A couple weeks before Regionals I registered for a team competition in Malaysia with Grech, one member of the reining champ team from the previous year, and the head coach from my gym, Trever. Given that Grech’s team won last year, we didn’t have to participate in qualifiers and went straight to the X45 Championship in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.
There’s only a couple flights to Kota Kinabalu, so I boarded quite possibly the fittest plane I’ve ever been on. Over 25 CrossFitters from Manila were on the plane. With 11 other people from my gym, we crammed into a large van and headed to our condo. I’ve never seen more protein shakers in one place in my life.
Day one had three events. It we started off with a win on the first event, leading the pack by over 20 repetitions. Then we headed into a strength event, which we expected to come in second or third. It began a little rocky, missing our first couple attempts at our lifts, then we gained momentum. We all hit our goal weight and with one minute to go, Trever and I decided to go for a new max. Trever added 6kg and hit his weight, then I hit mine. We won the event by 2kg. The final event for the day was, quite possibly, the most difficult of the weekend. I had to do partner deadlifts and partner burpees. The deadlifts were great, we were totally in sync, my partner for the burppes went HAM and I did all that I could to keep up. We wound up winning the event by 8 seconds, and I was DONE.
We didn’t think we would win events 2 and 3, but after we had, we were determined to take a clean sweep for the weekend. We ate a good meal, headed home, and tried to get a good nights sleep. Which was harder than it sounded, I was sick and the streets were very noisy outside.
I woke up somewhat rested and got ready for the second day of competition. Event 4 was longer, but very fun. We won by 2:59 and beat our time in practice by over a full minute. The final event was a fast one. The second place team started full speed ahead, taking an early lead. I was the second person to go on our team, I kept myself calm and collected and was able to take back the lead and Trever took it all the way home, finishing 0:59 head of the next team. We won every single event in the competition, goal achieved.
Winning a team competition is a little more fun than individual. You have people to celebrate the win with, to cheer you on right next to you, and to save you when you get tired. That is, as long as your team works well together. Thankfully, ours did. We all had positive energy the entire competition and trusted each other. It was a very memorable weekend.