Team “Beauties and Z Beast”

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.

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Playing The Leaderboard Games

Almost two years ago we found out we would be moving to Asia.  As soon as we got the news, I thought I could try to qualify for the CrossFit Regionals in Asia.  Shortly after, I found out that they had changed the regions.  Asia would be included in the Pacific Regional (a super strong region) and only the top 10 athletes from Asia would compete.  So, I adjusted my goals and hoped to qualify by my second year, in 2017.

As the year progressed, I was told that I may actually have a shot at qualifying to Regionals this year, but it still didn’t seem real.  I hired a coach from DC to write my strength and weightlifting program, and saw huge gains.  From a 215 backsquat to 265, 150 clean and jerk to 180, 95 snatch to 140, and much more. February rolled around and the CrossFit Open began.

Week 1

As Many Rounds in 20 Minutes As possible of:

25ft Overhead Walking Lunges @65lbs

8 Bar Facing Burpees

25ft Overhead Walking Lunges

8 Chest to Bar Pull Ups

I crashed and burned.  It was hot, I could hardly breath, and I felt awful the whole time.  I finished with 210 reps (each 5ft segment for OH Lunges counts as 1 rep).  I redid the workout three days later at a cooler time of day, and took it slower at the beginning.  219 reps.  I finished 20th overall in the Asia Region.

Week 2

4 minutes to complete:

25 Toes to Bar

50 Double Unders

15 Squat Cleans at 85lbs

If completed in under 4 minutes, 4 more minutes to complete:

25 Toes to Bar

50 Double Unders

13 Squat cleans at 115lbs

etc. 11 Squat cleans at 145lbs, 9 at 175lbs, 7 at 205lbs

I was able to get 2 squat cleans at 175 before I ran out of time, over 90% of my 1 rep max squat clean.  I finished 4th in Asia on this workout, 11th overall in Asia.

Week 3

As many rounds as possible in 7 minutes of

10 Power Snatches at 55lbs

3 Bar Muscle Ups

Everyone saw Muscle ups and thought I’d crush this, but the ratio of snatches to muscle ups was not in my favor.  My first attempt I got 86 total reps, or 6 rounds and 8 snatches.  I redid in air conditioning and got 91 reps, 7 rounds. I watched the scores come in on the leaderboard and knew it wasn’t good enough.  So with 13 minutes remaining to submit scores, I redid it.  I got 98 reps, 7 rounds and 6 snatches.  I placed 8th on the workout in Asia and 6th overall.

Week 4

As many rounds as possible in 13 minutes of

55 Dead lifts at 155lbs

55 wall balls to a 9ft target with a 14lb ball

55 Calorie Row

55 Handstand Pushups

I got 203 reps, 17 reps shy of finishing on round.  I wasn’t happy, and neither were my hamstrings.  I did everything I could to recover for a redo 3 days later and gave it my best shot – 209 reps.  It put me 14th in Asia for the workout, dropping me to 7th overall.

Week 5

21-18-15-12-9-6-3

Thrusters at 65lbs

Bar Facing Burpees

This was a repeat from 2014, which I never did.  I completed it in 11:27, a pretty good score, but not regional level (in my mind).  I decided to redo it, but unfortunately I didn’t get a better score.  So here we are, playing the waiting game.

It’s been a stressful 5 weeks, the saying “every rep counts” has never meant more than it does right now.  6 reps was the difference between top 10 and top 20.  Every Monday night I stressed over the leaderboard, checking the scores, seeing where I stood.  For better or worse, for the final week none of us can submit our scores.

So, wish me luck as the scores start rolling in.  If I finish in the top 10, I’ll have to send in a video of one work out, if it looks good, an invitation to Regionals will be sent.  If I finish outside of top 10, I’ll just have to train harder for next year.

 

 

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