And somehow… the fastest Open ever has flown by. On Thursday night last week, I tuned into the Facebook Open announcement and voted for the 7 minute thruster/pull-up option. Although none of the workouts looked great, I didn’t like the format of the other two workout options as the 4 minute window to do all the work usually leads to a 4 minute workout for me. Not really getting my money’s worth out of that one! So I was really glad to hear the thruster/pull-up option got voted in.
Complete as many reps as possible in 7 minutes of:
3 chest-to-bar pull-ups
6 chest-to-bar pull-ups
9 chest-to-bar pull-ups
12 chest-to-bar pull-ups
15 chest-to-bar pull-ups
18 chest-to-bar pull-ups
This is a timed workout. If you complete the round of 18, go on to 21. If you complete 21, go on to 24, etc.
Women use 65 lb.
I started getting stuffed up early last week and by Friday I felt like I was under water and could only hear out of one ear. But as this Open I have been determined to view the workouts as just that – just exercising – I booked my slot for Friday Night Lights and headed to CrossFit Sunalta after work.
With my assorted injuries since December, I’ve avoided doing thrusters as frankly I couldn’t do them, so I wasn’t expecting too much there. And I can do chest-to-bar pull-ups but not strung together, only singles. So my expectations were pretty low going into the workout, which was actually great because I wasn’t stressed.
[I feel like I’m playing the world’s tiniest violin right now writing this recap.]
But actually, the workout went well and I’m really pretty happy with myself!
Right from the start, I held myself back with my pacing on the thrusters. For the pull-ups, I made sure I kept moving. Single, single, single…
My poor hands started to rip on the round on 12s. I do have gymnastics grips but of course chose not wear them on Friday as my hands were looking pretty good going into the workout. Hindsight: 20/20.
Somehow I was suddenly in the round of 15s. I forced myself to take a break on the thrusters, but amazingly they felt pretty dang good and I could have kept going. I raced to the pull-up bar for a few more reps and got five pull-ups done before the buzzer went.
I’m pretty pleased with my score of 80 given that I haven’t really done thrusters in months and I was pretty stuffed up. My hands will take a week or two to heal, but that’s fine.
The rest of the evening was spent spectating and enjoying the delicious pizza at the wrap-up party. My fourth Open completed!
So what’s up next on my athletic horizons?
Hell is freezing over because I switched my CrossFit Sunalta membership from unlimited to 3 days/week back in February. It’s not that I love crossfit any less, but rather that for the next 6 months, I want to focus more on running! I’m running the Lululemon SeaWheeze in Vancouver in September which is a half marathon (13.1 miles/21.1 km). Although I’m not hoping to break any speed records, I would like to put my best effort into training and see what kind of runner I can be! Although many crossfitters shudder at the thought of running, I definitely enjoy pounding the pavement once in a while. Especially once the snow (finally!!) melts!
I’m still doing a bit of yoga here and there. I have hopes that with my reduced crossfit schedule, I can tack a bit of yoga onto my run days to help me recover. I am also still teaching yoga! Just one class each week, but it is the right amount with my fulltime job too. My next CrossFit Sunalta yoga-for-crossfitters starts up next Wednesday, April 4th. If you’d like to sign up, please click though the link.
The hiking recaps will start as soon as Dana and I can actually get out to the mountains hiking again… at this point, there is still so much snow. Don’t worry, Dana has already planned most of our hikes so we will be ready when the season finally gets here.
How was the 2018 Open for you?