Fire Breather Festival Recap

Joe tearing up toes-through-rings

CrossFit Fenway was well represented at the North East Fire Breather Festival this past weekend.  We had 10 athletes who gave it everything they had, setting PR’s and surprising themselves along the way.

On the men’s side Shorty, Ben, and Scott competed in the scaled division, finishing 14th, 17th, and 35th out of 36 respectively.  During the Overhead Squat/Pull-up event Scott PR’d his overhead squat by a little over 5kg.  On the RX side we had Coach Joe and Josh finishing 21st and 57th out of 101 athletes.  Joe had a rough first day, but came back with a pair of solid, gutty performances on day 2, leading by example as a veteran competitor.

Erika, 1st in the Floater event, on her way to 3rd overall






Our ladies were amazing, and managed to take home some hardware while they were at it.  In the scaled division Adie, Scrappy, and Cal finished 2nd, 11th, and 13th of 34 competitors.  This was Adie’s first CrossFit competition, making her podium finish that much more impressive.  It was also pretty awesome to watch Cal and Scrappy scale up on the Row/Sandbag workout, sticking with double unders, instead of the permitted singles.  Coach Erika and Jen K. got after it RX.  Jen put up a 5# PR on her overhead squat, and was an overall tough competitor.  There was some confusion as to exactly where these two finished, but late reports (after most of us left for the day) indicate that Erika took 3rd, a well earned finish after a weekend, and weeks leading up to it of hard work.

Adie taking home a silver

Thanks to members of the CFF family who came out to support your teammates.  This was the first CrossFit competition for many of these athletes, and it went well for veteran and new competitors alike.  I’m sure this is just the beginning for our rookies, with plenty of great results to come.


September 26, 2011

Strength: Power Clean 3-3-3-3-3

3 Rounds:
17 Wall Ball Shots (20#/14#)
30 Double Unders
17 Push-ups

27 thoughts on “Fire Breather Festival Recap”

  1. So proud of you all. It’s amazing how you’ve all grown. Can’t wait to hopefully get there myself someday!! Thanks for the inspiration. Love from Chi-town.

  2. It was amazing weekend! Thanks so much to the coaches and the rest of the CFF family for your support and guidance along the way. I managed to accomplish my goal of not coming in last (just barely), so I was happy. I learned a lot (and added a few things to my never-ending list of homework) and thoroughly enjoyed cheering on my fellow CFF teammates. If any if you have the slightest reservations about competing, do it! You just may surprise yourself.

    I can’t wait do it again, faster.

      1. Ahhh… the unassisted pull-ups weren’t really a goal, but more of an unexpected surprise fueled by adrenaline! But believe me, I have some pull-up related goals now!

  3. Congratulations to everyone who competed this weekend!

    Power Clean – 90kg (100kg x 1)

    WOD – 6:52 Rx – wall balls need a lot of work!

  4. AMAZING weekend, I initially had some trepidation about registering but know I would have regretted it a lot had I let doubt win. I’m so proud of the whole CFF crew who competed, not just for the weekend but for all of the prep work you did. The PRs, podium finishes and all-out beasting was exhilarating to be a part of from inside the rope this time.

    Also a giant THANK YOU to those who came out to cheer and especially to our fantastic coaches, who fielded questions in the weeks (months) leading up to the Fire Breather Fest and throughout the weekend. Things would have gone a lot differently without your guidance.

    Seven weeks to the next individual comp at Southie! Sign up (when registration opens) and get to it.

  5. So proud of everyone who competed this weekend!!

    Power Clean: 47kg
    WOD: 12:06 @10#
    Wall balls are getting more consistent, which is good.

  6. I completely second Scrappy and Scott, it really was an incredible experience. A huge thanks to everyone from CFF – fellow competitors, coaches, and whoever came out to cheer us on, who made this such a great event. I know I learned a LOT as a first time competitor (foremost lesson being: beer festivals do not mix with firebreather festivals!). Overall, an amazing weekend spent with an even more amazing group of people. A huge thanks again to the entire CFF community.

