It’s Monday, and boy do I have some stuff to talk about! Let’s talk about the 48 hours leading up to my competition, the competition itself, and how I feel today.

On Thursday night, I was being a complete idiot and testing out my 1RMs for the lifts that I knew would be tested on Saturday. I was feeling really nervous about it… I felt unprepared because I hadn’t been eating much due to a stomach bug, had been sleeping even worse than I already do, and all of my training sessions were unsatisfactory and basically completely sucked. I walked away from every session feeling defeated and as if I wasn’t getting anything done. So, I decided to just say, “This is your first competition. You do your best, leave everything out there, and that’s all you can do.” So Friday I rested up and had an INSANE amount of delicious, naughty food that night (burger, fries, donuts, ice cream….)

Saturday morning. I woke up at 4:30 am because I was nervously excited and couldn’t go back to sleep. I went in to check in/weigh in at around 7:45 and the competition started about an hour after that. The first event was the 1RM clean and jerk. My excited nerves and the carbs in my belly from the night before had me excited. My first 2 attempts felt nice and clean, so I decided that my 3rd attempt, I’d try to hit a PR. WHICH I DID! I had to fight that baby up because I was so deep in the hole, but I managed. The jerk was fairly easy.

As I had decided before Saturday, I wasn’t expecting any PRs simply because of how shitty I felt. Lo and behold, though… I ended up hitting 3 PR’s at the competition! I couldn’t be happier. They weren’t big PR’s (we’re talking 5-10 pounds here) but considering how burnt out (and probably over trained) I was, I couldn’t believe it. After totaling it up, I ended up in second place for the weightlifting portion. The girl who ended up in first bested me by 10 pounds on her deadlift….. Oh well!


Then came the 2 wods. I was shocked that double unders would end up being my Achilles heel. Moments before the wod, i was knocking out sets of 60 and 70 unbroken double unders to get myself warmed up. During the wod, which had 30 double unders at a time, I COULDN’T DO THEM UNBROKEN! I looked at my coach for a split second during the wod with a look of horror on my face because of how poorly they were going. But, I managed to stay calm and ended up with a 3rd place finish. The final wod, with pistols and pullups, was totally in my wheelhouse and I came out with a 1st place finish, which put me 1st overall for the Crossfit portion.


The next day, the host of the competition (A3 Crossfit) emailed all of the athletes the ‘official’ scores (they put together the weightlifting and the crossfit portions) and I came out 1st overall! I couldn’t be happier and I have to say, I’m pretty proud of myself. I worked damn hard! All in all, the day was really tough. Going for 1 rep maxes for 4 different lifts is by far much harder than doing 4 wods in one day. Every ounce of your energy and every muscle in your body is recruited trying to squeeze out a 1RM, and after the final event (deadlift), I would be lying if I said I was excited to then go and do 2 wods. But I did, and everything turned out pretty swell if I do say so myself.

Today was a different story. My body is lit up EVERYWHERE! Every inch of me is sore and trying to do any movement is a joke. I went in to crossfit today thinking I was going to snatch.. haha! Yeah right! I picked up an empty bar and snatched it and it felt like the weight of the world. So, instead, I did a super long row workout. Enjoy…..

500m moderate pace

2 rounds:

2 min moderate pace, 1 min hard, 1 minute easy

2 Minutes rest

2 rounds:

2 min moderate pace, 1 min hard, 1 minute easy

2 Minutes rest

10 Rounds:

6 strokes at moderate pace, 12 strokes at hard pace, 6 strokes at easy pace

This totaled around 7000m. Which is a shitload of rowing.

That’s all I have for today guys. Depending on how my body feels, it’s back to the usual tomorrow. Be proud of your accomplishments, whether they’re big or small. And have fun! :)

  • Posted on 27. January 2014
  • Written by kayla perry
  • Categories: Kayla Perry Blog
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