May 15th, 2012
By Mike Minium
Candace training hard, as usual (photo courtesy of TomC)
Last Saturday, we posted about Team CFO competing at Regionals this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (May 18-20) down at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose.
You can see the full schedule for each day here: NorCal Regional Schedule
What you may not be aware of is that there are two types of competitions going on over the weekend: the team competition and the individual competition.
Candace, who most of you know as either an athlete, a coach, or in many cases, both, is competing in the individual competition. And she has been putting in some serious work in preparing herself for Regionals.
Anyone who’s spent just a little bit of time around Candace knows how driven she is (besides being a great CF athlete, she’s also a PhD from UC Berkeley). And if you spend a little bit more time around her, you also quickly learn that she’s all about planning, process, and preparation. So for Candace, training for this weekend’s competition really started at the beginning of the year, well before we even got to the Open in February (the first leg of CF Games competition that many of you participated in earlier this year). She’s been systematically attacking her weak links, fortifying her strengths, and bringing her skills up to ridiculously high levels.
I can honestly say that I’ve never seen her so technically sound as she is now, which is scary, because she was already highly skilled and technically strong.
A quick side story: In last year’s Regional competition, Candace ran into some technical issues with handstand push-ups. She was at a stage in her training where she was transitioning from a strict handstand push-up to a kipping handstand push-up (both are valuable to have as part of your skill set). Anyway, in the first workout, she had to do a set of 30 handstand push-ups. She started out doing kipping ones, but they weren’t really clicking. Then she switched back to strict ones, but she was so exhausted that those were suddenly way harder, too. She ended up clawing and fighting her way through the handstand push-ups, sometimes kipping, sometimes doing them strict. She eventually got her 30, but by that time she had eaten up so much time that she finished well back in this workout.
Fast forward to now: Candace has completely mastered handstand push-ups (of any style). This is no longer a weakness but a strength. And to prove it, she recently crushed her old PR in Diane (21-15-9 deadlifts @ 155# and handstand push-ups).
She’s turned in a number of strong performances leading up to Regionals, so I know she’s where she needs to be in terms of strength and conditioning levels.
Can’t wait to see Candace give it her all this weekend and really lay it on the line. I hope to see as many of you down there as we can get to support Candace and Team CFO. Watching everyone compete is so inspiring and it’s sure to be a great weekend!
Let’s give it up for Candace!