Monday, May 24, 2010

Bad Girl Open

71kg Snatch

76kg Snatch- miss

90kg C&J

Yesterday I competed in the Bad Girl Open Olympic Lifting meet at the FIT Barbell Club in Los Altos. I Snatched 71kg (with a close miss at 76kg) and finally C&J'd 90kg (it's about freaking time) and totaled 161kg taking home 1st place. Not too shabby.

The thing that's so very different for me in Olympic lifting competition is figuring out where to put your adrenalin and excitement. In every sport I've played, adrenalin has been the key to turning on that sort of gnarly grittiness- that dirty nastiness- that mean-ness. There's been people yelling and screaming either for your or against you and the loss of control (in a sense) or allowance of letting everything go both physically and mentally was the key to success. In Olympic lifting it's way different. You need all of the same stuff, but you've got to find a different place for it. There's no yelling or screaming during your lift- just quiet and eyes on you. You've got to take all that adrenalin and to compress it down into your core until you're composed enough to let it all out in one explosive, powerful movement, yet with careful precision. And unlike in CrossFit where a max olifting competition usually consists of a certain amount of time to find a max effort (often sloppy, as press outs and such are allowed) you only get three shots to make each lift, so you had better plan carefully.

It's quite a different challenge, and one that I plan on mastering.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Hay-Fo's

A big thank you to Golden for making this awesome video.

Fine, no more metcons

As per my coaches orders, and because I'm competing in the Bad Girl Open Olifting meet this Sunday, I haven't been doing those workouts I'd planned on. It has something to do with the fact that doing all sorts of random crazy metcon stuff makes you sacrifice strength or something like that. I mean, I guess she knows what she's talking about;)

So for this week it has been lot's of Snatching, C&Jing, F.Squating, and abs. That's the stuff I like anyways. And I believe Golden has a video he's been working on that he's going to share with us any day now. Check back soon.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Qualifier WODs

After snatching and OH Squatting today I decided on a whim to do some workouts from the regional qualifiers around the country. I started with the North West qualifier wod A today.


OH Squat (BW-143)

-I was really hoping for 15 but my shoulders were too fatigued. Next time.

North West Regional Day 1 Workout A
3 rounds
10 OH Squats (95)
50 Double Unders

4:56 tie for 2nd place

I was going to do the Deadlift (max in 90 seconds- score is total number of lbs combined) but then I realized that it was an axle Deadlift so it would have been too hard to compare. Sam is going to bring our axle bar tomorrow so I'll most likely do it then. Of course, it will still be tough to compare with a day off. Oh well. It's just for fun anyway.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Post Regionals

Regionals are over. I placed 9th among a large group of phenomenal athletes. It's tough decide if I'm happy or upset. On one hand, I'm 10x the athlete I was last year when I WON the region. I did great in some very metabolic, light weight/high rep workouts that I would have bombed on a year ago. And that's something to feel good about. But the competitor in me is upset that I couldn't take it up just and extra notch or two. Why didn't I game the tire flip wod better? How did I not win the Jerk/burpee workout? Why couldn't there have been a max lift or heavy workout? But that's the sport. It can be anyone's day any weekend. One thing is for sure, this region is loaded with killer athletes and I know they will tear it up at the games.

It's calm around here now and it's a strange feeling to figure out what will come next. For now, it will be olympic lifting. The Bad Girl Open is coming up in a couple of weeks and if I can get in I'll most likely do that. Kyle and I are getting married in 3 weeks so there's a degree of relief that I can focus solely on that now. In the mean time, it's going to be physical and mental recovery for me while I drum up the next chapter.

Congrats to the top 4 men and top 4 women! Chyna, I'm rooting for you girl! Represent!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Travel Day

And what a day it was.

It's travel day for the South West Regional and we've got lot's to do. It's a competitive region and all of the physical and mental preparation is there. Now it's time to rock and roll. But before we head out I've got to teach class in the morning:

Kyle and I were driving to work in the morning on busy Ocean street when the car in front of us suddenly braked and swerved, then kept going. Right in front of us in the middle of the street was an entire family of baby ducklings trying to follow their mother to the other side.

"Should I pull over?" Kyle asked

"Yes pull over!"

The two of us jumped out of the car and held up out hands to stop traffic. We started first by trying to shew them across the street. The problem was all but two ducklings were too small to get over the center divider in the road. So we began to round them up. They chirped and scattered as we ran in circles trying to catch them, periodically having to stop cars from whizzing by. As we gathered two and three at a time we ran to the other side of the road to drop them off with their mother then returned to the street to get another batch.

As we gathered the last batch to take to the other side of the road the mother proceed to jump a 40ft bridge down into the river in which they were originally trying to get to. The two strong ducklings, just as before, followed. The remaining 8 were stuck, yet again, on the side of the road. Again, we began chasing the ducklings.

