What did I get myself into? I just signed up for my first CrossFIt competition! I will be competing in the “Festivus 2” competition at CrossFit Relentless in Hartford Ct. You might be asking yourself why I am traveling so far to do it, and the answer is it is because it is a competition for Novice and Intermediate crossfitters only. I’m going to again take a look in your mind and hear you say “oh great, so even if you do well it is against the JV team”. And while this may be true, you don’t see people who just started boxing book their first fight against Manny Pacquiao, or you don’t see Little Leaguers go up against Roy Halladay. I have to start somewhere so I decided to start where I belong.
|Festivus..the competition for the restofus|
The competition is still 3 months away so I have plenty of time to keep working. My main goal will be to not embarrass my box, or myself. I want to go up there and do well enough that people go, “wow, they train him well down there in Allentown”. We’ll see how everything goes, but I’m not going to change anything in my training except to keep trying to do two a days when possible (usually mon and thurs).
Strength: 5 5 5 5 5 front squat going up in weight each time
I started at 145lbs and was fine through my first 3 sets (145, 155, 165) but was only able to get 3 reps in at 175 so I dropped back down to 165 for the final 5. I can feel myself being able to do more and I think my form is not horrible. It’s amazing how concentrating on pushing up your elbows can help get you through the final few reps.
WOD: 21-18-15-12-9-6-3 Pull-ups then HSPU
Let start this with…I sucked. My grip just would not cooperate (stupid sweat). But let’s go to the positive...I am getting better at the HSPU kips. It is something that I am going to keep working on as I’ve seen some big gains in my ability with it recently. I did this in 27:10 (ew).