Ronin does CrossFit: The Diablo Games 2014

Last year I competed in my first CrossFit comp, The Diablo Games. You can read all about my experience at last years event HERE.

This year I've been struggling with a nagging and severe foot injury, so when the WOD's were announced for the 2014 Diablo Games, I knew I was out. Yell

I was able to complete the chipper WOD Trick and Treat at the box the day before the comp. I did fine, and finished in 12:13, for both WOD's combined, plus the mandatory 2 minute rest. 

But it wasn't that WOD that scared me. It was WOD #2 which involved jump rope. I just can't jump at this stage of the game.

But really, I'm not here to talk about what I can't do, I'm here today to talk about what my son CAN DO!

Ronin has really been excelling in his sports lately.

For his FIRST CrossFit competition, I was more nervous for him, than he was!

He was calm, cool, and collected.

I was there as a volunteer, helping to mark athletes and pass out goody bags, and also served as general "athlete love" making sure everyone was comfortable. But I also had to be on "Ronin Patrol" making sure that he wasn't off getting himself into situations where he could get into trouble. He did fine, no issues.

And before we knew it, Event 1 was up!


Coach Jen prepped all her athletes and they went through a warm-up. She explained what they needed to do in the WOD, and Ronin did not pay attention. This would later come back to bite him.

You'll notice the WOD calls for burpees where the athlete jumps on a plate, Ronin didn't pay attention during the briefing, so he wasn't jumping on the plate, he was just doing burpees, so he got no repped A LOT. As he should. You need to pay attention and do the movements correctly.

After the first event he was in 5th place. He made it to the 12th round of hang cleans, and got in one burpee before time was called. 20 pounds was heavy for him, so he also got no repped quite a few times on the cleans because he couldn't get those elbows up!

Surprisingly he wasn't too disappointed with a 5th place finish. We talked about what he needed to do to move up in the rankings, (mainly...PAY ATTENTION) and he spent the next couple of hours just running and playing while the adults moved through their events.

And then WOD 2 was up!


Ronin felt very confident and comfortable during this event. And any event that involves running, he'll excel. After WOD 2, these were the standings.

He finished WOD 2 FIRST, and must have finished with a pretty good lead to boost himself from 5th, to a 3 way tie for first. And he was tied with 2 girls. Bam. Go girls! #LikeAGirl.

For Event 3, Ronin and I brainstormed how he would tackle it.


We decided that he would go for the 2 small wall climbs IF he was able to get to the wall first, otherwise there might be too much of a line. So he knew that he would have to run FAST to make sure he was out of the building first, and the first one to the wall.

We also spoke to his coach about the jump-rope skill. Due to Ronin's autism, he has some fine and gross motor delays that make more complex athletics difficult, and that includes jumping rope. His coach knows this as she's seen it first hand. We also had another boy competing that has a visual impairment and he can't jump rope either, so for both of these boys, line jumps were put in the place of jump rope. 

And then they were off!

This event had Ronin's name ALL OVER IT! He was finished with the KB swings first, and out that door very very quickly, he scaled that small wall twice, and I cheered him inside and said "back to the KB Ronin" and off he started towards that end of the gym. Thankfully he made it only 1/2 way before his judge hollered "Ronin, come back, you need to do your line jumps." Oops. Bad mama. I forget totally about the jumps. He made it back, did his 20 line jumps, and then was back at the KB. And again was first out the door and off on his 100m sprint.

He finished this event FIRST and actually wanted to do more!! He has so much energy it's just unreal. He finished Event 3 with a time of 3:58. He was very fast.

We both felt pretty confident that after a tie for first after the second event that Ronin would end up placing FIRST for the competition.

And we were right!! He did place first!!

Overall, Ronin did GREAT!! ALL of the kids did GREAT!! CrossFit has given this group of kids the confidence to step outside their comfort zone in so many areas. Its also given my son the opportunity to be with kids his own age, when he's often socially awkward in typical settings. He much prefers the company of adults.

There are a few skills we need to work on before next year, but I can only seem him improving with age, so I expect great things again for the Diablo Games 2015.

Have you or your child ever competed in a CrossFit competition?

A Hodgepodge Post

It's a hodgepodge post!! A little bit of this, and a little bit of that!

I woke up this morning to cooler temperatures! This was in the car taking the kids to school. They asked me if I could turn on the heat. Life in Florida is so rough.


Last month I had the honor of speaking at the Working Women of Florida Conference.

My CrossFit En Fuego friend Liane was there to lend me support.

Thanks to Gwynnie Bee for providing me with a great dress for the day!

I got to meet former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio.

She is a really fascinating woman. I didn't realize her back story at all. She autographed her book for me. The inscription says "To Jenny, Very Inspirational. You lead yourself well."

 I also had the opportunity to speak with Dawna Stone, founder of Women's Running Magazine and the Women's Running Series.

My discussion was on Power and Perception and my friends at Polar were awesome enough to sponsor our panel discussion.

I really enjoy public speaking and got great feedback on my talk.

Fast forward to today. I had a great lunch meeting with the President of Working Women of Florida about how their organization can better serve working moms in our area.

I am a working mom. True, I work at home. But I am a working mom nonetheless.

We met at the Centre Club for our lunch meeting. I had never been there before. It was nice!

The view was outstanding. I had a hard time looking Jessica in the eye because I was distracted by the gorgeous Downtown Tampa skyline!

They had a great lunch menu, but really only one item that I wanted to eat.

