This past weekend I competed at the OC Throwdown. I had a good time, did some really hard workouts, pit myself against some of the best in the world, and learned a lot about myself in the process.
While I didn't do as well as I hoped, my performance last weekend was a product of my full effort both in training and in the competition. I performed to the fullest of my abilities in the moment and now it's time to head back to the lab and get training again.
It took me a few days to get over my disappointment in my performance. I kept telling myself "I should have done better". Only recently did I realize that "should have" has no bearing on what happened. I did what I could in the moment and there's no shame in that. Of course I would have liked to do better, but that's the competitor in me and that's just going to be fuel for the fire from here on out.
The point is I entered the weekend as prepared as possible and left the weekend completely drained of all my energy. I gave it all I had. All those long, exhausting training days, all the birthday cake and sweets I skipped during the holidays, all the cold, early mornings...they all led to that performance. While I didn't emerge a champion, I did feel the results of my dedication.
To bring this back to you guys, I'd like to encourage all of you to compete in something. Whether it's our in-house challenges and development series, a local weightlifting competition, or a Crossfit competition, you've got nothing to lose and everything to gain from putting yourself in those situations.
REMINDER: The CF818 2013 Winter Combine is this Saturday. The sign ups are on the Announcements board and the first two heats (10AM and 10:30AM) are already full, so be sure to get in there and sign up before the last heat (11AM) fills up! Here are the events for this Combine:
1 mile run for time
max push ups in 2 minutes
5 minutes to max snatch
max double unders in 2 minutes
max muscle ups (optional)
max box jumps in 2 minutes
max set pull ups
5 minutes to max front squat
max kb swings
max handstand push up (optional)
max burpees in 2 minutes
max L-sit on rings or parallettes
5 mintues to max shoulder to overhead
500m row for time
5 minutes to max weighted pull up (optional)
You will have 30 minutes at each section. Remember that you're going to be working with a partner, so for almost every event, you will be counting for and cheering on your partner while they go and vice versa. The optional events are exactly that: optional.
"This is Your Baseline on Drugs"
3 rounds for time:
500m row (or 400m run)
40 jump squats
30 KB swings (2 pood/ 1.5 pood)
20 Push-ups (competition)
10 pull-ups (chest-to-bar)
**Last done 11/3/11**
Posted by Armen.