The CFDC’s All Cities Open was a huge success. I competed alongside 47 other competitors from around Texas. Lots of stellar athletes, tons of good food, 3 grueling events.
The first event to start the day was a max effort clean and jerk scored as a percentage of your body weight. I was able to get 185# (1.2xbody weight) cleanly. I was able to get 200# overhead but wasn’t about to lock it out at the top and ended up finishing around the middle of the pack. Spencer put up a monster 280# (1.35 x BW) in event one to take 8th and Chase was able to successfully lift 205# (1.05xBW) and finish right behind me in the middle of the pack.
The workout for event two was:As fast as possible: 800m run 50 Double-Unders 30 burpees 200m farmers carry with two 53# kettlebells.
This ended up being a lot tougher than I initially thought; I wasn’t prepared for the onslaught that was about to ensue. It took me a good 20 minutes after I was done to walk again. My lungs were burning, my legs ached, and my grip was shot from the kettlebell carry but it was worth it. Chase and myself were able to redeem ourselves in this workout. Chase won this event with a time of 5:15, I came in at 4th place with a time of 5:54, and Spencer finished right behind me at 6:12. This put Chase and myself into the top 10 along with Spencer who was already in the top 10 after his performance in the first event.
The third and final workout looked like this:As many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of: 10 Wall Ball (20# Medicine Ball) 10 Box Jumps (20” Box) 10 Kettlebell Swings (53#) 5 Deadlifts (255#)
I started this event strong and could see that I was leading my heat. I wasn’t worried about the deadlift weight but wall ball isn’t my forte so I thought that would be my limiting factor. WRONG. Although #255 isn’t much when lifted 5, 10, or even 20 times anything after that becomes hell. I was cruising through the first 3 movements with no problem but then the deadlifts became unbearable. My body was screaming at me to stop but everytime I looked over I saw the guys next to me grueling it out so I had to continue. I ended up completing 9 rounds (45 deadlifts = ouch) and 2 extra wall ball to finished second in my heat of 10 guys, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the athletes in the later heats. It was obvious that the deadlifts were the limiting factor for everyone involved. I talked to an a competitor who had a 500# deadlift and even he was crippled by the high number of reps. Spencer finished in the top of the ranks again; completing 11 rounds and finishing 5th in the event. Chase had tough times with the deadlift and completed just under 7 rounds when the 20 minutes were up. Everyone was pretty worn out by this time and it was time to award the prizes for the top 3 finishers.
There ended up being a 3 way tie for 2nd place in the mens division and a two way tie for 2nd place in the womens division. The women settled the score by seeing which athlete could perform the most pull-ups without dropping from the bar. Katie Russel edged out Beth Spearman by completing 32 pull-ups to Beth’s 30. The men settled the tie breaker by seeing which athlete could perform the most muscle-ups (using gymnastic rings – a pull-up followed by a dip). Jeff Reed and Vic Zachary performed 7 muscle-ups each so we still had a two way tie for 2nd place. What better way to settle this than an arm wrestle? Both athletes were locked in place for about 15 seconds until Jeff Reed finally pulled ahead to clinch the second place spot. Matthew Brisebois from Denton took the first place prize for men while Lindsey Smith from Houston took home the prize for the womens division. Spencer finished 7th, Chase 8th, and myself 12th.
Great job to all the athletes who competed. Bobby, Mel, Meredith, Jim, Sam II, Vic, Russel, Erik, Matt P – You guys all did awesome. And a special shout out to Michelle, I’m so proud of you for finding the courage to sign-up; it was awesome watching you perform out there. Thanks to everyone who came in from out of town; it was great to meet you all and I look forward to seeing everyone again!