Tuesday, April 1, 2014

CrossFit Open Recap: 14.4 and 14.5

The Open has finally concluded and I am back to my normal crossfit schedule. I was obviously no where near ready for the games or regionals and never thought as much, but it is AMAZING how much anxiety and how nervous the Open Workouts made me. Once the announcement was made, I would think about the WOD ALL DAY. Then if I didn't perform the way I wanted (which happened in both 14.4 and 14.5) I was disappointed and kept running my performance through my head over and over again (cue Nelly and Tim McGraw) . Ugh!

 Despite the anxiety and nerves, I am so happy that I participated in this event again. It is a great way to gage how much one has improved in the past year while simultaneously pointing out the areas (for me it is all of them) where you can still get better. I will definitely take part in the Open again next year and hopefully for many years to come. 

14.4 was a Chipper and consisted of the following:

I attempted this workout at the normal Friday night group session my gym hosts. Completing the WODs at the group workout is better for me and my performance. The energy, the enthusiasm and the support of your friends all help boost your confidence and gets your adrenaline pumping. I had a goal of getting to the cleans and completing at least 151 reps total. Sadly, I didn't even come close and finished with a score of 135 reps. I think there were a lot of reasons I didn't do as well as I wanted but one of the main ones was my hands were ripped. The day before I went to the gym to complete Fran Rx'ed for the first time. Although it wasn't the worst case of callous rips, those open sores didn't make toes-to-bar any easier. Either way, lesson learned, take a break day the day before an open WOD ;)

14.5 was just a beast all around:

If you read my blog yesterday, I went out a little too hard (really not hard at all but I am a lightweight loser now) on Friday. I swear I was still feeling my late night 48 hours later (and my spaghetti lunch) when I made my attempt at 14.5. Like I mentioned above, I swear that being at the main workout helps you stay focused and motivated, and I felt it on Sunday. I was ready to quit right after my first round of thusters. Luckily, Josh was my judge and despite lots of cussing and complaining, I made it through the WOD with his encouragement and coaching. Final time was 23:35. When the workout was first announced, I had a goal of 18 minutes. However the Gods (and Phil's Birthday) had other plans for me on Sunday.

I am now hobbling around because my quads are SO sore from all of those thrusters, but I survived and I am proud. Sometimes I am too competitive for my own good (and the Open brings that out), but I am happy with my performance and I am looking forward to many more fun and efficient workouts through CrossFit.

How was your Open experience?

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