They say a picture is worth a 1000 words and I think this one is worth at least that much. Thank god, it means I will write less. The picture is Crash and the team celebrating after they defeated “Team Gong Show” from Taranis. It was a significant run for the team as they faced off against Games competitor Angie Pye on the other team. Angie was amazing as usual and lead her team strong, but, they weren’t enough for our well balanced CFNV Black team of Flip, Diva, Cheetah, and Crash! The reason I pointed out Angie was not to gloat, but, to simply state our team rose up to a big challenge and took it head on! This was the theme of the weekend as each person who competed took on a challenge head on and persevered! I can honestly say I have never been more proud of a group of people and I am going to summarize the weekend for each. My words will not do their accomplishments justice. They will simply shed some light on the weekend and I’m sure there will be many more amazing photos from our very own Caragh Camera who worked tirelessly through the weekend.
Char “Tinkerbell” McCordic. There were two people this weekend that showed how much growth they have gone through over the past year. Tink was one of them. Three words summarize her weekend. WOW, WOW, and WOW. Friday night was full of nerves as it was Tink’s first CrossFit competition and you could tell she was nervous. The first WOD had a DB deadlift in it, but, not just any DB Deadlift. These were Thomas Hinch replicas. They had huge fat handles and weighed 60lbs for the ladies. This was something that almost every athlete had never done before and I hate to say it, but, it didn’t rely so much on athleticism as it did mental fortitude and genetics. (the size of your hands) Tink had trouble with the size of the DB and only managed 1 rep. That one rep was enough to allow her to move on in the competition, but, it came with a price. She hurt her wrist and was pretty upset as I am sure she was wondering, “what the hell am I doing out here competing?”. Emotions ran high and she was visibly upset. We assured her it was a freak thing and there were a lot of women who had a lot of trouble with the lift. Once she calmed down she was primed. Saturday Char came out and crushed the Run/Burpee WOD – like literally, she killed it. This saw the nerves disappear. She then hit a PR on her snatch during the Snatch ladder and again, killed the final WOD of the day doing over 20 Rounds of Pistols, Situps, and Lateral Jumps. She faced her worst fears and pushed on. By the end of the weekend it looked like she was in her 20th competition, not her first. She had grown a lot as a CrossFit athlete in this past year and probably grew about 6 months in this one weekend! You are awesome girl! Big things in the future.
Kristin “KD” Auger. First of all, I wish KD was writing this because she writes with conviction and verbage which could really bring what I am about to say. The weekend was a rollercoaster ride for our beloved KD. The kind of coaster you fear getting on to, take the first drop and scream, “why am I on this, I want off”, to smooth out and feel like it’s kinda fun, then hit a fierce corner and want to puke, to stopping and being relieved, but, at the end there is something inside that just wants to do it again. KD struggled Friday night just as Char did and it left her with that feeling that Char experienced. “Why am I out here?, I could be snuggling with Jude, watching my CrossFit Hero of a Husband, and chilling with the gang”. KD, you were out there because you are a competitor. Because just like that little spark that wants back on the roller coaster there is a spark inside you that knows you are not fully alive unless you are competing, unless you are trying to be the best write, mother, friend, wife, athlete etc. You girl have a spark inside you and when it catches fire, look out!! What you were able to achieve was amazing. You are months post partum, you are sleep deprived, you have battle every illness known to man, and you work a high pressure job. The only reason the weekend was at all difficult was the sum of it all. I’m going to be honest here. KD and I had a serious conversation Friday night. She wanted out and you know what, I don’t blame her. However, we talked and we understood each other. I didn’t even ask KD at breakfast. I knew she was continuing and she made the right choice. She bolted through the Run/Burpee WOD and tackled another one of her goats head on in the Snatch ladder. She then blew through over 70 pistols squats in the final WOD of the day when she wasn’t sure if she could do one! Sunday morning came and it was a Saturday night full of ZERO sleep. (Thanks Jude! LOL) That didn’t matter, she strapped up and took on the final’s with vigor! Kristin had every reason quit this weekend and she didn’t. Why?? Because she’s RAD! You made us all proud KD and I would have you on my team anytime!
Lindsey “Machine” Liddiard. Lindsey walked out on to the diving board. Not the little one. The big one and the water was really deep. She then turned and looked at Chris and myself, placed trust in us, trust in the process of becoming better, and we both pushed her off the diving board. She survived the fall and battle hard to swim to the top! What the heck am I talking about?? We pushed her out of her comfort zone of a team event and made her compete as an individual. She fought hard through every moment of the weekend and like Tink grew about 6 months in one weekend. Friday night was a bit of disaster for Machine as well. Anyone notice a trend?? (*screw you and your big dumbbell Taranis! Love the CFNV Ladies, LOL) The best part about Friday for Machine was she went in one of the later heats and saw everyone else struggle. When she struggle she simply shrugged it off like a champ and moved on. Lindsey cruised through the Run/Burpee WOD and then hit some great snatches during the ladder. That night after being blown away by Tink’s 20 rounds of the AMRAP Machine went out and earned her name completing over 22 rounds! Lindsey came out strong Sunday in the finals and didn’t advance because of some issues with double unders in the middle of a cage. That’s right!!! They aren’t hard enough. We are going to start doing DU’s in the bathroom! Lindsey, I’m proud of you for the maturity you showed. It did not look like your first individual event and you set an amazing example for everyone at the gym. I’m so happy you did individual and feel you grew a lot on the weekend! Congrats girl!
Richard “Dick” Liddiard. Dick went about business as usual this weekend. At least that’s what it looked like. He had a stoic look of professionalism all weekend and took everything in stride. Never too high and never too low. He moved very efficiently and effortlessly through all the WODs. I think Rich learned a lot about being an individual and himself as a competitor this weekend. I feel he grew a lot mentally and I expect big things to come in the future. Going into the competition Dick was nursing a couple injuries and it was great to see him push responsibly through his issues and have a great weekend! He fell to DU’s in the cage. Just a fluke really. Otherwise he would have moved through the final rounds. Same for everyone.
