Crossfit 2018 Partner Comp // Part 2

Now this is what I call a great angle hahahaha

And a little double chin hahaha


Our first heat was drawing closer and I was getting more and more nervous! We watched some of our other teams compete and they did so well. Then it was time, time to get this thruster workout out of the way. Our heat was called up so we headed over to our lane. I was getting excited. We got set up. I was starting and then Mich was doing the second part. The clock was set on the 10 second countdown and then off we went. Those final beeps for the final three seconds are intense!

The workout had a time cap of 12 minutes. It was divided into two parts and you decided who does the first or second part. My part was 21 dumbbell thrusters at 15kg and 15 toes to bar for two rounds. Then Mich’s part was 21 dumbbell thruster with the same weight and 15 chest to bars for two rounds.

Funnily enough, I was more nervous about the dumbbell thrusters than the toes to bars. It was kind of a big deal even entering a competition with toes to bars in them because a few months ago I couldn’t even string them together. Yet, the thrusters for some reason psyched me out more.

It’s fascinating what a difference competition nerves and adrenaline does because the thrusters didn’t feel as bad as I remembered them. Then again, it’s very different doing them under pressure. My tactic was to break them up into 3 lots of 7s. It’s very easy for me to get carried away sometimes at the beginning of a workout and go too hard because the movement feels easy but this time I was sticking to my plan and forced myself to put the dumbbells down. Stubborn Maddie did come out but I convinced her now was not the time to push through and die at the end. Better to be consistent with little breaks.

The second round was where the thrusters got tough. It all happened very fast but I think I ended up putting down the dumbbells another time before I did my final three or four reps. The toes to bar were a struggle! Then someone from our Red Bluff squad shouted, do singles! So instead of being stubborn once again by trying to get several reps in one go I did singles. Thanks for the reminder whoever that was! When you’re stuck there in your struggle bubble it’s great to have someone watching you yell out with other solutions to the task at hand. I eventually finished my thrusters and then it was Mich’s turn.

I was lying on the floor for the first part of her thrusters but I did see her absolutely smash it. Her tactic on the chest to bars, because it is such a taxing movement was to do singles but she managed a couple of sets unbroken which was amazing to see. Towards her final round of chest to bars I could see she was struggling, the same way I had struggled with my toes to bar. All we wanted was to finish within the time cap. With about 40 seconds left on the clock Mich still had a couple of reps to go and she finished them with a few seconds to spare. What a lady! We were thrilled to have finished that workout. I was relieved and felt like we only had the good ones left. Well, we didn’t know what the final would be but then again, what we didn’t know we couldn’t really worry about. There was not much you could prepare for and we were all in the same boat.

Around this time our coach Pete showed up to support us. It was so great to have him there to discuss tactics and to have his support. He suggested we all found a café nearby to leave the competition and chill out for a bit. It gets very overwhelming competing and spectating all day, it takes it out of you. Our coach Ads something really interesting to us during his pep talk the day before and it was about the most exhausting roles you can have during a comp day:
1. Run the event
2. Judge
3. Spectate
4. Compete

His advice was don’t take on more roles than you need to because they’re all exhausting. So don’t compete and spectate. I had never really thought of it that way before but I knew what he meant. I was dead watching Faye compete at Rainhill and I said to her it almost had felt as though I’d competed too haha.

Mim and Em were in a different and earlier heat from the rest of us and decided to stay at the gym whilst we all headed off to a café nearby. I felt really bad us all leaving them but we went anyway because we needed some space.

We got to the café and chilled for a bit. Some of us had coffees and some food. I was just sitting there and chilling. We were there for 20 minutes or so but then I really felt that I wanted to support Em and Mim. They’re some of our closest friends and I wanted to be there to cheer them on during their heat. So Mich’s boyfriend Kyle very kindly drove Mich, Perry and myself back so we could be there little cheer squad. We knew they had Pete there but it does make a difference having a little support crew when you’re out there on the floor.

Back at the competition PC had arrived, that was a pleasant surprise! Very sneaky of him considering he said he wasn’t going to come when I’d asked him the day before. We all sat down next to Mim’s and Em’s lane. The girls did so well! We were so proud of them.

Crossfit 2018 Partner Comp // Part 1

On our way to Altona!

The squad are incoming

Athlete briefing

Done with our deadlift workout
It’s been a long time coming but here it goes. Let’s chat about last week’s competition. This week has ben quite hectic but now’s the time!

So, the Crossfit 3018 Partner Comp. Leading up to it I was actually not that nervous. I remember my first beginners comp last year in Stirling I was terrified. I had never really experienced a competitive environment in that way before and I felt like a fish out of water. I absolutely loved it once I was in it, even though I was panicking and did the wrong movements for a couple of reps haha. I completely blanked. We came last in every workout but we had a blast my partner Kirsty and I.

Then earlier this year I did my first individual comp at Rainhill. Again I was terrified. It was a scary thought facing all the madness alone. At least when you’re in a pair you’re in it together. This time it was only me. I was dying the weeks before and the nerves just got worse and worse. Once I was there and the first workout started I felt so much better and I loved every moment of it but I remember just before how nervous I was. Therefore, I was a bit confused when I felt pretty chilled leading up to this comp.

It was only really the day before when our coach Adam sat us down to give us a few pointers when I realised we were actually doing it. I guess up until that point I’d avoided thinking about it too much. It was my first intermediate competition after all and I didn’t expect any wonders on the leaderboard. We were going to do our absolute best but we had no idea how it would go. We just wanted to do it for and fun see how it would go. There were movements in the workouts both Mich and I have struggles with. I guess with not having an expectation of where we should place we immediately relieved some pressure you could put on yourself and gave room to focus on just getting through the workouts the best way possible.

