Tuesday, April 9, 2013

CrossFit Games!

Why would I even consider doing the CrossFit open? Clearly I am no Iceland Annie. Isn’t it enough to do the regular grueling WOD’s? Do I really need to do the open Wod’s too. As I was trying to sign up our box to participate in this event, the web site insisted I sign up as an individual. So I did it, but I was not going to post on Facebook that I did this. When you sign up for the games there is a link to share it on Facebook. No way I do not want anyone to know I signed up for this.

So the first workout came out. It is a 17 minute AMRAP (as many reps as possible) of Burpees and snatches. Hmm...I can do this! In 17 minutes I got 40 Burpees, 30 snatches 45 lbs, 30 more burpees and 11 snatches with 75 lbs. I came in 19th place in the masters division out of about 65 women. OK, not bad but next week will most likely be something I can’t do. I will enjoy this 17th place until next week. 

13.1 Workout!

Week two or as the games call it 13.2, is 10 minutes of, 5 reps of 75 pounds shoulder to over head, 10 reps of 75 pound deadlifts, 15 20-inch Box jumps. Wow, I can do this too! So here we go with the workout. I scored 189 and that put me in 27th place. Not as good as the first week but still in the top half. 

13.2 Workout!

Week three or 13.3 is 12 minutes of 150 wall balls, 90 double unders, and 30 muscle ups. I can’t do muscle ups but I doubt I can get through the other stuff in 12 minutes. I gave it my best shot and got 112 wall balls and that put me in 35 place.

 At one point I was sitting in first place for this workout. This was after the workout, UGH!

Week 4 or 13.4 workout is only 7 minutes long of, 3 reps of 95 pound clean and jerk and 3 reps of Toes to bar, 6 reps of 95 pound clean and jerk and 6 toes to bar, 9 reps of 95 pound clean and jerk and 9 toes to bar, and so on until you run out of time. My score 45 and in 7th place for this workout. I am really proud of this workout. A lot of ladies dropped out this round because the weight was to heavy or they can’t do toes to bar.

Here is a shot of my toe to bars. I learned how to do only about 2 months ago.
Week 5 or 13.5. I will be so glad when this is over! Complete as many rounds as possible in 4 minutes of 15 reps of 65 pound thrusters and 15 reps of chest to bar. Well I can’t do chest to bars so my score was 15. Apparantly a lot of the other ladies my age cant do then either because I ended up in 20th place for this workout. Not like I didn’t try though. I worked with all different trainers at CrossFit Painesville trying to get one, just couldn’t do it. I will be doing them by next year though!

Participating in the open has been well worth the $20, for a few reasons. 

1. I will now pay very close attention to my reps and make sure they are all good reps, nothing worse than hearing a judge call out “No REP”, and waste time doing it again. I only had a few no reps and I deserved them, but it still sucks. 

2. The games have opened my eyes to what I can do, and that is way more than I thought. Maybe I don’t give myself enough credit or I tend to look at the negatives, but in every workout I have out preformed my expectations. In the heat of the moment I think the adrenaline kicks in and we dig deeper. The cheers and the shouting from my box mates sure does help!

3. What a great measuring tool this will be. I can’t wait to do this next year so I can compare my progress. That’s what it is about for me...progress. I don’t care about being at the top of the leader board. I want to get stronger and faster so I can enjoy my life to its fullest.

After it is all said and done. I ended up finishing in 17 place. I am now going to get this tattoo to celebrate my first time participating in the CrossFit Games. 

If you are still reading this blog, you must be interested a little in the CrossFit stuff. Please join me at CrossFit Painesville to get started. We have lots of great trainers, and a Ladies Only class. 

A year from now, you will wish you started today!