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CrossFit Competition: Alter Egos

Yesterday, my daughter and I competed in a CrossFit competition called Alter Egos at CrossFit Decimate.

CrossFit Decimate in Colorado Springs is a great gym. The owners are top-notch, it’s a wonderful space, and a great place to visit and compete. They are one of the only a few gyms to tackle holding a CrossFit competition in Colorado during COVID. For that, I have a very deep respect for them. It’s most definitely not easy complying with Colorado’s COVID restrictions, but the fact that they were willing to hold one and successfully tackled it puts them first in my book.

So my daughter and I tied for last. We scaled the last workout so she could do the deadlift weight. It was fun, but very tiring and a very long drive. Will most definitely do this again next year.

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CrossFit: A Season of Healing

For the past several months, I have struggled physically. There have been times when my neck hurt, my back hurt, my legs were tight, and my hips were locked. I chucked this all up to CrossFit, but there was always something wrong with me. Rare were the days where I felt 100%.

We moved, so I had to find a new chiropractor. I tried one who had 178 five-star Google reviews. This chiropractor took x-rays and did a thorough analysis of my spine. What he found was my pelvis was tilted, my middle back was locked up, and my neck was out of alignment. So that would explain all of that.

So I have now entered a phase to fix all that, which is adjustments three times a week, tailored to fix me. I just started. I’m not gonna lie, it sucks. The area he adjusts are tender and sore.

I have cut back my CrossFitting as well. No back squats. No heavy deadlifts. I am struggling mentally to just do it because I’m stiff and sore and feel like I’m one hot mess.

So I’ve entered a season of healing. I’m even debating about taking a break from CrossFit altogether so I can heal completely. I want to keep moving for the rest of my life, so I have to do something now in order to do so.

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CrossFit: Knowing Your Limitations

I posted last week about CrossFit Hero Workout Chad, which is 1,000 step ups wearing a weight vest.

I don’t say this often, but that will be the last time I do that workout.

I love CrossFit, and I love the Hero Workouts, which are meant to push you to your limits as you honor a fallen soldier who fought and died for our country. I love doing these in their memory.

However, I cannot do Chad again.

It’s been three days. My right calf is finally “fine.” My left calf is still locked up and extremely tight. I can’t walk without a limp. It hurts to touch it. This sucks.

Again, my normal CrossFit workouts have been completely ruined.

I’m just too old to do these things, like running a 10k. I’m in incredible shape, but that doesn’t mean I can beat my body up and not suffer the consequences.

I don’t know why I do these things to myself. They are challenging and fun at the end once you’ve done them, but the after effects on my are devastating.

I just can’t keep doing this, and I guess I have to learn the hard way it seems.

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Running in Colorado: I Ran My Last 10k

Last month, I ran the Windsor Heavy 10k.

Well, first off, I did not know that a “heavy 10k” is actually an extra mile you run, so my 6 mile run turned into a 7 mile run. Nor did I realize this until I passed the 6 mile mark.

The course was not the best. The race started by running up a hill and through/by a subdivision. For a good two miles at least, we ran on the side of a big road in Windsor.  The only good part was the trails for the last mile or so, which were pretty with fall colors.

However, due to COVID, prizes were to be mailed, and we were told to leave as soon as it was over. My prize? A small bottle of hot water.

The after effects on my body were horrendous. I couldn’t walk. My hamstrings were locked up. I was miserable. My massage the week after hurt.

I was a physical wreck.

I can’t do this anymore, especially for a race with a mediocre course. It was not worth it. I’m just too old. It ruined my whole week of CrossFit the next week, and I was just miserable.

The only 10k I may run again is the Garden of the Gods if people stop freaking out about a virus.

Other than that, I have to bow to age and my body.

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CrossFit Hero Workout: Chad

Brutal.

That’s the word that can sum up this CrossFit Hero WOD.

The challenge is mental, not necessarily physical.

The CrossFit workout is:

1,000 Box Step-ups on a 20 inch box wearing a ruck sack (45/35 lbs).

This CrossFit workout honors Chad Wilkinson who tragically took his own life on Oct. 29th, 2018, due to the effects of war serving our great nation. He had PTSD and blast wave injuries and was an active duty SEAL.

