The CrossFit Open season is closed for another year and my own personal goal going into it was to do at least 2 of the workouts RX (as recommended).
Below is my experience of it.
Open 18.1 – RX
20 minutes AMRAP
-8 toes to bar
-10 dumbbells hang power clean and jerk
-12 calorie row
I was determined to complete this RX as one of my main goals in 2017 was toes to bar and I was delighted when I achieved this last August.
My goal for this was to stay focused, try not to get caught up in all the hype and buzz from the heat I was in and just keep moving! The toes to bar were actually fine as I did them all in single reps. It was the 15kg dumbbell that tested me the most and highlighted that my left arm is not as strong as my right side at all. (I got a nice bruise on my shoulder is proof of that). But I’m thrilled that I got into my 6th round of this workout. (That’s 48 toes to bar for anyone else counting)
Open 18.2 – RX
1, 2, 3, – 10 reps for time
Bar Facing Burpees
1 Rep max Clean
What is it with Dave Castro (the CF Games Director) and the dumbbell?? After 18.2 I hope I never see another dumb bell again. I completed the 110 reps with 70 seconds to go and managed 3 cleans building up to my max clean in that time at 50.5kg.
Replaced hip…what replaced hip?!?
Open 18.3 -Scaled
This was the separator that we have been expecting for the past 3 work outs and boy was I winded after all that skipping.
✔️100 skips ✔️20 overhead squats ✔️100 skips ✔️12 pull-ups ✔️100 skips ✔️20 dumbbells snatch’s ✔️100 skips ✔️12 pull ups ✔️100 skips ✔️20 overheads squats ✔️95 skips (Yes that’s 595 single skips, my poor calves !!!) and all in 14 minutes.
I completed 679 reps in total and even though this was the scaled version of 18.3 I was so happy as today I did 24 single pull ups . Last year I did 5 in the ‘pull up workout so that there is progression.
Open 18.4 -Scaled
21 deadlifts at 43kg then 21 Hand release push ups
15 deadlifts at 43kg then 15 Hand release push ups
9 deadlifts at 43kg then 9 Hand release push ups
21 deadlifts at 61kg then bear crawl 50 feet
15 deadlifts at 61kg then bear crawl 50 feet
9 deadlifts at 61kg then bear crawl 50feet
Time cap -9 mins
I could sit here and blame the fact that I had a head cold or use the excuse that the only time I could do this workout was at a very early 6am on the Friday morning as I was flying out to New York for the weekend or I could just admit that deadlifts and hand release push-ups are two of my least favorite movements and I suck at them. But I did it and got 65 reps and at least I know what I’m going to work on for the rest of the year.
Open 18.5- RX
Complete as many reps as possible in 7 minutes of:
3 Thrusters – 3 Chest to Bar pull ups
6 Thrusters – 6 Chest to Bar pull ups
9 Thrusters – 9 Chest to Bar pull ups etc..
Only 15 reps but I have to say I’m very proud of those reps because before that workout I had never done a ‘chest to bar’ pull up. By this I mean never even attempted one because for the past year I’ve been practicing my ‘strict pull ups’, ‘kipping’ pull ups and ‘toes to bar. So I never even thought of the chest to bar pull ups and in this workout I got 6 chest to bar pull ups (amongst a lot of no reps I tell ya) but I did it and I’m thrilled. A nice way to end another Open season with a new movement for me.
My own aim was to do 2 RX and I managed 3 of them so I’m very happy with that. I surprised myself with my little victories and I have already got a training plan in place and some little goals set for me for the next few months training.
Most of all though I had fun over the last 5 weeks during this Open. Fun with my own workouts, fun watching the announcements and after shows, and fun cheering and encouraging our own community in CrossFit Galway.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, CrossFit for me is about 3 things for me:
-Doing the best I can and being the best version of myself in the workouts.
-Setting myself little personal goals and slowly moving towards ticking off those goals
-Having fun in the community with the encouragement I give and get in our gym and the friendships I’ve made because of it.
So honestly it doesn’t matter where I finish on the leader board, as long as I know that I can continue to have these 3 things I will continue to turn up to my CrossFit class.