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CrossFit Competition: Festivus

In October, I participated in a CrossFit competition called Festivus Games. This was a partner competition, and I didn’t have a partner. I contacted the host, Caliber Fitness in Casper, WY, and they arranged for me a partner. We competed in the master’s division.

While it was cold, it was fun. You can see the highlights here:

And here:

We did extremely well considering my partner was new to CrossFit. We ended up in second place, and it was a good time. Plus, I made a new friend.

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CrossFit Competition: Battle at the Rock 2021

In October, I participated in an individual CrossFit competition in Castle Rock, Colorado, called Battle at the Rock. Hosted by Castle Rock Fitness, this event was as great as ever. I participated in the master’s competition, and although I didn’t podium, it was fun nevertheless.

The best part was the CrossFit floater, which we got to dive into a foam pit. You can watch the shenanigans here:

It was so much fun, as I describe above.

The rest were typical CrossFit workouts, as you can see here:

And here:

Fun day. Great hosts. Perfect weather. An absolute blast.

I highly recommend these guys. They put on great competitions and are as friendly as can be.

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CrossFit Competition: Project Uplift 7.0

In September, I participated in Project Uplift. This was my third year, and it was as great as ever. I joined a team from CrossFit Miramont, and we did Rx.

The day started off great! We did well in the events, and the money raised goes to support Kids at Heart, a local nonprofit helping foster kids.

You can watch me compete here:

 

And here:

We did really well considering I hadn’t worked out with these guys before. I did end up ripping doing chest to bar pullups, but it was totally worth it.
 
Great day with great people for a great cause.
 
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The Trials of At-Home Workouts

As most of you know, I workout primarily in my garage. I have almost everything you need for CrossFit (I’m lacking rings and a rope). That being said, working out by yourself is a challenge — especially if you are doing at-home workouts for a CrossFit competition.

THE TURKEY CHALLENGE CROSSFIT COMPETITION 2021

The Turkey Challenge is coming up next weekend in Broomfield, Colorado. It will be held at MBS CrossFit, which is supposedly as pristine of a location as you can get. I’m excited to see it.

The Turkey Challenge is usually a two-day CrossFit competition. However, due to COVID-19, Day 1 has been pushed to at-home. The challenge of working out at-home or doing the CrossFit workouts at your gym is that you are not pushed. You really have no one to work off of, so you’re on your own.

For me, the challenge was WODProof, an app that you can use to record your CrossFit workouts. It has a clock built-in and a community. However, filming yourself doing a CrossFit workout in your garage is not as easy as it sounds. I had to bribe my daughter with Starbucks right after, and it took me 30 minutes just to test the app to be sure it would work (the last thing I wanted was to have to do the CrossFit workouts again).

THE CROSSFIT WORKOUTS FOR TURKEY CHALLENGE

We had three CrossFit workouts, all in a row, with a running clock of 30 minutes. They programmed it for a 14-min AMRAP (8 alternating dumbbell hang snatches, 10 dumbbell box stepovers, and 12 wall balls) with a max power clean in the minute followed by a 7-min AMRAP of bar-facing burpees.

All around, it sucked. It wasn’t hard; logistically, it just sucked.

I did okay. You can watch the video and be the judge. Let me know in the comments, and subscribe to my YouTube channel!

You can see the video here: 

 

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CrossFit Competition: The Altitude Games

The Altitude Games was a two-part CrossFit Competition.

The first part took place online. Needless to say, this was difficult for me. One, we had to film ourselves using WODProof. I had never used this app so there was definitely a learning curve associated with it. The timing of the online portion was off for me. I had another CrossFit competition that weekend, so I was trying to squeeze these in before and after — not the best. I ended up having to do two of the workouts twice due to user error on the app. So I was a wreck.

The second part of the competition was in-person, which took place yesterday at CrossFit Decimate. I’ve done many CrossFit competitions here, and I can say these guys are a class act. The CrossFit programming is killer, the community and volunteers are supportive, and the judges don’t take their responsibility too seriously. They are fair, but understanding, too.

CrossFit Competition Podium Finish!

I shocked myself yesterday by coming in third in the Open Division. I haven’t won a CrossFit competition or even been close in a long time. I’m usually at the end of the pack. This most definitely renewed my faith in myself that I can do this. Admittedly, I started out rough. I failed the floater (as always). But, I got stronger (and felt better) with the second and third WOD. Admittedly, my pullups gave out at the end because I couldn’t feel my arms by 3:30 pm anymore.

The prizes for winning were amazing. Everyone got a pair of sunglassed from Epoch Eyewear. I have gotten a lot of podium prizes, but this was one of the best. I always need a pair of good sunglasses. I selected a polarized purple pair, which I wore on the long drive home. I love them!

We also got Pumpkin Spice Protein Drink (can’t WAIT to try this one!) called Witch’s Whey from Earth Fed Muscle, and a pair of grips from Bear Komplex. First place got a cool bag and more swag. This was totally cool and makes the pain of the day worth it.

Admittedly, I’m sporting some nice bruises. I can’t do kettlebell snatches properly, so got two of those — one on each arm beneath my wrist. For some reason, I have a bruise on my right shoulder (assuming from dumbbell clean and jerks). And I got a bruise on my shin from snatches and deadlifts.

IN-N-OUT FOR DINNER!

