A few months ago I learned about a CrossFit competition in North Carolina. Sticking with my lack of desire to compete this year, especially since I hadn't been training to compete... and well... I kind of suck at it... My thoughts were to avoid it like the plague. This particular event is also outside. That means the weather can be iffy and if the weather is bad, than how in the world could your body do what is asked of it. My thoughts were pretty strong against this one. But what I've noticed is by getting in less workouts since I'm not training for competing, and switching priorities; my body has shifted in a way that I'd rather not have happen. Mentally I don't do as well without short term goals and I started to loose focus.
Then I finished the Open doing every workout almost twice. Then I took 1st place in my division at our Gym's Open Finale. And then realized, I still have a little bit of Oomph that I don't want to let squash. Which means I need to get back in the gym more, so training for a competition may not be so bad. Making the time for said training may be tricky however.
Then two little people that I coach were signed up by their father to compete at said outdoor event and I thought... "Well Krikey, now I have to go.... if I'm going to go, than I might as well compete".... then I saw the workouts, remembered it was outside and realized, OH Heck NO!!!
Soooo to make this story shorter... here is the point.. I ended up competing!
But not alone... a few weeks before the event, I was asked to be on a team of four... Pretty sure I said... "Are you sure you want me?"..... I'm like the girl in the corner that nobody would pick for sports. I'm not good at sports, never have been!
I'm good at making myself be better at being me, and improving every day from yesterday, that is why I love CrossFit. But having a team depend on me to be beastly... Ummm No! Especially when I'm the oldest, shortest, slowest and weakest. But I did end up being on their team. And well, it was the best competition day EVER!!!
Oh my KALE, I had sooo much fun! We had a HUGE showing from our box, with so much support, a tent village, and everything you could ever imagine needing. I think we had 40ish athletes competing and they all brought people. We also had a bunch who weren't competing just come to watch. The weather was PERFECT, even a little sunburn worthy... Yes the Vitamin D was in full swing. The mountains were gorgeous with spring flowers blooming and I ended up getting the last room at the Inn.
For real... I got to stay at a Bed and Breakfast all by myself in a beautiful room, for cheaper than any hotel but only because all of the hotels were booked and the B&B hooked me up! I found some Vegan food, that rocked, and an Earthfare to shop in that was glorious. Needless to say I'm so glad I said yes and that they wanted me on their team.
In practice, we didn't finish a single WOD! None of us (except one beast) was very good at any one workout, as a team we struggled. The workouts were crazy hard and we were all exhausted after long days when we finally met at 7:30 to train. But up comes competition, and it was GO TIME! Holy fast batman, those girls rocked. I surprised myself too in every single WOD, PR'ed a lift, and took over one of the bars to finish before the time cap.
While the others took over other things when I struggled. We ended up finishing all except two of the workouts. (there were 6 separately scored wods although three were combined in to one) And one of them we only missed by two reps. Another, we finished more reps in less time and made it back to the final stretch. Which we weren't even close during practice. I was soooo proud of us!! As a team, we worked incredibly well together, even got shirts and pictures so it is official.
My face hurt from smiling so much but my body handled the beating pretty well.
I'm not posting their faces because, well, they don't know I have this blog and that would be rude. But let me tell ya, they were beasts!!!! Beautiful beasts at that!
Another great weekend to add to my 2016 awesome memories!! Moving right along and this year is Rockin!