QDos Fitness 2nd Birthday | My First CrossFit Comp!

qdos crossfit competition

You either win, or you learn.

Or at least, that’s what I tell myself when I don’t win something! I’ve already spoken of the many benefits CrossFit has brought me, but another is that it’s made me humble and more open to learning. Generally I enjoy doing things that come naturally to me that I’m good at (doesn’t everyone?) but I find CrossFit really challenging, yet I can’t get enough.

The extent of my challenge was brought home on Saturday, when I competed in my first CrossFit competition. Yes, it was just the QDos Fitness in-house comp, and yes, my partner Pablo and I came second to last in the scaled category, but I absolutely loved it – the whole day definitely exposed some of my weaknesses and also showed me where I am strong.

qdos crossfit competition

When you have to do things in a certain order with no alternatives – like in a competition – then you certainly find out your weaknesses. I now know that overhead stuff is a weakness of mine, and whilst I sort of had an idea of that anyway, it’s something I worked around normally.

One of the comp WODs was a barbell complex – 5 deadlifts, 5 cleans, 5 front squats, and 5 overheads. I gave it a go with 40kg but found by the overheads everything had just fatigued too much and I dropped the bar after two reps. I did the full complex at 35kg but even then getting the overheads up nearly made me cry!

I also know my rowing needs a bit of work. I put so much energy into rowing and feel like I get nothing back, so thought I just mustn’t be pulling enough, but a few wise pairs of eyes have now advised me that it’s all in the technique. Time to swot up on the rowing tekkers.

On a more positive note, my cleans are coming along well and getting heavier, my fitness has improved massively and I don’t hesitate about flinging heavy weights around any more. It was incredible to watch everyone else, too: from the RX athletes, doing double-unders and snatches with no worries, to the guys who were attempting new PRs and putting absolutely everything into their WODs.

I love being a part of this positive, supportive community, and I find myself improving all the time. My aim for next time is to do the comp RX – just need to work on those gymnastic movements and I’ll be there.

qdos crossfit competition

qdos crossfit competition

qdos crossfit competition

qdos crossfit competition

qdos crossfit competition

qdos crossfit competition

qdos crossfit competition

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  1. October 7, 2015 / 10:32 am

    Well done Sarah! What a great experience competing 🙂 and you’ve got such an awesome attitude. My goal is to get the depth in my squat to be able to compete – I can’t even do in-house ones as would just be no-repped for anything that requires going below parallel! Keep at them goals and good luck for your first RX comp! x

    • Sarah Harradine
      October 7, 2015 / 10:35 am

      Oh my squat is a pain in the butt too – or rather a pain in the hips! I’ve been working on mobility a LOT but I still only just get below parallel. OHS is a real issue for me, lack of mobility and balance mean I don’t get below parallel on those. Do your Oly shoes help at all?

      And thanks! 🙂
      Xx