“You have competition every day, because you set such high standards for yourself that you have to go out every day and live up to that.” -Michael Jordan
“Quick question before you lift… do you think I’m a medium or a large in those pants?” -Micah
The In House Competition was an amazing experience this weekend, chock full of PRs and a birthday. I cannot say enough about how proud I was of everyone. Yes, Adam, even you. I had so much fun working side by side with all of you. I wanted to tell you a little more about my experience.
Sometimes participating and running these events can be really stressful, so I wanted to say I’m sorry if I was a bit short with anyone. I had such an awesome time competing with Patrick and Stew. For those of you that are aware of my scoring error, you will understand why I say, congrats to those two, you were champions of the day. You have both worked so hard here at 215, and it definitely showed. You guys were strong, focused and relentless.
For me personally, the Squat Ladder was the highlight of my day. In training with my fellow competition athletes, I am constantly chasing them, occasionally right on their heels with an occasional victory. Mather, Jeff, Kevin, and Kevin generally get the best of me in most workouts we do. As we approached the ladder, my only goal was to stay with Kevin Dunn. I did not concern myself with what each weight was. i watched Kevin hit each one, saying to myself now I’m going to hit that weight as well. The theme the whole day for me was “micro goals”, something drilled in my head the weekend before training with Kyle in his Crucible Prep. It made a huge impact on me that day. It was one bar at a time. In fact, the limiting factor in my OHS is usually locking out over head, and since I was simply concerned with each lift, I forgot to care about how much weight I was putting over my head. Once I managed to surpass Kevin, who didn’t have his best day OH squatting, I focused on Mather. For a guy who out lifts me in most categories, matching his score was a huge victory for me.
The best part about the whole thing, with each of us just focusing on our job and our own individual lifts, we somehow ended up winning that event. The same thing happened again for me with the HSPU. When on most days, I may fall out of the handstand, lose my balance or misplace my hands, I decided today was the day that I was not going to let any of those things happen. 28 HSPU later, I’m not sure I could repeat that again today if I tried. I even remember falling out of the handstand, catching myself and thinking, no F’ing way!!!!
I know we saw a lot of this stuff on the FB page but I wanted to just list all of the accomplishments one more time in hopes that those of you that missed this past weekend will really see why it is so important to participate in things like this. So here the role call of accomplishments from Saturday:
Back Squat 153# (30#)
1:50 HS hold when she wasn’t even sure she could kick into a handstand #BAM!
Back Squat: 235# (10#)
OHS 115# (12#)
Back squat 163# (20#) yay!
HSPU in a minute, 27
Back squat 193# (10# from a few weeks ago)
Pistols in a minute: 18
Front squat: 163# (10#)
HSPU in a minute, 23
pistols in a minute,19
Front squat 163# (10#)
OHS 135# (18#)
Pistols and HSPU – Period!
Mather Wiswall Wiz – OHS 235#
unbroken wall ballz – 70
Leah Russo – OHS 133# (38#)
Jeff Wingleton – OHS 245#
Annemarie Aponte – Back Squat – 193# (30#)
Malu – PR’d max cuteness
Nikki Hirsch Schwartz
OHS – 105# never tried one past 73# before
Front squat #153 (3#)
These events will be happening every two to three months so keep an eye on our event page; the next one will be the first week in January.
Although seeing Amy PR her OHS was amazing, the best part about this picture following her successful lift for me is the thought of removing that clipboard to see the full excitement of her teammate.
Clinic Series – Skill Shop, Wednesday @ 5:30 PM
Tomorrow night I will be doing a skill shop to help with a couple of the things that may have been hindering you from doing some of the higher order programming. Tomorrow night will include, but not be limited to, Double Unders, TTB/KTE, Kipping, and Touch N Go work. This is part of our free clinic series (Unlimited members free, $10 for other members). Please sign up on Wodify.
Army / Navy / 215 – Friday Night @ 6:30pm
Pleas come join us Friday night for round two of our duel against the Army and Navy academies. They both won round one, but we are f’ing hungry. I have hired some LBL judges, and there will be some adult beverages and light food provided. We will have a donation jar there to help offset the cost of the night. So please come out and support your team.
GoRuck Event – Weekend of February 14th
Looking for your next event to train for? Or even a place to practice what you’ve been doing with the Crucible prep? Or how about just a good ol fashion team event? Here it is. Join Coach Kyle, myself and other 215’ers for GoRuck’s February event in Philadelphia. More details to follow, but mark your calendar.
Redemption WOD – Saturday @ 10pm
Join a bunch of your fellow 215ers at CrossFit T1 on Saturday for a great event and a great charity. For more information on the event check out their website. Click Here
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