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…

Friday Night Lights

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I just returned from doing CrossFit Open Workout 18.1:

AMRAP 20 min:

8 Toes to bar

10 dumbbell hang clean and jerks

12 calories on the rower

My score:  267

It was okay.  I wanted 10 rounds and didn’t quite get 9 rounds.  I may re-do it, but I’m unsure.  The row seemed to go on forever.

The atmosphere was great.  We all supported one another and cheered one another on.

Still, something was missing, and I can’t put my finger on it.  It was different than last year.  I think I had all this hype built up in my head, and it was a bit of a let down.  I’m unsure.  I have such high expectations of myself, and I was disappointed in how I did.

All I know is the Open is different for me this year.  It will probably be different next year.  And the following…

Tips to Crush the Open…

Jingle 6Today is the day a lot of us CrossFitters have been waiting months for.

18.1.  The announcement.  What will it be?

I’m not here to predict (we’ll all find out soon enough).

I’m here to offer up tips and advice so you can “crush” the Open.  We all have different goals for the Open and different ways we’ll crush it.  Some of us it’s doing all the workouts RX (or as prescribed).  Some of us want to beat our score/rank from last year.  Most of us want to test our fitness against others.  Most of us want to do our best.  So read below for tips to achieve your best:

  1. DON’T CHANGE ONE THING!  Keep your workout routine the same and approach this WOD the same.  Eat the same way.  Sleep the same way.  Workout the same way.  It’s just another workout.
  2. DON’T IGNORE THE MENTAL GAME.  Understand what you can control and what you can’t.  You can’t control others.  You can’t control what the WOD will be.  You can control how you perform.  Don’t psych yourself out over this.
  3. BE IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL.  This is a 5 week competition in essence.  5 workouts you need to do your best on.  That being said, there will be one or two workouts that will play to your strengths.  Maximize these.  There will be one or two workouts that won’t.  Minimize the hurt potential on these.  Go into each WOD thinking you will crush it.
  4. WAIT TILL AFTER WEEK 5 TO CELEBRATE.  Have a beer after week 5, not week 1, 2, etc.  Don’t waste a day or two of training because you’re hungover or ate junk food.  Respect the process.
  5. SLOW AND STEADY WILL WIN THE RACE.  Don’t be so hyped up with the hype that you go all out in the first 2 minutes of the workout and then have nothing left.  Be conservative.  Your score will reflect your patience.
  6. HAVE FUN!  Most of you will do this on Friday Night during Friday Night Lights with the community that drew you to CrossFit in the first place and the reason you keep beating up your body day-in and day-out.  Enjoy the party.  The atmosphere.  The camaraderie.  The magic that happens once a year.

I keep telling myself to breathe and relax because I REALLY want to beat my ranking from last year.  I’m trying to sleep enough.  Eat enough.  And not do anything stupid.

Believe in yourself.  Because in the end that’s all that matters.