This past week at class, while I was in the middle of a 30-second passive hang on the pull-up bar as part of the warm-up, my coach Danny starts telling me that I should sign up for the Twin City Throwdown, which was going to be held at CrossFit Kingfield just a few days later. With my feet dangling, I was non-committal. He continued to encourage me to think about it and put in a final reminder before I left.
Secretly I was itching to compete again. I am planning on doing the Granite Games, but I was ready to be back in the arena. I had seen pictures of the Sisu Summer Throwdown on Facebook and was cursing myself that I hadn’t signed up. As awful as it feels, I wanted that nervous stomach, constant sense of having to pee, anxious feeling that only comes through competition. By the next day, right as registration was closing, I signed up for the Men’s Scaled division.
The Twin City Throwdown was a great way to get my feet wet again as it only involved two events and there were only 32 competitors in total. It was efficiently run and a great crowd came out to watch. Plus, it started at 10am and was over by Noon. However, that didn’t make it feel any less important in terms of giving it my all and going for the win.
I can honestly say I never rowed a 2k that hard in my life. My strategy was to keep my splits below 2 minutes. I started by hovering around 1:45 and it slowly inched it ways up the further I got. It hit the 2:00 mark once or twice, but overall I kept it pretty consistent between 1:45 and 1:57 and resulted in a time of 7:33, which was a personal PR.
Getting off the rower to go into the single-unders, my legs were as shaky as you imagine. Plus, I was having a hard time focusing as I was breathing hard and tired already. I got my act together after some misfires and actually did the final 30 seconds mostly unbroken for a total of 201.
For scoring purposes, the time on the row was one score and the amount of double unders was a second scored event. There were 8 men total in my division. I took 3rd place in the row and 3rd place in the single-unders. There were also 5 men in the Rx division who did the same 2k row. So out of the 13 total men, I came in 5th in the 2k row.
4 Rounds for time of 3 Squat Cleans + 4 Front Squats + 5 shoulder to overhead at 95#
The morning moved quickly and we basically right into the next event. The heats weren’t taking up the full 10 minute time cap and there was little to do in terms of switching out weights so my heat went earlier than expected. So I downed a bottle of water and devoured a Quest bar as I was felt so hungry after finishing event 1. I also had a little costume change into a fresh shirt as it was extremely warm in the gym and, like everyone else, I was sweating a ton.
I warmed up a bit and the weight felt heavy and my “squatter” felt tight. Another quick pee and it was time to go. Surprisingly, when the clock started, the weight felt lighter than I thought it was going to. The trick of the complex was to just string it all together each round. I’m not sure if it was round 3 or round 4 but I had a mental block and dropped the bar after the 3 squat cleans rather than just going right into the front squats. The extra cleans definitely slowed things today but I was moving at a decent enough pace. I also had one no rep on a shoulder to overhead as my feet weren’t completely under the bar.
I finished in 4:01, which meant I took 5th place in the event. Those little mistakes added up as I was 30 seconds off from the cluster of where 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finished.
As I was in the last heat, the score were tallied and minutes later they announced the winners. Points in each events were given based on what place you took. The person with the least amount of points won. I had 11 total and ended up coming in 4th. The 3rd place finisher had a score of 10. A one point difference!
My mistakes in the strength complex were to blame. But maybe if I had better control after I got off the rower I could have gotten more single-under and caught 2nd place. Lessons learned for next time about maintaining focus throughout and controlling energy levels.
Regardless of not making the podium, it felt great to be out there. In my head and heart, I am a very competitive person. I’ve spoken about how in the past fear held me back from even showing up. In the end, I don’t need the trophies or the prizes. I just need to know that I am putting myself out there and striving to do my best. I was sitting on the bench these last few months and it is time to get back in the game.