Well Its been a couple days but I’ve been super busy this weekend traveling and competing. Had a Great time hanging out with tons of my friends and also meeting new ones! So here goes my recap of my weekend.
Woke up and went to class, blah blah was basically ready to get out of Mckenzie so I left. Had my teammate Devan with me so it was a fun ride. Stopped by the gym before heading home had a good dinner and headed to downtown Franklin to show my friend around. He spent 14 dollars on ice cream at Sweet Cece’s!
Went to the gym in the morning to help judge people on 12.1 There were some great scores from the members at our gym. Kyle Daniel got 125 and led the gym and Our masters athlete Dennis Cheatham put up 115 which is Freaking awesome! Expect big things from him in the coming weeks.
Left for Alabama and was reppin some Christian Rap the whole way down. If you have never heard of it, go check out LET IT KNOCK .
Got to Alabama around 5, checked into our hotel, then we met up with some friends from Crossfit Tuscaloosa, Brute Fitness, and of course Opal Hammer( i know, sounds like a greek god which is awesome!) The most important thing about this dinner was I fell in love…….With my new favorite paleo meal. a hamburger patty, no bun, with 4 strips of bacon on top, with a mashed sweetpotatoe on top! This was the most delicious thing ive ever tasted and I am officially in love!
Then we went to see Act of Valor, a movie that Ive been Wanting to see ever since I saw the previews. Let me start off by saying this, the movie was not made for the acting, the movie was made to show what our military does. Upon saying that, If you have had someone in the military pass away recently then i would wait on seeing this movie. The movie was fine for me till the end. The end reminded me too much of my best friend Matt, who passed away in august while on active duty on the USS Boxer. I wont ruin the ending, but It was hard seeing something that I went through in losing a friend in a movie and trying not to put 2 and 2 together. I broke down thinking of all the memories that we had together and how good of a friend to me he was. Matt, I cannot thank you enough for your service to this country and all you did to keep us safe.
Saturday was the big day of the competition!
Arrived at the venue at 8:15 and checked in and started to see some people that I knew so I had some fun catching up with the people I havent seen in a while! Met up with Chuck from Hi-Temp Weights and got some new Ropes! I would highly recommend his weights and ropes, strongest i’ve ever seen and he takes care of every customer! You can find his company here. Hi Temp
Got the heats for the first workout which was the open workout 12.1. Looked like i was in the damn firebreather heat with Justin Key. Sucks for me. Click started 3.2.1. Go and that’s when the suck started. Was in pace for 105 through 5 min and then a wall hit me and said I wasn’t getting to the 105 i wanted. Oh well life goes on
WOD 2 went like this
3 Rounds for time
15 Hand Release Pushups
10 Stone Shoulders with 92#
Going into this WOD I was pissed! I didn’t get the score I wanted on the first workout. But that’s over and I moved on. Looking at this WOD I knew i had a great chance to win it. I though back to a blog post by Talayna Fortuento where she said she had “the taste of blood in her mouth when she got beat” and this is exactly how I felt. the fastest time in the first heat was 3:03 so i knew I had to go sub 3 min to win it. 3.2.1. go. I knew after the first round I had this one in the bag. Pushups didn’t get hard till last 5 of last set. Stones were all unbroken and fast. Final Time 2:57 and the overall winner of the WOD. Got to tell ya, it felt really good to finish first. But after about 30 seconds of it I saw an opportunity to be a good member of the crossfit community. a fellow competitor was really struggling and I could tell. Instead of taking in the victory I turned around and supported the kid for the last 5 min of the wod as he pushed through every pushup and every stone shoulder and when he was done, he had that look of exhaustion on his face but he was proud to finish. This is what i love about the Crossfit Community, no matter if we finish first or last we cheer on our fellow competitors. You dont see this in any other sport, Lebron doesnt cheer on Dwight Howard to make a free throw to win the game, Track athletes dont cheer each other on if they are running in different heats. It’s this level of sportsmanship that makes Crossfit the best sport on the earth!
So onto WOD 3. Going into Wod 3 i was in 3rd with 9 points. first had 5 and second had 8. So i knew I had to win, to get 2nd and win by a lot to get first.
WOD 3 Looked like this
Row 500 Meters
10 Push Press 115#
20 yard sprint
20 box jumps 20in
40 yard sprint
30 KBS #53
60 yard sprint
100 jump ropes
80 yard Sprint
50 Yards OH walking lunge with 25# plate
I loved this chipper, and you know why? because I can crush everything in this WOD. I went into it knowing this and when I saw the winning time of the first place guy at 7:20 I knew I could do it. He had been beated by 1 guy in the first heat so I had to win and have 2 others beat him.
Went out on the row at 1:45 pace and kept it there. Got to the push press, all unbroken. Got to the box jumps all unbroken. Got to the KBS all unbroken, Jumpropes, unbroken, then the lunge, and you guessed it, unbroken. I used the sprint as recovery more of just a jog. Had my buddy Henry right next to me and he almost caught me on the lunges but i wasn’t gonna let him beat me, I wanted it way too bad. Looked at the clock, 6:32 and First place in the last WOD. Fell to the ground relieved but happy with my performance! Henry came and mobbed me and thats what friends are for!. My legs were burning so bad, but it felt amazing to win another WOD.
Gathered for the podium I and mapping out the numbers, I knew i had come in second by 1 point. 1 little point from my first win in a crossfit event! So close but I am happy with where I am at this point. Just gives me more motivation to work harder next time! Overall a very fun event
Question-What do u get when you get tons of fit as shit people that just competed together in a crossfit competition in one bar at one time?? Answer- A bad ass after party! Went to the place, had hamburgers and of course sweet potatoe fries! Met up with my buddy that is a Kill Cliff rep in Alabama and boy was it a fun time! Had some MANmosa’s (beer with Kill Cliff) hung out with Chuck from Hi-Temp and had a great time talking, yup you guessed it, crossfit. Met up with some new friends I met this weekend (you know who you are) and had maybe the best night I’ve had in a while. Went bar hopping to all Kill Cliff bars, then ended back up at the original bar to say bye to all my friends! Overall a great night to cap off a great weekend! I hope to see My new Friends soon at another competition.
The only bad things about competitions is they have to end. You have a great weekend at a competition with people that eat sleep train and drink the koolaide the same way you do, then you have to go back to the real world! but there is always next time!
Pics and Video’s to come shortly!