One and Done…

I have a confession to make….

I did the Open WOD Wednesday night, twenty minutes after it was released on a total whim. I had zero plans of doing it that evening. I hung around the gym with a few others waiting for it to be posted. It is a lot more fun to see it with other people rather than by yourself. It is fantastic to see the facial expressions everyone makes. Some of joy, some of complete horror…love it.  What I hated was not telling others I did it. I kept my number close to my chest until Saturday. I never planned on doing it again, but I still couldn’t bring myself to shout it out. Looking back, I feel silly, but The Open can make you do silly things.

A member of ours was heading out of town Wednesday evening so I had planned to stay and cheer him on in whatever the fun 12.1 wod was going to be. When seven minutes of burpees popped up I just couldn’t let him do it by himself. Three of us decided to give it a go. Holy smokes was that a good one. It was soon dubbed “The Ryan Gosling WOD”, by a certain member. ::cough, cough, Katy, cough, cough::

Looking back, it would have been nice to have had a few days to think more about rep counts and strategy. It also would have been nice to be fresh. However, to me, burpees are a “can you make yourself go” kind of movement.  You can move for seven minutes or you can’t.

I spent the next four days watching the leaderboard going from “I think I did really well” to, “oh my gosh I’m getting my butt kicked”. I went back and forth between those about ten times. Finally, I settled into a nice calm mindset.  I’m sitting in 13th after WOD 1. Much better than the catastrophe that was 11.1 last year.  This year, my only goal with The Open is to get to regionals. That is why I’m training. The ego in all of us wants to see our names high on the leaderboard, but the competitor in me would rather see me finish in the top three at Regionals…not The Open.

Having made this decision early on, to do the wods only once, has made me feel so much calmer. I can focus on my training and not what everyone else is doing. Yes, it is easy to say and hard to put into practice, but I’m doing it. Everyone has different goals and will do what they need to do to achieve them whether it be make their team, get to regionals or finish higher than someone they like to compete against. I’m not knocking the people that chose to redo the wods at all. I did it last year.  I just know this year I need my sanity more than I need a higher score.  I’m so proud of our OKC team! We had some amazing performances and everyone’s head is in the right place. Keep getting stronger, keep getting faster.

In other news,

I completed my first Sprint Triathlon this Sunday! It was so much fun. I can see how people really get into those….and I hate riding a bike. This was an indoor event so it was great for my first to be a little bit more low key. I’m anxious now to do a road race! This was a 300m swim, 8 mile bike, 5K run. I finished in 53 minutes. Not too shabby for a newbie! Thankfully, my swimming background helps me out a lot.  Most surprising was that the run felt really good. I kept a great pace and my lungs never felt taxed. YAY endurance!

Last weekend a USAW sanctioned Oly meet and this weekend a sprint triathlon. What is next?

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Exile Open 2012

First Olympic lifting meet done!

Have you ever been so nervous that you thought you could see your heart pounding out of your chest? That is how I felt on Saturday. It was the strangest feeling in the world. Instead of being calm and confident, I was a ball of nerves! Besides the fact that I completely bombed the clean and jerk, I’m happy that I made myself do something that I hadn’t done before.

I opened with 53, 56 and 58 on the snatch. These are all under my max. I was happy to hit all three lifts….even if I wasn’t dropping under the bar like I know I can. I believe this video is of my last attempt at 58 kilos.

The clean was another story. I opened with 70. It felt much heavier than usual. I missed the clean at 75. I got on my toes and didn’t turn my elbows fast. So frustrating! That is a weight I haven’t missed in a long time. I stuck with 75 for my third attempt. Nailed the clean, but pressed out the jerk so it was not counted as a good lift. Also extremely frustrating. The jerk continues to be a struggle. Even though it is getting better I still have a long way to go. Mainly, I need to be more confident. I was anything but confident on Saturday!

Next time I lift in a meet like this I know there are some things I will do different. I will warm up more and do a better job of hitting in-between lifts. I think that will help a lot.

It was so fun to compete with some amazing lifters. We saw girls that had been lifting since they were 9. Their speed was incredible. I was in awe! A big congrats to Kristen Dolf who won her weight class and Paige and Christina who won their classes as well! I took second in mine. Christina and I were in the 63 group together.

