Crossfit Open And Childbirth: A Similar Experience!

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:

55#-55#-65#-65#-65#

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!

 

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!

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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!

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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!

Crossfit 14.4: Close But No Cookie

I just completed my one and only attempt at 14.4 and I am feeling somewhat frustrated about the whole thing.

Ever since the WOD was announced last Thursday, whenever I thought about it, I would get all jittery and nervous with butterflies in my stomach. I don’t know why, I just did.

The WOD:

14 minute AMRAP:
60-calorie row
50 toes-to-bars
40 wall-ball shots, 20 / 14 lb.
30 cleans, 135 / 95 lb.
20 muscle-ups

Kevin graciously offered to be my judge and Ben and the girls came to cheer me on, once again. 3-2-1-Go!

I think I finished the row around 4:30-5:00, I forgot to look at my time before moving on to the TTB. Here’s the thing. I had never even attempted a TTB before today, but I was hoping to get one. Just one. That’s all I wanted. I chose the lowest bar on the rig and set up 3×35# plate as a platform for my feet (yes, I’m that short)! I spent the remainder of the time TRYING to get a TTB. Some reps I was far off, some reps I was within an inch of the bar, but I NEVER ONCE TOUCHED IT WITH MY FEET. I know I tried my hardest and I should be content with the effort I put in, but it is still incredibly frustrating to not have managed to get a single rep in. My final score was 60 (for the calories rowed on the Erg).

I entered the games without any expectations, really, but it is starting to wear me down and, I will be honest, I’ll be glad when I’m done with next week’s workout. I know I’m not an athlete by any means, but it is still frustrating to be faced with failures week after week. It is annoying to be faced with the reality that your best effort isn’t good enough. Maybe I am not cut out for the Open, even though it’s supposed to be all for fun in my case. Maybe I get too competitive or I’m too hard on myself. Maybe it’s the constant switch between day and night shift, being constantly tired, the fact that my diet isn’t optimal or maybe I’m just in a mental funk at the moment, but right now, I’m spent and feel like I have nothing left in my tank. I know I should be proud to have scored at least on every Open WOD so far, but I find it hard to celebrate even that little victory. I am currently on my 6 days off from work and it will be lovely to get back to being just a mom, a wife and a crossfitter during those days.

I stayed after my heat to watch a few people and judge Kevin. It was his second attempt and he killed it! I was honoured to get to judge him. He really impressed me! Now that I’m done judging you, I can say it loud and clear, you got this Kev, you totally killed it! (He doesn’t like to be cheered on DURING the WODs)!

I will leave you with a two short videos which include a short video of my attempts at T2B and a glimpse into a future Crossfitter…

Things I’ve Learned Doing 14.3

This morning was the only time I could actually go and do 14.3. It was a bit intimidating because Sundays are usually Beasts Days the days where the really good athletes show up to do the Open workout. I was slightly intimidated, but at the same time, I didn’t really care, I needed to get my score in and today was the day!

I knew I wasn’t gonna get far, but I still wanted to give it a shot. Best of all, Ben and the girls came to cheer me on! Yay!

Here’s the WOD in recap:

And here’s my score for it:

Photo 3-16-2014, 1 10 49 PMI am super stoked about my score. That means I made it through the 1st round of deadlifts at 95#, did 15 box jumps, went onto the round of 15 deadlifts at 135# and did the 15 box jumps following that. I won’t lie. The deadlifts at 135# were hard and I did them all in singles. My first rep, I couldn’t get the bar up. Coach Cam came by to assess my form and make sure I wasn’t risking injuring my back and he told me to keep everything tight: core, legs and shoulders. It helped and that’s how I managed to get through all the reps. I then tried to get onto the deadlifts at 155#, but that is 10# over my body weight and my previous deadlift PR was 120#. I knew I wasn’t gonna lift that bar, but I had to try. I gave it one go and the bar didn’t budge. I tried a second time with the same result and called it quits.

