Tonight I finished up my CrossFit Games Open workout 15.1 and 15.1a. The workout was:
15.1 – 9min AMRAP
15 Toes to Bar
10 Deadlifts (115#)
5 Snatches (115#)
Then 6min to find 1RM Clean and Jerk
As you can see from the picture I did not go Rx and scaled the workout to High knees, 85# Deadlifts and 85# Snatches. Any other year I would have been pissed that I went scaled and would never even consider it. What was different this year? Well for starters I had my first baby and I’m enjoying every moment of it, even if it includes the sleepless nights. Second I stopped CrossFitting since October to focus on my lifting and started my first CrossFit to prep for the open on Feb 19th. I’ve come to realize and am living proof that you have to stay consistent in order to do well in WODs. I went from CrossFitting 4-5 days a week before my baby to only 2 days then just lifting 2 days a week in October. In lifting the snatch weight wasn’t an issue for me but the type of intensity is totally different. I would hit a lift, think about it and recover then add weight for the next lift.
So why am I not pissed or upset that I had to scale the workout? Because that’s not what the open is about. The Open is about COMMUNITY!! Even though I did the WOD scaled I heard the cheers of the people watching me. Without them I would have rested that extra 5s, I would have dropped the bar when I could have hit one more rep, I wouldn’t have left everything on the floor. This is why I love this time of year when the open comes around. It brings everybody together to push a little harder, cheer a little louder and best of all meet some great people. I know as I slowly increase the consistency of my WODs I will be better but until then I’m going to enjoy the rest of the Open. I’ll be there cheering on my friends as well as pushing hard as they cheer me on every week.
The 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games Open is about to start on Feb 26th. The Open started in 2011 where people all around the world was able to compete in a 5 week competition to get a chance to make it to the CrossFit Games in Carson Califonia. Each week on Thursday a workout is posted and you have till Monday to submit your scores. Workouts were either performed and judged at an official affiliate or video taped and uploaded to the site. I have competed in every open since I started CrossFit in 2011 and I have to say it really is a great way to bring members of your box closer together and have a lot of fun.
Every year I always get nervous when the open is announced and it’s sign up time. I always think of the gut wrenching feeling I get on Thursday evenings when I’m glued to the screen waiting for the WOD announcement, the shock when I hear the announcement and the over analyzing of how to get the best score. I look back and think, why do I do this to myself and then remember the fun and great times I had during the open. The open is a time where you get to meet new members and see members of your box you rarely see due to different schedules, you get a huge crowd cheering you on while you give everything you got on the floor, you get to see amazing feats of strength and athleticism, and best of all you get to see your friends PR and people surprising themselves of what they can really do.
This year I really didn’t think I was going to sign up for the open for a couple of reason, one being the addition of my baby boy to our family and the other I started focusing on my lifting. I haven’t done a CrossFit WOD since October when our box had an in house competition. So it’s been three months since my last WOD and I can definitely say my cardio and gas tank has definitely suffered. My diet and sleeping patterns also aren’t the greatest since I’m learning how juggle being a parent, working, training and still trying to enjoy my tech hobbies. However as the deadline to sign up for the open comes closer I thought about all the great times I had and decided to sign up. I know it’s going to hurt and I know I won’t be going to regionals but I’ve learned to just have fun and give it your best.
I registered for the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games….HAVE YOU?