When I learned of the CrossFit Regionals schedule, I knew I couldn’t miss attending in SoCal. Even though I live close to the Games venue, tickets are expensive. Regionals provide a more affordable option to see the athletes in action. And since they were happening in Del Mar, close to my hometown, I decided to make a weekend of it and stay at my parents’ place afterwards for Memorial Day.
I only really cared about watching the individual women competitors so I planned to watch those 2 events in their entirely. There is just something about seeing strong ladies kick ass that really inspires me! I was especially excited to see Lauren Fisher and Lindsey Valenzuela. On Friday I found out Jamie Hagiya, former USC basketball player, was in the running too so I added her to my cheer list (have to support fellow Trojans!).
Lauren Fisher killed it as I expected. She just blows my mind considering she is only 20 years old! I’m really looking forward to following her as she progresses. Lindsey didn’t do as well as I expected, and ultimately she didn’t get a spot in the Games. It’s crazy that 2 of the 3 women who won the Games last year aren’t going back!
Women – Event 5, Heat 3 Lindsey approaching the end of a sprint in the foreground, Lauren Fisher towards the back left.
Besides the competition, I was excited to see what food and vendors were going to be there. I needed lunch pretty soon after arrival. There were a lot traditional fair food options but also a few Paleo & Whole Life Challenge compliant ones. I opted for Pete’s Paleo over the Burger Lounge because Pete’s Paleo is a sponsor for the Balanced Bites podcast that I listen to and I wanted to try it. I got slow cooked lamb, sweet potato and roasted veggies. The lamb was fantastic, sweet potato good, and roasted veggies pretty plain/standard.
Lunch – Pete’s Paleo
Vendor wise, I knew I wanted a shirt of some kind and I was pretty sure I’d get suckered into a jump rope if they had them. I ended up getting a commemorative SoCal Regionals tank from Reebok, and an Rx Smart Gear custom jump rope! I got to pick my colors and length, and an hour later they had it made for me. I tested it out the next day and finally nailed double unders!
My new custom jump rope!
The last thing I bought was some snacks from Steve’s PaleoGoods. I was happy to learn 15% of proceeds go towards a CrossFit for kids non-profit Steve’s Club, and I got a free reusable bag with it!
On my way back to Los Angeles on Monday, I ended up going to Burger Lounge and having a Paleo burger. It was FANTASTIC. So tasty! Highly recommend checking this place out if you live in San Diego or Los Angeles county.
Paleo burger from Burger Lounge
Overall, I had a fantastic time. Attending Regionals really emphasized the CrossFit community for me. I loved being around so many like-minded people all in one place.