Ben said my transitions were really slow, and it’s something to keep in mind if I ever wanted to compete seriously, but I didn’t really care that much. I also did my last set of box jumps step-up and step-down.

Here’s what I learned doing this Open WOD:

  1. When I was getting ready to go, Kevin was there as a spectator and asked me if I was doing it. I said: “I’ll do my best and that’s all I can ask for myself, right?” His reply was: “Do your best and then do just a little bit more.” I kept that in mind after my 1st fail at 135# and it also helped! Thanks Kevin! 🙂
  2. Don’t go for a deep tissue massage involving your hips, lower back and butt the day before doing deadlifts. I got a very good massage yesterday, but it left me feeling bruised all over my butt and lower back. Probably not the best when attempting heavy deadlifts. I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t have changed the final outcome, but it probably wasn’t my brightest idea either! Tiger Balm, hot bath with Epsom salts and my hot water bottle are my new best friends for the next few days! 😉
  3. If you’re not at a Regional level of competition, have fun with the Open. If you’ve given it your best effort, that’s all that matters.

Finally, here’s me doing 1 rep of deadlifts at 135#. Thanks babe for capturing it on video. I know it wasn’t easy to do while trying to keep an eye on both girls at the same time! 😉 (Yes, I have cellulite on my legs and no, I couldn’t care less!)

14.2 And Things To Work On

14.2 was announced yesterday and as I watched the live announcement, I felt deflated without even having tried it. I can’t do C2B unassisted and the max I’ve ever done on OHS is 45#. The Rx is 65# for women which means I needed to get at least 1 OHS Rx in order to submit my score for 14.2. See the details below:

Regulations for 14.2

I showed up at the Box for the 0600 class this morning and I was gonna give it my all. I had set a personal goal of 5 for this WOD. It is incredibly low, but then again, I knew it would be hard for me for the reasons stated above.

I loaded up my bar and it took a lot of strength to clean the bar, lift it over my head to place it on my back, re-adjust my hand position and then lift it again in a stable position overhead since there was no way I was gonna snatch it. By then, my wrists were in pain from the weight and I think I managed to do 1 wobbly rep and get back up. I’m not sure when I got my 2nd rep, but I know I went on to falling on my butt 2-3x, dropping the bar behind me 2-3x and dropping it in front of me numerous more times as well. My official Games score is a measly 2. Because this was such a short WOD for certain people (ahem, me!), if we didn’t make the first three-minute, we restarted at ohs for the second three-minute period. I managed to get another 4 reps of the OHS for this WOD and never made it to the C2B (not that I ever was going to complete one anyway).

I don’t know how to feel about this. Officially, I didn’t make it to my personal goal of 5 and I feel like it’s a pretty crummy score. Unofficially, I managed to do 6 OHS at 65#, which is a PR in itself for me. Somehow, I can’t celebrate this PR. Maybe I’m too hard on myself, but I felt like I was going to do better.

I guess it just goes to show I have plenty to work on still. OHS are one, so are C2B, but also giving myself credit where credit is due. I never gave up, I kept picking that bar up and putting it over my head, I kept trying for reps at 65#… 20# heavier than I have ever done in my short Crossfitter’s life. Baby steps, Val, baby steps. Progress is progress and I should be happy about it. I just need to get out of my funk and get back to being proud of myself. For now, I will enjoy the weekend with my girls and my hubby. Miraculously, we are both off work this weekend and I plan to make the best out of it, crummy score or not! 🙂

 

On Cloud 9!

This morning was really important for me. It was my attempt at 14.1.

Before I get into my attempts, let me try to explain what the whole process of the Crossfit Games is.

