Tuesday, April 28, 2009

CrossFit ATL 2778
Workout of the Day

Shoulder Press 1-1-1-1-1-1-1 reps

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  • MikeG_CFATL
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    Hey everyone! I just got back last night and was too exhausted to write anything.
    Thank you all for cheering us on from over here. It meant a lot to know you all had our back. The competition out there was crazy. Our region has some amazing athletes.
    The weekend started off pretty good for me. I tied for 8th in the first workout with a total score of 109. I took 3rd in my second workout with a total score of 94. Then came my third workout. This is where things went horribly wrong. I was doing well for the first 4 rounds, then my shoe came untied. I tried to keep going with it untied, but the jump rope kept hitting my shoelace. So, I just kicked the shoe off. While I’m finishing my double unders and wall balls, I realize that kicking my shoe off was probably a bad choice. I tried to get up the rope with one shoe and failed. Then I put it back on and failed again. I’m not sure how many times I failed, but I going crazy. My hands were ripped to shreads and there was blood streaking down the rope. So many things were going through my head. I couldn’t believe that everything thing that I worked for was being ruined by this fucking rope. I really wanted to just quit and walk out of there, but I stayed with it and finally got up it. Afterwards, I packed my shit and went back to the hotel. I had many thoughts going through my head. I thought about packing up and heading back to Atlanta. Of course, I thought about all the shit I’ve had to go through these past few months. So, I sat there and felt sorry for myself for a while. On Sunday morning, I was trying to make every excuse in the world not to workout. My roomate kept telling me that I signed up for 4 workouts and that’s what I need to do. A buddy of mine told me to just go out there and have fun. So, that is what I did. Sunday’s workout was awesome. It felt great. I had the fastest time for most of the day. In the last heat of the day, there was one guy who beat my time. So, I ended up getting second in that one. That workout took me from 21st to 11th. Well, there is always next year. Time to go kick ass in the Games Team event.
    I saw some talk of working on weaknesses. I know what mine are and plan on working on those for the next year.
    Congrats to all our athletes who went to the qualifiers. I saw so much heart out there. You all were amazing! You guys kept me going. I love our gym.

  • roy
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    a double knot would take care of one weakness.ur still my hero squidley 🙂

  • MikeG_CFATL
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    haha! believe it or not, it was double knotted. I always double knot my shoes.

  • roy
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    navy knot tying.

  • Ken
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    Mike – Glad you made it back for the last WOD, it was very inspiring for us all, and me personally. The most impressive return to action I have seen after a setback in all my years as an athlete. I will team up with you for an Affiliate team under one condition: throw those damn shoes out…. I think they have come untied before. If you don’t I’m putting dog food in them so George eats them.
    Dan, ya the programming missed a long WOD, not sure why they did that, especially in light of using a point rather than total time system.
    And a few people have send me e-mail’s or texts asking what happened to me. For those of you that were not there, I tied for 7th. The day started bad when the clown judging my deadlifts decided that “no dropping” meant “no fast decent” even with my hands still on the bar. This forced me to go really slow (the pace he decided) on all deadflits – an exercise that is not my best to start with. Afterwords the head judge let him know he was wrong and they announced that you could drop as fast as possible as long as hands were on the bar. Kindof too late for me….This put me in 18th place after the first WOD. The next two workouts went pretty well, I was able to get up to 7th with reasonable times on them. Then the last WOD had the 135# OHS and that was enough to let someone sneak into my qualifying spot by beating me on that workout (tying me at 7th and the tiebreaker was that last workout).
    But i think things happen for a reason. Sure if the judge had not done that to me, would have probably been close to Mike on this First workout (I was 4 reps behind him and 10 places behind). I may have then gone into the finals with a considerably larger lead, and maybe have even qualified. But then I would have remained blissfully ignorant of my ridiculous weakness particularly in OHS. This was a good lesson for me. It was so close going into the final WOD and everything depended on good performance on this workout. As i said before, that is when the draw brings up a weakness, and it brought up my worst one! This was the best way for me to learn a huge lesson about my weaknesses. Sure the judging thing sucked, but my DL and OHS weaknesses are what made it matter anyway – should have never been that close….

  • MikeG_CFATL
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    Fuck those shoes! Excuse my language. Lets make a team and take the gold medal.

