Wow. This was by far was one of the best sporting events I have ever been to. The athleticism and determination displayed was beyond inspiring. But probably the coolest thing, was to get to see the team from my box, CrossFit Milford (CFM), compete. These were my coaches and people I see train everyday competing among the fittest in the Northeast. Pretty cool!
In order to qualify for the CrossFit Games Regional competition, all athletes took part in the Open which took place from March 6 – April 7 which consisted of 5 workouts. The cool thing about the Open is that anyone can compete…anyone…even me if I dared (which I didn’t!). The top 30 teams and individuals in each region then moved on to the Regional competition. And last weekend was the Northeast’s turn to take the stage.
The competition began on Friday, May 17th, but I wasn’t able to get up there that day due to work and other obligations. So Saturday morning, me and 4 of my CFM girls woke up at the crack of dawn and headed up to Canton, MA to cheer on our team and have a little fun on days 2 & 3 of the competition. The event was held at the Reebok World Headquarters, which was quite the venue! Unfortunately we missed the team competition that morning, but we arrived just as Event 4 of the Individual Women’s Competition was beginning. This event was intense:
- 100 Wall Balls (20#/14# to a 10′ target)
- 100 Chest to Bar Pull-ups
- 100 One-legged squats, alternating
- 100 One-armed dumbbell snatches (75#/50#)
The event was to be completed for time with a 25 minute cap.
I was exhausted from watching this and seriously needed some food 🙂 So after the women finished, we headed out to the grounds to grab some lunch and check out some of the vendors. I have to say this was some of the best “festival” food I’ve ever had…amazing paleo options! I don’t think there would be any other event where you could get grilled meat with a ton of avocado and bacon on top?!
Event 5 was up next and we were finally able to see the teams compete. One man and one woman from each team had to complete the following for time:
Man completes 21-15-9 reps of:
- 275# deadlift
- 30″ box jump
Then, woman completes 21-15-9 reps of:
- 185# deadlift
- 24″ box jump
No big deal right?? Ugh…
We watched all the teams compete and here is where I found my most favorite team to watch…
I mean really, how can you not love them?? I also really enjoyed watching Team CrossFit One who where incredibly inspiring and just seemed to enjoy every moment of the competition. We were convinced these two are in love…who knows??
They did an awesome job and finished 10th for the event. I can’t even jump on a 24″ box so I was completely in awe. The individuals were up next and the event was increased to the following weights:
- 305#/205# deadlift
- 30″/24″ box jumps
It was amazing to watch, but I think my favorite part about it was the set up. For some reason, the way the weights came racing around the corner was extremely entertaining!
But by far, the best part of the competition and the CrossFit community in general is the camaraderie. My favorite thing was to watch how the the competitors who had finished went right over to those who were still finishing up and cheered them on. Some were clearly struggling to get through the WOD and I can only imagine how much that helped get them through the end. Pure awesome.
Day 2 of the games wrapped up and we headed back to our hotel some dinner and a night of shenanigans. Sorry…but what happens in Canton, stays in Canton 😉 All I can say is we had a lot of laughs and were psyched to see what day 3 had to bring.