1st and foremost, you have the Open. The Open is, well, open for every single human being to enter. It is a tool to test your fitness and it is fun for the everyday man and woman to enter. Bonus, you only have to fork out $20US and you’re in, no discrimination, no pre-requisite needed. In order to be able to enter your score, you need to do the workout Rx (as prescribed), meaning you can’t scale down. If you do scale down, you cannot count that weight, calorie count or number of repetitions towards your score. The top qualifiers in the Open will then go on to the Regionals, where, over the course of three days, athletes will perform brutal combinations of workouts to test the range and depth of their capabilities. Making it to the Regionals itself is an awesome achievement! From there, only about the top 100 men and top 100 women move on to The Games where the Fittest man and Fittest woman on earth will get crowned and earn a decent chunk of money.

Going back to the Open. You see, I have no aspiration of ever making it to the Regionals, but just knowing that I can attempt to earn a worldwide Crossfit ranking and score gets my heart pumping faster. To know that I just accomplished that feat earlier this morning is all it took to get me flying high!

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A friend sent me this picture this morning and although she was nice enough to note that she didn’t call me psycho, I thought it was fitting. Let’s be honest here, we all need to be a little psycho to enjoy Crossfit as much as we do! 🙂

 

So, 14.1. If you want to know what it entails, watch the video below:

I have never gotten anything above 45# over my head, so I was a bit skeptic about doing a 55# snatch. I tried a few attempts during warm-up and my form was HORRIBLE. I had to somehow get that bar from ground to overhead in a different way. I decided to go for a Power Clean (bring the bar up to my chest) Push Press (bring the bar up from my chest to overhead). That worked for me.

3-2-1-Go:

Those Double Unders (DUs) were no joke. It took me over 5 mins to get the 1st 30 done. I kept tripping in my rope, but I keep trying. Until last Saturday, I had never done more than 4 in a workout and only managed to do 14 in one minute last Saturday. I knew it wouldn’t be easy, but I didn’t expect it to be that hard. I managed to get the 1st 30 done and moved on to my Power Clean Push Press. I broke them down in fives. First set felt strong. Second set felt harder. Had to break the 3rd set in 3+2. Back to the DUs. I only managed to get 13 before TIME was called out!

One of the many whip marks on my back. I have a nice collection on my right butt cheek and my right shin as well!

One of the many whip marks on my back. I have a nice collection on my right butt cheek and my right shin as well!

At first, when Bonnie, my judge, (thanks for the encouragements Bonnie!) told me the amount of reps I had done, I thought: “Well, that was pathetic!”  That’s when Bonnie said something that really resonated with me. She said: “It’s 58 Rx!” I VERY RARELY Rx anything and I have never Rx’d anything that included bringing the bar overhead. So yeah, I Rx’d this 14.1 and I’m proud as punch! I actually did a Crossfit Open WOD Rx and even though my number of reps were not high, I am ecstatic about it all. Little old me, who couldn’t lift an empty bar overhead 7 months ago managed to lift 55# fifteen times today! Little old me who couldn’t do DUs until last Saturday managed to do 43 of them today! It might be a very low score to you, but it means the world to me. I am getting stronger and fitter everyday for myself, for my husband, for my family, for life. I will probably never go to the Regionals other than as a spectator, but today, I felt just as accomplished as Camille Leblanc-Bazinet. Today, I was not just a wife, a mom or a nurse. Today, I felt like an accomplished athlete. Many of my friends have been extra supportive in my Crossfit journey and some have even confessed to being inspired by my small accomplishments. It is humbling to know that my journey of discovery of self through Crossfit is inspiring to others. I can only go onward and upward from here! I hope you stick along for the ride! 🙂

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Ariane Re-Visited

Béatrice was up again last night at 0400 and I swear, if she had her own room, I would have left her cry herself back to sleep. I am so tired of this kid waking up in the middle of the night almost every night! I only go to get her settled so she won’t wake up Rina, but I swear, I’m this close to letting her cry it out! I NEED TO SLEEP ARRRGGGGHhh! Ok. Rant over.

Just as I was falling back asleep, my alarm went off at 0500 for Crossfit. Ugh!

