HUNTSVILLE - Many people would be excited just to drive a new vehicle.
Victoria McDonald (left) and Heather Rundle were the top two finishers at a masters’ mettle competition in Oakville on Aug. 12.
Not Heather Rundle. The Port Sydney woman was practically beside herself with glee as she talked about her recent experience with a Ford vehicle, but not one that ended up with her behind the wheel.
“I knew that if I qualified for the championship round I was going to get to pull a truck. That’s a prize. Not everybody gets to pull a pickup truck.”
This statement may sound odd to many, but not to those who were with Rundle in Oakville on Aug. 12, as she was the winner of the top female RX division at a masters’ mettle competition at Transition Crossfit of Oakville.
Not only was Rundle’s win impressive, but she and two other members of Crossfit Muskoka, Victoria McDonald and Lisa McLaren both of Huntsville, finished in the top three positions for the women’s division.
McDonald won second and McLaren was tied for third out of more than 20 entrants.
Dave Marshall, the owner of Crossfit Muskoka for the past three years, said the competition was open to all and not just members of any Crossfit gymnasium.
Participants were put through a series of workouts performed throughout the day and were awarded points based on their performances.
The competitors were asked to complete four rounds of three workouts during the preliminary portion of the event, ranging in length from seven to 10 minutes depending on the workout, which Marshall described as “gruelling.”
The top two competitors – in this case Rundle and McDonald – gained entry into the championship final where they had to complete other workouts to claim the overall title. McDonald was tops overall in points after the preliminaries with Rundle in second.
However, the preliminary points did not carry over into the championship round, so the two women were on equal footing as they vied for the women’s title.
Rundle, said she entered the Oakville event because she enjoyed her previous experience at the masters’ event in Toronto this past March.
McDonald was at the same event as Rundle and the two Muskoka women tied for sixth place at that particular competition. She said that it was “pretty cool,” to be in first place after the opening round because “I was pretty sure I was the oldest woman there.
“It was a big thing for (Heather) and I to finish first and second. We were pretty excited. It was too bad Dave wasn’t there because he would have liked that we were representing Muskoka in that way.”
Rundle said that she was excited when she found out she was one of the two who would “get to pull a truck ” as part of the final leg of the event.
“They had a few Ford trucks donated by a local dealership for the competition. We got harnessed up to the trucks and had to pull it across a level parking lot, head to head, for 30 seconds over a total length of 200 metres,” she said.
The other events also include lifting a barbell onto your shoulders with increased weights, and as many pull-ups onto a bar.
McDonald said she felt really good about competing after the preliminary round, but said when she found out what the events were for the championship round, she said she knew she had her work cut out for her.
“When I heard that we would be pulling a truck and doing some heavy lifts, I figured Heather, who is probably the strongest female in our gym, would beat me. I went in a little defeated, which wasn’t a good place to be ... but I still tried my hardest.” she said.
McDonald said that she could have perhaps done better at the truck pulling, but noted that it had just rained prior to the pull and with her slippery shoes, she pulled what she deemed a “Fred Flintstone,” meaning her feet were moving but she wasn’t.
“If it had have been dry it might have been a slightly closer race on the truck,” she said.
Rundle said she felt “fantastic” when she learned she won the event.
“It was an awesome feeling and the only thing I kept saying to myself all day afterwards was that I got to pull a pickup truck.”