Corey “Popey” Auger. Same old, same old. Our resident badass. Struggled Friday night with the dumbbell which put him in a position he hasn’t been in often, near the bottom of the standings. That didn’t matter though. Popeye didn’t even flinch. Saturday saw him go crazy fast through the burpee/run wod, Snatch consistently, and then hit over 21 rounds on the AMRAP. All super impressive. Led to 9th place overall after two days. The final wod saw Corey rip off way out front only to have issues with the DU’s in the cage! Outside the cage he murdered the rest of the wod! I hope Corey gets some sleep in the next 6 months because I can’t wait to see this guy at Regionals. Still getting better and leading by great example.
Adrianna “AJ” Haffey. I say adopted, because she was competing for Zone, the gym she works out at while in Victoria for school. Speechless. That’s what I was. She crushed the Dumbbell WOD Friday, worked her ass off through probably the worst WOD ever invented for her in the Run/Burpee situation, killed the Snatch ladder, worked her butt off and never slowed down in the AMRAP and saw herself in 9th overall at our dinner party. BOOM. We had dinner and laughed. I knew she would be a force to be reckoned with on Sunday because Saturday night she was so relaxed. She had already won in her mind and took on a “nothing to lose” attitude on Sunday. She squirmed through round one on tiebreaker, had an out of body experience in round two and slaughtered the poor girl, and then went on to round three in cruise control smiling all the way. Round three saw her fall behind, but, the girl she was against couldn’t hit the clean and jerk to end. AJ made her way though only to get time capped and be about 10 seconds away from the clean and jerk which she would have made with ease and a date in the Semis!! AJ doesn’t know it, but, I take the blame for her not advancing. I spent so much time trying to just keep her calm I didn’t look at the clock. Had I been watching I might have tried to speed her up through the gauntlet to have a shot at the C&J. AJ, you did nothing wrong! You did everything right. You just ran out of time. For this, I am truly sorry. I failed you as a coach during that wod. I guess you rubbed off on me and I was just smiling cruising through the gauntlet with you. So proud. You brought tears to our crowds eyes! Several of them, even the men!!
CFNV BLUE – aka The Decaders. Pistol, Trigger, Bull, and Skippy. All weekend you four had fun and stuck to your plans. You were one of the most cohesive teams out there and that was your advantage. Friday night saw this team CRUSH the dumbbell WOD with the attitude of what, you want me to pick this heavy shit up?? OK. LOL. They were 4th in their heat in the morning laughing and sprinting across a field in the wind/rain carrying each other like it was fun! I think it was fun for all of them until Pistol dropped Skippy! LOL. The Snatch ladder saw PR’s and then the final gauntlet saw them lose to a potential mistake in strategy over athletic ability. Each and every one of you hit PR’s and did things you have never done before. You rose above and moved forward supporting each other. You can thank each other for your success and relish in the fact that you left it all on the table. You are post children for our gym showing that fun, community, and love for CrossFit is number one. Results are only the end of the day, enjoy the process! Congrats!
Pete, you did everything right and lead your team from the front. Phyllis, you are learning and getting better exponentially. Bull, you anchored the team and were steady all weekend. Skippy, blown away by you as you come back from time off.
CFNV BLACK –Flip, Diva, Cheetah, and Crash. Holy crap it was fun to watch you guys come together as a team. You started the weekend and four individuals working together and ended it as a fine tuned machine. The heavy dumbbell was not easy for these guys and they fell behind on Friday night. Saturday morning they picked up their socks and moved into the relay and this was huge. They got outside in the brutal weather and just laughed and played like kids. They had fun. The pressure was off. The snatch ladder saw PR’s and Roe actually finished it! The only female on the teams as far as I know! The first elimination workout on Saturday night saw each and every one of them move through their stations very efficiently and then knocked off one of the Taranis teams. They were back moving well. Crash came alive during this elimination match to bring CFNV back from the dead after falling behind. He made up over 6 reps on the weighted situps and chased down the other team. Roe anchored and flew through her situps and nailed the final ground to overhead with ease. After the re-rankings this team was up against the other Taranis team, Angie Pye’s team, on Sunday morning. Dinner was full of chatter about facing Pye and I kindly reminded them that collectively they are as good as anyone there. This was going to be a big match for our team. They were neck and neck and then Flip grabbed the rope for his double unders and cruised through about 70 cracking a smile and a look to the crowd around 60 as everyone cheered him though. They then hit the rest of the wod and finished them off with a great clean and jerk at 135lbs for Diva which as she said was never a doubt because of her training. Moving on and facing another top team, team Hybrid. We flew out of the gates, struggled at the DU’s and never managed to catch up. IT was still a great time of about 5min, but, in the end was just short of beating another solid team! So proud of how you came together and represented our community! Flip, spectacular and solid my friend. Diva, the engine in the middle of the team. Crash, you belong, never doubt that again because you were a huge part of this teams success. Cheetah, the leader of the group, you are a leader and don’t you forget it!
TEAM MOMS –Apples and Mama T. Thank you for sacrificing your time and sleep to cook for everyone and manage everything off the training floor. You were babysitters to us and to babies, chefs, counselors, moms, taxi drivers, cheerleaders and much much more. We love you for it!
CROWD/FANS/SUPPORTERS – There were too many of you to name! This was another event where I can proudly say most people at the competition were like, “wow, look at that gym, I want to be a part of something like that!”. Thank you for supporting our athletes and being the best community there is!! Merry Christmas and thanks, we have a new gym!!