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Crossfit Open 2014 – 14.2

5 Weeks.  5 WODs.  

Disclaimer:  I am not an elite Crossfit athlete, there was never a time in this competition that a shot a regionals was even remotely on my radar, but I did have goals set for myself for where I wanted to fall in our box and nationally (basically not last like that one competition I talked about).

The Crossfit Open is a chance for everyone to compete in the same competition and see where they rank in the world.  I paid my $20 Dollars and I build a profile on  I want to take you through the journey of each WOD over the next week or so and then sum up where I ended up and more importantly what I learned about myself in this competition.



Quote my wife on the release of this WOD.  Be home, I am watching this one, Camille is my favorite!  So when they released the WOD, they have two elite athletes go one on one to show what the workout looks like and to show what the elite are going to do.  Wifey is a fan of one of the women on this release, so we watched it while we ate dinner.

First thoughts when I saw the scheme… 3 minutes of hard work.  I MAY get to the second 3-minute period… a BIG maybe.  When I started CF I couldn’t do a single pull-up, now I can string some together pretty solid.  So there was a little hope of a successful run through this one.  The squats weren’t a worry, I love the lifting side of CF.

WOD starts and I am through 10 OHS with no worries in 12-15 seconds.  I jump on the bar and launch myself into my first attempt at an “In-WOD” Chest to Bar pullup.  NAILED IT.  Got it easy.  Time for my first mistake.  I decided to try to string some together and lost my momentum on the second and third try.  Dropped off the bar, Got back on… Missed by an inch, then missed by two inches, and then three.  Just couldn’t get back up there.  I dropped off the bar with about 45 seconds left in the first 3 minute time period.  I laughed at how hard this was.  A few more failed attempts and I was out of time. I finished with a score of 11 reps.  I was done with 10 of them in 15 seconds.

Frustrated would be an understatement.

This WOD reassured me again that I get too frustrated and get into my head sometimes, I also realized another weakness that needs some attention.  STRICT pullups.  If I can build that core skill up C2B will become quite a bit easier.

Two Weeks in and even though my scores weren’t where I want them to be… I felt like an athlete.  I felt like there was so much progress from 9 months earlier when I started.  The following Thursday, 14.3 was released and I was more than a little stoked.  Things got HEAVY.


Thoughts on Thursday

I usually post a quote from someone here in Thursday but this week I will be posting my Facebook status from last night. Needless to say I was excited after my workout last night.

31 year old Justin
just squated more weight than 18 year old Justin ever did. Suck it fat boy.

Yup. 355. 5 more than high-school.

The Rollercoaster Pt. 2

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So yeah, the only people below my name on the list are the people that didn’t show up to the competition.  I never once thought I was going to be the best, or even second best… but I didn’t think I would be the worst.  That’s were my problem started, when I said to myself I was the “worst” competitor in the 30 year old age bracket… in the country.

This is the first time I have talked about the results to anyone other than my wife.  Coming in third out of three was not embarrassing, but coming in dead last in the whole damn competition was very embarrassing.

I kept checking back to see if the guys that no-showed posted times and hoped they were worse than mine.  They never showed up.  Even though, less than 12 hours before, I had done some things that I never thought I would be able to do and I also, for the first time in years, felt like an athlete, my entire confidence was pretty shattered.

1013361_608358279230670_326377167_nThree things kept me from just beating myself up completely over this.  First, my wife was super supportive and told me that she saw someone competing that day that she hasn’t seen in awhile.  The second was the reason I started working out in the first place, which is so I can be a healthy dad for my kid.  And finally, I held VERY tight onto the results of the third workout which showed a massive improvement over what I did less than three months before at a different event.

So, you compete and don’t get the result you wanted, so you get passed up for the promotion or maybe the marriage/dating relationship didn’t work.  You have to find something positive to hold onto that keeps you above water.  Something as ridiculous as how I ranked in a small-time, unimportant competition had the power to almost derail my progress.

Take time right now if you are in the middle of some sort of hustle and remind yourself why you are doing it.  Write down some/any success you have seen to this day.  Remind yourself who your support group is.

I look back now and I remember being so down on myself because of this, but yet less than two weeks later I was telling my wife that she shouldn’t beat herself up for struggling with something… but I was still doing that to myself.

Recognize the issue, Acknowledge the issue, and forget the issue.  Move On. Hold onto the thing that keeps you moving.

Thoughts on Thursday

This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time.

– Fight Club

Thoughts on Thursday.

The Iron never lies to you. You can walk outside and listen to all kinds of talk, get told that you’re a god or a total bastard. The Iron will always kick you the real deal. The Iron is the great reference point, the all-knowing perspective giver. Always there like a beacon in the pitch black. I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds.

-Henry Rollins –