What a weekend!! The competition was fierce, the workouts were grueling, and the competitors tough. I was merely a spectator, but was exhausted after cheering for Eric and Erica. The heart and determination that these two competitors put forth towards every workout was inspiring. The pain that they pushed through to finish the workouts, the sweat, the mental toughness they harnessed was unparalleled. They both put forth amazing performances.
Eric stepped up his game this weekend and completed the first three workouts with determination to succeed and succeed he did. With 110 men competing, only 50 were allowed to move on to the 4th workout. Eric was one of them. The fourth workout was atlas stone lifting, sandbag sprints, overhead squats, deadlifts, and burpees, 4 times through. At this point in the competition fatigue sets in. The ones that finished this workout in 25 minutes had to push through burning muscles, keep moving when they had nothing left, fight the urge to puke, and never ever even let the thought of giving up enter their heads. Eric was one of those people. He finished the workout with minutes to spare, giving it everything he had. I am so proud of Eric and inspired by his performances. It is an honor to train and work with you.
Erica came out of no where and showed everyone what she was made of. She grinded her way through each workout with guts and grit. Every workout she moved up higher and higher through the competition. I have never seen someone want something more. The final workout of the day was true guts and desire to win. I do not think anyone could have worked harder to finish a wod. Fatigue was evident, but she gave her body no chance to stop. Once she started this workout she was not going to stop until she completed the final burpee. Exhausted and in pain she collapsed on the floor completing the workout in just over 20 minutes. As I ran over to her, she was smiling. Now that is why we do Crossfit. Erica’s performances were unbelievable. She qualified for Regionals and will be competing again in May for a chance to go to the Games. I could not be more proud of her.
Skill: Core work
Strength: Overhead squats 5 x 5
WOD: 5 Rounds
10 Pull Ups
20 Lateral Jumps
30 Sit Ups