Congratulations to all competitors who completed this weekend’s events at the US Central East WV / VA / DC Sectional qualifier in Annandale, VA! Final results can be viewed via this link.
It is my great pleasure to announce today that MPH will be closed on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 8, 9 and 10 for the US Central East Regional final in Logan, OH. Anyone up for a road trip? With Meghan M.’s second place finish this weekend, Melody’s seventh place finish, Dave R.’s 15th place finish, and Christy P.’s automatic bid, MPH is sending four athletes to compete for a spot in this summer’s CrossFit Games in Aromas, CA.
This weekend’s events were an incredible display of community—both our facility’s and our section’s. Each one of our competitors—David O., Rob K., Ivy F., Jeremy N., Joe P. and those already mentioned above—completed every event as prescribed. The skill, determination and heart shown by our athletes were a testament to their hard work and high character. What is more, our athletes were among the most skilled, accurate and purposeful in attendance.
Our support staff—Rebekka, Christy P., Steve D. and all the spectators—made this event so successful, and such fun to be a part of. Though we are young compared to most every other CrossFit facility in our region, our entourage, Camp MPH, was one of the largest and most spirited (read: loudest) there. This event would not have been as successful without your presence, assistance, encouragement and friendship.
While our athletes were busy offering themselves to the spotlight of competition, Jessica H. and Sean M. were busy documenting their efforts on film. Thanks to them, we have hundreds of photos to review, and we hope to have an album of the weekend’s events up in the coming days.
Perhaps our most defining moments came at the end of each workout and, in particular, at the close of Sunday’s final workout. Each heat contained 20 to 30 athletes, lined up in rows of (near) 10. At the end of each of this weekend’s workouts—the call of “time!”—athletes all around collapsed to the ground like dominoes, except ours. Team, I looked up more than once this weekend, and especially after yesterday’s last event, to find our athlete(s) the only one on his or her feet, surrounded by a mass of bodies on their backs. That—that is exactly how we roll.
Now, we reflect. Athletes and spectators: what did you think? What did you enjoy about competing or watching the competition? What were your favorite moments? Take a moment today to talk about your experience.
And get ready, because MPH is about to launch our own assault on the Middle East: Ohio.
Compare results to December 23, 2009.
I am feeling verbose and reflective about the weekend.
First of all, thank you so very much to the support crew and everyone that came to cheer us on this weekend! It really meant so much to have our crew there. A special thanks to Christy and BK. And, by the way, we were BY FAR the biggest, most badass and of course LOUDEST team present!
I didn’t actually notice that Team MPH were the only ones standing up after the end of each workout until the end of my heat in the last workout on Sunday, when I heard the call of “Time!” and looked over at John, who had both hands in the air, pointing and screaming to the crowd, “These are the only three standing!!!” He was talking about Ivy, Meg and myself, who got to go together in each heat. Naturally, for each workout we lined up together. When I looked around, I realized he was correct—quite the carnage down the field, but the MPH ladies were recovering on their feet.
A few heats later, after he finished the WOD, Dave O. pointed to the field of sprawled athletes and challenged them to “Stand the F$^% up!” (At least this is what I thought he said. There may or may not have been an expletive in there).
A few other notes:
1. Meg: I am so glad I got to see the competitor come out in you at this challenge, and you will rip it up in Ohio!
2. In case you missed it, Dave O. and Rob K. both PR’d in the clean and jerk to do those WODs as prescribed. Seeing that happen was the best part of my weekend.
3. John: you are a hell of a leader and coach.
For anyone contemplating doing a CrossFit competition in the future, do it. For me, the last few moments before the clock starts are the best part—screaming, adrenaline, nerves. I know I’m alive. Thank you again to everyone who made that possible for me this weekend.
Sean and I just registered for regionals! Yay road trip 🙂
I just realized that you and I basically sound the same today—MEEP!
i like this squeaky voice situation you have going on right now… it is quite entertaining 🙂 hehe
I think John’s voice is part of Mel’s 3rd point. John is one hell of a coach and he gave coaching the MPH athletes literally everything he had, including his voice.
It still made me giggle this morning though.
