That, my friends, is my golden ticket. My scorecard. I conquered 13.1. No, not a half marathon, but workout 1 of the 2013 CrossFit Games Open.
My work day wasn't as productive as it should have been because all I could think about was tackling this:
My hamstrings and quads are knotted up like crazy from sprinting yesterday during dragon boat race tryouts. (I'll explain later...this post is reserved entirely for CrossFit love.) So, I brought my old trusty tennis ball to work to roll out the knots.
|I'm convinced I have the crappiest chair in the entire refinery.|
Caffeine and carbs were my pre-workout fuel.
At 5:00 PM on the dot, I jetted out the door and headed over to the box. 4:30 class was finishing up. The energy was awesome! I yelled and screamed for those finishing up and anxiously awaited my turn.
My sister came to support me, even those she took it on at 5:30 AM. (and rocked a score of 122!)
The burpees (aka my kryptonite) were tough. The 45 pound snatches were manageable. The second set of burpees sucked! Then came the daunting 75 pound snatches. I took my time, caught my breath, took a sip of water, chalked up, and almost forgot to switch the weights on my barbell.
Attempt #1: fail.
Attempt #2: fail.
In front of me, a couple of guys were snatching heavy stuff. I watched their form and their fight and got inspired.
Attempt #3: fail.
Attempt #4: fail.
My coach, Megan, came up behind me and told me to take a breath, rest what I needed, and use my butt. All drive from the butt.
Attempt #5: fail.
I knew this would cause a gap in the women's division. There would be a whole slew of girls who couldn't complete a 75 pound snatch. My rank would be so much higher if I could just get one. Just one!
Megan came and told me to get under it. She said I was pulling high enough and just needed to drop under it and stand up.
Attempt #6: Butt drive.Drop under it.Just get one.Butt drive.Drop under it.Just get one. ----Success!
Barely, just barely, I stood up and straightened my arms with that bar overhead!
There were 15 seconds left on the clock. I pulled two more times with no success, but I was on cloud nine! I met my goal.
Even though I would have LOVED to get more snatches, I couldn't help but be so proud of myself. I walked out of the box with a full heart and a smile on my face. This is what the Games is about! Not just superstars who make it onto Regionals, but about everyone pushing themselves to a new level.
Bring on 13.2!
When was the last time you surprised yourself or set a goal and accomplished it?
Anyone else signed up for the open?