This past Saturday I participated in my first CrossFit competition, the Element CrossFit Team Challenge. The teams were comprised of 3 guys and 3 girls, and there was a recreational (that's where we were) as well as a competitive division with about 50 teams in each division.
The day started out early, cold and rainy. We arrived at the venue at around 7:30 am for registration, then wandered off to find the team we were sharing a shelter with to try to stay out of the rain. Our division was supposed to start at 8:30, and our first workout was to be at 9:15am.
8:30 came and went and nothing had started yet. Closer to 9 they had us gather around to watch the demonstrations for the first WOD.
6 minute amrap: toes through rings and 50 double unders; then
6 minute amrap: 7 burped and 20 air squats; and finally
6 minute amrap: 10 pull ups and 20kbs
The 6 person team was broken up into 3 pairs – I volunteered for the burpees and air squats (I know, who am I?) since I can't do toes to rings, or string many double unders together, or pull ups. Yeah, definitely a candidate for the CrossFit games right here. Our heat didn't start until after 10am – at least by then the rain had stopped.
It was a quick 6 min while our teammates did the toes through rings and double unders, then it was our turn. Fastest 6 min of my life. The burpees were brutal – wet AstroTurf combined with having to jump onto a bumper plate to complete the movement lead to some less than graceful moments. Once our time was up I (again, less than gracefully) ran/shuffled to tag the next pair and they were off.
We were fairly confident with our performance – we had exceeded our own expectations, and really, when you're competing for fun that's all that its about.
Since the first workout had started late we knew that the second wouldn't be on time, either, but as the day progressed the intervals between workouts kept getting longer. We didn't start our second workout until closer to lunch time.
8 min to find 1 rep max thruster, then immediately after:
10 min amrap sandbag carry and sandbag squat ladder (10, 20, 30, etc).
We had 8 min for each member of the team to find our 1 rep max and the final scores were all added together. One member of our group had never even done a thruster before so we spent the few minutes we had to warm up coaching her on the movement.
We started off (for us ladies at least) at 80lbs which was already over the max I had ever tried with a thruster. All three of us got it no problem. Same with 85. At 90 the one who was band new to thrusters failed. We skipped 95 and went straight to 100 which I failed at. I'm not unhappy as 90 is already a 15lb PR for me, and it was pretty surreal to be hitting so close to 100. The boys did awesome and all beat their previous 1 rep maxes and lifted some heavy weight.
The sandbag carry was, again, teams of 2, this time guy/girl. We had to grab our sandbag, run to the designated area, do the required amount of squats with the sandbag, then run back and tag the next pair. My partner and I had the lovely task of 30 and 60 squats. I finished all 60 of mine while my partner was on 58 when time was called.
Hurry up and wait, again. The original time for our final WOD was 1:50, but I don't think we started until closer to 3:30.
6 min amrap: 7 front squats and 80m sprint (men @ 95lbs)
6 min amrap for women, same as men but @ 65lbs for the front squats
I watched a video one of our friends made and let me tell you, I sure felt like I was sprinting but I looked like an idiot while running haha. It was a great WOD, and even though I could barely walk from the over 100 air squats I'd already done, the front squats felt like nothing (at least at first).
The event had live Internet scoring so throughout the day we would occasionally check our scores. The top 10 from each division would compete to see who would be on the podium, and although we are all competitive at heart we didn't really want to be there any longer than we had to. Plus one of our teammates was sick with a cold that progressively got worse (no thanks to the rain and cold) and I had to work at midnight. By 4:30 we were sitting in 12 place so we figured we were safe to leave. Once more scores came in we were bumped up to 6th, then 11, and after the final WOD we ended up 10th (there were some ties in the top 10, so technically we were the 12th team). Pretty awesome for my first competition!
Next up – half marathon in October then looks like a weightlifting competiton in November!