As I mentioned earlier, I’m quite into this thing called “CrossFit“. I’ve been training hard so when I had the chance to compete at it, I would be able to.
After my workout Friday afternoon, the owner of my gym said “Tomorrow. Reebok CrossFit, Seoul. Competition. We go, together?”. It really wasn’t the best day to go, because my friend Jen was on her way for Canada Day weekend. And, I’d lifted 5 days in a row and wanted a rest day. But, I went, foregoing Canada day drinks.
I went with 4 Korean guys from here in Samcheok, and because of their English levels, I had really no idea what was going on. I was under the impression it would start when we got there – not the case. After a long warmup and being told it wouldn’t start for 3 more hours, I did a max on my overhead squat (215 pr!) and left.
I went and met friends Ashlee and Adam Mckay, and talk about a site for sore eyes. Great to see them.
Finally, at 6pm back at the gym things were getting started. This was an actual event, sponsored obviously by Reebok, along with Powerade and a Korean sports drink company. I took a rough count of everyone, and it was somewhere between 60 and 70 people.
On the whiteboard, they wrote down 10 workouts:
They had 10 different pingpong balls numbered 1 through 10, and whatever was picked would be the workout done. I figured if it was 1, 5, 6, 7, or 10 I would win. 2, 3, and 9 were maybes. 4 and 8 I didn’t know, because I don’t have a rowing machine.
At 6, it turned out the newer CrossFitters would compete, and the “elite” would then go after at 7. Again, my warmup was useless. The first group did Elizabeth, which was cleans and ring dips. As my first CrossFit competition, I was really impressed. The screaming, the cheering and the many, many “fighting!”.
Did I mention I was the only foreigner there? I was asked by many guys my times on the different workouts, because I don’t think they wanted to lose to me.
After the first workout, it was finally our time at 7. Or so I thought. They wanted to show a video, but the computer messed up. Then they did a question and answer with one of the trainers. Then, at 7:40, they said it was time. I had to do the quickest possible warm up and get ready.
They drew the number… 3. “Fran”, my most hated workout and the only one that has made me puke. By this time a couple more guys had arrived, along with “the second best in Korea”, who had also competed at the Asian regional in Japan. Now I was fairly intimidated.
Fran is a workout with 21, 15 and 9 set rounds of Thrusters (95lbs) and Pull Ups. It absolutely destroys you.
The weights were set, and before I knew it I was standing infront of the bar, with a lot of people watching. I figured my adrenaline was far too high. 3, 2, 1.. Go! and it started. Here is the first round of 21’s:
The pull-ups are a “kipping” pull-up, meaning you can use your momentum to get your chin over the bar. One of the pull-ups possibly shouldn’t have counted.
I ended up with a time of 3:12, 19 seconds slower than my PR (!?), but I had a fairly long walk to the pull-up rack and back. This was 4 seconds faster than anyone else. I had never had a workout make me feel this terrible in my life, but I won.
In the mail I will be getting a Reebok Prize Pack, and they needed my shoe size, which is pretty cool. I need to clean up a few things, and maybe even get a little more serious about my training and diet, but it’s pretty awesome. Thanks for reading.