This past weekend I got to hit the competition floor again! Dream come true. I participated with one of the teams from our gym in the scaled division. My friend Jordan recently broke her rib and they needed a replacement. I like to say they begged me to be on the team, but it was probably opposite. OK, it was opposite. I wanted to compete so bad. I remember texting Kody for a full day begging for his blessing and convincing him that nothing I was going to to do was going to be unsafe. This is 100% true. I was able to avoid movements like burpees and double unders that are a little weird now.
I had not competed since HOA back in November. That seven month hiatus is the longest I have been out of the competitive scene since I started CrossFit in 2008. I competed with a really fun group from CFOKC: Katy, Hannah, Jimmy, Jonathan and Jordan. We had a pretty fantastic team name which I was embarrassed to say to our judge before each workout. I will leave you in suspense on that one.
A few highlights from my experience:
- I ran a 5K without stopping in 26:30
- I got to dance during all of my warm ups
- Jordan and I crushed the bench press event
- I GOT TO SNATCH!!!
- I wore bows and got a really good tan
- I didn’t look at the scoreboard one time
It was fun to be able to compete and not worry about the outcome. I never noticed where we finished in our heat. I didn’t worry about anything other teams were doing. I was focused on our team and that all of us did our best and had fun. It was nice to be able to laugh as wrist wraps got tangled up in jump ropes.
I was a little nervous about being out there. I was worried people were going to think I was stupid for competing or that I was being reckless. It was awesome to show up Friday night for the 5K and have handfuls of people come up to me and tell me how much they enjoyed my blog or that they thought it was awesome I was competing during the weekend. This weekend was really good for me. It made me feel like me! The community is amazing.
One of my favorite parts of the weekend was getting to play athlete AND coach. We had a really great group of athletes from CFOKC on three teams. I love these people with all my heart and I love seeing them succeed and have fun. I saw lots of PR’s on the snatch workout, great teamwork and a lot of smiling faces. I even got to be a photographer during the last WOD of the weekend for our RX’d team. I was pretty amazing. It was so fun to be yelling at them one minute and snapping pictures the next. I love these ladies with all my heart! They were so fantastic.
In other news….
I’m past 24 weeks. I feel amazing. I’ve been doing a lot of extra arm work with dumbbells (curls, presses, rows, bench) and I can see a BIG difference in my arms. The last few weeks have been confirmation that I am doing exactly what I need to do to come back strong in a few months. Watching the regionals over the live stream the past few weeks have been very motivational. I know it is all still going to be hard, but I have my goals set for 2015 and I’m determined to be the best me I can be through the rest of this pregnancy and once I become a mom.
I recently bought a YMCA membership for the new facility in Edmond so I can start swimming this week. I bought my new Speedo two piece today. I haven’t owned one of those since I was actually a swimmer. I’ve also been hitting up some yoga with the fabulous Miss Katy Jones at YogaVerve. I’m becoming one well rounded mama! (no pun intended).
I happy. I’m excited. I can’t wait to meet my little girl.
Thank you to everyone for all the encouragement and kind words this past weekend. Thanks Kevin and Brett for putting on a really fun event in a really cool location. Thanks to everyone who drank beer in front of me. Thanks to the sun for giving me a really good tan and tan lines. Thanks to that big tire for making my forearms super sore. And a BIG thanks to all of the CFOKC family for coming out to watch and cheer us on. Love you awesome nerds.
Special thanks to Chad Hamilton and Monica Trosclair for the photos this weekend!