Now, I don’t know who this Ariane is (apparently she is a member at Crossfit Vic City), but I kinda like her! 🙂

Once again, I was teamed up with Kevin and Mark O. as well and we managed to do a lot better than the last time we did Ariane. We finished in 22:02 (compared to 24:49 back in September). Here were my splits today compared to last time:

September 2013: 2:21, 2:23, 2:26, 2:24, 2:20

Today: 2:17, 2:13, 2:21, 2:22, 2:19

See that? All my splits were improved! Ok, they might not be impressive time-wise, but I’m short and I’m happy with them and that’s all that matters! 🙂

As for the Front Squat Skill, I did 6×85#, 4×95#, but my elbows kept dipping at the bottom so I stayed at 2×95# for the last set with a little better form. All in all, a good day at the box and I feel somewhat ready for the Open (Ha)! Can’t wait to see what the workout will be like! 🙂

Emotional Team Challenge

We got up bright and early to go out for breakfast with the girls this morning and then went into a few stores downtown to do some window shopping before heading back home to do laundry and cleaning (for me) and enjoy a run on the treadmill (for Ben). When Ben came back home, I went to the Saturday Hero WOD today and it was a little different from the previous one I had gone to.

You see, the 2014 Crossfit Games are in 5 days. In order to get us both physically and mentally ready, Coach Cam had scheduled a little meeting to talk to us about the Crossfit Games before our workout. There were 26 of us who showed up. Coach Cam talked about everything from mental readiness, nutrition, strategy and recovery. He also talked about his personal experience in the Games back in 2012 and you could tell it was heartbreaking for him that he knows he won’t qualify this year. I’m not sure what exactly happened, but I know he is still recovering from an injury (don’t know what exactly or how it happened), but you can tell he lives and breathes for Crossfit. Not only as a competitor or an athlete, but as the owner of the best box in town (IMHO 😉 ) and as a coach. I got choked up as he was shedding tears, urging us to push through the mental blockages we will come upon and JUST DO ONE MORE REP. It sounds a lot like my recent motto (Keep moving!) and I honestly felt like he was proud of all of us as he was talking about how the Games are a great experience for everyone. After I was done wiping my tears away, it was time to partner up and get going on the WOD:

Team Challenge

  1. Double Unders (1min)
  2. Burpee – over Box jumps (1min)
  3. AMRAP: 5 pushups (HR), 10 air squats (90s)
  4. AMRAP: 8 OH Lunges, 8 Plate thrusters (1min)
  5. Shuttle run (down & up) (90s)

We all there in 1 shoe in a pile and teams were picked up at random by pairing shoes in teams of 3. I was with Jeff and Tracey.

Here were my reps:

  1. 14 double unders (most I have ever gotten EVER!)
  2. 12 burpee – over Box jumps
  3. 3 full rounds of 5 pushups + 10 air squats (45)
  4. 2 full rounds of 8 OH lunges and 8 Plate thrusters, but these were done with a 15# plate. My sciatic is still very much bothering me 😦 (32)
  5. 13 shuttle runs

Total personal score: 116

Total Team score: 457

Tracey had to go before she could do the shuttle runs and I think we were the lowest scoring team (probably because of yours truly!), but I took coach Cam’s advice and I kept pushing to Just Do One More Rep. Sprinting isn’t my forte and I have to say,the shuttle runs were the most challenging for me, but I kept going. Now I have to go nap so I can be rested to work all night!

Are you ready for the 2014 Open Crossfit Games? I don’t feel quite ready, but I’ll push myself to get through each WOD! 🙂

Open Season is Upon Us

My alarm went off at 0500 and I woke up in a panic! It’s WOD time!

My weight for the front squat was 95#. My shoulders are already bruised from the weight of the bar resting on them. 😦

As for the WOD, it was another OPEN WOD from 2011. I was hoping for a “lighter” WOD today since I had done another OPEN on Saturday, but nope, there it was again! I have a feeling there won’t be any “lighter” WODs until the Games begin as we will probably be preparing FOR the Games!

