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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Asia Champs

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.

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So angry.

The first event was a chipper, a long workout that you “chip” away:

2k run

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.

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Sealing the Deal for Event 1

All photo credit goes to WOD Chaser.

Catching Up: Australia, Singapore, and Under Armour

I’ve been MIA, but not because things have not happened.

After Regionals, Mark and I took a few days to travel around Australia.  We headed up to Port Stephens where we spent a couple days kayaking around, eating good food, and relaxing.

 

Before heading over to the Blue Mountains, we stopped by Oakvale Farm and Fauna to feed some kangaroos.

We arrived at cute little AirBnB cottage in the mountains where I felt cold for the first time since my visit to the states.  We hiked the national trail the next day to see some waterfalls.  Then we popped into a CrossFit gym for a quick session of deadlifts and kettlebell swings.  One of the coaches was search and rescue and gave us a fantastic hiking itinerary for the next day.

The final day of hiking was long, but beautiful.  We looked out on valleys, hiked down, down, down into the valley, walked through a gum tree forest, walked along a creek, then hiked back up to the top.  What a perfect end to a fantastic trip.

Full day of hiking thanks to a search and rescue CrossFitter

The next weekend I had a trip to Singapore for the Under Armour South East Asia Test of Will.  I wasn’t mentally prepared for another competition, but I had won the free trip during the qualifiers in Manila, so I figured I would go see Singapore.  Then I got sick, so I was both mentally and physically unprepared, I was even on antibiotics.  I landed in Singapore, went to the athletes briefing, dinner with all the UA Athletes and Brand Athletes and quickly headed to bed hoping to feel better in the morning.  I didn’t.

The day was a struggle, antibiotics, advil, and athletics – not a great combo.  I managed to pull out a win though.  I won a bunch of goodies along with a 12 month contract with Under Armour and a feature in a magazine.  So, say hello to the newest Under Armour South East Asia Brand Athlete! Since the win, I’ve had a lot of firsts: First Glamour Photoshoot, ok first real photoshoot ever, first TV inverview (CNN Philippines Sports Desk), and first press conference.  Crazy couple weeks!  Oh, also, apparently I’m a filipina.

One Year Away From DC

One year ago I enjoyed my last day in DC.  I had already packed out of my house and was loving life at the Fairmont Hotel in the West End. I woke up on that last day, probably a little hungover from the night before, and met a friend at Baked and Wired in Georgetown for breakfast.  We walked over to the Key Bridge Boat House and took out paddle boards to the middle of the river to watch the DC flyover.  After the flyover ended, we headed to lunch on the waterfront, I met my aunt for dinner that night, and  I finished off the evening at Sauf Haus to say bye to friends. 

Today I find myself on a plane to Sydney, Australia. I woke up, took my puppies out, and grabbed an uber to the airport.  I was lucky enough to win a free trip the Singapore for the Under Armour “Test of Will.” We had our briefing yesterday and the three others joining to compete in the test of will emphasized what a big deal it is for me to compete at Regionals, so the rep from Under Armour met me at the airport with a bag filled to the top of Under Armour Swag!

Two very different days, so what has else changed in the past year?

House

DC: 1 bedroom + office English basement apartment with patio and yard

Manila: 2 bedroom townhouse apartment

Neighborhood

DC: Up and coming neighborhood.  Walking distance to public transportation, restaurants, bars, and an awesome coffee shop. 

Manila: Secure compound in somewhat dodgy neighborhood. Walking distance to…a 7-11?

Commute 

DC:  5.5miles to American University – 35 minutes by bike up the biggest hill in DC ugh

Manila: 2.2 miles to Primal Ape CrossFit – 45-90 minutes by car

Social Life

DC: Trivia and/or happy hour during the week, out at bars or house parties on weekends

Manila: Social life revolves around gym and my workout schedule, very minimal drinking

Gym

DC: 1 hour CrossFit Class 4-5 times a week

Manila: I don’t even want to know

Household Chores

DC: Dishes daily, work together to do full clean every week or so, laundry almost daily

Manila: None, I’m a complete slob and live in a house cleaner than DC, thanks to a helper 

Vacations

DC: One major trip per year, small trips for long weekends

Manila: Busuanga, Bohol, DC, Thailand, Boracay, Baguio, and Australia, with Singapore, El Nido, Korea, Malaysia, and DC on the horizon

Free Shit

DC: No one is giving me jack shit for free, except maybe some beer and Jameson at Sauf Haus

Manila: Trip to Singapore and a bag of athletic gear from Under Armour

Under Armour Airport Delivery for Regionals


Let’s see what changes the next year brings.