My new Coach, whose team placed 5th in regionals last year (PHENOMENAL!), kept telling me I had the potential to make it to the games. I kept telling him there was no way. Did he not recall how I started? I mean really! Does Coach Trevor live in la-la land?
After placing 75th in the world and 6th in the region for the 2014 Crossfit Open in my age division (45-49), I qualified to compete in the worldwide 2014 Masters Qualifier. In the Masters Qualifier, I placed 29th in the world. Only the top 20 get to compete in the games held annually in California. I was within arms reach, which was way closer than I ever imagined... (I guess my coach actually does live in la-la land... LOL... well, almost anyway) I have to add that training with such motivated masters athletes, along with the programming and coaching at my box (CF540) brought me to a level I never thought possible. I will also always appreciate where I started crossfit (CFNWA). Very thankful for the Crossfit community!
The Masters Qualifier was tough. We had 7 legit masters athletes from my box that made it to the Masters Qualifier in our various age divisions. Such an amazing group of masters athletes! I personally thought about backing out because my wrist seriously hurt. I hurt it a few days after completing the Crossfit Open WOD 14.5, I haven't been able to practice ring muscle-ups at all. I have only done light-weight lifts, strict pull-ups, slow strict handstand push-ups along with some WOD's posted at my box that I did at a lighter weight with some substituted movements. I even re-hurt my wrist 5 days before the Masters Qualifier would begin. I thought I was ready to do bar muscle-ups. I tried one and it felt okay. So, I decided to try them consecutively. On my 10th one (not a good decision on my part), I felt a jolt of pain and my wrist popped. Felt like being stabbed over and over with an ice pick. I thought I was done.
As I prayerfully contemplated whether or not to even do the Master's Qualifier, it hit me that since I have unexpectedly made it this far in the Open, I HAVE to give it a try no matter what... And then the competition workouts were announced. I thought I might possibly be able to survive 3 of them, but I really didn't think I was even going to be able to do the "Amanda" WOD. This workout has an incredible history behind why it was even created. It entails a total of 21 ring muscle-ups (full body-weight on my hurt wrist) and 21 full squat snatches at 95#'s. My 1 rep max at the time was 115#'s. This all seemed impossible!
4 events in 4 days completed in any order I choose... I wrapped my wrist tight and hit a PR on the first event (1 rep max clean at 168#'s). It must be the adrenaline. On the second event (which, for me, was rowing, HSPU's and DU's), I actually choked on the Double-Unders. That's nothing new for me. On the 3rd event, I did Amanda. Oh my. My nerves were getting the best of me. I really didn't think I could do it. I chose to do one muscle-up at a time and when I got to the bar to do the snatches, the adrenaline kicked in and I unexpectedly hit every one of them. I ACTUALLY FINISHED!!! I was so shocked that I started crying. I made it through that with a hurt wrist. It took me 25 minutes and 11 seconds to do a WOD I never thought I could ever do.
With 3 down... 1 more to go, I was spent. The final day, I saved for the 100 pull-ups followed by 100 wall-ball shots with a 14 lb. wallball to a 9-foot target. I saved it for last because I knew my hands would likely rip. And boy, did they rip! I didn't realize how bad it was until I finished.
While at the games, I got to meet some of my competitors and I learned that Crossfit Headquarters invited up to 24th place in my age division because 4 people who initially qualified couldn't attend. I was already blown away that I even came this far, considering I started Crossfit 3 months after having to walk with a walker due to the Multiple Sclerosis. Now I learned I was only 5 places away from being able to compete in the big games!
I promise I won't take another year before I write about this. For now, I want to go spend time with my family. God Bless. And to God alone be the glory for all of this.
I encourage those doing crossfit to sign up for the open this year!!! There's still time. You NEVER KNOW where it may lead you. The first year I did the open was in 2012. I was fresh out of a wheelchair due to corrective bone surgeries. Crossfit HQ posted a photo of me still doing crossfit in that wheelchair HERE.