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Well, I don’t know how else to say this except…

HOLY CRAPBALLS! I TOOK FIRST PLACE IN MY DIVISION!

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I’m speechless. I really didn’t expect to do that well.

I was in the lowest scaled division because I can’t do unassisted pull-ups or double unders (jump ropes) but I was proficient in all the minimum weights.

The first workout was by far the hardest.

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It was basically a ladder of push-ups and jumping pull-ups.

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The ladder was 3 push-ups, followed by 3 pull-ups, followed by 6 push-ups, followed by 6 pull-ups, then 9, then 12, and so on until 30 or 7 minutes was up. I made it through 21 push-ups and I was done.

My arms felt like rubber bands!

The next workout was my favorite and the one I did the best at.

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It was 2 minutes of tabata-style jump ropes, step-ups and kettle bell swings with 20 seconds on and 10 seconds rest.

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Honestly, I killed it winning the round with 306 reps.

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The next workout I did (even though it was 4th in the scoring) was a stamina test. I had to carry a 55-lb bar in the front rack position as far as possible.

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I did good but not great. The pressure on my neck was too much after 1,399 feet.

The last workout (3) was a killer.

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3 minutes of Max Effort Thrusters.

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That means as many as you can do in 3 minutes but there’s a catch. If you drop the bar you get a 15-second penalty.

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I refused to drop the bar.

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I did 53 before time ran out.

This is one of my favorite photos of the competition.

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And I caught my friend Leslie snapping it. :)

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Even though I didn’t win every round (I only won one) I took first in the division because I had the lowest overall score. Basically that means I consistently performed well in each round.

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I’m proud of myself. I did my best, faced some fears (OK, a LOT of fears) and again pushed myself to do something WAY out of my comfort zone. I can honestly say I’ve never truly felt like an athlete before today but I’m totally embracing it now.

Next goal: Train for pull-ups and double unders so I can compete at an Rx division one day. I’m not sure how long it will take but I’ll get there, slow and steady, doing what I can when I can just like I’ve been since I started this crazy journey 8 years ago.

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  • Evelyn

    Oh my gosh!! Congratulations! That’s awesome news :)

  • Lesley

    Congratulations! You did an awesome job. But please change the “I only won one”. You won the competition for your division. Own that and be proud. You earned it!

  • http://LisaJohnsonFitness.com/ Lisa Johnson

    Awesome Roni, great story and I love, love the pics. :-)

  • http://brookenotonadiet.com/ Brooke: Not On A Diet

    Well aren’t you just a badass! Great job, Roni!

  • jennifer p

    what can i say you are a FRICKING ROCK STAR.congrats you deserve it.

  • Gwyn E

    Fantastic! Congrats. Wonderful pictures. I never knew about this competition. I learned a lot.

  • Nadine

    I’ve seen Crossfit, watched Crossfit, and now DONE Crossfit (I’m so new at it) — I KNOW how hard everything you did was. How awesome for you. Congratulations!

  • http://twitter.com/#!/pattyaizaga Patty

    Amazing! Congratulations Roni!!!! So happy for you :)

  • Gita

    This is a success, truly something to celebrate and be proud of!

  • Jackie Miller

    That’s so awesome! Great job at pushing it and doing better than you thought you’d do. You should be so proud!!!

  • Dee M.

    Awesome job! I just started Crossfit myself and love it. You are amazing and an inspiration! Thank you!

  • Emily Brown

    Big congrats! That is awesome. I am so proud of you!

  • Stacie

    Wahooooo! Congrats Roni!!

  • http://thirteenpointonemom.wordpress.com/ Maria

    You are a rock star!!! Congrats lady, way to go!!!

  • Irene @ IZO Fitness

    AWESOME! I am incredibly jealous!

  • Jessica

    You are a rockstar!!! I love that you caught your friend taking a picture of you, that is a great pic.

    Do you read Janetha’s blog? She had part of a post on how to do double unders

    http://mealsandmovesblog.com/2013/08/21/a-meal-a-move/

  • nancyabc

    You now know you can do anything you set your mind to do.
    Job well done!

  • Brenda

    so happy for you!!!

  • Sammy @ Peace Love & Ice Cream

    You should be so proud of yourself Roni! You’re the (wo)man!!! And that is a great pic of you!! Congrats!
    -Sammy @ peaceandloveandicecream.blogspot.com

  • http://www.authenticallyemmie.com/ Emily Sandford

    You kick so much ass.

  • Arlene

    Delurking to say a huge congratulations! What an achievement!

  • LouiseL

    Well done Roni! Great achievement!

  • Fitness Phoenix

    Good for you, and for giving us all something to shoot for!

  • ItsMeVsMe

    You. Are. AMAZING!!

  • Krista

    You are awesome-a totally inspirational post. I’m doing my first tough mudder in a few weeks and I’m nervous, but redwing about your experiences with them has helped. Thank you. You have a lot to be proud of.

  • Coco

    Wow! You are strong and fit — no doubt about it now!

  • Jeanine

    Awesome! Congratulations, Roni!

  • Peggy

    Roni, you’re gorgeous!!

  • LisaM

    Lump in my throat and tearing up at my desk. Your boys must think you are Queen of the World.

  • Tina

    WOW!!! Congratulations Roni!! I hope you feel like the powerful woman you are. Those photos above gave me a flash-back to HS gym class, lol. *Shudder* Is Cross-fit meant for those who are already in shape (or can those of us who can’t do even 1 push-up try it out too)? (Sorry if you’ve already answered this and I missed it).

  • Leesa Galvan

    Good Job! You should be very proud of yourself! That’s a hell of a way to conquer those fears! Awesome & Totally Badass! Keep up the great work! :)

  • Kimberly Evangelista Weber

    Congratulations! That is awesome.

  • http://www.heathergettingfit.com/ Heather Smith

    Congratulations! This is amazing and you look totally badass!! :)

  • Lauren S

    Whoa, you’re a badass lady! 53 thrusters!?! Congrats!

  • Erin

    A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! Congrats!!!!!!!!!

  • jody

    omg, great job! Crossfit has the greatest community ever, would you agree? And the comps are fun are as fun as a carnival. Good job, really!!!!

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