I took a couple of days off before judging at the Regionals. My shoulder was bugging and I just wanted to rest a bit before what I knew would be a physically taxing weekend. Had the judging briefing and couldn’t have asked for a better head coach staff. I think that it’s super important to have a supportive head judging staff to make sure that they have your back should ANYTHING go wrong. It was EC Synkowski, Jesse Cook (he was the cat herder), Eric O’Conner, and Todd Widman. I love them all and hope to do more events with them.
What a great weekend! On Friday and Saturday, I was assigned to group A, lane 7. I started the day judging two of the Team Jackie heats and one of the men’s heats for Jackie. You can see a full list of all the team and individual workouts here if you want full explanations of what they were. Team Jackie was a good way to kick off judging. It’s a fairly easy one to judge and the workout was really straightforward. 1000 meter row, 50 thrusters, 30 pull-ups. I judged two team heats. The first team I judged finished right under the time cap and the second team, the female member struggled a ton on the thrusters and pull-ups and didn’t end up finishing her portion of the workout until about 13:30 (time cap was 15 minutes). The male only got a portion of the row in before they called time. I think that’s the hardest part about judging these major events. You have to remain without emotion and just be a judge, holding the athletes up to standards – blocking everything out. I really wanted to cheer her on and give her some coaching / encouragement … but you just can’t. I was super relieved she fought through and finished the workout. The next heat I got to judge was the male individual Jackie and I got Austin Malleolo. He is an amazing athlete. He did Jackie in a smoking 5:22 by doing his thrusters and his pull-ups unbroken. He’s serious business during the workout, but the consummate athlete – always cheering his other heat mates on after he’s done and with a smile on his face.
Spent the afternoon judging events two and three for the female individuals and the teams. Overhead squats and burpee muscle-ups. The OHS had a lot of no reps on depth, but the weight the women were putting up was awe-inspiring. The burpee muscle-ups were a bit more of a struggle for the women – but I got to judge one group where one of the women got her first two muscle-ups ever. Love what competition brings out in people.
The next day, I had some stomach issues in the morning and didn’t feel it would be good for anyone if I was out on the floor for a 25 minute chipper. I stood on the sidelines and watched people give it everything they could. It was a nasty looking workout for both the teams and the individuals. By the afternoon, I was feeling a ton better and managed to judge event 5. Fast workout, fun to judge. Tricky with the deadlifts and the box jumps. All about opening up the hips, standing up fully on both accounts. Since it’s so quick, you have to be right on top of the athletes. I judged Amanda Goodman in her heat and she got 2nd place by 1 second. Her problem was that she faltered on a box jump and that cost her the heat.
The third day was a crazy workout day. I judged the team and women for event 6. As a judge, we had to count the double unders and then roll as quick as we could under the partition before the athletes came coming our way. The team workout was a ton of stuff to keep track of and lots of concentration required, possibly the hardest event I’ve judged but also the most fun! The women’s heat was a bit easier to judge, and you can see a bit of me in this video below (of the heat). I’m in lane 8, judging Stacey Kroon.
Went into the final workout of the day, rope climbs and cleans. Judged different parts of this one, ropes, cleans, etc. Then, the finals. I got the opportunity to judge the finals of the Regionals for the team, men and women. I was in lane 8, judging the rope climbs. The rope climbs are crazy because they go flying everywhere when the athletes are climbing them. You have to watch your lane but also the lanes beside you to not get whipped by a rope.
What an experience. Exhausting, a lot of hard work for a t-shirt, but for some reason, I love it and hope to go back next year.
Here are some pictures from the weekend:
Had a couple of breaks throughout the days and I spent way too much money shopping in vendor village. The LifeasRx tent turned into the Craic tent because Jarrod and company were all working there…and it’s just a fun place to be. Love my new LifeasRx hat and headbands.