Today started off great. Shook out some nerves on my first snatch, and ended up with a PR. During this training cycle, I have managed 3 PRs on the snatch, a lift I had not really progressed in since 2014. Fast forward into the warmups for the CJ and I started to get lightheaded after hitting just 70%. In the end, the heat just proved to be too much for me. I got overheated and couldn't get cooled off. It felt like it sucked the energy right out of me. The PR in the snatch helped me out a great deal because I would not have to rely on my CJ to carry the total. I still needed to hit a big number for me to pull it off. But it just wasn't in the cards today. The numbers I missed were all numbers I have hit in training and numbers that I know I can hit. That heat index really took it out of me today and just couldnt bounce back.
Can't thank @madisonk15 enough for her guidance and patience, especially coaching and counting for 3 lifters and doing it all so flawlessly. And the @CFBluegrass family that came out to support all of us lifting. That makes such a huge difference.
For a while, I was upset about the results, but the more that I think about it, I really can't be. I am thankful to have the ability to train and compete in something that I love. I am thankful my back has held up and allowed me to once again push things. I am thankful to be making progress. On to the next one...
#TBT to when this little guy had white hair on his chest instead of grey hair on his face. Won't be long before he is 15 years old.
Was going through some old photos the other day and came across this shot I took at @HolidayInnFWB last year as a storm approached.
One of those rare training days for me. A 10lb PR on the snatch and 6lb PR on the CJ for a training total above what I would need to qualify for Masters Nationals and still 8 weeks out from the end of this training cycle. It makes the early mornings worth it to see the results. Topped off by your coach coming over with a smile on her face, not just because you made the lift, but also because she knew what you were capable of before your hands even touched the bar. I love this place.
On my final CJ today, I fought to get this 4lb PR at 136kg/299lbs. After missing my opener, a weight I haven't missed in I don't know how long, my coach pulled me to the side and said "OK, we are done missing lifts now." Ended up going 4/6 in my first meet since 2014 and a 27kg improvement in my total. CJ PR and total PR which also qualified me for Masters Pan Ams. Nationals is still a little ways out for me, but it is within striking distance now.
Thank you for @Covert_Barbell for putting on such a great meet. Well run and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Can't say enough about my coach @Madison15K who by all accounts is one of the coolest human beings on the planet. Her coaching, support, and her confidence in my abilities, made today possible. She put up with all my crap, helped with my programming, and always remained cool, calm, and collected. Both Madison and @JGive_13 have truly helped me get back to doing something I really love. I am fortunate enough to train at @CFBluegrass with some awesome people that have pushed me to improve. Days like today are why I wake up at 3:55a to go train.
On a side note, since starting to track my macros on January 19th, I have dropped 10lbs as of this meet. Not only have I been able to manage PRs here and there, but I am doing it at a lighter body weight, which is pretty darn cool to me. Shout out to @thenaturalgrip for getting me hooked on the flexible eating by @jasonackerman78 and for taking time out today to come cheer me on.
Lots of stuff to work on, but this was fuel for the fire to keep going and work even harder.
South Pittsburg, TN
Wrote up a little about how I created this on the blog. Link in bio.
Hey @CrossFitGames and @TheDaveCastro just letting you know the crew at @CFBluegrass is ready for the Open!
Had fun messing around in Photoshop the other night to create this. Photo is of CrossFit Bluegrass athlete Matthew Winkle during the Open last year.