Archive | March, 2016

16.3

15 Mar

For the first time in the CrossFit Game Open, Bar Muscle Ups were introduced. Luckily for me, those came a lot easier than ring muscle ups.

Before I get into detail, I need to give Invictus Competition training some kudos. Their training is pretty spot on with how the open will work. We have done many workouts with bar muscle ups, overhead walking lunges, snatches for time, power cleans while fatigued, and this year I have felt more prepared than ever, really- thanks to them.

On Friday March 11th during our Friday Night Lights throwdown there was a lot of stuff going on around me, but just like every week, certain things stuck out. First the bad, then the good. We had a few people rip their hands during practice and during the workout which is never fun, and I also witnessed a lot of people trying really hard to get their first every Bar Muscle Up, but personally didn’t get to see anyone actually get one. To all of you who couldn’t get one – This is what the open is for. To expose weaknesses. A year ago I definitely did not have a bar muscle up, now luckily I do, but that is only because I have been practicing them for about that long. If you put in the time and practice, they will come. As for the good, let me repeat- I witnessed a lot of people trying really hard to get their first Bar Muscle up.

Kassi- You totally have one. If you hadn’t started to blister during your warm up, I know with a little bit of practice, the bar MU is yours. Your pull ups and chest to bars are awesome, you have the momentum to get your body up there we just gotta get the fundamentals down for you to get up and over that bar. Maybe next time drink your beer before the workout. Just kidding.

Angela- I know today you have more than one bruise, but I hope that you are determined to get that first bar MU soon. Like we kept saying, you are damn close- you just need the confidence and the pull to get it. When the open is over, we are going to get that upper body just as mobile and strong as your lower body. Even though you didn’t get one, I am still proud of you for trying and trying and trying.

Patrick- I am not sure I have ever seen you push yourself as hard as you did this past Friday. I could see that by 6:30 you had entered that dark place and really listened to us to not drop the damn bar. Seeing you in the fetal position for longer than the workout lasted was pretty awesome and you should be proud of yourself to getting to that spot that many of us try to get to but never really do.

Bradley- Thanks for pushing me just a little bit harder on Monday when we both decided to redo the workout. I knew you had it in you to do better and you really helped set a pace for me in order to get one more rep. You and I together have come a long way over the years, and it was a lot of fun going head-to-head.

As for my performance, I can officially say that this is the first time that I have ever submitted a top 3 team score. In my 4th year doing the open, I have never been a top girl at the gym. Ever. For this workout I completed 5 rounds, plus 9 snatches submitting a score of 74 reps with a 6:28 tie break time. I stuck to my game plan both times I did the workout and did the snatches unbroken, and singles on the Bar MUs. I do not know how to link them yet, so I wasn’t going to attempt it now in a competition setting. Afterward, my forearms and grip was shot and my shoulders were also on fire. No matter the pain, the feeling of being on top for once felt pretty great.

Gosh.. What is left for movements? Box jumps. Wall balls. Deadlifts. Kettlebell swings. Ring Muscle Ups. Handstand Push Ups. Heaven forbid they do pistols.. That’ll be when I am in the same boat as some of you were in this week.

16.2

9 Mar

16.2 displayed a lot of awesome qualities in people that I have not seen before at the gym. I see these people work out daily, but yet those exact same people blew my mind during our Friday Night Lights event. On Thursday night when the workout was announced, I liked it. I liked it even though I wasn’t sure I would make it past the first round. The workout included Toes-To-Bar (T2B), Double Unders (DU), and Squat Cleans. If you know me, you know that DUs are in my wheelhouse while anything squat related is sometimes a struggle. I enjoy squat cleans, but sometimes my ankles and hips say the opposite.

Friday came and first I was surprised with an awesome gift from my friend Angela. It was a tank top that says, “Live Your Life,” and it is sort of an inside joke between us and our significant others, but it made me so happy and I wore it during the workout. I warmed up a little bit but when I started to watch the first few people do the workout, this is what got me excited.

Jesse – While I was warming up Angela came into the front room and yelled, “Jess is on round three- she is the only one in Rx who has made it this far!” I dropped my bar and came to watch. First clean at 145lbs, awesome. Second clean at 145lbs, bad ass. Third clean and holy shit she lost grip. You’re so awesome, you said, “I’m okay,” and kept going. I was so proud of you for hitting 5 cleans, but what I am more amazed by is your ability to get to the third round doing mostly single t2b. wow.

