CrossFit Open 2019
Although this was definitely a heart raiser it felt manageable. Rowing and wallballs are my least two favorite things. If you’ve never met me before I’m fairly short person, coming in at 5 foot 1 inch. Rowing tends to favor the tall people, because they get a longer pull. Wallballs I would argue tend to favor a tall person, less height to throw too. However, I’m sure a tall person would claim that they tend to favor a short person, less distance to squat down. However, I personally think that wallballs are challenging to me because I think they require a certain rhythm to them and I have no rhythm.
Wow that workout was a beast! At first glance I actually thought I’d make it through the 4th round. 😂 Silly me those squat clean weight got tough. I also underestimated how hard the knees to chest would become. By the second round I was struggling to do 10 at a time. My grip just kept giving out. Although I gave it my all I was pretty disappointed not to make it further into this workout.
My first impression of this workout was I was lucky if I got through the walking lunges and step ups. I knew my left shoulder couldn’t handle the weight of putting it overhead. So I opted to scale this one. The weight didn’t drop if you were scaling or rxing, how if you scaled you could do walking lunges in the front rack position which was more manageable for me. After the 200 foot walking lunges. We moved into the box step ups I really struggled with this because I held the weight down along my side. I saw a lot of videos after the fact where they were hold the weight at chest height. I kept bumping the weight into my thighs which lead to some awesome bruising the next day. Now to the final part the handstand push-ups I knew this was going to be a struggle for me but I magically got in 5 before time was up. I would really like to try this workout sometime again this year. I don’t feel like I gave it my best shot.
I was really disappointed I didn’t get a chance to do this workout. I ran my 30th marathon instead on Sunday and with the logistics of the traveling I didn’t make it to a box. I know I would have struggled a lot with the snatches. The snatch is one of my weakest lifts.
The final workout of the 2019 CrossFit open! Phew! I made the decision to scale this workout the volume of pull-ups would have been very challenging with me and I thought I’d rather bust my butt through this workout. Than do 33 heavier thruster and perform 3-4 pull-ups at a time and waste the remainder of the time recovering from my pull-ups. I know placement wise it doesn’t make sense but I feel better performing the workout at the scale level and push myself to finish in the time cap. After finishing the round of 33 I felt pretty spent. I was wondering how anyone would finish this is the time cap but somehow I managed to pull through and get it done with a few minutes to spare. I really feel like I did this workout to the best of my ability and choosing to scale was a wise option for me.
Overall I was pretty disappointed in my performance this year. I was hoping to finish better than last year but missing that workout really put a damper on me performing at my best. I think I got a little too lazy with my conditioning over the winter and I think I paid for it. I’ve already been pushing myself a little more in the gym. Trying to get back some of speed. Next year I know I’ll be back with my head in the game!