In 2014 my first individual CrossFit competition was the Pan Pacific Masters Games Fitness Challenge. My training buddy Robyn had signed up to do it and talked me into doing it with her.
The Pan Pacs are every 2 years, so this year it was time to re-visit it. I have been training for the past 6 months building up to it as an individual competition. It scared me and made me excited at the same time. Its scary to comit to something, because it pushes you outside of your comfort zone … it would be much easier to not do it. It is a 3 day event, with 9 workouts over the this time. As much as it scared me to think about it, I am a goal orientated person, so having a goal makes me focus and keep my training on point. I did this over the year.
Coming into this years competition, I felt much more ready. It was timely that my sister gave me a book called the Kindness Pack. It talks about not comparing yourself to others, and about doing your best … because it is about your journey. This is the outlook I have had coming into this competition. It helped me settle my nerves, as last time I was so nervous I felt sick the whole week before. This made me not enjoy the process so much, so this time it has been alot more fun. I was still nervous – however I have learnt how important it is to have nerves as they are part of the process of getting your body ready to compete.
Day 1 started with a 1RM Snatch. I will be honest and say I have done a lot of work on my lifting, and have been a little frustrated that my numbers especially with Snatch have not moved very much. I know there are some reasons for this, however when you work hard it is still frustrating. Gary told me the night before I was going to get a PB, and he was right. I lifted 57kg for my snatch … I was elated about this. So it was a good start to the competition. We had 4 workouts the first day, so it was a heavy duty day. They were tough workouts too. Luckily Movement were at the event. So I was lucky enough to see them each day for massages … this was such a blessing.Day 2 we had 2 workouts, both pretty tough workouts – however, it was so nice having the afternoon off and being able to have extra recovery time
What is so cool about doing something like this is the people you get to meet, new friends you make. Its about the people. I am lucky to have made so many cool friends in this sport, and this weekend I get to see lots of them and have a good laugh.
Eating well and hydration is super important throughout the event, so you can recover for the next workout. I have been following Libby Wescombe’s eating plan for the past 10 weeks, and it has helped me get prepared. It has worked really well for my energy and performance, so I prepared all of my food before I came. This was so perfect as I didn’t have to think about what I was doing.
Day 3 I had a pretty substantial lead, which really took the pressure off. Although I was nervous about the clean ladder, as I knew I could not clean 85 kg, so I knew i was not going to finish it. Therefore I decided to go as hard as I could early on, and suffer the consequences with my heart rate. This plan worked … and even though I did not finish the ladder, I was still able to win the event.
I was thrilled to finish the 3 day event with another Gold Medal. Back to back gold medals in my age group … was a great feeling. It was a super fun 3 days, with awesome people, great workouts that tested us and beautiful weather. The location was spectator friendly.
I really love what I do … so being able to set a goal, then head along and enjoy the process was really great. Competiting definitely is a different dimension to training, and you have to enjoy the process of competitng as it pushes you out of your comfort zone. This is where I learn the most about myself though. So now its time to re-group, re-focus … as I know I am much more motivated if I have a goal in mind. The CrossFit Open will be starting the end of Feb … time to get back into it.
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