Rewind back to 2012 CrossFit opens, I’d been CrossFitting for about 6 months, had no real concept of how big the opens were, what I do remember, is being annoyed about not being able to move past the second snatch weight in the snatch AMRAP WOD cause the weight was just beyond my capabilities, and pretty much thinking ill never get this snatch move down.
Now turn to the 2013 opens, an extra 12 months of CrossFit experience under my belt, and I was still finding myself fearing the weight that would come up each week, and knowing this would be my challenge. The difference was, I definitely had my head around the buzz the opens created in the CrossFit community over the 5 weeks.
Each week became a challenge against myself, I did every WOD twice, purely to beat my first attempt (yes, even 13.1, which was disgusting!). The weights were slightly easier than last year, but I still thought I should’ve been able to do these workouts with a little more ease. Opens were over, I placed 429th, and was overall pretty happy with that, I was within the top 500.
Next up was the Regional Games, and what an amazing weekend it was, I was in absolute awe of these athletes, the best of the best in AU/NZ, and felt motivated by being able to be there and watch them smash out a massive 3 days.
Once I was back home, and the hype slowly faded (and I’d had a crack at a couple of the regionals workouts!), it occurred to me, did I want to get to the 2014 opens and still be fearful of the weights that might come up? After seeing every one of the female athletes at the Regionals, one thing was obvious, they were ridiculously strong….so, I made the decision that I wanted to focus on my own strength.
And as simple as that, the Coach had drawn me up a 4 week program, which saw my weekly squat volume triple, a focus on strict movement and oly lifting technique.
Week 1, I was having major withdrawals from dropping from 6 WODS a week to 1, and training mostly solo in the corner whilst I watched on while my usual crew were smashing out workouts that I’d also normally be doing. I was still working at a weight I was relatively comfortable carrying, I was just doing it more often than I was use too. By the end of the week, I was wondering whether I really had made the right choice (particularly after finishing my training week off with 8×8 back squats!).
Week 2, I was still trying to negotiate with the coach if I could do an extra metcon a week, with no success, I kept on squatting, weights were going up, ring dips were bearable, and I was beginning to realize hang squat cleans and I were becoming friends, and I’d taken a real liking to them after spending more time focusing on them.
Week 3 commences with putting on my work pants first thing Monday morning in the work change rooms with a bag I’d prepared the night prior, and realizing they were a lot more snug than I remembered, and that it was actually not negotiable to even bend down in them, panic sets in, and I text the coach saying I think I need to be doing less squats, again, wish was not granted, and I continue the week squatting, cleaning, snatching and so on in my corner. A turning point was seeing 2 PR’s at the beginning of the week. My current recorded 1 rep max strict press, was now my 6×3 strict press, and in set 5 of 5×5 back squats, I manage to work at 90% of my current recorded 1 rep max for 3 reps with the last 2 assisted, I start to see the benefits paying off, I also had another win this week, I got to do 2 WODS! YEW!!! Week 3 wasn’t so bad after all.
So here we are week 4 of a 4 week program, well and truly unsure of what I can still wear in my wardrobe, today I thought that I’d leave the pants behind and opt for a dress, which was grand, until I had to straighten my hair, and the cuffs in the sleeves felt like it was restricting the circulation to my biceps…yet again, another fail. This dress can now go in the pile with last weeks pants, and I’m now fearful my favorite Gstar jeans will end up there too, so much so, that I won’t even attempt trying them on and live in hope that they have great stretching capabilities!
What else has week 4 in stall for me? Will have to wait and see…