Yesterday, I had a CrossFit Competition in Fort Collins at the Madwire building. Project UpLift 5.0 benefits Kids at Heart, a non-profit that supports foster and adoptive families. This was my third year in a row participating and the first time I actually got a team together since usually I don’t have a team and end up as a fill-in with people I don’t know.
This one was fun, but I had reinjured my thumb the night beforehand doing snatches for another online competition I’m doing (The Turkey Challenge qualifier) that was just irksome and troublesome. My thumb hurt for most of the competition, but luckily there was no heavy lifting involved.
Overall, it was fun. It was a different vibe this year than the previous years. Normally, it was held at Whole Foods parking lot, but I think it has gotten too big for that. They had kids’ activities and a bouncy house, but my kids didn’t have as much fun as in previous years.
Overall, an okay day. I gotta get my injury healed…
Yesterday, I had a CrossFit competition that was local. I was just not feeling it. I skipped the floater because I’m battling injuries already and truly don’t think I can handle any more. The floater was with heavy weight. And then, in the only CrossFit WOD I had fun in, I ripped my hand, which always sucks. God, I hate kipping. Every time I kip chest-to-bar pull-ups, this crap happens.
Needless to say, I should have skipped this one altogether.
Yesterday, I did the CrossFit competition called the Whiteboard Classic in Arvada, CO. I did this one last year as well. This year, I entered the scaled division because my daughter was my partner.
Let’s just say I did 85% of the work in a CrossFit competition designed for two people. My quads today are burning. It’s hard to walk and sit. I feel old.
It was hot, but the venue was good. In-between heats, I sat in my truck the entire time and worked on my computer. We left after the last WOD where I was beginning to feel the work I had done:
- 60 back squats at 75 pounds
- 19 cleans at 75 pounds
- 51 thrusters, 42 at 65, 9 at 75 pounds
- 60 pull ups
- 80 wall balls
- A bunch of calories on the bike and the Assault runner
- Burpee box jump overs
I love my daughter, but she has to stick to the teens division.
It was fun but exhausting, and I was physically drained. I went to bed at 7 pm.
DOMS or delayed onset muscle soreness is real. DOMS is the soreness felt after working out, and it usually sets in 24 to 72 hours after your workout. No one is sure exactly what causes DOMS, except for the fact that you’re injured your muscles and they are repairing (which is how you get stronger).
Today, I feel worse than yesterday after my three-day CrossFit competition over the weekend. My lats, my core, and my arms mainly. My legs were sore at the beginning of the competition, but the last two days of the CrossFit competition were arm-heavy exercises, and I’m definitely feeling it.
The thing with DOMS is you just have to endure it; there’s not much you can do to help it. It hurt to sneeze yesterday, and I couldn’t scratch my back. We’ll see how today goes.
This weekend, my daughter and I embarked on a three-day CrossFit competition in Glendale, CO. It was the Arcanum Games, and let’s just say it was an experience. First off, we had the weather to contend with. It was cold, rainy, and with lightning and thunder, there were multiple rain delays. Hence, some of the workouts were changed to accommodate the weather.
Overall, it was a good competition. Working out at a CrossFit competition in the pouring rain was definitely an experience. Beside the fact I probably won’t be able to walk on Monday, it was fun.
Some highlights of the CrossFit Competition Arcanum Games:
- I did 15 OHS at 95 lbs.
- I ran on a TrueForm runner.
- I worked out in the rain.
- I lifted in a firehouse.
- I handstand walked over 50 feet.
A three-day CrossFit competition definitely takes its toll. The third day you just showed up and did the workouts. You’re sore, tired, and mentally drained. There’s really no thought behind it.
This entire year (2019) has mainly been a battle against my body. Tweaks here and there. Days off from training. Avoiding certain exercises. The things you don’t like about training.
There have been a few bright spots here and there. I’ve PR’ed (set a personal record) for my bench press. I PR’ed my thruster in a CrossFit competition.
And then today I PR’ed CrossFit girl workout Grace.
CROSSFIT BENCHMARK GRACE
CrossFit benchmark workout Grace is pretty straightforward: 30 clean and jerks at 95 lbs for women for time.
It’s been almost a year since I’ve done Grace, and I knew I’d PR it, mainly because I know I’m stronger.
WHEN YOU’RE IN A RUT, DO A CROSSFIT BENCHMARK WOD
It can be hard after you’ve been doing CrossFit a while to keep going, to keep progressing, to keep getting stronger and fitter. It can be REAL hard. There are days I don’t want to get out of bed and workout. Workouts I look at I don’t want to do. Days I wonder why I do this.
In those moments, you need a win. Today was my win. I’m unsure how long my win will propel me forward. But it doesn’t matter — at this point, I’ll take anything.
This past weekend, my daughter and I competed in Battle of the Boxes at CrossFit MOB. I did this one last year and somehow managed to get second place. This year, however, with my daughter who has to scale all the weights, we were destined for last place. Hence, there is a completely different approach to a CrossFit competition when you know you’re not going to win it.
CrossFit Competition: When It’s Better Than Expected
However, we did better than expected. We got further on the workouts and actually beat some teams. We finished a WOD without being time capped. We did fairly well. We broke up the reps (although I had to do 130 wall balls since the target was 10 feet high, which sucked), but she did most of the snatches.
Overall, a good day.