I am so stoked over this that I actually stopped to do Burpees along the New Jersey Turnpike as tribute. Further, I am working to clear my calander for those dates. I have already secured 5 rooms from the 7th-9th at the Holiday Inn Logan, OH where the events will be held. I have set this up for the athletes, coaches, and the first to jump on the convoy west. I am so fucking proud and excited right now that I may just do another 10 burpees when I hit Delaware!
I never thought I would be so psyched to go to southeastern Ohio! Can I bring pom-poms?
No wonder expedia is showing few rooms available. Looks like Stu is cornering the market.
Stu… just checking… is it this Holiday Inn Express?
12916 GREY ST,
UNITED STATES 43138
b/c we just booked a room there too. wanted to make sure it was the same hotel
That’s the one!
It was an absolute pleasure to watch, cheer, and photograph all of our amazing athletes this weekend, especially given the heart that each put into every one of the events. Thank you, team, for reminding us what it means to put yourself on the line and make every second count.
speaking of, are you ready to take my spot on Team MPH for the mud run in May?
It would be an honor to be your pinch hitter, wheelhouse.
I am down for a roadtrip to ohio.
It was a real pleasure watching all the mph people compete this weekend! You all are amazing and i got pumped up just cheering on your awsomeness.
I am having trouble putting into words all the things I feel about this weekend. It is incredibly emotional. First, I owe many thanks beyond my ability to truly express to John, Mel, and Rebekka for the coaching that got me so mentally and physically ready for this. And, on game day to Christy and Steve, but also to every person who came and lent a hand, voice, photography skills, and your positive presence. The fact that so many MPH members came, and most for BOTH DAYS, was a testiment to what we are building in DC. We’ve got something pretty special. I am so glad to be part of it, and I’m so glad to call you all my dear friends.
In terms of the competition itself, I have never had an equal experience. Powerlifting is much, much more individual. Each attempt is taken in turn and most lifters have only person goals to meet. Here, I found myself wanting to win. I wanted to do better at each event than the last, and I did not want to be last. I nearly was. After finishing 51st on the first event (the heavy Cindy- a post mortem of which could take another entire post), I moved myself up by coming in 24th in the Clean and Jerk and 32nd in the Overhead Squat and Run. I was 43rd in the Box Jumps/Sumo-deadlift high pull, and finished 42nd overall. To come up from that Cindy finish steadily over the rest of the events was really what it was all about for me. Cindy was the hardest event for me.
I learned a lot. I will continue to work very hard and improve. I hope I will get another chance to compete. We shall see about traveling to Ohio.
Anyway, this probably isn’t the same post I would post even in an hour or two, so I think little pieces of this experience will be spread over the next few weeks as I process everything.
Yours truly, Mrs. F.
Congratulations to all our competitors! I missed being there so much that I must have refreshed my Blackberry a hundred times, checking for updates and scores. It sounds like you, along with all the supporters in attendance, showed the larger community what MPH is all about. And I love that you finished on your feet. Love it.
A road trip? Quite possibly doable.
Anyone notice where the regionals are being held? Look like we’re going to be outside…
Erez Y.: 285-285-275-275-275-lbs.
Derek B.: 225-245-235-225-205-lbs.
Sidra C.: 225-235-240-240-240-lbs.
Erin K.: 205-225-205-205-205-lbs.
Kim H.: 225-225-205-205-205-lbs.
Kris C.: 155-155-155-160-160-lbs.
Kristie K.: 145-155x-145-145-145-lbs.
Keena S.: 135-135-135-135-135x-lbs.
Beth F.: 145-145-145-145-145-lbs.
David O.: 275-315x-315x-275-275-lbs.
Sean M.: 375-385-395-405-415x-lbs.
Josh O.: 315-345x-315-315-315-lbs.
Josh M.: 225-225-235-245-245-lbs.
Jen M.: 155-175-155-155-155-lbs.
Jessica H.: 185-190-195-200-205x-lbs.
Leota B.: 135-145-135-125-125-lbs.
Katie M.: 135-135-145-145-145-lbs.
Jeff W.: 265-285-300-305x-305-lbs.
Bill G.: 225-245-245-245-245-lbs.
Kevin C.: 165-185x-115-115-115-lbs.
Brian T.: 125-125-125-125-125-lbs.
Neil A.: 295-315-325-325x-315-lbs.
Marco M.: 155-155-155-155-155-lbs.