  7. likewise from me – i didn’t know what to expect going into this, but it was really a whole lot of nerve wracking fun. it feels really good to say i was able to compete and finish above where i expected. i definitely encourage everyone to sign up for the next one in november, it was really such a great experience!

    congrats to everyone who competed, i’m so proud of all of you! it was really amazing watching everyone!

  8. Besides feeling extremely sore, I felt really proud about our showing at the Garage Games. Thank you to all the coaches for the weeks leading up to the Garage Games, and for showing up to root for us. Without your help none of this would have been possible. As Ben previously stated, I learned a bunch as a first time competitor (#1 is to remember where your judge is! Not only did I forget once, but twice!) and had as much fun participating as I did rooting on our fellow CFF participants. To all of those thinking about competing, just do it! It’s an unforgettable experience.

    Great job by 80, Ben, Cal, Erika, Jen, Joe, Josh, Scott, and Scrappy (Laurno!). Let’s get after it in Southie!

  9. congrats to all our athletes. way to represent.

    PC – 55kg (focus on form)

    WOD – 8:15 (wallballs felt good today)

    has Ryan Reynolds / Jeff Bridges / Kevin Bacon stopped by the box yet?

  10. I echo all the above statements – SO many thanks to our coaches and spectators. Your advice, encouragement and support (and concern, haha – I was nearly done in by shin splints and a possibly broken toe) means so much…even moreso because this weekend thoroughly kicked my ass! 🙂

    A few lessons learned on my part:
    – My anxiety from the moment I signed up was entirely misplaced. Actually competing was a sick form of fun.
    – Guess what – five wods in two days is kind of exhausting. Props to our CFF affiliate team for making it look so easy the last few months.
    – Going through this experience with our other first-time competitors was really terrific (and our seasoned competitors have so much hard-fought knowledge and experience to share!)
    – Finally, I have to give a special shout out to Haley, who was not only on call on a daily basis for moral support and training tips the last six weeks, but was also a terrific coach and motivator during all five wods. I couldn’t have done it without you. 🙂

    Most of all, it was really amazing to go from CFF superfan/spectator to competitor this weekend. I couldn’t have imagined doing this a year ago, and I have all of you to thank for helping me to get here.

  11. Nice job at the competition!~ Sounds like an awesome weekend for all who got at it!
    speaking of that… today was a fun WOD, but DU’s wipe me out and I took loads of rest on my push-ups!
    Felt fun to be outside today.

    clean- 50KG
    WOD- 13:56 RX

  12. Way to represent CFF! Congrats to all those that competed this weekend. This inspires me to look into competition.

    PC: 80kg (90kgX2)
    WOD: 5:16 Rx

  13. YAY! It was truly awesome watching the first time competitors and I cannot tell you how proud I am of all of you who I knew put your all into this past weekend. I hope you surprised yourself and this showed you where you are at compared to a good chunk of competitors in the northeast. And yes I second and say thank you to all the supporters who came out to watch and cheer everybody on.

    Once again, questions, worries, fears, concerns, anything we as coaches are all happy to answer and just want to see you guys not only reach your goals but soar right past them to keep making new ones. You guys were the inspiring ones this weekend. Now keep competing!

  14. Great job to everyone that competed. I really need to get into one of these. Sounds like a ton of fun.
    PC: 80kg
    WOD: 6:21 Rx – Pushups were the weak point.

  15. PC: 70kg
    WOD: 7:44 Rx

    My girls and I had a blast spectating this weekend. You all made quite the impression on them. The way they kept on pointing out the CFF athletes like they were rock stars while walking around CFNE was hilarious, and the constant “let’s go say ‘hi’ to (insert someone’s name here)” was so cute. They both said they can’t wait to start CF Kids.

  16. Too awesome! So proud of our crew!

    Power clean: 55kg – got 57 up for 1 rep and failed twice more

    WOD: 18:26 with 10#, DUs and Rx Pushups. I have many goats, and every movement in today’s workout worked my herd.

    My goal for fall is to get my dead hang pullup back, so I put some time in on those today too. I’m planning to be doing that more often.

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