I’m doing the CrossFit Open this year. Considering I only started doing CrossFit about 7 months ago, and I was pretty horribly out of shape before that, I’m doing great. My performance so far has been full of personal records (PR), even if they don’t get me to the top of the leaderboard.
For the first week (15.1) this was the scaled workout:
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 9 minutes of:
15 hanging knee raises
10 deadlifts (85 / 55 lb.)
5 snatches* (85 / 55 lb.)
1-rep-max clean and jerk
6-minute time cap
I managed to get 71 reps for the first part, and a max of 70 pounds for the second part. That got me in 98,704th place for 15.1, and 97,189th place for 15.1a. I was not in last place for either of those, and to me, that’s a big win.
The toughest part of that workout, for me, was the hanging knee raises. I had never done any before the day I tried this workout, but managed to get through 41 of them. Usually during the “regular” WODs, I do jack knifes instead of hanging from the bar, because I am rather afraid of heights, and can barely reach the bar even when standing on the tallest box. The coaches set up “kid’s” bar for me, using a barbell and some straps, so I was closer to the ground and able to do this workout.
I did ground-to-overhead for the snatches (clean and jerk), and 55 pounds was actually a PR for me! I usually use 45 pounds, but now that I know I can do more, I’m going to push myself harder.
The clean and jerk was tough, too. I managed to get to 70 pounds right off the bat, and then spent most of the 6 minutes trying to get up to 75 pounds. The smallest weight we have at CrossFit Iniquus is 2.5 pounds, so I couldn’t do anything between 70 and 75.
The scaled workout for the second week (15.2) looked like this:
Every 3 minutes for as long as possible complete:
2 rounds of:
6 overhead squats (65 / 45 lb.)
6 chin-over-bar pull-ups
2 rounds of:
8 overhead squats (65 / 45 lb.)
8 chin-over-bar pull-ups
2 rounds of:
10 overhead squats (65 / 45 lb.)
10 chin-over-bar pull-ups
Etc., following same pattern until you fail to complete both rounds
Let me start off by saying that I got another PR for this workout. That’s right, I managed to get a PR by doing exactly one overhead squat at 45 pounds. I spent 3 minutes trying, and could only get my body to do the entire move with that weight once. Some attempts I would get the squat, but then bent my arms on the way up. Other times I got the squat, but then totally fell on my butt before I could stand back up. And then several times I almost got the squat, but didn’t get low enough for it to count as a rep. It was tough, but that single overhead squat got me to 86,747th place for 15.2. Yeah!
Today they announced the third workout (15.3) today. It’s another tough one, even for scaled:
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 14 minutes of:
50 wall-ball shots
Men use 20-lb. ball to 9 feet, Women use 10-lb. ball to 9 feet
I’ll probably try it over the weekend, but first I have to see if I can even do a 9-foot wall ball. I’m pretty sure my wall balls don’t go quite that high yet, but I’ll try to get them there!