Can you believe it is Friday already? It seems like this week went by way too fast. Don’t worry, I’m not complaining; I think we should have three- or four-day weekends every week. This post was intended for Tuesday or Wednesday but quickly turned into today when I ran out of time all week. Last weekend I had the opportunity to go down to Virginia to watch the CrossFit Mid-Atlantic Regionals. It was my first time going to Regionals and the anticipation was killing me. We packed up all our things Thursday night and made the 3 ½ hour hike down to Fairfax, VA.
Back in March I signed up to be a volunteer at Regionals; if you ever get the opportunity—take it! I had one shift on Friday from 7 AM to noon. I checked other volunteers in, sent them to their locations, and then I worked the ticketing booth. It may not seem like much, but it was fun, I got to meet a ton of people, and got some really cool stuff. First of all, you get a free Reebok t-shirt to wear as a volunteer, then you get a wristband that gives you free access to events all weekend (whether you are volunteering that day or not), AND a weekend pass for a friend. You also get a free paleo meal ticket to use during or after your shift as well as a 25% off Reebok gift card. Talk about having perks for volunteering right?! The weekend tickets for Regionals are $50-$60 alone (that isn’t even including all the behind the scenes and how things work and are set up, plus all the people you meet). In the ticketing booth, I got to greet all the CrossFitters from around the Mid-Atlantic region. I even had the privilege of meeting the owner of AgainFaster without even knowing it! Who knew a young looking 30 year old guy owned AgainFaster? I didn’t, until another volunteer squealed at me after he walked away.
After my shift was over, the real events started. Our local friends at South Mountain CrossFit, who are completely badass, were competing in the team events. There’s nothing better than the camaraderie you feel when being a part of a competition like this among athletes who love the sport just as much as you. The best were those last to finish, with the entire heat of athletes cheering them on. That’s what I love about CrossFit, for the most part, we leave our egos at the door and uplift everyone during a workout. There is also room for friendly competition, but winning isn’t everything and one loss does not defeat or define you.
The pictures below are some of the highlights from the weekend, enjoy!
The TrueForm Runner from Rogue. Who says CrossFit can’t have treadmills?? Well this isn’t a typical treadmill. It is powered solely by the person using it. The user needs to find his/her own balance and stability on the treadmill to work properly and by doing this, teaches correct running techniques. It’s pretty cool if you ask me but I don’t think you’ll see many of them around with that price tag!
I respect anyone who does any kind of fitness. If you are one of those people who are on the elliptical for hours every day and you enjoy it, that’s great–but that is definitely not me and I find this shirt hilarious and cannot wait to see my two year old niece wearing this around.
Ben Smith after dominating the hang snatch WOD with 280lbs. Like it was nothing. He is probably one of my favorites and he had an awesome weekend!
Saving the best for last, I got to meet my favorite CrossFit chick, Christmas Abbott! Remember how I mentioned another volunteer squealed when I was talking to the AgainFaster owner? Well, I’m pretty sure I almost ripped off my boyfriend’s arm when we walked past Christmas. I could not get the words out of my mouth about who we had just passed and he was so confused until I could finally collect my thoughts. If you haven’t already figured it out, grace and poise are not my strong suits. I don’t always think before I act, I’m awkward and a little weird when I meet new people (and apparently get too excited for words when I pass by people and know who they are). Christmas is as sweet as you would expect her to be. She talks to everyone like she has known them forever. She even seemed disappointed when we didn’t stay to chat after the photo, as, sadly, there was a line forming behind us. Hey Christmas, if you’re reading this, we could be friends.