Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Open

So the CrossFit Games Open is finally closed, which is a little happy and sad for me. Sad because I really enjoyed working out with other members of the CrossFit Extreme Fitness team and cheering each other on. I miss being part of a team, but CrossFit is good at filling that void. Happy because now I can stop worrying about what hell is coming our way every Thursday.

If you have no idea what I am talking about, you are not alone. Don't worry about it. It's just the yearly competition that CrossFit holds, sort of like the World Series, but for exercising. Anyone can sign up to compete in the Open portion and then the best of them go to the next level, and so on and so forth until one man and one woman are crowned King and Queen Exercisers. I am fairly certain those are not their real titles. I  know "badass" fits in there somewhere. Which, the winners of the Games are badass. If you watch any of the standards videos for the workouts, you will be awed by their abilities. Nothing is so humbling as going to submit your score and seeing that Annie Thorrisdottir did exactly twice the amount that you did, chump. That's right. She's the DAUGHTER OF THOR. She probably has his hammer somewhere. Jealous.

I have the same color hair. I can be like her, right? RIGHT? Wrong.
This was the first Open I participated in and I will do it again next year. To be clear, I never was under the impression I was going to miraculously be awesome at CrossFit. I know I am a mediocre athlete that tries really hard. I also know that CrossFit is not all I do. I am good at things. I am bad at things. But I wanted to push myself to see what I could do. Here is how that all went.

12.1: 
7 minutes of Burpees with a 6" jump for reps. 

What the what? I did 99. 

::rapping:: I got 99 problems, a burpee every one. ::end rapping:: That's right Jay-Z,  I just improved your terrible song.


12.2: 
10 minutes of Snatches:
30 at 45#
30 at 75#
30 at 100#
As many reps as possible in the time remaining at 120#

I was not 100% certain I could do any snatches at 100#. I got through the 45# and 75# ok and managed to do 7 at 100#, which was a giant surprise to everyone involved. Total reps? 67.

12.3:
AMRAP in 18 minutes of:
15 Box Jumps 20"
12 Push Press 75#
9 Toes to Bar

Because of how the Box Jumps were judged, I could get through them slightly easier than normal. The Push Press were not the issue I though they would be, and the Toes to Bar were hard, but once I got the kip, they were better. Total reps: 275, meaning I did 7 full rounds, 15 Box Jumps and 8 Push Press.

12.4:
AMRAP in 12 minutes of:
150 Wall Balls 14#, 9 ft target
90 Double Unders
30 Muscle Ups

Not going to lie, when I saw this one posted, I pretty much laughed and stopped worrying about it. Really CrossFit? REALLY? When a former winner of the Games can't get through a whole round, I am going to be lucky to even get through the Double Unders. I got 182 reps, meaning I made it through the Wall Balls and into 32 Double Unders. 

15.5:
AMRAP in 7 minutes of:
3 Thrusters 65#
3 Chest to Bar Pull Ups
6 Thrusters
6 CTB Pull Ups, etc...

When I saw this, I was happy because I can do Thrusters all the live long day. I also can do Chest to Bar Pull Ups (not all the live long day, though). I got up to and through the 15 Thrusters but could only do 12 CTB Pull Ups. My total score was 87. RATS! I wanted to get all the way through the 15s.

Here is was I learned: 
  • Even if I didn't get to every movement, I had done them all in my life at least once (I'm looking at you Muscle Ups). 
  • The goals I set were not too ambitious but just enough to push me hard. 
  • Apparently, I swear a lot during these workouts but I don't remember it at all. This brings great joy to some people.
  • No matter your view on the Games, participating in the Open is a great way to build camaraderie and community in your gym.
  • And, the one I already knew but was reminded of it: you don't have to be better than anyone but yourself. Just show up and try hard and good things happen. Just like everything else in life. 

A big thanks to Judd, Susan, Lieven, and Nick who were my counters and had to endure my torrential swearing/profuse apologies, even though I know they secretly enjoyed it. Also, congrats to my fellow teammates! You guys rock and I can't wait to do it again next year!