Friday 3/28 OPEN WOD 14.5 at PCF

“Everybody knows what we’re going to be feeding them…but nobody has a clue to how we’re gonna serve it.” Truer words hath ne’er been spoken, Castro. Everyone knew: burpees and thrusters. But how. I was terrified they’d throw out the 7-min AMRAP burpees to 6″ target from 2012 Open season. That was baaaaaaad. But I think this is possibly the only thing that could be worse! Ha! I am still completely dealing with this stupidass headcold, which is absolutely the worst thing possible for burpees.

Workout 14.5: a sloooowwww (but complete!) 24:10

WOMEN – includes Masters Women up to 54 years old
21-18-15-12-9-6-3 reps for time of:

  • 65-lb. thrusters
  • Bar-Facing Burpees

This was SO MENTAL for me. That weight is heavy for 84 freaking reps. Burpees are usually something I can fly through, and always have gas left in the take for. Nope. Not this time. I have never wanted to DNF and quit a workout before as badly as I did this one. It felt awful, it felt incredibly long, it felt like I was dying, and it felt like I was moving as fast as possible but somehow barely moving at all. I’m so freaking proud of myself for finishing this one out. I kept thinking “It’s supposed to be hard. I’m doing this because it’s hard.” That helped to keep me motivated, for sure. The 18&15 rounds just about broke me. From there out I was fine, but man, they were tough. And just like that, as quickly as the Open season started, it ended!

 

I’m planning to write out a big post about my experience with the Open this year, but for now I’m just going to steal what was posted on my box’s site today, because it’s pretty perfect to how I’m feeling, and I need to get off my butt and head to crossfit now!:

Here are a couple takeaways from the last five weeks:
1) You are capable of more than you think you are. We say this every year, but it is so awesome to see (and hear about) people accomplishing things they didn’t think they could because they were forced to try. This can’t happen every day, but it is a good reminder that sometimes you’ve got to not be afraid to fail and just push yourself a little outside your comfort zone. You never know, you might surprise yourself.
2) Standards are important. Some of you might have been surprised to be “no-repped” or had some trouble meeting the required movement standards. You should strive to hold yourselves to these stringent standards every day, not just on the days that you’ve got a judge counting your reps. I promise it will make you a better athlete in the long run.
3) One of the most amazing parts of CrossFit is the camaraderie. If you participated in the Open, I’m pretty sure you enjoyed the cheering, support, and general energy of the Open WOD days. While not every day is a competition day, every day can be as supportive and full of energy as the past five Fridays. Remember how great it felt to have someone standing by you til the bitter end of those WODs, and replicate that the next time you finish early and start to pack up your stuff before everyone else is done. The support is one of the things that sets CrossFit boxes apart from the globo-gym – Please, please be conscious of that and do what you can to help foster the kind of atmosphere that helps everyone succeed.

Friday 3/21 OPEN WOD 14.4 at PCF

14.4 is…..a chipper!! I love chipper WODs! Mainly the chippers where once I finish one god-forsaken movement, I don’t have to readdress it again, like this one is! I’m writing this part before actually doing it. I’ve done some strategizing, reading up on Tabata Times again, and I feel pretty good going into it. I’m really going to try to keep the rowing steady (slow is fast!) and shoot for 60 cals in about 4 minutes. While everyone in the world is bitching about “rowing for calories” instead of distance, PCF has us row for calories surprisingly pretty often (omg, so glad I decided not to go to yesterday’s WOD that included multiple rounds of rowing sprints for calories) so I know that in an all-out sprint I get about 18cal/minute, and a more comfortable pace lies around 15 cals/minute. So that puts me right around 4 minutes if I can keep my head on right out of the gate. TTB will be 2s or singles because fuck TTBs and I don’t want any missed reps, wallballs will depend on how I’m feeling, and if I actually even make it to the cleans I will be doing singles. The TTB are going to be what slow me down the most, so my goal is just to make it to the wallballs and get through a significant chunk of them.

Workout 14.4: 153!!!

WOMEN – includes Masters Women up to 54 years old
Complete as many rounds and repetitions as possible in 14 minutes of:

  • 60-calorie row
  • 50 toes-to-bars
  • 40 wall-ball shots, 14 lb. to 9-foot target
  • 30 cleans, 95 lb.
  • 20 muscle-ups

153 means I completed the rowing, the TTB, the wallballs, and 3 cleans!!

I had an awesome judge today named Fahran and she kept track of my times for everything, and was just all around really great. I finished the row in 4:03, which was right on time with how I wanted to do. I was dead though. Got on the bar and did sets of 2 for a few and quickly went to singles with a super fast turn-around. Not even 2 seconds between them most times. Hop down, hop up, TTB, hop down, etc. I finished the TTB at 10:03, and moved quickly to the wallballs. The coaches on Tabata Times were so right-your legs will have recovered from the row by the time you hit the wallballs. I felt fresh as a spring flower going into them, and did 10-10-10-5-5, and finished at 13:00. I had one minute to get some cleans in, and I managed to eek out 3, with the help of some serious yelling. I failed my first attempt and was PISSED. But then I managed to get 3, with the last one just barely making time. I’m stoked. Only one other female made it to the cleans in my class. I’m so proud of myself! I LOVED this workout too!!! Man, 14.3 and 14.4 have been so much fun. I’m glad, because 14.2 was a real downer for me, and for a lot of other folks. 4 down, 1 to go!