On another note, The Open starts tomorrow! Last year I was a ball of nerves. This year I feel calm and ready. No freaking out week to week. No neglecting the rest of training.  I have a lot of things I still want to focus on! The last two Sunday’s I have been hitting a max weight 20 rep unbroken back squat. Last week I made 165#. This past Sunday I made 175#. It took me about 1:25 to get through 175#. Not too shabby.  I love the challenge of being better than the week before. It helps me stay focused and fight through that desire to drop the bar.

Happy Open everyone!

My Frist Oly Meet!

I’m doing something on Saturday that I never thought I would do. I’m lifting in my first olympic lifting meet! The Exile Open 2012 is the first USAW sanctioned meet in Oklahoma in nearly six years. There are 52 lifters signed up. Very cool!

I’m super nervous for a couple of reasons…..

I’m an over thinker. This is why I love to squat and deadlift. No thinking…just a pull or push. Easy! Olympic lifting is so technical. I’ve been working hard to get my technique better so I can be more efficient and use less energy. I’m feeling a lot more confident, but I know there is still a lot of self-doubt there that I just need to squash!

How do you even go about warming up and being ready in between lifts? I don’t want to get too anxious and over do it, but I don’t want to under do it and be unprepared. So much to learn!

My weight class is the biggest. A whole four girls! It is going to be a great experience. The only thing I’m hoping for is to be confident through the process. If I miss a lift then I miss a lift. I’m going to have fun, be confident and see what I can do.

On another note, training is going great. More on that in a few days. The Open starts in less than a week!

Rest Does a Body Good

Do you know what is the most amazing thing in the world? Five days of not stepping in a gym, picking up a bar, thinking about technique or tearing your hands. Don’t get me wrong. I love the gym. I would live in the gym and play all day if I didn’t have a life outside CrossFit (which I do and everyone should). However, my vacation could not have come at a better time. Four competitions in the last three months (two competitions within the six days) and a couple of months of really challenging programming did me in. I. Needed. Rest. I didn’t worry too much about food. I drank a bunch of hot chocolate. It was heaven.

Today I feel rejuvenated and ready to go. More than anything, I’m excited. I can’t wait to pick up the bar. I can’t wait to lift heavy. I can’t wait to nail down some more skills. I’m excited to get in the gym and coach. I’m a new person. Mountain air will do that for you.

When is the last time you gave your body and mind a good, healthy break? Now might be the right time!

This morning there was no easing back into working out. Drew Hymer and I did a super tough WOD from The Great Lakes Invitational. Five rounds for time of 12 Bench Press (165/85#), 6 Squat Snatch (135/95#) and rope climbs (3/2). All I’m going to say is my rope climbs need serious work. Holy forearm smoker! Add it to the to do list.

Tonight it is band back squatting and some other fun challenges. Muhahaha.

Starting today I’m rearranging my week. Monday and Friday are now rest days. This gives me a full weekend to get in some quality work. Not more work, but more quality work. Big difference. My goal is to stay healthy. I don’t need to overtrain, just train smart. It is really easy to get rushed during the week with my busy schedule. Certain things I need to be giving more attention get neglected. I’m not sure why I didn’t make this transition before.

Lastly, I’m on a mission to change the way I sleep. I’m a tummy sleeper. Awful, I know. It has been giving my SI joints fits. I’m trying to “learn” to sleep on my back. Here is an interesting article giving the breakdown of different sleep positions and the pros and cons. Informative!

P.S. I finally registered for The Open. So did Bob Harper. Very cool.

Time For a Break!

I’m leaving tomorrow very early in the AM for a much need trip to the mountains. I’m ready for snow, fresh air and evenings spent in the hot tub. I think, no, I know, five days away from the gym and life as I know it will serve me well. I’m leaving on a really good note. I have been having some very positive and encouraging training weeks. In the last two weeks I have:

*Hit a bodyweight snatch…finally.

*PR’ed my handstand walk…again.  I really like walking on my hands now.

*Can consistently bound out of a 24 inch box jump. Yes, no more concrete feet! YAY! I’m officially bouncy.

*Overcome my fear of a heavy snatch balance, which means I expect to keep increasing my snatch numbers.

*PR’ed Elizabeth, 1/2 Weighted Cindy and my 2K row.

I’m happy to leave for a break feeling so positive.  I’m ready to frolic in the snow .