so I have nothing to compare it to, but I’ll take it! I lived through my first competition WOD!
I hate push-ups.
The Rx ladies killing it at handstand push-ups! (Kipping was allowed as long as your heels were touching the wall when you started your next push-up)
Making 225# look easy!
Just to show how much more difficult HSPUs are…of the Rx women, only 1 finished in the time cap (but she is superhuman) and of the Rx guys, 4 finished (out ot 12).
After all the heats completed Diane, the squat clean ladder was next. I was so nervous. I just wanted to make it past 55#. I knew I could do the weight, but that 1 shot at it was playing serious games with my brain. Not to mention, I suck at jump rope, so even doing the singles in front of people was worrying me!
I was 4th to start. I watched the girls go in front of me, hitting their weights. I felt ok, knowing I had people in front of me, that meant there were other people to watch so no one was watching me if I screwed up. OK. That’s not true, I still had people cheering for me. So, I was up, I hit 55#, 65#, 75#, 85# and then 95#. I was honestly trying not to think about what weight I was up to, I was just trying to get up there and do it. The jump rope actually helped with that. It was tiring me out enough that I wasn’t thinking, I was just trying to breathe. Suddenly after I hit 95#, I had no one in front of me any more. Crap. 20 singles, I hit 105#. 20 singles, I hit 115#! Then came 125#. Then my brain started to kick in. In my mind, I only had to hit 115# because that’s the number my coach had put in my head from the day before. And I was psyched to hit it! I failed at 125#. My brain got the better of me. But I know I could hit it. My form was still good for 115#, I didn’t really struggle with it. While I’m annoyed I didn’t prepare for 125#, I’m still super psyched about 115#, I mean, hell, that’s a 20# PR…in 1 day!
Why am I showing this very unflattering picture of me?!?! Because this is what a 20# PR looks like!
And speaking of PR, this girl is a beast! She PR’d with 165# (which I’m pretty sure might be twice her body weight).
After everyone completed the ladder, the results were in. I didn’t make the top 4…which I expected (and kind of secretly hoped). I did well in the Squat Clean Ladder (tied for 3rd) but I was too far behind in Diane. Either way though, I’m kinda proud of myself. I tried and completed my first competition…and lived!
Just as an FYI, Fran killed everyone! Of all the 4 final heats (12 people) only 4 completed it. These are people who can normally do Fran no problem, but those 2 WODs before it take a lot out of you!
Pull-Ups during Fran
From left to right: Scaled Men winner, Scaled Women winner, Rx Women winner (technically the winner was from another box who was invited as a guest, so this is the winner from our box), the 1st Place Rx Men and 2nd Place Rx Men (the men got 2 because there was so many of them).
Would I have liked to have done better? Yes. Am I glad I signed up for this thing? Surprisingly, yes! It gave me the chance to get to know other people at my box and cheering them all on and having them cheer for me, it was pretty awesome.
Of course I now realize I am not ready AT ALL for the Disney Fitness Challenge! Oh well, who cares, I’ll be in WDW!