In all the CF events that I have competed in locally, I've come in pretty close to last if not last. Nationally, I tend to fall in the middle of the global community and get a little better each year. But when our box puts on an event, I'm pretty close to the bottom. Most of the time, I'm out of my league but attempt the workouts anyway. I finish, don't give up, and keep pushing. My plan is not to win against anyone but myself and with each event, I see progress! Progress is GOOD!
For many of them, my goal is to just not finish last, and sometimes that goal is achieved. Well last week, I competed and decided to raise my standards for myself. My plan was to get in the top five. In order to active that plan, EIGHT people would have had to not show up. I put out a request the night before, telling all of my friends that it would be a beautiful day for a hike and maybe they should do that instead.
If only five people showed up, there was a possibility that I would make it in to the top five! <yup, I'm THAT bad>
Well Everyone showed up including people from other boxes. It was a big deal with a LOT of people. I didn't finish last but let's just say I was far from the top five. And so when this week's competition popped up and the coach offered to add a Master's division for 5 people, I was all over that one.
Five people means I'm top five by default. <Yeah, I'm really THAT bad> Top five means I get an extra shot in the bonus round to move up in the ranks. Sign - ME - UP!
And then...a note came saying they didn't get enough interest, so all of us masters would fall in to the regular divisions based on skill set. Phooey!!
Well today was that competition, and it was honestly the best one I've ever done. The people were amazing and the WODs were so fun. They were all things I could do, and I was able to push myself for speed.
**Note** Even pushing myself for speed is kind of like a turtle deciding to run... through glue...
But, I did it, and had a complete blast!! I put everything out there, kept moving, didn't stop and didn't give up. It was probably one of the best Comp days for me by way of performance!
After the first WOD, I was in third place... WHAT???
By the second WOD, I was in fifth place... YES Top FIVE!
The last WOD was divided in to three scores and would make or break the placements on the Leaderboard.
Some how, some way, I ended up Fourth overall. BUT, so did two other people. YES, a three way tie for fourth place. What are the odds of something like that occurring on the first event that I made the "Top Five"?
This means that technically, I made it in the top Five but guess what? There was no bonus round in this event, so it didn't really apply to anything except saying I wasn't last nor next to last. And to sit in 4th place with those ladies was such an honor.
One of them is fast as lightening and took the running WOD by storm. The other is strong as an Ox and lifted super heavy when required. I'm neither and somehow managed to get the same exact amount of points as them overall.
However, out of all the ladies on that board in my division, only two of us were masters (over 40). And so for us to sit in the top five with all the younger athletes, I'm not going to complain. The funniest part is that both of us that were over 40 were in 4th place. Which technically means we were tied for first place in the pretend masters division that didn't happen.
So there ya go! The last competition of a very long season and I placed first at something... (well, sorta kinda but not really) My goal this year was to improve from last year and that definitely happened! We had way more events this year so just finishing all of them was a PR. (personal record)
Our competition season is over for a bit and I'll have to decide if I want to do this stuff again in the fall. But for now, it is just normal workouts and a little bit of running. I need to start running again, so I shall.
I kind of feel like the little engine that could... I think I can I think I can I think I can......