Another Sactown Throwdown is in the books and I’m struck by what many of our athletes have taken away from the event (“athletes”= any one of you who train at ARCFit). First to those who stepped up and represented the Orange this weekend, thank you!
For those of you who competed for the first time at this event, I offer a huge congratulations to every one of you! It takes big stones to put yourself in a place you know is going to suck, and do that in front of a whole bunch of people. Every success or failure is on display for all of the crowd to see. Pick up a heavy ass stone even though you’ve never done it before or throw a 20# weighted vest on and do “Murph” even though your body is telling you to stop. But you did it, and you gave everything you had. It’s why we play the game people.
Look at Russ, did anyone think he would be battling that 200# stone to the bitter end at his size? Or Kalie who put her nerves aside and blazed through the strongwoman ladder. Just because you’re expected to do well at a certain event doesn’t always mean you will respond, but she did. Or how about my man Domingo? He was so nervous he hardly slept the night before but then proceeded to help lead our Masters team into yesterday’s finals! And there is something to be said about competing with class and composure. Lei embodied both of those by standing up to every challenge thrown her way but doing it with a smile and sportsmanship that make these events so cool. And then there was Asian Kyle. The guy might have acquired more CrossFit gear in the last 3 months than most of us will buy in a lifetime, but it’s done because he only wants to get better. There were no excuses made about being a smaller athlete, he just got after it as evidenced by stringing together 6 muscle-ups in a row! And then there was our fireball, Mel Z. On the surface she is quiet and unassuming, but when it was “go time” she brought it and represented ARCFit well.
For many of you this was the first CrossFit competition that you have ever attended and it left a big impression. People told me how fired up they were to get back in the box and train, work on weaknesses, and push hard. It’s good to have something that motivates us to be better. For me it was my three Masters teammates that I had the privelage of sweating next to this weekend all the way to a 5th place finish: Laura, Theresa and Domingo. Wathcing these athletes leave it all out there just made me want to push more. From T throwing up a huge lift, and Laura ignoring the 20# vest she was wearing to rep out multiple pull-ups, to Mingo manhandling the yoke. Their performances make me want to keep trying to get better even though I know I’m past my prime. I know this group will fight Father Time until the bitter end!
So all of you that came away from this weekend inspired, hungry, etc, use that as fuel to make yourself better today than you were yesterday. Go team ARCFit!
Hang Clean: 3-3-3-3-3
Clean and Jerk (135/95)
Chest 2 Bar Pull-Ups