What Did You Learn from the CrossFit Open?

Every year, a lot of CrossFitters participate in the CrossFit Open in hopes of being tops in their gym, their age group, or to top themselves from last year. We used to be able to compare ourselves in the Region, which gave us some valid numbers. However, this year, it’s you against everyone, which really doesn’t tell you a whole lot. Now, you’re going to have to evaluate yourself.

Practicing Ring Muscle Ups CrossFit hot crossfit chick in Colorado
Ring Muscle Ups CrossFit

Takeaways from the CrossFit Open

  • Getting ring muscle ups takes a lot longer than I’d ever thought. I’ve been working ring muscle ups consistently for 10 months now and although I’m close, I’m not there yet.
  • My bar muscle ups have gone to pot. With all my focus on ring muscle ups, I’ve let my bar muscle ups slide. I need to fix my form too if I’m ever to get better at them.
  • My strengths have not changed. The two workouts I did the best in are the double unders and the thrusters. I love thrusters so CrossFit Open WOD 19.5 was my favorite. Double unders makes the difference in a lot of workouts.
  • There are some movements I just don’t care about. This was CrossFit Open workout 19.3 and the strict handstand push ups. There is too much to work on for CrossFit. Pick the one or two moves you want to improve, and do those first. You can’t be good at everything unless you’re a professional and that’s all you do.

The CrossFit Open has changed nothing for me. I’m still working the two moves I actually care about: ring muscle ups and handstand walks. These are fun for me. Strict handstand push ups are not. I know in my mind I’m stronger than last year. But the CrossFit Open proved nothing for me, nor will it change anything for me.

What about you? Did the CrossFit Open change your fitness?

 

CrossFit Open Workout 19.4

CrossFit Open Workout 19.4 is in the books. It is:

Hot crossfit chicks doing CrossFit Open 19.4 Bar Muscle Ups in Colorado
CrossFit Open 19.4 Bar Muscle Ups

3 Rounds of:

  • 10 snatches 65 lbs
  • 12 bar-facing burpees

Rest 3 min

Then:

3 rounds of:

  • 10 bar muscles ups
  • 12 bar-facing burpees

I only got 4 bar muscle ups. I used to be much better than that. That’s because since last summer all I’ve been doing is practicing ring muscle ups, not bar. And my bar muscle-up form sucks. So until I fix that, it’ll always be crappy.

I was satisfied. Could have been better. But glad it’s over.

Crossfit Open Workout 19.2

Workout 19.2 features squat cleans ... a lot of them. Photo: CrossFit GamesCrossFit Open Workout 19.2 was a repeat of CrossFit Open Workout 16.2. It is:

  • 25 toes to bar
  • 50 double unders
  • 15 squat cleans (85 lbs)
  • 25 toes to bar
  • 50 double unders
  • 13 squat cleans (115)

If you finish in under 8 minutes, you get 4 more minutes to do another round with heavier squat clean weight.

I didn’t finish this round, but I was happy with it. I almost did.

After 2 weeks of CrossFit Open workouts for 2019, I’m just not into it. Without Regionals to measure yourself against, you’re against everyone, and being in the thousands tells me nothing of my fitness level. The CrossFit Open used to be a way to measure your improvement over a year. Now, the only way you know if you’ve improved is in your head. Can you do a muscle up this year that you couldn’t last year? Can you string more double unders together? Can you lift heavier weight?

The CrossFit Open to me is not what it used to be. And that saddens me.

CrossFit Open Workout 19.1

hotcrossfitchicks doing crossfit open workout 19.1 in Colorado with wall balls and rowing
CrossFit Open Workout 19.1

CrossFit Open Workout 19.1 is:

AMRAP 15:

  • 19 wall balls
  • 19 cal row

As much as I didn’t like this workout, it played to one of my strengths: stamina.  I did well. I was happy with my score. I exceeded my goal. That’s all that matters.

What will CrossFit Open Workout 19.2 be? Give me a barbell or dumbbells. I do believe since this one was all lower body, we’ll see something upper body. Either heavy push jerks, pull ups, or muscle ups even.

 

Trying to Care about the CrossFit Open

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Looks at CrossFit Competitions

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.

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.

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…

 

“Four Months from Now, Will You Care About Your Open Score?”

This was the response of an athlete at my box when asked whether or not she’d re-do the workout or not.

At first, I agreed.Image result for crossfit open 18.2

However, it has kept coming up in my mind over and over again–a nettle that won’t let go–because deep inside I don’t agree.

The Open for me is about doing the best I know I’m capable of.  This entails re-doing the workouts because there is a learning curve–especially to movements such as the hang dumbbell clean that is not all that frequent of a movement in CrossFit programming.  If I have an opportunity to do better, I’m gonna take it!

This applies to all aspects of my life.  I always strive to do my very best in everything I do because I care about my work and the results.  I want to learn to do things better.  I want to be a better parent.  A better wife.  A better employee.  A better member of society.  A better writer.  A better CrossFitter.  A better person.  This involves practice.

I re-did 18.2 and 18.2a today.  My goal was to do 18.2 30 seconds better.  My goal for 18.2a was to clean 5 more pounds.

I met both of these goals–almost exactly.

All because I knew I could do better.

If I don’t try when I know I have more in me, I’m letting myself down.  And for me I can’t live with that.

So to answer the question:  I care and I will care in four months when the lights dim and the hubbub diminishes what my Open scores were.  I want to do my very best in this competition.  For myself.  To verify in my mind all my sacrifices are worth it.  It’s important to me.  Don’t get me wrong–I’m always in it to win it.  But the competition is within.

Challenges and goals.  Some met, some not.  But always doing my best.  Till the day I take my last breath…