June 19, 2013 7:11 AM

Operation Throwdown

Last weekend I participated in my first 2-day competition. I signed up for the scaled division of the Garage Games Operation Throwdown at CrossFit Homebase. The facility and the weather were great all weekend and I was very happy with my performance. I did not go in thinking I was going to light up the field, but I did manage to improve a little bit on every WOD. I had practiced each one over the past 2 weeks, and I beat my time, weight, or reps of all 5 workouts.

Saturday ended up being a tough day for scheduling, so I ended up with no cheering section for those 3 workouts. Still, the adrenaline and kindness of strangers kept me up for the workouts. I managed to 3-rep my previous 1-rep max clean (185#).  I finished the chipper (I did not finish it in my practice) - 30 burpees, 30 sit-ups, 30 box jumps, 30 snatches at 75#, 30 box jumps, 30 sit-ups and 30 more burpees. The last workout on Saturday was a 7 minute AMRAP of 95# bear complex. In practice, I got 14 reps. In the comp, I managed 22 reps.

Sunday was the best; Laurie, Katie and Ethan came out with me. When I arrived, Nicole and Mike from CrossFit 2A were already there. They all yelled at me to keep me going through the last 2 tough workouts.

The hardest workout was 3 rounds of a 400m runn and 21 thrusters. I cranked out the first round unbroken. I was pretty much dying during the second run, then I did 3 sets of 7 thrusters. I tried to recover during the last run. That did not happen. On the way back to the bar, I was thinking "3 more set of 7. 3 more sets of 7."  I arrived at the bar with Nicole in my face - "11 and 10!  11 and 10, " she was yelling.  Crap. I did the 11. I got a few more and had to put the bar down. Then back up to finish. I was wrecked but finished the workout in about 10:22. In practice, I could not finish under the 12 minute time cap. Cheering (and yelling) makes a huge difference.

Dying during 3 rounds of 21 thrusters. I know - I need to lock out further back.

Mike and Katie supporting my effort - not sure what Ethan is doing

The last WOD was a scaled Diane. 21-15-9 Deadlifts at 155# and hand release push-ups. I watched the early heats and was dismayed to see many of the competitors had scaled all the way to doing pushups on their knees. Some did not. One - that ruins the comparison and, two, in what world are push-ups on your knees allowed in competition. I knew I would take a worse time but would do "real" hand release push-ups. I practiced this workout during open gym at CrossFit Craic the weekend before and finished in about 4 minutes. As I started, Nicole yelled out "All unbroken!" Except for a 2 second rest at the bottom of a push-up, I got through the whole thing unbroken in 2:55. A full minute faster than practice. Awesome stuff!

I have been hitting CrossFit pretty hard this week, I have another week before the Nor'Easter Masters competition on July 29-30. I am recovering slowly and look forward to competing with folks my age (but I suspect many of them will still kick my butt).