Christine S.: 145-155x-145-145-145-lbs.
Ted K.: 135-135-135-135-135-lbs.
Jason H.: 225-235-245-235-235-lbs.
Robbie S.: 235-245-245-245-245-lbs.
Kyle F.: 285-295-315-305-305-lbs.
Johnny A.: 135-135-155-155-155-lbs.
Jessy C.: 115-115-110-110-110-lbs.
Sara D.: 115-115-115-115-115-lbs.
Fernanda G.: 145-145-145-145-145-lbs.
Wayne C.: 245-255-265-275-265-lbs.
Koji H.: 205-185-165-165-165-lbs.
Sean F.: 215-215-215-215-215-lbs.
Lee P.: 245-265-285-285-285-lbs.
Adam C.: 245-255-265-275-275-lbs.
Tyler P.: 165-175-175-175-175-lbs.
Antonio G.: 295-315-325-325-335x-lbs.
Marc B.: 265-275-295-305-315-lbs.
David S.: 185-205-205-195-205-lbs.
Daniel B.: 185-205-205-205-205-lbs.
Susanna B.: 205-225-225-225-225x-lbs.
Jonathan H.: 225-245-255-260-260-lbs.
Jenn J.: 175-175-175-175-175-lbs.
Kate S.: 35-35-35-35-35-lbs.
Sue R.: 55-55-55-55-55-lbs.
Ryan B.: 115-115-115-115-115-lbs.
David C.: 225-235-235-235-235-lbs.
Jess- YOU GOT IT! Yay!
So sweet, Ivy, thanks. I never thought I’d say this, but …. 🙂
DaveO…You actually came in today! Dude, your a beast!!!
You should have seen it, Mel even tried to restrain him from big red, but Dave wasn’t having any of it.
Oh in case no body noticed, both Jess (aka Unfaithful) and Tank PR’d today. Now that was an awesome thing to watch! It just keeps getting better!
Guys, I don’t have much to say today besides thank you – to the MPH team, coaches, and spectators. And I’m proud to bring back a little piece of sectionals to share with all of you: a new 20 / 24 inch box for box jumps! That is, if I can get the box out of the back seat of my car…
My body is exhausted and my mind is filled with so many thoughts that I don’t even know where to begin. This past weekend was incredible. All of the team spirit and energy was inspiring and I know it helped me finish strong and on my feet. I have to tell you, a guy came up to me on Sunday and said I didn’t look tired after finishing 12 minutes of OHS and 200 meter runs. I had no idea what he was talking about because my legs were on fire and I could hardly walk up the stairs. But looking back, I think it’s because when we finished, we weren’t on the ground writhing in pain like everyone else 🙂
Congratulations to all our competitors. It was an absolute privilege to watch you guys compete this weekend and to have our community so very well represented.
Watching the other affiliates gathered at Sectionals was also really interesting. It made me realize even more how very special what John, Mel, and BK have built at MPH is. I also noticed even during Cindy that MPH athletes were the only ones to finish on their feet. It is emblematic of who we are as a community. And the strength of that community was apparent to all. It’s an honor to be a part of it.
Mel, megan, dave, christy, ivy, rob, jeremy, joe –
I’m so proud to know you! Congratulations! I was home with family issues, but watched the web constantly to see how my MPH family was doing!
I am now remembering more than one occasion when i schlumped down after a workout only to have Mel goad me back to standing up and walking off the WOD – ’cause that is right john, that’s how we roll!
blessed be one and all!
First off, Joe, Ivy, Dave O, Dave R, Jeremy, Mel, Megan, and Rob, it was a lot of fun to watch you guys compete! Your workouts were impressive and all of you embodied the ideals of MPH throughout each and every workout.
Here are some additional interesting observations that I had:
1. You can’t truly appreciate how good we have it at MPH till you see some of the other options. I’m not saying they are bad per se, but MPH fits my (and I’m assuming some others reading this) style and goals a little (ok, more than a little) better.
2. The strength and form of our athletes was very noticeable when compared to others! You could tell that our box had a focus on strength and form.
3. After watching two straight days of competition, its amazing how ready you can be for your own workout come Monday* morning!
*See PRs on today’s workout by the spectators.
Here are the wrestlers i was trying to think of this morning.
