Monday, November 06, 2017

My First CrossFit Competition

Last Saturday I competed in my first CrossFit competition. The competition was held in St. Michael, MN and hosted by EffectUs Athletics.

It was a 2-man, team event and my partner was a coach from the CrossFit Skopos box named Henry

The Fall Brawl consisted of 4 events. Teams completed event 1, followed by a 3 min break, then they did event 2. After about an hour rest this same schedule was repeated of events 3 and 4. 

The events were:

Event 1 

Partner 1 gets 7 min to establish a 1RPM on Behind the Neck jerk
1 min transition
Partner 2 gets 7 min to establish a 1RPM on Behind the Neck jerk 

Event 2 

15:00 AMRAP - each partner must complete a full round before switching

10 DB Alternating Arm Snatches 35#
10 DB Thrusters 35#
10 DB Box Step-Overs 35#, 24" box 

Event 3 - split into 2 parts

Part 1 - 2000m row for time 
Part 2 - Max 15 ft rope pulls, partners alternate every 30 feet (205# sled) 

15:00 time cap for both events

Event 4 

15:00 time cap

150-120-90-60-30-15 Single Under jump rope
10-9-8-7-6-5 Burpees
10-9-8-7-6-5 Air Assault Bike cals

It was an exhausting day but so much fun. Henry and I competed in the scaled division and we placed 2nd out of 16 teams! I knew we had a strong showing but I wasn't convinced we'd end up on the podium. Pretty sweet deal for my first CrossFit competition. I had a great time competing and I'm excited about doing more of these in the future.

As fun as it all was, probably the coolest part of the experience was the fact that 15-20 people from CrossFit Skopos drove all the way up to St. Michael to cheer on the six Skopos teams that were competing. We had the largest cheering section in the box by far! It was a fantastic example of the camaraderie and community that our owner Greg has created at Skopos.

Here are some pictures that friends captured during the competition.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Happy Halloween 2017

Halloween 2017 has come and gone. It was pretty cold this year, around 30 degrees. Andrew (11) is in the top picture as the gorilla. He's had that mask for about 2 months, bought it with his own money at Menards. It's pretty hilarious. Izzy (12) is the minion in the bottom picture. She wore a matching outfit with her friend Reagan. Not pictured is Jake (14) because he was at basketball practice.

It is hard to believe how old the kids are now. They were all in different places, running around the neighborhoods with friends. Stephanie stayed home and handed out candy, and I walked around with my pastor and his family. It was nostalgic for me, talking his little boy Bo (almost 3) up the front doors, hearing people comment how cute he is, and picking him up and carrying him when he would ask in the sweetest voice. arms extended up to me, "hold you, hold you." Andrew used to do and say the exact same thing.

I expect in the the next few years the kids will all transition from trick-or-treating to hanging out at Halloween parties. My days of walking the streets with them are gone now. It's a crazy thought how fast that time goes.