My plan was to do a full NLI recap with lots of numbers and results. Cause like the Bonger, I heart numbers. Unfortunately, the guys at NLI must not be burning the midnight oil like your dedicated LAX crew. No official, or even not so official results (turns out they are pretty much the same anyway). So instead I’ll give you a quick summary of what I do know.
The girls rocked it. Shira finally had some company in the ladies division, with newcomers DiSalvo, Kazusa, and Jamie taking on their first NLI. You wouldn’t have known it by looking though, cause they all performed like wily veterans. Shira as always had a solid performance despite being sick, including an inspired crushing of the WOD called Grip and Rip.
And Jamie proved she was the ultimate 2 month CrossFitting sandbagger winning the Women’s Intermediate division. Her finishes included a 5th in the 2.7 mile run, and a 2nd in the aforementioned Grip and Rip.
Zach, Adan, and Bong all returned for their 2nd shot at an NLI competition. And Salty Dan made his debut. Of course Brandon stuck to his word of signing up for every single NLI, until there is a bench press WOD. Oh yeah, and I was there too.
The 2.7 mile run (that’s 4.4k for anyone wondering) shaped up something like this. Adan smoked everyone in the first 200m only to find out he may not be able to sustain a 3 minute mile pace. He finished somewhere in the top 20. The Bonger wasn’t too far behind, followed closely by Salty Dan, Zach and Brandon. No doubt 4.4k PRs across the board.
I’m pretty sure just about all the boys and girls hit their biggest Snatches to date, which is especially impressive considering they were from the hang. Myself included – I was quite proud of my new 175# Snatch. As for the 1k cycling sprint, Zach turned in the fastest time we heard of at 1:06.
In the guys version of Grip and Rip, the handstand push-ups proved to be the equalizer. They pretty much dictated how everyone finished (or how close they came to finishing). I personally killed it with somewhere around 40 attempts to get through my 20 HSPU. The order of our LAXers finishing mirrored the morning run, with Adan coming the closest to getting through the brutal final WOD.
The Feel Good Moment
One thing I was able to confirm after this event was that these things are crazy fun when your whole family is there. With the exception of the 4.4k run (I heart running big time), these events weren’t necessarily in my fortitude of strengths. But still I had a great time. And it was all because of the ridiculous LAX turnout. With somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 volunteers/judges and 10 competitors, we represented like no other affiliate. Not to mention all the other supporters who came out simply to cheer on the LAX gladiators. It’s really amazing to see how quickly we’re growing, not just in numbers, but in spirit too. So thank you all for coming out. You made this event the best one so far.
Oh yeah, and because of your selfless efforts we should be receiving a toy or two courtesy of our good friends who host the NLI series. We will also be receiving some free entries to the next event. Good stuff all around!
It’s seriously hard to find a picture where there isn’t an LAXer somewhere in the pic. It was nuts how many of us were everywhere. Go have a look for yourself.
And without further mushy rambling, here’s what you’ve been waiting for…
Workout of the Day 12/13/2011
30 Double Unders
20 Slam Balls (30#/20#)