I’ve never done a team event before, but I’m really looking forward to it! My team is called “Sunalta Strong” and my teammates are Anna and Meg. We all competed together, as individuals, at Battle in the Barracks and during the 2016 CrossFit Open, and had a lot of fun.
One of the interesting parts of a team competition is that you can play to your strengths a bit. For instance, I love lifting heavy things, but my cardio kind of sucks. Having a team allows me to do perhaps a bit more lifting and a little less cardio. Of course everyone has to do all the things still – typically – but it’s a relief knowing I’ll have help from teammates who are especially great at cardiovascular and gymnastic things! It’s also nice to have friends to train with leading up to a competition.
We’ve been dying of suspense up until today, but finally the event organizers released the competition WODs. Before you sign up, you can check the Girls Gone RX movement standards page to make sure you can do all the movements at the prescribed weights. But knowing the WODs in advance is great because then you can strategize and prepare!
Here are the four WODs (source):
For event 2, we had each girl do 10 wall balls and 5 cleans per round. This rep scheme kept us moving without winding us. 4 rounds plus 36 reps.
For event 3, we predicted grip strength was the real challenge. And was it ever! All the movements are perfectly doable but the real struggle is not letting go of the pull-up bar (two hang while the third teammate works.) Anna started the double unders and we each did sets of 50. Then our grips started to go so we went with smaller lunge sets of 15, and those of us hanging really started hurting then. All three of us are fine with burpees so flew through sets of 10-ish (as that’s all our grips could handle.) Anna did our last burpee as we hit the 10 minute time cap. The forearm burn afterwards was REAL.
The event 4 row looked like hell on earth to all three of us. I imagined it taking 10 minutes with transition times. Luckily we got some wise advice from Coach Eric beforehand to do all-out effort for :50 then quickly transition while helping each other with the straps. Felt a bit like NASCAR once we got rolling. We all felt pretty rough after our first turns, but luckily we only had to go twice each. 5:22 ish. I think on the comp day it might feel a little different as the lactic acid from the prior events will have more time to build up.
Anyways, I’m glad we got some practice in! Feeling excited for October 1st.
As of publishing this blog post, the Calgary competition is still accepting teams so click here if you’d like to join us on the 1st! Alternatively, we’d love having cheerleaders if doing a crossfit women’s team comp is not your thing. ☺️