It was all set. Chris W. and Ashley R. would comprise Team ChrAsh to Masters Madness 3, a co-ed 40+ partner competition hosted by Diablo Crossfit on Sunday, October 26. Team Karma (Karen L. and Martin H.) were scheduled to compete as well. Unfortunately, the Thursday prior Chris tweaked his back during his lifting warm-up and he had to withdraw. Unable to find a substitute, at 4:37pm on Saturday, Ashley cancelled her babysitter and dog walker and sat down with the first of what would be several martinis. At 8:42pm, after her husband had left for the airport to go to Tokyo, she received word that Roger H. (nice!) was in. Uh oh.
Sunday morning we all arrived about the same time at the competition venue in Pleasant Hill. Amanda N., fresh off a whole day at a gymnastics meet in Sacramento on Saturday, generously came along to be our coach and cheerleader (thanks Amanda!). None of us knew much about the coming WODs, and we were all eager to get the show on the road. Ashley set her kids up in the back of the car with some books and games, and then off we went!
1A – 5 min AMRAP: 15 T2B, 40 double unders, 12 partner burpees
1 min rest
1B – 5 min AMRAP: 5 deadlifts, 5 hang squat cleans, 5 thrusters
1A was fairly straightforward and the work could be split up as needed with one athlete working at a time. Roger and Ashley opted to share each movement (although Roger did claim he could T2B “forever”, which turned out to be a slight overstatement), while Karma chose to share only theT2B and then have Martin do all the double unders and Karen do all the burpees. 1B started out at 95/65# for two rounds, then 115/85# for two rounds, then 135/105# for the remainder. The work could be split up as needed, but the non-working partner had to hold their bar in a deadlift or rack position, and neither athlete could drop the bar until the end of any 15 rep round otherwise the whole round would not count. Can anyone say “grip strength”?
For anyone who hates rowing (a.k.a. everyone) this was an awful WOD. It favored those with height, pain tolerance and technique … but no matter who you were, this one really hurt. The highlight of this WOD was Roger’s facial expression, he looked like someone was stabbing him in the back on every stroke.
12.5m overhead lunge walk then 12.5m overhead carry, 45/25# plate
25m low bar prowler push then 25m high bar prowler push, then 25m run
Relay style, woman, man, woman, man, prowler weights went up each round 25/70/95/140#
This WOD was fairly straightforward, except that Karen refused to fully stand up on her first lunge walk and despite the head referee standing in her way and yelling at her to go back and start again, she refused to see or listen to him and almost ran him down. To make matters worse, when she eventually redid lunge walks and she then dropped the plate to hip level during the overhead carry, and again the head referee had to put his life in danger to stop her and tell her to redo that section too. Unfortunately, Ashley thought the head referee was yelling at her (which he wasn’t) so she also went back and unnecessarily redid the overhead carry. Oops. The final 25m run was much harder than it looked on paper, and Martin looked like an intoxicated zombie as he staggered toward the finish line with slightly less grace than a 3-legged hippopotamus doing the rumba.
After all was said and done, a fun (but tiring) day was had by all. Unfortunately, unlike last year, there was no final WOD which was somewhat disappointing. Nevertheless, in the final accounting, Roger and Ashley came home in fifth, while Karma (surprisingly) ended up with the win. Special shout out to Chris, take care of your injury and get better soon, we look forward to seeing you at the next competition! Thank you to Sandy S. for coming out and being our official photographer (again) and to Michael V. and Margo T. for cheering us on!
p.s. We received a couple of free cases of Amara recovery drink, they are in the gym near the water cooler, please help yourselves!