“You gonna re-do it?”
“Nah, I’m good. I’m happy with my score. If I re-did it, I’d only improve by a few reps.”
This was the reply I heard most frequently when I asked my community if they were going to re-do CrossFit Open Workout 18.1.
Ben Bergeron’s advice: You’ve spent one whole year training for the Open. Why wouldn’t you re-do it?
So I followed Bergeron.
And I’m SO glad I did.
I re-did 18.1. I gained 30 more reps! Almost 2 whole rounds above my old score.
I was hoping for 3. I got 30.
“What changed, Jen?” I was asked afterwards.
- I figured out the hang cleans and had all clean reps.
- I pushed harder. I knew in my head I didn’t want to re-do this workout without improving my score so I kept thinking the entire time, “You gotta go, Jen. You gotta do better.” And I did.
Furthermore, I knew because of the dumbbells and the no reps in the first 2 rounds I could do better. I knew it. And I did.
I love Bergeron now more than ever.
He was right. I’ve spent so much time, effort, and energy over the past year training for this. I HAVE to try it twice. Every time. NO matter what.
I owe it to myself to do so.