Europa Throwdown.

Okay so I finally found some time to talk about the Europa Throwdown that I did last weekend.

This was my first individual competition in over two years and I was really nervous to test how I would do against other CrossFitters.

These days competitions seem to just get crazier every year. I have embraced the fact that I am a Scaled Competitor. Which is actually kind of cool. I can defiantly do some skills in an RX division but I am not delusional to the efficiency that those athletes have over me.

I have learned may things about myself and how I deal in competitions. For one thing I can’t sleep the night before and I get crazy nervous. So I was overly prepared this time. I got this Advocare Sleep Aid, All my pre and post workout stuff, A cooler full of food and water, and my husband of course. He may drive me crazy but he is the biggest support I ever need and had to have him by my side.

So night before I actually slept. It was awesome. I remember laying down counting thrusters in my head and then that was it. Asleep.

Got up at 6 a.m. and took my time waking up and eating breakfast and we walked over to the convention center. At 8 a.m. we checked in and my first heat was at 10:35 a.m. It was a little bit away but I was kind of okay with that.

I got ready to do the first workout which was “Fran” 21, 15, 9 of Thrusters @ 65 lbs and Pull ups. I did this workout on the Tuesday before the weekend because it had been so long since I had done it and got a PR on it at 4:57. The time cap for the workout at the competition was 7 minutes so I was hoping for under 6 minutes.

I was really nervous and just wanted my heart to stop beating so fast as they said 3, 2, 1 Go. Thrusters went as planned, pull ups did not. I was really not doing good at holding on to that brand new bar and also stepping off of a box to do my pull ups. Oh and the fact that they had us use men’s bars… lame! You see when you do a workout in your own gym you set everything up to be perfect. Bar close to pull up bar. And of course you use your favorite pull up bar. That is not reality of a competition setting.

So I got 6:26… ouch…. I came in 4th on that workout.

Europa Athletes WOD 1-278-X3After workout recovery was super important. Post workout. Food. Then wait for next workout coming up at 12:43.

Workout 2 was one I also tried in the gym and not going to be my specialty.

12 minute AMRAP: 20 Calorie Row, 50′ Farmers Carry w/ 50 lbs each arm, 10 Burpee Wallballs(why?), 50′ Farmers Carry w/ 50 lbs each arm

When I tried it in the gym I got 3 rounds + 7 calories on the row. And it sucked!!!

I was not so nervous for the second workout just ready to get it over with as I knew it would just be a “get through this shit” kind of 12 minutes.

So I did better then I did in the gym and got 3 rounds + 20 calories on the row. This put me in 5th place on this workout. I knew this was not in my wheel house.

Europa Athletes WOD 2-280-X2

Then we had a obstacle course we had to do at some point during the day. Nice… I have never ever done any sort of obstacle course. I was lucky it was just a smaller course. There was some monkey bars…had not done those since grade school….which was a long time ago. There were some 30 second penalty along the way and I just didn’t want to get any of those. I came in 7th on this.

So going into the final workout I was tied in 4th with 3 other girls and the girl in 3rd was only one point ahead of us.

So the 4th workout was supposed to be an descending ladder of Cleans and Box jumps ending at a clean at 155 lbs. Which I just got as a PR on Thursday at the gym. BUT then the event coordinator had to change the workout at the last minute because of a missing shipment of weights from the equipment supplier. Now the workout was this: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 of Power clean @ 95 lbs and Box Jumps @ 20″. I was kind of pumped. This should be a pretty good workout for me.

I was getting ready to do the workout at 3:30 and I was no longer nervous. Now I was just ready to workout. It was a cool feeling that I was actually enjoying myself in a competition.

3, 2, 1 GO. I was cruising through the 2, 4, 6, got to the eight and had to drop on my Power cleans and then also on the set of 10. I could hear Jim yelling at me. “Come on, your gonna do it! Don’t stop!” Then I did my last box jump and the announcer said “you gotta run to the finish”, oops I forgot. I turned and ran and got over the line one second before this other girl. I took second on this workout! It was such a cool feeling and I helped cheer on the girls who were still working on finishing the workout.

After finishing 2nd on that workout it bumped me up to 3rd place overall. It was a pretty cool feeling to be standing up there. I guess hard work really does pay off. It was such a fun and rewarding weekend. I loved being able to share it with Jim and can’t wait for the next one.

europa podium





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