By this time one woman had pulled over to help as well as Steve from our gym who stopped when he saw us running in circles in the middle of Ocean Street wondering what in the heck was going on.

As cars zoomed by we strategized with one another to find ways to get the ducklings out from under the parked cars without chasing them back into the street. Finally, one would come darting out to which we would swoop it up in our hand like fielding a ground ball. As we gathered a couple at a time we approached the edge of the bride and looked down.

"Should I?" Kyle asked, wondering if he should actually just drop the duckling that far.

"I don't know. There's no way else down there but that water is so shallow." I worried.

"The others did on their own," he replied.

"Ok, try it I guess."

Kyle released the duckling. As as it fell it put it's tiny little wings out and just floated until it hit the water. There was a tiny splash and the duckling shook it's little feathers and swam right up to join his clan.

"Yay!" We both cheered.

We quickly scurried to round up the rest of the duckings 1 and 2 at a time to drop them over the bridge to join their mother until all 10 babies were saved.


The whole rest of the day I couldn't help but think about those baby ducklings. I was so teary eyed, yet happy- I kept thinking about how strange the universe and how it sometimes gives you back little gifts. Here's why. True Story:

In 2002 I was was about to play for a National Championship at the Women's College World Series. I was in the bull pin warming up which was located out beyond the outfield fence. My adrenalin was through the roof, heart pumping heart. There was a lot of emotion before this game, - I had just tragically lost my sister and was back so soon to help support my team. About midway through my warm up I wound up to release a fast ball and as it traveled toward the catchers glove, out of no where a little bird came swooping down and collided with the ball in mid air.

"Poof!" - a tuft of feathers burst in the air the the little bird fell to the ground, shaking as it died there.

I ran to it, distraught. Tears filled my eyes. I apologized to the bird as it shook it's last shake. Then I picked it up and took to the hill side that had flowers arranged in a WCWS logo. I buried it there under the flowers. I was shaken up. But I finished my warm up and went on to win a national championship.

So, call me a hippy but I was so happy when today, as I prepared once again for competition, the universe handed me this opportunity to save 10 little baby birds. And that makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

2010 South West Regionals

The South West Regional qualifier Saturday WOD's were announced unexpectedly yesterday (I was expecting them today). The workouts look like they are going to be so much fun. They are:


75m tire flip
75 m run (return to starting line)
75m log carry (on shoulder)
75m tire flip (back to starting line)
75m run (back to log)
75m log carry (back to starting/finish line)

5 Rounds
2 Muscle Ups
10 P. Cleans
200m Run

Then there's another "floater wod" on Saturday with 2 movements to be announced.

I'm extremely stoked on the workouts. I feel like I'm VERY prepared. For the last 7 months in my training, no stone has been left unturned. My coach, Aimee, has had me do everything from heavy Sandbag runs and half-moons to Tire Flips to rope pullups, to these wierd rope swing thingys, to DB C&J and other DB variations on movements, to sledge hammer swings, to carrying bars over my head 100 meters, t0 lunges, to, well you get the picture. Not to mention I feel like I've done this exact WOD B about 1000 times this year (not really, but pretty much a million variations of it). I've also fine tuned my olympic lifting- I often even refer to myself as an olympic lifter. I can Snatch 22lbs over my body weight, Clean 50lbs more than my body weight, and Jerk 85lbs over my body weight. Not bad for a CrossFitter. I have more stamina than I've ever had, I'm stronger than I've ever been, all while leaning out by about 10lbs since last year. I can run, I can jump, I can lift heavy weight, and I'm ready for anything.

Now, I know Tamara thinks that I should be thanking her for "opting out of the individual competition to do the team thing" (that's what the scaredy cats are calling it), but, really, I'm pretty bummed. I hate to admit it but she's actually a really great athlete (contrary to popular belief) and great athletes make me work that much harder. Plus, it would have been fun being almost as tall as her with her standing on the slightly shorter 2nd place podium.

All joking aside, this is going to be a tough region and I respect all of the athletes participating very much. Just like last year, this region is loaded with top athletes from all of CA, AZ, and HI and they are only taking 4 men and 4 women. I was looking at the pre-qualified men this morning online (they did not mention any women hence my use of male examples) and there are FIVE of them listed. Not to mention there's about 5 others that I can think of that weren't mentioned there like last years Nor Cal winner Jeff Leonard. Now you throw in all of the other amazing unknown athletes that have since started CrossFitting in the past year and you've got yourself one dirty, nasty battle. Even as an athlete in peek condition it will be tough. But this year it will not be left to the luck of the hopper- I am ready for anything. I will be my best; physically conditioned, mentally prepared, solid as a rock. And if I get beat, I will tip my hat with respect to that athlete because they would be one hell of one.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Today's Warm Up

Snatch Balance