It was exactly 3 years ago today that I wrote my first blog post for Red in the Face and 3 years ago this week that I started Crossfit.
Wow. I can’t believe how much has changed, and also, what’s not changed.
Zach is still my coach (yes, I’m a loyalist), I still can’t do a pull up on my own, and I still wear a bandana around my head for workouts.
But Kung Fu is long gone, I replaced my vegetarian diet with the Paleo diet, I’ve lost several inches, and I’m stronger all over.
I’m even participating in the Crossfit Open for the first time this year. This morning we did Open WOD 12.2 in class:
AMRAP 10 min (Proceed through the sequence and complete as many reps as possible)
30 snatch (M 75# / W 45#)
30 snatch (M 135# / W 75#)
30 snatch (M 165# / W 100#)
Max Rep snatch (M 210# / W 120#)
Completed: 30 reps RX / 1 rep @ 65#
It could be any kind of snatch (power, split, full), but the bar could not be cleaned or pressed.
I had to scale down from 75#, but 65# was a PR! I refused to drop the weight any further, because I was determined. I spent about 5 minutes working for that single rep, and I got it with just a few seconds to spare. Yes, I’m very proud of myself. And it helped me learn what Zach’s been telling me all these many months in Olympic lifting — it’s all technique. Consistently good form will yield consistently good results.
Unfortunately, none of the scores I submit for the games will help my ranking. I misunderstood and thought the gym would be entering our scores for us. Not the case. And by the time I found out, it was too late to submit my score for WOD 12.1. Here’s what I did:
7 min AMRAP
Burpees (Body all the way to floor & both hands touch bar/ring 6″ above reach)
Score: 75 burpees
I’m kicking myself. I was so disappointed.
But I’m even more determined to compete in the Open next year. And dammit, I’m going to kick some ass.