Jan 30th, 2012
By Mike Minium
Lance, Christopher, and Marc representing CFO today at the NorCal 40s
What a day at the NorCal 40s!
Lance, Christopher (CPeak), and Marc all brought their A games today. It was a pleasure watching them leave it all out there on the floor. They each had to get through 7 grueling workouts, learn how to manage weaknesses, and take advantage of their strengths over the course of the day’s competition.
Leading up to the NorCal 40s, Lance, Marc, and CPeak put in some serious hours, and it was inspiring to see all the discipline and hard work pay off. Each had their moments today.
Lance had a great second workout: 30 snatches for time @ 125 lbs. There was a 10-minute cut-off on this workout and the vast majority of the competitors didn’t finish before the cut-off. Lance managed to get through 25 reps, a huge accomplishment considering he had to stop two times during the workout and gut his way through 20 double-unders (each time you missed a snatch you had to stop and do 20 double-unders).
When it was all said and done, he finished 17th place out of the 64 men who did the workout. In fact, he finished ahead of the gentleman who took 3rd place overall in the event. Strong work, Lance!
CPeak had a huge performance in the third WOD, a triplet of 7 chest-to-bar pull-ups, 10 dumbbell push presses @ 40#, and 10 kettlebell swings @ 53#. Competitors did those three exercises for as many reps and rounds as they could over a 7-minute period. When it was all said and done, CPeak finished in 12th place out of the 64 men who did the workout.
Even more than one particular workout or moment, though, CPeak improved across the board in comparison to last year (he was the only person of the three from CFO who competed last year). In last year’s competition, he finished 19th place out of 22 men. This year, with a much bigger and more competitive field, he finished 33rd place out of 64 and was the highest placing finisher from CFO. Can’t wait for next year!
Marc had huge breakthroughs today. Going into the competition, which was his first ever CF competition outside of the Sectionals, his 1-rep max PR in the bench press was 200 lbs. So what did he do today? He crushed his old PR and added 5 pounds, topping out at 205#. Nice! Additionally, he shared with me that during his rowing workout (3 rounds of 250m rows with 45 seconds of rest in between rounds), he PR’d on his rowing splits as well. He’d never been able to hold his 500m target pace time before today. And finally, he put in a strong performance in the burpee workout (max burpees in 4 minutes, going over a 6-ft wall after each burpee) with 27 burpees, good for 21st place out of the 64 men who did the workout. Strong work!
One thing that all three men wanted to pass along was their huge thank-you to all of you CFOers who showed up to yell, cheer, coach, advise, and support them throughout the day. You were a huge help!
I couldn’t be prouder of these three…they really put it on the line today and each of them had a big moment, and in some cases, several big moments. Way to go, you three!