Monday, May 9, 2011

The Crossfit Open WHOOPED MY ASS


 First off special thanks to the people who helped me get through the Crossfit opens. Crossfit 321 http://crossfit321.com/ , Chris P, Sheila L, Karen W, Sue P, and my beautiful wife Lorica

So Ive been a slacker and haven't updated this in a very long time. Ill explain a bit. But as Ive always said. NO EXCUSES, just move on and get work done.

The open was a 7 week long journey that brought about some very interesting positive and negative experiences.
First off I got sick the night before the first workout was announced. I came down with probably the worst chest cold Ive ever had. I couldn't breathe and my nose would not stop running.
Workout 1- Double unders and power snatches: I performed poorly on this workout, I chalk it up to my head and chest cold, but my double unders were horrible, I will do this one again. Weakness ( technique and endurance )
Workout 2-  Light Dead-lift, Pushups, Box-jump. Thankfully I had a full week to recoup from the first workout due to technical difficulties on crossfit side. So my cold was a little better. I performed this workout twice. And improved the second time. I did it at Crossfit 321, and the crowd helped to ignite that competitive fire.     ( Weakness- Endurance, Strength- Pushups )
Workout 3- Squat clean and jerk. I loved everything about this workout. Performed it twice, and improved again the second time. ( Weakness- Endurance; Strength-squat cleans)
Workout 4- A horrible combo of barbell facing burpees, overhead squats and muscle ups. This one was extremely stressful and I only performed it once, but again the Crowd at crossfit 321 was awesome. I breezed through the burpees, and the Overhead squats went really fast, then it was time to face muscle ups, I had done my first muscle up only 3 weeks prior and was extremely nervous. My first attempt was wobbly and I missed it, but with metallica blasting in the background and the crowd yelling I nailed my first one, It was glorious, I cannot describe the feeling, it was just awesome. I attempted again and missed, then I finally nailed my second one, and I went bezerk, it was an awesome day. ( Weakness- Muscle up technique, Strength-Determination and mental toughness)
Workout 5- Power cleans, toes to bar, and wallballs. I felt good about this one, it was a long AMRAp so I knew I would tire so I picked a pace and stayed with it. My technique was bad on toes to bar, but I excelled on the other two. It went well and I was very happy with the performance.                                                     ( Weakness- Technique/endurance. strength-wallball)
Workout 6- Thrusters and Chest to bar, fran on steroids. I TOTALLY underestimated this one. I thought my strength on thrusters would carry me through this workout and was ground to a halt after I hit the wall on the round of 12. Chest to bar wore me down and I just couldn't get my wind back. But the Crowd at crossfit 321 was awesome. ( Weakness- Chest to bar/Endurance, Strength- Thrusters )

Conclusions and reflections: while the competition was fun, it was also a very stressful seven weeks, constantly shifting your training so you don't injure yourself, or overdue it, and also the anticipation of the next workout, eventually mentally got to me. I learned alot about my capability as an athlete and how to just keep moving. I know I need to improve my Endurance and Cardio, and I will be throwing in many longer met-cons and additional crossfit endurance workouts to help facilitate this. i also need to get my shoulder strength up, my overhead and pullups will be much stronger when I get my shoulders stronger. But overall it was a very good experience and it helped me grow as a crossfit athlete. I finished in the top 5 for Maine on many of the workouts and overall I finished 217 in the northeast not too shabby.

2 comments:

mike said...

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Steve Fluet - Owner/Head Coach said...

Mike - Great job with the sectional events. Yes they were a challenge for sure. It was great having you and Chris down doing them with me at 321. It will be interesting to see how the events lay out at Games.

Thanks
steve

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