I have been feeling really good lately. Summer is here. Things have been going well at work. I got a new pair of kicks. And most importantly, I started going to a CrossFit gym again.
Since June 1st, I have been hitting up classes at CrossFit Kingfield four times per week. The return to a more consistent training schedule has improved my overall mood and well-being.
Riding strong on this high, I find myself itching to compete again. I feel like I hit a giant reset button when I stepped into my new box, but it’s not like starting from scratch. There are definitely improvements to be made in my lifting form and technique and I can always get stronger. But I have now almost 4 years under my belt and have proven to myself that I am resilient and that I am capable of achieving success. It’s time to get back at it. I want to keep up this pace with my training schedule, lock in my nutrition and make this summer dedicated to my continued improvement.
With that said, the Granite Games are now on my horizon. It is a three-day competition taking place in September up in St. Cloud, Minnesota. These are the same games that originally made me want to compete. There is a four-week qualifier that just started. It is required if you want to compete at the individual level. I have my sights set on entering the Open Team scaled division and so the qualifier isn’t necessary, but I want the challenge (and the access to early registration).
So this past Sunday morning after some poor planning of going to the 11am class at CrossFit Kingfield where we did “Fran”, I drove over to Solcana CrossFit at 12:30pm to do the qualifier with my buddy Ryan. He and I met through our previous gym and we have competed against each other at Freeze Fest and the Dakota Games in 2014. Ryan has made so much progress over the last year that I am still chasing him, but he now has an amazing head start.
My Solcananut friends Eric, Lara, Josh, Sampson and Mike all took time from their own lifting routine to watch and cheer us on. They counted reps and kept track of the clock and made sure we got back on the bar and kept pushing. The burpees were fine and actually felt like rest, but those hang squat cleans, even scaled at 115#, were brutal. My form was not as good as it should be and I was making a long workout feel even longer. Nevertheless, I trudged through and got 5 full rounds. Ryan got 6 rounds and 9 reps. We had a good recovery meal right after of beer, burgers and sweet potato fries.
Week 1 is in the books. I now have the weekend of September 12th circled on my calendar as it is going to approach really quickly. I’ve got a team in place. It is a three-person team of the same gender and so I have Ryan on board and we’ll be joined by Nick Zen, who lives here in Minneapolis but was also on the Nicaragua trip and at Power Monkey Camp with me. All our group/partner workouts in Playa Madera emphasized how much fun being on a team can be. Nick brilliantly suggested we even call ourselves Team Diacachimba!