(yes, work is a little slow today)
Thanks to everyone who came out to cheer us on and especially to John, Bkay and Mel for their support throughout. John, thank you for not making us have to restrain you from choking a judge during Dave R’s clean and jerks as well. I don’t know if I would characterize it as ‘fun’ per say. My mind might, but my body seems to have a distinctly different view today. Whomever bags on the WOD choices never had to do the last 3 after Cindy with a 20# vest on. Wholly different ball game. That said, I would definitely do it again. It was a great thing to be a part of and see what a supportive community exists at MPH and the quality of coaching we get. I didn’t see one other coach get to every athlete’s side during their workouts, but John was there at every one of ours. Huge congrats to Jeremy whose tireless 3 months of preparation was on full display. You crushed every damn one of the workouts, buddy, and its great to see that hard work pay off. Dave R, Mel and Meg: congrats and go get some at Regionals. It was great working next to you this weekend.
Random Games Observation (Part I)
The energy and support of our group is astounding. Just one example: the last event was a box jump/SDHP couplet. The box was towards the center of the floor, away from the group. Every time I finished with my box jumps and moved towards the bar, I was also moving towards our group. For lack of a better word, a roar would erupt at that moment from our group. It was amazing. Everybody was yelling encouragement, and urging by collective force of will to put me and the other people from our team back on that bar. And it worked. No way would I have done so many pulls without that energy from the group. To have so many people there as support – both spectators and other competitors, was truly incredible. Thank you.
Wow! I am still flying high from this weekend’s event! So much to say…I will try to capture it all here. My apologies in advance for the long post.
First of all, a huge thank you to John, Mel and BK for all you did to get me ready to compete. You didn’t stop there, your coaching, taping, icing, pushing (literally and figuratively), and cheering made me want to go even harder.
Second, another huge thank you to all the MPHers that came out this weekend to cheer us on. It was so cool to look around the room and see that we clearly stood out in the crowd. No doubt we had the largest contingent on both days.
My break down of the workouts; When they were first posted I thought hey there is nothing there that I have not done, well except maybe clean and jerk 185lbs, but at least I knew the movements. So I thought, OK I can do this.
Workout #1: Heavy “Cindy”.
Here is a little secret, this is one of my favorite workouts. I had never performed it with a weighted vest before, but hey how hard could that be. There were very strict standards for the movements especially the pullups. Your chin had to break the vertical plain of the pullup bar. My goal going in was to keep moving and make every rep count. After watching Jeremy slug through Cindy in the heat before me I felt myself getting nervous, can I get through this I thought. Some of you will appreciate this more than others, but John’s words to me before I started were “Don’t fuck this up” With that in my head, I was determined not to fuck it up. With vest on I heard the call of 321 go. First 5 pullups were unbroken and all counted. I found myself getting so into the work out and focused on every movement that I didn’t hear the coaching coming from John, Steve and Christy regarding my pushups. I knew going in that the pushups were going to be the slowest part. After about 2-3 rounds I finally heard Steve Ds coaching on my pushups to just flop to the floor and then push up instead of doing the negative decent…duh why didn’t I think of that. Once I started doing that, I started to cycle through the pushups much quicker. There was one point during one of the later rounds where I sat up from a pushup and instantly felt John’s hands on my back pushing me back down. Some might have said WTF, but for me, it just made me want to go harder. I finished with 10 rounds and 3 pullups. Truth be told, I did 5 pullups at the end because I didn’t hear them say stop. My best unweighted Cindy is 13 rounds and 3 pushups. So all-in-all not bad. BTW no missed pullup reps…nice.
Workout #2: Clean and Jerk 185lbs (as many reps as possible in 3mins)
This one scared me the most. Going in I did not know what my PR was for this movement and I didn’t want to look. I just knew it was not 185. This was the one workout you could scale if you wanted. You could take a zero for the workout, but still had to C&J the scaled weight 12 times in 3 minutes. My thought was, hey I would rather take the zero attempting the 185 than to take it right out of the gate. I discuss this strategy with John who was of course all for it. I am so glad I went this route.
