On Saturday January 17th I headed over to the Greensboro Coliseum for the War of the WODs CrossFit competition. I was in the beginner division as I wasn't quite ready for some of the weights / movements in the scaled category. Thanks to my dad for all the great photos and support (mom was there in spirit, she was a little busy taking care of an aunt in the hospital) , Tara for hanging out during a long day, and of course all the folks from CHC that were there supporting Joe, Anita and myself.
WOD 1 - Spartacus
8 minutes to complete as much as possible of: 25 Russian KB Swings/25 Burpee Box jump overs /150 singles or 50 double unders/max wall balls.
I felt pretty good about this one as I'd ran through it a few times, once doing the wall balls and once not. During the workout I did fine with the KBS, and may have pushed a bit on the BBJO because I had some trouble getting started without breaking for the jump rope. The hardest part of this WOD was the max wallballs. I got no rep'd about 8 times because I hit the area in between the targets and I had to hit the middle of the top target. My arms were on fire which surprised me a little bit. I didn't feel to great about my effort when the workout was over but after seeing that I finished in 5th I was pretty pleased with that result. (there were problems with the leaderboard updating all day, after it was all said and done I placed 7th in this event) I should have gotten more wall balls though. In the pictures you can see the guy to my left, he's in a blue shirt. He was about 15-20 wall balls ahead of me, that sucked. But, the guy to my right was on his knees resting a few times and telling his judge that he was dying. I forgot about that until I saw the pictures and laughed a little. Could have been better, but certainly could have been worse.
|Russian Kettlebell Swings|
|Down & Up|
|Left hand won't get flat anymore|
|Should have thrown my wallball at the guy killing me in blue.|
|One of those moments after a tough WOD where you can't decide what hurts the most.|
|These Nano's rock.|
WOD 2 - Chariot Race
At go the athlete will have 5 min to go as far as they can in the following AMRAP:
100m Row/1 Sled Push/150m Row/1 sled Push/200m Row… etc.
The score is the total distance in meters rowed added to the total distance pushed on the sled. Every complete sled push counts as 200 extra added to your meters rowed. The sled push will be broken down into 4 sections going one way and 4 sections coming back for partial scores.
I haven't pushed a sled much so I wasn't really sure how taxing it would be. Now I know. I didn't fly out on the row because I wanted to pace myself through this workout. The first trip with the sled wasn't much problem. 150 meters went by a little slower than I'd hoped and the 2nd sled push started to hurt. 200m down and the sled push went from a run to a fast walk so I would not stop moving. I placed 11th in this workout. I don't really have a lot of thoughts on how that one should have went. I need to get more intervals and sprinting done. I'm not a good runner and running with a sled didn't really change that fact. This was a very interesting workout. And the fact that it was the same across all divisions you can look at it that way.
|This push got hard in a hurry. Added to the list of things I should do more often.|
|Back to the rower|
|That was a long 5 minutes...|
At the count of go, athletes will have 6 minutes to complete the following -
12 Jumping Rope Pullups/12 Thrusters
9 Jumping Rope Pullups/9 Thrusters
6 Jumping Rope Pullups/6 Thrusters
3 Jumping Rope Pullups/3 Thrusters
I, like most people I talked to, had never heard of a jumping rope pull up. The goal was to get every division on the ropes. You fully extend your arms up and grab the rope, you jump and pull yourself until your chin rises above your hands. After you do those you move onto the thrusters, a standard (and mostly hated) crossfit movement.
I tested this one out and felt pretty good about being able to improve my time. I did each set unbroken but made sure to take a few breathes before picking up the bar to do the first thrusters because I didn't want to put it down until they were done. I was told that the bars would bounce, and whatever type of bumper places those weights were sure did. You can see in the photos below that since my left wrist won't bend my right hand goes down further. According to Tara it gets a little worse as the workout goes on, but it doesn't bother me and I think I moved through this well. I did the WOD 40 seconds faster than I tested it! Some freaking jackrabbits with short arms blasted my time in the second heat and I placed 8th in this workout.
|Jumping Rope Pull Up. Yes, it felt as silly as it looks.|
|One of these things is not like the others (here's looking at you left wrist)|
WOD 4 - The Arena
This is a timed ladder. When the judge says go, the athlete will race into the ladder and have 1 min to lift the most amount of load possible with the prescribed movement for their division. Load is calculated by adding together the weight on the bars lifted at each station.
Weights on the men’s bars: 95/115/135/155/175/195/215/225/235/245/255Beginner: 2 Rep Deadlift. The weight is taken from the ground to the hips. The athlete must show control at the top with knees and hips extended. Sumo deadlifts are not acceptable.
The weights were the same for RX / Scaled / Beginner, but the movements were different. Rx was Snatch. Scaled was 2 rep ground to overhead and mine was 2 rep deadlift.
I tested this one out as well. I started with 6 bars and had about half a minute left. I ran it again with 8 bars and had 14 seconds, so I was trying to decide on 9 or 10 bars. Then I saw a guy run the whole ladder and have time to do burpees at the end which are the tie breaker. I knew I'd have to move a little quicker and go for all 11.
I started good and then around 225 is started feeling a little heavy but I know that I can dead lift well over 255 so I kept pushing through and had time to get 3 burpees in after it was done. I finished 3rd in this event for my best finish of the competition.
|2nd Rep! Ladder Cleared, all 11 bars!|
Overall Finish 7/18.
Overall Thoughts - Competing is a lot of fun. You have something to focus on and get excited to train for. Then during the competition you'll probably question what the heck did you sign up for this for. Afterwards when you have time to reflect you have so many good memories from the day. Warming up and competing in the same type events with people on your level all the way through regional athletes. Having family there to cheer you on is great, and with several people from our gym competing there was a ton of College Hill CrossFit folks all around yelling and cheering you to go faster. I can look back and see things I did well, and things I can do better and work on. I know that I can push a little bit harder during regular workouts and get even better. I'm sure winning is even better, but for most of us at the competition it isn't about winning or loosing it's about pushing yourself, having fun and enjoying the atmosphere and challenge. If I progress enough in the next year to move into the scaled category, I'll do that, and if I end up in the beginner category because of the weights with my wrist I'll accept that fate too. The scaled category had 73 competitors and I hope to be there next year. When I signed up there were movement standards I couldn't meet. Today, I'm pretty confident with the weights, just need to keep working on some of the movements like pull-ups and rope climbs.