13.5: The CrossFit Open, Done!

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Wow, it’s done. 

I competed in the 2013 CrossFit Open and lived to tell the tale lol!

Ask any crossfitter that participated in the Open, and we will all admit it: 13.5 was NOT a game. 

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13.5 Open WOD

There’s something about finishing the Open, that just seems to click with me.  I actually feel like a crossfitter…like I somehow earned that nomenclature. 

Now, real talk: YOU DO NOT NEED TO COMPETE IN THE OPEN, TO BE A CROSSFITTER!

You pay your money, show up consistently at the box, respect the culture, go hard during a WOD and cheer your competitors on…those are some of the numerous items that define us.

Personally, and based on my individual efforts to improve, to just be better than I was the day before, I feel different.

What I do and/or say inside (and outside) the box, has impact because people respected my CrossFit Open intensity…or maybe I should say my spunk, moxie and fight lol, because I surely fought for those 12 chest to bar pull ups…for each and every one of ’em!

That respect, given so freely, both humbles me and gives me the confidence to call myself a crossfitter, even when I know others have been referring to me as one for months.  This is something I had to feel and it just so happens that the Open was the conduit.

I gained an insane amount of personal insight from seeing all my weaknesses in thier full glory *slightsarcasm*.  The Open was the mirror I occasionally crave (#wantitbad); so I can see and correct myself…I saw how much I flagged behind others during 13.2 because of my lack of endurance during the Box Jumps, my inability to do a kip Chest to Bar during 13.5, my slow elbow “whip” (ugh!) during 13.4 with Clean & Jerks.

I showed up, took a chance, tried something different, put my heart on my sleeve, was open to constructive criticism, provided it and took it; connected with my box mates in 5 weeks in a way that 5 months of CF membership only began to show me.

This…is CrossFit.  And I’m in love with it.

Isn’t it amazing when you realize that something brings you joy, even when it stings just a little?

With that said, standby for changes to the site, more coverage of events, guest contributors and thr like.  I appreciate you guys sticking with me…looking forward to spending more time with you!

M^2

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CrossFit Open 13.4: In Da Bag! (a lil late! Sorry!)

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Somehow i swore I posted this last week! Alas, I did not! My bad y’all! 47 reps is pretty damn good considering the fact that I was freaked about my Toes to Bar (only done em like twice!) and getting the dreaded “no rep” for not doing a true Clean and Jerk (I tend to push press more), so I said a quick prayer, left it in God’s hands and went for it….and proceeded to shock the heck out of myself.

Wow, I was the first on the bar for the first three rounds of TTB…that’s how hard I was going. I didn’t even feel the weight until my set of 12.

CrossFit continues to push amd drag me out of thr limits that I put on myself by showing me that I am more than capable; it’s showing me that I’m good at this. Real good.  With additional, more focused training I could be better. This CF Open is simply showing me what I have to do to improve.

Best part of the night: when a boxmate that competes offered to work with me one on one to improve my technical skills and get more aligned with what I want.  Some people would be offended by the offer…

Good thing I’m not “some people”.  It’s a compliment when somone decides to sacrifice their personal time to get you to a higher level. It means they see potential in you that you might not see yourself.

Say “thank you”, set a training date and call it the day.

#CrossFit

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CrossFit Open: 13.3 I Survived!

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226 total reps (150 wall balls and 76 double unders)…
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Photo courtesy of @amusinglyquirky who came out to yell at me to earn my upcoming “bday cake” lol…check my homie out y’all http://instagram.com/amusinglyquirky

Yes, yes i could have made it to 90 DUs, but the freaking cramp in my stomach prevented it. What caused the cramp? Probably the lack of oxygen brought on by the wall balls and the sinus infection that laid me up on Tuesday. Lol…#thisismylife

So with that said, I’m still happy with my performance.

Who else survived 13.3?

Which part did you hate the most…the WBs, DUs, MUs or the “no reps” you got (bc i know I sure as hell got em!)

CrossFit Luv!

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Got a great gift from a coworker from a another box! I cheered (yelled and berated? Lol) her on during 13.2 last week at her box.

She was dope enough to help me during 13.1 by coming to my box and coaching me through snatch progressions and then stayed to watch me complete my first CrossFit Open!

This gift is the bestest! I love getting different CrossFit shirts! It was totally unexpected, but I truly appreciate it.

This epitomizes the “fam” feel of CrossFit. We all encourage, support and surprise each other every day.

#loveit

Hell nah I’m not doing it twice!

