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?
There’s something about lifting heavy that is a need; it does something for the soul.
It gives you a sense of accomplishment, like you’ve done something for the day.
It’s hard. Frequently, you don’t want to do it. But you do it anyways.
That, to me, is powerful.
Lifting heavy has been one of the few things I like doing.
There are a lot of days when I’m dragging myself to the gym. I look at the CrossFit workout, and I have no desire to go. I look at the movements, think how sore I am, and want to say, “Fuck it.”
But, instead, I either do it myself, or drag myself to the CrossFit gym. Most of the time, the CrossFit workout turns out to be really good, or I’m glad I did it.
HANG UPS ON WORKING OUT
Most people don’t work out because of this. They think how horrible it will be and what a crappy time it will be, so they stay at home, in bed, after work, and never work out — much to the detriment of their health. When truly all it takes is a shift in attitude.
Doing stuff that you hate doing that is good for you is a necessity in this world. So just do it, as Nike says!
Yesterday was Women’s WOD Jam in Denver, a women’s only CrossFit competition held at CrossFit Omnia near downtown Denver.
I entered the Open Division but was given extra points as a master’s athlete. It didn’t really help me any; I still finished somewhere in the middle of the pack.
It was fun though. I PR’ed my hang snatch at 95 pounds. My handstand push ups are stronger. So are my toes to bar. I cleaned 145 pounds twice, which was good.
Good workout. Great hosts. Good competition. Highly recommended.
I hate deadlifting.
I hate moving the weights and putting them on, and I hate the movement in general. But I do it because I have to in order to be strong.
This week, I came across a WOD, or CrossFit Workout, that had a heavy deadlift in it. I did that instead of my normal 5×5 deadlift sequence.
This actually worked out quite well. I didn’t mind deadlifting, and I lifted heavier afterwards.
I learned from now on to put my strength in the WOD — at least for deadlifts.
Based off a dream I keep having:
“Time makes the heart grow fonder,”
Distance away does as well.
So why when I see you
I feel like hell?
I push away
As do you.
It’s a way to cope
Because the last thing I want
Is a glimmer of hope.
I stay away
Till you draw me near
I know it will end
With bloodshed and tears.
Another CrossFit Competition in the books.
Yesterday, I has a CrossFit Competition with my daughter. As usual, we took last place. Overall, we had fun, but there were a lot of dopey rules that made it exceedingly hard for my daughter to compete. I did most of the work (as expected), but I’m not as sore as last CrossFit competition we partnered together.
Overall, we had fun. It was held outdoors, of which we froze the entire morning until it warmed up. However, it was so close to my home that I was able to go home in-between CrossFit WODs, eat a good lunch, and even take a nap. I wish all CrossFit competitions were as such.
If you remember, my last CrossFit competition I came in first place.
Now that was fun.
Today, I did a REALLY fun CrossFit Wod that is called “The Chief.” The Chief is 3 power cleans at 95 lbs, 6 push ups, and 9 air squats. We did five, three-minute AMRAPs with a minute rest in-between. It was totally fun, and I got 24 rounds in.
It’s taken me almost four years to get to this point. And when I’m healthy (like now), I’m enjoying it like never before!
I love doing CrossFit competitions for a good cause, and this CrossFit competition, held at CrossFit Endure in Windsor, CO, was to raise money for the Windsor High School Weightlifting Club. It was a male/female partnership, and it was fun.
We ended up taking first place in the Master’s competition (totally unexpected), which felt really good. I hadn’t won a CrossFit competition in a long time, so this felt good — like I still have it. Fun stuff!