From My Beginning To Yours- Blog #21


This is it! Today is the day I will complete the last CrossFit Games Open workout of 2016. The last few weeks have been full of opportunities to push myself harder and to be better. I have learned a lot and am glad I decided to be a part of this experience at TNT.

Open workout 16.3, scaled, included Power Snatches and chest to bar pull ups. I felt good and confident about the snatch, and weight involved; but, I cannot yet complete the scaled chest to bar pull ups from the height designated for the games. I was unsure and felt a bit concerned about how to proceed. Thank you to Coach Oscar for explaining to me I was not alone in this. I was thankful for the reassurance and explanation that it was OK to complete the 1st set of snatches for games repetitions and then proceed with jumping pull ups and snatches in order to complete a solid workout, and do the best I could.

16.4, scaled, was my favorite Open workout. 55 deadlifts, 55 wall balls, 55 calorie row, and 55 hand release pushups in 13 minutes. I’ll go ahead and admit I Googled hand release pushups because I wasn’t sure what that meant☺. As it turns out, I think I really like them and I was pleased to make it through everything up to 5 of the 55 pushups.
Tonight, people all over the world will complete 16.5. This workout is comprised of sets of 21, 18, 15, 12, 9, 6, and 3 Thrusters and Burpees. Yes, that is a total of 84 Thrusters and 84 burpees ahead of me today. Please excuse me while I take a moment to throw up… For the last 4 weeks I’ve been completing the open workouts on Sunday. As they are not released until Thursday evening each week, I have used the Friday-Sunday stretch to mentally psych myself up for what was ahead. Altogether, I’m not sure if this was really a good strategy for me to follow. This Sunday we will have family visiting and celebrating Easter, leaving me with today for this workout. Just under 24 hours to get psyched and go for it! I feel as ready as I can be for anything involving that many burpees and am glad to have such an inspiring group of fellow athletes to push through this last workout with.
One last thing, in my last blog I referenced a few Personal records I had reached for different lifts. This week and last I am excited to say I surpassed two of those in a big way. My 1 rep max weight for Deadlifts I was able to increase from 225 to 255 pounds. My highest recorded back squat was at 133 pounds for 8 repetitions. I was looking forward to finding my 1 rep max and was hoping to get around 210. I maxed out this week at 243 pounds. I am truly so excited about this. It feels great to see this increase and its crazy how much I have grown to love lifting heavy things!


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