I trained hard this year. After last year’s failed attempt to complete the Firefighter Combat Challenge I only had one thing on my mind….finish it. That I did.
My time wasn’t all that impressive compared to the eight incredible athletes that kicked my ass, but that’s okay, I can work on speed for next year. If you’re not familiar with the FireFit Firefighter Combat Challenge here is a run down on this grueling event that is designed to simulate fire ground operations and aptly referred to as “the toughest two minutes in sports”.
First you climb up six flights of stairs with a 40lb hose pack on your shoulder, then haul a 45lb roll of hose up to the top of the tower with a rope, come back down the stairs and use an 8lb sledgehammer to move a block of steel one foot, then run (or walk in my case) 140 ft through pylons to pick up a charged hose line, advance the line 75ft and then spray and hit a target, then go and pick up a 165lb mannequin and drag it 100ft to the finish line…all in full bunker gear with a SCBA on your back and breathing bottled air.
Early on, as I got to about the fourth flight of stairs on the tower, I had a moment of terror as I realized I was already completed exhausted and I had almost the whole course left in front of me. For a second I wanted to quit, rip off all that gear, jump in the car and peel out of there so fast no one would even miss me… but I managed to talk myself down and settled on the thought “just get through it”. Last year I got all the way through to the mannequin drag, but I didn’t have any strength left to pick it up and drag it so I was disqualified. This year I had to set it down and re-adjust my grip a few times in my first competition of the year but lifting and dragging it was MUCH easier thanks to my training at CrossFit Kingston. A few weeks later, in my second competition I was able to get through the whole course, including the dummy drag with minimal rest and took over a minute off my time.
Hopefully my fire department will have a few new female recruits that will join us to do a relay team next year.