CrossFit Open Recap: 17.1 and 17.2

I am never timely with my posts. I’m just not. When I have an idea for a topic, or am inspired by a current event, it just takes me a week or so to let the thoughts gel a bit before I’m ready to write about them. It’s a very good thing I do not have a career in news broadcasting.

Anyway, I wrote this while waiting for the 17.3 announcement last week. And waited until now to publish it. I expect I’ll post my 17.5 recap sometime in late August. Until then, enjoy!

IT’S OPEN SEASON YOU GUYS!!!

So, they’re announcing the 17.3 workout tonight, and I don’t think I’ve mentioned my recap of the first two workouts yet! #fail.

This year, I feel like I’m a bit behind what my fitness was last year, despite having a year of CrossFit under my (weight) belt. I’m having a hard time pushing myself into that “pain cave,” or at least I go spelunking into it a lot sooner that I think I should. Also, weights that didn’t seem like a big deal to me before feel significantly heavier these days. I’m not sure if it’s just shedding my rosy-viewed innocence of my abilities (a 75lb clean and jerk doesn’t seem like that much until you actually do one consistently) or if this past year of Life Stuff has hit my body’s stress coping abilities enough to the point where the intensity floors me more than I realize. Either way, I haven’t been super stoked about my performance this year. But I’m doing the best job I can with what I have to work with, and that’s really what it’s all about: putting yourself out there and just seeing what you can do this year.

17.1: All The Dumbbell Snatches

The Workout (Women’s Scaled)

For time:
10 dumbbell snatches
15 burpee box jump-overs
20 dumbbell snatches
15 burpee box jump-overs
30 dumbbell snatches
15 burpee box jump-overs
40 dumbbell snatches
15 burpee box jump-overs
50 dumbbell snatches
15 burpee box jump-overs

Women use 20-lb. dumbbell and 20-in. box, step-ups OK

Time cap: 20 minutes

My score: Finished in 17:06

I was traveling the weekend of the open, so I did this workout on the following Monday at open gym. I was happy to crunch through it, but I definitely missed the energy of Friday Night Lights to help push me. Still, I was super stoked to finish well under the cutoff time, I wasn’t sure I was going to pull it off!

17.2: Emily Tries In Vain for a Pull-Up

The Workout (Women’s Scaled):

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 12 minutes of:
2 rounds of:
50-ft. weighted walking lunge
16 hanging knee-raises
8 power cleans
Then, 2 rounds of:
50-ft. weighted walking lunge
16 chin-over-bar pull-ups
8 power cleans
Etc., alternating between hanging knee-raises and chin-over-bar pull-ups every 2 rounds.

Women use 20-lb. dumbbells

My score: completed 2 rounds in 2:54 then spent the next 9 minutes trying to get a pull-up

So the one thing I did that was smart for this one was I warmed up with 25lb dumbbells, which were heavier than what I would be using for the workout. That way once I started the workout it seemed much easier than I remembered!

But I’ll be honest – I really expected to land my first pull-up. Especially since I don’t work on them and always think I can just show up and magically pull something off that I’ve never done or worked for before. And I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit disappointed that I didn’t get one. I was having fun in the attempts, and I had never tried kipping before, just swings but never with a pull-up. Kipping is so fun! But I just couldn’t get my chin up over the bar. I still got a lot of practice in so I’m happy enough with my performance. But it would have been amazing to nail my first pull-up, and all of the Open Glory it would entail! Maybe next year.

That’s all for now, go make it a great day!

 

 

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