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2023 CrossFit Quarterfinals

Hey all!

So, last weekend was the 2023 CrossFit Age Group Quarterfinals. It went as well as expected, considering the workouts leaned towards strength.

I had my best finish ever, but there is a lot of room for improvement. This year will be heavily focused on gymnastics coaching, so hoping next year is a completely different ballgame.

See my video review that sums up the AGCF quarterfinals, below, and subscribe to my YouTube channel to follow my journey to the CrossFit Games today.

 

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CrossFit Open 23.3

Hey all,

CrossFit Open 23.3 is:

AMRAP 6 Minutes:

  • 5 wall walks
  • 50 DU
  • 15 snatches (65 lbs)
  • 5 wall walks
  • 50 DU
  • 12 snatches 95 lbs

Add 3 minutes if complete. Wall walks turn into strict HSPU.

Here’s how I did! Subscribe to my YouTube channel to follow my journey to the CrossFit Games today.

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Thoughts on 22nd Place for Festivus Games

Festivus Games is a national CrossFit competition held on the same day at different hosting CrossFit gyms. Thus, they do a national leaderboard. I came in 22nd overall for Female Masters our of 253. I did not think this was very good. I just didn’t think I did very well.

I told my daughter this, who responded with, “Dang, Mom, you’re a pro.” Then I thought, “Well, maybe it wasn’t bad.” I think I just have too high expectations.

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The Challenge of Finding CrossFit Partners for Competitions

I love CrossFit, and I love to compete in CrossFit. It’s not about winning (although winning is nice, and I’ve gotten some pretty cool prizes, too). I just want to compete. Yet, finding CrossFit partners is exceedingly difficult.

I haven’t connected with those at my gym very well, and lately, I’m working out at home a lot because it’s so cold I don’t want to leave my house. Plus, work is busy, and since I work on commission, I’d rather work in the mornings than spend an hour going to and from the gym.

I ask my friends and acquaintances to compete and usually get ghosted or turned down. I usually end up posting online; sometimes I get a partner, and sometimes I don’t. I email the host gym, which works sometimes, too. Many people don’t want to work out with strangers, or they want to win and don’t want to partner with someone who is “not good.”

The bottom line is that it’s very hard to find CrossFit partners, but if you’re in Colorado or nearby, let me know if you need a partner!

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CrossFit Expenses 2021

It’s a tradition of mine to post how much I spent on CrossFit for the year:

  • CrossFit gym memberships: $1440
  • CrossFit competitions: approximately $1000
  • Runs: approximately $300
  • New wallballs: approximately $150
  • 25-lb weights: approximately $60
  • Massages: approximately $1000
  • Chiropractor: $1750
  • Orange Theory membership: $695 (I’ve moved to a punch card)
  • CrossFit clothes: approximately $300
  • No Bull Shoes: $120

Total is: $6815. Self-care led the pack this year. When you are a masters CrossFit athlete, self-care is crucial in order to avoid injury and keep moving.

This may seem like a lot (it does so to me), but it’s truly the only thing that keeps me sane. Some people see a psyhologist; I just beat the crap out of my body. Does the same thing probably for about the same cost.

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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 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?

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CrossFit: Why Your CrossFit Teen Program is NOT Growing…

Teenagers are a fickle bunch. They really don’t want to do anything unless it’s what they want to do (which is hang out with their friends and sit around all day long, watching Netflix, playing video games, or just reading a good book in bed). They are at that awkward age where they are trying to figure out themselves, what they want to do in this world, and why they exist. Heavy questions for only having on average about 15 years of experience.

CROSSFIT AND TEENS

Enter CrossFit. CrossFit began as a way to get in shape. Period. It would have been cool I think to have been there at its inception or to have participated in the first CrossFit Games where it was nothing but pure fun and a good time.

Fast-forward a decade, and CrossFit is a serious sport with professional athletes. While this is fun to watch, the vast majority of CrossFitters will never be at that level — and most don’t want to be.

However, the problem arises when this mentality of being the best, pushing yourself, and actually caring about WODs is thrusted upon teens, who, honestly, could give a shit most of the time. Granted, there are those serious about it; but, to be truthful, they have time, and most of them know that.

THE LOCAL CROSSFIT COMPETITION SCENE

I enter CrossFit competitions because they are fun. That is it. If I win, great. If I come in last place, great (I must admit, there have been CrossFit competitions where I have secretly hoped to come in last place so I could leave early).

As a parent, I want to share this with my daughter, who likes CrossFit, but at this point, just does it for fun (and to spend time with me, but she’d never admit that).

As someone who can never find a partner for whatever reason, she and I have become partners in several CrossFit competitions. We usually enter scaled so she can do the movements. In one that is coming up, we have entered Open, mainly because I thought this CrossFit competition had a scaled division (just found out it does not).

In local CrossFit competitions, the WOD’s are released as the CrossFit competition nears. This gives the die-hards time to practice (I never do cause I don’t give a shit), and it gives those who are on the fence about signing up an opportunity to decide.

Back to the whole point of this article: so this local competition is not programmed at all for teens. In fact, I will be doing the majority of the work. This is incredibly frustrating: 1) I would like to be able to walk the next day 2) my daughter does not get to experience the whole experience of the CrossFit competition when I’m doing the vast majority of the work. Plus, this is no fun for either of us.

PROGRAM CROSSFIT COMPETITIONS FOR TEENS!

But the real point of this CrossFit rant is that no CrossFit competition is programmed for teens (even when it’s a teen CrossFit competition). It’s programmed for 17 & 18 years olds who are a world away from 13, 14 & 15-year olds. As a parent, this is beyond frustrating. In fact, I’ve had several words with several CrossFit competitions (who all probably hate me, too) about this very fact. If you’re not even using CrossFit Open teen standards to program for teens, then there’s a problem.

I believe firmly this is why CrossFit teens programs at local CrossFit boxes remain stagnant. You cannot coach or program teens like you do adults. The focus needs to be in just getting teens to the gym, working out, and going home feeling like they did something. The passion will come later when they actually care.

My fight will continue as I am utterly incapable of not voicing my opinion. My prayer is that CrossFit does wise up, return to its roots, and just get teens moving (this is good advice for adults, too).

And programming a CrossFit competition with teens in mind would be nice. But so many CrossFit boxes are afraid if they don’t put on a good comp, no one will come back. I believe the opposite is true. When a CrossFit competition is all-inclusive, your CrossFit competition will grow (as will your membership). Contact me today!

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CrossFit Competitions: Two in One Weekend

I don’t normally do two CrossFit competitions in one weekend, but one came up that I did last year that I wanted to do again, and I had already signed up for a different one, so I did both.

The first one, Rocky Mountain Showdown at CrossFit DNR in Fort Collins was fun. We made it to the semi-finals, but it’s hard when you’re knocked out by a 19-year-old.

The second one, Battle at the Rock at CrossFit Castle Rock, I did last year. This year was just as fun. I came in third here.

Some highlights from this past weekend:

  • I ran a 7-minute mile flat. I haven’t done that in forever.
  • I clean and jerked 125 lb, the most I’ve done since my thumb injury.

As most of you know, I have been battling some type of injury most of this year. I still have my thumb injury that is taking forever to heal. Currently, I have a lung inflammation (at least that was what I was told last week). Now, I’m on meds for a lung infection. So I worked out all weekend sick.

Part of it is/was dumb.

But it makes me wonder what I can do if I’m ever 100% well again.