Hey everyone! Good morning! I promised you all a recap of my competition, so I’m going to do that and then tell you about my new training regimen in the next post. Both are just too lengthy to squeeze in one!
On Thursday, we visited my grandparents in New Jersey (a convenient way to see family and get a free place to stay), and then headed out to Connecticut on Friday. We spent the day donating Hurricane Sandy donations from our Box, sipping on Dunkin,
And just generally being funny people.
After we got into the hotel, we were starving and had to scavenge for food. Because we’re, like, cavewomen.
Our cave of choice: Whole Foods.
1.45 pounds of pure awesome. Beef brisket, teriyaki chicken, and a few sweet potato wedges that aren’t that important. Let’s talk about this beef brisket.
Um. unreal. I could drink the sauce. I did drink the sauce. I dipped my sweet potato fries in the sauce. That sauce. I want it.
I had a kombucha too because I like to treat myself sometimes and we were thoroughly food-coma’d into blissful sleepiness. What I love about hotels: Everyone gets their own giant bed to spread out on. I jumped on mine like a little kid. Not a problem.
The next morning, I had three hard boiled eggs, trail mix (homemade), and an apple. And coffee.
America really does run on Dunkin. In the past I’ve been biased towards Starbucks, but lately I’ve been really digging Dunkin’s black coffee. I honestly think it’s the only coffee that I can get somewhere and enjoy drinking it black. I approve so much that I bought their holiday Peppermint Mocha ground coffee. Just because.
Who doesn’t want some peppermint mocha in their life? I’m so about it.
We got to the event, checked in, and had a look at the WODs. I was in the Women’s Scaled division, 0-135 lb weight class.
3 minutes overhead squat @ 45#
4 minutes rest
3 minutes snatch @ 45#
Completed 93 total reps, placed first in my division.
10 minute AMRAP:
10 back squats w/ 25# plate
10 step-ups w/ 10# plate
10 knees to elbows
Completed 4.4 rounds, placed second in my division.
75 air squats
2 mile run
Completed in 32:00, placed third in my division.
WOD #4 (finals):
Battle ropes for 1 minute while being sprayed with a cold water hose
3 rope ascents
This was nasty. So incredibly nasty. Throughout the day, I munched on fruit and trail mix, but for the most part, my stomach couldn’t handle much. After all of the events, I celebrated my 2nd place finish with 2 scoops of BSN Syntha-6. Because it’s my fave and tastes like milkshake.
Just for kicks, this is me working it out:
The blonde one on the left. All of the other pictures aren’t quite as flattering. I think I make really strange faces when I work out without realizing it. Okay with it.
After the competition, we went back to our hotel, retreated to our respective (giant) beds, watched the Hangover and fell asleep. When we woke up, it was shower time so we could go eat food. We were only kind of a bit starving.
Our restaurant of choice: McLadden’s Irish Pubhouse in West Hartford, CT.
We got burgers because there’s nothing better. Topped with mushrooms, bacon, and guac. Sweet potato fries on the side. Like that’s even a question.
We got Pinkberry afterwards.
WINNING. By the time we were finishing our dinner, our muscles started to really feel the pain. When we got to the mall for Pinkberry, we were really feeling it, and scarfed that ish down. Sugar is good for muscle repair, ya heard?
Kidding. No more sugar for this girl. Except for the froyo we had on the way home.
Now, seriously. No more froyo.
I’m taking this month and cutting out sugar, and eating so super clean it’s almost silly. One big cheat meal a week, probably on Saturday or Sunday. We’ve made a list of all the cheat meals we want to knock off the list. For serious. Cheat days are no joke.
Now some SERIOUS TALK.
Thoughts on the competition in general: CrossFit Thin Blue Line (thank you for hosting!) had a great Thanksgiving Throwdown, and it was good to see so many newbies competing with us. For many of us, it was our first competition, and for the most part, transitions were smooth and events were fairly scaled.
However, I had some issues with the group of judges and the head of the event in the third WOD. I had a judge while I was on the rower and for squats, went out for the run, came back because the running course wasn’t well marked (and to be fair, I’m not very good at following directions), and then went back out to do the run after getting more concrete directions from a judge. When I came back for the pushups, my judge pointed me towards another judge, who not only missed 7-10 of my pushups, but didn’t have his own stopwatch and had no idea what my finishing time was. Often, I would look up from my pushups (because he would stop counting) and he would be looking off somewhere in the distance and then look back down and start counting again. So not only was my time inaccurate (he had to take a wild guess based on the three minutes it took for him to find an “official” clock), but almost 10 of my reps weren’t counted. Not because I have bad form, but because my judge wasn’t looking.
This was disappointing. In the fourth workout, I thought it was literally insane that they would spray us with cold water hoses for a whole minute… IN THE FACE while we use the battle ropes. While it was 40 degrees outside. For some reason it crosses my mind that cold water is not safe out in the cold? Maybe that’s just common sense? The rest of the event isn’t so bad, but honestly the water just seemed unnecessary.
Are you a CrossFitter? Have you ever done a competition? What was your first experience like?
How was your weekend?!
Froyo or ice cream/other dessert?