I don't know how many of you knew - or cared for that matter - but I competed in the Southern California CrossFit Qualifiers this past weekend. I placed 25/92. The event was pretty brutal - it took place in Tustin, California in 90+ degree weather. Event 1: 4/18 12:30pm 6 rounds for time 30 squats 10 chest to bar pull ups 5 clean and jerks (155lbs) Time: 17:44 I was hoping to do a lot better on this workout than I did - but I got completely destroyed by 90+ degree weather which completely sapped me. By the second round I was having to chip away at the air squats in sets of 3s and 5s. My gym owner who is a doctor threw me into a cold shower immediately after my first event because I was literally stumbling around during the last 2 rounds of the workout and was on the verge of going tits up on the sand from heat stroke - Somehow I still managed to place 3/15 in my heat and 33rd overall. Event 2: 4/18 4:50pm 3 rounds for time 500m run 30 Overhead Squats (95lbs) Time: 11:29 The second event I did really well. I gamed it perfectly. The key to overhead squats core stability and a good lockout - and you can't have that if you're gasping for air. With that in mind I finished the first 500m third to last and did my first set of OH squats unbroken (I actually did 34 unbroken because of 'missed' reps) - came out of the first round in 4th. Second round I did the OH Squats 15-8-7 and was in third going into the last round. The last round I got hosed by a master judge who was saying I wasn't moving through the entire range of motion so my first 4 reps of that round were wiped - and then he hung around for the rest of my set which all in all cost me 6 extra reps in addition to the required 30. A friend of mine had video of it and my range of motion was perfect throughout the whole thing. But whatever - I finished 2nd in my heat - 18th for the event - and was bumped up to 21st overall. Final Event: 4/19 12:50pm 2k Row Followed by 6 rounds for time of 20 Box Jumps 10 Wallball Shots (20lbs - 12ft target) Time: 20:44 All done They didn't get me doing wall ball - but for reference, my buddy steve is 6'3. I'm 5'7. Steve placed first in our heat for this event at 17:48 Going into this event I was pretty nervous. My row is leaps and bounds better than it was a month in a half ago, but wallball has always been a nemesis event - and for the qualifiers the target was raised 2 feet from the standard 10ft target. In addition to that, the heat outside was ridiculous - it was in the 90s at 11am and starting pushing the 100s by noon. So after almost passing out yesterday in 85 degree weather, I was getting pretty nervous. I soaked my shirt and a headband in ice water right before the event in an effort to try and stay cool during the row - but by the time I registered for my heat my headband was already dry - awesome. The 2k went great - the pace was slow - hovering between 1:50-2:00/500m for the duration but I was feeling good and wasn't too gassed coming out. Box jumps were steady and except for one set were unbroken. The wallball however - I never strung more than 5 in a row and got penalized a bunch for not reaching squat depth. I was however, launching the shit out of the ball hitting 2/3 feet above the target line. My time here was pretty slow no idea where I was in the heat but it was 50th for the event and pushed me back to 25th overall. Obviously I would have liked to have done better, but I did the best I could with the hand I was dealt and I'm happy with my performance. Now I know what I need to do to prepare for this years Affiliate Cup (team event) and next years individuals. The whole weekend I was amazed at the athleticism that the top men and women displayed. There were some beasts out there.