Stacey's Open Experience

Saturday March 31, 2012

"Kelly"

5 Rounds:

400m Run

30 Box Jumps (24"/20")

30 Wall Balls (20/14)

CrossFit Open 2012 Experience

Stacey Graham

I really didn’t know what to expect when I signed up for the Open.  All I knew was that it was a chance to “compete”—something that I’ve been missing since high school volleyball and swim teams.  Sure, I was curious how I measured up in the CrossFit community.  But, ultimately, I wanted to see if I had come far enough in 7 months to actually DO all of the WODs.

Once the first WOD was released, I realized that I wasn’t quite sure how to handle the Open.  Being the planner that I am, I wanted some answers:  Do I do each WOD more than once?  Should I just do it at the end of the week and specifically train for it?  Should I focus more on my goats just in case they come up in a WOD?  Do I train more?  Do I train less?  Of course there are no answers, so I ended up winging it and learned along the way.  Here are a few things I picked up:

  • I would rather run 7 miles than do 7 minutes of burpees.  Any day.

  • Don’t attempt to do Karen more than once in a week.  (Props to everyone who PRd on the second go around!)

  • Poor sleeping habits = poor performance (Intuitive, yet I had to experience it to believe it I guess.)

  • There’s no need to “test out” a PR before jumping into the Open WOD.  Just do it and see what happens!   (12.2, anyone?)

  • I need to squat lower on my wall balls.  (Thanks for the strict judging, Dion.)

  • You actually have to touch your chest to the bar on chest to bar pull ups.  Imagine that!

 

I also learned what my weaknesses were and what my strengths were.  Some of them even surprised me, but I am glad that I “discovered” them through the Open because now I have a long list of things to work on during Dealer’s Choice Fridays. J

But, by far, the best part of my “Open Experience” was working alongside the hilarious, motivating, supportive group of people that are CrossFit Redondo.   *Cue the sappy music.*  Every time I walked in to the gym for the Open WOD, I was surrounded by hardworking, down-to-earth, nice people who also have a passion for getting their butts kicked.  I can confidently say that there is no way that I would have been able to push myself as hard as I did during the Open if I had just been doing the WODs at home in my garage.  The energy and enthusiasm that infiltrate that room is contagious.  Whether it was those last ten seconds of burpees or that snatch PR, I heard people cheering me on and that’s what kept me going—it was an awesome feeling.  And it’s not just during the Open, it’s every day.  It’s all of you amazing people that make CrossFit Redondo a great place to be.   So, thank you to all of you for being the great people that you are.  I also want to specifically thank Ryan and all the other trainers for pushing me to my limits and putting together some great programming.  I have learned so much from all of you and can’t wait to see what comes our way next year!