Recently, a few of the CFN athletes competed in the 816 Halloween Throwdown. For a few, it was their first CrossFit competition. Those athletes shared their experiences below: CFN Halloween BW-64

Clinton Narayan

Most Memorable Moment

The most memorable part of the competition would be the support and cheering that I received from the gym members that attended the event. Their support during events helped encourage me and I know that I would not have done as well without them. It reinforced my appreciation for the gym, it's members and the community that we have.

Advice

Advice that I would offer to someone doing their first competition would be to not get married and go on a honeymoon the week before your competition. It makes for a rough transition.

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Halie Truax

Most Memorable Moment

The most memorable moment was having so many people from our gym/community there supporting and/or competing. Truly makes a difference when you personally don't feel like you performed very well but everyone else only has kind words towards your efforts.

Advice

I learned that there is so much room for improvement but that there wasn't anything that I couldn't do. My advice is that competing is fun, that's why most of us do crossfit. Shouldn't be scared to compete, it's what we do every time we set foot in the gym! Pick a goal you want to accomplish by doing the comp, mine was something to work towards completing after having the babe.

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Justin Greenhagen

Most Memorable Moment

The most memorable part of the competition for me was in the final workout. I was set up to do Toes-to-bar right in front of a group of fellow CFNers. Their encouragement really helped push me through that final workout after a long day. Just in general, seeing so many CFN faces come out to support the competing athletes really made my day memorable.

Advice

Don't be intimidated and just have fun. You're going to be nervous and you're going to see athletes from many other gyms that you'll think are impossible to beat. And you may be right. When it all comes down to it, all you can do is do your best. If your best is first place or even dead last, take pride in knowing you gave it your all and try not to worry about how others did relative to you. If there's anything I've learned from the competitions I've done, it's that you have to go to have fun. If you go expecting to win, there's a great chance you'll be disappointed.

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Kris Kifune

Most Memorable Moment

Most memorable part of the comp...staying motivated by the cfn members and hitting a pr.  It was awesome to see all the cfn family there and to cheer on everyone who competed.

Advice

Don't worry/have fun, stay hydrated, stay fed, and game plan everything.  During workouts with new people or surroundings I some  times forget to warm up or get caught up with what other people are doing. I have to remember that I perform better when I have a game plan and stick to it. Don't worry about what other people are doing during the workouts, the only person you are competing against is yourself and the clock. Food and water are important during  comps, it is good to know what foods won't affect your performance and how much time you need to digest.

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Hannah Barnett

Most Memorable Moment

Awesome moment number one: I was so nervous for the WOD 2 with the weight lifting. I had everyone from CFN in my corner, and Jason Willis coaching me through it all. I've never been able to do that much weight on a lift like that, so when I got my PR, it was such a feeling of accomplishment. But in those moments looking down at that weight and knowing I might fail because this is quite a bit more weight than I've done before, and hearing 15 people from my own gym cheering me on, I had all the confidence in the world!

Advice

I learned that in those moments in a competition, its important to stay focused and positive no matter how good/ bad you are performing. I just had to go into each WOD thinking I could do this. Some times, in my normal workouts, I can get mentally down when I'm struggling with a movement or heavy weight. If you stay positive, you'll most likely surprise yourself. Adrenaline accompanied with some great motivators really allowed me to do things I had never done.

  • Be confident
  • Be positive
  • Stay humble
  • Respect others
  • Have fun

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Manny Catano

Most Memorable Moment

For me the most memorable thing is after the competition and kinda going through a debriefing of what I just went through and if there are any lessons to be learned for my self. Intrinsically it's awesome to compete it's fun to put yourself out there, and I loved seeing all the people at CFN. That was pretty awesome.

Advice

For myself I learned that I need to work on oly lifting and also increasing my strength..The best advice I can give someone is to take it on with a grain of salt, go out there have fun and let the chips fall where they may. You'll be surprised at how much fun you'll have and it's always amazing to see folks come out and support you.

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Lindsey Osborne

Most memorable Moment

I could hear the voices of my friends and family cheering me on through the dreaded and difficult toes to bar, and even appreciated the encouragement of my judge when caught standing over my bar. To hear people cheering me on, to feel my body pushed past limits, and to celebrate a goal within a goal (no missed double unders!), comprises a list of reasons I continue to pursue fitness through Crossfit training.

Advice

To anyone considering a competition, I'd say, "Go for it!". Sign up and commit, train harder and more focused than usual, and then get after it, all the while telling yourself, "I can do this. I can do hard and heavy things!" Enjoy the cheers and the satisfied soreness afterwards.

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Amber Zabka

Most Memorable Moment

The most memorable parts were probably seeing so many people cheering and encouraging me (even people who I thought didn't even know my name/who I was!) and also getting a PR on my snatch!

Advice

I learned that there will most likely be something I don't like/want to do in the competition, and I have to suck it up and still try my best. I'd tell other people that its not as scary as they might think to do a competition, and it can really show where they're weaknesses and strengths are (mentally and physically).

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Tara Kaiser

Most Memorable Moment

For me, the most memorable part of the competition was the 2 RM for the power snatch/overhead squat event. I was dreading this event before the competition, because it combined two of my weakest CF movements. Before the event, I worked on the mechanics for these events with lighter weight and the PVC pipe, On the day of the competition, I managed to get a PR of 100LBS for a 2RM by focusing on the basic fundamentals of the lifts two weeks prior.

Advice

I leaned that if one is going to improve on any CF "goats" or movements that are not strong points, it is best to seek out events and/or competitions that force work on those weak points.

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Christie Smeal

Most Memorable Moment

I would say the most memorable thing about the competition was the atmosphere, not only meeting and chatting with members from other gyms but also being able to hear your gym mates cheering for you and encouraging you to keep working hard and finish strong.

Advice

What would I tell someone who is thinking about doing their first comp or getting ready to compete in their first comp?  Enjoy it!  Just relax, have fun and push yourself to do the best you can that day but don't mentally psych yourself out.  Enjoy the atmosphere, have fun doing the WOD's and know that if you didn't do as well as you were hoping there will be other competitions and you always have the chance to make yourself better.

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