CrossFit Games Open, why do you do this to me?! Another week has passed and I have yet another epic Amanda tale. But, before we get into that, let’s give a few shout outs!:
Karen L., you have the meanest deadlift in the gym! You KILLED this one!
Stephanie R. has PR’d on yet another workout. Do you believe you are stronger yet?
Glen R. didn’t even have the 4th round of weights set up because he didn’t believe he would get there. It may have been ugly, but you got it!
Anthony E. proves, yet again, that he does these workouts more than anyone…(NOTE: This is not recommended).
Deadlifts and box jumps were what we were faced with in 14.3. Not only were the deadlifts a ladder in strength, but also in reps. This workout certainly skewed the leader boards. CrossFit Marin athletes continue to impress me in their efforts! You guys are awesome both in your attempts and in your camaraderie. We’ve got two more weeks, and a celebration well-deserved to follow!
Here is the CFM leader board:
(NOTE: If your numbers are not on the gym board, please be sure to fill them in!)
Amanda’s Epic Tale of 14.3:
Where do I begin? This year the Open was supposed to be easy for me. I was going to be in the top 40 all the time, no problem. Well, here I am, sitting at 50. Yet again, I am fighting for a spot at Regionals!
I came on Friday having no idea what to expect. This workout scared me a little, not knowing what I needed and what it was going to feel like. My deadlifts have gotten so much better in the last 6 months, but they still have a long way to go.
Bo was my judge. I had Rich, Karen, Narendra, Bryan O., Bill and a few others surrounding me. Since I have to video my workouts (in case they invite me to Regionals), my clock was set on the ground facing the camera. I was waiting until everyone was ready, not standing in position, when I suddenly heard, “3-2-1, go!” and jumped on the bar. Not the best way to start, but I recovered.
I hit the set of 10. Plyo box jumps. I went into the 15’s…box jumps. The set of 20 felt heavy, but I got through it. Suddenly, I was cruising — 95, 135, 185, 205. Holy crap! I am actually getting into the 225! In my head I am a freakin’ rockstar! I was beating the chicks in the video. I am lifting my previous PR (hideously). I was killing it! My deadlifts broke down big time, but I didn’t care. I was going to keep going to get the best score I could. I got 3 at 225 and fell to the floor.
Bo went to tally up my score and totaled 133. WHAT? No way, I got into the round of 225. All the heads came together trying to figure out what was going on. He said I got 133. We went over my weight changes, and sure enough, I had skipped the 155 weight, meaning I did everything a whole lot heavier.
Bo, you’re fired. Don’t worry, Roger is fired too — Need I mention 14.1?
I was pretty pissed off. I knew that score wouldn’t hold up, but I also knew my back was in a bad way. Still, I’ll need to do it again. All weekend long, I iced, rolled, stretched, soaked in a hot tub, hydrated… I pulled out every trick I knew, including alcohol. It took me a while to recover from my pissed off-ed-ness. I really wanted to find someone to blame. Shoot, the whole gang of people didn’t catch the mistake. But, I really can only blame myself. A Monday re-do would be fun…NOT.
So, I gave it another go. Thank you Rich for being my guru on my second attempt. I must have asked 5 times if we all agreed on my weight changes. It went much better, getting 145. I really, really wanted to be in the 150’s. I’d say my back was at 80%, so if I was fresh, maybe it would have been possible, but 145 was it. This was not going to be my strongest workout of the Open, but I wanted more. Now I am in 50th place, and the fight continues!
I am hoping the next 2 weeks will be smooth sailing. We’ll see what happens.
This week, I’ll bet the chipper comes along with the muscle up somewhere in there.
How to prepare:
Keep your back healthy and keep up your training. Don’t let the Open change your patterns. Be ready to just do work!