Well Represented

Proud only begins to describe the way I feel about everyone who represented CrossFit Fenway this past Saturday at the Beast of the East.  Our large contingent (current estimates around 3 dozen) of competitors and spectators were amazing.  All of our athletes gave an inspiring effort, but couldn’t have done it without the support of our CrossFit Fenway family.  A few stats for you:

  • CrossFit Fenway had 12 athletes competing, 9 men, and 3 women, 5 of which were first timers
  • There were 132 total competitors, 102 men, and 30 women
  • 5 men and all 3 women from CFF made it through the first cut down to 48 men and 20 women
  • 4 Fenway athletes finished in the top 10, 1 man, and all 3 women

I’ll definitely take some great memories away from Saturday, like Yosh being announced as the current leader in event 3 along with the cheer that followed, Haley’s sprint to the finish of event 4 surrounded by her teammates, and Stacey’s performance in event 5.  If you have photos from the event please share them, and I’ll be sure to make any I receive available.  We can all take pride in CrossFit Fenway’s performance this weekend.  Now let’s get back to work, and getting ready for the next one.

November 8th, 2010

Strength: Low Bar Back Squat 5-5-3-3-1-1-1

10 Kettlebell Swings (32kg/24kg)
1 Strict Pull-up (no kipping)
9 Kettlebell Swings
2 Strict Pull-ups
8 Kettlebell Swings
3 Strict Pull-ups
7 Kettlebell Swings
4 Strict Pull-ups
6 Kettlebell Swings
5 Strict Pull-ups
5 Kettlebell Swings
6 Strict Pull-ups
4 Kettlebell Swings
7 Strict Pull-ups
3 Kettlebell Swings
8 Strict Pull-ups
2 Kettlebell Swings
9 Strict Pull-ups
1 Kettlebell Swing
10 Strict Pull-ups


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22 thoughts on “Well Represented”

  1. LBBS — 52kg, PR by 7kg

    WOD — 15:34; 20kg KB, no bands. Pull-ups got TOUGH the last two rounds. Glad to finally move up a bit on KB weight. Great start to the morning!

    1. I forgot to reiterate the obvious in my morning haze/rush: Fantastic work by all of our competitors on Saturday. Your dedication, perseverance and ability are inspiring. I feel lucky every day to be part of this family.

  2. big thanks to everyone who came out on saturday.. your support was absolutely amazing! i may be biased, but i don’t think any other gym showed up quite like fenway did.

  3. Justin, you made it to class today??? my body is still pissed at me! Not only is it mad from the 3workouts on Saturday, but also because I consumed 30,000 calories of pasta and bread yesterday!

    okay, training for sectionals begins today… not just for me, but for the rest of the CFF’ers. We had a kickass number of athletes representing at the beast, and I strongly believe we can have triple the amount by sectionals. I know Brian has committed, and I want others to as well. I was personally very humbled by the competition, but i realized that many of our athletes at CFF could have done very well at the beast, so no excuses for Sectionals!

    And a quick shoutout to all the athletes this weekend, i was so f’en proud for everyone… from all three of our women OWNING it, and for many great moments from our male athletes!

    ps – stacey’s performance in the last wod gave me chills… i swear i was watching one of the most epic moments in sports history!

    1. A huge thank you to all the CFFers that came out on Saturday! Your presence made the atmosphere electric and helped create an unforgettable experience. Great job to all the CFF athletes that competed! I am grateful to have had the opportunity to train and prepare with you these past few months. Coach Eric, as a fellow lightweight, it was inspiring to watch you make it through the heavy weights and short sprints of the first three events to enter a top performance in the fourth workout. Coach Stacey, your dramatic victory in the final event was simply awesome.

      I am so proud to be part of the CFF family. It is amazing how much our members have grown and improved in less than a year. I am continually inspired by the progress everyone is making, which in turn pushes me harder in my own training. To that end, if you are thinking about competing, I would encourage you to do it. Talk it over with the coaches and come up with a plan. Training for a specific goal like a competition is on an entirely different level of intensity. Consider this a challenge to help raise the bar at CrossFit Fenway. The stronger each one of us becomes, the stronger all of us will become.

      I know that it may seem daunting. Personally, I did hesitate before committing to compete, questioning whether or not I was ready. There are a handful of movements that I knew would stop me dead in my tracks if they came up. I talked it over with the coaches, and decided to sign up anyway. The worst that could happen, Stacey put it, was that I’d stand there for a workout I couldn’t do and move on to the next one. Regardless, it would be a learning experience.

      I went into Beast of the East with no expectations other than giving my best effort and getting some competition experience under my belt. When “DT” was announced as the first event, it was pretty close to a worst-case scenario for me. I knew from class that I wouldn’t be able to get through the hang power cleans at 155#. Stacey was right, though. When my heat came up, I didn’t die from shame. Instead, I tried as hard as I could for 12 minutes, and even surprised myself by getting through some of the cleans. The rest of the day only got better from there, and I finished the competition feeling like I had achieved my goal. George Halas said “Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it,” and I certainly do not regret my experience this past Saturday.

      If you are thinking about competing, why not do it? What have you got to lose?

  4. Justin, I was a little surprised to see your comment, and you back in class today, but I shouldn’t have been. It’s that type of attitude, also expressed by Eric P., that in part fueled the performances over the weekend.

    If you’re beat up, there’s nothing wrong with easing back into training. Some mobility and conditioning may be just what the doctor ordered, especially if this was your first competition. At the same time, if you’re feeling good, why not get right back after it?

    It’s motivational, and it’s going to help me hit it hard today. Thanks to all of you for being so inspiring.

  5. WOD: 13:11 @20kg. Those pull-ups sucked. A lot. I did quickly discover that since I can’t kip with a mixed grip, it’d be less tempting if I used that!

    Worked depth on my LBBS rather than weight.

  6. LBBS: 120kg – new PR. failed at 130kg. and need to work on bailing out properly – nothing like 286lbs rolling right down your back…

    WOD: 13:16. hard to resist impulse to kip…

    shoutout to all our athletes on Sat. way to represent.

  7. Hey guys, we’ve been uploading pictures of the event to our gallery at saintclairstudio.smugmug.com/crossfit/beast if you want to check them out. We’ve been trying to tag them so you can search for people, but somewhat unsuccessfully given the 125 athletes we didn’t know…

    Check em out, let me know what you think and if you have any you’d like touched up, these were fast basic edits of over a 1000 pictures so not as much time went into them as our normal processing

    1. Evan,

      The pictures are fantastic, brotha! Except for the one where my clean looks like I am taking a doo doo in my pants. haha

  8. LBBS: 120kg – I think it’s the same as my last PR. failed at 130kg.

    WOD: 11:45; on pullups ended up using red & purple bands, only 1.5poods on kettlebell swings. Just a bit more low back strengthening and I’m aiming to go to 2 pood.

  9. Words really can’t do it justice. It is unbelievable the amount of support we have from CFF. I legit couldn’t stop smiling the entire day thinking about how we all come together for one another. I said this once before during my first month at CFF; how great it feels to be a part of something this good. I’m passionate about what we do and have all fo you guys to thank for it. Incredible work from everybody this weekend. Thanks again for showing me what happens when you match effort with support.

  10. Hollywood@Crossfit Boston

    Congrats to all who competed Saturday! Your competitors did extremely well. Nice to see the neighbors represent.

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