My box, Ohio Fit Club, hosts an annual Crossfit competition called the FC Summer Games. Four years running, it attracts competitors from several states including Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. This years competition included about 230 athletes. I’ve only been doing Crossfit since March but a couple months ago I decided to sign up for the competition. I just wanted to experience the process. As the day got closer and closer, I really started to think that I had made a stupid decision signing up. On multiple occasions I almost withdrew. I was getting in my own head and filling it with negative crap, scared I would make a fool of myself. Something always stopped me from actually withdrawing. I’m so happy that I didn’t! This was such a great experience.
The competition was broken out between an elite division and open division. The elite division was not allowed to scale their WODs because…well…they are suppose to be elite. The open division could scale but if you chose to scale any workout you would not be scored. The elite division did 4 WODs (workout of the day) and open division did 3 WODs. Then the top 10 men and top 10 women from each division competed in a final WOD. The elite division’s first WOD was on Friday evening and included the following:
WOD 0 (elite division only)
Find 1 rep max in 3 minutes – Snatch
AMRAP (as many reps as possible) – 15 minutes
30 Double Under
5 Ring Muscle Up
Find 1 rep max in 3 minutes – Clean and Jerk
There was no rest in between each of these events. It was so awesome to watch elite athletes to amazing things I can only dream of doing one day.
Saturday was the day for the remaining events where both the elite and open divisions competed. The elite division usually had to complete the WODs with heavier weights than the open. We got some hints on Friday of what the WODs would be but we did not get details of our workouts until the day of competition. Here is the breakdown for WOD 1:
AMRAP – 2 minutes
105lb squats – can be front, overhead, or back squat (women’s open weight)
Rest 2 minutes
For time – Run approx. 1 mile
At half way point pick up brick and run with brick to finish line
After talking myself into doing the competition, I set two goals for myself. Don’t scale and Don’t come in last place. When I found out the details of this WOD, I immediately thought I was going to be staring at the bar for 2 minutes until I could go run. While my 1 rep max for back squats is 140lbs, this was from a rack. In the competition, I had to get this weight off the ground first. I had never cleaned more than 95lbs. I had to PR to even get a score in the first part of the WOD. Yikes! After opening ceremony, I had a hour before my wave. I booked it into the gym to see if I could clean 105 lbs. I started at 65lbs and started working my way up 10 pounds at a time to warm myself up. A few other girls were looking to jump in on the warm ups. They asked to use my bar and we started rotating. I was chatting and told them that I had never cleaned 105lbs. They immediately jumped in to help me nail this. I had no idea who these girls were but they were all about helping me. The were even cheering for me later. How awesome is that? I got 95lbs. It was time for 105. I failed at my first attempt. Then on my second attempt I got it! I set my new PR. I front squat it. Boom. Another PR.
My heat was up. The judge asked if I was scaling. No way. I was doing this. The girl before me had scaled so there was a scramble to get my bar ready. I deadlifted it a couple times to get a feel for the weight. I was ready. The horn sounded. I set up and cleaned the bar on my first try! I started to think about getting it to my back because I knew I could get way more reps with back squats but I was too chicken shit to do it. I opted for front squats and got 7 reps. On my eighth rep, I lost my rack and dropped the bar. I couldn’t get the bar back up. I got 7 reps! That’s 7 more than I planned albeit last place for those that didn’t scale.
Next up, was the run. I completed this in less than 9 minutes and didn’t come in last place!
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WOD 2 was set up in a field with lanes set up marked with flags. I would guess the lanes were 50ish yards in length.
10 25lb dumbbell deadlift burpees then walk/run to halfway point with dumbbells
10 dumbbell hang squat cleans then walk the rest of the length of the lane
20 dumbbell push presses then return to halfway point
10 dumbbell hang squat cleans then return to the start
10 dumbbell burpees
I finished in 7min 8sec. Not last place. This was way harder than it looks on paper. This picture pretty much sums up my feelings of the WOD.
Actually, I kind of liked the workout. : )
Here was the last WOD
AMRAP – 5 min Fran
21-15-9 (reps for 3 rounds)
5 min – rest/walk across field to area for other half of WOD
5 minutes for distance – 1 rep for each flag the sled passes (same field as WOD#2)
115lb sled pull…on grass!
So I can’t do pull ups. I did 21 thrusters and had to stare at the pull up bar for the remaining 5 minutes. Actually, I made 3 attempts to do a kipping pull up but it just didn’t happen. I came in last but I was expecting it. However, I made up for it in the sled pull. I rocked that thing getting 61 reps. I not only didn’t get last but scored in the top 1/3! That made me feel like a million bucks!
Afterwards, I hung out at the gym with some of the other members drinking beer and eating greasy pizza. After a long day of hard work and fun with other competitors, I crashed in my bed happy with myself.
I learned a lot with this experience. I’m capable of more than I realize. I’m surrounded by pretty awesome people in this Crossfit community. Lastly, I need to quit with the negative mental bullshit; who cares if I’m first or last or can’t do something. I did it, I didn’t scale and that’s pretty freaking awesome.
Have you done a Crossfit competition? Have you done any kind of competition where you were convinced it was going to be terrible only to surprise yourself with what you are capable of? Tell me about it!