I Compete Because……. I CAN!!!!

This past weekend I competed in a Crossfit competition with my Crossfit friends from Crossfit Solus.  It’s been two years since I have competed.  This actual competition I was a part of, I have participated in twice before.  It was a same-sex partner competition with four different WOD (WorkOuts of the Day).

I was very pleased with how we performed—except for my own performance in the last workout.  The first workout was a 40cal bike ride, 30 clean and jerks, and 20 pulls-ups done as fast as possible and broken up between me and my partner however we wanted.  We got first in our heat in this WOD.

The second WOD was two parts.  Partner 1 (which was me) did 150 single unders, 21 overhead squats, 100 singles, 15 OH squats, and 50 singles with 9 OH squats.  I was able to do this part unbroken with no problem (other than wanting to pee on myself a little.  Jumping can do that to us- HAHA). And my partner, Melissa did 12 front squats, 24 KB swings, 9 front squats 18 KB swings, and 6 front squats with 12 kb swings.  We finished well in this WOD too….maybe 3rd or 4th.

My favorite WOD was the Deadlift and Overhead Press WOD.  It was a 3-6-9-12, etc workout of 6mins where one partner held a static hold of a overhead press out while the other did deadlifts.. as soon as that partner was done she held the deadlift hold at the top while partner two did OH presses.  This one wasn’t any trouble for me.  My partner got a little tired at the end but not too bad.

Where it all went wrong was in the last workout.  Which was a workout I would think I would be decent at in the past but for some reason….that day was not my day for this chipper WOD.  First of all it was synchronized workout where my partner and I had to complete two rounds of 40 dumbbell snatches, 30 toes to pole, and 20 burpees over the db.  All was going very well for us until I got up from the toes to pole and started on burpees…..and suddenly the whole room was spinning.  I kept thinking it was going to pass, but it was actually getting worse the more I kept going.  I am not sure why….I am thinking I just got up too quick from the toes to pole (laying on the ground) and up into a burpee…which made me go WONKY.  I kept having to stop and take breaks, thinking I would be able to slow the room down.  But it didn’t work at all.  The rest of that workout was a blur.  By the end of it I even felt nauseated.  I felt terrible because I would usually rock this kind of WOD!  So I know it was a shock to my partner as well as myself.

But here is the deal….competing now in my 40s is so much different than when I was in my 30s.  I used to be extremely competitive. From grade school till now.  Don’t get me wrong. I am still quite competitive, but it’s all relative now.  A few years ago, I would have been extremely upset with myself for letting myself and my partner down in that last WOD.  But this time, I was able to shake it off way quicker than ever before.  And I know it’s because my mindset has changed.  I am not competing or working out anymore to PROVE SOMETHING.  Instead, I am competing because……it’s darn fun!  It’s fun to hang out with my best CF friends all day and get a lot of workouts in.  And its fun to cheer on each other and even pick on each other, too.  I also compete because…..well, BECAUSE I CAN!!!  I am 42 years OLD.  And there is something to be said about being older and throwing around heavy weights and doing pullups.  Frankly, that’s impressive! And it’s something to be proud of.  And I compete and workout cos it just makes me a better person from the inside out.

So will I continue to compete….you bet! Can’t wait!