For those of you who didn’t make it out to Westlake Village this weekend, you missed a fun CrossFit team competition. Perhaps I’m a bit biased since both of our teams were composed mostly of my 7pm “Varsity class” regulars, but I was very proud of our people’s performance.
If you didn’t hear, our teams were named Main Course and the Leftovers with t-shirts to match. Main Course consisted of Avelyne, Holley, Brian and Jake while the Leftovers were Anna, Stephanie, Nick D. and Mike H. With their self-deprecating name, the Leftovers were just trying to lull their competitors into a false sense of confidence.
First up was a chipper, performed as a team. Only one person could work at a time and each movement had to be completed to move to the next.
The Leftovers were first up for this one and came out of the gates on fire. Anna loves her some HSPU and it showed as she cranked out several in a row. Her team took the lead and while they ran up against the 17minute time cap, they came out first in their heat — good enough for 19th place overall. This set the bar pretty high for the Main Course. They also kept the lead in their respective heat and made it just a little further than the Leftovers did when time was called, which landed them in 15th place.
Next up was the floater workout, dubbed “Mighty Mouse”. This was AMRAP 4 minutes of heavy thrusters (135/95) immediately followed by AMRAP 4 minutes of walking lunges (45/25). If you see any of our competitors hobbling around in the next couple of days, it was likely due to this nasty combo. Main Course took 17th place and the Leftovers landed in 36th. I was especially impressed by Anna and Mike doing thrusters at near or equal to their bodyweight! All of our athletes put it on the line for this pain fest, enduring bruised knees and tortured quads.
Finally was a workout designed much like the team event at the last CrossFit Games. Each team member had to do a specific 4 minute AMRAP and it really required some careful strategy due to the movements.
This one coming at the end of the day was a mental test. The hardest stations looked to be the 3rd and 4th as the dumbbells are very unwieldy and muscle-ups can be a challenge, even when fully rested. The last station was tough due to relatively heavy power cleans for so late in the day. Even so, our teams gave it their all and the Leftovers showed they weren’t to be overlooked as they took 28th overall to Main Course’s 32nd place finish.
The only down part of the day were the injuries our athletes suffered. Jake landed badly on one of his very last box jumps and ended up needing stitches for a gash in his shin. (Jake even had to outdo Brian by getting 8 stitches to B’s 5 from the November NLI. Seriously guys, you don’t have to compete at EVERYthing!) Brian also got a severely bruised thumb from those 45 lb dumbbells smacking together with his digit in the middle. Lastly, all of our people had some raw hands from rough ropes and sore legs from lunges. Nevertheless, they put in an outstanding effort. Final result — Main Course took 21st place and Leftovers took 28th. Well done all, and thanks for representing CFI! Also a huge thanks to all that came out to be part of the cheer squad. We had one of the more vocal gyms at every heat and our competitors appreciate the support!
Front Squat 5×3
40 KB Swings
20 Overhead Lunges
10 Bear Crawls