I survived my first CrossFit Competition!
It was actually quite a whirlwind day, so I’m going to recap as best as I can. I got a ton of pictures while everyone else was working out but was so “in the zone” prepping for my workouts that I forgot to ask the hubs to take pictures of me… #bloggerfail
This event was on really short notice, like less than 2 weeks. It was partner workouts, so teams of 2 same gender partners. There were going to be 3 WODs and rumors were flying that they were going to be kinda crazy – like high volume rope climbs. We did our best to prep, especially because 2 of our athletes were SUPER new to CrossFit… like 2-3 weeks new! The competition was advertised as Scaled and RX, we were comfortable with the ability of all our teams to do scaled workouts. When we arrived it turns out none of the other male teams were going scaled, so our guys all went to the RX division. We were told the only difference was going to be the weights… That made me a bit nervous… There are just some CrossFit movements that should NOT be in a scaled competition… and every.single.one. was going to be in this competition. The first WOD was announced shortly after we arrived:
10 rounds of Cindy (5 pullups- 10 Hand Release Push Ups – 15 Air Squats)
Diane (21-15-9 Deadlift/Hand Stand Push Ups)
I knew the weight wasn’t going to be the problem for me. We split the Cindy into 5 rounds each, I did the first 5 then my partner did the last 5 and I was going to do all the deadlifts while she did the HSPU. Being new to CrossFit, she had practiced Handstand Push Ups 1 or 2 times, and always with a 45lb plate and abmat. Here in the SCALED division they had the scale as a 10lb plate. Uhm, really? I don’t feel like that is really scaled. You might as well be doing RX. We ended up getting them to let us scale them from a pike on a box after several minutes of attempting them against the wall. We were neck and neck with one of the teams from our old box, CrossFit O’Fallon. With the weight being 135 for the deadlifts I was able to do them pretty quickly to make up for some time. We finished 10 seconds after the team from O’Fallon. I was just glad to be done with one of the workouts. I recovered pretty quickly and it was time to watch the guys. They did great!
(ladies – yet another reason to crossfit… I mean come on, look at them… )
After some recovery time it was time for the second WOD to be announced… This was the one I was dreading. I knew it was going to have rope climbs and I just haven’t mastered that yet. My lovely partner had practiced a few times, but this was a stupid amount of rope climbs…. for real.
800m relay run (each partner runs 800m)
10-8-6-4-2 Squat Cleans (womens scaled weight was 95… mens RX weight was 155)
5-4-3-2-1 Rope Climbs
200m Partner Carry
Uh yea…. 15 rope climbs… in a SCALED competition. Anyway, I knew I wasn’t going to be the fastest on the run. Luckily my partner made up quite a bit of time. I was going to do all the squat cleans and she was going to do the rope climbs. She did a few like a boss, but then we told them (mid workout) we HAD to scale it. So they had us do 4 scaled climbs from lying on the ground to standing up for every 1 full rope climb prescribed. Some of the other teams had to scale it down too. I don’t know of any CrossFit around here that does that many rope climbs in a workout (except for maybe the one that hosted the competition? Just saying… ) Anyway- I powered through the squat cleans. I was super proud of how quick I was able to get through them. Then came the partner carry. I was the one carrying my partner. It was tough but we powered through and finished in 20:11.
We knew going into this that my partner had irritated her elbow earlier in the week. She felt good going into the competition but the Handstand push ups, rope climbs, and the way I was holding her for the partner carry just aggravated that. We decided to drop out before the last WOD, since it was going to be a lot of overhead stuff. I’d rather pull out of this competition and have her heal up than push it for now reason and be out of commission for a long time. After 2 brutal WODs I wasn’t disappointed about sitting out on the last one.
50 GHD Sit Ups
50 Shoulder to Overhead
I feel like we could have actually rocked this one pretty well, except maybe the Toes2Bar. Which, in my opinion, is a movement that should NOT be in a scaled competition. I don’t even know what places our teams came in, and honestly it doesn’t matter to me. I was super proud of our teams for pushing through and giving their best. We want to play hard, but we play smart too. It is way better to pull out of a competition than face serious injury. Overall, I was pretty frustrated with this competition… it really seriously should NOT have been advertised as a scaled competition at all. Hand stand push ups, rope climbs, toes2bar, GHD sit ups with hands touching the ground… those are NOT scaled moves. Honestly, had we known the programming we wouldn’t have sent our teams with newer people on them. It was $30 a person, but there was nothing provided…. no tshirts, no food or drink… just using their facility for a few workouts. It was a great experience of the adrenaline that comes with a competition setting and recovering between multiple WODs and we had a great time just hanging out with each other all day.
We were super proud of all our CrossFit 70 Athletes – both those competing and those who came out to support our teams. Love our community!
Have you ever competed before?