Trying to Care about the CrossFit Open

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This is the first year since I’ve started CrossFit that I haven’t cared about the CrossFit Open, which is technically how you qualify for the CrossFit Games, but as average athletes, it’s just a test of how you’ve improved since last year. I believe there are several reasons for my apathy:

  1. I have no CrossFit home. Sure, I do private lessons at a CrossFit box once a week, but I don’t feel part of the community. Same with another gym I just joined. And I’m unsure where I will be doing the CrossFit Open each week.
  2. I don’t have my ring muscle ups, and I’m unsure if I will have them or not by the time they show up in the CrossFit Open.
  3. I believe I’m slower than last year. This is not helping my mental fortitude.
  4. It doesn’t seem like it’s as big of a deal this year, or because I know I’ll never qualify for anything with all of the changes to qualifying for the CrossFit Games that I just don’t care.

I’ll still do the workouts and log my score and check my standings with others in my age group and region. However, I definitely won’t be re-doing any of the CrossFit Open workouts this year. And I’ll have to try to look forward to it. Tips and advice are always welcome.

CrossFit Judges Course for 2019 Open

I may be in trouble.

The CrossFit Judges course is known for being a preview of what moves you might see during the Open.

In the 2019 CrossFit Judges course, there were pistols, split cleans, and split snatches — moves I’ve never done before in my life. Usually split cleans and split snatches are optional moves to the regular clean and snatch, but we’ll see.

No surprises otherwise on this year’s 2019 CrossFit Judges course. In the CrossFit Open, we can expect to see bar muscle ups, ring muscle ups, and double unders, along with thrusters, some sort of pull up, rowing, a wall ball or a box jump. And handstand walks will appear again most likely.

I’m looking forward to the 2019 CrossFit Open, but at the same time, my ring muscle up is a bit aways yet, so we’ll see.

The 2019 CrossFit Judges course is required to judge the Open. Good luck, everyone!

Starting CrossFit Open Training Off Right

This morning I did Bert, a CrossFit Hero Workout named for U.S. Marine Cpl. Albert Gettings, 27, of New Castle, Pennsylvania, who died on Jan. 5, 2006, while conducting counter-sniper operations in Fallujah, Iraq. 

This one, like most CrossFit Hero workouts, is long. It’s:

  • 50 burpees
  • 400 m run
  • 100 push ups
  • 400 m run
  • 150 walking lunges
  • 400 m run
  • 200 air squats
  • 400 m run
  • 150 walking lunges
  • 400 m run
  • 100 push ups
  • 400 m run
  • 50 burpees

I finished in 1 hour and 6 min, including time to take my jacket and gloves on and off for the runs. Fun workout. All body weight exercises. Great cardio.

Preparing for CrossFit Open 2019

I’m trying to get motivated for the CrossFit Open. This was a good workout. I’m beginning to log my food again with My Fitness Pal. I’m hoping to get stronger and gain more skills. Really, I’m hoping to stay fit and healthy and be happy with how I look.

 

CrossFit Open Dates Announced for 2019

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The CrossFit Open officially kicks off February 21st, 2019.

This is the qualifier for the 2019 Games.

And I am not ready.

I don’t feel like I’m any more ready than last year.

Between injuries, surgeries, and frustrations, I just haven’t been caring much

I have 75 days to prepare.

Once I get my stitches out next week, I think I’ll be ready to hit it hard core.

But we’ll see.

It’s been tough mentally this year for me. I just haven’t cared all that much.

I’m Not Happy Unless I’m on Top…

I finished 28th in my state for the CrossFit Open in my age group.

I finished 67th in my region for the CrossFit Open in my age group.

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I finished 716th in the United States for my age group.

I finished 1077th worldwide for my age group.

Last year, I finished 56th in my state.

I finished 127th in my region.

I finished 1244th in the United States.

I finished 1845th worldwide.

A substantial improvement in one year’s time.  To be exact, that’s 48% in my state higher.  52% in my region.  And 57% in the US.  58% worldwide.

Am I satisfied with the results?

No, not really.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I moved up.  But I’m not happy with my scores.

I don’t have ring muscle ups.  I’m not as strong as I need to be yet.  My chest to bar, pull ups, and handstand push-ups all need work.  So does other holes in my wheelhouse.

The fact of the matter is I’m not happy unless I’m on top.

Period.

The fact of the matter is I won’t ever be on top because there’s always someone out there better than you.  I get that.

The other fact of the CrossFit Open is it’ll never cater to my strengths and thus I’ll never be on top as well.

My strengths are the long game (workouts over 20 minutes), running, body weight exercises, light-weight barbell moves with many repetitions, and double unders.  We’ll never see Murph in the Open.  Or running (too hard to measure).  Or probably the long game.

These are the workouts I need in order to be on top.

My lamentations are irksome, I know.  I just had to vent.

One thing’s for sure:  I am determined to make vast improvements over this next year.  To have all the moves mastered.  And quickly.  To perfect them as much as I can.  To get stronger.

Then we’ll see what next year holds…

Lessons From CrossFit Open…

The Open pushes you to do things you normally wouldn’t.  It’s a gauge of where you are fitness wise.  It exposes your strengths and your weaknesses.  It drives you to do better next year.

18.1  My best performance.  It played to my strengths:  long, short repetitions of movements, and pure mental game.

18.2  I PR’d my clean.  Strength is something I always have to work on, which just takes time.

18.3  I’m closer to a ring muscle up than I thought.  I almost had one, and I’m confident I’ll have one soon.

18.4  Handstand push ups.  I learned I’m not as good at these as I thought I was.

18.5  Chest to bar pull ups.  I know I’m not good at these.  Last year I could only strict them.  This year I kipped them.  Another weakness to work on.

I’m very competitive for my age group.  Next year, I’ll be near the top.

Overall, this was a challenging year.  If I could have done all the movements, I would have enjoyed it.  Instead, frustration reigned and by the end, I just wanted to be done.

What I’m looking forward to:  doing some competitions, Murph, improving Olympic moves, getting stronger, getting my final pieces in place, dialing in my nutrition, and continuing to improve daily.  That’s what CrossFit is all about.  Being healthy.  Using your endorphin rush to fuel the crap in your daily life, and thriving despite adversity.

The year ahead couldn’t be brighter!

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After Five Weeks, the Open Has Come to a Close…

I finished 18.5 last night and felt horrible.

I had to sit down for 15 minutes and then eat something.Open 18.5

Still, I felt bad.  I usually never feel bad after a workout.

I think it was a combination of things:  stress, anxiety, pressure, my wrist sprain, odd workout times for me, pushing hard on 18.5, etc that my body protested.

I came home and took a bath.  Laid down.  Felt a bit better…

The Open this year was tough.  Very tough.  Demoralizing in a way I haven’t been in a long time.

Training begins now for next year.

I’m unsure yet how much of a break I’ll take first.

Right now, I’m just enjoying it being over.  I’m awaiting Wednesday when I find out my final place in the region.  I know it’s better than last year and that’s all I could have hoped for…