The 2012 CrossFit Games Recap

Let me start this post of by saying that NONE of this would have been possible without the belief, encouraging words and overall support from each and every one of you at the gym!  As I dive further and further into this journey of The CrossFit Games, it gets harder and harder.  Without having “Team LaBaw” behind me, I don’t know what I’d do.

I want to give a special shout out to several of our Norcal folks that made the trip to Carson in July… Wendy Shaw, Lindsey Cafferata, Todd Simmons, Ana Farmer, Jenna Hunter, Matt Brown, Christina Curtiz, Justin Scott, Brian Wainwright, Jeff Fitzer, Jerrad Fisher, Marcus Cardenas, Katie Phillips, Trisha Anderson and our very own Sarah Fragoso, John Fragoso, and Robb Wolf.  I am SO sorry if I have forgotten anyone’s name on this list, but please know that your support is greatly appreciated.  Even though I didn’t get to see most of you, please know that just having you all there made things easier.  Also, a sincere thanks to all of you that tuned in and kept up with me during the weekend on the web.  I wish I could have performed better for all of you, but sometimes that’s how the cookie crumbles (gluten free cookie of course).  :)

Matt, Christina, Justin and Brian

This season was a roller coaster ride.  I had ups and downs mentally and physically, but that is part of athletics.  I know that some of you may have already read this series of blog posts I had on my personal site last week, but if you didn’t get a chance and are interested, here is a day by day walk through my week (emotionally, physically, mentally) at The 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games.  Beware, it’s a small novel so give yourself time to read. ;)

Monday – Day 1: Shocking

Tuesday – Day 2: Testing the Waters

Wednedsay  - Day 3: Camp Pendelton

Thursday – Day 4: Rest Day

Friday – Day 5: The Show Begins

Saturday – Day 6: Decision Time

Sunday – Day 7:  The Finals and Reflection

Written by Jenny

Jenny LaBaw has been an athlete her entire life. As a 3-sport collegiate athlete, she competed in soccer, indoor and outdoor track and field. Post college she found her need for competition fulfilled through endurance running races anywhere from 5K’s to marathons. Her competitive drive led her to CrossFit in 2010 where she started training to compete at the elite level. In 2011, her first year competing in CrossFit, Jenny placed 2nd at the Northern California Regionals earning herself a spot to The 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games where she gained the title as the 6th Fittest Woman on Earth. In 2012 she improved her regional standings, taking 1st in Northern California and once again a spot to The Reebok CrossFit Games. Injury took her out of the 2013 season, but is working hard at returning to the Reebok CrossFit Games in 2014. Although, she enjoys competing, Jenny's true love is being outdoors mountain biking, hiking, waterskiing, snow skiing, camping and more with her boyfriend, Marcus and two yellow labs, Ziggy and Pogo. With her love for sport and exercise, Jenny chose a career as a personal trainer so she could share her passion of health and fitness with others. Attending Cornell College, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Fitness and Wellness. Prior to Norcal, she has trained in gyms, private training studios, and coached soccer. Her 10+ years of coaching experience has allowed her to work directly with a wide variety of people from children trying to discover their coordination to adults wanting to shed a few pounds to professional athletes looking to be the best in the world. No matter what walk of life you are coming to her from, her mission is to make you realize your potential and help get you there. She will prove to you that you can be stronger, more fit, and healthier than you think you can be. With her inspiration, motivation and dedication, she will challenge your body, encourage your mind, and help you to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Jenny will help you be your best!

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  1. Susanna

    I was reading the re-caps from the edge of my office chair. Thank you for taking your time to share your experience. Injury sucks, but those bad days at a race are generally the most educational. Only when something goes wrong you are forced to step back and ask “why?”

  2. Susanna

    Jenny, I picked up the shirt as soon as it came it and have been sporting it ever since. Jaime got it out of the pile for me.

  3. Michell Remley

    Thank you for sharing/blogging, you are truly inspirational.So proud of you, so proud to know you.
    I can’t wait to cheer you on in person at next years games!!

  4. Incredible what the human body can endure! Who would have thought 50 years ago men and women (especially women) would be competing in contests like these? Congratulations Jenny! In addition – you are a very fine writer. It was fun and easy to read your story from beginning to end.

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