Saturday

Five rounds for time:

21 Barbell thrusters 75# (55#)

21 Double unders

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CrossFit mom, Kim Brown with stunning deadlift form.

Front Range CrossFit is hosting their Colorado Open today from 9:00am to 4pm

Athletes that would like to carpool meet at the Verve at 7:15am, trains leave at 7:30am.  Otherwise, we will meet at Front Range CrossFit.  Plan to meet up as a team, warm-up, go over weight, and feel the cool Verve vib.  Wear your Verve shirts, if you have them and show the spirit.

It's going to be a great time!  War paint will be provide…

Comments

  1. Tiff :

    first of all, i have to say…what an inspiring day!!! verve competitors: you AMAZE me! there were so many moments where your mental toughness and hard work shined!! it was incredible to watch. verve trainers: i don’t have the words to say how grateful i am we have you as coaches and teachers. thank you for pushing us. and thanks to all of you who come out to support us!
    so as i’m writing this there are currently no comments…i feel that maybe it will be more acceptable, then, to write out this novel that has been brewing in my head all day.
    i believe that in life for us humans to grow, to learn, to become better at living, we must get out of our boxes and get uncomfortable. crossfit draws those who truly want to push their own boundaries to the limit, past the limit, in order to become better, stronger, faster. as cherie quoted earlier today, “you have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” but for me, crossfit is deeper than just a sport, or a physical activity.
    today struck a chord for me. it reminded me why i have crossfit in my life, and why i am so blessed to have like-minded people along my side on the journey.
    the WOD can be many things for me: empowering, painful, exciting, frustrating, invigorating, discouraging, defining. today i experienced many of these, but above all i was humbled.
    the source of my awed state occured during WOD #3, designed by our very own “The Matt Chan”, which consisted of a simple 5 rounds of 21 thrusters and 21 double unders. i felt confident going in that i would finish under the 12 minute time limit.
    as the minutes ticked by, i realized that this was no ordinary WOD…around the third round, i felt my form failing, my back rounding, reverse curling the weight instead of the efficient clean. i was dizzy, not knowing if i was actually swaying as much as i felt i was. i heard noises, but few registered. cherie’s voice to the right urged me to keep going, to pick up the bar. my own voice, screaming the same thing inside my head. i heard the seconds counting down and, realizing i would not make it through my last round, struggled to push the bar overhead and complete 8 thrusters before collapsing onto my knees in a fetal position.
    often i can pinpoint where i lacked in a WOD: strength of mind, strength of body, insufficient practice with a skill, poor technique or form, lack of confidence. always, i feel like i could’ve gone just a little bit harder. as i panted into the mat, paying homage to the 55# barbell in front of me, i knew i had given it truly everything i had.
    i stumbled to the side and watched the next heat begin. that’s when it struck me. literally hundreds of people are here, CHOOSING to push past their limits, physically and mentally; CHOOSING to do more than they want to, endure more pain than their mind recommends, to keep pushing, to keep going. the struggle between mind and body was apparent on most faces. many heads shaking “no, i can’t do it anymore”, as their feet step to the bar and their hands pick it up anyway. i saw urgency, determination, pain, frustration, and even defeat on their faces…but even as each man fought
    his inner battle, they continued on. as the last seconds counted down and bodies hit the floor from relief, exhaustion, defeat, victory…i felt pride welling up in my chest. how blessed i am to be a part of a community who values perserverance, struggle, and challenge. not one person gave up when it got hard. these are people i look up to. these are people i want around me. these are people that make up our verve family! (man, i love you guys!!!)
    what an amazing way to end the day…a WOD that brought most of us competitors to our knees, or backs, or face down on the ground. a WOD that challenged us to give everything we had left if we wanted to finish. i couldn’t have asked for anything more unifying or more satisfying then being in that room and witnessing our athletes put it all out on the line.
    as that first men’s heat ended, i sat, feeling unsettled. then i realized what i needed to do. i went over to the warm up area, picked up a 55# bar and did my remaining 13 thrusters, dropped the bar and slammed out my 21 double unders. feeling the adrenaline wear off and the tiredness seep into my body from the day’s competition, i finally felt content.
    because a WOD that good…deserves to be finished.

  2. Well said Tiff!
    It was hard to not be bursting with pride today. You guys are totally inspiring and yes, as I said a BILLION times today, it takes a lot of guts to get out there and test yourself in front of a large crowd.
    It may have really sucked at times but you DID IT and that’s what counts. Way to go!

  3. Joylyn :

    I wish I could have been there to cheer everyone on today. I had some moments today of dazing off and wondering how you all were pushing the limits at the Open.
    Tiff–I love reading your comments. They are always so true to heart and to many of my own feelings that I often can’t seem to express so eloquently.
    I’m so proud of ALL of the competitors today!!! Can’t wait to see you tomorrow.

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