So remember when I told you no high impact/running due to the stress reaction I had in my tibia?
Well, I figured that diagnoses meant that the CrossFit Open this year would be a big ol’ NO. Burpees, box jumps…no bueno. I thought that I should just throw in the towel then. I had already completed 14.1 before the news, which included lots of double unders that left me writhing in pain the rest of the day. I wasn’t going to risk a full-on stress fracture just to put my name on the leaderboard.
HOWEVER, as we all gathered around the tiny computer screen week after week, it seemed as though the CrossFit Gods (..or Dave Castro, but he’s hardly god-like and actually pretty effing creepy. Cut your hair, Dave) were looking down on me and giving me workouts that I COULD ACTUALLY DO with my injury! Weeeee!
That doesn’t mean it was all sunshine and butterflies, though. There were moments were I was so proud of myself (14.3, deadlifts!) and moments that I literally about broke down in tears (ahem, toes to bar).
Now, with only 1 week left of the Open, I’m ready for it to be over and not feel like such a headcase over flippin’ workouts. As much as I love spending Saturday mornings with my teammates, I also love not having to schedule my entire life around making it to the gym to get judged.
I’ll do a more detailed post on what I learned from the Open in the next coming week, but for now here’s a quick run down on how each workout went.
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 10 minutes of:
75-lb. for men/55-lb.for women power snatches, 15 reps
I’m not a great double under-er, but I actually surprised myself during this workout and linked 20 double unders almost every round! The snatches were actually ground to overhead and got heavy QUICK. I was gasping for air (and even peed my pants a little…oops) at the end of this workout.
This was before I was diagnosed with a stress reaction, and I spent the rest of the weekend limping around. Jump roping in shoes with ZERO support does not mix with a stress reaction. Not one bit. This was actually the workout that prompted me to go to the doc.
Total reps: 171
I loved and hated this workout. First off, I wasn’t even sure I could do chest to bar pull ups, but they came more naturally to me than I thought they would. The first time I did this workout I was 6 reps short of making it to the next round. Since it wasn’t necessarily a grueling WOD (3 mins long for me), I repeated in the next day.
The next day I got a total of 37 reps and was only 3 short from making it to the next round. I linked my first 6 chest to bar and then got burnt out. I should have dropped and just done singles the rest of the time to conserve my grip and energy.
I also tried the switch grip during this workout, which did wonders for me. Many people at my gym hated this grip, but I was pretty fond of it! It ensured that I hit the bar with my chest instead of just grazing it.
The OHS were cake. OHS is not my strongest movement, but they felt easy during this WOD. Have I told you how much I love my Reebok Oly Lifters? They make such a difference in movements like this.
Total Reps: 37
I was so proud of myself after this WOD! My goal was to get 3 deadlifts at 185, which is actually fairly heavy for me. My 1RM is (or was, after this workout I think I could do more!) 205-lbs. I was able to step-up during the box jumps, which actually saved me in the long run endurance-wise. The general conciouncess was that if you couldn’t consistently keep up your pace on box jumps, then step ups were faster. I definitely noticed that as well. Some of my teammates would get to the box jumps before me, but I would get done before them, due to their calves burning out.
I fought for every. last. rep. during this workout. The 185#’s killed me, but I ended up getting SEVEN of them. I was elated, even if I curled up in a ball because my back was so tight after the workout.
That being said, I made sure to focus very hard on my form during each and every deadlift. I don’t necessarily agree with this workout, especially after seeing a girl who came in and literally rounded her back on. every. deadlift. The elite athletes who demonstrated the workout live also had their form slip during the end of the WOD.
Some may not agree with me, but I don’t think this workout was a good one to put in the open. You can’t boast that the Open is for everyone, all levels and all ages— and then ask them to do heavy deadlifts for time. Unless you were very careful with this workout, you could end up really f-ing up your back and causing more harm than good. One little slip up and all the sudden you have a herniated disk.
Yes, I know that this could happen during ANY WOD, but I think that CrossFit HQ should have realized that people are going to push during these workouts, and super heavy deadlifts for time is not safe or a smart decision.
That being said, we are all adults and no one forces us to do the workout — I realize that. I am a firm believer that CrossFit is not dangerous in itself, and that it comes down to personal responsibility — you truly can modify ANY workout and we have all walks of life come to our gym.
I’m not blaming CrossFit for anyone that may have got injured, but I do believe they could have been smarter about this particular workout. Simply because the Open is supposed to be for everyone, and I don’t believe that this workout was programmed for everyone to do. Just my two cents.
Total Reps: 97
This workout is seriously the wod from hell. I was never really nervous about any of the other ones until the time was counting down, but this workout kept me up the night before — dreaming that all the sudden double unders were included and I forgot my workout shorts and had to do the wod in my underwear. My feet were sweating when I woke up… what?!
I finished the row in 3.59 and then headed over to the bar for toes to bar.
….and stayed there for 8.5 minutes. It was lovely.
I almost cried about 10 times. Thankfully I had the greatest support system who inspired me to keep going.
You see, only one of my feet kept hitting the bar. ONE. Yeah, I don’t know either. Regardless, I ended up getting no-repped a zillion times and about lost it, I was so frustrated with myself. But I didn’t. I wanted to quit, but I didn’t. This was due in large part to some amazing people who kept pushing me to go. Now this is what the open is truly about.
By the time I got to wall balls I was mentally drained but did 10, then 5, then 5 and then time ran out. I was hoping to get to cleans, but it didn’t happen. I was beyond pissed at myself and my ego took a pretty huge hit that day. It’s hard not to compare yourself with other girls at your gym, especially ones that are your friends an that you compete with. I’m used to being on a similar level to them, and during this workout I wasn’t even close.
I knew I wasn’t going to repeat the workout again (hellloooo ripped hands!), so I made the decision to accept my score and move on.
This was the worst and best workout of the Open for me, so far. It broke me down and also built me up. These are the workouts that make me a stronger athlete.
Once last workout!! Let’s do this!
Edited to add: I was wrong. The CrossFit gods do indeed hate me. Thrusters + burpees + no time cap. Saturday may be my last day on earth. #deathbythrusters