First and foremost, from Liza, Mary, Casey and myself, thank you guys so much for all the support this weekend. The Facebook thread, the numerous texts, I know there were times in some of the workouts that it was that stuff that kept me going. It meant so much to us knowing we had so many of you following us So what I want to try and do for you guys is give you the visual for each of the workouts so you can get an idea from our perspective.
- 3 attempts at 1RM Snatch
- 3 attempts at 1RM Clean & Jerk
The catch with this is the event was judged to Olyimpic lifting standards. In laymens terms, you can’t press out any of the lifts or rebend your elbow once the bar is overhead. Most of you guys watched this online, but here’s what you couldn’t see from our point of view. As you walked up to your bar, you saw 3 judges, 4 people at a scorer’s table, and about 50 spectators/other athletes. They’re all staring at you and it is dead quiet. If the camera zoomed in close enough, you probably could have seen our hands shaking as we grabbed the bar. We’ve all done competitions before, but nothing like this. As a team, we felt we would do well in this just with all the lifting we do on a daily basis. Casey hit a PR on his snatch and I got a PR on my clean and jerk. Liza and Mary hit their numbers according to plan and we took 3rd on this event, our high for the weekend.
- Each person run 3.5 miles for time. Add each person’s time together and that is the team’s score.
It sounds pretty straight forward, but we didn’t know how far we ran until we got done! We were told it was longer than 3 miles, shorter than 5 miles, but it wasn’t a 5k. It was on a bike trail similar to that along the river by Bracco. We had people along the way telling us which way to go and, “You’re almost done.” I’m sorry, but when you have no idea where you’re going or how far you have left, “You’re almost done,” might be one of the worse things you can say to someone. The cool thing about this though was we all finished within 1 1/2 minutes of each other. We took 9th in that event.
- For time, swim 500m as a team
Let’s call a spade a spade, we’re not swimmers on a regular basis. I may do the occasional doggie paddle to a swim-up bar, but that’s about it. To make even more ‘awesome’ is we had to jump off the blocks like real swimmers do. There were teams who had people swim in high school and there were some teams who had people enrolled in “rock swimming” because that’s what they swam like. Anywho, are goal was just get through it without looking too terribly stupid. We ended up 12th, our low for the weekend.
-Team of 4: Team Relay of 50yd Wheel Barrow Shuttle Relay followed by 50yd Buddy Carry Relay for time.
All 4 team members will begin at start line in an order that the team chooses. Athlete 1 will wheel barrow 25yds down and 25yds back while athlete 2 holds athlete 1′s feet. Athlete 1 will then move to the back of the line and athlete 2 will become the wheel barrow. This order will continue until athlete 1 finishes holding athlete 4′s feet. Once the wheel barrow portion is complete the team will move directly into a buddy carry. The same type of rotation will occur as did in the wheel barrow with athlete 1 being the first to be carried and the last to carry a teammate. The pairs cannot continue forward motion unless in the prescribed position.
Distance wise that is the length of a basketball court down and back for 50 yards. As a group, I think it’s safe to say we all thought this was the most fun of the workouts. The trick to this is pushing your partner on the wheel barrow fast enough to where they weren’t pulling with their arms, yet not so fast to where they broke their fall with their face. We also knew piggybacking would be the fastest and easiest way for us to go fast. Some people on Facebook were concerned with my weight being an issue(honey:), thankfully my teammates didn’t share those feelings. We knew we had to make up ground from the swim and this was our chance to do it. We hit the ground running and didn’t look back. All of us hammered out the wheel barrow with no issues. The buddy carry was the same thing, we flew through that. For that workout we finished 4th, which left us in 6th place at the end of day 1.