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Guido, Virginia, and I ended our ten hour trek from Miami, FL to Charleston, SC fairly late last night and showed up for day one running on about 6 hours of sleep, if that..
But the competition started of with a bang. A 1RM snatch and front squat at 9 am? Why not! Went into it wanting to PR both and honestly felt like I could have, but time itself wasn’t feelin’ it today. Only 7 minutes to find a 1RM in both lifts left me feeling a little rushed and while I was able to match my PRs on both (215 snatch and 305 front squat) I was a little bummed being so far behind most guys in our final heat that hit at least 225. Thank the CrossFit Gods that after the 7 minutes was up, we had 2 minutes to perform MAX muscle-ups, each adding 5 lbs to your total. I was able to bang out 21, which left me with a total of 625 and a very “eh” 8th place on WOD 1.
In my mind, I needed to smash every thing else outside of the max lifts to earn my spot on the podium, and believe you me, I WANT a spot on this podium.
WOD 2 was a 4 min AMRAP of burpee box jumps with a 500 meter row buy in. Nate Schrader, being a tall son a gun, was first off the rower and cranking em out, and from Travis’ announcing, Guido was neck in neck with him and I was relatively close behind. Finding a final kick in the last 30 seconds, I was able to get in 41 reps for a 3rd place finish to their 46 reps tying them for 1st.
WOD 3 was kinda my thang. For some reason, I’m innately pretty good at overhead stuff and this one was a 21-15-9 of OH Squats and Shoulder to OH, both at 115, with an overhead walk to transport the bar to the shoulder to overhead station, and front lunges to get the bar back to the OHS station between every set. I came out blazing and was either in or tied for the lead back and forth with Guido, Nate, and Travis. Keeping the bar off the ground for as long as possible, even on the transitions, worked well but taxed my shoulders a tad and Nate and Guido finished just seconds ahead of me. It was still pretty cool hearing Travis, the announcer for the Games, saying “Schrader finishes first, followed closely by Trinidad, and right behind them to round out the top three, is Ohlsen!” Hopefully that’s how it all wraps up at the end of the day tomorrow!
Recovering between WODs with Progenex and fruit, and my body’s feeling great. So I’m now sitting in either 3rd or 4th place and I knew that the final workout for the day, WOD 3.5 should bea good one for me. Four separate skill/hold stations, each with a 1:45 sec cap: 1) Rogue ball hang hold, 2) L-sit hold, 3) Plate pinch hold (45), 4) Handstand hold.
Never having done the ball hang before I didn’t really know what to expect, but on sheer will, I was able hold on longer than anyone.
Then, the L-sit was another battle between Guido and I at the end and he edged me out by a few seconds, holding for over a minute.
Plate hold, eh.
Finally, the handstand hold. A max attempt with only one mulligan. We had a 4x6 mat that we had to stay on the whole time. EPIC. Once again, Guido and I duking it out, like we do every day. I was pretty steady for about a solid 40 seconds and then I lost the stillness and started walking around like crazy, but keeping on the mat. Fitness Lonnie was keeping us posted saying that Guido and I were both still up and had passed the one minute mark. Just holding on enough to get him, after well over a minute, I heard them say he went down, and I still kept it going for another 10 seconds.
Adding all of the hold times together, I ended up with my first 1st in WOD 3.5.
Day one wrapped up and we’re both feeling pretty good. Having a lot of fun, working hard, and spending good time with good people.
Tomorrow we have two WODs. A chipper to open up and then a final unannounced WOD for the top 6 men.
I need to and will hold my spot. Earn that honor of stepping up onto a podium with two CrossFit Games athletes, proving to everyone, but mostly myself, that I’m getting there.
Rough. That’s how I felt going into this one. The weekend prior I had competed in Raid Games, which I initially thought wouldn’t have beat me up that bad with only 4 fairly light WODs. Extenuating circumstances proved otherwise, as I had to do an additional 1st place tie-breaker “squat Isabel”.. Coming off that and knowing I was competing again in a BIG one the very next weekend, I emphasized rest throughout the week leading up to it.
Speaking of BIG, there were a lot of big name competitors coming down for summer crush. Brandon Phillips, Ryan Fischer, Paul Smith, Irving Hernandez, and a handful of other beasts were signed up to compete. That being said, I was going into it trying to set a realistic goal and shooting for top 10…
After day one, somehow I had snuck myself into 4th place and was feeling pretty good about it. The 1st WOD of day two was an ascending weighted ladder of atlas stones, which to me would be a “big guys” workout. Surprisingly, I moved smoothly down the line and with solid technique and a steady pace, I was able to snag a 5th place finish.
