A newbie’s look at the CrossFit Open 2018
Fiona Leslie proves CrossFitters of any experience can take part in the Open…
Having only being doing CrossFit for about six months I was unsure about signing up for the CrossFit Open. I had heard some of the other members talking about it and had been asked by a couple if I was going to do it. My initial reaction was not a chance, I’m not making a fool of myself in front of everyone but the more I talked to others and realised that workouts were scaled I found myself thinking maybe I could do it. So one night after seeing a post on the members Facebook page I clicked on the link and signed up – just like that I’d entered something that I knew would be completely different, challenge me but really what did I have to lose!!
I was hoping this Open would give me a new challenge, push me harder than I had ever had before, increase my confidence in my abilities. It was going to be tough and although I was a little bit scared I was also quite excited.
I was waiting with anticipation for the first workout to be released and now here it was! It was how many rounds could we do in 20mins of 8 hanging knee raises, 10 dumbbell clean and jerk and 12 calorie rows. Initially my thought was oh crap, then ok doesn’t sound too bad just got to go at a steady pace and do the best I can do. When it came to the day of doing my workout I was incredibly nervous but I knew once I got into the workout I would be fine. There was a few people about who watched and gave me lots of encouragement.
I had done it, I was delighted with myself, 1-i did it, 2-got not a bad score 3- I loved every minute of it!
Right one down what was going to be in the next workout, could I improve on the first workout?
Ok there is two parts, crap there is a time cap of 12 mins, would I be able to do it all within the time??
So the main focus of this was to go steady with the squats and the Burpees and hopefully this would allow me time to do the second part.
Time to be judged again the nerves kicking in big time, thinking about previous one rep max in training I was going to aim for that and try for a PB.
Yes I’ve managed to complete the 110 reps within the time frame, I’ve got about 2 mins to get my clean in. Right got the first one done 35kg! Ok going to try heavier.
OMG I did it I got a PB in the clean- 45kg!! I’m on cloud nine, so pleased with myself.
Starting to feel a bit more confident, I’m loving the challenge each week is bringing!!
I have a few worries about what this week could bring, starting to panic that OHS are going to be in there and what if I can’t do it?? Need to be more positive, if one thing I have learned so far the open can push you to do things that you didn’t think you were capable of.
Oh no it’s overhead squats and chin over bar pull ups, two of my biggest weaknesses. I don’t have my pull ups either.
This week is about getting the singles and the OHS done in a respectable time as for the pull ups I’m just going to keep at it until time runs out.
This is going to be a really tough week but I guess that’s what the open is about pushing your boundaries, challenging you.
The nerves are kicking in big style for this one, judges and fellow members are full of encouragement, helping me to settle the nerves.
Singles and OHS done, right I have 10 mins to get at least one pull up! I work and work and work at trying to get that pull up, I was soon close but didn’t succeed. My hands are cut to bits and I’m a wee bit deflated but I know I gave that everything i had to try and get it.
I will get that pull ups by the Open next year!!!
Deadlifts, hand release push ups and bear crawls, going to be tough.
Making sure the push ups meet the standards is going to be tough especially when getting tired, getting it done within the time limit too!
Concentrating on the form of the push ups is important so I don’t get too many no reps.
Hoping to get to the heavier deadlifts and bear crawls, well that’s the aim!
Well I got to the start of the heavier deadlifts and bear crawls, had a few no reps due to ‘snaking’.
Need to watch my form on push ups, learning from each workout and areas that I need to practise to progress.
Next workout is the last one of the Open, hoping to finish on a high!
The last one, can’t believe it, I’ve made it!!
Right let’s push it hard, 7 mins to get as many reps as I can!
Done, 99 reps of thrusters and jumping pull ups!
Did the best I could? Yes
Can’t believe it’s all over, my first Open completed!
Pretty chuffed with myself for first of all taking part and for putting in some not bad scores and getting some PBs too!
I don’t regret signing up, in fact I think I would of regretted it more if I hadn’t.
I have gained so much by participating in this…new found belief and confidence in myself and abilities.
It’s amazing what your body can do when challenged and put your mind to it. Don’t be scared to challenge yourself and push the boundaries you never know what you might achieve.
There is no such word as can’t in CrossFit, it’s about how you can achieve it and CrossFit will give you the tools to do that you just have to put the work and effort in.
Will I be signing up next year, most definitely! I have loved every minute of it, the feeling you get when you achieve that PB or surprise yourself with your time is amazing. Oh and I didn’t make a fool of myself!
By next year, I will have pull ups, my form will be better in my push ups and will be hoping to get a few more PBs.
Will miss waiting for the workouts to be released but until next year, practice, practice, practice!!
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