Little things. I’m coming to find big satisfaction in little things. Like being able to string together chest to bar pull-ups and laugh with my crossfit family.
That said, I’m happy to report that 18.5 is done. Went in for Friday Night Lights at Continuum and built up the oomph to jump into one of the heats that started earlier in the night. Cheered on friends. Warmed up a bit. Nothing I did really made me feel “ready” to do this workout. But when a spot opened up in a heat with Jordan & Lara, I shifted into position and did the workout anyway. 🙂
I’ll talk about the motivation problem later, but let’s get into the workout.
Castro had all of us #intheopen vote for one of three workouts for 18.5. Ultimately we chose c2b and thrusters.
- Workout 18.5 = 12.5 = 11.6
- Complete as many reps as possible in 7 minutes of:
- 3 thrusters
- 3 chest-to-bar pull-ups
- 6 thrusters
- 6 chest-to-bar pull-ups
- 9 thrusters
- 9 chest-to-bar pull-ups
- 12 thrusters
- 12 chest-to-bar pull-ups
- 15 thrusters
- 15 chest-to-bar pull-ups
- 18 thrusters
- 18 chest-to-bar pull-ups
- This is a timed workout. If you complete the round of 18, go on to 21. If you complete 21, go on to 24, etc.
- Men use 100#
I knew that the chest-to-bar pull-ups would be my limiting factor. Last year I could only do jumping c2b, but over the last 12 months I’ve worked my way up to doing real c2b more consistently. Maybe not for prolonged periods of time, but two or three at a time were doable.
100# thrusters weren’t going to be fun, but they were doable. And the bonus for this workout was the 7 minute hard cap. Go until you’re out of time and then you’re done. Woo!
So how’d it go? I managed to get through 3 and 3, 6 and 6, and 9… and the 9 chest to bars took FOREVER. Then, when that was done I did another 8 thrusters. Didn’t hurt that Jonathan was urging me forward again as my judge.
I no-repped myself at least twice on that set of 9. Hand position was an issue — plus the tear on a finger on my right hand (from rope climbs on Thursday) made things tricky. But we managed.
44 isn’t a huge score, but it was my third Rx’d workout this year in the open. I’m more than good with that – I’m very happy. And later this week I want to reflect on this year’s open a bit — the good and the bad — and what I need to work on going forward.
My motivation issues were interesting. It happened last week a bit with 18.4 as well, where I knew what I needed to do and warmed up a bit, but never felt really energized to do the workout like I did the first couple of weeks. But here’s the thing — I was there to do the workout and I did when the opportunity presented itself.
It wasn’t ever that I was not going to do the workout, it was just getting into the “ok, let’s go” kind of mentality I needed. So I was grateful for my coaches and friends at the box for encouraging me to go in that moment. I may not have made it as far as I would have liked, but I did what I went to do and did a good job when it needed to happen.
Congratulations to everybody who did 18.5 last night at Continuum and around the world. Y’all killed it!