I didn't eat the big triangle toasted bread thingies. But they smelled good. I got the dressing and feta cheese on the side and used them sparingly. The chicken was grilled with no oil and was so tasty!

Our lunch meeting lasted 2 1/2 hours and made Jessica late for her hair appt.

I came home and snapped a quick picture of my Gwynnie Bee outfit of the day!

I love Polka dots. I love Gwynnie Bee!!  This dress is a size 8 and it's a bit too baggy, but not so baggy that I couldn't wear it in public. Tongue Out

Then I changed out of the dress and decided to mow my lawn. During my lawn mowing adventures, I realized that I could train for my upcoming CrossFit competition! One of our skills is pulling a 95 pound stack of weight backwards. So I practiced on my hill through thick wet grass pulling my push mower.

And look what was just released! A medal! I don't know if it's for all competitors or just the top placing, but it would look great on my Wall of Bling.

You can follow along with all the fun of the Diablo Games on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #diablogames


And that was *most* of my day!! How was your day??

October 9

I am restless. In less than 3 days I will be competing in my FIRST CrossFit competition, The Diablo Games.

I am just an excited ball of energy right now!! I train day in and day out and really should be well prepared for Saturday. Especially since I know 3 of the 4 WOD's Smile Only one WOD has me freaked out and that is WOD #2. Here are the WOD's for you to see:

Complete an 8 minute AMRAP of:
- 1 Clean & Jerk (75/45)
- 1 Ring Row
- 3 Single Unders
- 2 Clean & Jerks (75/45)
- 2 Ring Rows
- 6 Single Unders
- 3 Clean & Jerks (75/45)
- 3 Ring Rows
- 9 Single Unders
… Continue adding 1 rep every round to the Clean & Jerks/Ring Rows and 3 reps every round to the Single Unders until time expires.

Find a 2 rep max Shoulder-to-Overhead lift.

- The athlete will have exactly 6 minutes to successfully complete 2 unbroken (without reracking) lifts.
- The lifts may be a Strict Press, Push Press, Push Jerk, or Split Jerk. The athlete may use any combination of these lifts as well.
- There must be complete control of the bar overhead with feet together for the reps to count.
- The athlete may drop the bar from overhead on the second lift, but will be required to pick it up on their own to replace on the rack for any subsequent lift attempts.
- Clips must be used for each lift.
- The bar will start on the rack unloaded. On "3,2,1,Go" the athlete will load the bar on their own to the desired starting weight.
- The athlete must have both lifts completed BEFORE the 6 minute cutoff for it to count.

Max Length Bar Hang

- The athlete will have 1 attempt at a max length bar hang.
- Athletes will be able to choose which bar to hang from.
- Athletes may use any grip they choose with the exception of interlocking fingers above the bar.
- Arms may be bent or straight.
- On "3,2,1,Go" the athlete must be in the hang position. Once the athlete drops time is stopped.

 WOD #3

For Time Complete:

15, 12, 9, 6, 3 of
- Wall Balls
* 10 yard “Weight Drag”
- Deadlifts
* 10 yard “Weight Drag”

WOD Description:
- Athletes will start at their assigned Wall Ball station with their Wall Ball on the ground in front of them. At “3,2,1,Go” athletes will pick up the Wall Ball and begin their set of 15. Once 15 good reps are completed the athlete will go to a designated lane where they will grab a handle attached to their weight stack. They will drag the weight stack, by pulling it backwards, approximately 10 yards to another designated area. At this station they will set down the handle, go to their assigned Deadlift bar and complete 15 good Deadlifts. Upon completion of the Deadlifts the athlete will grab the handle of their weight stack again and drag it back, in the same manner, to the Wall Ball station where they will begin their set of 12. Athletes will continue this format until the last set of 3 Deadlifts is completed OR the time cap is reached.
- 12 minute time cap.

Okay, so why does WOD 2 have me freaked out?? A few reasons. I struggle with overhead lifts. I suffered a shoulder injury in 2001, had surgery, years of physical therapy, and yet that shoulder still nags me. I can feel it "snag" when I lift something heavy overhead. My 2 rep max overhead lift is 75 pounds. And while I'm proud that I can lift that much over my head, I know it's not going to be enough to win WOD 2. And then adding insult to injury, the second half of WOD 2 is a max length bar hang. Yell I have like baby hands. Seriously they are so small that I have a heck of a time wrapping them around the rig. What's a rig. Here's the rig. Basically an adult set of monkey bars.

I have tried all sorts of grips, tape etc., and so far the longest I have been able to hang before my hands start to pull and rip is 7 seconds. Sigh. It doesn't hurt my shoulder, or wrists, or anything else. It's just my freaking hands. I think I have a deformity.  So I'm looking at scoring MAYBE 85 points for the 2nd WOD and there are women in my division who can overhead lift way more than that. So I've resolved that while I'll probably finish last in WOD 2, I need to bring my A Game for WODs 1 and 3, and hopefully WOD 4 will be kind to me and not include any rig or running. Tongue Out If I can score well on the other WOD's then I have a chance of not finishing last. Not that I would really care about finishing last, I just don't want to!

One benefit is that I am in the last heat of the Women's Division which means that I can cheer everyone else on, see what techniques they use for WOD 2, get myself all psyched out by watching my fellow athletes kick serious butt and then go and give it all I've got!!

Regardless of what place I finish in, I am a winner for even attempting a competition, AND I get this totally cool shirt!

In celebration of the Diablo Games, I went and had my nails done today! I picked Diablo Red. Was there really any other choice??


What do you think of my upcoming competition?? Any advice for me??