I just want to take a second to congratulate the CFLI competition team for taking 7th place overall in the Northeast Region!! (Smith Point Lifeguards – Brian Costello, Ian Fogarty, Pat Scribner and Bri Jackolski) The weekend was packed with excitement and had some serious ups and downs. Since 2/3rds of our team had never competed in a Regional competition before, and we had some very experienced teams in our region (including the defending World Champs), we knew we had our work cut out for us. We were able to execute our game plan on most of the workouts, with only a few minor hiccups. Unfortunately in such a competitive field like this, those minor bumps went a long way on the leaderboard.
Then, of course, there was the rain incident which I’m sure many of you have heard about by now (it only rained for 10 minutes the entire weekend and it was right during our heat in which we had to attempt to complete heavy hang cleans with soaking wet bars. It did not go well) in which we did not receive a fair shot and ended up placing 12th on a workout that we had expected to be in the top 3-5. So with an inexperienced team facing top-notch competition and some seriously bad luck, we ended up doing very well. The exclamation point on the weekend came when CFLI took 2nd in the final team event, finishing only behind the reigning world champs. This was the highest “skill” workout of the weekend and not only did we step up and crush it, but many teams (including one of the top 3 teams) were not even able to finish it. This reinforced that we can run with the big dogs (although I already knew this). I want to thank the members of the team and the training squad for working their rear ends off for the last few months, being in the gym until nearly mid night several nights a week, and making lots of sacrifices to help the team. I am so proud of everyone and watching the team claw back into contention after a rough start showed lots of heart and guts, and proved to everyone that we are a legitimate team. I also want to thank everyone who came and supported us over the weekend. Having so many people sacrifice their holiday weekend, take a 5 hour trip, pay for hotels, ferries, etc, proved to me that we have the best community in the world. Having such a big crowd their meant the world to us. There were a few times over the weekend where we felt we let you down a little, but no matter what, every time we looked up into the bleachers we saw a ton of navy and gold shirts (or Beast Bar shirts) screaming and yelling and helping us push through. You guys are the best, thank you so much.