I’ve been to CrossFit Decimate several times for CrossFit Competitions so imagine my surprise when I exit the highway and there’s an In-N-Out Burger! If you haven’t eaten at this chain, you are missing out (and I don’t eat out all that much!). I picked up me and my kids a burger to go after the Crossfit Comp.

All in all, a great CrossFit competition at an excellent facility that I’ll definitely do again!

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CrossFit Competition: 1st Annual Battle Royale

I’ve done quite a few competitions at Castle Rock Fitness. These guys run great competitions, on-time, and they are super friendly.

My daughter and I competed as a team, and I’m proud to say we did not come in last. We beat a few teams actually. A masters and a teen athlete against 20 year olds are to be expected to be near the bottom.

The WODs this time around were not the best. One WOD the other partner had to be able to do all of the moves and my daughter couldn’t do one so we had to stand around for five minutes. Another WOD had wall walks (possibly the dumbest CrossFit move ever). A floater was a 1600 meter row. I can do that one at home. The best was the complex (deadlift, hang clean, and a front squat). I PR’ed my hang squat clean at 140 pounds.

It was fun. Will do again. However, when we signed in, they had run out of our size of t-shirts so we both received the wrong size shirts that we now cannot wear. Given that we had signed up well before the deadline, this was disappointing to say the least.

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CrossFit and Working Out With Your Daughter

I managed to get one of my daughters into CrossFit. She likes it, and she has been my partner for most of the last partner competitions. It has been a great bonding experience for us both.

Alas, we have moved, and finding a CrossFit that will allow a teen to workout in an adult class has become a challenge. She may quit doing CrossFit even though I have my own CrossFit setup at home. I have every piece of equipment and can do every move except ring muscle ups. Yet, she does not like to work out by herself. I’ve offered to workout with her, but she won’t.

Our last CrossFit competition may have been our last one. She just graduated from high school with her two-year college degree and is represented by a modeling agency. She dreams of being an actress.

Working out with your daughter in CrossFit is fun and a great way to get them active. While you’ll never win a CrossFit competition with your daughter as your partner, you do it for fun and nothing else. Try it yourselves, and see. The bonds and memories will be priceless.

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CrossFit Competition: Windsor Warrior

Last weekend, my daughter and I competed as a team at the Windsor Warrior CrossFit competition at Official Fitness in Windsor. We met our goal: we did not come in last. When you have a masters and a teen athlete competing against 20-year-olds, that was an accomplishment, especially since my daughter’s knee was hurting so I was left to shoulder the burden.

It was fun. The workouts were good, but cold since two were outside due to COVID. However, we had a good day. No PR’s. Just a day hanging with my daughter before she flies the coop.

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5 Recovery Tips for Master CrossFit Athletes After a CrossFit Competition

At my last CrossFit competition, Battle at the Box Utah, I did as expected considering my back is still bothering me despite having twice-weekly adjustments by my chiropractor. What I learned was this:

  • I can no longer compete against girls 20 years younger than me
  • I got my butt kicked

Whatever I did at that CrossFit competition, I felt for days. I did nothing on Sunday, the day after, or on Monday. Walking up and down the stairs was painful. I did a recovery row, bike, and walk on Tuesday. I finally got a workout in on Wednesday. Still, as a 44 year-old CrossFit athlete, I can no longer do the things I used to do five years ago.

RECOVERY TIPS FOR CROSSFIT MASTERS ATHLETES

  1. Listen to your body. Don’t hit the gym on Monday if you are not at least 75%. Give your body time to heal itself after all the work you did.
  2. Drink lots of water. I mean, drink LOTS of water. This will help flush out the junk and wastes in your muscles so they are not quite so sore. I think this was a mistake I made. I did not drink enough on competition day because I hate using the bathroom every 30 minutes.
  3. Roll out. Find a foam roller, and no matter how painful it is, roll out at least for a few minutes a couple of times a day.
  4. Get in some light movement. This, too, will help flush out waste products and get nurtrients to your muscles to aid in muscle tissue repair and recovery.
  5. Sleep. This is hard for most of us since most CrossFit athletes are A-type personalities and always on the go. However, sleep helps you recover and your muscles to repair, so force yourself to do so.

CrossFit competitions are downright fun. But they can most definitely beat you up. Work hard, and recover smart. Contact me for SEO CrossFit services today!

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CrossFit Competition: Battle of the Box Utah

This weekend, my daughter and I competed in the CrossFit Competition Battle of the Box Utah. This was an individual competition, and my daughter entered scaled, while I did intermediate.

I mainly went for rope climbs. My current box does not have rope climbs, and it’s my favorite move. This was fun, except it was partnered with deadlifts. I normally like deadlifts, but because of my back/hip alignment issue I’m having fixed over time at my chiropractor, there are days when my back is fine, and days when it hurts. It hurt a little bit during the competition deadlifting, but it wasn’t too bad. The worst WOD entailed 75 wall balls in a row. I almost died.

It was fun. It was at Thanksgiving Point. The mask laws were lenient, so it was tolerable. Today, I’m super sore. The muscles on the side of my leg are killing me from whatever we did, and it doesn’t help sitting in a car for a seven hour car ride either.

Overall, great CrossFit competition, and we’ll probably do it again. Contact me for CrossFit search engine optimization services today!