out of my comfort zone: esac

This past Saturday, I competed in my first ever CrossFit competition. If you had told me that a year ago, I would have looked at you like you were crazy and then laughed in your face. I started my on-ramp (beginners) class last August so I have only been doing CrossFit for about ten months and I am surprised with myself that I even signed up. It really isn't in my nature to sign up for any competition where something physical in involved.

I competed in the fifth Eastern Shore Affiliate Challenge that was started by two of the coaches at my box (gym) about a year and a half ago. What is nice about it is that there is an Rx (or "as prescribed") division and then a scaled division for people like me who are beginners or haven't quite built up to the Rx weights or movements. 

That morning, I got up and made sure I had a little bit to eat. Then I drove to CrossFit Seaford, the box that was hosting this time. I sat with another newbie from our box, exchanging anxiety driven looks and comments. There was a lot of "what am I doing here?"

I was in the first heat for the first WOD (workout.) Of course during my first competition this would happen. The first workout involved burpees over the bar. If you were in the Rx division, you had to do a burpee and then climb over a six-foot wall. I am glad I didn't have to do that. I tried climbing the wall later and couldn't even get myself over it. 

The second WOD was a seven minute AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) of five thrusters, ten push-ups, and 15 box jumps (or step-ups in my case because of my knee.) After that, we had a minute of rest before we started snatches for four minutes. The first five were at 45 pounds, the second five were at 65 pounds, and you went up from there if you had time. I actually am pretty proud of this part. On Thursday, I got 45 pounds over my head for the first time ever. On Friday, I got 65 pounds over my head for the first time ever. On Saturday, during the competition and after a seven minute AMRAP, I got all five 45s over my head and three 65s over my head. 

During the afternoon, there were the team WODs for those that finished highest in the men's and women's Rx division. The first WOD was swimming. The teams that finished in the top had back squats and then the top two teams (of which our box was one) had to do sit-ups, push heavy stuff on a sled, get said heavy stuff over a wall, and then do A LOT of rope climbs. Our box, CrossFit Salisbury, ended up winning and we got to keep the cup. 

I am so glad that I did it and I am excited for the competition in September. Was it intimidating at first? Yes. But so was CrossFit in general when I first started last year. It was a great bonding experience with the other people in my box and it was really a lot of fun.

Have you done anything this year that was out of your comfort zone?

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