The day of the comp had an early start. We got up around five to have breakfast and get ready. We had spent the night before packing our bags and prepping food for the day so that was all good to go. Around 6.20am Mich and Em swung by Mim’s and my place to pick us up and off we went to Altona. It was a pretty gloomy day and in the car ride I was starting to feel the butterflies in my stomach. It had been a while since I got those comp butterflies and a little small voice in my head was thinking, why are we doing this to ourselves?! I knew it was going to be so much fun, but one of the workouts was really playing on my head. We had tried it after a class in the gym once (silly really to try and do it properly after having done a one hour class first, of course it wasn’t going to be my best attempt) and it hadn’t gone very well. I died. The movement which killed me was the 15 kg dumbbell thrusters and I knew it was going to hurt.

We had a great little road trip over to Altona, just across the bridge in the Western part of Melbourne. That was an experience going over the bridge, haha. The furthest West I’ve been so far! After getting lost the final bit of the journey we made eventually it to the box just in time for registration. We went straight to Athlete registration area to get signed in and pick up our comp tops. Then we joined forces with the guys from the gym who had already arrived. The entire CFRB (Crossfit Red Bluff) comp team were there and ready to go. The box was really nice!

The anticipation of starting a comp day I think is the worst. You just want to get started! I did so many nervous pees I lost count even before the athlete briefing. Then the time came and it was time to get started. The owner of Crossfit 3018 Tristan (awesome guy!) welcomed us all to the comp and we went through how the day would run and the movement standards. The final thing announced was the surprise for the intermediate heats, everyone was going to be in the final. So we had a surprise round waiting to finish the day off. Intriguing! I was just praying it wouldn’t be muscle ups or handstand walking haha. I cannot do one to save my life. It probably wouldn’t be considering it was an intermediate competition but you never know.

Once the briefing was done we were told we had to sign up for a time slot to do one of the workouts, the deadlift one. 40 synchronised deadlifts at 70kg for girls and the remaining time calories on the bike, you had four minutes to do it. Mich and I were quite late to sign up and ended up being the first ones to do it. Not what we were hoping for but at least we would get a workout out of the way straight away. I was not nervous for this one as I love deadlifts!! It’s my best movement and I love heavy deadlifts. Mich has been working so hard on her deadlifts and I knew this was a workout that had been playing on her mind. She did so well and we got through the deadlifts in the time cap, she fought hard! I was so insanely proud of her. And then for the remaining time I got on the assault bike and tried to cram as many calories in as possible in the 25 seconds we had left. I think I got about 11, which isn’t too bad.

One thing that messed us up on the deadlift workout was the movement standard and what was considered a rep. During the briefing we were told as long as you met at the top of the lift it didn’t matter how fast or slow the rest of the movement was, however when the judge was counting our reps she no repped us for a couple of them even though according to the standards we should’ve gotten the reps. In hindsight we should’ve gone through the movements with the judge beforehand to make sure we were on the same page. This is what I did at Rainhill and I forgot about it this time around. I definitely won’t next time! You always learn something. Either way, we were happy we had completed the workout and then went to get prepared for our first heat.

Funnily enough, we were put in a heat with all guys. That was a first, not very common I think. So Mich and I were in the same heat as Perry and Sean and Tim and Matty from our gym. Mich and I said to each other we could just pretend it was like any other workout back at our gym. It was a bit of a shame because it would’ve been fun to see the guys compete but it was also fun to be in it together.

I think I’ll round this post off now because it’s getting quite long! To be continued.

M xxx


CF 3018 Partner Comp 2018

Where do I even start to explain yesterday? It was incredible and there’s so much to be said. I’ll be writing more in-depth about the comp but I thought I needed to get something up anyway.

The day went by at the blink of an eye, as comps tend to do I’ve noticed by now. My sore body is what is reminding constantly of that yesterday actually happened. Especially my quads!

When you’re in a comp you feel like you’re noticing everything. I think it’s the time in my life when I feel like I’m the most present in the moment. Once that timer goes off it’s only you and the workout ahead and of course in this case your partner. All those nerves playing up and the thoughts in your head go quiet. It’s like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. I felt a lot calmer going into this comp than my previous two. I think it made a difference. Probably because I had Mich next to me and also having some experience of how it all works from before.

Now looking back, whilst I did feel so present. The day is already a blur and a jumble of experiences and emotions. That’s why I love having this space to write it down and reflect on what actually happened. It’s also great to look back on in the future.

I’m so grateful to have been able to share it this day with my incredible Crossfit fam. What a crew we were, competing and cheering each other on until the end. I still can’t believe how lucky I am to have this crew here Australia who I get to see every day and do what I love with. Life would’ve been so different if I hadn’t have started Crossfit back in Glasgow that’s for sure. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I don’t know how I would’ve found friends over here if it wasn’t for it. It’s tough as an adult to find like-minded people if you don’t go to uni and just work.

Anyway, enough blabbering for now. There’s more to come! I can’t wait to share it all with you,

M xxx

Comp Day

Good morning my dears! Today’s the day, it’s competition day. Right now we’re sitting in Mich’s car on the way to Altona. The rain is pouring down outside and the nerves are slowly creeping up on me. I’m excited though! I can’t wait to get the first workout out of the way. Then I’ll feel a lot better.

I’m really struggling to think of what to write right now haha. So I’ll stop but I just wanted to stick my head in here and say hi. Let’s hope it all goes well and that we have the best time. I know I will surrounded by my Crossfit Red Bluff crew.

Speak soon my dears, M xxx