  • Dan CFATL
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    Mike, looks like you need rope climbing shoes!
    High top wrestling shoes maybe.

  • VAS
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    Crossfit Atlanta
    F*ck those shoes
    As soon as you guys heal up, come on in. We’ll work on whatever weakness you have that day.

  • BMW-CFATL
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    After reading the rest of yesterday’s and Mike’s post today I’m sitting at my desk almost crying like a girl (I said almost). I was outside judging when Mike started that workout and I walked in just as he started to have a hard time with that last rope climb. It was one of the most heart breaking things I’ve ever seen. I was so proud of him for finishing it and then coming back on Sunday to destroy that fourth workout (while trash talking the guy on the rower next to him). 🙂
    Mike and Ken were clearly two of the top athletes at the qualifiers. It just felt unfair and wrong that they didn’t make it based on the things they mentioned. But it is what it is.
    This whole thing has motivated me to train harder and compete next year. I have no delusions of actually qualifying, but I think I could be competitive.
    If you all need help on the affiliate team this year, let me know.

  • Heidi_CFATL
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    Wow, this weekend has had a intense effect on all of us it seems. All I want to do is train and train harder and not go back to the corp world job! All I can think of is Crossfit this morning and finding the time to work on all my massive weaknesses. 🙂

  • Dan CFATL
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    My weakness is good looking women.

  • BMW-CFATL
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    Shoulder Press
    60, 70, 72.5, 75x, 70, 72.5
    Guess all the overhead squats and thrusters Sunday affected today’s WOD.

  • Bethanie
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    Just got on the blog for the first time and caught up on everything. I’ll keep this short and to the point:
    Thank you to everyone for all of your support and encouragement. You have no idea how much it means.
    It was a great weekend overall and I am proud to say that I am part of what I believe to be the best CrossFit affiliate.
    I’m very satisfied with my overall performance and will be working on my main weakness over the next year: avoiding injury.

  • roy
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    I was cheering for all of you from my couch

  • Marie_CFATL
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    The games team event sounds fun! Definitely would like to be a part of that.

  • Matthew Queen
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    Mighty high goal there, Bethanie.

  • Steve
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    Re: 20 minute WODs
    Ken, saw your comment about this (lack of long workouts) last night and started thinking. Could they even program a long WOD if they wanted to? Each qualifier seems to have the same constraint: getting 100 guys, 50 women, and a bunch of teams through either 3 or 4 WODs in a day and half with limited space and equipment. Meaning that the organizers would favor shorter workouts to get everyone through. Thinking about SoCal, Great Basin, and Atlantic qualifiers (as well as Dirty South), it seems like they all programmed WODs where the fastest times varied between about 5 and 10 minutes. You guys were there in the middle of this… would it have been realistic to program a long WOD comparable to Murph?

  • RyanJ_CFATL
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    Wow, I can’t wait to get back in the gym! I followed the results from Cali on the Dirty South Regional website. As a whole Atlanta did a hell of a job! Nice representation. Here are some pics from where I was this past weekend, Big Sur.
    http://www.marathonfoto.com/order_my_photos.cfm?RaceOID=19002009S1&LastName=JOHNSON&BibNumber=3125&Language=en&Mailing=22656&BFI=2p55wx7cj0&Frames=true&Flash=true&FlashVersion=10&Height=1024&Width=1280&Index2Home=true

  • Elizabeth
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    i had a lot fun this weekend watching/cheering everyone on- it made me want to compete individually next year (after working on some weaknesses-heavy olympic lifts)! the team competition was a lot of fun too and i am def interested in doing the games team competition. again, congrats to everyone on a great weekend.

  • Jonathan H CFATL
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    I am going to the games to either spectate or be on an affiliate team, I don’t care which. This weekend gave me the itch for more large scale competition.

  • VAS
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    Shoulder Press
    40kg/50/60/62.5/62.5/60/60
    What are the rules for teams at the games?

  • VAS
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    I heard a rumor that this is the last one

  • Marie_CFATL
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    The rules for teams:
    Max number of people on a team is 6 (3 guys, 3 girls). Only 4 people (2 guys, 2 girls) can participate from the team per workout, so you can pick which athletes compete based on their skill with the movements in the workout. The workouts will be Friday July 10 (I believe 2 or 3 workouts) and one workout on Sunday the 12th.

  • VAS
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    Nice picture Bethanie

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