I’ve never seen so many hard, muscled bodies in one place in my entire life! This past weekend was the annual CrossFit Threshold Open in Toronto and hubby Jason participated for the second time. The day-long event was held in a large, grungy-looking room, or “box”, according to CrossFit lingo. It was packed with about sixty extremely fit athletes, half men and half women, divided into three strength divisions.
There were five events throughout the day — each one the equivalent of a tough WOD (“workout of the day”) — so it was pretty intense. Events included things such as max weight thrusters; a Tabata-style routine with pull-ups, push-ups, sit-ups, and squats; power snatches and lunges; double-unders (skipping) and kettle bell snatches; and a grand finale of power cleans and push-ups on gymnastics rings. I felt exhausted just watching the competition.
When I wasn’t staring at my husband, it was especially fascinating to watch the girls compete. It’s as if we take for granted that men are strong, so when I see a women power-cleaning her own body weight repeatedly, doing 75 fast pull-ups on the bar, or thrustering a huge barbell overhead, it’s even more impressive, and these girls were hard-core.
I really enjoyed having a big cheering squad this year. Last year, it was just me and our seven-week-old newborn, shouting out support for Jason, but this year my whole family and some friends drove three hours to cheer him on. With the addition of other friends and family in Toronto, we were by far the loudest people in the corner, to the point where my embarrassed younger brothers pleaded with me to keep it down. I didn’t care; Jason needed all the cheering he could get, and he did very well as a result — 9th out of 31 men. I guess that power beard really worked! Once it had served its purpose, though, he got rid of it as soon as he got his hands on a razor.
How can you not work hard when you’ve got this little person cheering you on?!