SUNDAY at MABRY
Today was all about NOT STOPPING! The final WOD of the competition. Of course I didn’t get much sleep last night and was running later than I wanted. Mommy duty was my first priority of the day and getting Mekenzie to her grandparents. I arrived to find out that the heats had changed and also the rankings had changed. The heats had been reorganized to put all the top 30 in the final heats together…. I looked at it as HELL YEAH I gotta push with these gals in my heat! But then WHAM…. I had a ohhhh no moment and realized I was going head to head with the top 30 gals of the weekend.
My mind now had to shift from running the WOD at 9am to the new time of almost 1pm. I really don’t like going in the first heat, I like to watch others and use it to fuel my fire. I have to make sure though that I take time to focus and not just be Coach and Cheerleader for others. The first few heats made me realized OH SH*T this WOD is gonna HURT!
My mind took an immediate ease when Pete showed up, one of the best CF Coaches I’ve had. I lached on to his presence and fed into everything he had for me. He is one of the best mental guys out there… oops that sounds bad. No, he can get me into a mind-set that others can’t. He knows my weaknesses with just a quick glance. He also knows how far I can push better than I do. (He would sit and deny all of the above b/c that’s how cool he is! haha) We talked strategy a little then all I had to do was wait. I got another lil message from across town…. “Have fun and don’t over think it!”. Mark is always able to settle me and get my head straight and today was no different.
15 Thrusters 65#
50 – 35# single arm kettlebell snatches
100 double unders ( IN THE FREAKIN’ GRASS)
50- 35# kettlebell swings
100ft farmers walk with 35# kettlebell
15 barbell squat snatches (65#)
This was the most nervous I had been all weekend. I was FIGHTING to stay in the top 30…. the top 21 spots were secured due to WOD 2 yesterday, so I was against the field for only 9 spots. As they called us to the field I summoned Pete to my sideline. I knew I was gonna need to look at him for some “calm down” moments in this one. The top 25 ladies all lined up as we filed out onto the field to meet our judge. Justin was in spot 24. We walked the course and talked standards and he asked… “what’s your rep scheme?” My answer was, “BALLS TO THE WALLS.. Don’t stop”. He laughs and I said, seriously I just can’t stop!!!!!!
3-2-1…GO. 15 thrusters at 65# fresh I knew I was gonna do these unbroken. I had the majority of the other athletes in my sight and when I saw a barbell hit the ground for a rest it just made me push harder and not stop. The ground was a little challenging, being in one of the last heats of the day after many bars and bumpers and chewed up the ground was a new challenge on core strength! 15 unbroken and done….
100ft run, HOLY crap this already didn’t feel good and I had only just started. 50 KB single arm snatches. I had gamed this a little knowing that my left shoulder was still tweeked from training. I figured I’d do as many on the right as I could then use the left as my active rest all while chipping away at the reps. I don’t even have a clue how many I did before switching but by looking at the pictures people took…. it must have hurt. I do remember my Judge Justin with his constant calm voice… ” keep going, just get to the next station…” Right – left -Right and then all of a sudden the left took over and my shoulder stop hurting (probably b/c my right was screaming!)…. 100ft run (walking the green mile is more like it…) into 100 double unders….. IN GRASS. I am confident in my du’s, as I can usually knock out 40 or so in a row. So when I only got 5 then failed… uh-oh. My shoulders where on FIRE, my legs wouldn’t jump and my mind….. creeping in was DOUBT. I could hear other athletes counts and I was way under their’s. I look up and there was Pete. He just gave me that “calm down” look and I tried. What my mind was actually doing was thinking about how I was trying to motivate Chanel earlier in the day to push through these and yelling for her to “DONT STOP”…. talk about having a moment of guilt. haha. I just wanted to tell her “Sorry Chanel, these SUCK ! Now I know”. I had to just get comfortable with the 2-3 I could link together. This element is one I thought I would breeze through…… wrong. 100ft run ( this was slooooow) to 50- 35# KB swings.
Again, I thought this would be a catch up moment and as we all know in CF, when you think it’s gonna be easy it will actually kick your butt. The standard for the KB head was “bell up” so you had to swing the bell overhead, show your ears and have the bell straight up. I just stood there and swung the hell out of it. In these moments I think rep scheme but the truth is it comes down to grit. Push till you wanna puke then do another one.
100 ft kettlebell farmers walk into the barbell area. I was soooo ready for the last element. 15- 65# barbell squat snatches. I love this lift. I had thought about the elements of the ground being unstable, and how tired I was. I figured in order to have NO WASTED REPS I had better play if safe. I would power snatch then overhead squat it. I am totally comfortable in the bottom of the squat with weight overhead. So I hit the bar with the HELL YEAH I’m gonna nail this….. errrrrkkkk. Damn I couldn’t breath. I ended up doing them one at a time for about the first half. Then I heard
WHAT ARE YOU DOING>>> STOP WASTING TIME. Shins to the bar… and squat snatch the hell out of it….. DONE and it felt great! I finally had gotten in a groove. One at a time with my rest only being following the bar to the ground. One failed rep… uhg. Back on it. I was in PAIN, my lungs burning, my legs screaming to stop but my mind was COMFORTABLE IN THE UNCOMFORTABLE! TIME = 17:04.
All I could think about in that moment of being done was how bad it hurt and how much I wanted to lay down. I also remembered Mikko Salo the 2009 CrossFit Games Mens Champion, saying that he didn’t lay down after a wod because he refused to lay down in defeat. So there was NO way I was gonna lay down after this one. Now, curled up in a little ball – sure
Again, I was disappointed in my time and knew that it may not have been fast enough to hold on to a top 30 qualifying spot. Pete was there and we had a great debriefing on getting my mental game in check with the physical game of my wods. Now it was the waiting period.
THE FINAL SCORES
All the athletes gathered around as Jeremy Thiel started preparing for the final announcement of the top 30 Men and top 30 Women who qualified to move on to Regionals in May. I had no idea if I had been fast enough to hold my spot so I just convinced myself I had not made it. ……….HOLY CRAP… they just said my name! I had snagged 29th place. I’ll take it! In that moment I finally realized that all that time I doubted that I could hang with the 20 year olds who lived and breathed CF…. I really could! I was so proud that I was able to stay true to who I was. #1 a MOM and a balanced role model for my daughter.
After many ranking changes due to the scoring in WOD 2 and the Handstand pushups… I was moved up to 26th and 4 other athletes from CrossFit Texas made it through to Regionals. Congrats to all the athletes that competed and left blood-sweat and tears on the playing field! We had an awesome group represent!
Now all the hard work, training, dialed in nutrition, supplements…….was NOT what we were thinking! It was CELEBRATION TIME!!!!! Hula Hut on the Lake or BUST! I hadn’t had a margarita in ….. I have NO idea how long much less Mexican food. I wasn’t sure if this celebration meal was gonna make me regret it later… haha.
On to the Next One!