2012 Reebok CrossFit Games Recap: Friday - Day 5

  • Aug 01, 2012

    CrossFit Games


    Friday 7/13/12:

    Friday morning we didn't have to report until 9:30 so again, got to sleep in a bit!  So nice!  Mornings on competition day consist of some visualization, positive self-talk, breakfast and a shower to wake up.  My nerves were sky high knowing that today was the real beginning of what I'd been training 10 months for (not to take away from Wednesday's events…but now spectators, music and high energy filled the stands).  Pulling into the long drive of the Home Depot Center, my stomach was in my throat as my heart rate increased with anxious anticipation of what the morning would hold.


    Marcus and I headed straight for the athlete's area.  WOW!!!  Don't get me wrong, last year's athlete's area in "The Dungeon" was great with catered food, massage therapists and chiropractors at our fingertips….but nothing could have prepared me for the treatment we were going to receive this weekend.  In an air-conditionedenclosed tent with comfy couches, recliners, dining area, big screen TV's, massage therapists, chiropractors…life as a Reebok CrossFit Games competitor just jumped up a HUGE notch!  After dropping my bags to claim a spot on one of the recliners, we headed out to take a seat in the bleachers of the soccer stadium where we were given specifics on the first workout.  The GHD Ball Toss directly followed by 3 rounds of 400m run, 8 Split Snatch, 7 Bar Muscle Ups.  This workout had been released before The Games, and I was REALLY looking forward to it.  The weight was light, I love to run and the bar muscle ups were easy for me (or so I thought).  During the briefing I was slapped in the face…the bar muscle ups couldn't be with a gliding kip.  That's the only way I knew how!  So I learned how to do a kipping bar muscle up just minutes before the event.  I told myself to go into the workout taking each element as it's own and not stress about the muscle up. 


    The ball toss went fine…I came to the split snatch 2nd in my heat and held that spot onto the bar.  I connected 4 muscle ups and then lost my rhythm…I ended up last coming off the bar first round but didn't let it get to me and played catch up on the run.  I caught up with some of the girls and hit the bar in a decent spot…but the 2nd round set a big gap between me and the rest of the heat as I struggled through my kipping bar muscle ups.  I don't need to go into a lot more detail with the event, but it ended with me only finishing 2 muscle ups on my last round.  I gritted my teeth the whole workout and wasn't about to give up, but definitely had moments of embarrassment, fear, frustration that I tried to work though in the moment.  It was as though I was reliving the 2011 NorCal Regionals "Amanda" workout where I struggled though the ring muscle ups. 

    Track Run

    GHD Sit Up


    Bar MU 

    After the workout I was disappointed and angry at myself for not being as prepared as I should have been.  The thing with CrossFit is there are so many elements and techniques and movements that you have to be ready for…and I was missing this one.  No excuses, no pointing blame - it just is what it is.


    Same as with the O-course, I had my moment of pity for a bit after the event and then had to get past it…there was still a lot of work to get done this weekend.  I had to accept that I was missing a skill and that is something I have to work on for 2013.  After it was all said and done though and I had time to reflect one what went down, I was proud of myself for NEVER doing a kipping bar muscle up and completing 16 of in a workout.


    Between the two scheduled events we thought we had for the day, we had to make up for the standing long jump that was postponed on Wednesday's Camp Pendleton day.  Without much notice, athletes were lined up in the tunnel where there were several long jump pads set out.   We each were allotted three attempts to reach the furthest possible jump we could perform.  The trick was, we had to stick it…no falling, stepping, hopping, etc.  It had to be a clean land.  I honestly don't even know what my distances were for that event, but I do know that it was a bit sketchy since we were coming out of the rain into these slick pads to jump on.  Maybe it's because I am getting older, but I was honestly afraid of slipping.  My first two attempts were middle of the pack and on my third attempt I was a good 10 inches further, but took a step back so scratched.


    Onto the next workout…3 rounds of 8 Medball Clean (over the shoulder) and 7 Handstand Pushups on parallettes to a deficit.  This is where my weekend started to get a bit shady.  I have been battling a bit of a neck injury since January and as a result have not been able to do very many HSPU.  In fact I hadn't done HSPU since regionals for "Diane"…and before that hadn't done them for several weeks.  When this workout was announced I wasn't worried about it being a strength issue due to the deficit, I was worried about the compression on my neck.  But, I went into warm-ups with a smile on my face and confidence in my mind.  As I kicked up into the first practice HSPU it went well, but when I took the pad away and tried a rep on the plates (as we were to do in the workout), I felt a twinge down my spine and new that this wasn't going to be good.  Minutes after that my traps went into spasms.  I didn't practice anymore and just decided that whatever happens on the floor is meant to be for that day and I was going to do all I could to make it work.  As they called out my name and jogged onto the arena floor, I felt my right trap seizing and all the muscles through my neck and right shoulder were locking up.  I was talking to myself, saying, "It's no big deal, you're going to be fine..this is why I am here.  I just have to get through 21 HSPU's!"  Then…3, 2, 1…Go…I busted out my medball cleans and carried the ball to the next spot.  I kicked up into my HSPU, lowered myself down to the plates and went to kip out and there was nothing.  The muscles in my right arm weren't firing.  I kicked down, took a deep breath, looked at my judge and went for attempt two.  Same thing, but this time twinging down my spine.  I knew this wasn't good and although I attempted a few more reps hoping for a miracle, I knew that those 21 reps weren't going to happen…in fact, not even one of them was.  I accepted it, had another moment to collect myself and cheered the rest of my heat on as they busted through this rough workout.  I was so proud to see these girls gut it out, but at the same time so devastated that I wasn't able to perform.  Again, I felt embarrassed, angry, frustrated and it was taking every ounce of energy I had to not break down into tears on the floor. 

     Med Ball Clean

    When time was called, we jogged off together and headed back to the athletes area where Marcus and CJ (my coach) took me in their arms and let me have a good cry.  Marcus was telling me that I needed to stop there and that it's not worth risking my neck.  He was probably right, but I told them I would see how it felt in the morning to determine what would happened for day 3 of the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games.  I didn't come this far, do this much work to just give up.  I wanted no regrets!  So, without them knowing, I made the decision right then and there that I was going to follow this through.