My journey in the Crossfit Open continues and thankfully I’m not yet traumatized!
After a catastrophic 17.1 that left me with some incredible back pain that moved beyond normal soreness, I was hesitant to continue with the Open. Yet, I know myself and I’m stupid competitive with myself. So, I was relieved when 17.2 was going to be very limiting because I am unable to complete pull ups. Weighted lunges and knees to chest – those I could handle. Like many other scaled participants, I was finished after 78 reps.
17.3 was the first workout I was slightly excited to attempt. Since I’m scaling, I was able to do the jumping chin over bar pull ups along with the snatches. Now, one of my favorite movements is the snatch. It’s kind of funny because when I started Crossfit, I hated snatches because the idea of flinging weight over my head held no appeal. None. Over time, my confidence has grown. I like pushing my limits on them now, so to see them on the workout, I was somewhat intrigued.
I under estimated how much those freaking jumping pull ups would fatigue me as I moved through the workout. Oh my goodness. No, those weren’t the words flying out of my mouth as time ticked away. I drop a lot of F bombs during workouts, so pushing myself to the limit in the Open, my vocabulary is far from clean. At the end of 17.3, I was surprised and proud at my finish. I was two reps away from moving on to the 16 minute time limit.
Each week I wonder if I’ll have the ability to move on to the following week and each week I surprise myself in what I am able to accomplish. The most important thing I hold on to as I continue on my fitness path is to listen to my body. I’m not 20 or even 30 anymore. Holding on to extra weight has been tough on my knees and my back, and I need to respect when something doesn’t feel right. On to 17.4, whatever it shall bring!