Warm-up: FW circa building (50/35lb), 15 OWLs (45/25lb), 20 (each arm) 1-arm KB swings (35/20lb), Row 300m x2
MetCon – Griff:
2 Rounds for Time
Run 400m Backwards
Finisher: 60 second L-sit on parallettes
Garage Games Day 1: CrossFit Ktown and company arrived on the scene in Woodstock, GA at the outdoor YMCA facilities at approximately 8:30am for registration and such. Cesar, Brandon, Taylor, and Doug were all gearing up for their first event.
Taylor and Brandon, in the advanced men’s division, promptly took their spots at 9:00am for the 7kish treacherous trail run while Doug and Cesar got to chill for a couple of hours until their first intermediate men’s heat in the wall-ball and KB swing AMRAP. (And when I say chill I literally mean chill…temperatures were hovering right around freezing all day and with the wind whipping it sure felt below freezing. We even had some windburn casualties.) The trail run was not viewable for spectators, so us Ktowners tried to keep entertained and warm while awaiting their return.
How the trail was for sure I cannot say, but we did hear horror stories about it later on. With the rain coming down the trail became soaked and muddy with your feet sinking in a good inch with every step.
There was also a bridge crossing that caused several tumbles from all competitors, Ktowners (Cesar and Brandon) and non-Ktowners alike. Thankfully, Taylor didn’t have a problem with the bridge; he just tossed it aside and drank up the stream. At least that’s how I imagine it. Another hazard of the trail was the once trickling stream but now raging river that had athletes running through water up to their waists. Remember that it was freezing outside so the water was well below. This event led to compound fractures, bruises, bloody noses, scrapes, twisted ankles, and numerous other injuries (thankfully none too serious to Ktowners), thus making it the most perilous event at the Garage Games.
Brandon came in first of the Ktowners at 28:51 placing him 16th overall with Taylor following soon thereafter at 30:04 in 25th. It was a good showing from our boys, especially with some very experienced runners participating.
Close to the time of Brandon and Taylor finishing up the run, Cesar and Doug began warming up for their first event.
With 12 minutes set on the clock to get as many rounds of 10 KB swings (53lbs) and 10 wall-balls (20lbs), Doug and Cesar lined up beside each other and grabbed onto their kettlebells. “3…2…1… GO!” the announcer shouted and they were off. This workout seemed easy on paper, like most CrossFit WODs, but turned out to be pretty brutal, especially in the rain. The wall-ball targets were higher than normal at 12ft which only momentarily threw Doug and Cesar off. When the buzzer sounded to end the workout Doug finished with 8½ rounds and Cesar with a full 9.
With the first workouts in the bag, we all went to hang out with the CrossFit Memphis folks in their cabin and out of the cold. Unfortunately, Brandon didn’t have much time to rest since he was in the first heat of the wall-ball/KB AMRAP. Even with heavy, tired legs and some numb fingers Brandon did well completing 10½ rounds in 15 minutes with a 70lb KB and 20lb medicine ball, scoring 23rd overall in the workout.
Taylor competed in the second-to-last heat right when it began snowing and scored 2 reps shy of 10 rounds putting him 29th in that workout. Regrettably, Taylor got the Nazi judge of the competition who didn’t count a whopping 25 or so of his wall-balls.
Next up was Cesar in the sandbag/Deadlift event. He was the guinea pig for the workout in the very first heat. The workout consisted of cleaning a sandbag (80lbs) to the shoulders and sprinting/running/jogging/walking up a hill, power cleaning it 10 times, running back down the hill, dropping off the sandbag, and then deadlifting 225lbs 20 times. Sounds like a blast, right? Cesar killed this workout finishing in the top 5 guys at a blazing speed of 2:34. Thanks to his massive deadlift, he was able to go unbroken in the workout.
Doug went a few heats later, and blasted his way up the hill, being one of the first guys to the top. He cranked smoothly through the first few cleans until about rep 5. Rep 5 was a nasty bugger and Doug fought not to lose it for a good 15 seconds. In a short workout this time made all the difference. Doug never gave up though and showed true Ktown spirit by coming back to beat several guys out of his heat and even more so overall. Let me tell you that there was a time limit to this workout, and many fellows ended up with DNFs by their names (DNF=did not finish), so just finishing was a huge accomplishment for all our competitors.
Crazy as it may sound there wasn’t much rest between Cesar and Doug’s heats to Brandon and Taylor’s final workout of the day. Yes, all the advanced men workouts were scheduled pretty close together. Brandon was the sample for this workout being in the first heat. He was unlucky in that respect. The differences for advanced athletes compared to intermediates were a 120lb sandbag and a 315lb deadlift. The hill remained the same as did the number of deadlifts. Let’s just take a second here to think about a 120lb sandbag. It’s like a person…a 120lb person of dead weight. It’s not an easy thing to pick-up. Brandon made the mistake, which was discovered after watching numerous heats, of sprinting up the hill. With that heavy of a sandbag he was totally gassed at the top of the hill, so much so that he had to stop a lot more than usual between the cleans. It didn’t matter though because he came back and popped out his deadlifts nice and quick placing him 27th in the workout. Brandon even got a congratulatory high-five from a random lady who was inspired by his “awesome comeback.”
Taylor went in the very last heat of all the men. (Yeah, thanks for making us stand out in the cold even longer, Taylor). As all of you could probably guess, this workout was made for him. He crushed it with a sub 5 minute time placing him 9th overall in this event and scaring lots of small children and old folks in the process.
The day lingered on and finally Cesar and Doug got to warm-up for their last event. The 7kish trail run that I already mentioned was terrible! Sprits were high, as were nerves, but Doug and Josh were determined to lighten the mood.
About 30 minutes after the run began Cesar came barreling in at 27:49 setting him in 3rd place in the event. Yep, his time was crazy fast and would have even placed top 10 in the advanced division. Doug came in at 40:06, thinking that this would probably be his worst event, but instead he rocked it being on pace with his pavement, not-through-mountains-hills-and-water, 5k time. Not to mention, the final 250m were all up a steep incline and out of nowhere Doug came sprinting up to cross the finish line like a champ. It was quite inspiring.
Thus concludes Day 1. Stay tuned tomorrow for Garage Games Day 2.
You guys better enjoy this because it took me freaking forever,
<3 Coach Miss J