This past weekend was one full of memories, friends and sweat. It all started on Friday with the Crossfit Open 14.3 workout. For those that aren’t familiar, the Crossfit Games start off with the Open which lasts for 5 weeks and is “open” to the entire crossfit community. Each week a workout is announced on Thursday night and athletes have until Monday night to complete it and submit their scores. From those scores, regional athletes are determined. At regionals, the top elite athletes from each territory compete and the winners attend the Games which takes place this summer. I am an average crossfitter so will not be going to regionals, but it’s still a blast to be part of such a massive crossfit community doing the same workout each week and to compare scores. The first workout (14.1) didn’t go as well as I had hoped. The second workout included chest-to-bar pullups and so I knew I wasn’t going to do great. BUT, much to my surprise, I did my very first chest-to-bar pullup that weekend and ended up getting 6 in the workout! Then came 14.3 which was box jumps and heavy deadlifts. On Thursday night, JD and I watched two Games athletes go head-to-head after just minutes before finding out what the WOD would be.
Watching the elites go head to head on Thursday night, completing 14.3
Then on Friday, I mapped out my weight strategy. I didn’t want to waste time messing with pulling off and putting on weights, so tried to find the most efficient strategy. All Friday I was pretty excited about this one because they are movements I can do. But knowing how I flopped 14.1 when I put so much pressure on myself, I decided I was going to make this one fun. So to keep it light-hearted, I showed up to crossfit that afternoon to do the workout in my Scottie Pippen jersey. JD, in solidarity, chose to wear his Pacers jersey. These heavy, awkward jerseys are definitely not the most conducive to workouts, but I hoped that the silliness of it would keep my head calm and to remember that I crossfit for a great workout and for the fun it provides. There was no need to have any additional pressure. And it worked! Cindy was my partner and she cheered me on and coached me through every rep (Even when I dropped the bar on the bottom of a rack, it popped up and hit my shin in the exact same spot where I missed a box jump a few weeks ago. So as I was cursing in pain and my bar was rolling away from me, weights falling off the side, Cindy said “Get back on the bar and get mad. Do this.” And I did. My score was 110 which means I got to the 185# of deadlifts and knocked out 20 of them! I was thrilled.
Though my box jump injury was almost healed, I managed to open it all back up in 14.3
I texted my friends Kelly and Jaime right after. Though they work out in different gyms, they too are doing the open which allows us to chat about our successes and failures each week! Jaime called me right away to hear all about it and JD took a pic of us in our jerseys, whilst I was talking with her. Athletes have the opportunity to redo each workout as long as scores are in by Monday. I knew I was just going to hold tight to that score and let my back muscles rest. After all, I had a full weekend of working out ahead of me.
On Saturday, my friends and I came up with the brilliant idea that we would run both Shamrock races downtown. So we woke up, put our green on and headed to Monument Circle to meet Ted, Adam, Chris, and Rory. JD planned to run the first race at his pace, as did Rory and Chris. But Ted, Adam and I were sticking together all day. We joked that if one person had to stop to walk, we all walked. If one person vomited because of a hangover, we all waited. Luckily, we had to do neither in the first race. The Shamrock Run was a 4-miler from downtown to Fountain Square and back. We planned to do 10 minute miles and ended up at an overall pace of 9:37/mile. That was just fine by me! Once we finished, we met up with a larger group of friends for outdoor fun, green beer, and Irish music. (If you are wondering why I would run in my glasses, it’s because I have to. I am getting LASIK this week and have to wear my glasses 2.5 weeks prior!)
We checked out Georgia Street which wasn’t quite open yet so we decided to go to lunch at Harry and Izzys. Eight of us waltzed in there in spandex and green running shirts which seemed a little out of place. But after a long lunch and a lot of laughter, we went back out to Georgia Street for the festivities. We picked up our shirts and running packets, grabbed a beer and found our friends before lining up for the race. By this point, we had definitely drank a few beers and committed to running the 5K together as a 5some. I told Adam “I have a really bad idea. What if we turned this into a Navy Seal run and we have to carry one of us the entire time as a team.” He said “Nope.” So then I told the rest of the guys my idea and JD said “I am in as long as I am the one being carried.” Apparently these guys were not up for the challenge.
Yates and Ted pre-5K
Waiting for the start with Adam and Ted!
The race started and it was a blast. In fact, I doubt I have ever run a 5K that was this much fun. The running crowd was amazing – lots of walkers, some runners. Lots of people who were out there just to get the beer! (Upland sponsored this race so every 1K, we each got a shot glass full of beer.) And you better believe at least a couple of times, we tried the Navy Seal run.
The times when you have seen only one set of footprints is when I carried you.
The course was an area of town I had never been before – south of the zoo and right along the river. It was actually a pretty awesome view of the city.
JD posing in front of the skyline – wearing 4 shirts
At one point, Ted and Adam jumped on the Handlebar and managed to chug a solo cup full of boxed wine. As you can imagine, that didn’t go so well. Pretty soon after, one of our comrades was off to the side, emptying his stomach. And true to our mission statement at the beginning of the day, we waited for him. When we finished the 3.1 miles, we got an awesome medal and a pint of beer. We had the most fun day together – gorgeous weather, 7.1 miles of running and a lot of memories. I think this will become a tradition.
