CrossFit Open 2019 – The First Two Weeks

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My son and I dressed as pirates for our team during 19.2 of the Crossfit Open. (Yes, “T2B Toucan” stayed on my shoulder for the whole day.)

I feel lucky to have one of my sons joining me at my local Crossfit box.

This is the first Open for each of us. He’s in the 14-15 boys, and I’m in the 18-54 Women. This will be my first and last year in the main division. Next Open, I’ll be in Women Masters 55+, and many of the exercises, loads, and/or reps will be altered. So it means a lot to do the same work out that my fellow athletes here are doing since it will be different next year.

At Crossfit Coralville, participants are put into teams, and we have 3 this year. Each team decides on a theme for the week and we make a fun Saturday of it with costumes, foods, cheering…and plenty of sweat. We have some real competitors, but also plenty of members who keep their focus on fun. Every Crossfit box has its personality, and I really like mine.

19.1 was a basic work out — wall balls and rowing. The workout favors the taller athlete, but I was able to Rx this one! I have had to scale almost everything for this past year; usually the weights are just more than I can lift.

19.2 was a complex workout that made you “earn your bar”. That is, the athlete had to complete a set to tire them out before getting to heavy squat cleans with increasing weight each round. I had to scale 25 toes-to-bar to knee raises and 50 double-unders became single-unders because I can complete only a few of each. The 75-pound bar wasn’t terribly hard, but I was a little late finishing, so I didn’t get a shot at the 95-pound bar.

20 Minutes to Kill

As some members were redoing their 19.2 workout today over at the box, I decided to practice my rowing here.

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My heart rate was in the extreme range for 11 minutes of this rowing. #embracethesuck

I have a rower for clients, using it mostly for warm up and intervals, especially integrated work outs that alternate with aerobic/strength or aerobic/power intervals. The rower is highly effective for that kind of work out. I rarely have anyone do more than 400m at a time. They usually accumulate a mile (1600m) over the entire work out. I don’t spend much time doing the long rows, either.

The Level Method rates our progress at Crossfit Coralville. One of the measures is a 20-minute row for distance. This test emphasizes one of the energy systems, part of what the Level Method (and Crossfit generally) use to define fitness. My 2019 goal is to move to overall orange. That means I have to raise 5 more of my tests that are still in yellow. Rowing is one.

I figured I’d put in 20 minutes this afternoon and see how close I was to 4000m. And BOOM! I did it.

And I NEVER want to do it again.

But of course I will.

Because that’s what I do when I have 20 minutes to kill.

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