Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I said BRRRRR, it's cold in here.......Cold War III

I survived. Thanks to an ice bath, Epsom salt, stretching, alcohol, and two snow days. I can even walk!

This weekend I found myself in my 2nd even Crossfit Competition (Cold War III). Just like the first one (Superfit DC) I wound up there by accident, chance, etc. For Cold War you have a team of 4, at least one must be a girl. CFA had a team, but the girl found out she was moving - two small kids, packing, etc. and she didn't feel like she could be ready. I answered the call, said "yes", and then immediately got nervous poo. Oh, the team is also doing it Rx. My first Rx competition (hopefully not my last).

I signed up for this two weeks before the event, one of those weeks being spent in Cancun.....so I didn't have nervous tummy for long. While I was in Cancun another team member was injured. We had another fill in and we were ready to go.

The workouts were interesting, scary, and surprises. We went in knowing a few things, but not much. The barn thing that we did some workouts in was not heated. It was 29 degrees out and snowing on the 2nd day. It was cold - like you could see your breath cold. People had blankets, sleeping bags, I even saw a portable heater. One workout was in the pool and two more were outside (one was optional). Day one was 5am - 7pm. Day two was 7am-1pm. Totally worth it.

Hard to see....but tons of people, lots of equipment, and of course Sam was there :)


Day 1

WOD 1:
2 team members
1 person swims 200 meters while the other does 80 lunges with overhead weight (45/25) - then switch

WOD 1 1/2 :
Other 2 team members
4 minutes (rotate after 2 minutes)
One partner doing Hang Cleans while the other does Towel pull ups (then switch)
Final 2 minutes max reps: one does thrusters, one does weighted dead hang ruck sack pull ups

So proud of my team


Mini Event 1:
In pairs
3 rounds for time (8 minute cap)
One person wall sits with atlas stone (145/95) while the other does 100 double unders

95 pound atlas stone wall sit


WOD 2:
All team members
EACH ATHLETE WILL PERFORM EACH MOVEMENT FOR 2 MINUTES AND THEN ROTATE. NO TRANSITION TIME IN BETWEEN  

MOVEMENT # 1: CALORIE ROW  

MOVEMENT # 2: KB SWING      (RX: 70/53)
MOVEMENT # 3: POWER SNATCH     (RX/MASTERS:   135/95)
MOVEMENT # 4: WALL BALLS           (RX/MASTERS:   30/20)

Mini Event 2:
2 people do Burpee sandbag thrusters then the other two do max rope climbs (can't remember times now)

Day 2

WOD 3:
BREAK INTO TWO PAIRS  ( Me and Sam  )
FIRST PAIR PERFORMS THE FOLLOWING FOR FIRST 4 MINUTES:
OVER HEAD SQUAT  (RX:  135/95)      
TOES-TO-BAR (TTB)    
Last minute T2B AMRAP 


SECOND PAIR PERFORMS THE FOLLOWING FOR 4 MINUTES: Bijan and Steve
JERKS ( MUST BE A JERK )   (RX: 185/125)
RING DIPS
Last minute ring dip AMRAP


Mini Event 3:
5 minute AMRAP bar muscle ups

Sam and Bijan worked SO hard

WOD 4:
21-15-9

ATHLETE #1 (me)
FRONT SQUATS
(RX/MASTERS:   155/105)
BOX JUMP UP and OVERS
(RX/MASTERS:   30”/24')
DUMBBELL   SNATCH
(RX/MASTERS:  65/45)

ATHLETE # 2 (Sam)
POWER CLEANS
(RX/MASTERS:    155/105)
BOX JUMP UP and OVERS
(RX/MASTERS:   30”/24”)
DUMBBELL SNATCH
(RX/MASTERS:   65/45)

105 pound front squat and cleans, 45 pound dumb bell snatch


That's it. That was my two day Rx PLUS competition. It was terrifying, awesome, freezing, empowering, humbling, challenging........I loved it. I learned a lot about myself. I learned a lot about my team mates. Those boys worked so hard! I have a list of things to work on, a list of things that I didn't know I could do. This was the first time I was able to string toes to bar together, I fought for 3 (ugly) 95 pound snatches, and I did NOT have to rope climb. Phew! Oh, and I met my goals. I did not poop in my pants (close call in the pool). I did not cry. I might have to start making my goals harder.

We had tons of fans. I think 18 different people from CFA came to cheer us on......so awesome. I could not believe how many people took the time to come to our freezing neck of the woods to say "hi", "good luck", and cheer for us. Thank you all very much! Of course - Sam was there. I love that guy. He missed Superfit, so this was the first time he was seeing me compete. I loved having him there. The boys saw me compete in two events - it was the first time they saw me compete too. Full heart. 

This competition was hard. Way harder than I could have imagined. It's way harder than the one I'm doing in January (that I signed up for on purpose). I loved my team. I loved the weekend. I love crossfit!

Time to love the couch!