has played an enormous role in my life for the last five, hugely developmental years. I lost a tremendous amount of weight, completely changed who I was. I transferred and subsequently graduated college, met the love of my life, in addition to countless other incredible people that I’ll never ever forget. I was exposed to and eventually fell hopelessly in love with the sport of Olympic Weightlifting, competed at a level higher than I’d ever imagined as a severely overweight, insecure kid, and even embarked on a career composed of equal parts mind-boggling stress and raw exhilaration. The one constant through all of it has been CrossFit, in varying levels of intensity.
It’s been five years and about a billion memories later, and tonight I signed up and completed my first CrossFit Open workout. It was awful. And I don’t regret it.
17.3 done. Definitely my best one for sure. I’m not great at snatches but I’m pretty good at ‘em. 185lb is no joke thou. Time management is definitely the factor here. I don’t have any pics or gifs of me during the workout this time I’m afraid. But here’s one of me smiling afterwards.
I just want to wish everyone luck thats competing this year. I, myself, am competing as well for the first time ever. I’m not gonna lie I’m nervous, but this is the best physical shape I have ever been in. I just hope that I do decent throughout these next 5 weeks. I’m doing my best regardless. Good luck everyone!!!!!!
17.1 is officially in the books. I unfortunately did not finish. Out of the 225 reps for the WOD, I capped off at 212 at the 20min mark. Which means I was 13 short of finishing. And let me tell you, IT. WAS. TERRIBLE!!!!! Lol. I did the Rx weight which is the 50lb dumbbell snatch. That part was easy to me. It was the Burpee box jump overs that got me.
Most of you guys don’t know this, but I have really bad chronic asthma. (Seriously I’ve gone to a specialist my entire life). During the WOD, I had to use my inhaler twice to avoid completely passing out. One for after the 3rd set of burpee box jumps overs and another for after the 4th set. By the end I basically felt like I was breathing in glass shards and literally could not breathe. My lungs were so inflamed lol. For the last 50 reps of dumbbell snatches, a good 20 of them were done with my eyes closed because it was the only way I could focus. Anyways I’m still proud of myself for what I’ve done today. I hope everyone else did well too. If anyone else would like to discuss how they did. I would love to hear from you guys.
Btw, that’s my box owner judging me and his wife took that photo. Thank god she didn’t take one of me literally dying afterwards lol.
This has been a crazy/amazing/frustrating five weeks of being pushed, pushing myself, and unfortunately finding some of my limitations. Barely finishing the hellish workout that was 17.1, ripping my hands in pathetic attempts at MUs in 17.2, competing head-to-head in 17.3, and injuring my shoulder in 17.4 were all moments that made me grow and are pushing me to work even harder.