HAPPY CROSSFIT GAMES. MAY THE ODDS EVER BE IN YOUR FAVOR.
I know that I have mentioned the Crossfit Games several times in various blog posts. I, personally, signed up to compete in the Games last Thursday (the last day of registration). To the average, non-crossfit athlete, the Games appear to be a single ESPN featured event once a year. The amount of work and preparation that goes into the Games, however, is astounding. Because this is my first year competing in the Games, I am a newbie. I know very little behind the entire process and the rules. Due to my lack of knowledge, I decided to do a little research so that everyone could better understand the 2014 Crossfit Games.
The most important information regarding the Crossfit games is that there are three stages: the Crossfit Open, Crossfit Regionals and the Crossfit Open. The entire process is meant to essentially weed out weaker athletes (like myself) that have no business competing on a nationally televised ESPN event.
This year quite a few people from the Crossfit Club here on campus signed up to compete in the Open. Registration was $20 and the first workout (WOD) was posted last Thursday. Everyone has approximately one week to complete the WOD and report their highest score on the crossfit site. To ensure no cheating will occur, all WODs are required to be video-taped and each competitor will have a judge that will watch them to make sure all repetitions are completed. There are several different Open WODs over the course of several weeks. At the end of the process, the top 45 men and women and teams will advance to the Crossfit regional competition. Because it is only my first time competing my expectations this year are not high. However, I am hoping that next year I could potentially advance to regionals on a team.
The first week Crossfit Open WOD was a “goodie.” It was 14.1. A WOD that (thank goodness) involves no heavy lifting or gymnastics skills.
10 min AMRAP of
15 Snatches @ 55 lbs
30 Double Unders
I was very pleased with how I did in the workout, but was also extremely exhausted. Before competing in the WOD I was very hungry. Of course one of the only things I had to eat in my room was a pint of Ben and Jerry’s icecream and so I (stupidly) decided to eat it. I finished in 7 minutes (and icecream eating PR) and then proceeded to vomit up said pint of icecream after I finished my workout. Moral of the story? NEVER EVER EAT ICECREAM BEFORE COMPLETING A CROSSFIT OPEN WORKOUT. I am redoing the workout again today to see if I can better my score before the submissions are due tonight.