Masters Classic

Friday was exhausting, as the Situational Leadership “training” truly sucked and It then took me 6.5 hours to drive from Sterling, VA home. Jeff and I then immediately drove to Concord. I feared that if I saw Luke that I wouldn’t want to go to the competition. True story.

We stayed at Courtyard located by the Charlotte Motor Speedway. I have never attempted to sleep in a hotel that was as noisy. There were people partying in the parking lot, drivers drag racing on the main road (I kid you not), and very rude guests who walked the halls talking very, very loudly. I woke up exhausted.

We arrived at the event after 7 and set up our canopy. Even though it was in the 90s I never felt exceedingly uncomfortable. That was a relief!

The organizers changed the order of events and I was unaware that the tire flip & burpee event was scheduled to take place first and that we were in the very first heat! The tire was heavier than I expected. Yes, I could’ve flipped it, but Jeff really, really, really didn’t want to do upcoming front squats due to continued issues with his hamstrings, so he agreed to flip the tire if I’d do front squats. Anthony immediately suggested that I complete the burpees, as he had timed himself at 2.5 minutes and was confident that I could complete the 50 reps faster. He’s a smart man. For a gynecologist. Anthony and I had planned on completing event 1, with me doing tire flips and jump throughs and Anthony doing burpees.

Event 1 – Breathless
On the minute complete 5 tires flips and in remaining time 50 tire step throughs
Tag partner who completes 50 burpees to target

Jeff did an awesome job. He had completed 47 step throughs when the top of the minute was called for minute 5. He completed last 5 tire flips and last 3 tire jump throughs, tagged me, and I was off! I set a goal to complete burpees fast and unbroken, and I achieved this goal. Jay timed me at 1:53. Our total time was 6:35 and we finished in 11th place overall.

Fate was on our side, as we became aware that an athlete could only be the “primary” for one event. Jeff was the primary for Breathless and that allowed me to be the primary for the next activity, Loaded. If I had been primary for Breathless someone else would’ve had to do the first part of Loaded, and I don’t wish that upon anyone!

Event 2 – Loaded

At 3,2,1, GO…. Primary Athlete will have a series of items in front or him/her.  Primary Athlete will perform a required movement with each of those items and then carry them down to a wheelbarrow 40 yards from you.
Sandbag – 10 Ground to Overhead
(2) Wall Balls (20#) – 10 Push Ups with one hand on each Wall Ball
(2) Plates (45#) – 10 Lunges toward the wheelbarrow
(2) KettleBells (70#) – Farmer’s Walk to wheelbarrow

Once wheelbarrow is full, Primary Athlete will roll wheelbarrow back down to start/finish line. Tag in Secondary Athlete.

Secondary Athlete will then choose any 4 items and one by one shuttle those items 40 yards back to the other end of course. After the 4th item is dropped in designated area, Secondary Athlete sprints back to start/finish line.

As planned, I was the primary and Anthony was the secondary athlete. This went very well.

I began at a steady pace and was the last in the heat to complete G2O. I’m a fast runner, though, and quickly sprinted to starting line. I can also complete pushups very quickly, and that’s what I did. Whilst lifting wall balls, well, I fell on my ass. I looked at the spectators and said, “My balls appear to be on the ground.” I picked them up, ran with them, and placed them in the wheelbarrow, giggling the entire time. I knew the lunges were going to be the hardest part, as bare knees on asphalt is never fun. I had taken the lead by this point. I completed lunges, sprinted to wheelbarrow, placed plates in wheelbarrow, and sprinted to KBs. I was surprised by how quickly I was able to move whilst farmer’s carrying almost my bodyweight. I certainly didn’t walk. I began at a slow, steady pace and once I knew that I had the wheelbarrow under control I sprinted to the mat and tagged Anthony. He did a great job a carrying and sprinting, and we finished 6th overall with a time of 3:55.

Event 3 – Clean & Carry

At 3,2,1 GO…… Primary Athlete will load bar to 1st Clean weight by him/herself.  He/she will then Clean the weight to the Front Rack position and carry it 30yds where the Primary athlete will drop the bar and load weight, clean and carry back to Start/Finish line.  The Primary athlete will perform this process a total of 4 times, finishing at the Start/ Finish line.  Tag to Secondary Athlete.

The Primary and Secondary Athlete will then load the bar to appropriate Front Squat weight and the Secondary Athlete will complete 30 Front Squats. Time completed is your score.

For those of you keeping score at home this was Jay’s first event. Jeff and Anthony had completed 1 event. This was my third event. Yup, my third event.

Jay did a great job with cleans and carries. Uhm, when Jeff and I first discussed me taking his place and completing front squats he informed me that the prescribed weight for my age was 125#. Uhm, the prescribed weight was 135#. Doable, as I had done a workout with 135# front squats this past Monday at Verity.

I completed about 10 unbroken reps and then my legs started to feel very heavy. On the 25th rep my middle fingers slipped from under the bar. Dammit. I finished the 28th rep but dropped the bar. Dammit. I didn’t rest long enough and attempted to clean the bar THREE times before I was successful doing so. As I was failing at cleans the athlete who had finished ahead of me decided that he’d coach me. “You got this. Get under the bar. You’re pulling too soon.” I said (and very loudly, I might add), “Shut up!” Jeff informed me that everyone laughed. I then said under my breath, “Shut the f@ck up.”

I really let the team down. We finished in 15 place in a time of 4:20. I felt pretty miserable afterward.

Event 4 – Tag Team

Segment 2
Prowler: 80 yards
Deadlifts for remaining time

Jeff was the tagger, meaning that he could help any of us with our activities. Jay began Segment 1 with 750 m row and 95# thrusters and Anthony completed Segment 3 with 90-second L-sit and 95# ground to overhead.

The weight for the prowler was 210# and deadlifts 205#. I was very worried about the prowler, as I hadn’t had an opportunity to practice. As I had already had a disappointing performance I didn’t want to, well, have yet another disappointing performance.

Anthony and I quickly loaded the prowler and I very easily pushed it 40 yards up and back, easily finishing before the other 2 teams in my heat. Jay later commented that he didn’t expect me to return so quickly and that they had to rush to put the plates on the bar. Jeff and I worked very well together and completed 97 deadlifts, placing 7th overall.

CrossFit Surmount Masters finished 12th out of 16 Rx masters teams, and I’m delighted with our performance! Our goal was to have fun, and we most certainly did. Would I do things differently next time? Yes, but only for the front squats.

Upon returning to our canopy after burpees an athlete slapped my ass and said, “You killed those burpees!” It took me quite off guard, as I can honestly not recall the last time someone slapped me on the ass.

After completing sandbag ground to overhead the judge said, “Those were the best reps I’ve seen all day.”

I had mint chocolate chip & dark cherry ice cream on a waffle cone.

I saw a lot of shitty form and poor judging. The most glaring were squats not below parallel and hips not open at completion of deadlift. As with most events, some judges were better than others. It certainly makes for inconsistent results.

For this event masters were consider anyone 35 and older. Thirty-five? That seems too young to be consider a master. This was the first competition that we completed Rx!

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