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Team Intrepid Competition Reflections (Part 1)

By Sean | In Psychology | on July 13, 2011

You likely saw Avelyne’s Sunday post recapping how this past Saturday’s Tri-County Shakedown went for the Intrepid team, but we asked each member to give their perspective on how things went. Today we’ll hear from Jake and Holley:

Jake

Going into the Shakedown I felt more relaxed than previous competitions I participated in. In NLP and the Oly meet I was a nervous wreck. I had put a lot of pressure on myself and that led me to being mentally exhausted even before the competitions started. I took the fun right out of both. This time I knew I wanted to give it my all but also have fun. Having a team that had the same mentality made this competition that much more enjoyable.

WOD 1-

We had our game plan and stuck to it. Rope climbs were quick and easy and the extra 5 feet to climb were unnoticeable. Wallballs with the Slamballs were new but we managed to knock them out first out of our heat. On to the muscle ups we went. With Sean knocking out 12 I knew the next 28 for him to do would be rough. So I figured I would help with 1 :-D.  As a team we knew it would be difficult to attempt 40 muscle ups so we “tapped out” and did 108 pull ups for the remaining 27 muscle ups. KBS we going to be rough at weights for 70lbs for men and 53lbs for women especially doing 200 total. Once we got going we managed to get 154 done! It was very impressive and WOD 1 was over. BTW seeing that Steph and Holley had almost no problem doing 53lbs I think it’s time for them to use 44lbs in all future work outs involving KBS(under the bus you two go).

Floater WOD-

We put together a total dead lift max of 1330 in 7 minutes. With Sean being the Son of Zeus he put up and impressive 475. The girls also had impressive lifts and both had PRs with 245(Steph) and 205(Holley). My favorite part of this WOD was our communication. We knew what weight to load beforehand and we were always talking between each other’s lifts to make sure we got everything loaded and deloaded correctly.

WOD 2-

Our last WOD was a tag team workout. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 of squat clean to overhead followed by 50 dubs between each set. I think the team knew this would be the most challenging WOD of the competition. Even our peeps who tested out the WOD the day before had said this WOD was going to suck. Sean and Holley were pair 1 and Steph and I were pair 2. Once the clock started we got off to a great start with each pair getting through sets 2 and 4 with relative ease. By set 6 the pain started to set in. We used our solid communication skills to let each other know if we needed help with finishing a lift or doing some extra dubs. We got through set 8 and Holley and Sean were able to get in a few squat cleans to overhead of set 10. Once the clock expired I knew we were proud of each other and that we gave it our all.

This competition was a lot of fun and I am sure I would do it again. It was awesome having a cheer squad and I owe them big thanks for helping us out with warming up, picture taking, support, and delicious food! I hope to see more Intrepid give the team competitions a try. Definitely worth it!

Holley

Competing as an Individual:

I have been involved in competitive sports my entire life, so naturally when I had mastered enough skills to be able to complete intermediate workouts, I wanted to compete. I was rarely ever the top finisher (well except maybe in jump roping :-) ) but I could always hold my own. So while it’s fun to win competitions, my love for competitions wasn’t all about winning. I love the idea of putting yourself out there to perform to the best of your abilities. Plus, there’s nothing like the adrenaline rush you get when you’re standing on the start line waiting for “3, 2, 1 Go!” over the loud speaker. I have also discovered that competitions are a great place to PR because of that adrenaline boost. Most importantly, we have the best family/support group out there. You could come in dead last in a workout and the CFI family will still be there cheering the loudest, telling you how proud they are of you.

Competing as a Team:

I will be honest, competing as a team is more fun than competing as an individual. There’s definitely something to the planning, communication and camaraderie that makes team competitions more enjoyable. What I loved most about competing as a team was that Team Intrepid didn’t just comprise of Steph, Sean, Jake and me, it included all of CFI. There were multiple posts about the event, support from CFI members past and present on Facebook and what I found so inspiring was that Ruth, Nick, Mike and Anna demoed the competition WODs for us to help us game the workouts and work better as a team, balancing each other’s strengths and weaknesses (I’ll also give a shout out to Brian who demoed the first NLP WOD for Alia and me a couple of months back). The other thing about team competitions is how much further you are able to push yourself to help out your teammates. During an individual competition, if you decide to slow down or drop off the bar you are only letting yourself down, but in a team competition, you are letting your team members down and creating more work for them. When you’re deciding if you have it in you to hang on for one more rep, you’re far more likely to hang on for that last rep when your teammates are depending on you. It’s hard to put into words what it’s like to be out there competing with your friends, but I sure had a blast, would do it again and would recommend it to anyone in a heartbeat!

Why we are blessed to be competing as CFI athletes:

When Nick and I joined CFI last year we had a good feeling we were in the right place. Now after attending multiple competitions, seeing the coaching other athletes are getting and their technique, I am confident we are in the right place. I know we have the most dedicated trainers out there who want so badly to see us meet our goals and do it safely. Whether you are the member who wants to train hard and compete, you’re the member who loves working out and hanging with the fam or you’re the member who wants to improve their quality of life by becoming an overall healthier person, we can each have faith in our trainers’ programming and advice. We’re a very lucky family!

Thanks Jake and Holley!  We are very lucky indeed, and it’s because Intrepid has been blessed with such quality people like yourselves.  It was a blast competing alongside you two on Saturday and next time I hope to have more Intrepids out there with us!  Keep up the great work and now that Ruth has given you guys your list of goats to work on, I expect to see you all spending some extra time working those.  We’ll keep everyone posted on upcoming competitions.


WOD 07.13.11

Deadlift 1×5 or Wendler

In teams of 2, 1 performs the 750m row while the other the 60 KBSn. The team member that finishes first performs burpees until the partner completes their station. Once both are complete they switch and continue on in the same fashion.
750m Row
60 KB Snatches
500m Row
40 KB Snatches
250m Row
20 KB Snatches

7 Comments to "Team Intrepid Competition Reflections (Part 1)"

  • Nick says:

    July 13, 2011 at 7:26 AM -

    Glad to be part of such a great group of people.

    Next time we will have to represent with 2 – 3 teams! Time to put Intrepid on the CrossFit world map…

  • Michael H says:

    July 13, 2011 at 9:43 AM -

    You guys kick ass as individuals and as a team. One of the coolest moments at the competition was the final WOD, each one of you pushed hard and fast and at the end of WOD #2, you all went to each other and gave each other hugs for a job well done. And that was a defining moment of what a team is all about!

  • Brian says:

    July 13, 2011 at 10:21 AM -

    Awesome post guys! Having been a spectator on a few of these events, it fills me with pride to watch our competitors give it their all because I’ve witnessed how hard they have worked to get there. Congrats to Holley, Jake, Sean, and Steph, thanks for being constant motivation for improvement

    Jake – way to pitch in on those muscle ups!!! :)

  • Anna says:

    July 13, 2011 at 3:04 PM -

    Beautifully said team Intrepid!

  • Xuan says:

    July 13, 2011 at 3:36 PM -

    Thanks for the recap guys! Sad I couldn’t be there to see you guys kick butt. Congrats for representing the Box so incredibly well as you always do :)

    1. ruth says:

      July 13, 2011 at 4:06 PM -

      Very well said, both of you. Guess this means we’ll be expecting more posts regularly!

      As usual we couldn’t be more proud seeing your gains these last few months. Keep up the good work!

      And @Holley, are you trying to male me weepy? :-)

  • Holley says:

    July 13, 2011 at 9:56 PM -

    @Ruth – I tried not to make it too sappy, but it was an important part to include :)

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