The Open is Coming

Another year, another Open is upon the athletes of crossfit-Land. Once again, perhaps against my better judgement, I’ve signed up.

This past year, I’ve watched all these women move well past me in terms of abilities and skills. And here I am stuck in the same spot (I’m not really, but it often seems that way). I jokingly call that “The Overachievers Club”. I’m mostly jealous of them. Why do I have to try to find time outside of class to learn pull-ups and double unders? These ladies did it in class!!

Ok, ok… it’s possible they worked at home on these skills too.

Today we did 17.5. (10 rounds of 9 thrusters and 35 singles/double unders). My coach didn’t let me do this one last year due to my nagging calf injury. And while I wouldn’t say I’m 100%, I’m about 95%, and did the scaled version today with no issues.

That workout has a 40 min time cap. And I went in there going (please beat the cap). Then I thought, please get under 20 min. Then it was, please under 15. I did it in 14:42. Since I didn’t have a baseline, I was actually happy with this number. I was even happier that I did all the jumping and didn’t hurt afterwards.

And …. then I looked at the whiteboard. I know! Don’t remind me. I’m not supposed to compare. And my very last post was all about how happy I was with my performance! Turns out, my time really wasn’t all that good, and I find myself in a funk because I know I could have pushed harder, but I also know I wanted to make sure I paced myself due to fear of re-injury.

I guess in the end, it doesn’t matter. My score is my score and I can work to improve my mental game next time.

Bring on the open.


17.5 Worries

Oh lovely. Double Unders. My crossfit nemesis. (well…if you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you are aware that I have many crossfit nemeses…) But especially since I have a lower leg “thing”, mostly in my shins.

Thrusters? Okay…I might be nuts, but I’m one of the few people who kinda LIKES thrusters. And the weight is totally doable. We’ve been practicing in class doing reps unbroken for a lot of things, so for at least the first couple of rounds, I will shoot for doing them unbroken.

But double unders? Ok…I can do them a few at a time, generally with a lot of singles that won’t count. So do I scale this and just do singles?  That seems a cop out for me, since I am so close. Plus it’s 350 total and that is a large number….I know for a fact that this injury will kill me. ugh…

On top of this, I’m in the recovery phase from a cold, so I have basically one shot, probably on Monday morning. Though that does give me a few more days to rest my leg, since I haven’t been to the gym since Monday. Though that will also probably work against me; I haven’t  been to the gym since Monday!

Oh I am so torn here. But in the end, who needs to walk afterwards?


Today’s edition of Why Have You Not Bought This Yet Wednesday, which is miraculously actually occurring on a Wednesday, has us looking at jump ropes.

Recently, our box did a double under challenge. We had a month to get 1000 double unders. I managed to get 500 of them, mostly 2-5 at a time, and always with a single interspersed. I’m now getting them, semi-regularly, in a row, still 2-10 at a time. The most I’ve done is 19 in a row. But the thing everyone said would help was to get your own jump rope. (side note: calf injuries are NOT helpful in doing double unders, or much else for that matter…this injury that has been going on for approx 3 months now can go the F away…)

I went to amazon (where else does one buy anything these days?) and found a cheap rope for about $12. I didn’t want to spend 50 right out of the gate. So it’s not customizable, nor does it have cool colors or anything like that. But it’s one of the ‘speed’ ropes and lighter than the ones our box has available for anyone to use.

These ropes all come as one size and you have to cut the rope to fit your size. This is actually the hardest part, for me. What if I make it too short?! The pressure!!  haha

Anyhow, with your own rope, you can get the feel for how the rope moves, what noises it makes when it hits the floor, the timing of how it spins etc. Yes, a good athlete should be able to basically pick up any rope and just go, but I’m not that good. If you’ve been reading any of this blog, you know I’m an average athlete, just striving to be better than yesterday and the journey has been a slow one at best.

There are many companies out there making speed ropes. I’m sure some are better than others. My $12 one has been serviceable and once I get to the point where I’m really decent at double unders, I will probably consider getting a more expensive one. But having your own can make a difference; if nothing else, you get to take it home and practice if you want.