14.5 Or The True Meaning of Sweat And Tears

It’s done! I have officially survived my 1st ever Crossfit Open Games and managed to score on every workout. That in itself is way more than I was anticipating when I registered so, already crushed one goal for those games.

I went into today feeling nervous, slightly nauseated and with the goal of finishing within an hour. I had come to the conclusion that if I couldn’t finish in an hour, I would just DNF and I’d be ok with that.

I took Kevin on his offer to judge me and I was glad to see cheery and smiling Victoria there to encourage me on! 🙂

Here were the requirements for the workout:

After a quick chat with Coach Cam, I  registered for the 1st heat, explained that my goal was 1hr and that Kevin would be using his phone as a timer since we didn’t want to hold anyone back from the second heat. Coach Cam was in agreement with this plan and I was good to 3-2-1-Go!

I did al my sets of Thrusters in groups of 3 reps, then I would drop the bar, pick it back up for 3 more and repeat. 21 was hard, 18 was harder and 15 was about the same. As for the burpees, I did them all grandma-style (very slow to the ground, jump back up and jump over the bar).

Early in the WOD. Can't believe how strong I look!

Early in the WOD. Can’t believe how strong I look!


I know I need to work on keeping my elbows up, but I’m still happy about how low I’m getting in the squat!

Thank you so much Victoria for taking these! 🙂

I think that by the time I got to the sets of 9’s, I was the only one left working at it and Coach Cam was nice enough to let the clock go and let me finish. I was shaking all over and had to control my breathing. That’s when I started to struggle mentally. I just had to remind myself that some of my little patients go through a lot more pain than I was in at that moment and I also kept thinking about my mom. My mom is an awesome fierce woman. She beat breast cancer, went through chemo and radiation therapy without ever complaining. She is one tough cookie. I wanted to be strong for her, to remind her that she is an amazing inspiration to me in my everyday life and an exemplary role model. At the beginning of this WOD, I knew I would be dedicating this for a special little patient and my mom. Those were gonna be my lifelines when the going got tough.

And boy did it ever get tough! I lost it on my round of 6’s and managed to get through all the remaining rounds while bawling and crying. I kept up with the thrusters in sets of 3 until the round of 3’s when I just couldn’t get the bar up for the last one. I dropped that bar, picked it back up and finished my last thruster before moving on to the last 3 burpees. I couldn’t look anybody in the eye, but I had done it, I had finished a WOD I was dreading (65# used to be my 1RM for thrusters and I had just gone through 84 of them!), a WOD I was seriously debating not even showing up for because I didn’t think I had it in me to do it. Not only did I finish it, I crushed my 1hr goal with a finish time of 38:53! I’m so so so thankful for Kevin and Victoria for encouraging me to actually show up and give it a try. It took a lot out of me, but you both were right: I’m so proud of having completed this one!


After I took about 30 minutes to let my wrists recover (so I could drive myself home safely), it was time to do another challenge: The Winter Challenge. It’s a challenge that has been going around on Facebook amongst our little Crossfit community where you have to go and jump in the ocean (or a lake) before passing it along to other people. Even though it’s not winter anymore, I thought I was in the clear until Josh nominated me last night. What better way to go cool off after 14.5 than to jump in the frigid Pacific Ocean?!?

I have video proof that I did it, but am not going to upload it up on here because I am giving out full names of my nominees and am not sure they would want that on my little blog. I’ll edit the video and post it up later!

Time for a quick nap before I head into work for another challenging night!

2 thoughts on “14.5 Or The True Meaning of Sweat And Tears

  1. GO YOU! The Boy finished in just over 26, crawling in and out of his burpees. And I couldn’t do it at all this year, being medically restrained from both thrusters AND burpees. it’s killing me. I know so many people that thought they couldn’t even DO a 65# thruster before trying 14.5.

    So, way to go on crushing your goal, and congrats on getting through the Open!!!!

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