2011 CrossFit Northeast Regionals

June 19, 2011

What to say about this.

Frustration = Expectation – Reality.

I did not have delusions of grandeur here.  I have many, many weaknesses as an athlete, and the regionals workouts played to quite a few of them.  

However, I expected certain things to go better than they did.  In particular, I did not expect to get essentially eliminated from the fourth workout by losing half of my hand skin to the pull-up bar.  Standing out there unable to summon the strength to put my bleeding hands back on the bar fast enough, watching the clock tick away while I attempted ever more desperate hand orientations and losing ever more hand skin to get in one pull-up at a time was one of the most frustrating places I have been as an athlete.  

Logically I know it’s stupid to beat myself up over having a self-preservation instinct and the sense to wonder if a world of pain is really worth it to move up to at best mid-field.  But emotionally the fact that I couldn’t just grab the fucking bar and push through it makes me feel weak.  And knowing that I can do that workout just fine under less extreme hand skin circumstances makes me annoyed.  I suppose this is what they call “character building.”  I am not enjoying it.  Although I guess that’s maybe required.

Bright sides: zero to eight handstand push-ups in two weeks; 100% PR on workout #3; so little actual working out was done over the weekend that I feel positively fresh today; this guy didn’t know about the Games until I told him about it in March, and he ended up finishing 4th in the Latin America Regional 🙂

For Posterity

Workout #1 (15 minute cap; 1sec penalty for each meter and HSPU incomplete.)
1000m run
1000m row
 8 HSPU (32:02)

Workout #2
Thruster ladder
Women Weights (lbs):  105, 115, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 150, 155, 160, 165, 170, 175, 180, 185 

Workout #3 (12 minute cap)
21-15-9 reps for time of:
Deadlift (205lbs)
Box jump (24”)

Workout #4 (25 minute cap; 1sec penalty for each rep incomplete)
For Time:
100 Pull-Ups
100 Kettlebelll Swings, 16kg
100 Double-Unders
100 Overhead Squats, 65#
95 Pull-Ups (30:05)

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