Granite Games Finish…

 

 

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Ring Muscle Ups

“What I need is for ring muscle ups to show up either in a competition or the Granite Games,” I remarked to my daughter.  “Then I’ll have incentive to get one.”

Well, guess what?  They showed up the next week in the Granite Games qualifier as workout #5.

I was excited.  As excited as you can get about muscle ups when you don’t have them and you need them for a competition.  And I had almost gotten one the day before.

However, going into the workout, I was sore from the week and from practicing muscle ups.  My mind was just not there.  It wasn’t my time…

I came in 83rd overall for my age group.

Not bad considering my score on Workout #5 was a big, fat zero since I couldn’t get a ring muscle up.

The last workout with dumbbell thrusters surprised me.  Surprised me because I did better than I thought I was going to do.

I entered the Granite Games on a whim.  No expectations.  Not really caring where I finished or how I did.  Just to do it…

All the workouts were hard.  Some were insane struggles just to keep moving.  But overall I learned a ton.  Had a good time with my fellow box members who took on the challenge along with me.  Progressed mentally more than anything.  Which at this point in my career is where I’m at:  breaking down mental barriers as to what I think I can and can’t do.

Final verdict:  Worth every sweat drop and bruise!

Next year?  Who knows…

I’m Unsure Why I’m a Glutton for Punishment…

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The Granite Games.

For some reason, I signed up for this.  I know, I know.  I just bemoaned THIS.

Unsure why.

I don’t care about the results because I’m under no delusion that I’d actually qualify.

I think I just wanted to see how I did amongst my peers.  Currently, for my age group, I’m 33rd (we’ll see how far I fall once all the scores are in).

This is Week 2 of two workouts we have to complete and working out non-stop is beginning to take its toll.  We did Workout #3 on Friday night and Workout #4 today.  It definitely wasn’t my A game today and took everything I had just to keep moving through the reps.

I went home, ate, and napped.  All my pets napped with me.  Then I laid around all day, reading a book to my kids who are under the weather and being overall lazy.

The last week is coming up, and we find out on Wednesday what the last two workouts are.  Then…done!

Just in time for the 4th!

 

 

No Gutz No Glory

Image may contain: one or more peopleI spent the weekend at the No Gutz No Glory CrossFit competition in Denver, CO, at CrossFit Omnia.

It was fun!  The weather was gorgeous.  The people were great.  Good competition.  Great atmosphere.

My partner was from CrossFit Omnia, and he was good.  We did really well together considering we’d never met before.  We placed 18th out of 30 teams.  Not bad.  Our weakness was the strength ladder (that was me–he cleared it) and the rowing.  Our syncho moves were spot on.

My legs were gone by the last WOD (workout), but we did pretty good.  I’m a bit sore this morning but nothing too bad.

Good fun.  Great time.  Looking forward to this one next year!  Shouts out to Omnia for hosting!

Finally! A Podium Finish!

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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.

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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!