This bumped me up to 3rd place overall. The final two workouts would decide whether or not I’d be able to hold onto the coveted podium spot. Heavy front squats (205) for 30 reps would be a challenge, but I did exactly what I needed to do and somehow stayed in the same place. Final WOD: with a 20 lb weighted vest, 20 pistols, 100 double unders, and Isabel (30 snatches at 135). It boiled down to this and as excruciating as every snatch became, I grinded out all 30 and finished somewhere after BP and Fish, but before a few people that I needed to finish ahead of.
They weren’t going to post placements until the podium, so I anxiously awaited the results knowing that it would be within points. “In 3rd place… From Peak 360 CrossFit” and that was all I heard before the cheers and my excitement took over.
Standing on a podium next to Brandon Phillips (who’s been to the Games multiple times) and Ryan Fischer (who just missed qualifying for the 2012 Games by one spot) felt more fulfilling than a first place finish in any competition I’ve done thus far. In addition to all that, I had an absolute blast hanging with the Phenom and Strength Wraps crew from Cali all weekend!
As always, shout out to 321 Apparel, and a another big new connection I made with Progenex. My family is always crazy supportive and a combination of all the above made for an incredibly content feeling. Taking a little break from competitions for a while, but doing a few awesome charity events in the coming months. Lift 2012 on September 15 and Beat the Streets on the 16th. Pantheon Games should be big in October, I hear Ben Smith is coming down.. Stay tuned.
I have a goal. It’s a lofty one, but it’s more apparent than ever. I will qualify for The CrossFit Games.
There have been a few recent shifts in the regimen, but I now feel confident that I have a solid plan to reach a smaller goal by Regionals next year. Top ten. I’d love to qualify for the Games in 2013, but realistically, there’s still quite a bit I have to improve upon before I’m able to make that dream a reality. I genuinely believe at this point that 2014 will be my year. Until then, it’s nothing but hard work.
That hard work now takes form alongside Games competitor, Guido Trinidad. That title may register well with CrossFitters in general, but to me Guido’s much more than just a “Games competitor.” He’s a friend, a mentor, a father figure of sorts, a brother, a boss, and now a full time training partner. We’ve trained together many times before, but after hearing about a discussion he had about me with his new full time coach, Doug Katona, I’m going to commit to an almost identical program with a few tweaks here and there. Already a week in and it’s been an incredible push for both of us, as I’m beginning to creep up on his heels. In addition, I will compete in multiple local, and maybe even a few out of state, big name competitions to get comfortable and familiar with competition day (more so just to do what I absolutely love to on the weekends).
From here on out, I am going to put my best foot forward and make a concentrated effort to post all of our training RIGHT HERE. I could use some help though, as feedback makes it even more worthwhile. So if you happen to actually follow either myself, Guido, CrossFit, or are just looking for some good WODs, please provide some feedback here or on my Facebook. I will also attempt to write some legitimate, heart felt, and insightful posts every now and again to relay my human side..
I have to end with a HUGE thank you to my support system. From my family, to my friends, to the companies I am loyal to in 321Apparel and Strength Wraps. I’m certain there will be more along the way and the comfort their support provides in all aspects of my CrossFit career are irreplaceable.
Until next time, go lift some heavy shit.
Wow. A lot has happened since the last time I posted on here.. And as much as I would love to detail it all for ya, I simply don’t have the time right now, as I must get back to the grind of school, work, and training.
Last weekend I went up to CrossFit Kennesaw for the Outlaw Way training camp and had another great experience. Went head to head with Brandon Phillips on Open WOD 12.3 and while I kept pace with him almost the whole time, he overtook me in the end, but we both put up some solid numbers, finishing top 20 in the region on that WOD. After a few more WODs and a mile and half run up a mountain, I flew back home Sunday.
Monday morning I left for a week long spring break cruise to the Bahamas with over 100 of my friends from school. Enough said.
Needless to say I was destroyed all around (especially in the sleep department) and it’s taken a couple days to adjust back to reality. I waited until last minute today to hit Open WOD 12.4 and felt EXTREMELY confident about it. My wallballs aren’t the best, but I had a way to pace it that was spot on and dubs are usually solid. I absolutely love muscle-ups and happen to think that I’m very efficient with them, so I thought for sure that I would end up back for a few wall balls in round two… I guess my pacing was a little off for the wallballs as I finished Karen at 6:15 and broke on the dubs a couple times, leaving me with only 4 minutes to crank out the muscle-ups. Opened with 2 sets of 5 and then all sets of 3 till the end and with one failed rep I ended up with only 23 muscle-ups. While it was still a solid score (Top 20 in the SE) I was a little bummed because I thought this would be my WOD.. Oh well, still sitting in the top 20 all said and done up to this point, and with only one WOD left in the Open, I feel pretty good about securing a spot at Regionals for the 1st time.
I was just talking to my buddy Dylan about it and I really have come quite a ways since the Open last year… I finished 114th out of only about 750 people in our region. I’m now sitting in 18th place in a region that’s grown to over 2,000 people! I’ve come a long way, but I’ve also got a long road ahead, and I look forward to every step along the way!
