Wednesday, March 19, 2014

CrossFit Open Recap: 14.1, 14.2, and 14.3

I know you have all be waiting with bated breath (or not really) for my CrossFit Open Recaps. So here they are:

Like last year, Josh and I watch the Open Announcements the night before we make our attempt at the workouts. One small change is that I now hook my iPad up to my tv for the big reveal. It is way better watching the pros crank out chest to bar pullups on a big screen than that itty bitty iPad.

Any who, in my opinion, the workouts have been more challenging this year. However, I also feel way more prepared. Last year during the open I had yet to successfully tackle pullups, double unders, or a heavy snatch, but since then I have. That is one of the things I love about the Open, it gives you new goals to work towards. This past year, I really focused on getting some of those main crossfit skills under my belt, and you know what, I did! It might just be in my head, but I know participating in the open last year gave me the push I needed to work harder and get better...and I have!

Now back to the WODs. 14.1 surprised me by introducing double unders into the mix immediately. 14.1 went as follows:

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 10 minutes of:
30 double-unders
75-lb. (men)/55-lb. (women) power snatches, 15 reps

Before I attempted the WOD, I had a goal of completing 5 full rounds and obtaining a score of 225 reps.
That didn't happen. Despite the snatch being really light, after going balls to the wall for a while it starts to wear on you. I ended up with a score of 216. So close to my goal! Yet so far. The rest of the weekend, I kept saying I was going to try to do it again (you have until Monday night each week to submit your score so you can technically try to do the WOD as many times as your body can handle you want), but I never did. This article really spoke to me and I have taken it to far ;)

Double Under Time

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It was over and I was completely wiped! 

Our box hosts a big night each Friday where anyone participating in the Open can complete their WOD and then have their scores validated. They have several heats and when you are not working out, you can either rest, warm-up or help judge. On the night of 14.1, I judged Josh and he judged me this past week. Some people might think this could be bad for our relationship (we are both uber competitive), but I love having him as my judge. He coaches me, gives me tips throughout the workout and pushes me when I start to slack off. During the open, it makes a huge difference having a crowd to support and push you. This is the time to go all out!

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Last year, we did the WODs on a Thursday. Like I said above, this year we have been doing them on Friday nights which I like so much better. Since the next day is not a "school day" (I will never stop thinking of week days as school days), you can stay out and be social with your CF friends...and talk about our favorite topic which is CrossFit. They also don't think you are weird for wanting to talk about it all the time because they also talk about it all the time. 

The week of 14.2 I had to do the WOD early Friday morning (by group support) because of MapleFest:

From 0:00-3:00
   2 rounds of:
   10 overhead squats
   10 chest-to-bar pull-ups
From 3:00-6:00
   2 rounds of:
   12 overhead squats
   12 chest-to-bar pull-ups
From 6:00-9:00
   2 rounds of:
   14 overhead squats
   14 chest-to-bar pull-ups
Etc., following same pattern until you fail to complete both rounds
Weight for Men 95lb and for Woment 65lb
Overhead squat is not my best move, but I cranked out my first set of 10 in 30 seconds unbroken. I then had to move on the Chest-to-Bar pullups. I knew all along that they would be the challenging part for me. I can only kip normal pullups so that made this section take longer than it should when you really only have seconds to spare. By the time I completed the first 10 C2B, I only had enough time to crank out 4 more overhead squats leaving me with a final score of 24 reps. 

In a lot of ways I wanted try this one again. For starters, it was short and didn't tax my body to extremes so I wasn't going to hurt myself. Two, strategy was required for this one and every second counted. After my first attempt, I already could see how I could make adjustments (I hung too long on the bar in between C2Bs and transitions were way to long). Three, mentally and physically I wasn't in the right frame of mind. However, that article I mentioned, stayed in my head (along with a weekend of maple syrup) and I decided to just let it be. 

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Last Friday, 14.3 brought out my LEAST favorite movement...deadlift. In October, I tweaked my back doing deadlift and have pretty much avoided the lift since. 

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

Men's weights went up as follows: 135lb, 185lb, 225lb, 275lb, 315lb, and 365lb

My goal was to get through the first three weight progressions with a final score of 90 reps. I ended up getting to the 185lb round and cranking out 11 reps leaving me with a final score of 101 reps and exceeding my goal! I was VERY happy with this score. However, the competitor in me kept thinking back on my performance and critiquing it...thinking of ways I could have done better (I really am never satisfied with how I do). This time though, I didn't even need to think about that article, I knew I would not be trying it again. That 185lbs was HEAVY at the end.

And there you have it, the first three workouts of the Open. If you are a crossfitter, I highly encourage you to sign up for the Open next year if you didn't this year. Not only does it help you improve, but it is also so much fun. It gives you an opportunity to make new friends, gain new skills, and improve your overall well being! It is awesome!

Tomorrow I have a date planned with some sushi and watching the announcement of 14.4. 

Do you have any predictions? 
I am thinking burpees or wall balls!

Are you enjoying the open?

What is your favorite part?

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