This is a distance shot of Alicia Gomes on the pull-up bars in Lane 1 (because she’s in first place at this point; she finished second overall) – she was one of only three individual women at Northeast Regional competition who earned a spot at the Crossfit Games in Los Angeles in July. This regional qualifying competition was a fierce battle and indescribable display of strength and endurance. Alicia trains at CrossFit Wicked in Middleton, MA
Here’s Alicia showing the incredible poise and concentration that has led her from once being a national competitive gymnast to now a world competitor for the title “Fittest on Earth” at the 2012 CrossFit Games in Los Angeles this summer.
To give you an idea of how demanding (insane?) the workouts were at the regionals, here’s the last of six workouts over the three-day competition:
7 Deadlifts (225 lbs)
7 Muscle-ups (arguably one the most difficult exercises there is)
then, three rounds of:
21 Wall Balls (14 lb ball to 10′)
100′ Farmer Carry (2 x 70 lb dumbell)
28 Burpee box jumps (20″ box)
100′ Farmer Carry (2 x 70 lb dumbell)
Alicia did this entire workout in 17:08 (she finished in first place for this event).
And here’s Alicia in Event 3 (four rounds of 10 one arm snatches – 70 lbs); she tied for second in this particular event.
More from Reebok CrossFit Games 2012: Fighting Through It: Alicia Gomes
For three consecutive events, Alicia Gomes sat at the top spot at the North East Regional.
In Event 4, that changed.
The workout — a medley of back squats, shoulder-to-overheads, front squats, overhead squats and pull-ups — was unforgiving. Few finished within the 22-minute time cap.
Near the start of the workout, Gomes says her back seized up.
“I had a stress fracture as a kid,” the former Division 1 gymnast said minutes after the event. “I was fighting through it.”
The workout played to her strengths and she felt she could have done well, she says.
“I’m really disappointed in that workout. You can’t control your body doing stupid things,” Gomes continues. “It is what it is.”
At the end of Day 2, Gomes was No. 3 overall.
The 5-foot-2, 130-lb. athlete last year competed on CrossFit Route 1’s team, which made it to the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games. This year, as an individual, she’s representing CrossFit Wicked.
Gomes says she’s looking forward to the Regional’s third and last day, which brings the Snatch Ladder and perhaps one of the weekend’s most brutal workouts. The final event is: 3 rounds of 7 deadlifts and 7 muscle-ups, followed by 3 rounds of 21 wall ball shots and 21 toes-to-bar, a 100-foot farmer carry with two dumbbells, 28 burpee box jumps, another 100-foot carry with the dumbbells and, finally, 3 muscle-ups.
Gomes’ coach since December, Rudy Nielsen of Virginia’s Outlaw CrossFit, said she was doing “spectacular” shortly before Day 2’s second event.
The biggest concern of the weekend for Gomes was the 2,000-meter row in Event 2 that also included 50 one-legged squats and 30 135-lb. hang cleans.
Rowing, Nielsen stresses, is not Gomes’ strength.
“Like, your grandmother could row faster than her,” says the bearded Nielsen in his patented sarcastic tone, followed by a short laugh.
Nonetheless, Gomes has a 185-lb. clean and jerk, a 150-lb. snatch and a 305-lb. back squat, notes Nielsen, who was at the Regional.
“She’s strong as s___t,” he says. “And she moves kind of like an angel.”
Gomes first started working with Nielsen following three years of her boyfriend, Brent Miffitt, doing her programming. Miffitt also is competing at the Regional. After Day 2, he sits in 16th place overall.
Nielsen’s approach was similar to Miffitt’s, says Gomes, further describing it as “nerdy” on strategy.
She initially sought out Nielsen because he had worked with other gymnasts, Gomes explains. “(It’s been) a lot of fun.”