I am gearing up for my first CrossFit competition.
That's right! A COMPETITION. Anyone that knows me knows that I am super competitive. Not competitive like "in or to win it or else" but I love the feeling of pushing myself to do my best knowing that there might be a prize at the end.
When I was a kid I was always the top-reader in the class and won awards for reading the most books. Those crazy little paper bookworms weaved their way all around my bedroom!
As I got older, lost weight, and discovered fitness, I'll attempt anything if it involves receiving a medal or a t-shirt. I have dozens of race medals, and more race shirts than I can count.
When I started CrossFit 6 months ago, the CrossFit Games were just starting. I had no idea that CrossFit was a "real sport" with televised events, sponsors, world class athletes, etc...
Fast forward to today. I have watched in awe the CrossFit Games, I have seen the amazing athletes at my box training for local competitions, and secretly I scour the internet for competitions that are close to me. I check out their standards, and I balk. I want the shirt, but I feel like I am not quite to the caliber of the other athletes. Even choosing the "scaled" option of a lot of these competitions intimidate the hell out of me. I actually had on my bucket list to compete in a CrossFit competition one day.
It's like my box read my mind when they announced recently that they would be hosting a member's only competition. I kid you not when I tell you that I was the FIRST person to sign up. I mean really, have you seen the design of the shirt?? It's so cool!
I signed up for the scaled division before I even read the standards. Scaled means that it's not quite as difficult as the RX division. These are the scaled standards that could be included in the competition.
- Ring Rows
- Single Jump Ropes
- Box Step-Ups
- Hanging Knee Raises (Knees above hips)
- Wall Balls (Men = #15, 10’ / Ladies = #8, 9’)
- Deadlift (95/65, working weight)
Everyone should be capable of completing these common CrossFit movements:
- Air Squats
- Push Presses
- KB Swings
- Front Squats
- Walking Lunges
- Sumo Deadlift High Pulls
The competition itself will be made up of 3 (or maybe 4???) different WOD's. Our coach will release one WOD at a time in advance of the competition so we can freak out mentally prepare ourselves.
I'm feeling pretty good with everything. Everything except one thing. Hanging knee raises. I can do them, but they rip the heck out of my hands. Badly. Very badly. I've been practicing good hand care, but at today's WOD we had to do 55 of them and I couldn't complete the last 19 because I was in so much pain. I did wall balls instead which is what my coach had me do the last time that I ripped badly.
But I'm pumped. I'm excited. I've re-vamped my diet and am now eating to perform with a custom plan developed by WBFF Bikini Competitor, Theresa Depasqual. I have seen amazing gains at CrossFit in my strength, but I am still struggling to lose fat and as well as I've done on my own, I certainly don't know everything about nutrition!! Theresa does. And I'm counting on her to take my fitness to the next level. But I know in the end it's up to ME! Theresa can design the plan, can be there for me to talk to, and coach me, but I'm the one who has to be in control. As she said to me "Jenny, how bad do you want it??" I want it. BADLY. But what's IT? Your it will be different from my it. CrossFit has shown me that the sky is the limit. There are so many "ITS" that I want. This is just the beginning.
How bad do you want IT? Are you competitive? As an adult have you ever participated in an athletic competition (CrossFit, running, triathlon, etc.??)