Two weeks after going off the grid with Niqui, I hopped on a plane to Korea for Asia Championships. Unfortunately, the event was in Bucheon, so I didn’t get to see too much of Seoul. Before the competition started, we were issued some swag and head shots were taken.
The first event was a chipper, a long workout that you “chip” away:
25 thrusters at 40 kg
50 toes to bar
75 wall balls (14lbs to 10ft target)
200 double unders.
To say I started on a high note would be an understatement, I was the only female competitor to finish the event within the time cap of 24 minutes. It gave me confidence for the rest of the competition.
Yuko, known as a beast in South East (Asia), and I were head to head the entire competition. At the end of Day 1, I was maybe 15 points ahead of her. At the end of Day 2, it was closer to 10. Day 3, I was ready to fight for that win. We went head to head on a rope climb and snatch workout the morning of the third day. I sprinted to the finish to secure a win for the event. That win meant that in the final event she could beat me by 4 places and I would still take home the gold.
I wound up beating her in the final workout, because I got lucky. She was over a minute and a half ahead of me, but the last movement was 7 freestanding, unbroken, handstand pushups. She fell on the 6th and had to start over. I caught up and hit 7 on the first try to take the win. Either way, I would have won gold, so for sanity she didn’t lose because of that handstand push up. There weren’t enough people between the two of us to make up the points.
If you’re interested in watching videos of the events, there are some facebook live videos on the Asia Champs Facebook, though they might make you a bit dizzy. Otherwise, you’ll just have to take my word that we raced to the finish line once or twice. Now, onto the next competition.
All photo credit goes to WOD Chaser.