It's great to be able enjoy Thursdays once more and get a full nights sleep. During the five weeks of the CrossFit open, sleep on a Thursday night was a bit hit and miss. I am no longer having nightmares which consistently starred Dave Castro announcing workouts which filled me with dread (well at least till next year).. The CrossFit open just flew by this year each workout although individually horrible provided a good overall test of my fitness..
17.1 when it was announced made me nauseous. Dumbell snatches and burpee box jump overs the reps went 10/15 20/15 30/15 40/15 50/15 a 20 min cap.. The dumbell snatches wouldn't be the problem but the bloody burpees. I started off steady enough but the burpees caught me. When I began I was hoping to get to the 50 dumbell snatches but as I was doing it I knew I could finish it. Frustratingly, I thought I pushed as hard as I could but on reflection I probably didn't and finished 5 short at the time cap.
The support from my fellow crossfitters was fab.. Hearing your name every now and again cheering you forward, is an amazing part of CrossFit and the support comes into its own during the open. I need someone urging me to push on when all I want to do is lie on the floor, my fellow crossfitters have helped me get to the end on more than one occasion
17.2 I unfortunately couldn't finish still working on my pull ups. I finished the rounds of dumbell walking lunges, knee raises and dumbell cleans as quickly as I could. Then after doing one more 50ft dumbell walking lunge, I spent the remaining time trying and trying to put my chin over the bar but to no avail...
17.3 was the jumping pull ups and squat snatches as with the previous two I wasn't jumping for joy at the prospect, does anyone??? It was a short one for me I was two reps short of getting onto the next round... But I was happy as I set a new 5 rm in squat snatch for me 55lbs/25kg..
17.4 was the retest of 16.4 this was the workout which going to really let me know if I was Fitter than last year. Last year I finished 44 calories into the row which I was happy with at the time but This year I finished 20 reps into the pushups. I was HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY... Woohoo!!! FITTER THAN LAST YEAR..
We did the workout on St Patrick's day and it was such a blast. Green was the main colour clothes, hats, hairs, faces (especially after we had finished 17.4)...In fact there is a cool video of the day up on the Belieffit/Crossfit Killarney Facebook page you can see us in all our glory... The workout as anyone who has done it knows is just plain horrible and on more than one occasion during it I thought I'd get sick; it is 55 deadllifts, 55 wallballs, 55 Cals on rower, 55 hand release pushups 13 mins AMRAP. The rower really took my breath away at first but I got it back. My legs were like lead getting off the rower. This really is a stomach churning workout..
17.5 It was a painful little couplet 9Thrusters and 30 singles 10 Rounds. Simple and effective. Who likes thrusters?? Not me.. The time cap was 40 mins. I was definitely hoping for under 20 mins and personally under 15 min. I took Eric's advise on board I kept it steady with the thrusters. The worst round for the thrusters were 6/7 I was over half way done but still too far away to see the finish. After each round of the thrusters what little coordination I had seemed to go out the window, I tripped on the rope too many times. I was so happy when I finished I was just under 13 min. I was thrilled! If I could have jumped for joy I would have but I had to make my way to the bathroom, skipping is not friendly on my bladder...
And so the 2017 Crossfit open is over, finished, done for another year. After all the lack of sleep, worry, muscle ache, new movements it was a good one. The workouts were testing, horrible and fun. The announcements are always fun to watch as always my favourite part is #rovsboz, they always leave it on the floor . It was great to see Ro win one, you can't beat the support of a home crowd, #teamro. This year we had a few visitors dropping into complete their open workout throughout the five weeks, the most epic of which was on 17.5 when Tony Keogh battled Doubleunders to do it RX and finish just under the timecap.. #dedicated #motivation
Yes, I know what I must work on for the year ahead. Will I enjoy it? For the most part Hell NO!! But no one likes to be bottom of the class so will I do it, YES because I want to improve on my fitness this year..
As the next step to CrossFit season, I'm also looking forward to heading to Madrid to watch the Meridian regionals where the best in our region will go head to head....