30 Handstand Push-ups
Mark and Nadia (of CrossFit Belltown) knock out Regionals WOD 1:
“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald”
This week we will program a couple of the WOD’s from Regionals or some that are similar to give everyone some appreciation for the workouts and level of athleticism displayed by Mark and all the athletes at all the CF Games Regionals. Today was WOD 1.
As I reflect back on this past weekend at the NW Regionals I can’t help but think about where I personally was a year ago. Having just competed at the 2010 Regionals I was exhausted, ecstatic, and relieved to have it over. I was also determined. Determined to make it back.
Over the past year I have been working hard to return to the arena and give it another go. I had set some goals both personally and for our box. I made the following goals: qualify myself and at least one other as well as get a team qualified. Not knowing what the method CrossFit would have to get back to Regionals I assumed there would be a Sectional and it would be the typical weekend competition. As the Open was announced it threw me (and many in the community) for a loop. At first I’ll admit I was totally against it. I was mad. I wanted that competition out in the real “open” and I wanted (selfishly) for it to be a weekend grind. I wanted to have the community gather together and bring the whole box out to see a bunch of CF’ers go at it for multiple workouts a day. Once I put that aside and accepted that it was the Open no matter what, as a box we decided to try and do it right.
We hosted each and every Open WOD week after week and did our best to do it with integrity, community, and hard ass effort. The Open grew on me. Sure some things were frustrating but the box participation was great and the spirit it built even better. During that time I joked that I wasn’t quite sure I really wanted to go back to Regionals. As the weeks wore on and the attempts at each Open WOD piled up, I felt pretty confident I would make it. I was sure the WOD’s would get more technical or heavy and allow me to stay in the top 60. As the Open drew to a close, I watched my name fall from the low to mid 50’s to 59th to the 63rd spot after PR’ing Open WOD 11.6 for the third time on Sunday in the final hours. I was honestly crushed. Mad at myself more than anything. I felt like my training was all off and that I missed a huge component for the past year. I was bitter at myself for not pushing harder during the Open and wondered to Michelle if I was too confident and failed to leave it out there each workout. I pored over the stats and scoreboard. I overanalyzed everything about each one of my WOD’s for about a week. It was kind of a private pity party. Then I kind of moved on as I was able to train again without the stress of the Open. It got fun again.
The plus side was that two of OUR good people in Mark and Pat qualified for the next level with Mark going to Regionals and Pat to the Masters. Our team just barely missed qualifying. That made me feel great and also somewhat salved the wound. After judging this weekend and watching Mark represent so well I can honestly say I am recharged to chase it again for another year. Serving as a judge gave me a front row seat to the action. It put me on the floor next to some flat out amazing athletes and a few friends. It made me a witness to the effort and emotion that makes CrossFit so damn hard and so much fun for me. I love coaching and I love to see people who are as determined to make the Games push themselves to that point that so many won’t go to. I love the sport that it is becoming. That intensity made it real again for me and has left me with renewed vigor to get stronger, get faster and get fitter than I am now.
So back to the drawing board for me. And for our box. I am making up my plan of attack for what will hopefully yield a different result for next year. My goals: See SRCF have a huge participation in the 2012 Open, personally get back to Regionals, qualify at least 2 individuals and qualify a team. If it doesn’t work? Hell I’ll just say it’s part of my run to the Masters in 8 years!
This Saturday at 10:45am will be our 1st Advanced RX Class for those who have tested and passed the Advanced RX Challenge. Class is approximately 1 hour. Don’t be late! For those who missed the past three test opportunities we will plan another test sometime in early July. Keep working on those skills!
Michelle coaching, cuddling, and calling out tabata intervals: