My good friend Greg Lukas brought his “Be Awesome” campaign to Reebok CrossFit Back Bay for our final Saturday Open event of the year. Everyone hit 15.5 hard and the energy was awesome; Greg has been so giving to us as a community at Back Bay that we can’t thank him enough for all that he has done and continues to do. I wish I could have been there for the whole event today, Greg, but I’m glad I caught you before you left!
Friday – Open WOD 15.5
I tackled the final Open workout on Friday because I am actually attending my CrossFit L2 Seminar this weekend. This workout hurt just as bad as everyone expected it to, and for anyone who has already tackled this beast words don’t really do it justice. The round of 27 was okay since I was fresh, getting back on the rower hurt a little bit, the set of 21 thrusters started to get pretty bad, and I think the start of the 15 Cal row was where I really hated it. Getting back on the bar for 15 thrusters was one of the more painful things I have done, but I reminded myself that I only had one set of thrusters between me and the round of 9’s. I closed out strong and banged out the last 9 thrusters quickly for a final time of 7:04. I am really happy with this time given my level of conditioning and my expectations going into this year’s Open; I was also glad to achieve my primary goal of performing all the thrusters unbroken. I didn’t expect to perform as well as I did, so I am content with the results and hungry for next year.
Saturday – Partner WOD at Reebok ONE
As I mentioned, I am attending the CrossFit L2 Seminar at Reebok CrossFit ONE this weekend and am fortunate enough to be there with two of my good friends and co-coaches from RCFBB. My training partner Bern and I tackled the partner WOD prescribed to us today at the seminar which was:
45 Squat cleans (135#)
45 Ring dips
* Partition the reps between partners
We stuck to a plan of alternating sets of 5 across the board and went in with a decision to go at a moderate pace and not push too hard. Unfortunately, we both got competitive due to the high energy and atmosphere there. We ended up picking up speed in our second round and almost finished two full rounds in the 8 minutes. Our final score was 1+85.
I need to briefly reflect on this year’s Open at this point. I made the decision going into the Open this year to give it my best effort but not take things too seriously since I knew that my true goal was to get drafted in the NPGL this upcoming season. It was still difficult to remain emotionally detached from the leaderboard and I found myself still thinking about it and caring deeply about my results; I didn’t necessarily care what my scores were for me personally, but I know that our team will need everything it can get this year to qualify for Regionals. I felt like I gave my best effort and am happy with most of my results from this year. There is always room for improvement, but I genuinely pushed myself as hard as possible in almost every situation. It was a good Open season, but now my sights are set on April 18th and 19th for this year’s NPGL Combine.