Shawn L- In the exact same heat as Jesse, you were flying through your rounds. Dan told me that you mentioned you had never cleaned “that much weight” before and then hit it twice. The Open does this to people. People PR like crazy, and I think you deserve it. After learning about everything you have gone through over the past year and talking to you more on Saturday, you are seriously so inspirational and I cannot wait to share your story in April with our gym via our monthly newsletter.

Jane – That amazing mom strength. 429 in the masters division. That is remarkable. What I thought was the coolest thing though was when you and your daughter cheered on Samantha right before hand, the entire time not letting her quit when she probably wanted to. From a mom to a mother-to-be it was really sweet to watch that bond between you two.

Kyle S- From someone who didn’t get past the first round due to DUs, to someone who got into the second round on Monday goes to show that practice helps. Practice does not necessarily get you to be perfect, but it gets you somewhere. DUs do not come easy to some people and to watch you practice for a good hour on Saturday morning and for you to take my 5,000 tips I am proud of you and hope you continue to practice them, because in the few months you have been at CFSD you have grown to be such an amazing athlete with an incredible drive to ‘figure shit out.’

Oh, and if you came to read my story about my performance on 16.2 I completed the workout twice and both times I made it to the second round with the exact same amount of reps. 170. As I tackled the workout two different ways, I learned that 170 was the best score I could get and I am happy with it. Of course I would have loved to get to the third round, but hell, everyone always wants to do better.

 

16.1

1 Mar

20 minute AMRAP of 25ft Overhead Walking (OHW) lunges with 65lbs, 8 Burpees over the Bar, 25ft OHW lunges, 8 Chest-to-bar (C2B) pull ups.

This was the first workout of the 2016 CrossFit Games Open. This year is my fourth year doing the CrossFit Games Open and when it was first announced I was pretty excited about it. I could do all of the movements, I knew 20 minutes would feel like an eternity, but realized I just had to pace myself and not go too quickly out of the gates.

16.1

Photo By Kyle Smith

Everyone’s experience with any workout is different. For this particular workout the hardest part for me was the burpees. Many people I talked to said that the C2B was their rest, and others mentioned it was the worst part. “The lunges weren’t horrible once you tricked your brain to pick up the bar and put it over head,” but Monique did mention, “but it took me a good five-ten seconds to stare at the bar and to tell myself to do so.”

This year’s open feels different. My training has changed from doing the daily WOD at the gym at random times to now incorporating some Invictus Competition training on Mondays and Tuesdays, and also adding in some other types of workouts to my weekly routine such as Barre, Yoga, Running, and most recently Lagree. It also feels different because of the people.

In 2013 and 2014 I had the best workout partner ever. Kelli. She is my best friend and we did everything together. Pretty much every workout for the Open we did side by side, or at least cheered each other on. We would talk strategy, she would beat me at most of them, and then we partied when it was over. It was fun doing it with her and having that friendly competition. In 2015 it was different. Kelli had moved to Washington DC and I was sort of lost for a few months without her. I still enjoyed myself and loved the competition between me and other people at the gym, but it was definitely different. At that time I had started to get closer with Angela, but it really wasn’t until after the Open when we really started to bond. Now… in 2016 I have a very strong female bond with a few ladies at the gym and couldn’t me more amped about doing it with them. We work out together 2-4 times a week, with some of them I have a 1,000+ group chat going daily between us that mainly consists of us talking about food, but even outside of this group chat the female game is strong at CrossFit South Denver. I remember Hallie blogging about people who stood out in 2013, and I would just like to highlight a few people this week.

Jess– Welp, you proved all of us right and for 16.1 you were the top female athlete. You are an amazing girl and I am happy we have become such great friends. You are an amazing compliment to the gym and your smiley, bubbly attitude pairs very well with your strong badass-ness.

Angela– Love love love you. Although I know C2B are not your favorite, you really pushed yourself and I was so happy to be doing the workout at the same time as you. Although I would have loved to cheer you on, I think we gave each other a little push going in the final heat together. For your sake- I hope HSPU make an appearance this year. Or overhead squats.

Monique– Girrrlllllll. You get the award for most improved athlete. It has been pretty amazing seeing how far you have come in such a short period of time. I am calling it- you will be the first girl I witness to clean & jerk over 200lbs at the gym.

Hallie– Thanks for judging me on both of my attempts in 16.1. You have this amazing sixth sense and really know how to push someone and also keep people true to the standard without pissing anyone off. C2B can be hard to judge sometimes, and you judged me last year when you and I both probably remember I had a few no-reps, so this year when you told me my C2B’s were ‘easy to judge’ I took that as the highest compliment. 16.1 part two was a million times worse than the first attempt, and even though it only got me one more rep, I am happy that you and I are tied in 11th place together at the gym, and 631 in the SW Region.