CrossFit Fenway had 4 lifters (down from 6 due to a couple late scratches) entered in the 2014 Bay State Games Olympic Weightlifting competition. Cynthia, Ky, Matt N, and I spent this past Sunday at UMass Boston weighing in, wearing singlets, snatching, cleaning & jerking. It was a first meet for 3 of us, and 2 of us went home with medals ’round our necks.
This was Cynthia’s first meet, and she was heading into it off a handful of recent PRs. She made her first 2 snatch attempts look easy at 42kg and 47kg respectively, and got up to 60kg for her final clean & jerk, increasing the weight despite having the previous lift taken away by the referees. Cynthia hit 4 out of 6 lifts (as they say, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad), and totaled 107kg for a very solid debut meet.
Ky was the only one of us with previous experience in this competition setting, and it showed, as she seemed comfortable working her way through the day. Ky went 5 for 6, matched her meet PR in the snatch at 46kg, and PR’d her meet clean & jerk with a 60kg effort, for a meet PR total of 106kg en route to a silver medal in the women’s 53kg division. Way to go Ky!
Matt N is fairly new to Weightlifting, although I guess we all are relatively speaking. He had an idea of where he wanted to open in the snatch, but the lifts felt easy as he warmed up, so he managed a PR on the warm up platform. Matt stuck with his planned opener of 45kg, matched his recently established PR of 50kg with his second attempt, and hit a new PR of 52kg on his final snatch. Matt matched his PR in the clean & jerk with 70kg on his second lift, finishing with a total of 122kg. Good first meet, and I’m sure he learned a lot that he can use for the next one.
I’ve spent some quality time hanging out at Olympic Weightlifting meets, programmed and coached for them, and generally think about lifting a lot, but I’d never competed. It’s very different than most CrossFit competitions, or any race I’ve ever done. I spent last week stressing about my weight, and my openers. Fortunately it all came together on Sunday, and I was in a position to medal on my final lift of the day. I hit a 106kg clean & jerk to take bronze in the men’s 69kg division with a 181kg total. A few hours later I realized it was a PR. The final results are nice, but I’m more proud of the performing under pressure. If I wanted to be on the podium, I had to hit a number, and did it.
All of us agreed that competing in Olympic Weightlifting is fun, even going as far as to call it addictive, though that may have been the adrenaline talking. Just like the CrossFit community, the Olympic Weightlifting community is generally very friendly and welcoming. I’m very proud of all of our athletes, and look forward to coaching and competing with them again in the future. Finally, a special thanks to Yosh for taking time on a Sunday to make his way over to help coach and guide us.
July 15, 2014
Split Jerk 2-2-2-2-2-2
2 Rope Ascents (no jumping starts)
20 Wall Ball Shots (20#/14#)
Hyball is Coming… August 8-10, Sean O’Connell is hosting his annual softball and camping weekend to benefit the Sean Collier Scholarship Fund. A$100 donation includes: 2 nights in the Camp Lyndon cabins, an American Apparel t-shirt with custom logo, new sunglasses, Dunkin’ breakfast and Chipotle lunch on Saturday, all of your keg beer for the weekend, and live graffiti work by Vert Series painter Merk Those. All remaining proceeds will be donated to Sean’s scholarship, and matched by Dell Inc. You can register at www.HyannisHyball.com, or by bringing a check to Sean at CFF in the evening. Morning regulars can coordinate by emailing Sean here.