Hello everyone. Just got back from Dallas, attending MLG Winter Championships. It was a crazy time and lots of fun. I love working in this industry. There were three different tournaments going on. Here are some views from the crows nest that I got to take. I’ve never been to Dallas proper before and it was such a friendly city. I also don’t know how there are skinny people in Dallas because the food there is so rich and full and definitely not part of the NO BREAD lifestyle.
Just by chance, my friend Ann, and fellow Craic Head, was in Dallas for a medical conference as well. We thought our hotels were a block away from each other, but turns out they ended up being 13 miles away from each other. She is a star and borrowed her friend’s car so that we could go to Crossfit Heat (near my hotel) and do 13.2 with their crew. We showed up there and were immediately welcomed by Danny – who was the coach for the class. Also there for 13.2 were two of the other owners, Dale and Garry. Just more affirmation that the Crossfit community is one of the most welcoming, awesome group of people around. There were about 14 athletes doing the workout, including Ann and myself. I ended up judging Ann, and she judged me.
I was excited that I would be able to do this workout, after not even being able to touch 13.1 (considering, I’m not snatching more than 15# right now).
- 5 shoulder to overhead (75#)
- 10 deadlifts (75#)
- 15 box jumps
John posted some good tips for the workout on the Craic main site and I also texted Jarrod to get some tips and he told me to do step-ups and fast deadlifts. My goal was to get at least 5 rounds. Lucky for me that I could do step-ups and they were totally legit! I was so excited to be able to post a score for 13.2 So exited! I had been fighting some stomach issues for the three days going into the workout, but I just wanted to get through and keep moving. Ann went before me and killed it with 253 (8+13). I knew she was going to get at least 8 rounds. She is so fast and has a good engine.
I was next up and again, I just wanted to keep on moving and get at least 5 rounds in. The shoulder to overheads were super easy, the deadlifts were steady and I managed to do all of that unbroken. I reverse gripped with my left hand because of some of the grip / wrist issues I’ve been having and it was super helpful. I would have liked to go faster through the deadlifts towards the end, but maybe next time. The step-ups have some advantages in that they are less motor/cardio taxing, but they are super taxing on the legs and started to catch up with me. I just kept moving through, and taking some of John’s advice, caught some breaths before I started the lifting part and it enabled me to keep moving and do them unbroken for all the the rounds. I had surpassed the 5 round mark and I knew I had time to squeak out another round or two. Ann really started getting on me, pushing for me to finish the 6th round…and she knew I had enough time to get a 7th. Without her, I don’t think I would have been able to do it … but I really sped up the step-ups even though I was dead and got the last step-up with 3 seconds to go on the clock! Too late to get shoulder to overhead…so I got 7 even. I was really happy personally for that score. While it’s not the best in the world, I think that I put in my best effort that I could have that day. Thank goodness Ann was there!
One thing to note, the Crossfit Heat owners are comprised of 4 police officers…hence the name, Crossfit HEAT. I thought it was because of the temperature in Dallas 🙂 Can’t wait to go to another MLG event in Dallas – so I can visit Crossfit Heat again! As a bonus, Ann and I got some kick ass t-shirts from the box.