Anywhoo, I was there and I was ready to put my sweat on! I was going for the TG and  I tried my 1st round at 45#, doing hang power snatch (which I didn’t think I could do) and managed 8 reps at that weight, then I had to scale back to the bare bar (35#). I managed 4 rounds + 3 reps of that and even squeezed in a double under, one! Ha!  Let me just say that I’m glad I’ll be working day shifts for the next few days as my body need to rest! It’s a good thing I won’t be able to make it back to the Box until Thursday! 😉

I came back home and made a creamy asparagus soup and cooked a flank of steak in order to be able to serve it in my salads over the next few days. I then took the girls for a walk to the closest shopping centre to get coffee grounds at Starbucks and milk at the grocery store. Rina wanted to ride her bike so I dressed everybody in warm layers (it’s beautifully sunny, but chilly and windy today, for the west coast, anyway!) and put Béatrice in the double stroller. You can just picture this, me pushing the double stroller and pulling Rina on her bike (we hook a yoga strap around her handles to pull her when she’s struggling or slow her down in the downhills). That, in itself was another workout! We were gone for just over an hour and as we were getting closer, Rina kept exclaiming: “I’m exhausted!” Really girl? You’re exhausted? LOL!

It made me realize that 6 months ago, I would never have been able to do that with my girls. I didn’t have the fitness, the strength and the endurance to be able to manage such a push-and-pull for over an hour. Crossfit has done wonders for me. Talk about functional mobility! Not only has it made me more functional, it has made me a better mom to my girls! I’m so glad I have discovered Crossfit and I’m sticking to it! I have a friend back on the east coast who has just started Crossfit and I can tell he’s as hooked on it as I am as all (or most, anyway) of his posts on Facebook are about Crossfit! Welcome to the gang, Boo!

Just Do It!

I was back at Crossfit bright and early this morning after a rough night with Béatrice. She just wanted to stay up from midnight until around 0200. I finally managed to settle her and back to bed it was until Rina woke up before my alarm went off at 0500. Sleep is eluding me and it’s my most cherished commodity right now! Maybe tonight will be better…

Working on the kipping was fun, but I felt like my hands were going to rip so I didn’t push it too much.

For the WOD, I decided to go TG+: 4 rounds, but with an empty 35# bar. I think I probably could have done the FG, but running is a major struggle and I didn’t know if it would kill me or not. Not surprisingly, I came in dead last at 15:00, but at least I did all 4 rounds and I’m pretty happy about that. Before we took off on the 1st round, we were talking about how running is a struggle for a few of us and I just blurted out: “My head really wants to go and run, but then my ass is like: Nope, you’re staying right here Missy!” It made a few people laugh, but it’s the truth. When I run, I can feel the junk in my trunk shuffle from side to side and it’s making my running that much more ineffective. Oh well, it’s done!

Speaking of done things, I also just did this:

I'm in! Nothing to fear as I probably won't finish a single WOD! ;)

Booya! I’m in! Nothing to fear as I probably won’t finish a single WOD! 😉

That’s right people! I just registered for the Crossfit Open 2014. A series of 5 workouts over 5 weeks. The workouts are released every Thursday and you have until the following Monday at 5pm to submit your score. It will be more of a joke and extra workout as I have no expectations of even finishing a single WOD. I mean, look at the 1st WOD from last year’s Open for women:

WOMEN – includes Masters Women up to 54 years old
Proceed through the sequence below completing as many reps as possible in 17 minutes of:
40 Burpees
45 pound Snatch, 30 reps
30 Burpees
75 pound Snatch, 30 reps
20 Burpees
100 pound Snatch, 30 reps
10 burpees
120 pound Snatch, as many reps as possible

I don’t think I could even finish one round! It’ll be good practice though! So there everyone! I registered even though I absolutely stink at Crossfit. What’s your excuse? Just do it!