I am soooo happy that the open is over! It has completely consumed my brain over the past five weeks, so I’m ready to have it behind me and be able to focus on other goals.
The workout of the weekend:
27-21-15-9 reps for time of:
Great. No skills in this one, it’s just all motor. Which is something I definitely feel weak on. But this isn’t something that will take more than about ten minutes, and I can do anything for ten minutes. I think…
I did it on Friday and finished in 9:07. I felt okay about it, but I wondered if I could change my rowing damper and do a little better. Or get mentally tougher for the thrusters. I never set the bar down, but I put it on my back a few times between reps.
I fretted about it all day yesterday. Should I change my rower damper? Will I be able to do this workout with my legs and triceps still hurting from my first attempt? The time finally came to do it again and I sat down on a rower beside Dan Crotts. Then a light bulb lit up. Dan has a rowing cert! So I asked him what he thought about the damper. He said I should just have it set to what I usually row everything else at. I usually either like 6 or go for between 6 and 7. So I ended up bumping it DOWN from 6.5 to 6. I’m pretty sure it didn’t make any difference though.
The hardest part of the workout was making yourself grab the rower handle again after completing thrusters. And the other hardest part was making yourself pick up the barbell after stumbling off the rower. I was facing a set of muscle up rings while I was thrustering, and I just dug as deep as I could while staring hard at the rings. My eyes were practically about to lazer through those poor rings.
My mental game still wasn’t super strong. Through both the 27’s and 21’s I kept contemplating calling it quits and taking my previous score. But while contemplating, I somehow kept powering through. I actually was able to take shorter breaks during the thrusters this time. But I wasn’t sure how the row was going, I still wasn’t quite getting a calorie per pull. I cranked through the final 9 thrusters and looked at the clock for the firs time. It was 8:54 as I collapsed onto the ground. I was SO happy to have improved my time!!! 8:54, and it actually ended up being one of my best finishes of the entire 2015 open. The only workout I finished higher in was the max lift.
I managed to avoid any photos this week as well, and there is very little photo evidence of me rowing, but I found a few!
My performance in the open was good enough to put me 10th in the state of Arkansas and 135th in the region–my best finish in the open EVER. I am nowhere near going to regionals, but I am ecstatic to have shown improvement this year. My gym’s team ended up finishing 34th in the region.
And look at how sweet this post is:
I’m the luckiest lady ever. I’ll end this post with some of my favorite crossfit photos over the years 🙂
I’m looking forward to falling back in love with the fun part of crossfit again!