October 23, 2013 10:49 AM

Competition Looms

This Saturday I will be spending the day with the old guys. It is the 2nd annual CFNE Masters Competition. This is a huge event with hundreds of 40+ athletes beating themselves up during three workouts.

First WOD:
AMRAP 3: 10 Thrusters, 10 Pullups
Rest :30 Seconds
AMRAP 3: 10 Powercleans, 10 Burpees
Rest :30 Seconds
AMRAP 3: 10 Shoulder to Overhead, 10 Box Jumps

Second WOD:
Max *unbroken* Bench Press Reps (115/65) - 1 Min Time Cap
Rest :30 Seconds
Max *unbroken* Hang Squat Cleans (115/65) - 1 Min Time Cap

Third WOD is an agility course that we have not seen, yet.

Leading up to this competition, I have done a few things right and a few things wrong. The right stuff: I have practiced the first two workouts a few times each. I think I have a realistic view of how I can perform on each of these. I am at the point now that I just want to focus on mobility and rest so I can do my best of Saturday. I know that I will not be winning anything; I just want to do well enough to be in the middle of the pack somewhere.

The wrong stuff: I hurt my upper back last Tuesday and it is taking a long time to return to 100%. I give it 95% right now, but I aggravated it again yesterday (not sure how) but it feels pretty good today. I assume I will be able to do the workouts on Saturday but will be quite sore by the end of the day.

Also, we just finished a nutrition challenge (not a paleo challenge). This diet allowed for rice and potatoes to help fuel performance. I did OK with my diet, but after a year of strict paleo, the rice and potatoes made me feel sluggish. After the challenge ended, we had our Halloween party. I seriously overdid that party and suffered for a few days afterward. Today is the first day that I feel recovered from the party and the post-diet binge. I need to keep eating clean during these last few days.

I do not feel as ready for this comp as most others. I will focus on diet and rest for the next 3 days to hopefully get myself positioned for the best possible performance.