CrossFit Competitions: Masters Competition at CrossFit Frontier

CrossFit Strength Training

Yesterday, I competed in a CrossFit masters’ competition at CrossFit Frontier in Cheyenne, WY.

I’ve never done a masters only CrossFit competition, and this one was fun. It was divided into 5 year groups, beginning with age 35 and then from 50 plus. I went with a couple others from my CrossFit Box and had support from my gym, which always makes for a sweet time.

The strength event I did better than I had hoped for. The second event that was predominantly body weight I did well. The last event almost killed me with single-arm dumbbell weights and a bike at the end, but I got through it.

CrossFit Frontier was a great host. Nice owners. Fun people. Nice facilities. I will definitely do this one again next year!

CrossFit: Weightlifting Makes You Intimidating

CrossFit Clean and Jerk
CrossFit Clean and Jerk

I’ve been called intimidating too many times lately to not write about it.

Last week, I was told I was intimidating because I’m very self confident.

I think it’s a combination of my physique and my self-confidence.

However, I do believe the better you feel about yourself and how you look, the more self-confident you become.

What do you all think?

CrossFit Is All About Me

Battle at the Rock 6
CrossFit Barbell Lunges

I wrote recently on the advantages of designing your own programming and working out alone. Earlier this week I was thinking how CrossFit is all about me.

HOW CROSSFIT IS ALL ABOUT ME

  • I work out when I want to.
  • I don’t feel the pressure to push myself when I don’t feel mentally or physically up for it.
  • I do workouts I want to do and ones that fit my physical state that day.
  • I can change workouts at the last minute when I feel a tweak or wake up exhausted.
  • I can practice moves and go really slow or do heavier weights and go really slow, which builds my strength without feeling pressure to finish or beat anyone.
  • Going slow I notice things about my moves I need to fix such as hand position, etc.

I do CrossFit for me. I do it for how it makes me feel, how it makes me look, and the accomplishments I achieve over time. CrossFit is all about me. And I love it!

CrossFit: The Pros and Cons of Working Out by Yourself

CrossFit: The Pros and Cons of Working Out by Yourself

Since I now work full time, I’ve been working out a lot by myself. There are pros and cons to this.

CrossFit Assault Bike

 

Pros to Working out Alone:

  • Can workout on my schedule
  • Don’t have to wait on others
  • Under no pressure to finish within a certain time
  • Can do my moves however I want (e.g. strict versus kipping)
  • Do my own programming
  • Substitute moves or entire workouts to accommodate injury
  • Focus on what I need to focus on
  • Play my music (Hey! It’s the little things!)

Cons to Working Out Alone:

  • No push from others to go your hardest
  • Can be boring at times
  • At times it’s harder to get the motivation to even workout
  • Workout is not quite so mindless
  • Loss of community

Feel free to add your comments and/or thoughts about working out alone!

CrossFit Hero Workouts: Jenny

Usually by the end of the week I’m wiped out from CrossFit. On Fridays, I like an active recovery workout that tends to go long.

Enter CrossFit Hero Workout Jenny.

Named forĀ U.S. Army Capt. Jennifer M. Moreno who died Oct. 6, 2013, in Zhari District, Afghanistan, when enemy forces attacked her unit with an improvised explosive device.

 

Jenny consists of: 20 min AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) of:

  • 20 Overhead Squats 45 lbs
  • 20 Back Squats 45 lbs
  • 400 m run

What I love about this CrossFit Hero WOD (workout of the day) is that it’s light weight and cardio-dominant. You’re at peak heart rate most of the time. This one was fun and definitely one I’ll do again!

CrossFit Poem: Wallballs in the Dark

Wallballs in the Dark

CrossFit Competitions Outdoors
CrossFit Competitions Outdoors

Fall leaves rustle

Background music

Moonlight shines

Can’t choose and pick.

 

Sprint to the finish

Grind through the course

Squat and push

Reps are the force.

Snatch and catch

Push and pull

Euphoria?

Bliss in the lull.

CrossFit Competitions: Battle at the Rock

Yesterday, I competed in a CrossFit competition called Battle at the Rock at CrossFit Castle Rock in Castle Rock, Colorado.

This CrossFit competition was all a test of mental fortitude because I had just done Project Uplift the day before. I was sore. I was tired. I was beat.

Let me just stress that I had not planned to do two CrossFit competitions two days in a row. Yesterday, I was a last minute fill in. Battle at the Rock I had planned for a month or so.

Workout number one was just plain fun. It was a 6 minute AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) of one clean and jerk and 4 lateral bar over burpees. I chose a lighter weight for 2 reasons:

  1. I wanted to keep moving and minimize my pauses. The heavier I go, the more taxing it becomes, the longer the jerk takes, and the less reps I’ll get. There were 2 scores for this workout: reps and weight moved.
  2. After yesterday, my arms were already killing me. I didn’t want to strain anything. 85 lbs was a safe bet. Heavy enough for points but not too heavy I’d have to strain.

I got one rep short of 15 rounds. It was fun.

CrossFit Dumbbell Push Ups

I did the floater next which was 21 calories on the bike followed by dumbbell squats with 35 lbs in each hand. After the bike, I was wiped. This could have been faster.

After this workout, I felt terrible. I went to my truck and sat and rested.

Workout #2 was okay. It was a 24 calorie buy in followed by 30-20-10 of dumbbell snatches at 35 lbs and box jump overs ended by a 24 calories buyout. Normally, this is my cup of tea (except the row). It was all I had just to keep moving.

I had a 2 hour break in-between before the last workout. I took a nap. I ate. I felt much better.

The last workout was normally my cup of tea as well, but I was so tired it was all I could do to keep moving. It was 15 hang power cleans at 65 lbs, 30 step forward lunges with that bar, 15 toes to bar, 30 wall balls (10 foot target but only 10 lbs) and then 15 pull ups. 2 Rounds with a 12 min time cap.

I stricted all the toes to bar and the pull ups even though it’s slower because my hands were killing me, and I didn’t want to tweak anything from my overworked body. Also, I didn’t want to mess with my grips since I don’t use grips on barbell movements and on wall balls.

Well, I got to the 2nd round of wall balls and wanted to die. I honestly just wanted to skip the wall balls and go to the pull ups.

I made it through this CrossFit competition and finished in 2nd for the masters’ women. It was fun, but I am so glad it’s over. I honestly couldn’t have done any more work.

WHAT I LEARNED FROM TWO DAYS OF CROSSFIT COMPETITIONS

  • This is 90% mental. It’s showing up. It’s doing the work. It’s grinding through it when all you want to do is sit.
  • The rest is overcoming the physical exhaustion your body feels. It’s eating enough, drinking enough, planning it all, so you can perform.

I’m unsure if I’ll do two CrossFit competitions in a row again. It’s physically exhausting. Draining. I feel completely wiped out. I have nothing left.

CrossFit Battle at the Rock 1
CrossFit Competition Colorado

I’ve gained a whole new appreciation for the CrossFit Games athletes who workout for continuous days as well as other CrossFit competitors who do multiple days. It’s a whole different level I didn’t appreciate until now.

It was fun, but I need a break!