2014 CrossFit Open Rx

There are so many reasons I enjoy doing the Open. Namely, it gives me a goal – a benchmark – a measurement of progress.

While many people will measure themselves against their friends, against other members at their box, or against the elite athletes…. we must not forget that we need to measure against ourselves.

I went into the 2014 Open a mere NINE WEEKS after having the medical “all clear” from my orthopedic surgeon. I was not fully recovered (my timeline was more along the 12 months compared to some who see full recovery in 6 months)…. I thought there would be a WOD that I would not be able to complete. 

You see, in the Open you are not allowed to scale the workout. This is the only time in crossfit that we don’t scale. In order to mark your score on the leaderboard, you must do the workout as prescribed.

Now, here I sit, FIVE Weeks later and I completed EVERY. SINGLE. WORKOUT.  As prescribed. 

It’s not a matter of bragging, or a matter of pride, but simply it is an awesome sense of accomplishment. 

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Ten months ago, I tore my ACL.
Nine months ago, I underwent extensive reconstructive ACL surgery and meniscus repair.  
Eight months ago, I could barely raise my own straight leg. 
Seven months ago, I could not walk down stairs without holding on to the hand rail. 
Six months ago, I struggled to straighten my leg completely. 
Five months ago, I couldn’t walk a quarter mile on the sandy beach without aches and pains. 
Three months ago, I got the “all clear” to do whatever my body was capable of… ……

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Two months ago, I signed up for the 2014 CrossFit Open.
Yesterday, I completed the 2014 CrossFit Open.  

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CrossFit Open 14.1

Saturday morning I completed the first WOD of the 2014 CrossFit Open. 

Each athlete probably has his or her own reasons for signing up (or not signing up for that matter!) Last year I shared my thoughts and lessons learned from the Open. You can read about them here. I’m excited to participate in my second year of the Open. I’m sure I will expand upon the lessons learned last year as well as pick up some more along the way.

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From Crossfit Games 

So, the first workout… it was brutal… again, every athlete will have to fight it for various reasons. 

Double Unders are my Goat. (one of many). Before my ACL tear, I dedicated a lot of time and energy to this skill. Finally being able to string (almost) 50 DU’s together. Since coming back from surgery, the max I’ve gotten is 8.

It’s probably a combination of not being able to find the rhythm and not being able to jump explosively enough. I look rather “spastic” when jumping…and that wastes a lot of energy.

 

Going in to the workout, my goal was to get 5 rounds (Some of the super-star athletes were getting 10-ish rounds). I knew that 5 would be a lofty goal, considering my struggles with DU’s. So I devised my strategy. I was going to do a Double-Single mix. PROs: I have this pattern down and can generally string 15-25 together no problem. The fewer times I have to ‘reset’ with the rope the better.  CONs: That is 2x the number of jumps…because the singles don’t count.

Here’s Chris Spealer talking about efficiency:

 

As for the lift, I was going to just stick with Clean & Jerk. Neil (coach at 314) advised me to do a set split of snatches and clean & jerks. I opted for all all C&J.  During the warm up, I practiced the double-single mix again and it was flowing smooth. I was excited and nervous. Thinking I maybe had a decent shot at the 5-round goal.

 

“3-2-1… go!” 

For the first round, the nerves got up in my brain and I could not get one double under. Ugh. I kept tripping over the rope. I got the rope all tangled around my right leg. When I finally hit 10 DU… most of the class was already on their bars snatching and C&J’ing. Ugh. I’ve seen this happen to me in the past… we’ve had “double under” competitions and as soon as the pressure is on… i can not jump.

Eventually the 10minute clock ran out. And I had 142 reps (3 rounds + 7) in the books. 

The workout became much more about me focusing on my ability to relax. Which was hard when I couldn’t breathe. But when I wasn’t relaxed, I couldn’t jump. And when I couldn’t jump, I would whip myself with the rope.

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I’m briefly disappointed with my performance. But I won’t let it last long. After all, I’m only 8 months out from ACL reconstruction (7 months ago I couldn’t lift my own leg). Also – this article offers GREAT perspective for ALL Athletes

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Today, I’m rolling out my calves and looking forward to 14.2!

Things the CrossFit Open 2013 taught me

1. I am competitive. This first fact is a bit of a surprise to me, honestly. Growing up I was competitive in academics (some day I’ll tell you about the no-holds-barred approach I took to ensuring I was my High School Valedictorian); despite that, I was never super competitive in athletics. Perhaps it didn’t come naturally, or perhaps I just didn’t have enough time to for sports between church, choir, drama, school and part time job.

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2. I am persistant. During the FIRST open WOD, we had to snatch 75lbs. (after lots of burpees and snatches at 45lbs). I had only worked on snatch work a few other times…. and got no where close to that weight (75lbs). When it came time to try the lifts, many of the other girls decided to take the points they got and just keep snatching at the lower weight. For several minutes I fought that bar. Just doing anything I could to get it up. Tim, one of the trainers gave me a suggestion… and next try I got it!  And I proceeded to get three more! Boom.

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3. I can always push myself a little harder. One of the great things about CF is that everything is scalable. And as a novice to the sport, scaling is strongly encouraged. However, there may be times that I scale too much…simply because I have the option to do so. During the Open… there is no scaling. Getting those ever elusive “Rx” behind my name… for Five WODS… I know I should take a run at an Rx in regular classes.

4. I am capable of some pretty awesome shit. Not much more needs to be said about that! 😉 I’m lifting heavy weight, climbing tall ropes, running faster, pushing heavy things…

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5. I have a lot to learn… and I love it! Every WOD presents a different challenge. Whether it’s a move I’ve never done, a weight I should lift heavier, or movements I should complete faster.

6. I’m no longer intimidated to be in the weight room with the guys. When I’m not lifting… I miss it. And when I’m in a class with 4 others (all males) it doesn’t phase me…. Until my coach tells them “don’t let Kristin beat you.”  … Then, all I want to do is BEAT THEM!  RAWR!

 

In the end, I faired pretty well for my first CrossFit Open. Having a few months under my belt… I’m excited to see how I fair next year!

I am the 20,192 fittest woman in the world… and I ranked pretty good in my box too 🙂

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