My competition at the OC Throwdown over the weekend was a great success! I finished 31st overall and got to experience five great workouts over a 24 hour span. Ben Hopkins, whose picture I posted up last Friday, staged an incredible come from behind performance in the final workout to make up 11 points and tie for first overall. He eventually got 2nd place after a head-to-head muscle-up competition, but his performance was amazing.
I met a lot of great athletes and saw several gritty and spectacular efforts, but one in particular stood out this weekend: Michael Devaney, an athlete who just started CrossFitting less than three months ago, had never done a double-under. The second floater workout on Sunday featured 150 of them along with 10 ground-to-overhead movements with a barbell. With a seven minute cutoff, Michael could have simply decided not to do the workout, but instead he gamely knocked out his first two ground-to-overhead and proceeded to attempt double-unders for seven grueling minutes. When the seven minutes were over, Michael had completed eight double unders. Despite having to perform in front of a large crowd of spectators, Michael didn't give up and while his performance on that workout dashed his otherwise good chances of making the cut, he went after it with everything he had and came out the other side with a big smile. I suspect that the next time I see Michael, he'll be doing double-unders like a champ!
The 1st place tiebreaker: 20 Muscle-ups for Time
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