The weekend began with a strong start by the athletes of CrossFit Fenway, as Stacey won the overhead squat and chest-to-bar pull-up event by almost a minute over her nearest competitor. Erica nearly completed the first 2 rounds of the 21-15-9 rep scheme, and found herself in the middle of the field of 39 women. In the 3 rep max clean and jerk event Stacey put up 150#, good enough to tie for 6th. Erica scored 115#, but also managed to set a PR, as she was able to clean and jerk 120# twice during the event.
Sunday’s first event was a 12 minute AMRAP of deadlifts, handstand push-ups, and box jumps. Erica put on a gutsy performance, fighting her way through more than a round worth of movements, after having some difficulty with handstand push-ups while warming up earlier in the morning. When she got her first one done, after several attempts, it was one of the most exciting moments of the weekend. Stacey plowed through 7+ rounds, finishing 5th in the event, and moving up the standings in the process, despite taking on a movement that is not one of her favorites. Stacey qualified for the final event, known as the Albany Crippler. It included snatches, cleans, kettlebell swings, burpees, a cross country skiing machine, double unders, sled pushes, as well as sprints with and without a bumper plate in hand. Stacey finished 8th, leaving her in 4th for the weekend, one place away form a return trip to California.
Both of these athletes competed with so much heart, and left everything they had in Albany. It was amazing to watch them both compete and support each other throughout the weekend. Erica has battled a couple of nagging injuries on and off since before sectionals. She worked incredibly hard to get to this point, and showed she belongs there. Stacey’s dedication to training is inspiring, and she is her own toughest critic. Her efforts shone through, and she crushed it this weekend. I cannot adequately express in words how very proud I am of both of these outstanding athletes, and the way they represented themselves this weekend.
May 25th, 2010
Skill: 2 rounds:
10 Overhead squats
10 Dead hang pull-ups
10 Ring dips
Strength: Overhead squat 3-3-3-3-3
WOD: Complete 5 rounds for time of:
20 Double unders
15 Box jumps (24″/20″)
10 Dumbbell thrusters (45#/35#)
The Red Sox are still out of town Tuesday taking the team formerly known as the Devil Rays, with Jon Lester on the hill. Parking is available all day at CrossFit Fenway
Programing Note: CrossFit Fenway will be closed Monday, May 31st in observance of Memorial Day.