I have lots of issues. Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am a total head case. That being said .... I know I'm a head case so it's no big deal right? Ha.
I have a really hard time doing things I suck at - I usually avoid anything that I suck at. I don't play cards, board games, go bowling, play mini-golf - stuff that any normal person would just do and enjoy. I can't make myself enjoy them so I avoid them. In college when boys would take me out on dates bowling or to play mini-golf I would end up yelling, swearing, throwing my clubs, etc. SO EMBARRASSING and so lame of me. Thank goodness Todd never took me bowling!
Anyways....now that I have set the stage you'll see that putting it out there and signing up for the Crossfit Open this year is a big deal for me. I've been really doing crossfit since November of last year and I am way stronger than when I started. But, I've still got a long way to go. I knew I wouldn't be able to "compete" in the open but I thought at least I'd be able to do some of every workout.
The 14.1 WOD was:
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 10 minutes of:
55-lb. power snatches, 15 reps
I got a score of 134. I learned that I really need to work on my double unders.
14.2 WOD was:
For as long as possible:
2 rounds of:
10 overhead squats, 95 / 65 lb.
10 chest-to-bar pull-ups
2 rounds of:
12 overhead squats, 95 / 65 lb.
12 chest-to-bar pull-ups
2 rounds of:
14 overhead squats, 95 / 65 lb.
14 chest-to-bar pull-ups
Etc., following same pattern
I tried it last Friday morning and got a score 0. Yep I can't overhead squat 65 lbs. I tried and failed over and over for 3 minutes. My previous PR for OHS was 33 lbs then Thursday night when the workout was announced one of my trainers worked with me and I got a new PR of 45lbs. I still had to jump 20 more pounds the next day. I tried on Friday morning and just couldn't get it. I was so upset and mad at myself for not being able to do it. I was in tears and was pissed off all day. I went back to the gym that afternoon and worked on my OHS more but knew I was too fatigued to try again. Then Saturday I worked on them again for another hour until my trainer sent me home because I was so fatigued. I still couldn't get more than 45 lbs. But my form was better and I could do 45 lbs multiple times in a row.
This morning I gave it one more try. I got a new PR of 55 lbs - which I am VERY happy about and gave it my all but didn't quite get that 65 lb OHS. What am I learning from this workout? Building muscles is important and takes time. I am determined to have all my RX weights by this fall - and I'm going to work hard and eat right in order to get there. I am not going to beat myself up over this. I worked hard and gave it my all. I read this article today and it solidified the feelings I already had about 14.2.
Most of my big hard fitness goals haven't come to me on my first try. I felt the exact same amount of frustration last Friday as I did after the UV Marathon in 2012 when I missed qualifying for Boston by a 4 minutes.