What Crossfit showed me this year so far……

Today I finished the set of 5 Crossfit open workouts, and I can honestly say I am much prouder of where I stand today than the results of last years attempt at doing the workouts.   Last year’s workouts were eye opening, to say the least, I was no where near at the fitness level I am today.  And my results from this year have shown that.  I was able to RX 3 of the 5 workouts, for me that’s huge, I once thought I would never RX a work out……EVER.  I would never be strong enough or capable enough to do any of that.

Let’s relive the workouts:

16.1

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 20 minutes of:
25-ft. front rack walking lunge
8 burpees
25-ft. front rack walking lunge
8 jumping chin-over-bar pull-ups

Men lunge 45 lb.
Women lunge 35 lb.

due to my inability to chest to bar pull ups I had to scale this one, ironically I can do chest to bar pull ups 4 weeks later….. go figure

Any workout that involves burpees is a win for me.   I won’t deny that I love them.   This work out even though it was scaled I was able to do 217 reps, my disappointment as I am a hard ass on myself now was the inability to do chest to bar pull ups.   I have been working for a really long time at trying to get the pull ups and the chest to bar and it just wasn’t working for me.   That’s hard for me to accept when I am always pushing myself to be better.   But as I mentioned 4 weeks later I can hit them, hadn’t even tried them until one night after the WOD I was like what the hell I will give it a go.   Sure enough, look what I can do.

16.2

Scaled (Scaled Men, Scaled Masters Men 40-44, Scaled Masters Men 45-49, Scaled Masters Men 50-54, Scaled Women, Scaled Masters Women 40-44, Scaled Masters Women 45-49, Scaled Masters Women 50-54)

Beginning on a 4-minute clock, complete as many reps as possible of:
25 hanging knee raises
50 single-unders
15 squat cleans, 95 / 55 lb.

If completed before 4 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 hanging knee raises
50 single-unders
13 squat cleans, 115 / 75 lb.

If completed before 8 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 hanging knee raises
50 single-unders
11 squat cleans, 135 / 95 lb.

If completed before 12 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 hanging knee raises
50 single-unders
9 squat cleans, 155 / 115 lb.

If completed before 16 minutes, add 4 minutes to the clock and proceed to:
25 hanging knee raises
50 single-unders
7 squat cleans, 185 / 135 lb.

Stop at 20 minutes.  This work out shows another weakness of mine, I had to do the scaled version because I can’t do double unders, I would have spent the entire 20 minutes trying to get the double unders and would have ended up beyond frustrated and pissed off.   So scaled I went.   I made it through 262 reps on this work out, despite going scaled it was still an ass kicker for sure.   Made me realize my strength weaknesses.   And what I need to work on.   Improvements will come.  However there is a glimmer of hope I can do two or three double unders in a row.  It’s crazy what when you decide to enter a competition like this, what you are truly able to do.

16.3

Rx’d (Rx’d Men, Masters Men 40-44, Masters Men 45-49, Masters Men 50-54, Rx’d Women, Masters Women 40-44, Masters Women 45-49, Masters Women 50-54, Teen Boys 16-17, Teen Girls 16-17)

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 7 minutes of:
10 power snatches
3 bar muscle-ups

Men use 75 lb.
Women use 55 lb.

Went RX, because why not I can snatch 55lbs and get more points for the reps.   Let’s not even discuss bar muscle ups, those are far far far away from being achieved.  I hope to actually get there one day but this year is not that day.  Still counts as RX even though I only got 10 whole reps.

16.4

Rx’d (Rx’d Men, Masters Men 40-44, Masters Men 45-49, Masters Men 50-54, Rx’d Women, Masters Women 40-44, Masters Women 45-49, Masters Women 50-54)
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 13 minutes of:
55 deadlifts
55 wall-ball shots
55-calorie row
55 handstand push-ups

Men deadlift 225 lb. and throw 20-lb. ball to 10-ft. target
Women deadlift 155 lb. and throw 14-lb. ball to 9-ft. target

RX baby, because I can deadlift 155lbs.   This work out is more intimidating than it appears.  It wasn’t necessarily the weight, but the sheer amount of reps.   55 reps at 155lbs gets heavy, and heavy fast.   I started out strong but dropped to doing 5 reps at a time.   I pushed through that.   I haven’t discussed this much but dealing with my arms going numb recently, they don’t know why, but it happens, of course during a work out.   The wall balls sucked for this reason because my arms were half way numb and I wasn’t exactly coordinated.    It was hot as hell in the gym, hopped on the rower and knew I needed some strong pulls on the rower to get my reps in.  I finished 136 reps for this workout, wasn’t exactly thrilled about this score knowing I probably could have done more.  But it is far from something I needed to be upset or discouraged about.

16.5

21-18-15-12-9-6-3 reps for time of:
Thrusters
Burpees

Men use 95 lb.
Women use 65 lb.

Ok burpees again.  I love burpees.   We all know that, but when you combine burpees with thrusters, life sucks a little bit.   I was definitely sucking air on this workout.   Burpees were my breather for the workout as that many thrusters will wear you down, and got no rep’d a few times, and that means I need to work on this more.   Ensuring that I actually get the depth on the squat.   But it will happen.  Not going to lie I was excited about this work out I knew it was going to suck but it would push my limits and push me to a dark place and show that I truly can do it. I finished in 18:36, pretty damn proud of that considering 5 years ago walking was a task.

I have come a long way and have a long way to go to get to where I want to be.   I am healthy yes, but now I know that I can keep making progress.   I am able to do things that I never thought I would be able to do.  This year’s crossfit open was able to help me realize that I am capable of doing things.

Next week I will attempt something else I never thought I would be able to do a 50 miler.   This will be a true testament of my capabilities and endurance.  I won’t give up easily and will have a great friend with me along the way.

So my Crossfit rant.   I have made so many strides in terms of my fitness.  I am proud of how far I have come, but really want to make sure I make more progress.  I don’t want to give up and stop and let the lupus win. I am going to continue working out till I am old.   This is who I am now, and this is what I do.  Yes I am dedicated to the gym, yes I am dedicated to working out, but it saved my life.  Wouldn’t you be the same if it saved yours?  Maybe it could save yours.


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