CrossFit Christmas is Over: 17.5 Recap

The 2017 CrossFit Open is now over, and I am sort of sad. I really enjoyed being a part of the larger community, the anticipation of the workout announcements, and seeing all of the #openmagic moments on social media.

I had to do the 17.5 workout right after it was announced, as I was traveling that weekend and I knew I wouldn’t be able to make it to a gym to make it up before the Monday score submittal cutoff. So I showed up at the gym 45 minutes after the workout was announced (and of course watching Katrin and Sara compete at the open announcement!):

Open 17.5 for Women’s Scaled:

10 rounds for time of:
9 thrusters, 45 lb.
35 single-unders

That’s it. I was sort of relieved it was super simple. To be honest, I had serious consideration to attempt it Rx, which would have been 65 lb thrusters and double-unders. My double under game has been really keeping me happy lately, and I wanted to test myself out. But thrusters … meh, I have a rough time just managing the bar. Since the spirit of the workout is to be a lung-burner and not to feel super heavy, I stuck with Scaled.

When I was warming up, I was practicing double-unders. Because. Then when we got ready to start, I thought, “I should probably do a few singles to make sure I can just jump rope.” I botched every single jump. But I was already there, so might as well see what happens!

I smoked it! No issues at all with the jump rope, I was able to do all 10 sets of single-unders unbroken, and I had to start pausing with thrusters around round 6, giving myself breaks after 3-4 reps without putting the bar down. The limiting factor was my lower back – clearly I have some core imbalance, mostly because I have no core strength and I never work on it. My coach was judging me, and she kept cuing me to keep my core tight and to protect my back. The last couple of sets were a struggle bus with the thrusters, but I was able to crank the whole thing out in 9:16! I was super stoked with my result.

I had so much fun this Open with getting into the workout announcements, enjoying the camaraderie and friendly competition at the Friday Night Lights at my gym, but most of all seeing the improvement from the last year. I’m super pumped to light it up for the rest of 2017 and see what the 2018 Open brings!


Oh, and I’m leaving right now for Costa Rica for the Girls Gone WOD CrossFit retreat. WHAT!?! I know. Can’t wait to tell you all about it!

Not me, sadly. But soon to be me! PC: Juli Bauer of PaleOMG

Go make it a great day!

One thought on “CrossFit Christmas is Over: 17.5 Recap

  1. Nice job! I Rxed and it took me 30:58, woof! I was sucking wind the ENTIRE time. Can’t wait to hear about your trip 🙂

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