13.5 is the last workout of the Crossfit Games Open. You have to do 15 reps of Thrusters and 15 reps of Chest to Bar Pull-ups. for 3 rounds within four minutes. If you’re able to finish within four minutes, you can go to the next round of another 4 minutes to do another 3 rounds and then move to another 3 rounds within 12 minutes. Whew! I can not even decipher doing the first 3 rounds within four minutes. Moreso, do the first 15 reps of Chest to Bar Pull-ups.
But I tried…..
I did the 15 thrusters in less than a minute with a few seconds to spare going up the bar….
After four Minutes, I went down the pull-up bars defeated. It was a sweet defeat. Victory tastes good, defeat tastes better.
I CONQUERED THE CROSSFIT OPEN! AND LEARNED 3 LESSONS IN COMPETING IN CROSSFIT (AND IN LIFE)…
There will never be a Perfect Time to Do It
I have been doing Crossfit for two years and have been a Crossfit games spectator for those two years. I am always amazed at competitors. I have never imagined myself doing the same thing. I always have the mindset that Crossfit is my crosstraining for running. Coming from a series of ultramarathon races where I’ve spent all my strength in running. I have a good excuse not to join. Yet, I registered. If not this year, when? I will never know if I can do it unless I try. For five weeks, everytime I hear “3, 2, 1 Go”, I just do what I got to do.
Indeed, you just have to work with whatever you have! Savor the moment.
There is always something you do not know.
For the past five weeks, I woke up each Thursday excited to curse Dave Castro for the Workout and the Challenge it gives. There are movements I dread seeing in the OPEN and they were all present in the Open. My opening workout was Snatch and Burpees. I wanted to bail out. I haven’t done any snatch workout. I almost wrote a competition pull-out excuse letter. I knew I cannot do it, but I did! The second workout was a combination of deadlift, shoulder to overhead and box jumps. I knew it was my kind of workout, yet I failed! Indeed, you will never know what you can and you cannot do unless you do it! Learn something new.
There is always something Bigger than YOU
Each Crossfit workout is HARD. Yes, it can be scaled down to what you can do but not at a sandbagging level where you can still look pretty after. I joined the competition to SIMPLY BE PART OF IT! Joining the Open was about the excitement of doing the same workout with your friends, hearing the shout of support from your Coach and box-mates, getting the needed push from your friends to do one more rep as the last few seconds comes nearer. The Open is an individual competition yet you work it out as a team. Indeed, you can never do the workout on your own. Embrace the Community.
Crossfitters would always receive the question, “Is Crossfit your Life?” I say, otherwise. Most of the times, Life is like CROSSFIT.
I got floored down five times in all the Open workouts. It was a reminder that I succeeded/failed yet I need to keep working harder. Each time I lie down and look up the box’ ceiling, I cannot help but praise the Lord who gave me the strength to do Crossfit (and live the LIFE he has blessed me with).