So, lets talk frankly for a second here:
I’m in the CrossFit Open, after doing CrossFit for less than 5 months. I am in my 30’s (inching closer and closer to my pseudo-midlife crisis of single, sexy and no prospects lol), have never been injured and continue to surprise myself with what I have been able to achieve with my CrossFit program.

However, after all of that, the main reason I decided to do the Open, was because I wanted to see where the “holes” are concerning my abilities with strength, cardio, etc. I figure, hell, it’s $20 bucks…the point is to learn all I can from those around me, my coaches, and my competition. That is exactly what I’m doing. Each Open WOD showed me EXACTLY what I need to focus on: 13.1 Snatches/Olys/Form, 13.2 Box Jumps/Cardio/Endurance,13.3 sheeeeeeeeeet. Something lol!

So when my box mates were like, “Hey, are you doing it again?”, (“it” being a repeat of 13.2 to potential improve my total reps) I was like “Hell nah!”, because really, I have to make it through the rest of this Open competition and, believe it or not, I’m flipping tired lol.

A lot of these folks are early/mid 20’s, grad students or early career folks; I’m slighly past that stage. Although, real talk, a Master’s (45+) chick beat my reps too (but only by a bit…and she’s a freaking competitor in the summer league!! I totally aspire to be like her!!). On St. Patricks Day, I sat home and drank tea, ate paleo pumpkin muffins and watched “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (awesome!). That is my idea of a good time. No really, that’s my good time.
That and sleep. Lots of good, deep, soul-calming sleep lol.

With that said: I will continue documenting my “holes”, to determine how I should adjust my program to get better, so that next year I don’t feel like I’m going to pass out because of a few box jumps or throw my back out because my deadlifts turn into “Good Mornings”.

Once is more than enough this time around!
#Toodles

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CrossFit Open: 13.2 in the bag!

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13.2….
This WOD highlighted some strengths and weakness for me. I got 210 reps…7 rounds completed.  That is freaking respectable for a chick that’s been doing this for less than 5 months!  But…ehhhhh.

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13.2 sounded stupid simple, which is why I knew it would be super hard!  Anything that sounds “easy”, typically is not.  It’s simplicity is where it gets difficult because you HAVE to maintain form and endurance.

13.2, if anything, told me that my endurance levels need work.  My.push press was smoking fast…rack position, push press, done.  My deadlifts were crazy good for like 5 rounds; shoulders back, hips down.  But my box jumps…whew.  Those only lasted about two rounds before I switched to stepping up/down. 

My legs burned like you wouldn’t believe…I’m gonna be making love to my foam roller every, freaking night, I swear!!!!!

My ability to maintain my speed, to “sprint” through this WOD was severly hampered by my inability to simply endure and keep going.  I stopped too often to catch my breath…and that just burns my biscuits!

I am STEAMED that my rounds were blown because I refuse to run or implement some kind of endurance model in my training…which is totally on me, bc I hate running! (HATE running y’all, like fervently).

See there’s a big misconception that just CrossFit, i.e. three times a week makes you super strong and sexy, but the reality is that you have to incorporate additional training (running, swimming, biking, whatever) so that you can breathe/endure these tough WODs and truly capitalize on the CrossFit training you receive.

This WOD taught me that I have to train 360°, not 180°…so now I’m looking to add swimming (less stress on the body) to my regimine.

What else do you do outside of CrossFit? Barre Pilates? Marathons?  What are some resources you use to build your endurance levels?

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CrossFit Open 13.1: Virgin no more!

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Score: 137 Reps and 16:17 for time!

Came in 6th out of all the chicks that competed! I did better than a good number of men!

*stunned*

No longer a CrossFit Competition virgin, last night in heat 2, I did my best to not pass out, cough up phlegm (caught a cold 2 days ago) or embarrass my box, my friends that came out, or myself. 

I mean seriously, if you’re going to wear “Wonder Woman” wrist wraps, you damn well best not come in last, ya dig?

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Outfit complete with my new wrist wraps, my “5 Weeks, 5 WODs shirt, my Lululemon heqdbqnd and Nike gloves, I probably looked just a little “cray, cray”, but OMG I had so much fun!

My cheering section was out in full force! Through the haze of exhaustion, I could hear them keeping me in check: “Keep your feet together”, “Drop the bar”, “Get on that bar”, “You got 10 more!”, “Gooooooo!”.   I’m so freaking grateful to have had that in my corner…and so completely humbled by it.

Now that it’s over, I can’t help but think: “If this was the first week, what the hell is next weeks going to look like?” 

But in reality, does it even matter? I’m doing it no matter what.  I’m having fun, challenging myself and living to tell the tale.  That works for me!

Pictures are coming y’all…standby.