One rep.

Four points. The same number of points that kept me off the podium at the Games, kept us off the top of the Wodapalooza podium. I’d almost rather lose by a wider margin, because it can be consuming to look back all of the little moments where we could’ve made up the difference.

Although it was a frustrating way to end the weekend, it was undoubtedly one of the more fun, laid back, and interactive competition weekends I’ve had. We built a stronger camaraderie between myself, Will, Travis, Max and the rest of the TTT crew. I was able to spend a lot more time hanging with fans and sponsors.

While we may not have won, we did have some pretty kick ass performances. Here’s my recap of the weekend, event by event.

Workout 1 & 2 – 1 mile wreck bag run, sandwiched between a 7k. I thought we’d do relatively well here but I had no idea that we’d win both of these events. Our plan was to stay together on the first half of the run, then break off and go every man for themselves from the sandbag on. It worked. Only Jordan Troyan (& Dani Sidell on a women’s team) was able to pass us and we finished all within about 20 seconds of one another, Travis, myself, then Will. I was pretty happy with this because I’ve been working on my running a good deal.

Workout 3 – burpee box jumps overs, toe to bar, and wall ball. I thought we’d be able to do very well here but somehow it ended up being our worst finish. I think we just didn’t have a  perfect game plan and didn’t realize how much the grip fatigue was going to affect our hanging while someone worked on the wall balls. Had we maybe been able to hang on just a little longer and allowed Travis to finish, rather than me having to switch for the last 10 reps, that could’ve made all the difference. We were outsprinted by a hair to the finish line and that would’ve been 4 points.

Workout 4 – synchro snatches, muscle ups, and assault bike. Another one I thought we should’ve crushed. And we did, but a 3rd place finish vs the 1st we could’ve had would have been a 12 point difference and locked in the win. We all had a little slip up on this one. I think our strategy was sound, there were a couple execution errors. I could’ve had a hero moment if I’d been able to hit my final muscle up, which would’ve been my 22nd of the set, but I missed it and that cost us a good 15-20 seconds trying to wrangle the rings. Overall, not bad. We ended day 1 in 2nd place and had a good feeling about day 2.


Workout 5 – swim, sandbag. Just before we took the floor for this event, I said to Travis and Will, “Have you guys ever had a workout that you absolutely crushed, where you finish so far ahead of everyone else, that the announcers only talk about who’s going to take 2nd?” They both said yes. “I think this is going to be one of those workouts for us.” Sure enough, we were the only team to finish under the time cap and it made for probably one of the most exciting events of the weekend for us.







Workout 6 – Triple couplets. We got to choose which two athletes were going to take on each of three different couplets. Ring dips & tandem deadlifts, DB squat snatch & dubs, and a trueform sprint & buddy carry lunges. I thought it made sense to have Will and I take on the first part because we’re the only two that are about the same height, but he was worried about his back tightening up so Travis and I partnered up for that one.

I was actually pretty nervous about the ring dips because I don’t think I’d done them at workout speed since regionals, just after my pec injury. Thank goodness, I made it through those unscathed, but then the wheels started to fall off on the deadlifts. Our judge hit us with almost a dozen no reps and I think the height difference on the bar was causing Travis to have to extend at a weird angle and made them more difficult. Once those finished, we were a little behind but Will came out and smashed a bunch of the snatches and caught us back up. In probably one of the most frustrating moments in a competition ever, once they finished their dubs, I got on the trueform and started running. Rather than counting, our judge yelled that Will had to run back and get his jump rope and once he’d done that, he made him then go back and move our dumbbell. Something we weren’t briefed on and that not all teams has to do. We lost 1st on that workout by about two lunges, which could have easily been made up multiple times throughout the workout. Never the less, we ended day 2 in 1st place by a small margin.

Workout 7 – Pulling and pushing. Prior to taking the floor, we’d heard that almost everyone was taking off their shoes for the sled push because the stage was slick. We decided to keep ours on. We started out strong with the synchro pull-ups, finishing right around everyone else, but had a tough time getting the sled going and Will decided to try taking off his shoes. By the time we got to the final gymnastics movement, the bar muscle ups, we were behind. Will and I jumped up and I said, “all the way.” I had no idea if we’d be able to pull off 20 unbroken synchro bar muscle ups but we needed a hail mary. We did it, barely. As great as that was, it still wasn’t enough. Although we took 2nd, the team we needed to beat was the only team that beat us. We’d be going into the final event with only a 2 point lead.

Workout 8 – the barbell complex. We nailed this. As exciting as the swim was, I think this was the workout I was the most proud of, from an execution standpoint. We did EXACTLY what we’d planned and took 2nd on that. At that point, I thought it was a wrap. It looked liked we’d beat the team right behind us by a lot and I thought we’d widened our lead.

Workout 9 – 70 thrusters for time. Each of us could chip away at the 155# thrusters, after we’d completed a buy in of 3 rope climbs and 9 bar facing burpees. Every set I look back on, I think we could’ve each done the one extra rep we needed to win. There was a rule that if the momentum of the barbell stops at any time, the set is over. This obviously isn’t a typical rule and I hate to admit that I forgot it. After about a dozen reps, I paused at my shoulders for a second and was called to stop, even though I still had a handful of reps left in me. I still couldn’t tell who was in the lead and by the time I made it to my second set I wasn’t going to make the same mistake. We had 20 reps left to finish the whole workout but I reached true failure after rep 63 and had to run and tag Will in with just over a minute left. He sprinted through the rope climbs and burpees and was so exhausted by the time he picked up the bar, he was able to squeeze out one rep, got no repped on his second, and the bar slipped off his shoulders and ended his set on his third rep. At that point there were only 10 seconds left and there was no way Travis would’ve made it back to the bar, so that was it. 64 reps for us and 66 reps for the team right on our tails. We thought for the first 30 minutes after the event that we’d pulled it off, but it was too close to call. When they finally updated the standings, we’d bumped down to 2nd.

Only one team had finished between us and the winning team on the barbell complex and three teams had tied for 5th, with just one more rep than us, on thrusters. If we’d also gotten the one more rep and tied for 5th on that one, that would’ve been a 12 point difference and we would’ve won by 8 points. Had that no rep not been called, had the bar not slipped out of Will’s hands, had I not paused at my shoulders.

Unfortunately for me, thats the story of the weekend. The small moments where we could have and should have capitalized to pull off the W. Again, I did have a great time off the competition floor and I’m glad that I got the opportunity to compete with two of my good buddies, representing TTT and our coach. I have yet to decide whether next year would be better suited for redemption on team or back to individual.

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