The Story Behind the CrossFit Hero Workout Chad

At the time of his tragid death, he was training to clim Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in South America, by doing 1000 step-ups wearing a backpack.

Dave Castro posted the workout on December 14th, 2018, and this workout has taken on a life of its own, becoming an official CrossFit Hero WOD named in his honor. It will probably become a Veteran’s Day tradition in a lot of CrossFit boxes every year. Fitting.

Raising Suicide Awareness

As sad as this it, it points to what is great about CrossFit and what draws so many together. Hopefully, Chad’s death will raise awareness of suicide and maybe save someone else before it’s too late.

No doubt this CrossFit Hero Workout has been one of the hardest I’m done in a long time. It took me 1 hour and 20 minutes with a weight vest. The 400-700 was the hardest of all. Once you get to 800, it seemed easy because the worst was over.

Take the time. Honor Chad. Thank a veteran. And spread the word of suicide prevention.

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CrossFit Competition: Battle at the Rock

My daughter and I did a CrossFit competition, Battle at the Rock, last weekend at CrossFit Castle Rock. I’ve done this CrossFit competition before, but my daughter hasn’t. I entered master’s, and she did open. She had to scale everything, but she had fun. I did much better than I had anticipated — mainly because I did 100 double unders unbroken.

It was fun for all!

Credit to Mark Tepsic Photography for photo!

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I PR’ed CrossFit Hero Workout DT

After five years of CrossFit, PRs or personal records, are hard to come by. So when they happen, they are special, indeed.

Today, we did DT, a CrossFit Hero WOD I’ve written about before. It is:

  • 12 Deadlifts (105 lbs)
  • 9 Hang Power cleans
  • 6 Push Jerks

I PR’ed by over 2 minutes, which was super exciting for me.

When you’ve been doing CrossFit for this long, it’s a constant mental struggle and lots of ebbs and flows. PR’s and CrossFit competitions help to keep me motivated on the days I don’t want to workout at all.

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CrossFit Competition: Masters of the Universe

Yesterday, I attended a great CrossFit competition at CrossFit Decimate in Colorado Springs. Dubbed “Masters of the Universe,” this was a CrossFit competition for those 35 and over.

It was extremely fun. And I won first place. I won a cool sword and other goodies. All of the workouts were good and the CrossFit programming was on point. CrossFit Decimate was a gracious host, and the judging was great. I attended last year and now this year and will definitely go again.

This was exactly what I needed because lately I’ve been finding it extremely hard to workout, so it made me realize that all of my hard work does pay off in the end!

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CrossFit Competition: Battle of the Box Utah

Last weekend, my daughter and I (my son tagged along as well) traveled to Lehi, Utah, for a CrossFit Competition. We were partners, and we entered Battle of the Box Utah in the intermediate division. It was fun. We got to swim in Salt Lake. We tried to see the largest open-pit mine in the world, Bingham Canyon Mine, but it was closed due to COVID.

We got to do pistols in the competition. Overall, it was an okay competition. Neither of us liked the second WOD, which had you doing burpees every minute on the minute while trying to complete an AMRAP.

It’s just nice to compete in CrossFit.

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CrossFit Competition: Red, White & Blue Showcase

Today, my daughter and I traveled to Kearney, NE, to do the Red, White & Blue Showcase, a CrossFit competition at Kearney CrossFit. It was fun. We had six workouts, and by the last one, we both almost died. We entered the scaled division for females because I’m a master’s athlete and she’s a teen. There were three divisions: RX, scaled, and intermediate.

What was frustrating about this CrossFit Competition is having to compete against women who entered the scaled and were really not scaled. They should have been in the intermediate — and their scores showed it when they beat most of the intermediate teams in the workouts. This part was exceedingly frustrating. Inevitably, at all CrossFit Competitions that I attend, there are always those teams who enter a lower division merely because they prioritize winning over competing at their own level. This is sad because you cheat those teams who are truly scaled out of podium contention, and these are the people who need that boost the most in order to stay motivated to keep working towards their goals.

To those teams, I urge you to think about others over yourselves, and not being able to do one movement out of dozens is truly not a reason to enter lower.

CrossFit competitions are about pushing yourself to be better; how are you better when you pounce those who you should not be competing against?