Manila Throwdown 2015

I competed in my first Rx competition.  There are traditionally two divisions, scaled and Rx.  Scaled is for the newer athlete who has not mastered all of the gymnastics skills and heavier weights, Rx is the higher level one for those who have been doing CrossFit for a while.

The throwdown, or competition, was a team series with two guys and one girl per team.  I teamed up with another coach at my Box as well as a coach at another gym, Sky High Fitness.  We came out and set the bar high on our first event, winning by a landslide.

We stayed consistent throughout the next four events, never dropping outside of the top 3 places.  On the fourth event I was the only girl to start out on the rings doing muscle ups.  The Primal Ape Cheering Squad was insane, they were literally chanting my name.  It was impressive to be both the newest and loudest box in there.  What a great community.

Unfortunately, something went wrong on my 8th one, not due to fatigue, just a slight error that in the moment, I thought was my shoulder about to dislocate.  Thankfully, I lowered myself down without more than an extremely tired shoulder.  With very little time after the fourth event, the top eight teams had to come out for a final round.  Heavy overhead squats and a 10 meter handstand walk.  I had practiced this event two times (back to back), but when I picked up the bar my shoulder refused to stabilize.  After a few attempts, I FINALLY finished the overhead squats and went over to the handstand walk.  My shoulders felt like bricks, but I kept walking, at last I came up to the line and touched it with both hands, “NO REP!” I hadn’t completely passed the line, just touched it.  I had to go back and try again.  I was half convinced I couldn’t do it, my teammate came over to cheer me on and finally, I made it.

My teammate giving me encouragement to redo my handstand walk

We came in third place on the final event, but it didn’t matter, we had created enough of a buffer to win the Throwdown.

It was a fun day and a good first Rx competition to remember.  That being said, I still have a lot of work to put in before the CrossFit Open.

The Workouts

WOD 1: Manila Hold ‘Em

Station 1: 70 calorie row & 185lb Deadlift hold. 

Station 2: 60 Burpees over plank & 45lb weighted plank hold.

Station 3: 50 Weighted pistols (16kg for guys 12 for girls) & 105lb overhead hold.

Station 4: 50 Chest to bar pull ups & bar hang hold.

One athlete works, one does the hold, one rests.  Switch when athlete doing the hold breaks.

  

  
Workout 2: N’ Sync

Male athletes:

30 Synchronized toes to bar

30 Alternating shoulder to overhead at 125lbs

30 Alternating hang snatches at 125lbs

30 Alternating box jumps

Tag Female in to do:

20 Box jumps

20 Hang snatches at 85lbs

20 Toes to bar

Workout 3: Speed Clean Ladder

Ladies do two repetitions of squat cleans at

115lbs

125lbs

135lbs

145lbs

Males one does on repetition of squat cleans at

205lbs

215lbs

225lbs

235lbs

then tags in male two to complete the ladder.

Top 8 teams have males repeat, at heavier weights

235lbs

245lbs

255lbs

265lbs

  
Workout 4: Lightwater Lucky 7

As Many Rounds as Possible in 7 minutes of

70 Double Unders

7 Thrusters at 185lbs for men and 115lbs for women

14 Handstand push ups

-Rest 1 Minute-

As many muscle ups as possible in 1 minute.

Athletes cannot repeat a station from one round to the next.

  
Final Workout: Championship

Male 1:

5 Overhead Squats at 195lbs

10m Handstand walk

Male 2:

7 Overhead Squats at 155lbs

10m Handstand walk

Female:

9 Overhead Squats at 110lbs

10m Handstand Walk

  

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Trip Two: Bohol

It’s been a week since we got back from our second trip, so I figured I’d write a little bit about it and post some pictures. The pictures seem convince people they should come visit.

I snuck in a quick workout on Friday morning, you know back squats, snatches, cleans, jerks, handstands, rowing, wall ball, kettlebell swings, sumo deadlift high pull…just a couple things.  Then we headed off to the airport.  I learned two things this trip to the airport:

  1. Medical tape is considered a weapon.  I had athletic tape in my bag and they told me to throw it out, WHAT!? I could, apparently, use it to tape someone up and hold them hostage.  They then asked me the wrong question, “Have you ever tried to get out of athletic tape wrapped around you? It’s impossible.”  To the surprise of the security agent I responded, “Yes I have tried, I was taped as part of an initiation and managed to escape out of hockey tape which is much harder to tear.”   I still had to throw the tape out.
  2. Never show up more than 20 minutes early to a domestic flight out of the Philippines.

We landed in Bohol and headed over to our hotel, the Hennan.  The resort is new and it’s basically just one giant pool.

We spent the evening at the poolside/in pool bar then hit the hay early for a long day.

Half of the pools at our resort. There are more by the beach.

Day 1: Sailing

We booked a day on the Alona Blue, and did not regret it.  We met Captain Mike, Jenny, and their adorable little dog foxy at 10am.  A storm was coming so we tried to wait it out.  We “set sail” (it wasn’t very windy) around 11am and hoped to pass through the storm.  To our luck, we did.

