This past weekend I competed at a local CrossFit competition in Colorado Springs at CrossFit SOCO called FrostFit. I filled someone’s spot who got sick and partnered with a very nice lady.
This CrossFit Competition is what I would call tame. It had no real hard movements in it, and the second WOD was a strength ladder that I wouldn’t exactly call a CrossFit workout. Still, I was sore the next day, and the following day, I woke up and my left leg hurt pretty bad, so I had to take two days off CrossFit training.
It was fun. The weather warmed up, and CrossFit SOCO is in this quaint little part of Colorado Springs on the way to Manitou Springs. Here’s a video of the first WOD where the best part was carrying a dummy firefighter.
If you’ve been doing CrossFit long enough, you know that most of the time it’s just a grind. Yet, there are those rare moments of brilliance where you shine and where you love it.
Today was one of those days. The WOD was:
EMOM 15 minutes of:
5 Clusters 95 lbs
15 GHD sit ups
This workout I loved and was, in my opinion, brilliant. The clusters (a front squat with a push press from the ground every time, or a thruster from the ground every time) were surprisingly easy for me. The pistols I’m working on getting deeper in my squat, and I love GHD sit ups. This workout was fabulous for me. Here I am doing a bit of the pistols:
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:
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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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.
Yesterday, I attended a great CrossFit competition at CrossFit Decimate in Colorado Springs. Dubbed “Masters of the Universe,” this was a CrossFit competition for those 35 and over.
It was extremely fun. And I won first place. I won a cool sword and other goodies. All of the workouts were good and the CrossFit programming was on point. CrossFit Decimate was a gracious host, and the judging was great. I attended last year and now this year and will definitely go again.
This was exactly what I needed because lately I’ve been finding it extremely hard to workout, so it made me realize that all of my hard work does pay off in the end!
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.
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?