Raise your hand if this is your first Crossfit Games Open!
Ok, so why are we as nervous as we are excited? I guess that is part of the fun, having your nerves worked up a little, not entirely sure how you will do on a workout, but digging deep and just going for it and (hopefully) feeling good about the results! I was sitting on pins and needles for 15.1 to see exactly how this whole RX vs. Scaled plan was going to work and decide which path I had to take. It was waiting on my fitness fate to be written out before me. Then 15.1 was announced and the decision wasn’t as easy as I thought.
15 Toes to Bar – Oh, oh! I can do those!
10 Deadlift @ 35kg – Psh, no big deal!
5 Snatches @ 35kg – ummm….
Yeah, those snatches! I started to talk myself into going scaled because of those darn snatches. But then I was reminded that 25 Rx reps will still be ahead of 300 scaled reps so I may as well go for it. So I did! I did my T2B, deadlifts, then spent the next 7 minutes or so trying to get just one 35kg snatch. I must have tried 10 times and got SO close, but it didn’t happen. But you know what? Right after than I got a Clean & Jerk PR of 45kg!
Moving on to 15.2, I found myself awake at 1:30am thanks to my two year old, and thought I may as well stay up for the announcement at 2am. Yeah, here in Germany we have to wait until our conscience, or alarm, wakes us up Friday morning. So, 15.2…Overhead squats and chest-to-bar pull-ups. If you read, Why I am doing the Crossfit Open, below, then you know I don’t yet have pull-ups. Yeah, those chin-over-the-bar things much less the chest-to-the-bar-things. I was pretty confident I could do the Rx OHS, even if it was one rep at a time so this decision was much easier.
10 Rx reps > 6 scaled reps
While warming up for the overhead squats today my coach suggested going heavier to warm up and I gave her an eye-full. “Um, remember I couldn’t snatch 35kg a week ago and you want me to overhead squat it?” But, I gave it a try and let me tell you I power snatched that 35kg like it was nothing. What. The. Hell.
What the hell?! At first I was mad, but then excited. And proud. I may not have gotten the 35kg snatch when it counted for the open but just one week later I broke down another PR! The goal, the point, is to push your personal limits and do YOUR best. It doesn’t have to be on the Crossfit Games Open timeline. Although I’ll be the first to admit that would have been nice. But how long would I have waited to attempt 35kg snatch with out a little push from the open? Oh, and I got 10 Rx reps on 15.2 as well.
Rx, scaled, there is no right or wrong in my opinion. But, don’t cut yourself and your effort short just to get a higher amount of reps. Now, if Dave Castro could give me a workout for 15.3 where I get past the first round…well, that would be nice. Pretty, pretty please?!