Sunday, January 22, 2012

Fittest Games

This weekend was THE FITTEST GAMES...and it was AWESOME!! This year it was held at The Yard, which turned out to be PERFECT! Like all of Crossfit Central's events, this one was ran BEYOND smoothly! I was VERY impressed with all the communication, volunteers, and organizers of this event. You want to learn how to run a good event? Talk to Ingrid! Because of my qualifying placement in the 2011 sections, I got to lift in the "Pro" division...that in itself made me feel good...I was labeled "Pro"! Anywho...the day went like this...

“The Combine” (WOD1)

6 minute cap

Pro Shuttle (3 attempts, 2 min)

Broad Jump (3 attempts, 2 min)

Max Distance Med-Ball Throw @ 20/14 (3 attempts, 2 min)

When people asked me how I did after the 1st WOD...I responded with "silly and very white". LOL! Athletes literally ran, threw and jumped. Little did I know, I did pretty darn well in my shuttle run...placed 1st!

“Log Jam” (WOD2)

7 minute cap

1 RM Log Ground to Overhead in 4 miuntes

2minutes rest

Max Reps OHS @BW in 1 Minute

I was able to get 105# on the log and over my head. The bar was loaded to match my bodyweight...I got it up and over my head a few times however moving down wasn't happening...that day. As you can see from the pic my feet are uneven and my hands are VERY narrow, as if I didn't move them out at all! Note to on movements where the bar is overhead....

“The Muster” (WOD3)

1-5 Muscle Up + Dip (Women: Muscle Up)

5-1 Thruster @135, 155, 185, 205 225

How this WOD went is you did 1 muscle up, then 5 thrusters, 2 muscle ups and 4 thrusters, 3 muscle ups, 3 get the drill. In the past, if I would have looked at this WOD I would have flipped because of the Muscle Ups! This time I looked at it said, "They are mine! I'm NOT looking at the rings any more, I will and I can get at least one today". I cannot tell you how many times I said that to myself that day, over and over and over. I was determined. I have spend way to many competitions looking at those rings and not getting a single muscle up. TODAY WAS DIFFERENT! I waited in the stands next to check in and watched the 1st heat. Some women got them, some didn't. I decided in my head I didn't want the end rings because there were 2 rings next to each other. When I lined up for my heat (heat 2), what do you know, I got put on the end...I think that was God's little joke, he knew I was going to do well...haha! Jeremy said "3-2-1 GO"! I grabbed the rings and HOLY COW I DID A MUSCLE UP! After a quick celebration, I ran over to my bar knocked out all 5 of my thrusters quickly because I wanted to get back to muscle ups...where in the world did that feeling come from? I have never wanted to face MUs in a comp before. I always avoided them. NOT THIS TIME! I got 2 muscle ups, then 4 thrusters...I was on a high, on cloud 9! I know I wasn't moving as fast as the other girls but I was getting muscle ups in a competition...I didn't care!! No joke I did a "happy dance" after every single one...and the happy dance started out when I locked out at the top of the rings! I will NEVER forget this moment...this is accomplishment from hard work, dedication both physically and mentally. It brings good tears to my eyes just to write about it. I made it all the way to the last set of muscles ups. Did I finish the WOD, I care, no...I GOT 1o MUSCLE UPS IN A COMPETITION!! THAT IS A 10 REP PR!!!! The video below is from a stranger in the stands who filmed it for me. What a GREAT community!

“Bulls on Parade” (WOD4)


C2B Pullups

DL @335/225

Box Jump-Overs @24/10

The Last WOD was a doozy! Chest 2 Bar is not really a strength of mine. HOWEVER I got 12 unbroken C2B pull ups during this WOD....another PR!!! I have never done that before! Even with deadlift being my strong/boulder move/lift, 225 was still heavy for me...I didn't go unbroken. And yes you read that right...jump OVER a box. Just when box jumps were getting decent we had to jump OVER the box. This WOD had a 7min cut off and I finished in 6:57, thanks to Carey Kepler who came over and highly encouraged me to HUSTLE if I wanted to finish!

Overall...this competition was GREAT! The location, the smoothness, the community, the volunteers, the athletes...if there was a glitch in the system, no one knew about it! SO AWESOME and smoothly ran. Well done Central...well done!


  1. Karen,
    I am so proud of you!! Clearly Paleo and determination and discipline work. Oh yes and consistency and support. See I've been listening.
    Love You,

  2. Thanks for the update on how things went Karen. Congrats on the PRs!! You're a total motivating factor in many lives. Mine is one of them!

  3. Congrats on the muscle ups! That is fantastic!