16. June 2014 by swissfitchick
Good morning and happy Monday!!
Thank you Katie for hosting the Monday Party!
It was the Swiss Team Challenge 2014 – a national competition where as many Crossfit boxes all over Switzerland can participate. Read more about the background and rules here.
There were 2 categories, Regulars and Firebreathers. Obviously I started with the Regulars. We had to absolve 7 workouts overall, split up in 3 events.
My problem was, that my sacroiliac joint and with that my sciatic nerve made big trouble AGAIN and after begging my chiropractor to fix it as good as possible and give me painkillers, I went for it. Not ideal, but hey, you can not let your team down, no way!!
I went to help the guys building up all the stuff on Friday night, fueled properly and then went to bed early. No drinks
and no sex before a competition!!
Breakfast was an Oatmeal-TVP-Egg-Cake with a banana and painkillers on the side 😦 I also made sure I packed snacks. I baked my Oatmeal Berry Coconut Cake and added a banana, so it came out a little richer to give me energy in between the events and it tasted like delicious banana bread. And the preworkout selfie because well – a selfie.
A little later we got to listen to the speech of Ramon Gysin, the boss himself.
And then the events started. SO. FREAKING. AMAZING. The atmosphere EXPLODED, the beats, the WODS, the cheering. And all these FIT people – seriously, I always thought I was fit. Haha. I am such a beginner!!
Oh, and all the half-naked men. Not that I did mind.
My stupid grin sells me out on the pleasure of staring at them…..
Whaling around with god damn burpees over bar….
Then Reba and Vanessa went through Deadlifts and Wall Climbs – I would have died. Kudos to these 2 badass ladies.
The second event was quick and hectic – no way for us to take pictures in between. I was disappointed by my shoulder overhead press performance, cause I am usually strong in my upper body. But I guess with the injury and all the painkillers I just wasn’t myself 100%. Though I LOVED the Wheelbarrow Walk! I wanted to do this all afternoon. Except that I was constantly worried my boobs would fall out of my shirt. Good strategy to distract the judge though, right?!
The Firebreathers had to do handstand walks. I SO want to be able to do this!! Practise, practise….
We didn’t rank too far in the front – check out the rankings here! But that’s not so important. We can always improve and considering it was our first time, AND we had 2 semi-invalids (me with my nerve pain and Reba was suffering from sinusitis) in the team. We did it, we gave it all and we had FUN!!
Now one more thing – when I left the box to catch some air and to prevent myself from a heart attack, Ramon (Head Crossfit Basel) waved at me to come over – just to leave me standing there alone with a Swiss Radio Reporter. I looked at him like ‘WHAT THE F***??- You are not seriously doing this to me now, are you??!!’ 🙂
She interviewed me about the challenge and Crossfit. I don’t KNOW how I was even able to speak and with all the painkillers I probably just prattled along sensless shit. Though I DID say that no one should underestimate the ladies strength when it came to the gender discussion at Crossfit!! Listen to the inteview here – it is in Swiss German, sorry.
What an amazing experience. I am happy and proud to be part of this community! Thank you to everyone who made this day possible.
Unfortunately I didn’t feel like staying for the after party. I wanted to, but I was knocked out with my pain and painkillers and was thankful I got some rest on Saturday night. Next time…..
Have you ever competed in a sports event?
What was YOUR highlight of the weekend?