Friday 3/14 OPEN WOD 14.3 at CFC

Deadlifts!!14.3!!!!! Three down, two to go!! And this workout was the first of them so far that when I finished I was stoked with my score and my performance. I absolutely freaking LOVED this workout. It just felt right. I liked the dynamic of adding reps and weights. I read the coaches’ tips for 14.3 on Tabata Times Friday morning, and based my strategy around that. I am definitely going to be doing that for the last two as well, because there was a ton of good insight. I decided early on that I would do step-ups/downs, because I’m fast at them and I knew that full box jumps would be nearly impossible after the deadlifts. I also knew that I’d have to take rest in the sets of 15 towards the end if I did full box jumps, and there just wasn’t time for that. My goal going into it was to make it to the 185lb round. And I did that! And then I got 3 reps at 185! Considering that is more than 90% of my 1RM deadlift, I am totally freaking stoked.

Workout 14.3: 93

WOMEN – includes Masters Women up to 54 years old
Complete as many reps as possible in 8 minutes of:

  • 95-lb. deadlifts, 10 reps
  • 15 box jumps, 20-inch
  • 135-lb. deadlifts, 15 reps
  • 15 box jumps, 20-inch
  • 155-lb. deadlifts, 20 reps
  • 15 box jumps, 20-inch
  • 185-lb. deadlifts, 25 reps
  • 15 box jumps, 20-inch
  • 205-lb. deadlifts, 30 reps
  • 15 box jumps, 20-inch
  • 225-lb. deadlifts, 35 reps
  • 15 box jumps, 20-inch

So I got through the 95s, 135s, 155s, and 3 of the 185s. As I said, I freaking LOVED this workout, and I am definitely going to revisit this in the future!!!

Friday 3/7 OPEN WORKOUT 14.2 at PCF

Whoops, this ended up being a really wordy post! 14.2 announcement: lololololololololololololol. Dave Castro is such a troll. 14.2? More like 14.gof*ckyourself. Suchhhhh a bummer of a workout, for so many of us. They wanted to “break up the leaderboard” with this WOD, so they did this weird mashup of time cutoff & ascending reps (a bummer lovechild of 13.4 and 13.5) with a not-so-heavy OHS and chest-to-bar pull-ups. I wish it had been regular pull-ups for the first 2, 3 minute sets, and then climbed to C2B. Even though I did them in sets of 2s and a couple 1s, they just took forever. I’m really proud though, because I’ve definitely never consistently hit C2B pull-ups before so that’s a small win, I guess!! And on my 8th OHS (really my 9th, since I got a no-rep, ugh) my shoulder started rattling as I almost lost the weight backwards. I regained control, but man, that was a scary feeling. I am not trying to bring back DisloKatie with another dislocated joint!! I cleaned the barbell both rounds, and then hopped it over onto my back to pop it up into the top position. It took an extra couple of seconds, but the exertion it would have cost me snatching it to overhead just wasn’t worth it.

Anyway, after sleeping like complete crap last night and with my hands still being sore from Wedneday’s toes-to-bars, I set a goal to just make it though one round of 10 OHS and 10 C2B. I did that, and then got 4 more reps of OHS. Seems like nothing for 3 minutes of work, but man, I was going as fast as I possibly could. Pretty sure I don’t want to redo this one. I regret not trying 14.1 again, but I don’t think I’d make an improvement on this in the next couple days. Bummerpocalypse, CrossFit HQ.

Workout 14.2: an astounding 24 reps.

Every 3 minutes for as long as possible complete:
From 0:00-3:00
2 rounds of:

  • 10 overhead squats
  • 10 chest-to-bar pull-ups

If you complete both rounds within 3 minutes, continue to:

From 3:00-6:00
2 rounds of:

  • 12 overhead squats
  • 12 chest-to-bar pull-ups

Etc., following same pattern until you fail to complete both rounds

WOMEN – includes Masters Women up to 54 years old

  • 65-lb. overhead squats
  • Chest-to-bar pull-ups

Friday 2/28 OPEN WORKOUT 14.1 at PCF

I was SO EXCITED to see that the first workout of the 2014 Open was something that I could actually do as prescribed!! Last year, the day before the 2013 Open started, I broke and dislocated my elbow and needed to get staples in the back of my head after a freak accident injury. I was signed up for the Open, and was completely heartbroken when this happened. Ever since then, every single workout has been in anticipation of these next 5 weeks. I committed myself to getting back on my feet and working hard as hell in order to heal and rebuild myself after that. It’s been a long and bumpy road, but this year I AM ALL IN. I am stronger, faster, better now than I was before breaking my elbow last year. I’m taking back those lost weeks, and going balls out for this Open season. I’m so proud of where I am now, and I am so grateful to be part of such an enthusiastic, exciting, supportive box and community. My intentions are not to make it to Regionals, or even be in any percentage, place-wise. I just want to do every workout, give them my all, and push myself harder than I would on a regular WOD. And if I hit some new PRs along the way, then I’ll take those too!

Workout 14.1: 176

WOMEN – includes Masters Women up to 54 years old
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 10 minutes of:

  • 30 double-unders
  • 55-lb. power snatches, 15 reps

I got 3 rounds plus 41 reps. I was only 4 reps away from 4 total rounds! My goal going into this was just to get to 3 rounds, so I am proud that I got this far! My thumbs are KILLING me from hook-gripping the bar for 56 snatches. I went for chalk between rounds, and was having a rough double-under day. I think by taping my thumbs and not having a shitty double-under day I could easily make 4 rounds, and as of right now, I’m planning to redo this on Sunday to try to hit that. I’ll have to see how I’m feeling by then, because…56 snatches at 55lbs is a lot of volume at a weight that is still like…70% of my 1RM haha. Hopefully I’ll feel up to it! Now I at least want 180 so badly! Happy weekend, happy Hunger Ga–I mean CrossFit Open! May the WODs be ever in your favor!