My 2012 CrossFit Games Open Experience

The 2012 CrossFit Games Open has ended:  five weeks of workouts performed around the world and posted online for everyone to see.  I was initially apprehensive about competing in the Open.  I’ve been successfully training others in CrossFit for over 2 years, but I didn’t take my own workouts seriously until June of last year.  I didn’t have any real expectations going into it.  I just wanted to get an idea of where I ranked in my region and what weaknesses I needed to address.

The first workout was as many burpees as possible in 7 minutes.  On paper, 7 minutes of burpees doesn’t sound that brutal.  In action, it was 7 minutes of pure hell.  Maybe I’m a bit on the masochistic side, but I decided 90 burpees wasn’t enough.  So, that Sunday I decided to repeat the workout.  My legs were crazy tired from the 10k race I competed in the day before, but I gave it every thing I had and produced 4 more burpees.  After that 1st workout I ranked in the top 24% overall.  I was stoked.

Week number 2 focused on strength and skill:  10 minutes on the clock to complete 30 snatches at 45 lbs, 30 snatches at 75 lbs, 30 snatches at 100 lbs, and as many snatches as possible at 120 lbs.  I love the snatch (cue double-entendre jokes); however considering my max snatch was only 85 lbs, I didn’t have high expectations for this workout.  I ended up completing 60 reps in 7 min and spent my last 3 minutes trying to get 100 lbs overhead.  It didn’t happen.  I was slightly disappointed on the one hand, but completely excited that I did 30 reps at 75 lbs on the other hand.  I was still in the top 24% in my region, and that’s when I started getting that competitive fire in my belly.  I found myself checking out the leaderboard every opportunity possible.  I was bordering on obsessive.  Not good.

Then came a few big slices of humble pie in the form of workouts 12.3, 12.4, and 12.5.  Workout 12.3 was complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 18 minutes of:  15 Box jumps, 20″ box/ 75 pound Push press, 12 reps/9 Toes-to-bar.  I’m usually pretty good at box jumps and I love doing toes to bar.  That 75 pound push press on the other hand made it feel like Satan, himself, programmed the workout.  I gave it everything I had and managed 198 reps.  It was a great lesson in the importance of nutrition and sleep.  The entire week before I hadn’t been sleeping well, and when I don’t sleep well my tendency is to indulge in the bad stuff. After it was over, I cried.  I was sorely disappointed in myself.  Then I took a step outside myself and asked, “Why are you taking this so seriously?  What do you have to prove?”  It was a great “a-ha” moment.  I love humble pie.

Workout #4 was complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 12 minutes of:  150 Wall balls (14lbs to 9′ target)/90 Double-unders/30 Muscle-ups.  I didn’t know what to expect for this workout as double-unders still posed a challenge for me.  I completed 176 reps and felt really great about it.  What didn’t feel great was getting “no-repped” by my husband on my wall ball shots.  It wasn’t his fault.  He was doing his job as a judge.  I was missing my mark.  Unfortunately, we tend to take our frustrations out on those we love most.  It was a great lesson in patience, understanding, and forgiveness.  I love my husband.

The final workout was Complete as many reps as possible in 7 minutes following the rep scheme below: 65 pound Thruster, 3 reps/3 Chest to bar Pull-ups/65 pound Thruster, 6 reps/6 Chest to bar Pull-ups65 pound Thruster, 9 reps/9 Chest to bar Pull-ups and on by 3’s until time runs out.  At 1960 CrossFit, I had everyone in the box doing the Open workouts on Thursdays.  So, that morning, I attempted to show my 6am class how to do a chest to bar pull up….and failed….miserably!  I was gutted.  Later that afternoon, it was my turn to do the WOD.  I realized that I could get my chest to the bar with an underhand grip, which was weird considering my underhand grip has always felt a lot weaker than my overhand grip.  Well, by the time the 7 minutes were over, I managed 59 reps.  I was stoked!  I didn’t think I’d be able to get 4 that morning!

Overall, then entire Open experience was incredibly eye-opening.  I finished 478 in the South Central Region.  I learned that I have some serious work to do if I ever want to get competitive with the sport of CrossFit.  I confirmed for myself the importance of proper nutrition and good sleep.  I gained an even greater appreciation for my husband.  The best part, though, was seeing my athletes push themselves further and harder than ever in the Open workouts.  The pure joy I felt while watching them achieve new heights confirmed that I’m doing exactly what God intended for me to do for work… coach others.  I love my job.  I love my athletes.  I love that my days are spent encouraging and inspiring others to reach their fitness goals. Everyday I wake up grateful for God’s blessings.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~ unknown