Again, I got to watch Jeremy just crush this event in the heat before me. Watching him was incredibly inspiring. I felt myself going through every movement with him on the sidelines. I think it helped my visualization. My thoughts going into this one were if I can just squat clean it into the rack position I knew I could stand it up. Then it would be one big thrust to the jerk position…probably the biggest one of my life. Again the call, 321 go. I leaned down grab and started to pull. Before I could even think, I had the bar in the rack position, but I just power cleaned it off the floor…holy shit! One big push and into the jerk position, then I stood it up and count it 1. WOW!!! Again I grabbed the bar, again I power cleaned it and again one big push. This time I got it overhead and stood it up, but I pressed out so they did not count it. From there I struggled to even rack it again. I was so over taken by emotion that I broke down in tears after the call of time. I could not believe what I had just done…I truly surprised myself. While slightly embarrassed, it was my favorite part of the weekend.
With day one in the books day two started out with concern as I was operating on only 4 hours of sleep. You see, my band had a gig on Saturday night. I know, I know…poor planning on my part. Note to self, don’t schedule a gig on the night between a 2 day Crossfit games event that you are competing in…knuckle head move if there ever was one.
Event #3: 20 OHS at 115 w/200meter run (as many rounds as possible in 12 minutes)
After completing my warm up prior to this event I had thoughts of telling John that I could not go, that I would have to drop out of the event. My body and my head were saying NO, NO, NO. So I decided I would wait to see how I felt once I got to the gym. Again, I got to watch Jeremy complete this workout. He was so smooth on the OHS. I started getting inspired by his performance and thought, I am just going to do my best and knock out as many as I can. I figured, just get at least one round in don’t quit.
321, go. I surprised myself by knocking out 12 OHS in a row. I completed round one and went for the run. Round two took me a little longer, but I was able to string 4 OHS together a couple of times resting the bar on my shoulders. After completing round two I arrived back at the bar and looked at the clock. I still had time to get one more round of 20 in if I hurried. I don’t much recall how I got through this round, but I ended up 2 short of the 20. I honestly didn’t think I had it in me. I was incredibly pumped after this workout and looking forward to the final workout. Now my goal was to see if I could sleep before the last event.
Event #4: 12 box jumps, 24” box, 8 SDHP at 95lbs (as many reps as possible in 7 minutes)
I did lie down after eating something between rounds, but never fell asleep. I was too amped up from the morning round and busy visualizing myself completing the last workout. There was a point when a few of us were standing around chatting about the last event (John S. included) when John Main pointed out that John S. and I have the worst SDHP he has ever seen. Not what you want to hear going into this workout so I used the opportunity for a training moment to understand what I do wrong. John Main did not disappoint me. He explained the proper way to do the SDHP and then told me how I did them. Oh, I thought. I am just going to have to show him that I can do better. Jeremy was up before me so I watched as he ripped through this event, but at the same time I noted how he was performing the box jumps. John kept trying to get his attention to get him to stop stepping backward after each rep. It was a time and energy killer. So now I had 3 goals, perfect SDHPs, no stepping backward on the dismount off the box and make every rep count. Just before the call of 321 go, I looked over to the sideline and all I could see was a wall of MPH t-shirts. Very cool! I began strong and I think I was about three rounds in when I felt my legs start to sting, no, burn. I just wanted to keep moving. I was sticking my landings on the box jumps, but started to slow on the SDHPs. I then looked over at John, who long ago stopped trying to shout instructions and was now make motions as to what he wanted me to do. It looked like he was trying to tell me to jump the weight up. So I started jumping the weight up. It was amazing how much easier the SDHPs were. At one point during the later rounds I was on the box and all I could hear from behind me was a wall of sound shouting again, again, again. John S. (fresh lungs and throat was the loudest) I tried to match their cadence. Finally the call of time was made I fell to my back, but immediately jumped back up, because we finish on our feet. I went to the sideline to shake John’s hand and he told me to turn around and look at the carnage behind you. When I turned around all I saw was a sea of bodies lying and writhing in pain as I was one of if not the only one standing. I was so taken by that moment that I shouted “Stand up G dammit”!
I did it! I had a blast. This was the most incredible event I have ever been involved in! My first competition was in the books. What an incredible feeling! I think I finished 135th out of 156 men who had scores. Respectable! I can’t wait to do it again! My goal for next year is to be in the top 100.
Thanks again to everyone who was there and thank you for indulging this long post.
