Tomorrow’s the big day! The Gemini Games is a local team-based CrossFit competition where I’ll be participating in the scaled division for the second year in a row. Last time we came in 4th! This year?
We shall see.
We named our team “Almost Masters” as we, well, I’ve been feeling old lately. Masters starts at 40 and I’m inching my way there day by day. I’m hoping to compete in one RX division competition before that happens. At least that’s my goal.
Anyway, I thought I’d pop in to share what I do the night before a CrossFit Competition. So here goes…
On Competition Day Eve I…
Make enough food to feed an army.
This morning I made a double batch of of my Banana Oat Pancakes with added chocolate chips and flax.
Tonight, I pan fried chicken tenders in coconut oil for dinner but make tons extra to bring with me tomorrow.
CrossFit competitions are basically CrossFit cult camp outs. I sit around all day with my CrossFit friends, talking about CrossFit, watching CrossFit, and, well, CrossFitting! (eye rolls totally welcomed and expected)
Unlike a 5k or even a marathon it’s an entire day of events. I will arrive around 8 a.m. and stay until at least 5 p.m. That means I need at least lunch and a few snacks to hold me over until I can come home and eat dinner with the boys. Last time I made sweet potatoes and chicken. This time I decided to bring a bunch of pancakes to share. I’ll also pack some carrot sticks and banana or two just in case.
Funny enough, I don’t normally eat half of what I bring. The Italian in me just automatically overprepares in the food department. It’s in our blood.
Pack my gym bag with an extra change of clothes even though I never use them.
Every CrossFit competition I’ve ever participated in I packed a complete extra outfit — underwear and all — even though I have yet to use them. That one time I don’t, I’ll fall in a muddy puddle or something.
Buy enough water to drown a fish.
I never buy bottled water except when I’m on the road or preparing for a competition. I have reusable water bottles but one time I brought just that thinking the event would have refill stations and they didn’t. Now I put a few gallons in the trunk just to be safe.
Portion out my recovery shake mix.
The passed month or so I started to add a post-workout recovery shake to my routine. First I tried making my own smoothies and such but with my crazy mornings it just never worked out. Most days I was intensely working out at 6 a.m. but not eating until well after 9. It was just too long of a stretch. Now I take a simple scoop of Optimum Nutrition 2:1:1 Recovery. I know, not the cleanest ingredient list but I spent a good deal of time researching and this one seemed like more positive and the lesser of evils. In this case, convenience won. I like being able to keep something in my bag that I can shake up in a jiffy when I’m on the run.
Stretch and Foam Roll
This is my favorite stretch of all time especially after sitting at a desk all day.
Lay your spine along the roller, bend elbows 90 degrees and let gravity do the rest. I also roll out my calves, hamstrings, and back. Pretty much all the moves that are outlined here.
Stretching is one of those things I’m trying to do more of overall. I don’t always remember but I do them more frequently the days leading up to and the night before a comp.
TRY to get to bed early.
Friday night is normally one of the only nights I stay up late watching movies with The Husband and, of course, competition is on Saturday morning. So I try to be good and get 8 hours but normally I’m up late bullshitting with him and stressing over the next day.
I’m excited to compete but I must admit, unlike a running event, the jitters start days out for CrossFit comps. I think it’s one of the reasons I like them so much. Each one pushes me out of my comfort zone even more. They are scary and fun and challenging and exciting and terrifying all at the same time.
Wish me luck. :)