This is a somewhat misleading title, since my preparation was limited to coming as a volunteer, not an athlete. So my preparation was not related to rest, training and nutrition, it was more of an issue of logistics.
Here was my plan: Friday evening be sure to attend the Volunteer Briefing at the Box. Saturday, get up on time to have breakfast and coffee with Suzanne. Get dressed (wear my bright green CF2a Volunteer T-Shirt) and get to the gym prepared to do whatever Greg or Nicole ask of me. That sounds easy enough, I think I can handle that.
So I judged WODs 1 and 2 and then I was asked to run an errand for Nicole. When I returned from the errand, Dorie assigned me to judge/time the Floater WOD, the Prowler & Sprint.
I have to admit, I enjoyed it a great deal. It was certainly quieter than the mayhem in the gym. My throat was hoarse from yelling above the din of the crowd when I was judging the indoor events. Now I was outside in the fresh air. And one of my favorite things about it was that I got to meet every athlete, Men and Women, RX and Scaled. There were some awesome competitors who were fun and delightful to spend time with.
I actually had the easy part of this WOD, I stood in the parking lot with a clipboard and a stopwatch. Guys like Jim, Todd and Sean pushed the sled back to the starting line after every competitor. I do not even want to imagine how many meters and how many pounds these guys moved over the course of this event.
I spent about three hours out there judging this competition. It was fun, more fun than I was prepared for as a volunteer. Now look at the photo, I’ll bet you see what else I wasn’t prepared for: the sun. Since I drove to the gym in clouds and drizzle, and since I expected to be indoors, I had no hat, no sunglasses and no sunscreen.
This evening I have enjoyed covering my head, face and neck with HeadLube to relief the burn and to moisturize my crimson red epidermis. It is worth noting that a fine red wine (I prefer Cabernet Sauvignon) goes well with red epidermis. Two applications of HeadLube and two applications of wine and my head is feeling better already.