Helloooo! So, I totally procrastinated on writing up my CFSL Spring Fling results. To be honest, I sort of went into it with too many expectations and while I finished right where I should have, I felt a little disappointed. But it was still a great day, and I wouldn’t change any of it.
It was my first “real” CF competition, other than the Open which I don’t know if that really counts. I’m not sure how the format compares to other competitions, but ours was run with three events: a strength event, a quick one, and a long chipper.
Event #1: Compound lift – athlete must complete all moves without letting go of the bar, or letting the bar touch the floor (deadlifts of course must touch the floor, but for no longer than a count of three).
- 5 deadlifts
- 1 power clean
- 3 front squats
- 2 shoulder-to-overhead
- 1 thruster
Scoring is the highest weight amount used in a successful attempt. Athlete has 10 minutes to perform the sequence and get the highest score.
Event #2: a quickie – in 4:00 complete the following movements.
- 500m row
- as many burpees as possible until time is called
Scoring is in 2 parts: 1) rowing time and 2) quantity of burpees completed
Event #3: a good ol’ chipper – Complete the following sequence for time. Time cap of 16 minutes:
- 100 DB presses (25lb)
- 50 box jumps (20″)
- 50 kettlebell lunges (35lb)
- 50 kettlebell swings (35 lb)
- 50 goblet squats (35 lb)
Scoring is by time completed, or how many movements were completed before the time cutoff.
I was super nervous going into it as evidenced by my post the night before. I really wanted to do well, but I was totally inexperienced as to what that means. Now I know … it means to not psych yourself out right before the event!
Once I got to the gym and started warming up with everyone else I felt better. My “competition” was the normal group of folks I train with every class, along with several members from other gyms in the area, so there was a lot of camaraderie and fun, excited energy floating around. My first task was to figure out what weight to start with on the compound sequence. I knew my max strict press is 37kg, so I should be able to do a bit more than that. I had no idea what my thruster would be, which ended up being the limiting factor since it’s right at the end and is usually one of the weaker of the lifts. So I warmed up with the bar and worked up until I couldn’t clean 45kg, and stopped there.
I was in Heat 4 for the competition, the last women’s heat, so I had a lot of opportunity to watch the other women’s performances and see what others were doing. Which is both good and bad. On the one hand, it helps your own nerves to cheer on your friends. On the other hand, damn some of those girls are strong.
When it was my time to take a spot on the floor, I was happy to find my judge was one of the regular coaches I work with that I felt knew me pretty well. She asked what my starting weight would be, and I figured I’d try 43kg. I could definitely do 40kg, but I failed at 45kg, so I thought we’d see from there. As they started time she told me, “This is a long 10 minutes, so take your time.” I started loading my bar, trying my best to be calm but was really shaking with nerves.
43kg did not happen. I was great until the thruster, and I just couldn’t get it past my chin and lock it out. I tried I think three attempts at 43kg before I finally pulled a kg off the bar so I could make sure to get a score. I was able to finish at 42kg to lock in a score, then I tried for 43kg again a few times before they called for time. I figured, as long as I get a score the worst case would be I got in a good conditioning workout, and if I managed to squeeze out a 43kg, mission accomplished! But it didn’t happen, and I came in 14th for Event 1 with a score of 42 kg.
I had major mixed emotions handing my score in. On one hand, I was proud that I made a lift. It was a really fun complex that suited my strengths. Dude, 42kg = 92 lbs! That’s pretty darn good. On the other hand, a weird part of my brain wishes I could have lifted 45kg, or even 46kg. Because that’s 100lbs, and I like round numbers. And it would have been cool to really blow away my expectations. But for only doing CrossFit for five months, I think I should be pretty happy with where I am now.
That’s it for now. To be continued with Event #2 and the super awesome fun burpee AMRAP!