I’m pretty good at predicting my scores. Off by 3 reps, but I’ll take a score of 72. Last year this WOD would have been my downfall in regards to qualifying for regionals, but with a 200th place finish on that WOD, it bumps me to 33rd place overall. Not too bad out of a region of almost 3,000 athletes! Whatever these next WODs are, I’m going to kill them. The “heavy” stuff may have passed, so anything with a skill or chipper style is mine for the taking! Muahaha.
Reppin’ both of my new sponsors this past weekend while in the midst of winning Caution CrossFit’s 1st annual competition, “Caution Grounds.”
TONS of amazing things going on right now in my CrossFit world. Firstly, to elaborate on the statement above, I am now officially a sponsored CrossFit athlete by two of the most outstanding companies in the game! For the past year, I’ve had unofficial ties with 321 Apparel and was told that I would be signed to their competition team the day I qualified for Regionals. Since then I’ve been busting my ass to make the improvements necessary and apparently it showed this weekend, as the owner walked up to me after the last WOD (Killer-stay tuned) with one of their T-shirts and told me there was no need to wait until Regionals.
A few weeks prior, at WODAPALOOZA, I had the pleasure of meeting Kelley Urbani and Maressa Fernandez. Kelley founded the company Strength Wraps and Maressa’s her right hand… girl. Awesome chicks, awesome product, both just really “get” CrossFit. What excites me the most was my initial conversation with Kelley, in which she told me she doesn’t really give a shit about how much I endorse the product, more-so the sponsorship is for my betterment as an athlete. Couldn’t ask for more. We spoke about traveling for comps, certs, etc. particularly out to Cali, where she’s got ties with big names like Coach B.
All in all, I am incredibly honored and humbled to be given such an opportunity and I want nothing more than to represent both brands to fullest at Regionals this year. Gotta make it there first and it all starts tomorrow when Open WOD 1 is released!
Check back later for a recap of this weekend’s sick events, a huge PR, and some funny stories.
I wake up and know it’s today. Don’t worry ladies, this guy didn’t forget. Our one year anniversary. Ah, a year chock full of butterflies, late nights, some of the most intense, sweaty, and tiring hours of my life, followed by sore-bodied reminiscence on the previous day’s time we spent together. Oh CrossFit, I don’t know where I’d be without you..
The picture above may not be as revealing as you’d think, but the kid on the left from exactly one year ago is no where near the same person as the guy on the right, today. What’s changed? I honestly feel confident in saying, “everything.” Speaking of confidence, that’s right up there alongside… strength, morals, general health and fitness, speed, community ties, and overall badassery (to name a few).
Sure, I may look a little more lean on the left, but along with a couple ounces of what I now know to be necessary and beneficial fat, I’ve gained upwards of 15 lbs of muscle since I started CrossFit. I can now clean and jerk like a madman, and while it may not be incredibly large, I’ve got a pretty snatch. I can string together consecutive muscle-ups, do more than 50 pull-ups straight without dropping off the bar, walk on my hands for over a hundred feet, and then crank out multiple handstand pushups while I’m at it. None of that seemed even close to fathomable before I took my first step into Peak 360. Every second at Peak is spent working hard at making myself better. Period.
One of the biggest changes CrossFit has brought outside of the physical realm, is the competitive aspect. From day to day WOD’s at the box, going head-to-head with other “firebreathers,” to huge local competitions where I lined up among some of CrossFit’s most well known athletes. The desire to push yourself and be the best you can be coincides with a desire to also be the best in comparison to those around you. The Open Sectionals allowed everyone to see where they stacked up amongst CrossFitters all over the world. That was a good perspective to gain whilst programming because your weaknesses were exposed compared to those of your competition. The ultimate goal is The CrossFit Games, but the local and Open competitions add fuel to the fire and are great experience to have under your (weight)belt come time for The Games.
Last and certainly not least, CrossFit has given me a family. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Mom, Dad, Sister, Cousins, etc… but to now have a network of incredibly like-minded individuals almost anywhere I go, is an amazingly comforting feeling. I honestly believe that it’s difficult to grasp why someone would put themselves through that much pain and discomfort, unless they’ve subjected themselves to the same stimulus. Inside my box, I know everyone’s name and vice versa and we celebrate each other’s birthday and accomplishments together. When I travel, I now have at least one predetermined and absolute drop-in to whichever CrossFit gym is in the area. The best part is that while I may have never met these people in my life, they’ll welcome me with open arms, smiles, and WOD’s.
CrossFit has truly become a tantamount part of my life. If you’ve already “sipped the Koolaid,” you know exactly where I’m coming from. If you’ve yet to let the sweet taste touch your lips, all I can say is that every second you wait is wasted time.
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