What do you do after you have spent an entire day in the 100+ degree Texas heat in a parking lot filled with 200+ athletes who bleed CrossFit? After you laid it all out on the line and pushed yourself to the limits you hoped you always could? Lots of sweat, deep breaths and a hell of a lot of FIGHT….. you come back and do it again the next day!
Day 2 – WOD #3
100 Double Unders
3 Rounds of:
1 Sandbag run(50lbs)
Then row 1K
Everyone has a WOD that they would rather do over others… Some like the long and torturous MURPH, why why why??? Others like the fast and furious FRAN, some like one lift over the other. The strange part is that it isn’t always what is easy, I know I enjoy EVA — again why why why???? It is gut wrenching. I just LOVE the way I feel after I have set my focus on the task at hand and dig in and WORK! This 3rd WOD was one of those workouts. I enjoy lifting heavy stuff, taking it a distance and fast (or try to do it fast). I was certain that the nerves I had before CINDY were the worst I had ever had… NOPE. I could not get it together before this one. Every single time I do FRAN in the box I stand shins to the bar and feel like I could puke just from butterflies in my stomach. The performance I expect out of myself and the ability I want to have during the WOD is the hardest part for me.
Warm up time…. I had the chance to watch a few heats and see how the girls carried the 50# sandbag and tried to create my game plan. I was confident about the 185# deadlifts, that is usually the working weight we use in the box for our training. I was NOT looking forward the 1k row at the end of the 3 rounds. Starting off, I had to nail 100 double unders, usually this is not a problem at all. The last few weeks I just have not had the speed thru these that I normally do.
3-2-1- GO and yeap, my feet and hands were not working together. I just had to get them done. I was much slower on these than I wanted. 1st round of DL’s, 7 unbroken, damn… I hear the team yelling at me to get on the bar… finish and move on. I grab the 50# sandbag, toss it over my shoulder and try to run the 100 meters as fast as I can…………WHOAAAAA it’s a little rough on the legs after the other elements.
I was NOT going to walk, I was NOT going to stop on this one. THIS was the WOD I was looking forward to all weekend. 2nd round of DL’s… ALL 10 unbroken! HELL YEAH. The sandbag run is what it is. I just took off thinking about running a race and I used each new face I passed as a new motivation. It’s amazing how you can tap into the energy of others.
3rd round of DL’s ALL 10 unbroken… this final run was rough. I knew I had to come around that last curve and jump right onto the C2 Rower and pull a 1k. Come on legs and lungs don’t fail me now. I hop in and take off, I had a GREAT view of the sun! I think at least 500 meters I had my eyes closed. I had a chance to sit with a C2 instructor and dissect my rowing technique earlier in the day. WOW I’ve been doing something right. She actually didn’t have any corrections for me, so as I sat there in 106* with the sun blaring down in my face I tapped into my technique and pulled. Rob had a mantra all weekend that it was “YOU AGAINST YOU” and I knew that even though I didn’t end with the fasted time of the day, I left everything on that playing field.
Day 2 – WOD#4
Individual event 4 – Final Event
10 Muscle Ups
15 Handstand Push Ups
20 Squat Cleans
Run the Block
WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU KNEW YOU COULD NOT FAIL?
There are many things in life that we accomplish that we never knew we could. Most of those things we didn’t wake up knowing we would be successful, we may have hoped but we didn’t KNOW. This last WOD was a “freebie” for me. I have been intermittently working on my gymnastics skills specifically on my muscle up skill. Going into this workout most female competitors either had their muscle up or they simply didn’t. I have been so close but haven’t nailed it yet.
The hours before the heats began I decided to pull away from the crowds and go absorb. I headed to the small space tucked away in the huge GSX space designated for athletes to warm up. I walked in to see Whitney Welsch helping some of the girls with technique tips. I know first hand how amazing Whitney is as and athlete and every time I run into her at an event she is always friendly and a great help. The weekend of my Level 1 Cert in San Antonio back in 2009 Whitney and I were paired up in the final WOD of the weekend. That girl smoked us all weekend and she still is blowing past the rest with a smile. So I sat and took in every bit of what she said. A few of us jumped up on the rings and worked through transitions then it became obvious we all just needed to be still and rest.As the heats were running behind more athletes filtered into the cool a/c of the warmup area.
Time to head into the heat again. This time I was relaxed, I was going to go spend the next 15 min giving it ALL I had! The challenge was to get my very first Muscle Up. You would think that standing in front of a hundred or so people about to try something you have never been successful at before I would have been a ball of nerves.
So I asked myself.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU NEW YOU COULD NOT FAIL?
My answer was stand under those rings for the entire 15 min and NEVER quit. In training, I had not been able to maintain my false grip once my feet left the ground for the kip. Today I had prepared and watched the girl who successfully performed the element. I heard 3-2-1- GO. No rush I said. You have plenty of time, just set it up. And off we go. Holy cow I kept my false grip… wooowhoooo! That was step one for me. Turn out of the hands- kip and swing- and pull. AHHHHHHHHHHHHH so close. I was getting one hand right where it needed to be but I just couldn’t put all the pieces together. I had so much support from the crowd in front of me and from my Crossfit Texas teammates. One voice came from directly behind me… Candice Ruiz. We first met in Dallas at the CrossFit FXTX Unleashed Games. Candice took 1st that day as I pulled in 4th after a 4WOD day. Ever since she has been a great support and encouraging me along the way. So this day was no different. She was right there with the rest giving me tips on my technique. One of the top athletes (ultimately she took the weekend and placed 1st and is headed to California for The Games) was showing me the true spirit of Crossfit.
These 15 minutes meant different things to each athlete. Candice and Whitney battled for the finish and 1st place. I was in it for a “first” but a personal first. Lauren, one of our athletes from Crossfit Texas had her moment and nailed her first muscle up and followed it up with a few more. Ashley gutted it out and had a special someone in mind for this first ( a not so quiet Ninja that she trains along side in life). Some would walk away disappointed that they never left the first element of a WOD. I wasn’t that person,not today. I had my PR in a bigger way. I was at a Crossfit competition and doing more than I did last year. That right there was my little PR! I look back and see that I was standing amongst so many amazing athletes and I earned that spot that day to be there. I knew I could return home and my biggest fan Mekenzie would be proud of me whether or not I got a muscle up or had the fastest time or that I PR’d a lift. The example that I was building for her was that no matter how low things bring you, it’s YOU AGAINST YOU and you have the choice to make it AMAZING!
TEAM CROSSFIT TEXAS
Six athletes battled for two days for a chance to take it to California. I know first hand how challenging and rewarding the affiliate race is. Last year I was part of the first team from Crossfit Texas to compete at the 2009 Crossfit Games in Aromas. This year Brannon, Howard, Rob C, Becca, Terilyn and Heidi rocked some wicked WODs and pushed harder than I have ever seen before. They were awesome! I had a chance to stand in and be a part of this experience. The final Team WOD was in 106 degrees that Sunday. 4 Athletes each had 2 minutes to row a max distance. Total team time was 24 minutes. Just before the WOD started,Brannon asked me to stand in as Team Coach. HELL YEAH I accepted. I’m not sure that anything I was yelling and the fact that I wouldn’t get out of their faces for the entire 2minutes helped…. but I was proud to be a part of that group.
Thanks to all the gang from Crossfit Texas – it was an amazing weekend and you all had a part in it! Thank you to all my friends and family that understand why I get crazy when I miss my workouts and encourage me to keep going.
Thanks to CrossFit GP for the Old School garage gym WODs. For pushing me to work my weakness in more than just the gym and reminding me to ‘HAVE FUN”!