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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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 13.1: 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.