Ice Breaker Challenge RAthletes Recap

I can’t even begin to put into words how proud I am, not only of all of our RAthletes who competed in this weekends West Coast Triple Crown Ice Breaker Challenge, but in the Raincity Athletics community as whole. Thank you to every single member who supported our RAthletes with everyone from texts, hugs, or even just showing up to class day in and day out and pushing us. I know I can speak for every competitor when I say it is the support of a community that helps us as athletes push through some dark dark places both during daily training, and especially during competitions. I couldn’t be more proud of the performances by our RAthletes both on and off the competition floor this weekend. You guys truly embody everything we believe in at Raincity Athletics and I couldn’t be more grateful for having such awesome people represent us.

Full rankings: https://www.competeonline.ca/competeonline/competition/details/53

The Ladies:

Liana & Joce stepped out of their comfort zones and entered in their first official CrossFit competition. That’s stressful enough, but combined with the fact that day 1 was an Olympic Lifting comp really put the pressure on, and they stepped up!

Joce finished 31st overall with an epic 9th place finish in ‘Balls’ (100x Wall Balls + max DU in remainder of 5minutes) and 277 reps in ‘Simple Jack’ (a gruelling 20min AMRAP). Liana stepped up the game on the Deadlift/Burpee WOD and showed the following heats that the burpees were a time to haul ass, not rest (as all those previous treated it) completing it in a blistering 5:47! Joce finished in 31st overall, and Liana in 33rd. I’m excited to watch these 2 continue to duke it out in competition 😉


Misch has been around the CrossFit scene for a while but it was awesome to see her hitting the floor surrounded with a crew of fellow Female RAthletes (rather than last year when it was just her + 2 coaches competing). She PR’d her Clean and Jerk at 72kg, and realized how much more potential she’s got in olympic lifting (easy power clean and power jerk). Misch ended up in 22nd place overall.

Zina came out for her first ever individual competition and though she finished in last place overall, she didn’t finish last in a single WOD. She matched her previous PRs in CJ and Snatch which is no simple feat when under that kind of pressure, and stayed strong against some gruelling workouts across multiple days of competition… read her full post on her experience here: http://raincityathletics.ca/my-first-crossfit-competition-by-zina-b/

I (sort of) forced Katie to do this competition. She was unsure, I told her too bad and I registered her. She crushed it. It would take too long to summarize the accomplishments she had over the weekend but I think it’s summarized well by stating that she finished 14th overall in her first ever individual competition up against some of the West Coasts BEST athletes. Check her Facebook Post for her summary:

Screenshot 2015-01-13 16.45.21

The Boys:

Justin stepped out for his first ever CrossFit Competition. He’s been working hard on his olympic lifting, and he’s been consistent with his rehab/prehab and the ‘little things’ that help you excel, and it showed! Justin added 7KG to his previous Snatch PR (I think every lift might have been a PR?) he also PR’d his clean and jerk, and pulled off 15 Double unders in the ‘Balls’ workout which is no simple feat after flying through 100 wallballs. Justin finished 36th overall.

Vil hit the competition floor for the second time, after getting a taste during the West Coast Triple Crowns Winter Challenge. He PR’d his Clean and Jerk twice ending with 110KG and Snatched just 2lbs shy of his previous PR (making it a competition PR). Vil set a BLISTERING pace on the ‘Balls’ WOD doing 47 Double unders getting him 15th place overall and setting the tone for all the heats to follow (I know he made me nervous as hell!) with most top scores being within 20 double unders of that. Vil finished 26th place overall.

James 2.0 stepped out for his first ever competition in the sport of CrossFit. It was like taking a kid into a candy shop. His excitement was radiant and helped to pump up everyone around him. He showed that even as an ‘old dog’ he can keep up with some of the young bucks. He set a new PR on his snatch at 64kg, as well as his Clean and Jerk at 78kg. I think it’s safe to say he thrives under pressure. He finished 41st overall and even beat some of his fellow masters competitors (including some Masters Games Athletes) on a handful of the WODs which sets him up nicely as we head into the CrossFit Open and the CrossFit Games qualifying season.

I (coach Thor) have done almost every competition I could since 2009. This was the first time I headed into a competition not feeling as prepared as I’d like to. I came out the other end with a 227lb (103kg) competition and personal Snatch PR, and narrowly missed my 295lb (134kg) Clean and Jerk PR. I paced some WODs beautifully and totally redlined and hit the wall on other, but most importantly I was reminded how much I LOVE to compete, win or lose. The camaraderie, community, and sportsmanship within this sport is unparalleled, which is why I encourage ALL RAthletes at some point or another to test the waters! With the CrossFit Games Open coming up we’ll encourage you all to give it a try in the comfort of Raincity Athletics. Then we’ll encourage you to test it out in the Canadian Affiliate League in the comfort of small groups… from there (if/when you’re ready) we’ll hold your hand as you step out onto the floor in front of the crowd, and experience the rush.

Author: Simon 'Thor' Damborg

Simon is the Head Coach and Owner of Raincity Athletics. “Discovering a new level of health has changed my life, not only in how I look feel and perform, but how I feel about myself both inside and out. I want to help as many people as I can discover their ‘athlete within’ no matter what level that may be, which is why I love our slogan: Find Your Fit. Our bodies are nicer than any car, house, or pet we’ll ever own, and yet we constantly abuse them like we can buy another one if it breaks. I strongly believe if we can maximize our physical health and performance it will have a positive affect on our lives in more ways than anyone can imagine.”

Raincity Events
Raincity Athletics & CrossFit Pacific Central
#102 – 333 Terminal Avenue

Vancouver, BC V6A 4C1

Office: 778 383 9316
info @ raincityathletics.ca
© Raincity Athletics Inc. & Simon Damborg
Photos by Julieth Fajardo