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But did you die?

I completed my first workout of the CrossFit Opens 2017 and it was rough. I didn’t die but I felt like I might at one point.

Okay, so maybe that’s a little dramatic but I did almost trip over the box twice and thought I wouldn’t be able to get off the floor during a burpee (or four).

For those unfamiliar with the Opens, it’s an open competition and the first stage of competition that leads to the nationals where the most fit people in the world compete. It’s five weeks, one workout (or in CF lingo, WOD) a week that everyone does. The top scores advance, etc. I don’t worry about much more after that because I won’t go that far. I’m just looking to live through the Opens.

It began this week with 17.1.

The workout (WOD) was:


And what that translates to (completely in my translation, not official CF language): imagine you are grabbing peanut butter M&Ms away from someone – you “snatch” it away; you quickly move the object from the start position with an extended arm over your head. That’s a snatch (to me).  In this case, it was a dumbbell. It started on the floor and we had to “snatch” it away (extended above our heads).

Then we had to do a burpee, step (or jump for those advanced people) over a box and do a burpee on the other side.

You did 10 snatches (using both arms, so 5/5) then 15 box over burpees. Then 20 snatches, 15 burpees. 30/15, 40/15 and finish with 50/15.


It sucked.

But did you die??

I didn’t. I made it. As mentioned, I did think I would not be able to get off the floor.

The feeling(s) during were pain and the extreme desire to want it over mixed with I need to do the best I can.

But the feeling(s) after….that was a high that I’ve never experienced. Sure, my score was no where near even a mediocre athlete’s score, but I don’t care. I’m not comparing myself to them. Being in the opens is not for them, it’s for me; to say that I did it. And I did the first WOD! I made it further than I really thought I’d do.


Tonight the second workout is released…and that same fear and anxiety is creeping in.

“Can I do it??”

I don’t know, but I’m damn sure going to do try.

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