Finally! A Podium Finish!

MOB Comp
That’s Me in the Bright Red!

Today I had a CrossFit competition at CrossFit MOB (mind over body) in Thornton, CO called Battle of the Boxes. I entered the female/female competition, and my partner was a girl from their box.

We worked really well together. She’s crazy strong, and I had a bit more skill work than her. The workouts suited us as well.

We got 2nd overall. We won the Floater, which was a partner sled push and pulled out a second place finish for WOD #2. Our prizes were really cool: a case of Kill Cliff drinks, a jump rope, wrist guards, a $100 gift card to Reebok, and a recovery drink.

I had a ton of fun (of course winning helps).  Another team from my box competed in the male/male division and won 2nd place as well!  Way to go, guys!

My partner commented how with partners you try harder because you don’t want to let the other one down.  That’s certainly true.  In WOD #2 one partner had to hold a 95 lb barbell in the front rack position while the other either rowed and did wall balls.  I ended up doing most of the holding, and I held it longer than I normally would have because of her.

It was her first competition, and she had a blast.  That’s what it’s about:  pushing yourself while having fun!

Weekend Warrior

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Yesterday, I did another CrossFit competition. It was a partner comp with one male and one female. This one was local, held at Official Fitness in Windsor, CO.

Like most CrossFit competitions, this one had 3 workouts and a floater and a final if you made it. We finished in fourth place by just a hair.

My partner, Alex, and I make a great team.  Our strengths and weaknesses complement each other and it’s always fun to work out with someone who 1) pushes you and 2) wants to win as much as you do!  The great thing about partner workouts is you work harder so you don’t let the other one down!  I definitely did, and I know he did as well!

It was a great time. The day was bright and sunny. My kids were able to come and watch because it was so close to our house.  The other competitors were amazing athletes.  Official Fitness was a welcoming, warm box.  Hanging out with other athletes is always inspiring.

In addition, I added more bruises to yesterday’s.  It was a great warm-up to the Open (which is happening in 5 days and I’m not ready!!!).  And I was blessed to spend time with some of my favorites athletes from my own box, CrossFit Endure!  Thanks for cheering us on guys!

“Typically, You Take a Day Off After a Competition.”

Do I look typical?

I thought this but didn’t say it when my CrossFit coach said this first thing to me after I showed up Monday morning after my Sunday Competition.

It’s true.  CrossFitters are atypical in general.  Those who compete are insane.  Those who show up the next day to the box are well…you fill in the blank.

Next time I’m told this, my response will be:

Rich Froning never takes a day off.

Enough said.

Rich Froning in Competition
Rich Froning in Competition

 

Another Comp in the Books…

Today was an individual comp at CrossFit DNR in Fort Collins, CO. I entered the Open class because I don’t have ring muscle ups yet.

After the first WOD (which consisted of pull ups, wall balls, hand release push-ups, and a row), I was in third place.

After the second WOD (which was 30 sec max effort on assault bike with 7 1/2 minutes to accumulate back squat reps at 105 lbs in one set) I was tied for sixth. Basically, I was last in the bike but first in the back squats (I got 81 reps).

The third WOD is always the hardest cause I’m tired. It was 15 burpees over box and 30 snatches which climbed in weight with 17 min time cap.

I finished fifth overall. Not bad but not what I was hoping for.

Still, it was fun.  Community was great.  Free coffee all day long courtesy of NoCo Coffee Company.  Snow as a backdrop.  Now that’s a great day!

All I Think About is CrossFit…Is that Normal?

I’m on vacation in Steamboat Springs, CO, one of the most beautiful places on earth.

And all I can think about is getting back to the box.

I’m checking my app to see the workout for today.

I’m re-doing my CrossFit blog (and my Christian blog as well).

I’m planning my workout schedule this week.  Seeing what I need to work on.

I’m focused on the Open, trying to string together longer and longer moves.  Praying I get my handstand walks before the Open but knowing I have a long way to go.

I’m researching Comps (I have one in January and one in February, but I want to squeeze one more in in-between before the Open).

I’m writing up my 2018 goals and the most complete and specific are my CrossFit goals.

And in between I’m watching it snow!

But I have problems.

I readily admit them.

“Hi.  My name is Jen.  And I’m addicted to CrossFit.”

Happy New Year!

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Steamboat Springs, CO

 

24-HR AMRAP Challenge? Who’s In?

My box is participating in the 24-hr AMRAP Challenge this year.

What is it? you ask.  And is it what I think it is?Athletes Exercising In Gym

Yes!  It is exactly what you think it is.  You workout for 24 hours straight in a team, performing movements that change every hour.  Sound fun?

Taking place Dec 9th-10th this year, a team of six athletes will alternate movements at their home box, competing for most reps.  You submit your scores every hour online as well as videos of the team performing the movements.

What’s the prize?  What do I get for killing myself?

You get a trophy.  Oh.  And bragging rights.  Of course.  So why wouldn’t you sign up?

And who came up with this anyways?

In all seriousness, my box is going for it, and I’m gonna cheer them on.  I myself could not stay up the required 24 hours to do this nor can I afford the toll this would take on my body for training purposes.  This is definitely something for the young at heart!

Visit http://www.24houramrap.com for all the details and good luck to those competing!

My Bruises are Badges of Honor…

In the Comp on Saturday, we had dumbbell cleans, dumbbell presses, & dumbbell thrusters at 35 lbs. Needless to say, I have pretty sieable bruises on each shoulder. They hurt. Bad.

Dumbbell Bruises
Dumbbell Bruises

But to me they are Badges of Honor. Proof that I did something only a very small percentage of people do–even smaller than those who CrossFit.

My mom came and watched and her husband. They were blown away by what Cross Fit actually was. They couldn’t believe what some people chose to do. Nor could they imagine themselves doing it

CrossFitters are a special breed. They push their bodies to the limit day in and day out and keep coming back for more.

I live and breathe CrossFit. And when I’m so sore I can’t lift my arms the next day I’m driven to improve my weaknesses and get stronger. I can’t explain why. It’s innate. It’s the drive in me to be the best.