Two weeks ago, we closed up the gym for the day and headed to CrossFit Chico’s Wodtoberfest where we had 7 athletes participate in their first competition. There was approximately 130 total athletes competing from several different gyms all over Northern CA. We, of course, were the smallest gym at this competition.
Josh and I have both competed in several CrossFit competitions but this was our first time showing up as coaches. I felt anxious as we made the drive to Chico. Although we weren’t competing, we didn’t want to let our athletes down and wanted to provide them with the best support and coaching. However, once we arrived, set up the E-Z up tent and hung up our CCSC banner, I instantly felt proud to just be there representing our athletes and the County.
We had a female athlete in the very first heat….I felt sick to my stomach. As the timer to start the first workout was counting down, she glanced over to Josh and I with a nervous look. I tried to hide my nerves for her and gave her a big grin and a thumbs up. :) The first workout was only six minutes and just like that it was over. The rest of the athletes completed their first event as they moved through the heats.
As the day went on, our athletes continued to knock out the events one at a time. The CCSC athletes gave it their best and never once complained. Between events, everyone mingled with other gym athletes/coaches/judges, cheered on other athletes, and checked out the vendors. Most importantly, we hung out under the E-Z up tent and got to know each other a little more. I heard several of our athletes mention how much fun they were having and said they couldn't wait to sign up for another competition.
Under the E-Z up tent, we talked about the future of the gym and we were all excited to be doing something good and healthy with other people within the community. Music to my ears…this made me happy! On our way home Josh and I talked about the amazing people within Colusa County that we have met in just the short amount of time that CCSC has been in existence. CCSC is not even a year old and we are already making a name for ourselves. This would not be possible if we didn't have people who believed in us and in our program, without the tremendous support of Manuel and without all of you representing CCSC every day! We can’t thank you enough!
The competition and day couldn't have been any better! Every single one of the CCSC athletes finished strong in all of the workouts and every single CCSC athlete hit a new personal record (PR) on their back squat. We showed up, performed extremely well, squatted some big weight and definitely put the county on the map! As if that wasn't enough, we had one of our female competitors, Rocio Hernandez, take first place overall in the female’s beginner’s division! Great job to everyone who competed and thank you to those of you who came out to support these amazing athletes. We are so proud of every single one of you guys!