Thursday, June 3, 2010

Regionals Recap


Last weekend at Regionals was an emotional roller coaster! It's taken me a few days to digest everything that happened last weekend and let it sink in that I will be competing in the 2010 International CrossFit Games in California. The weekend overall was an amazing experience with a positive outcome but I definitely had some ups and downs throughout. 4 workouts in two days and overall I feel like I did my best in only one of them. Of course I'm happy because the outcome is what I wanted, top 4 to qualify, but I'm disappointed in some of my performances because I know it wasn't my best display of my capabilities. I learned so much this past weekend and that is what it's all about. Every competition getting better at competing! I let my nerves get the best of me at times and I let one bad workout get to my head. Below is a recap of each of the 4 workouts...

First workout of the weekend was a barbell squat snatch to 2 overhead squats within 45 seconds. 10 bars set starting at 75lbs and increasing up to 135lbs. I was actually pretty excited about this one because the snatch is my favorite olympic lift and my max is 125lbs. which is pretty decent for most females. First workout is typically where you get your nerves out but this one wasn't fast, it had to be calm and focused. I was the 2nd girl in line out of 60!! I did my best to block out the crowd and do what I do best. 75lbs, easy, 85lbs, easy, 95lbs, easy, 105 little stumble but easy, 110 good, 115 good, 120 snatched it over my head multiple times but my shoulders just wouldn't fire off to lock it out. DONE! I was disappointed because I was hoping to PR but I didn't even make it to my max. I still placed 7th overall so happy and on to the next one!

Weighted Half Cindy, 10 minutes of as many rounds as possible of 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, 15 squats with a 10 pound weight vest on. Wasn't sure how much the vest would slow me down but I was aiming for 1 round a minute total of 10 rounds. Rough start, they couldn't find my judge and counting down 60 seconds til start time and I had no vest on, my bar wasn't taped and I was panicked. Travis told me to chill and I would be ok, thanks Travis. He was right, 3, 2, 1 go and nothing else matter. I rocked out exactly 11 rounds and felt solid! Pull-ups felt effortless and I kept it moving the whole time. This was my best workout of the weekend giving me a 5th place finish and moved me to 5th overall after the first day. Top 4 qualify so I was sitting pretty.

First workout on Sunday I was extremely nervous. I knew I was in 5th so I think I put a lot of pressure on myself to do well in order to bump me up to 4th. I was in a later heat so watching people die before me was not a good game plan. The workout was 100 Double Unders then 3 rounds of 10 185lb. deadlifts and a 50lb. sandbag run and then finish with a 1K row. Typically this is my type of workout. Not so much on this day. I completely CHOKED on this WOD. Probably one of the worst experiences of my life ha! I heard 3, 2, 1 go and could not get my rhythm with the double unders. The more I tried the more frustrated and panicked I got and the more effort I exerted and the worse my form got. Complete disaster. On to the deadlift bar and couldn't shake it mentally but banged out all 10 deads unbroken and grabbed my sandbag for the run. Round 2 my legs were wobbly and my form on the deadlift was ugly. I got so dizzy and had tunnel vision, I could barely see and running felt like was drunk. On to the row and my legs were fried! I was so dizzy I rowed the entire 1K with my eyes shut. By the grace of God I made it through this workout but it was terrible. Still finished in the top 20 but I was not happy and it definitely shook me up emotionally/mentally which I know not to do but couldn't get over it. I had one more workout to redeem myself and get me to the podium but I was unsure if I would be able to make it through 15 strict handstand push-ups...

The last workout of the weekend was 10 Muscle-Ups, 15 Strict Handstand Push-ups, 20 Squat Cleans at 105lbs. and a short but rocky run. I was in the later heat and no girls were making it past the muscle-ups or handstand push-ups. Only 2 women had made it through the workout after 5 heats! Heat 6 is up and 3, 2, 1 go...pulled 2 muscle-ups in a row and felt good. 2 more in a row surprising myself. Then switch to single reps to ensure every one counted. Got all 10 and onto my nemesis, handstand pushups

I kick up to the wall and get one and it felt pretty good. Coach Carey is on the side yelling at me to wait for each rep. She counted me off 10-15 seconds before I attempted my next rep and seriously this is what got me through. THANK YOU Carey!! They were slow but I got every single rep and ran to the barbell for squat cleans.


I was so happy to get to make it to the cleans that I thought I could just rep through them but my legs were tired and the bar was scorching hot that I did single reps pushing through each one like my life depended on it. The whole crowd was SCREAMING at me! I could hear Zach and Jeremy telling me to pick up the bar, back on the bar, stay on the bar. Even Tucker the organizer came up to me and told me to pick up the F-ing bar ha! Thank you everybody for the support and getting me through. Off to the run and beautiful Alex was at the top of the hill like a little angel to help run me to the finish line where I knew that I would now have a good chance of qualifying. Excitement and relief set in.

2 more heats to finish the day and only 6 girls got through that last workout. One being my training partner in crime, JEN! Which helped her move up to third place!!! Just like we joked and dreamed about we both stood on that podium together celebrating all the hard work we put in together that had paid off and gotten us to that spot. We are pumped about going to the Games and will work our tails off to represent CrossFit Central and the South Central Region well. California here we come!

5 comments:

Alex Janss said...

Jess you deserve it no doubt! You and Jen were amazing out there, honor to train with you ladies! I will be the angel at the top of that hill any day hahaa. CALIFORNIA HERE WE COME!!!!

xlyssa.com said...

Great recap, Jess! I'm so excited for you and can't wait to cheer you and everyone else on at the Games! CONGRATS!

Jessica Sharratt said...

Thanks friends!! Hugs to you both!!

Kat said...

Wow! That brought tears to my eyes! What a great recap. Congrats Jess- you've worked really hard and I can't wait to see you at the Games!

ashley thiel said...

Awesome post girl, I felt like I was there! Congrats, both of you are going to do awesome in CA!!