I competed yesterday at the Independence Games. I’m feelin’ it today. It was definitely one of the best, most well run competitions I’ve ever done. Colin was brave enough to be my partner again, so we brought back year 2 of #NotMyBaby’sCropTop. I think everyone still wants to know the meaning behind that name. It was FUN, the workouts were great, and we had a little bit of rep from CFEC – not even half of what we had last year, but we had a good time.
And it’s crazy how 1 year can make a big difference — just ask Em.
CrossFit competition people are so nice…for the most part. Or they were at this competition. I also love doing competitions with a partner because you can make them do everything you don’t want to do. So, therefore, Colin took one for the team and did almost all of the assault bike. In all reality though, I would have done it. I like the assault bike. But he’s better at it than me, and we were going up against some pretty great competition, so I let him have the majority of it, while I did most of the power snatches. When we got done, Colin died. Like I’ve never seen him that bad off before I don’t think. And meanwhileI was just walking around smiling and passing out FitAids to the other competitors. That assault bike gets ya every time. But they did give us free FitAids all day long, and I made sure I got my $$’s worth
So, there was this short, little workout they threw in there last minute for the Rx people. Each partner had 1 minute to do 10 alternating pistols + 10 strict handstand pushups. Then, in the remaining time, max effort overhead squats at 155 lb for guys and 110 lb for girls, I think that was the weight. I actually don’t even know the official weight because I didn’t make it that far. It wasn’t our best event, and it actually really hurt us. So, maybe it wasn’t funny, but we laughed it off. We got 3rd overall. I like to win, so obviously I wish we could have done better, but I think we did pretty great. They gave us some pretty cool white sunglasses that say Barbell Babes on them, as well as some other cool stuff, and even some money, so I’m always thankful for that.
Competitions are great because they always show me how much better I can be. I’ve never really cared about getting better at strict handstand pushups before…even after regionals. It’s a humbling feeling to sit back and watch pretty much every girl be able to get through their strict handstand pushups and knock out reps of their overhead squats, while I couldn’t even finish the strict handstand pushups. If CrossFit isn’t humbling you, you’re probably not doing it right.
But competitions are on a different level when it comes to humility and seeing where you stack up against other people. Not that I do them all the time or anything, but they always show me how much better I can be. And I love that. It’s frustrating when you suck at something and other people can do it easily. I’m competitive, so I don’t let that slide. And I think that’s ok.
So, the purpose of me telling you that is: If you want to challenge yourself and see what you’re capable of, sign up for a good ole’ local competition. Most are set up to where anyone can do it. I remember when I did my first one. I had been doing CrossFit for 6 months, and I was terrified. My friend Kelly was my partner, and we did the Greenville Games, scaled girls division, and we didn’t make it to the podium or anything, but it was a lot of fun. And it showed me what I could do to get better.
Here’s one in Columbia in August – Famously Hot Showdown: https://www.facebook.com/FamouslyHotShowdown/?fref=ts
Here’s one in Greenville in October – Greenville Games: https://www.facebook.com/greenvillegames/?fref=ts
Anyway, Nicole competed on Saturday in individual Rx. She did awesome, and had a lot of fun in the process after a lonnnngggg week at work.
Kelly and Louis competed on Sunday in M/F Team. It was Kelly’s first competition, and she did so great, and only fell down once.
So this is pretty cool. The kids competed on Saturday too. Branson, and Anden competed in the 8-10 year old division. Branson won a spikeball set (which is the best prize ever) and Anden won a big case of Quest Bars, so they were pretty happy. Emma competed in the 14-16 year old division. She just turned 14, and was the only girl. So, that + assault bike + thrusters is pretty scary, so I’m proud of ya Emma!
Daniel was going to compete on Saturday in male RX and Sunday with Meghan on M/F team scaled, but he hurt his shoulder, so he judged both days instead, and worked really hard. He made a lot of friends AND no repped a lot of people. And Lia judged all weekend too, and more importantly, made me laugh like she always does.
That’s all I got for today. Keep grinding, and keep setting goals for yourself. Small goals are great, because overtime, they turn into you getting better at whatever it is you do.
Oh, and before I forget, here’s a really great article on mental game.
“Make it a great day — or not. The choice is your’s.”