The Bacon Beatdown 2015: A New Beginning

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June 26th-28th was the 2015 Bacon Beatdown in Daytona Beach. The Bacon Beatdown is one of the most challenging and competitive CrossFit competitions here in the Central Florida area. Besides the fact it’s two days, it is also set up tournament style. How well an athlete performs during the prescribed workout determines whether they move on to the next one. As the day goes on the number of competitors dwindles down until we have an obvious winner.

My category was the Masters Women (40+). Starting out we initially had 15 strong women who registered. Each coming from their own unique background and ample months of training. There were more women THIS year than last year. So I was actually intrigued as to how this was going to play out. In the past, I’ve experienced competitive rivalries. But as the weekend went on, I was pleasantly surprised how much camaraderie there were among us. In the above pic we have the awesome ladies from CrossFit BearCat (Krista Walbert, Kim Halliday, and Cathy Mittel pictured with me here) who were nothing but awesome towards me!

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In the picture here, we have Maritissa Vazquez. Her husband Frank and her friend Mary Porat were absolutely phenomenal. They introduced themselves to me and told me how much they liked me and enjoyed watching me compete. That really made me feel awesome because I have never met these people before. I discover in this sport, the longer you stay and really give it 100%, people will remember you. WOD 2 was where I Iearned this valuable lesson. The WOD consisted of the following:

WOD 2 (Top 12 in every division)
21 C2B (Pull-ups for Intermediate and Masters)
9 Wall Ball to 9ft target 20/15#
15 RMU (Chest to Bar for Intermediate and Masters)
15 Wall Ball to 10ft target
9 Legless Rope Climbs (Rope Climbs for Int and Masters)
21 Wall Balls to 11ft target

I was fine with everything EXCEPT the Chest to Bar pullups. That was my nemesis. Before the workout, I practiced different techniques but I ended with the same result. So I decided I was going to do the best I could. Whatever happens, happens. After a quick prayer and the infamous 3-2-1 countdown, I was off. Did pretty well until the chest to bar pullups. I actually attempted to do these for 9 mins straight. I ended with ONE. Needless to say,I was eliminated from the pack. I waited until I left the workout area before the tears and anguish flowed from my body. I gave it all that I had but to no avail, it was over for me. As my friends and family consoled me, a wonderful man by the name of John Hawkins came over to me and informed me that he is a public speaker for John Maxwell. He was moved by my determination and pure heart of the sport.  He informed me that goes all around the country and speaks on different topics. My experience will be a topic on one of his upcoming articles. It completely caught me off guard. He mentioned people may not remember who one or lost but they always remember the ones who gave it their all. He suggested that I read 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth from John C. Maxwell. It will help me grow and transition from this experience. I took his advice and purchased one today.

As I begin the new week, I kept in mind the highs and lows of the competition weekend I look forward to using the new information and applying them to my current training regimen. Until next time…

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