This past weekend Cullen and I headed out to what would become one of the more interesting days of my life. We were to compete in my good friend Blair Morrison’s 2013 Adventure WOD in Lake Tahoe.
So, late Friday night we drove up to North Lake Tahoe, listening to comedy and chatting business. We got to CrossFit Avalanche around 11:30pm and set up our tent to settle down for a little sleep before our early wake-up. And it came quick. At 5:00am or so we awoke as the owner of Avalanche, Myles pulled in to begin setting things up for the competition and train a client and a class.
Cullen and I got warmed up and hit our toughest day of Smolov squats to date: 10x3 at a heavy, heavy weight (for me I did 415 for 6 sets, 420 for 3 sets and 1 set at 425. Oof!)(by the way, I'll be writing up a big post all about Smolov in a couple weeks).
About halfway through the squats is when the hoards of people began to shuffle in, and things became a little claustrophobic in the small, cold space. And to top things off, we learned that the event was in fact a coed event. This means good ol’ Cullen and I were the only idiots who had a male/male team. Wow. It was fine for us to do all the workouts, but we would obviously not be competing for anything. It became a bit of a joke, and some of the events did not help our cause at all!
The first workout began around 8:30am and it was a 5 minute as many rounds as possible of 3 muscle ups and 10 pull ups. Thanks to my shoulder injury, I hadn’t been on a pull up bar in over a month. So, hitting 50 pull ups in total left me a little torn up. But it felt good to move quickly on the bar.
The second workout started 1 minute after our finish and to add punishment to our stupidity, was an overhead squat, front squat, back squat ladder. Cullen took the girls bars, I took the others, and we were able to get a decent way through the ladder before succumbing more to breathlessness than strength loss. The elevation was crushing. But I hit a overhead squat and front squat at 235 before calling it (again, a little shaky with the shoulder, but ok all around).
Then we all hustled into cars and drove about 5 miles to a hotel where we would begin the unknown and oh-so-mysterious adventure WOD. Things began with a hill run. We didn’t know how long or steep, but it turned out to be probably around 1.1 miles and was freaking steep. Cullen and I took up the rear of course, and I must say, the lack of conditioning caught up to me fast (I’m sure the altitude did not help either). We walked most of the way to the top. Where we had our next surprise.
50 partner burpees (Cullen did 35 of them!), 2 minutes crow pose (Cullen probably did about 1.25 minutes of that), 2 minutes partner plank (Cullen planked on my back while I was on the ground, we did that with only one very quick rest), and 2 minutes of 1-arm handstand holds (I was able to hold him and we did this with only one very quick break as well). We then had to solve a picture problem that showed us two bars, and we had to find the total weight combined on both bars. Got it in about 30 seconds (I love bar math)!
Then it was back down the hill to our bikes. Here’s where things fell apart for us (by us I mean me, and I felt so bad that Cullen had to deal with this). As Cullen switched into his clip-on shoes and I threw on my gloves, the rain began falling down, and only got worse each and every minute from there on out. We jumped on the bikes and about 100 yards in I could feel my left pedal wobbling like crazy. I pulled over to see if I could wiggle it back into place, but 100 yards later the entire crank popped right off the bike! Soooo that sucked! Six miles, in the pouring rain, on a fixed-gear bike with one leg! I was not amused (at the time), and I know Cullen was chomping at the bit (biking is a bit of a forte for him). We finished up, soaked and a bit peeved, at a beach where they had paddleboards lined up at the edge of some rough, rough looking waters. 3-4 foot swells and actual breakers at the shore in a lake, this was going to be interesting. Especially since Cullen and I had to share a board.
The cold. The rain, the crazy rough waters, and the combined weight on the board made this one of the more demoralizing parts of the day. But, we were having a blast at this point, I mean, we might as well!! After that, Cullen took off and I stuck around helping Myles pack up the boards (there was no way I was riding back up hill on that one-legged bike). But, as we pulled up near the gym, I noticed that there were people jumping around at a beach as we passed, I asked Myles if the competition had more parts, and he said yes. Crap! I jumped out of the car and ran the 400 yards to the beach to see if Cullen was there. Sure enough, he had done 50 burpees, 5 wall climbs, and 100 KB swings in the sand without me. And he had done them in his socks because I had his shoes in my backpack, which was still in the truck back at the gym! Man.
I jumped in to get as much of the remaining KB work (squats, thrusters, snatches) before we continued on through the downpour to pick up an insanely heavy sandbag and lug it (as far as we knew) about a mile back to the gym. Crap this thing was heavy; Cullen and I, with our best effort, could only get the thing about 30 seconds at a time. We were SO spent! Luckily we only had to carry it about a half mile before running the rest of the way and finishing up in the heated gym to thaw out and fill our stomachs with tri-tip!
On the way back to San Mateo, it snowed.
As Blair has become known for over the years, this was an absolute blast to be outside in the elements testing our physical and mental limits. So a huge thanks to him for putting on this event (and letting two dudes be a part of it!). But especially, a massive thank you to all the help/volunteers/judges (our judge Chris was such an awesome guy, and had great energy the entire day). I know how rough these inclement events can be (hosting my 2nd Courage Games in freezing weather and pouring rain) so it was an impressive feat to have everyone out there helping and with such high spirits. I’ll have a female partner for next years event for sure!
What a day. I am beyond sore today.
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