Alona Blue had a mooring off the shore of a small resort with literally no one on the beach and good snorkeling.  We saw some little fish and a giant and terrifying purple jelly fish.  We got to hang out on the front of the boat with Foxy then were served a delicious lunch.  A couple hours later we headed back to shore with a little bit of a tan.

Alona Blue. We got to jump off the boat, hang out with foxy and enjoy a nice day after passing through a dark storm.

Day 2: Tourist

I’m not entirely sure why we decided to conform to society and do all the touristy things in Bohol that everyone expects you do to.

The Blood Compact Monument The view was nice.  The monument didn’t have a single sign explaining what the compact was or why it was important.  If not for wikipedia on our phones to read about the compact this would have been a pointless stop.

Baclayon Church Although the church had been badly damaged in an earthquake two years ago, it was still pretty cool.  We walked through the museum with a guide who explained the artifacts and thoroughly answered our questions.  I did feel like I was going to fall through to the floor below because we were walking on the original hardwoods.

Loboc River and Floating Restaurant I’m not going to lie, I’m shocked this has received so many good reviews.  The food was almost inedible. I think the experience would have actually been better without the food.  The views were nice, it was very lush and pretty (once it stopped raining).  The coolest part was watching the Tinkiling dancing.

The Man made Forest I wouldn’t exactly call this a “destination” but it was very pretty to drive through on the way up to the chocolate hills.

Butterfly Sanctuary This was pretty, only about a dollar or two to get inside, and I wouldn’t say I would have been happy paying more.  We saw some butterflies, the guide gave a nice little talk.  We didn’t see as many butterflies as I would have expected, but maybe I’m bias because I’ve seen the Monarch Butterflies as they migrate through Michoacan, Mexico.

Chocolate Hills This was by far the best stop on the trip.  I wish we had hiked up and through some of them, but it was still pretty cool to walk to the top of the viewing area.  There are a few legends about how they came to be that you should definitely check out.  My favorite is that they’re a mean carabao’s poop.

Tarsiers Bohol is famous for the tiny little monkey’s.  We saw four of them.  They’re nocturnal and antisocial.  Seriously, they don’t like having another one within a hectare of them. If one trespasses, they’ll often fight to the death.  Also, if you touch them they apparently freak out and bang their head against a tree until they die, or so someone said.

Blood Compact, Baclayan Church, Loboc River Tour, Man Made Forest, Butterfly Sanctuary, Chocolate Hills.

Days 3 & 4: Beach

We were not big fans of the beach our hotel was located on, Alona.  There were vendors everywhere, it was a marina filled with boats, you just really couldn’t relax.  So we did some research, asked around, and found out that Dumaluan was the best beach to go to.  We grabbed a trike and headed over.  After arriving, we discovered that the Bohol Beach Club was next to us and that we could pay an entrance fee of 150 pesos each (plus more, but that was consumable, as in could be used towards food).

We had originally hoped to stay at Bohol Beach Club, but it was fully booked the weekend of our trip.  Boy do I wish we had booked early.  The beach was beautiful and the food was fantastic.  We spent the day (and the next day when we returned) sitting in hammocks and reading.  Best part of the trip and exactly what I needed.

Bohol Beach Club Paradise

SUP Dog

We finally got out on another adventure.  At 7am on Sunday morning we met four friends and our guide, Tono, at a gas station off of SLEX. Only about 1.5-2 hours later we arrived at Taal Lake, a crater lake inside Taal Volcano. Tono gave a thorough overview of proper stand up paddling technique and we headed across the street to the launch site. 

Before heading out to the water

As you can see, I had Xena with me. Xena coupled with the fact that two people in the group had never done SUP, meant we were doing a short(er) beginner paddle. We spent about an hour and a half paddling around the lake. The view is amazing, a lush green forest, perfect glassy lake, and a volcano in the middle. The longer paddle, which we will do next time is a 12km paddle around the volcano. Also on the to-do list is to hike up Taal Volcano and see the inner crater lake (a like in a crater, in a lake, in a crater). 

Paddling with Xena presented a whole new challenge. For starters, I forgot the peanut butter I had planned on giving her to make her happy to be on the board.  So, she was not the happiest pup at the beginning.  She fell in early on, thankfully she had a life vest on with a handle so I was able to easily pick her up and put her back on the board.  It took her about an hour of pacing up and down the board to figure out the safest thing to do was lay down.  She chose to do that directly below where I was standing, I think that was where she felt safest.  All in all though, I think she got over her fear a little, we will keep trying – next time I won’t forget the peanut butter.

 

Xena’s first time on a SUP


We finished the day with a delicious meal at Balay Dako in Tagaytay.  This massive restaurant has amazing views of Taal and delicious food.   We ordered a ridiculous amount of food, and all of it tasted great.  Family style was definitely the way to go, that way we all got to try everything.  To top it off, the bill was only 800php per person.
 

View from Balay Dako

 
I can’t wait to head out and do the 12km paddle around the island! Here’s to more adventures in the coming weekends.