Rowing my way through the Open-Recap of 14.4

Last Thursday evening, 8pm, I sat on my couch, Surface tablet on my lap anxiously awaiting the announcement of the 14.4 Open WOD.

I've really grown to love Dave Castro. The guy just cracks me up, and I think I've developed a crush on his smile. I'm looking forward to seeing what he's put together for 14.5 The last WOD of the Open. My guess is that it's going to have some advanced gymnastics skill. No idea what, but something that I can't do. And that's the point. And that's okay. I can't do gymnastics this year, but maybe next year? Yes, maybe next year. That will be the goal. For as hard as I train, I should be capable of more. That's where I realize that it's my diet that's failing me. Time to really figure out how to eat to perform. But I digress, this is a recap of 14.4

It was a great WOD to watch. And I knew from the get-go that I'd score a 60 on this WOD and I was totally okay with that. I can't do a toes to bar. Not even close (maybe that can be my goal for next year?) I can do wall-balls, but 40 of them at 40 pounds would leave me wrecked. 30 power cleans at 95 pounds. My one rep max is 90 pounds. And muscle-ups? Not a chance in hell. Tongue Out

I went into the box on Monday with a plan. I'd do 14.4, do the row as prescribed, and then continue on with the rest of the WOD modified. My judge watched me do the row, recorded my score and then off I went without skipping a beat.

I did 50 hanging knee raises, 40 wall balls with an 8 pound ball. I could have used the 10 pound ball, but I have freakishly small hands and those balls are just to big for me. Surprised So I use the 8 pound because I like the size of it. I should order myself a 10 pound ball in a smaller size and carry it in my gym bag. That's an idea. Okay, so then I finished the wall balls and moved on to the power cleans. I loaded my bar in advance with 65 pounds, and I made it to 15/30 before time was called.

So in 14 minutes I completed:

60 calorie row

50 hanging knee raises

40 wall balls

15 power cleans

but I wasn't done! I wanted to finish the WOD, so I took about a 30 second break, grabbed some water and went on to complete:

15 power cleans

20 ring rows

I finished the entire WOD in 19:18

You can see I pushed myself to 100% of my max heart rate. I really enjoyed this WOD! I enjoyed being able to complete it modified.

I hope 14.5 starts with a skill that I can do. As long as I get something on the board, I'll be happy.

How have you been doing in the games??

Recap of the CrossFit Open 14.3-Finding Joy in the Journey

I watched this announcement with baited breath. Would 14.3 FINALLY be the WOD that I could complete every movement??


BAM! It WAS!!!

Sweet baby Jesus. I was pumped. Deadlifts are BY FAR by best lift (though power cleans are slowly but surely making their way up the list!!) and I can go pretty heavy so I was super excited to see this WOD.

I watched the women compete 14.3 LIVE right after the announcement. And looked like those deadlifts got heavy FAST.

And they do. I mean look at it....not only do we go up in weight, but we go up in reps. A double whammy.

But I felt confident that I'd make it at least through the set of 20 deadlifts at 155 pounds.

I set up my box, my bar, had my weights ready up to 155# and off I went.

I did box step-ups, not jumps. Step-ups can help to conserve your energy, and really just more efficient.

I made it through the first set of 15, got to my bar and knocked out those 10 95# deadlifts unbroken.

Back to the box. Did those and got down to my bar. Had to add 40 pounds for the set of 15 deadlifts at 135#. Did those unbroken as well.

I was feeling GREAT! Strong, confident. Got back to the box, finished those 15 step-ups and got back to my bar.

Added 20 pounds to get to 155# and started lifting. 20 deadlifts were in this set. This is when I noticed the bar really starting to get heavy and I had to start breaking them up. I was doing them in sets of 5. Still surprising myself with how good I felt. Sure, I was breathing really heavy, but my back felt STRONG. My legs felt STRONG. My heart felt STRONG. Sense a theme? STRONG!