See you at the Gym,
Dave O (aka 702)
I’m loving reading all the competitors’ thoughts, inner dialogues etc from the weekend. Let me just say from a spectator’s perspective – wow! You guys were awesome! I am so impressed at everyone’s performances over the weekend. It was also amazing to feel the energy and enthusiasm coming from all the MPHers. We truly are lucky to be a part of this great MPH community. I am SO looking forward to the road trip to Ohio!
Great job at the Sectionals Crossfit MPH. I was one of the event photographers and enjoyed capturing all your accomplishments. I created an album to view the many images taken, since one never knows which ones Crossfit HQ will pick. When you click on the link, just click on “All My Photos” and choose the album titled 2010 Crossfit Sectionals.
Congrats to all the participants…you were awesome! The best part of the weekend was watching the competitors meet each challenge with determination and overcome each event. Then definitly add to that a sense of community and joy that there was always “one of ours” on the floor, giving it their all and making it happen. AWESOME! Ohio watch out!!!!
I feel almost the same anticipation getting ready to write this post as I did before each workout over the weekend. It is the feeling that I have to rise to the occasion the moment calls for. Here I face the task of trying to put into words the dynamic, powerful, strange, raw, loving and humbling experience of community we shared this weekend.
We were all connected this weekend, powerfully–those at home who were wishing us well, those who came out and gave their time and hearts, the athletes, the families, and the coaches. What made the experience so moving was the visceral feeling that were about something bigger than ourselves. We were creating, and expressing a community, a real community–something our society is so lacking that it takes a moment to recognize it.
I do recognize it now, and I count myself so lucky to find myself in the middle of this. I think this is just the beginning of what we are capable of. Just three months ago, I didn’t know if could compete in these events, and John and Mel said what the hell, why not, we can make make some good progress in three months. Almost like watching a flower bloom, I watched their coaching and my training turn into performance gains. I see all of us making these gains together. After watching what each of our athletes accomplished this weekend, I know we can all lay a claim to greatness if we want it.
I just want each of you to know how much I appreciate you and your contribution to the community. I know I wouldn’t have passed go without you.
Most of all, John, with every day that goes by I respect you more and more. I am honored to have the opportunity to witness and learn from your leadership. You articulate and embody the core set of principles that underlie our community: to care for each other and to strive for greatness.
Thanks for leading the way this weekend. Watching you compete before me was so incredibly inspiring and motivating. You pulled me along the entire weekend. I meant to thank you yesterday before I left.
John can’t be contained by a thin piece of plastic alone!
That picture caught my eye, too (also not getting a lot of work done over here…). I think it sums up so much of what happens in our box, in a really beautiful way.
I have been eye hustling our page all day. I haven’t accomplished much today other than tearing up w/ pride and awe as I read everyone’s account today. My boss thinks I am sick today because I have been blowing my nose all day. When he asks me what I analyzed yesterday I am going to be crying for real. lol!
Great job guys!
Glad you liked that photo, I thought it was a perfect representation of what CrossFit is all about. I saw so much amazing teamwork at the Sectionals. Unfortunately, main CrossFit only used about 6 photos on their page which is why I uploaded to my personal site. I have also had a few people asking about getting some poster sized images. All of the images I uploaded at high quality RAW so anyone can buy them directly from that site. Glad you guys are enjoying them.
Random Games Observation (Part II)
It’s been mentioned that Dave and I managed to PR the second event by getting 185 overhead. But to give a little of the background, Dave and I had talked before the event about what we were going to do. Yes, it was more than we had lifted before. Yes, not making the lift would give us a zero for the event. But when we talked, we were on the exact same page. We both wanted to go for it – that’s why we signed up in the first place. But more than that, we thought we could do it. Why is that? Well, speaking for Dave, it was the training that we had received. Just a month or two ago, we had gone over the split jerk, and John and Mel had corrected some mechanical problems with my split. At the time, I felt pretty comfortable with 165. And since that time, we all had only gotten stronger. So what’s an extra twenty pounds? I didn’t think it was that big of a deal considering our training. And we were both proved right.
That’s a long way of saying that we got a good thing going here. Dave – now we both have to work on that second rep!
I could not have said it better. It was an honor to have PR’d with you at the games my friend. And for you all the more impressive as I believe it was a 30lb PR for the C&J. Man, that is just bad ass!