The CrossFit Open began on February 27, 2014.
I attempted the first WOD 14.1 on Friday February 28, 2014. I actually went in to the WOD feeling pretty good. I had double unders, knew I could snatch 55 pounds, so I was feeling confident that I would be able to put up a decent score, something that I could be proud of.
Turns out that the double unders had something else in store for me.
I partnered up with my buddy, Karin, and I volunteered to go first. First, Coach Pete went over all the standards and made sure we knew what we were doing. He also emphasized that there was to be NO CHEATING! All scores would be verified by him and Coach Jen, and being that they work with us day in and day out, they know what we're capable of doing.
Okay..enough of that. Let's get to the WOD.
3, 2, 1, GO. I started jumping. I was coming off a foot injury and honestly hadn't done any jump roping since the Spartan Race, but figured I'd be okay.
I was hitting doubles. I could hear the whistle of the rope, Karin could hear the whistle of the rope, and together we were counting. I made it to 26 when my world came crumbling down around me.
Coach Jen walked over and said "Jenny, those aren't doubles." WHAT?? She explained that while the rope was making the double under sound, it wasn't actually passing twice under my feet.
NO NO NO! This can't be happening. I was so sure I knew what I was doing. Coach Jen walked away, and I did some more double jumps (well, we heard the sound), and we counted those. I put the rope down, and knocked out the 55# power snatch.
Then I attempted round 2 of the double unders. But in reality, I knew this would be my round 1 since who really knows how many double unders I completed the first time around. Coach Jen and Karin judged me together for what would be my final round. I kept jumping and jumping and jumping and jumping. I jumped so much, so hard, took so little breaks that my panties actually slid all the way down my hips and butt until they stopped at the crotch of my workout pants. Yes, it was uncomfortable but I wasn't going to let any time slip past me.
But before I knew it, time was called and I was done with 14.1
What was my score for round 2? 3. 3. 3. 3. 3. Yes, a 3. I did 3 double unders.
I could have re-done the WOD anytime before Monday 8pm EST, but I was honest with myself. I wasn't going to get those double unders over the weekend. It wasn't going to happen. I had no one that would be able to tell me if I was actually doing them correctly or not. The tell-tale sign of the whistling rope doesn't work on me.
But I fought for those 3. I didn't let myself become defeated by a poor performance. Heck, when I started CrossFit I had never even heard of a double under, so the fact that I could do 3 was something that I never thought possible.
Currently, I am in 6,701 place in my division. Turns out that there are a LOT of people who can't do double unders.
So while I had a poor performance I LOVED watching Karin knock out her doubles and snatches. She did so well. And then I felt so proud of all the athletes in my box, a few even have their sights set on competing at the regional level.
And I realized that the Open is about so much more than what I can do individually. It's about the spirit of the sport. About how ANYONE can sign up for the Open and compete against the top athletes in the sport that I love so much. It's so much more than ME. It's about US. And how we are stronger together, how supporting a fellow athlete makes my score so much higher than 3.
Now on to 14.2 which I will attempt on Monday morning. It won't be pretty, heck it might even be uglier than 14.2 but I'll do what Christmas Abbott told me to do TRY, TRY, TRY.