CrossFit Fenway sent 6 competitors to the Eye of the Storm Garage Games event hosted by CrossFit Providence. 4 of them qualified for the final workout in their division. 2 of them finished on the podium. Thanks to everyone that came out and showed their support. It was another great weekend for CrossFit Fenway, and I couldn’t be prouder of the preparation, effort, and execution by all of our athletes and our community.
Although Mary and Sam may seem like experienced competitors (they did compete on our Regionals team after all), this was their first time competing as individuals, and they both held their own. Thanks to a combined total (left arm + right arm) of 495# in the single arm deadlift event, Mary was the only athlete publicly mentioned and marveled at because of her efforts. Not only did she out lift every woman in any division of the competition, but she also moved more weight than almost half of the RX men’s division. Sam posted a 2nd place finish in the power clean/front squat/double-under event to kick off the competition, and continued to work his butt off throughout the weekend, good enough for a 9th place finish, 1 spot shy of the final. Both athletes gave it absolutely everything they had, and I know they’ll continue to grow from this experience.
Adie and James were the veterans of our group heading into this event, and they moved through the weekend as such. Adie knew the max effort events wouldn’t be her best. Even though she was in 11th after Saturday she took advantage of the 2 workouts that lacked a barbell on Sunday to move into the top 8 and a spot in the weekend’s last workout. The run and rope ascents in the final were no problem for her, but the 85# hang squat snatch (just a few pounds below her PR from the ground) proved heavy. She made the best of it, smiling as she worked it through 14 reps of this challenging movement. James had a plan for every event, although it may not have seemed like it as he emerged from the port-o-john and got to work in the first workout a few seconds late. Despite the delayed start, he took 3rd to begin the competition, an accomplishment he matched 2 other times over the weekend, in the row/thruster/burpee and box jump/wall ball events, but he saved his best for last. His efforts had him in 3rd overall going into the final workout, where the slate was wiped clean. James fought through the runs, rope ascents, hang squat snatches, and a handful of “no reps”, meticulously working through the event, and passing competitors with each transition, including a dramatic final 300m run, on his way to a 2nd place finish. Congratulations to Adie and James! An excellent showing from a couple of our more experienced competitors, with more to come I’m sure.
Want proof this CrossFit stuff works? Look no further than Brooke and Lauren. Both athletes competed with composure throughout the weekend, qualified for the final, and Lauren finished in 3rd. This was their first CrossFit competition. What’s Brooke and Lauren’s secret? They show up for class and workout. No crazy programming or two-a-days. They put in the time, practice their skills, work to improve weakness, and take care of their fueling and recovery. No doubt both athletes were anxious about this weekend, so I’m very happy they were able to put their capabilities on display, and have their efforts rewarded.
October 1, 2012
The Red Bandana Run is a 5k road race held as an annual tribute to Welles Remy Crowther, a 9/11 hero, and also benefits a charitable trust bearing his name. The race takes place this year on Saturday, October 13th at Boston College. Learn more about Welles’ story here, and register for the race here.