Me, You, Training, and Competitions.

Three weeks ago I competed in the 2011 NorCal Open Weightlifting meet in Snatch and Clean & Jerk. I made 5 of my 6 lifts, placed third in my weight class, and PR’d my Clean & Jerk at 74 kilos (162.8 lbs.) which I was very happy about. On our goals board earlier this year, one of my pronounced goals for the year is to compete twice in weightlifting. Well, I’m halfway towards meeting that objective, thank you very much, and I plan to PR some more. It’s only June!

That competition was in my training calendar long before the 2011 CrossFit Open was announced. Little did I know that in the Open I would qualify as one of sixty women in Northern California to compete as individuals at the CrossFit NorCal Regionals. Remember, I came in 60th place, so I was truly the underdog. Thirty-one women ended up registering to compete as individuals (the rest most likely went to their boxes’ teams) so I entered the competition as #31 out of 31. Was I intimidated? Absolutely. Scared? Yep.

I ended in 21st place out of the 31 women, so I moved up ten spots from where I entered the competition. I was the second oldest individual female competitor (turning 37 this month) and one of only a handful of women in their thirties. Furthermore, I am an almost-full time single parent of two young children (ages six and nine) and own and run this box on top of that job.

If I can do it, so can you. If you think you’ve got some good excuses why you can’t train for competition, think again, because I’ve got you beat. And those things I listed above are only what I’m willing to publish publicly – I’ve got more.

So let’s talk about two upcoming opportunities for you to compete, to push yourself harder, to give your training a specific focus and purpose:

Femme Fit 2o11 – August 13th

Registration will open soon…this is a CrossFit-style competitive event for women only, held in Walnut Creek at CrossFit Sweatshop. Please let me know ASAP if you are even the slightest bit interested in this; it sold out very quickly last time, and I want to make sure that anyone who wants to get in this time does. See this promo video HERE.

2011 Redwood Empire Weightlifting Meet – August 27th

This is easily the most fun weightlifting meet around, and is in our backyard: Cotati! It’s outdoors, has hay bales for seating, and Lagunitas beer flowing. Remember that last year both Emily and Thomas competed at the Redwood. Then this last February we debuted our weightlifting team at the Friendly City Open.

Now it’s time to grow Team CFSR! Any of you who are interested in improving your Olympic-style weightlifting are encouraged to train for and perhaps compete at this summer’s meet on August 27th. Following the upcoming Snatch clinic, we will be announcing the addition of a weightlifting program at CFSR with its own classes, programming, and coach. More info to come…but I hope this piques your interest and you’ll consider joining.

Below is a video of my second CJ at the NorCal Open last month. Following that is a clip of the 205 lb Deadlift/24″ Box Jump couplet at the CrossFit NorCal Regionals – in the rain! Even though both of the other women visible in the video beat me, I was happy with my time – 6:13. A big thanks to all of you that came to watch or sent me emails and texts. I really appreciate the support!

To see more videos (actual professional ones) from the NorCal Regionals, go here.