Also, the sudden hour-long downpour of rain that occurred on Saturday morning made the inside of CrossFit Fortius double as a steamroom for the entirety of the competition. It was quite the intimate/cozy/sweaty/vinegary/dank weightlifting weekend for sure.
I covered warmups and called attempts for Nichole, Ryan, James, Julius, and another lifter from Santa Barbara Strength (Jen), and I assisted Coach Jesse and Coach Dave in running warmups for Brian, Garrett, and Andy. Overall, I was backstage for a total of five sessions. In addition, I was a judge for one session, a loader for another session, and the weigh-in guy for yet another session.
I lifted in zero sessions.
Oh yeah... we didn't advertise it ahead of time because we couldn't make any promises that it would work out or not, but I did set up a live stream of the meet. We covered every single session, save for a little bit of the snatch part of 94A's that I missed due to running weigh-ins. The live stream was a relative success in that people who were not able to attend were able to at least see the lifts in magnificent blurry 480/720p 12fps resolution. It was also successful because it was absolutely zero expense to us, since I just used my personal YouTube account and a webcam that I already had.
YouTube also archived all the streams, so you can watch every recorded lift here:
Session 1 (48-58 W) - Lindsey
Session 2 (62-69 M)
Session 3 (77B M) - Ryan, Brian
Session 4 (63 W) - Nichole
Session 5 (77A M)
Session 6 (69 W) - Jen (Santa Barbara Strength), Steph, Jasmine
Session 7 (85B/94B M) - Andy, Paul, Spenser, Julius
Session 8 (75 W)
Session 9 (85A M) - Garrett, James, Pat
Session 10 (75+ W) - Elie
Session 11 (94A M)
Session 12 (105/105+ M) - Josh
It was actually super simple to set up the videos. I hope more local meets in the future set up a live stream, especially since you can now do it through YouTube and it is free of charge.
If we get a better camera for the next hosted meet, we'll probably use that, since we got some complaints that the quality was blurry. But still, hey, you gotta admit it's a step forward for local meets, right?
Anyways, I am super proud of Team Fortius for doing their best this past weekend. We actually had a very high success rate (completed lifts divided by all attempts), some people even going 6 for 6 and hitting lifetime PR's. None of our lifters bombed out either.
While I didn't compete as a lifter at State Games this year, I still came out of it feeling accomplished. These teammates of mine who competed with heart and effort graced me with the privilege of helping them reach their goals. Even for those whom I did not help backstage during their session, I have worked with almost all of them in training, and being able to be even a small part of their athletic progression is truly gratifying for myself as an aspiring coach.
Let's all get stronger, guys.
James' last lift. He went 104/126 for a 230 total.