Thursday, June 14, 2012

Crossfit for Hope

 On Saturday Josh and I participated in an event called Crossfit for Hope. CFH was an event that was held nationwide and raised money for St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Participants fundraised with the goal to then complete a WOD on the day of the actual event.  
On our way to the event. It was held near the Capitol and the National Mall.

Josh and I signed up a bit late and got one of the later time slots, 1:15 in the afternoon. We got to the event about 2 hours early to check things out. It was already in full swing and VERY hot outside. 
Participants working out in their heat and in the heat!

Heats started every 45 minutes and everything was running perfectly on time. Here is how the WOD worked:


Three rounds of:
75 pound Power snatch 
Box jump, 24" box
75 pound Thruster
Chest to bar Pull-ups

"Hope" has the same format as Fight Gone Bad. In this workout you move from each of five stations after a minute. This is a five-minute round from which a one-minute break is allowed before repeating. The clock does not reset or stop between exercises. On call of "rotate," the athlete/s must move to next station immediately for good score. One point is given for each rep.
**Disclaimer: Above came verbatim from the Crossfit for Hope website. 

For about an hour Josh and I cheered on other members of our Box, and then about 15 minutes before our heat we began to warm up. I was nervous because I had only done Power Snatch a few times. Women did all of the weight elements at 55 pounds. This was also the heaviest weight I had ever attempted for both snatch and thrusters. Warming up put my mind at ease, and when it was time to get in our areas for our heat I was ready.
Before we started the WOD

 Everyone had a partner, and I was paired with a really nice girl from Bethesda Crossfit. Partners had to decide who would go first, and while the other person completed the WOD their partner counted their reps. After they finished the 18 minute WOD, partners switched spots.  I really wanted to go first because I was so nervous. Luckily, my sweet partner obliged, and then it was time to start. Everyone was assigned an order. I started at pull ups and then went to thrusters, burbees, power snatch, and then finally box jumps. I felt strong at most of the elements but power snatch was definitely the toughest component for me. However, I was able to push through because of my partner and the line coach in my section. They cheered me on and encouraged me every step of the way. When I started round 2, I felt a bit dizzy because it was so hot and the WOD was tough. I kept pushing myself and was able to finish round 3 strong. My final rep total was 133. I was sweaty and gross, but I couldn't go home yet. Next I had to count my partner's workout. She was rockstar and killed it with 166 reps.
Sweaty but invigorated after the WOD!

Crossfit for Hope was an amazing experience. Not only did I love the fitness aspect and camaraderie of the event, but I loved that all of the proceeds went to such a great cause. Before Josh and I started our WOD we noticed a young girl with a prosthetic leg. She had either battled or was still battling cancer, and she was also completing the entire WOD. She was truly an inspiration. Her strength and determination made it apparent why we were out there that day. St. Jude's helps find cures for childhood cancers through treatment and research. I cannot imagine being young and suffering from such detrimental diseases, and anything I can do to help is the least I can do. 

Thank you so much to everyone who donated to Josh and me during the past few weeks. Together he and I both raised close to $1,000 and the entire event has raised close to 2 million dollars. Every little bit counts, and I have been humbled by so many people's generosity. We are truly blessed, and I am thankful everyday for those around me.

Happy Thursday!

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