I finished the 155# and got back to the box, and wouldn't luck have it, I made it off the box and STILL HAD TIME ON THE CLOCK.

This is where panic set in and I realized just how scrambled my brain really was. I had to get to 185 pounds. I had 155 on my bar. I did not bring any weights over with me upon setup to get me to 185 pounds because honestly I didn't think I'd make it that far.

I had a moment of sheer panic. I couldn't even calculate how much more weight I needed to add because I just couldn't think. My brain was fried, I was just going through the motions.

Thankfully my judge, the amazing CrossFit Katie said me to "Jenny, just breathe. You need to add 15 pounds on each side." Bam. 15 pounds added, and I knew I had just SECONDS left on the clock, so I got in proper position, held by breath and lifted. And I got it up just as time was called.

Here I am lifting 185#

Total Score: 91

I did the WOD on Friday, and technically could have redone it for *potentially* a higher score anytime before Monday 8pmEST. And honestly, if I had redone it I probably would have scored higher because I would have had the weights needed for 185# and not have to scramble, etc...

But I decided NOT to redo it. I had already exceeded my own expectations. And for me, after a lot of soul searching after 14.1 and 14.2, I did in 14.3 what I set out to do. I completed all movements of an Open WOD. Throughout this journey of my FIRST Open, I don’t want to have any regrets.  Like I said from the start, regardless of the outcome at the end of the Open, I want to be able to walk tall and be proud of everything I did.  FINALLY, I feel like I can do that now.

As each week passes by in the Open, I learn so much more about myself personally, and what I'm capable of. CrossFit is so much more than just physical strength. There is a HUGE mental component as well, and FINALLY I'm starting to put the two together, to not be so hard on myself, and FIND THE JOY IN THE JOURNEY!!

Weekly Workouts March 16-22

My kids were on Spring Break this week, and our house is still undergoing remodeling. Thankfully the remodeling is *almost* done, just two more rooms (our bedroom and Ronin's bedroom) and then we'll be done!! Lots of packing and unpacking still going on, but we'll get there...eventually.

Spring Break and remodeling have taken a toll on my workout schedule, but I managed to get in 4 CrossFit workouts, spent one day at SeaWorld, and two days away playing with my kids at the beach.

So here's how last week played out for me.

Sunday-REST DAY!! Well, as much rest as one can take with lawn work, unpacking, rearranging, that sort of thing.

Steps: 16,217

Monday- CrossFit. And it was St. Patrick's Day, so of course we had a themed WOD! We did 4 leaf clover!

1 minute of floor press, rest 1 minute, 1 minute of ring rows, rest 1 minute, 1 minute of double unders/singles, rest 1 minute, 1 minute burpees jumping up to a 6" target REPEAT everything 4 times. I started off the WOD with a 65# floor press, and made it one round, then had to drop to 45# for last 3 minutes. With double unders, let's say I tried them. I have no idea if I was actually doing them or not, but I was attempting them! It was a good WOD!

Calories: 397

Total Steps: 15,960


Tuesday-CrossFit. Can't remember exactly what we did, but it involved power cleans and jerks. LOL. That's all I can remember!! Spent the rest of the day with my kids at the pool just chilling in a beach chair!

Calories: 635

Total Steps: 11.070


Wednesday-CrossFit. Complete 4 rounds FOR TIME:

  • 20 wall balls
  • 10 pull-ups (assisted)

And then (not for time) some old school hammer curls with a 25# dumbbell.

Calories: 568

Total Steps: 17,677

And then afterwards I took the kids and the dog to Honeymoon Island dog beach!



3 rounds FOR TIME:

  • 25 push press
  • 1000m row

I started the push press with 55# and did one round with that, then dropped to 45# for the last 2 rounds. That bar gets heavy fast!!


Total Steps: 19,525

Saturday-REST DAY! Well, BEACH DAY!!

Total Steps: 14,428


 Overall my data shows that I moved 110,803 steps. Not my best week, but considering all I had going on, I'LL TAKE IT!!

How was your week in workouts??