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Thanks to EAD | CFAH athlete John O’ for taking time to once share his thoughts with his fellow athletes; this is John’s third blog post. An EAD | CFAH athlete since November 2011, you can usually find John O’ training with the early morning crew weekdays and on Saturday mornings. Have a thought or two you’d like to share with your fellow athletes? Let us know … we’d love to hear from you!
CrossFit by its nature is competitive. It’s easy to get caught up in the WOD and look at your results and sometimes feel defeated. I think it’s time you gave yourself a break.
When you start CrossFit, I wish the coaches would give each athlete a yardstick with that athlete’s name on it, because the true nature of CrossFit is to get a little bit better each and every day. The only person you have to measure up against is yourself. Give yourself a break.
I recently came back from a month off due to injury, and the first workout I showed up for was Partner Murph. While I felt sorry for my partner Laurie R, and was sucking wind by the sixth round, I did not hyperventilate and nearly pass out on the second run like I did last time. For me, that was an improvement. While I was not as strong as Laurie in the WOD, I gave myself a break and felt good about finishing better than I had before.
Set your goals, ask your coaches how to go about achieving them, and get to work. That’s all you need to worry about. Over my three and a half years coming to EAD | CFAH I have said, or heard, things like this after bumping fists with fellow athletes after a workout or PR attempt:
“Yeah, but I scaled it.”
“I couldn’t do the pull-ups (fill in double-unders, toes to bar, etc. here).”
“I only increased my PR by 3%.”
Give yourself a break.
The only measure anyone cares about at EAD | CFAH is whether you are committed to getting better. Did you finish? Great. Try to finish faster next time. You did one round of the WOD Rx? Awesome. Do one more next time. You did three Pull Ups without a band? Work on getting four next time. It’s all about the measure of yourself and your effort. If you are willing to give it all, and put yourself out there, I promise that the coaches and your fellow athletes will rise up to support you and celebrate with you at every accomplishment.
If you ask any coach or athlete at EAD | CFAH, I would bet that the greatest joy that each gets out of coming to CrossFit and being part of this community, is seeing people do things that they didn’t think they could do. When you see the look of pure elation on the athlete who just did their first Double Under, first Pull Up, first Muscle-Up or first Rope Climb, it is an awesome thing. Give yourself a break when it comes to comparing yourself against others. Set your goals, go about the work of achieving them, and we will all celebrate you.
Tandem Throwdown organizers had no idea when they named the final workout of the 2015 event “Better Together” that the moniker would set the stage for the thisclose scoring between the top duos throughout the day, including the need to invoke two separate tiebreakers.
The 2015 Tandem Throwdown Open Division title was up for grabs as 2013 champs Vanessa Stack, CrossFit Muse & Michael Bodi, CrossFit Phoenix, held just a single point lead after three workouts over Ashley Carlson, CrossFit 155 & Ryan Poole, CrossFit Kilter. Poole & Carlson bested Stack & Bodi on the final workout, a grueling 10-minute pyramid featuring Handstand Push Ups, Bar Muscle Ups and two sets of Squat Snatch (85# / 115#). With the leaderboard deadlocked at six, the final workout victory clinched the 2015 title for Poole & Carlson. The Tandem Throwdown victory was the second title earned by Carlson at Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights this year; she was crowned Athena Classic champ April 18.
Joining Stack & Bodi and Carlson & Poole in the finals were six duos who consistently placed in the top 10 on the leaderboard throughout the day: Maggie Kerrigan & Reid Specht (3rd), CrossFit Dinami; Kalah Blue & Brian Kent (4th), CrossFit Wauconda; Kinsy Rosati & Clark Dendinger (5th), CrossFit Fire; Kate Konkel & Pat Scanlan (6th), Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights; 2014 Tandem Throwdown champs Christina Meeks & Trent Meeks (7th), Unaffiliated. The early departure by the one of duos tied for 6th place after three workouts, Skyler Bahrke & Jesse Bahrke, CrossFit Wauconda, (family function), invoked a tiebreaker ruling between 2014 Masters Division champ Thadine Zajac and her new partner, Jason Rice, CrossFit Roselle, and Jacqie Seyller & Andy Rodriguez, CrossFit Mettle and Honor & CrossFit Oswego. Zajac & Rice went on to top the Masters Division. Rounding out the Masters Division were Jody Corbit & Justin Corbit, CrossFit Sanctify; Courtney Fedacsek & Glenn Backus, CrossFit Autonomy; Nicole Herchenbach & John Allen, CrossFit Fire; Bill Miller & Amber Rich, Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights; Laura Martin & Scott Beutler, CrossFit SAA; Dara Madrid & Marco Fernandez, CrossFit SAA; Ann Marie Nordby & Todd Nordby, Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights; Lisa Lowenthal & Terry Barlin, CrossFit Autonomy; . Full leaderboard results are posted at WODLeader.
“Back in Shackles,” a workout inspired by the first workout of the 2013 Tandem Throwdown, was met with enthusiasm – and a bit of bemusement – by competitors. Tandems had to complete he 10-minute AMRAP bound at the wrist. The workout featured 30 Overhead Plate Lunges, 30 Unanchored Sit Ups and 30 Single Unders, kicked off by a 250m Plate Run (45# / 25#) buy-in. The workout launched what would become a fairly consistent leaderboard for the day; eight of the top 10 finishers in Workout #1 would go on to the finals.
Perhaps the loudest cheers of the day rumbled through the gym during Workout #2 | Kong. Tandems had a single barbell and 45 seconds for the female to complete a Deadlift and the male a Clean (any style). Ana Grimh & Tyler Grimh, CrossFit Sanctify, were the first to complete the 10-station ladder (135# – 305#). They were soon followed by Blue & Kent, Meeks & Meeks, Rosati & Dendinger, Stack & Bodi, Carlson & Poole, and Kerrigan & Specht.
Workout #3 | Hold On – 100 Shoulder-to-Overhead (95# / 65#), 90 Bar Hop Burpees, 80 Front Squats, and a 70 kcal Row paired either a Front Rack or Extended Arm Hang static barbell holds – showcased the athleticism of Bodi & Stack who logged an blistering finish time of 11:35.
The Tandem Throwdown returns to Elite Athletic Development | CrossFit Arlington Heights Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016.
Thanks to the competitors, spectators and volunteers who contributed the 2015 Tandem Throwdown.
- Head Judge & Workout Programming | Coach Becky
- Judges | Donna G, Mike Mi, Zach, Steve R, Mike Mu, John O’, Mike O’, Michelle W, Juan, Jovi, Dee, Mary T, Quinn, Joe S, Lora M, Coach Web, Coach Jason & Coach Maggie
- Volunteer Coordinator | Theresa S
- Course Marshals | Julio, Mia & Luke
- Sponsor Relations | Kurt Mc
- Athlete Hospitality (a fancy title for the person who kept the bathrooms clean & filled with paper products) | Jeannette Z
- Photography | Buckshot Images
- Event Support | Carlson Laboratories, KitchFix, Fight Through, Boxstar, King Kong Apparel, Rumble Roller, RockTape, Caffeine & Kilos, AbMat, RipFix, Fashletics, Jackson’s Honest Chips, and RxBar.