Yesterday was the Capitol CrossFit(ish) Challenge, sponsored by CrossFit Balance, and organized by a member of the gym who hosted the event at his house in Capitol Hill in honor of his birthday! After much hesitation and some persuasion from our former coach, Maggie, I decided to partake along with 2 of my CF girlies.
This was by no means a typical CrossFit competition, but it did incorporate various strength and endurance events. Event #1 was a 1-minute barbell complex. Goal: get the barbell from ground to overhead as many times as possible, without putting the bar down. We had to go one at a time (minor freakout) since there was limited space, and I had to go first (major freakout) but it ended up being super cool having everyone cheering for you.
Event #2 was a crazy obstacle course in the front and backyards, involving scaling an 8-foot wall, running with 30 and 50 lb. sandbags, and flipping a huge tire. There was a 3-minute cap on this, thank. goodness.
For Event #3, we headed to Lower Senate park, a cool space down past the US Capitol. I wasn’t even aware this area existed! It was so cool to be out in public just CrossFitting in front of random people. We did get a few crazy looks but for the most part it was awesome.
All in all, a great day. This truly reinforced for me the awesome community that CrossFit brings about. Every single person was so encouraging. It’s a neat thing that complete strangers want to see you succeed and push you to give your best. There is just so much positive energy in CrossFit, which is probably why it’s so addictive. Hopefully this was only the first of many competitions I will partake in 🙂