A First-Place Masters Finish!

Here I am overhead squatting 65 pounds in the final workout of the competition I participated in on Sunday.

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A friend from my old gym (Jim) competed with me.

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We were in the male/female masters (40+) scaled division and killed it! Well, the first 2 workouts anyway.

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The first workout was a power clean ladder. We had to complete at least 1 Power Clean as a team within 45 seconds to progress through the ladder. If we hit all 10 lifts then 5 bonus points would be added to our score.

My weights were as follows… 65, 75, 85, 95, 105, 115, 125, 135 pounds, and it was the first time I ever competed in a ladder where I knew I could at least lift each weight.

I ended by completing 2 power cleans at 135 pounds…

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but failed on the third. My partner picked up the slack and completed 6 more at his designated weight. Then I did as many thrusters as possible (which apparently was 20) with 55 pounds in case we needed a tie-breaking score.

I knew we did well in the round. I didn’t expect to come in first place!

My individual progress on power clean (cleans in general) has been slow and steady for sure. I remember failing at 75 pounds over and over my first year of CrossFitting. When I finally hit 100 pounds I was ecstatic. Then I was stuck at 125 for what seemed like forever. Now I’m making progress again. And that my friends is why I love CrossFit so much — slow, consistent progress lifting and doing things at one time I thought impossible.

The second workout was a bit more intense and we were both dreading it. It was 10 minutes of:

  • 60 Calorie Row
  • 50 Deadlifts
  • 40 Hang Power Cleans
  • 30 Front Squats
  • 20 Push Press
  • 10 Burpee Box Jump Overs

My designated weight was 75 pounds for all the lifts. The weight was challenging but not impossible for me. We were able to complete a round within the 10 minutes and restart the row again before the clock ran out. 

Here I am dying on the rower.  I have a love/hate relationship with this machine. It really challenges me but I’ve been consistently getting better at it. My last 1k test time was 3:52, down about 25 seconds total from when I first started tracking my times.

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Again, I knew we did well but I didn’t think we did first place well!

The third and final round was our worst. It was another 10 minute workout with:

  • 30 plate Alternating Rotational Reverse Lunges
  • 20 Overhead Squats (95/65 pounds)
  • 10 Sit-ups

The lunges really threw us for a loop. They were a little awkward – click here to see what they look like.  Here I am mid-lunge. reverse lunges

They were NOT fun.

We ended up coming in 4th — behind the top placers in this round by just a few reps! — but it was a high enough score to keep our first place position!

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It’s hard for me to comprehend the progress I’ve made in my strength and overall fitness since starting CrossFit.   It doesn’t seem that long ago I was contemplating “it” (joining a gym) after a lifetime of hating anything and everything physical  — although now that I looked it was 2007!

It’s been 10 years?!  Ok, I need a minute — TEN YEARS!  It’s probably time I update this page.

My next goal is a Masters Rx competition. It doesn’t seem possible, but then again at one time neither did nearly everything I did in this competition.

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