The Crossfit Open Games are officially over for 2014. We now move onto the Regionals in a little over a month. Don’t worry, yours truly didn’t qualify (never had any aspirations of making it either! 😉 )
I finished 45260 worldwide out of 52550 women registered and 65/69 at my little box. I know that puts me at the bottom, but all I wanted to do for these games was finish. Goal accomplished!
Here’s where I reflect on my 1st ever Crossfit Open Games. I have found that from my personal experience, the Open is very much like labour in the following ways:
Physical pain and a lot of mental toughness is mandatory in order to get through both.
In the Open, just like in labor, it doesn’t matter how well you think you are prepared for the journey, you will suffer some physical pain. I’ll admit, the pain suffered in the Open workout is a lot shorter than labour, but it really helped me to keep the same mentality I had during labor: every rep (or every contraction) brings you closer to your end goal. I never looked at the workout as “Oh No! Here comes another rep.” Instead, I just kept thinking “One more closer to the end, just one more, and another. You can do this. Just breathe and get through the next one.” Child birth, just like the Open WODs are all about mental toughness. If you set your mind in the zone, it is a lot easier than being defeatist about it all.
You forget quickly about the pain.
As soon as 14.5 was over, I vowed to myself never to register for the Open ever again. Now that I have had a few days to recover, I am slowly starting to think about next year and how exciting to see my progress from one year to the next. I guess, just like childbirth, you forget about the struggle and the pain with time and you focus on the elation and pride you feel once you’ve accomplished the WOD / delivery! 😉
Both the Open and childbirth teach you about how strong you really are.
You discover quickly what kind of person you are when you go through childbirth or an Open WOD. I have found out that I internalize a lot of the entire process. For childbirth, I needed peace and quiet in order to get through my contractions. I realize now that I was going through my reps in the same way. I’m not a big fan of being cheered on, I’d rather just breathe and get through it all on my own rather than have a cheering section urging me on. Don’t get me wrong, I was thankful for having people cheering me on, it’s just weird for me to acknowledge these people while I’m working on the bar of Erg or whatever. It truly is a battle between me myself and I when I’m in the midst of it all.
SO there you have it. My very own analogy about the Open and childbirth! Not to mention that all those squats really get you nice and ready for childbirth!
This morning was the first morning I could walk somewhat normally since 14.5 and I finally wasn’t afraid to pick something I’d drop on the floor! 😉 What did I chose to do? Well, go to Crossfit, of course! My goal for today wasn’t to PR in anything, I just wanted to move and get my muscles warm and stretched out a bit.
I kept the push press very light since my shoulders are still very sore from Sunday with the following reps:
For the WOD, I paired up with Tracey and did the TG+, meaning we did 1min. of Airdyne (Tracey couldn’t do the Erg), wall balls at 14# (a first for me as I usually do 10#, they were tough) and I did single skips for every rounds. I divided my single skips by 2 and finished with a total of 290. I was spent after that. Looking forward to Friday’s WOD and then a lovely 5 days off without any training. I need the rest to rebuild myself both physically and mentally. I love the physical exertion if Crossfit, but I’ll be real and admit it can be draining and I don’t think I’ve taken more than a week’s rest since I began Crossfitting last July. Although it’s hard to stay away from the Box, I will make the most of my 5 days of rest!