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Masters Qualifiers

carolThere is that fighting face:)

First of all, I won’t pretend to come close to the bang up job of recap posts that Mike C is capable of. But Carol sent me a message (in quotes below) that I felt the need to put in context.

“A hugh congratulations to Mike I. on a very impressive finish of the first Master’s Qualifier. I am truly impressed with how Mike balances everything in his life and can maintain his level of training. As for myself, I would like to thank everyone for their time, support and encouragement. I am truly touched that on Easter weekend Cheryl, Cindy, Heather and Mary Lynn would make themselves available to support and judge me . I learned a lot through this experience. As always Dave is right. We must be our own judge during wod’s. My goal now is to try to forget the clock and work on proper technique. Must work on my HSPU’s and C2B. I was determined to finish the HSPU Wod with many, many no reps. Either not proper depth or feet away from the wall. What kept me going was knowing that the female coming into this weekend in second spot had a time of 1:57:49 in this WOD and she made it in the top 20. I really didn’t allow enough recovery time to tackle the C2B’s even though Mary Lynn was convinced she could get me through them. Good luck to everyone competing in the Spring Fling.”

Congratulations to both Mike and Carol for getting through some very tough Master’s qualifier workouts this holiday weekend.

Mike finished 180th in the open and improved his standing to 121st. Carol was 55th in the open and ended up 43th.

Workouts were no joke
A untimed max clean, Amanda (muscle ups/chest to bar pullups and squat snatches), high rep pullups and wall balls, a taxing row, handstand pushup and double under wod.

Mike showed great consistency ringing in 116th, 90th, 106th and 94th in each of the qualifier positions. Exactly what crossfit is testing. Also had at least 2 PR’s that I know of.

Carol is terribly hard on herself as you can read between the lines above. First of all, it is important to note, of the 200 top open finishers in her age category, only 37 women in this age class completed all 4 qualifier workouts. Carol completed 3 of the 4 finishing 33rd, 46th and 49th. She dug in hard and fought off some “i cant do it demons”. I watched her complete a big set of pullups, blood dripping from her hand and running over to tackle the wall balls. There is no shame in your effort Carol:)

CFPEI is very proud of our awesome masters regional qualifier athletes in Mike and Carol. No trips to California this year, but the effort put forth by both leads me to think I just might be spectating and cheering for a CPFEI athlete in California again soon. Congratulations!!

4 Comments
  1. Congrats on the performance Mike and Carol. You exemplify what crossfit is all about!

  2. Congrats to both Mike and Carol!! Very tough workouts,

  3. Great job Carol and Mike. We are all proud of your success!

  4. Thanks for the recap Cheryl and for the kind message as well Carol. I was incredibly impressed with how Carol dug in for some very difficult workouts and refused to quit.

    Her determination was incredible and something I had in my head for the final workout as the wall balls never seemed to end (especially the extra ones Bish made me do so I wouldn’t get penalized for a couple that were on the bubble).

    Of course, I couldn’t have done any of this with out support from Anne and Hannah. On top of the preparation leading up to this, we also had a house full of friends/family over the weekend and the girls were incredibly patient with me as I tried to plan when to do things (while hosting a Taekwondo tournament that had been rescheduled due to bad weather).

    A huge thanks to Cheryl and Jaymee for judging (and coaching) as well as Bish, Kevin and Mike who coached and took video. Nigel (my body double) and Bish (not my body double) both did the Amanda workout with me and then went on to do the Rowing workout to figure out pacing (as did Mike C who also did it later). Thanks again to everyone else for motivating/yelling through all of the WOD’s as they really really sucked. ML gave me a couple of great reality checks through this and having Greg next to me on the rower was a big help.

    I love how everyone shared in this experience for Carol and I. The support was humbling and at the same time gave us both what we needed to push through this.

    Thank you.

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