Good Morning! It’s time for Beast Wars my first Crossfit competition. My partner today is Chris Donnelly creator of The Journey TV. My day started with volunteering. I was pulling double duty today, not only was I helping with the set up I was competing. First let me tell you there are so many pictures that I’m going to give you a link to my A Renaissance Woman fan page so you can get a much better glimpse of just how big this event was in Seabrook, Texas. Our team was signed up to do the scaled version but don’t let that fool you! It will still challenge your fitness level.
Chris and I were in the last heat and our judge would be none other than the gym owner Dr. Holt. There are two wods for the Beast Wars competition. The first WOD begins with Chris on the rowing machine for 200m while I run 200m. Only one athlete can move on the mat at a time. He can’t move until I get done with my run! No pressure right?1st Olympic lift 100 deadlifts for me (95lbs).
We can split up the reps however we want but only one of us can move at a time. If I get tired he lifts and if he gets tired I lift. We pretty much killed this part. Neither of us had a problem with deadlifts. Now we repeat the 200m but switch places, I get to row 200m and Chris gets to run and I can’t move until he gets back. I have to be finished with the rowing portion too.
I stuck with the step ups. I had been really worried about it because my right side had been really tight. I foam rolled it and had it checked out but it was still too tight to be jumping. The last thing I wanted to do was eat the box from fatigue and it being so hot outside.
We switch again and Chris gets to row and I get to run. I thought I was going to hurl all over the place, the heat was horrible. I finally made it back so we could begin the next part of the wod.
My weight was 65 lbs. again this is not Rx aka prescribed weight, this is scaled down. It takes a lot of focus! I had members of my gym cheering me on. That was the coolest thing about Beast Wars. There is nothing like your gym having your back! I kept going but time had run out. It was time to drop the bar and that was the end of the first WOD. I felt like a train wreck but it was over and we had finished.
People wear the funnest Crossfit gear, the shirts, the socks and head bands. It was awesome! So many Crossfit boxes from surrounding cities were there, Kemah, Clear Lake, League City, Pearland, Deer Park, Bay Area, Houston, Cypress, Humble and I’m sure I’m leaving some out. I’m glad they had as many volunteers as they did because we needed every single one of them! They gave away raffle tickets and gave out door prizes.Kroger was on hand to hand out apples and bananas!
Time for the second round or should I say Crossfit WOD #2. It’s much later in the day about 1 :30pm or so and it’s a lot HOTTER outside, the Texas heat is brutal.
My partner Chris busts out 10 reps of push ups. We then carry our plates (2 – 45lb. plates, 4 – 25lb. plates) across the parking lot to the other side where I drop and do another 10 push ups and I’m feeling drained now! Moving on to 21 push presses with (for me) two 18 lb kettle bells.
This part stunk because I’m not use to making them meet in the middle and I got a few no reps. Ugh! Nothing like getting a no rep from the owner of the gym. Just saying! Then Chris took his turn with 21 reps and 10 push ups. Then it was off to carrying the plates back again for 15 reps this time. Chris is going strong with his 15 and I’m killing my 15 and he drops to do his 10 push ups and we take off with the plates again to the other side. Those plates are HOT. They are black and the middle is metal so it’s just plain HOT. We did a great job though of getting them across. It was time to bust out 15 push press reps. We were near the end but the clock ran out after 12 minutes. It sure felt a lot longer than that!
What a great turn out for Unity’s first Beast Wars Crossfit competition, it was a great success and a lot of money was raised for the animals. For more photos of this event I invite you to visit the Beast Wars Facebook photo album!
Thank you FWRunCo for our partner t-shirts!