Today we have a guest post from Tom D. who competed in the Nevada Police and Fire Games CrossFit Competition on Saturday, August 11 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Although Tom is no beginner when it comes to athletic competitions, this was his first in the CrossFit realm.
After starting CrossFit six months, ago I decided to enter the Nevada Police and Fire Games CrossFit competition last Saturday. I entered the competition to see how far I have come in my fitness, and to see how far I need to go. From the results, I still have a long way to go. I also entered the event to motivate me to work on my “goats” ( dubs, cardio, and just about everything else). And it did, I spent extra time at home working on the dubs and flexibility. I also came in early to the workouts to get a few extra minutes to work on everything else.
The competition involved police officers, firefighters and civilians. There were a total of 72 male competitors and 40 female competitors. Competitors came mostly from Nevada, Arizona, Texas and California, and as far away as West Virginia. At the end of the men’s competition 41 males were left standing, and I was number 41 ( in the category for males 40+ I finished 4th). Most of the 31 males who did not finish we’re effected by the 112 degree heat, and probably the hangovers from the Friday night in Vegas.
There were three workouts: the first consisted of a 1,000 meter row, 1/2 mile run with a 45 pound sandbag, 60 kettleball swings ( 55 lb KB) finished by another 1/2 mile run without the sandbag. This is where most of the people fell out. I wanted to quit as well, but could not face “the look” if I did. The second workout was a ladder workout, starting with 135 pounds. You had to start with five burpees then lift the 135# from the ground to an overhead position, you had one minute to complete the lift. You then moved up 10 pounds each lift until you could not go any higher. I lifted a PR of 175#, but due to my lack of technique I could not go any higher (so add another goat to my ever growing herd ). The most lifted during the day was 265# by two competitors, which was pretty impressive. Finally, the last workout was a 12 minute AMRAP. It started with an obstacle course then as many rounds as possible of 5 pull ups, 10 thrusters and 15 box jumps.
Overall, I am glad I did it. It motivated me to work harder, but more importantly it taught me I need to workout smarter. I need to concentrate more on technique, improve my diet and listen to my coaches. And hopefully next year I do better. I can definitely say without CrossFit I would have probably ended up in the ER trying to get through this workout.
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