A few weeks ago, my girlfriend Jane and I signed up for a one man, one woman team competition in Carlsbad. Thought this would be pretty cool as we’ve never done one before with just us. Took two full rest days before the event. While we didn’t place on the podium, I had an awesome day at the event and accomplished all of my goals.
Showed up promptly at 8 and plopped our stuff down on the asphalt. The weather was ideal for gettin yo fitnezz on. Cool and overcast with a slight chance of biceps. After missing the brief for the initial workout due to an emergency bathroom break (too much espresso) I was the last athlete to the workout area for the start. It ain’t easy being in the first heat!
AMRAP in 8 minutes:
100 accumulated wall ball shots (one partner throws, one holds a handstand, switch as needed) 20/14
44 burpees over the box (switch every 2 reps) 24/20
Total score: 172 (or 174?)
Personal goal: Stick with the handstand transition plan. Done.
We were the first off the wall balls after sticking to our game plan of switching spots every 25 reps. No problems there. Made it to the burpees of the box and realized how hard I really suck when Jane was moving faster than I could comprehend. We made it back to the wall balls with a minute or so left and got another 25 reps (I think).
Replenishing with some protein, BCAAs and gummy bears, we hung out and watched everyone else go until the briefing for the second workout..
Female takes 5 minutes to find a 1RM hang clean and jerk
Male takes 5 minutes to find a 1RM hang snatch
Personal goal: Hit 225. Done.
Super stoked about this one. This is the same weight I hit in training when I was fresh.
Lunch break, more food and shenanigans, realized after I ate a bunch of donuts that we were 5 minutes from starting the third workout… (oops)
WOD 3 (aka the bane of my existence)
400 m run
Partner A(Me) – 21 thrusters 65/95 then Partner B(Jane) – 21 pull ups
Partner A – 15 thrusters then Partner B – 15 pull ups
Partner A – 9 thrusters then Partner B – 9 pull ups
Partner B – 21 thrusters then Partner A – 21 pull ups
Partner B – 15 thrusters then Partner A – 15 pull ups
Partner B – 9 thrusters then Partner A – 9 pull ups
4 rounds total - partners alternate rounds
20 KB sumo high pulls 35/53
10 plate against chest lunges 35/45
8 clapping plyo push ups
DNF (adjusted time was like 15:27 or something)
Personal goal: Thrusters unbroken. Done.
Last or second to last ones in from the run (I was just going for a stroll), and first ones to finish Fran. Did all of my thrusters unbroken and broke the pull-ups once or twice just for a second. The second part CRUSHED me. I really wanted to be done after the Fran. Pretty bitter about that one. I never thought SDHP with a 1.5 pood kettlebell could be that painful. Mostly I was out of breath. Sucked. Wind. We were about 26 reps from finishing in the 15 minute time cap. If it weren’t for the little piece at the end, I am confident we would’ve placed top 3. Oh well!
Workout 4 was a surprise!
For time: 100m partner sled drag (350m)
Went head to head with whoever was in the place next to us (I think we were fighting for 5th place) and made easy work of them.
All in all I had an awesome time, and it seemed like everyone else did too. There were some beasts there. Stiff competition no doubt. There were some big names there! The event was run really well, no hiccups and super smooth transitions. Seamless. As with any local competition (and even some bigger ones) we observed some variance in quality of some judging calls, but overall the staff of Offshore CrossFit was nothing but professional and helpful the entire time. The head judge was also coming around during the hang clean/snatch event and giving technical advice to the lifters. Solid. Will definitely be showing up for the next one!