A huge congrats to our "Spirit" award winners at this Summer's Throw-Down!
Veronica Gonzales had only been training for a couple of months when she signed up for the competition, making her one of the very newest CrossFitters in the event. But the fact that Veronica has a lot to learn about CF didn't hinder her from participating in something that she knew would take her a few steps closer to her goals. There's something special about watching the face of a competitor when it is very obvious that they are giving 100% of what they've got in the tank...and that was apparent in Veronica's performance all morning long. From "3-2-1 GO" to "time", she smashed. It was inspirational to watch her tenacity.
Tim Farrant, aka "Timmay", wasn't a participating athlete for this one - but watch out for him next time around! For sheer enjoyment and amusement alone, I'd want to be on his team. Just because he was on the sidelines didn't mean he was any less involved. With his great sense of humor and strong vocals, he was our favorite cheerleader of the day.
Any spectator this past weekend would probably never have guessed that Christina Nyquist was more than a bit hesitant about CF in the beginning. It was exciting to see her be the epitome of a CF competitor, from her enthusiasm to her outfit and hair style! She embodied what the competition is about; besides tearing it up on her team, the "AMRAP All-Stars", she spent the morning cheering on and inspiring those around her with her positive attitude.
After being practically coerced into training, and then persuaded into joining classes, we then decided to really push our luck by talking Gary Plymette into signing up for the first ever Throw-Down. Perhaps he was simply tired of fighting us. But after that initial step of signing his life away (ok, one Saturday from 8am to 1pm), Gary was the perfect teammate. He rallied his team together, greatly aided them with his brute strength on the barbell AMRAP, and overcame his personal apprehensions about not being able to keep pace with the team. He showed heart beyond that of the normal competitor, as he laid it all on the line.
Peter Kosenko's voice could be heard all morning long at the competition - in a good way! It's hard to continue pushing when you hit "the wall", and Peter was there to help the athletes drive past this point. With encouragement and helpful cueing, Peter powerfully motivated not just the members of his team, but the other team's athletes as well.
Workout for Mon, August 27, 2012
Strength: 5x3 Heaving Snatch Balance