I signed up for the Open which is the first qualifier for the CrossFit games. I did it because my gym was encouraging everyone to sign up. “Sign up,” they said. “It will be fun,” they said. Liarfaces!

The workout for the week is announced on Wednesday night. I didn’t look. If I look at workouts ahead of time I’ll find excuses not to go. So I get there Thursday morning and the first thing I hear is one of the coaches asking our resident World CrossFit games winner what she thinks of the workout. “It’s stupid! They can’t start out this hard! Are they trying to knock everyone out right off?” She’s pretty soft spoken and mild mannered in the gym. This is as riled up as I’ve ever heard her. Oh crap, what have I signed up for?

The workout (with women’s weights) was:

  • 40 burpees
  • 30 snatches 45 lbs
  • 30 burpees
  • 30 snatches 75 lbs
  • 30 burpees
  • 30 snatches 100 lbs
  • 10 burpees
  • Max reps snatches 120 lbs
  • There was a 17 minute time cap. For the burpees we had to be measured and a target selected six inches above our reach that we had to hit with both hands on the jump. Snatches are bar from the ground to overhead. For the record, my personal best in the snatch is around 65 lbs one time. I knew if I hit the 75 lb snatches I’d be thrilled to get one. 30 of them? Not happening.

    There were three of us doing it this morning. None of us are contenders for being on ESPN this summer. It was still scary. One person showed me how much her hands were shaking. She kept saying, “It doesn’t even matter. It is just for fun.” The other person looked at me right before we started and said, “I love you.”
    “In case we don’t make it through this?”
    “I love you too.”

    It was ugly. The first set of burpees wasn’t horrible (in retrospect – it sucked at the time) and the 45lb snatches were doable but my arms were already shot from the burpees. We each had a coach counting for us. Mine was all chipper after the first set of snatches. He was all “OK! Back to burpees.”
    I said, “I don’t want to.”
    He laughed. He thought I was kidding.
    I got through the burpees. I slowed down because I knew I wasn’t going to get the snatch so why rush? I got over to the snatch again and tried the 75 but didn’t get it. I got really close a few times but never got it. I ended up getting 100 points. That’s a point for each burpee and the thirty 45 lb snatches. That tied one other person who is super tiny and knew she wasn’t going to get the 75 lbs either. The person who loves me got 12 of the 75 lb snatches. She’s a beast. Then she started throwing up in the bathroom. I’ve been coughing ever since the drive home. Why do we do this? “Oh come on, sign up, it’ll be fun!” I have to remember that they are liars! LOL.


    The workout today was:

  • 400 m run
  • Then 3 rounds of:

  • 50 Double Unders/ 150 single jump ropes
  • 20 sit ups
  • 20 pushups
  • Then do another 400 m run.

    I did it in 15:59. My legs did not want to run today. I was able to get more double unders though. My problem has been that I get one and then I get so surprised that I stop jumping. Today I had spurts where I could get one and then jump single for a few times and then get another double under! Of course, absolutely no one was looking. I feel like that character in Mystery Men who could only turn invisible if no one was looking at him.

    When I came home the husband was working out. He’s starting up P90X again. I was coaching his form. He complains nonstop while working out. For someone who likes to lift weights so much he sure does do a lot of fussing. I did the 15 minutes of ab work at the end with him for moral support and to give him some peer pressure. I can do moves now that I had a hard time with 2 years ago when we did P90X together.


    The strengths today were Good Mornings and Floor Presses. For the Good Mornings you put a bar on your shoulders behind your head. Bend forward from the waist until your chest is parallel to the floor. We kept the weight light to get full range of motion. We did 65 lbs.

    Floor presses are basically bench presses without a bench. I did 75 lbs.

    The workout today was 21 reps then 15 reps then 9 reps of:

  • Hang clean thrusters – bar from mid thigh to shoulders while doing a squat, then stand up and push the bar overhead. I did 55 lbs.
  • Sit ups
  • I did it in 11:24.

    I’ve been slacking on my diet and I gained a few pounds back. I have a new goal now and I’m putting it out here so I’m accountable.

    I will lose 20 lbs by my trip to Hawaii in June.

    That is a realistic goal. I’m going to achieve it by taking my own food for lunches at work so I don’t eat crap. I’m also making sure that the food I cook here is healthy. I’m not going to hold myself to full Whole Life Challenge standards but I’ll be watching any added sugar and minimizing grains.