But the weekend of workouts wasn’t complete. Because on Sunday, I traveled to Cincinnati for a crossfit competition.
It was a 6-person, co-ed competition that happened to be outside at a High School football stadium. The concept was awesome – hard workouts outside that included running around the track, climbing bleacher stairs and doing wall balls on the field goal. But the problem was, it was 30 degrees with 20mph winds. In a word: freezing.
We caravaned up that morning and had enough clothes to outfit a track team. We had blankets and hand warmers, snacks and water. When we arrived, we set up camp at the far end of the track. We thought we had found cover by posting up against a high jump mat, but the wind seemed to suck all life and motivation out of us. We knew the workouts in advance and had prepped for them. We expected to do at least 4 WODs and if we advanced to the semi-finals, a 5th. As we waited for the fun to begin, we cuddled together.
Wearing my yacht hat and being miserable
Cuddling with Sloane and using a high jump mat as a wind cover
Cindy and Meghan hunkering down
JD, Sloane and Tyler snuggled up
Of the team, I am probably the weakest. Meghan is the strongest in lifting. Cindy is the best at body-weight movements and I am decent at both. JD is our fasty, Tyler our ringer and Sloane is consistently good at everything. But what mattered most is that we supported each other 100%. We coached each other, advised each other and had fun together. It was an awesome team regardless of the shitty day.
The first WOD was pretty awesome. It was a relay: each person had to do 15 Overhead squats (girls at 65# and guys at 95#) and then run a 600m course. Essentially that was one lap around the track but halfway around, you ascended up and then descended down the bleachers twice. I went first and though I was the 2nd to finish the squats, I was the fourth of 6 to finish my lap. Then came Meghan, Cindy, Sloane, JD and Tyler. We finished the WOD with only 200m left in the course under the time limit. We were pretty darn happy with that. And immediately after, we packed on all of our clothes again and headed back to camp. The wind was howling and even though I had hand warmers in both my shoes and my mittens (I even did my OHS in mittens!), it was so so so cold. Finally, we made the decision to move our camp to a place with less wind. And that was a game changer for my attitude. It was still cold, but without the bitter wind, I felt rejuvenated.
Our second WOD was also a blast. The girls took turns pulling a rope with 90# at the end of it 50 feet. We did this by essentially pulling hand over hand until the weight got to us. Then, the guys followed by hoisting a 50# slosh tube (think a tube filled with water) overhead and doing 10 lunges. Then we repeated this alternating process until we had gone 150 yards. We felt really strong at this WOD. The girls pulled that thing fast and furious and the guys did a great job of balancing the tube and getting through the lunges quickly.
Though we felt really strong, we were in 15th place after this WOD. This meant we were paired head to head against the 4th place team for the 3rd WOD. When we watched the first couple of heats go, it became glaringly obvious that the organizers did not trial this WOD with the timeline they gave. It was a 25 minute cap and we operated in pairs. The first F/M pair had to do 100 toes to bar (on a freezing cold rig), 100 Wall balls on the goal posts (girls 16#, guys 20#), 100 burpee box jump overs and 100 KB (1 and 1.5 pd). Then the second pair would go through the same, then the third. And finally, we’d all end at 100 pullups. Except that the first pair took anywhere from 16-20 minutes. Which only left the second team enough time to get through the toes-to-bar and maybe get some wall balls in. The third pair, did nothing and there was definitely no opportunity for pullups. I was in the third pair.
Tyler and Cindy went first because they are the best at toes to bar which was the hardest part of the WOD. Not only was the quantity high, but the rig was set so tall that girls had to climb up using a weight rack each time. And the bar was freezing so they wore gloves but had a hard time gripping the bar. Regardless, these two killed it. They busted their asses and got through the first round in less than 18 minutes.
Then JD and Meghan went. They got through the T2B and got a few wall balls up before the time ran out. They had a great rhythm with toes to bar and managed somehow, now to rip their hands! They were awesome.
Sloane and I were responsible for cheering and counting. Nailed it.
After the WOD we knew we weren’t going forward in the competition as the 4th place team beat us. We were fine with that. Being able to get out of the cold was well worth it. That being said, we were really frustrated. We spent $300 to attend this competition. We drove 3 total hours. We froze our asses off for 6 hours. And yet, Sloane and I got maybe 10 minutes of Crossfit in. The rest of the team didn’t get a whole lot more. We came to compete but whether it was lack of judges (They were short on those) or lack of planning, we didn’t get much of a workout. I sent a message to CINNCity crossfit via Facebook and have yet to hear a response. But it was very disappointing.
The positive is that we had an amazing time as a team. We had awesome cheerleaders (Cade and Jake). I got to compete with JD for the first time. We made a new great friend (Tyler) and we made some chilly memories.
Let’s hope there is another competition on the horizon as we’d love another shot. And the idea of an outdoor competition would be awesome, if only 30 degrees warmer!
So that wraps up the weekend of working out. Next up: a week of normal crossfitting and running, 14.4, and an 8 mile long run!